This posting is more a clearinghouse for some of the craziness that's going on right now...AND my new features: DeAnna's Soapbox Issue of the Moment & HOT Design Trends. This should be fun! ha ha
Thanksgiving here in the south was quiet & spent w/my making a tofurkey for me & the doxie duo. I'm also busy working on the new offering DesignLEAN for Weight Loss & the first workshops to introduce this starting in January! Stay tuned for more.
So for now, enjoy all the goodies following below!
DeAnna's soapbox issue of the moment...
If you find THE home but the the mechanics are aging, by YOU improving how your home works by installing a new hot water heater, windows, siding and/or HVAC unit YOU get the tax credit & any increased value of the property when you go to sell it. Part of becoming a home owner is knowing HOW your home works & how to increase its efficiency (thusly lowering your utility bills as well!) & properly maintaining it. Otherwise, when you're ready to sell, you'll get a low ball offer (from someone such as myself who buys distressed properties) and/or see your investment decrease in value.
Here are some resources:
DeAnna On Design podcast: Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
DeAnna On Design podcast: Fall Maintainance Tips
HOT Design Trends...
- LED candles! I LOVE this one!!!!!! No flames to worry about setting the house on fire, can be found scented or unscented...perfect for homes w/kids, pets & for entertaining as no worry of it being knocked over!!
- Decorating the MANTEL & STAIRWAYS. This is becoming a business onto itself for the holidays...here in the south there are designers who've created a niche business ONLY decorating these 2 areas. What's hot here? Mantel scarves, lighted garland & collectible ornaments. Below are 2 mantels DeAnna designed & was featured in Milwaukee Magazine. The 1st one is entitled Dog Heaven & features everything DOG for the dog lover's home. The 2nd one is entitled Feng Shui Christmas for a well-balanced mantel incorporating all 5 elements & a sense of calm & Zen into the craziness of the holidays.
DeAnna in the media.....
I also wrote an article for Simple Steps, Real Change magazine entitled How To Have a GREEN Christmas. Check it out & let me know in the comments section if you employed any of the tips & what you thought.