Still time to plant a garden!

According to  garden experts, it is way too late to plant seeds with the hope of a good crop. They are probably right, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t grow some vegetables.  If you do it right….

How do I start now?

In case you hadn’t noticed, almost everywhere you shop stores are offering plants.  Vegetables, flowers both annual and perennial, vines, shrubs, and trees.  The world is loaded with things you can grow!  If you wanted to harvest tomatoes but neglected to start seeds in your kitchen  in March, don’t worry!  There’s still time to get  plants and plant them.  With good weather, and good luck, you should get some wonderful home-grown tomatoes by Fall.

Vegetable plants, started and growing are available everywhere you look.  The trick at this point is to buy the biggest, hardiest shortest growing season plants you can get  your hands on.

For example, you can buy many different types of tomatoes, from Beefsteaks, which take longer to grow but produce much larger fruit,  to Early Girl, the type we usually grow here in North Central Idaho.  We have had good luck with the Early Girl, mostly because it has the shortest growing time.  We usually do start our plants inside, even though we buy them as plants.

Tomatoes don’t like it cold.  Spring around here is especially unpredictable,so  it is best to keep the plants indoors until you are sure that cold nights are past.  There are vegetables which like it cold, like lettuce, which will do fine outside right now, but tomatoes will not.

What else can I plant?

We hope that you don’t mind that vegetable seed planting time has passed you by.  You can  just buy your vegetables pre-grown from the grocery store, that’s good too.  There are TONS of other options, as we mentioned above.  Pick whatever you would like to grow, buy it, and get in the ground, and enjoy the nice weather and the fruits of your recent labors!

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Time to pack, you’re moving!

Spring is the very best time to sell a home, and Spring is finally here!  If you need to move soon, we want to be sure you are ready.  Here are some great tips to help you pack!

Do you have enough  supplies?

We tend to underestimate how many supplies we will need.  Things like boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, markers, and other filler packing material.  Unused supplies can be returned if you purchase it from your local big box store or a moving and storage company.  Then you can buy plenty and not worry about running out, or of having way too much after the move.  Lots of small boxes, some medium boxes for lighter things like plastic kitchen containers and bedding or towels, and some large boxes for especially fragile things that will need to have extra layers of packing and not too much per box.

What to pack first?

Begin by packing everything that you don’t need to be comfortable but want to keep.  Things like art on the walls, extra bedding and towels, books, CDs.  Remember, an excellent time to dispose of anything that is not being used or at least appreciated is while packing.  The Goodwill would love to have your unwanted but useable discards, and do you really need that fourth cheese grater?  Probably not!

What’s next?

Pack clothes that are out of season but you want to keep.  Pack Costco-sized packages of things like paper goods and leave out only what you will need until after the move.  You probably won’t miss the one hundred extra rolls of toilet paper that you store, just in case.  These things are very nice to keep in stock, but try to think about how much you will really use between now and when you unpack in the new home.  Pack all extra clothes and leave out enough to see you until you can do laundry in the new place.

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A kitchen “facelift” can bring big results

kitchenSpring is coming, and you want your home to be as listing-ready as possible.  Here are a few tips for making your kitchen look great without spending a fortune.

Reface those cabinets!

The kitchen is the best place to spend money for the best return.  It doesn’t take new updated appliances and stone countertops to make your kitchen look and feel fresh and new.   Those expenses are unnecessary.  Your cabinets were the newest look in kitchens when you first purchased your home.  However, a few years have elapsed and they could use a fresh new look.  Not handy with tools?  If you are, you might consider buying new cabinet faces.  Perhaps you are tool-challenged.  If so, try sanding and re-finishing or painting those dated cabinets .  A can of paint or stain could be all you need to give your kitchen a brand-new look, and paint is not expensive.  You tube abounds with how-to videos, so if you aren’t confident about your painting skills, you can find whatever information you need to become painting pro!

But I just love the red cabinets!

