New Years Re-Solutions

Its that time of year!

 We just ushered in a New Year and everyone feels like they need to make some changes. Changes to themselves, changes to habits, changes in their professional lives, changes with their family and changes in the home. 

The term resolution actually comes from the idea of a re-solution or a change for the better to someone or something. Unfortunately, the statistics are not very encouraging, as only 8% of those who have a New Years Resolution actually keep it the whole year. 

Since the numbers are against us, we have come up with a few simple changes and tips for how you can come with with new solutions for your home! (Sorry, we don’t do miracle weight loss). 

DO you have a wall in your home that is prime open space and you cant seem to come up with something to do with it? How about a “mud wall”? All you need is some reclaimed wood or shiplap sheets you can paint, some hooks and a bench or cubbies!

 

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Need more storage? Do you have stairs? How about adding shelving or drawers in the open space under your stairs?

 

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This space is often wasted and closed up in framing and sheetrock, but if you can open it up and take advantage of its space, its not that hard. Use a stud finder to find the studs, mark them out on the wall, use a hammer or a sheetrock saw to cut back the sheetrock. Use 2x4’s to frame out the shelves, re sheetrock, paint and voila! Instant storage!

Sometimes more desperate situations call for desperate measures. DO you feel like your “stuff” is weighing you down and you just don’t know where to start to declutter? Experts say to start with the smallest room in the house, pull everything out and if you haven’t used it in the past year, its time to get rid of it. If the idea of this makes you sweat, perhaps its time to call in the professionals. There are several companies locally that will come help you reorganize, declutter, purge and redecorate. Sometimes, its just worth spending a few dollars to get free of the overwhelming pressure extra things around the home can add to your life! 

Sorry, there is no miracle suggestions here, unfortunately good things take work.

 

Happy New Year from our family to yours! Best wishes for an amazing 2018!!!

5 Tips and Tricks for the Holidays!

Welcome to that time of year…… SO wonderful but can be oh so stressful to get your home ready for those gift exchanges, dinners, parties, family and so much more! We are here to help! We have some wonderful ideas for decorating your home in gorgeous but so easy ways, your friends will be asking you how you did it!!

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1) Use Holiday Cards as décor! Attach cards to a shelf, on string with laundry pins, to ladders or even in a tobacco basket to fill your kitchen, entry or living areas with cheer from those you love the most! They are already colorful and so festive! No need to add anything else!

 

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2) Use your scarves, blankets or kaftans as table cloths.

I am sure you have some plaid scarves laying around in your closet! Get them out and use them! In a brand new way! Put them on your table! Add some greenery, candles or fruit for a super awesome centerpiece to your celebration!

 

3) For easy tree install and take down put your tree in a flower pot! It looks amazing, you don’t need a tree skirt and its so much easier than a screw in tree holder.

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4) Use inexpensive materials as décor.

 Go to your nearest big box store and  grab a tomato plant stand, tie some ribbon on and put on some ornaments or lights for a great decoration for inside or out!

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5) Use fruit as décor!

Apples are a gorgeous, cheap and easy way to add to your home décor. They bring in festive colors and its something your guests can grab if they need a snack! Put them in a bowl or in greenery, on the mantle or coffee table! Use everywhere and will be sure to last from now until New Years!


Hope these few little tips and tricks help you to finish preparing for this busy season! We hope its filled with many blessings and wish you the best in the Holidays from our family to Yours!

 

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Fireplaces…A Lowcountry Staple

Ahhhhhhh…….

its that time of year again, my personal favorite part of living here in the South. The autumn leaves turning and falling away, the cool evening breezes blowing across your yard, the sound of birds signaling the sun to take its dive into the sea and the best part is the crackling of wood as burns away into dust in your own personal soul warming fireplace. Whether outside or inside, these staples have made their way south and they are here to stay. Even though we are far from the times where fireplaces were a necessity to provide life sustaining warmth to a home, they still serve a great purpose in satisfying the innate need inside us to be warm both physically and emotionally.

 
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They are both beautiful to the eye and the soul and oh so useful!

Outside firepits are the jewel of the landscape and offer amazing conversation area for gatherings or a night of relaxation. Not to mention amazingly useful for s’more making with your family!

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We use many different materials to craft these works of art. The most popular of course if brick.

 

 
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We love the Cherokee Oxford brick that has a great mix of whites, beige and the classic brick colors that gives a feel of new and old. Our brick masons are filled with knowledge on designs and patterns that range from classic to modern and eclectic. The next material option is tabby. This is definitely a lowcountry staple which is made from mortar and shells. 

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Pop a rustic wood beam mantle on top and you have a stunning fireplace that will anchor your home in look and comfort.