It gets cold here in New York and with our combination of snow and ice storms, things can get dangerous, very quickly. An emergency kit like the one we have pictured here is essential-one for every car and for every home, so you have the tools you need in order to combat cold weather and dire circumstances both in your home and on the road. While you might be a very careful winter drivers, others might not be, and an accident that you are not even involved in can leave you stranded on the highway for hours. Having a kit that contains not just tools and first aid, but also food, water, and a blanket, is absolutely essential.
At times we receive enough snow to be virtually trapped in our homes. While you might be able to dig your car out, the roads are so
Living the dream! Here’s what to look for when buying or renting a vacation home. Are you looking for a place to rent out for income, use for yourself or a combination of the two?
1. Price Range. Step one: what price range do you want to be in. Will you be financing or paying cash? If you are thinking about financing, I have a wonderful loan office licensed in both New York and Florida. She will be your first call to get the lay of the “second home” land. A pre- approval will put you in the best purchasing position possible.
2. Size. How big is your family? Does everyone need their own room or is everyone happy to share? Do you spend a lot of time gathering in the kitchen or do you need a large sitting area? Think about what your family likes to do
Some people do not believe that they need a home office business or a household a dedicated space is a must. If you have an unused space in your home, making it into an office can help not just with organizing your home and life, but can also give you the headspace you need to get work done. Here are 4 steps to creating a Home Office.
1. Get a real desk. Not a kitchen table, not a piece of wood on top of some boxes. Build it yourself, contract someone to build it for you or pick one up at a home goods store. A "real" desk will make your office feel like a "real" workspace.
2. Add an idea board. Whether it is a whiteboard or a chalkboard, get something up on your wall that you can use to quickly jot down ideas, visual concepts, or just leave a note…
Adding curb appeal to your home does not have to be expensive and it does not even have to be time consuming. Whether you are preparing your home for sale or just want to spruce it up for your own enjoyment, here are my Top 6 suggestions…
1. Paint your front door. This is an easy way to give your entrance some pizazz. Choose a color that will compliment your house color yet stand out.
2. Change your hardware. If the hardware on your door, the light fixture beside it, or the mailbox are looking a little run down, changing one or all of these out can give your home an updated appearance. Think black, bronze, pewter or gun metal- buh bye dated brass. If the mail box or light fixture has “good bones” consider spray painting them for a few dollars…
While you might have brought along some of your old furniture, if you are moving into a house for the first time or have just upgraded to a bigger place, you probably don’t have all of the furniture you need. If you are just moving out of your college apartment or leaving your parents’ home, for example, you might not have any furniture at all. This means you need to outfit your entire house with furniture—a daunting prospect. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to make sure you get all the furniture you need.
1. Make lists. While standing in each room of your house, think about what furniture that room needs. Standing in the space allows you to really think about what the room needs and what kind of furniture you need to buy. For example, does your…
If you have a spare room and want to turn it into a home gym, there are a few things you’re going to need. Whether you’re looking to start small or are ready to go all in for a home gym, here are some ideas to help you get your home gym up and running.
1. Floor covering. While working out on carpet might be alright, working out on hardwood or laminate flooring likely won’t be. When lifting weights or jumping rope, you want a flooring that you are not likely to slip on. If you are going to be bringing weight machines into the room, you will want a durable flooring that will keep the equipment securely in place while in use. There are interlocking foam pieces you can buy to cover and protect anything from carpet to hardwood, and which will prevent…
Interior and Exterior Color Trends for 2015
While there are always going to be some …
patterns and colors that are classic and will work as well in your home today as in twenty years, it can be refreshing to pick one of this year’s hot colors and incorporate it into your room.
Just painting a single wall can give a room new life
—even if you don’t change any of the furniture or even how it’s arranged.
Take a look at some of this year’s trending colors.
Light, dusty green has always been a popular color. It can be considered a neutral, but the different tones can be brought out by pairing this color with another, richer green, or with another color with a different hue, but the same tone. If you love the calming influence of green in your sage is
There is nothing more calming than stepping into a spa. Think how wonderful it would be if you could duplicate that feeling in your own home. Here are some decorating tips to help you achieve that perfect Zen, spa-quality bathroom regardless of your budget.
1. Close off the tub area. When you’re taking a shower, do you ever feel like you’re a little too close to your toilet and sink areas? While creating a separate room just for your shower and bathtub might not be in your budget, but you can visually close it off by adding a dramatic shower curtain that obscures the rest of the bathroom. If your space is large enough add a few houseplants to section the space off visually.
2. Add in some luxury products. Spas always feature luxury soaps