4 Essential Furnishings for Your Home

Versatility is often crucial in home furnishings. You never know when you might need to move a piece or rearrange your whole layout at the last minute to accommodate guests. 

So take a step back and assess: How versatile are your home furnishings? If they’re lacking in flexibility (or if you’re planning to furnish a new house in the near future), make sure to work these multipurpose pieces into the mix:

Side Tables: A pair of side tables gives you a place to set drinks in the living room. But they can also offer quick, easy and accessible storage, keeping your space from getting messy and cluttered. You can use side tables to hold your belongings next to your bed too.

Simple Dressers: Use them for clothes, linens and blankets in a bedroom or hallway and for towels in the bathroom. You can hide a dresser in the closet if you’re not keen on their aesthetic but still need the storage space.

Slipper Chairs: These simple, upholstered pieces are lightweight, easy to move across the house and great for entertaining. Pick a neutral color so it won’t throw off your design scheme when moved around. They can be kept in the bedroom, living room or dining area.

An Ottoman: It can be used as a footstool or seating in a gathering space. Get one that can also serve double duty with storage capabilities. Opt for one that can be used as a coffee table to really make the most of this piece.

When you’re buying new furniture for your home, think beyond its initial and immediate use. Could you move it to other areas of the house? Those are the furnishings worth investing in.

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5 Smart Colors for Home Design in 2019

Are you thinking of refreshing your home’s decor? Or prepping to buy and decorate a new home?

When it comes to home design, color choice is everything. Not only can color affect mood, but it can also impact the perceived size and brightness of your space.

According to designers, here are five fashionable colors you might want to throw into the mix:

Pewter is a neutral beige-gray. It’s a functional choice that works virtually anywhere in the house. Thanks to its muted tones, it goes well with just about any color or accent, from bright and bold shades to lighter pastel ones.

Which hue is great for drawing in the eye? Mustard. It’s perfect for highlighting decor or accenting a specific part of your home. This one is best used in smaller doses because it’s so strong.

Light blues are naturally soothing. That makes them an appropriate option for bathrooms, bedrooms and powder rooms — places that could use the calming effect of these tones.

Nature-inspired deep greens are an excellent choice for large rooms. That goes double for ones with lots of windows and natural light. These dark hues aren’t great for smaller spaces — they often make the area feel more cramped.

Simple, muted pastels are perfect for places where a minimal feel is best. They also evoke cleanliness, making them well-suited to kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms.

These are just a few of the shades that designers are predicting will be hot in 2019. Test out swatches, consider your decor and think about how you use each space. Your home’s interior will be refreshed in no time.

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5 Tips for a Hassle-Free Moving Day

Does the idea of moving have you frazzled? You’re not alone. 

It’s a big undertaking, even for the most organized of homeowners and renters. On top of all the purging, packing and loading you have to do at your old place, there are lots of tasks to complete at your new home.

Are you planning a big move in the near future? Use this list to keep everything on schedule:

1. Clean your new place. As soon as you have access to it, give your new home a good cleaning. Moving in and sorting your belongings is hard enough — you don’t want to be dusting and vacuuming on the day of the move too.

2. Set up utilities ahead of time. You want functioning electricity, water and internet on move-in day, right? Make sure to get utilities and service providers set up early to avoid moving day hassles.

3. Plan for oversized items. Have a piano or large sculpture? What about heavy mirrors? Start planning how you’ll transport these items ahead of time. And designate spaces for each piece in the new home. Don’t forget to keep your movers in the loop.

4. Hang all your window coverings. You don’t need a fully decorated house on day one. But installing blinds and curtains on moving day is necessary. Why? Because you probably don’t want to wake up at sunrise on day two.

5. Keep track of the paperwork. Do you know where you’ll keep move-related documents and receipts? Make sure you’re keeping them in one place — a secure, easy-to-find one. You’ll need that paperwork when it comes time to file your taxes.

After that, it’s just time to unload, unpack and get settled, and turn your new house into a home.

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