The bold color that the cabinets were painted or that your selected was one of your favorite aspects about your kitchen .  However, you are moving, and your potential buyer may not agree with your “statement”.  Stick to a neutral color palette for your update, and check the Internet for the latest hot trends in kitchen colors, or better yet, choose neutrals that have a wide appeal.  Remember, you are trying to please someone else, and bright colors are very personal.  Try to imagine what color will best suit your existing appliances.

New hardware for your cabinets

Hardware trends change from year to year, finishes and materials come and go in favor.  You may love your polished brass hardware, but unless it is this year’s new “hot” finish, you will probably want  to purchase something timeless and again, neutral.   Stay away from anything with too defined a style.  You don’t want to label your kitchen country, rustic, modern.  Your preferred style may not be theirs, and you want your buyer to see themselves in your kitchen.

In conclusion, with just a bit of effort and money, you can give your dated kitchen a fresh, appealing new look and get top dollar for your work.

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Interior decorating trends for 2017

terra cottaOk, last time we talked about this year’s trends in interior paint colors.  We decided that the best choice is to go with whatever colors match your furniture, or suit your life.  This week, we are diving into the ” hot” trends in interior design.  Oh goody!

What’s new?

According to the experts, last year  we should have added white and other cool colors.  Now, we need to be all about warm textures and colors.  Terra cotta isn’t just for floors anymore.  All the “best” homes will be using it.  In the form of feature walls, and in fireplace surrounds.  Although, we are being warned to stay away from terra cotta that looks too rustic.

Not all cork is in a bottle

Once we have our terra cotta feature wall, we are ready to tackle some cork, or are we?  Apparently, we should consider using cork for accent pieces, such as end tables and/or coffee tables.  We may even go so far as to make a feature wall from cork.  And, we can pin things right to the cork wall.  How practical.

Are you feeling optimistic?

Well, if you are, this is the year to redecorate!  The experts agree that jewel tones and etherial fabrics will express our optimism both about where we have been, design-wise and where we are going.  Last year, we should have “done up” our homes in copper, marble, and of all things, fiddle leaf fig plants.  However, how to dispose of our no longer desired must-have house plant eludes us, we imagine that you can send all your now unstylish decorative items to the Goodwill and start over.  Furthermore,  you can  incorporate all of last year’s great decorating items into your freshly terra cotta and corked home and make the perfect blend of  “retro” and what is “hot” for this year.  We say, good luck!

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2017 Color palette for your home

imagesWelcome 2017! This year’s “in” color palette will reflect; your personality, recent history, a change in the economy, the presidential election.  Take your pick!  And  you thought you were finally finished changing the interior colors of your lovely home!

Last year’s trends

Last year, the experts instructed us to want blue with some earth tones and  and grays added for contrast. Peace, dependability and constancy are associated with the color blue . Who even knew that?  According to the experts, chocolate brown is on it’s way out, with cinnamon and mocha the new trend in browns.

Depending upon your source, you should have wanted to paint your home white, off-white, gray, or blue with or without “pops” of color or accent colors to accent your base color.  Two-tone cabinets were also very popular.

This year, you can paint your home to reflect your outlook.  Confident, Composed, or Comfortable.  Really?   However, according to our experts, the creative among us will like and want the ” confident” color scheme.  “Dusky” blue this year,  with red and lime green  as accents.  However, those of the Composed color group,  longing to be traditional , will favor greens and taupes for their home makeover.  Those introverts who will only dabble in subtle shades for accent colors will be painting their homes with soft pastels, light pink, blue and yellow .  Whew!  It’s a lot to take in!

Let me get this straight

There are people who get paid just to decide what colors we the consumers are going to want to paint the insides of our homes.  Therefore, the colors change from year to year, depending on the political landscape, the global economy, our confidence levels, global warming.  Ok, that is helpful.  Our conclusion, if your home needs painting, choose a color palette of colors that please you and that you think you will be comfortable for you and your family to live in for now and the future.  In conclusion, paint your home with colors that suit you and your furniture, and forget about “the year’s hot new trends in color.”


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