Before I write this article, I have to fess up and tell you that I am quoting my wife in many of the things I will write. She is a decorator and I have heard her give many of these tips to family, friends and clients. In my defense, we have been married for 53 years and as the old saying goes "if you can't beat them, then join them" I watch some of those home decorating shows on TV with her and have winessed her work through the years so I have learned a few things on my own and I think I have a pretty good eye, even if I do say somyself!
Lighting; Simple white lights can add a real ambiance to a room. If you have existinggreenery such as silk trees or plants, drape a couple of strands of lights over them. If you are not into a lot of decorating for the Holidays, this one simple step will go a long way. Also a few strings of lights, draped over the shrubbery outside, gives a warm and inviting look to your home and unlike hanging lights on the exterior of your home takes very little time.
Christmas Planters: You can make your own as we did one year. Just remember the sizeof your porch or front walk. We had a good laugh at our house that Christmas . My wife took a course on the how-to and she was away to the races. They were beautiful but a real problem to lift from the garage where we made them, to the front porch and a little large for the house. I teased that they would have been better suited to the Bradley Centre. She tried! Now we buy ours already assembled and just add a few of our own touches before we put them out.
Christmas Trees : In recent years the pre-lit trees have become very popular. I think most of us can remember trying to untangle those strings of lights which you are sure you put away neatly. And how about the old strings which went out if one bulb was bad. Bring back horrible memories anyone? Today, it is simple to assemble the tree and plug it in. If you still have the unlit one or you prefer a real Christmas tree, good luck! I am for the simple way! There are all sizes and shapes of artificial trees today. If you have downsized like we have, you may like the slim trees which require far less space. They look especially good if you have the room for 2 or 3 together in varying heights.In some settings the light alone are enough. Or if less is more in your books, you may just want a small table size tree with miniature ornaments which looks great.
Wreaths: There is every look imaginable out there for every taste. You may like a realevergreen wreath with a nice big bow and ornaments for the door or a pine cone wreath, a tree branch wreath with birds and feathers or even a feather wreath. That is what is so great about Christmas decorations. Nothing is ever out of style. It is your home and whatever your style and choice, have fun with it.
Color Schemes: The traditional Christmas tree in my childhood was always red and green but color has evolved just as the trees have. If you want to see the many choices available, visit one of the florist shops or nurseries, like the Glasshouse and see their manydisplays. The owners and staff at the Glasshouse do an amazing transformation each year and it is a great place to get ideas for your home. I warn you though, if you are like my wife, there is always something that would look just perfect with what we already have! ha ha. I recently saw a store window with black trees, not my choice but very elegant looking. Be creative and try something new. Gold and Silver are always a good combination or white with gold or silver.
Table Centres: My wife loves to make these but don't make them too big or you will have toremove them to make room for your place settings. She loves to use a simplemirror square or plate from the dollar store as a base.Try arranging a couple of sizes of small clear glass vases with candles in them and add a touchy of greenery. Another simple idea is to stagger varying heights of candles, add some greenery with a few gold or silver miniature ornaments. Christmas ornaments in a tall glass container is a simple table arrangement and very inexpensive We saw at one of the homes on the Walk where they had added greenery place mats to their charger plates. It created a very festive look.
Themes: We have done 2 trees in past years.. One was a nature theme with ornaments depicting birds, reindeer and winter scenery. On that tree our accents are burgundy. The other tree was Santa heads in Cream and Gold. I had a friend whose husband was a hunter and she decorated in a hunters theme with deer heads. Our son's family have a Disney tree because they love Disney and have great family memories there together. Our son-in-law has a family friend back home in Newfoundland who crochets miniature tree ornaments for them. They are beautiful and evoke special memories for him.
If you are at a loss and just want to add a new touch to your Christmas Décor, Pintrest is an excellent source. I have given you some examples above. Put your own twist on what you see and share for all to enjoy.
Ihope we have given you some ideas. Perhaps this is the year to add a new touch to your Christmas decorating. Have fun and enjoy!
Rogers Hometown Hockey Event This Weekend Dec 15-16/2018
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in Chatham-Kent Dec 15-16/2018
If you are a NHL fan or just looking for a fun family weekend, the upcoming Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour event in Chatham-Kent is the place to be. Our own municipality has been chosen as one of the 24 community stops this year to celebrate local hockey stories and the game's great stars. The event planners have been collecting local stories regarding hockey,individuals and interesting facts and other unique qualities special to Chatham-Kent. Sportsnet hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be here all weekend and there will be a live outdoor broadcast of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets game from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio on Sunday Night.
The 2 day festival features free family fun with activities, live local entertainment, giveaways and NHL Alumni.The event will take place between Third and Fourth St. in Downtown Chatham. Watch for street closing during the event. It is the ultimate free fun hockey themed weekend for all ages.
Some NHLers will be on hand to sign autographs and there will be a Sportsnet Virtual Photo Booth giving fans an opportunity to take virtual photos with their favorite NHL stars and have them emailed directly to their devices for social sharing.There will be interactive games,and even a Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink to engage hockey fans, interact with NHL alumni Shayne Corson and play hockey. Scotiabank will donate $15,000 to the Minor Hockey Association in our community.These are just a few of the great things happening this weekend so plan to attend this special festival and enjoy all the hockey stories and related events.
Tim Hortons will give out free coffee and hot chocolate from their mobile unit and Dr. Oetker Guiseppe Pizzeria will be handing out pieces of their great pizza.
Hope to see you there. And people say there is nothing to do in Chatham-Kent. Come out and join the fun!
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Generation X Makes Comeback into Real Estate Market
According to a recently released study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Homeowners in the Gen X Generation are making a comeback into the Real EstateBuyer/Seller pool. In recent years, the time spent in their present home was 10 years, a cycle that was interrupted by the decline of house prices experienced in 2011. This decline has caused a definite decrease in inventory which hopefully will ease as this generation once again gains momentum in the Real Estate Market. A stronger job market and a rise in homeprices is stated as the reason for this activity. It has taken this long for Gen X to rebuild their equity in their present home. Always in the forefront, Gen X has taken a backseat
You may have heard rumbling that there is a shortage of homes in the market for sale and wondered why.To fully understand todays market requires some knowledge of the generation numbers and their effects on homes for sale, buyers and the renters market.
Generation X, born between the years of 1965-1984, numbers 83 million. According to some experts, they came into the housing market at the wrong time.In 2004, Generation Xhomeowners reached an all time historical high of 49.5%. Today 10+ years later those historical averages are 7.0-7.9% below average for that generation. What happened?Manyentered the marketpurchasing overvalued properties with high-risk loans that left them overextended and vulnerable.Some,as a resultwent
You love Chatham-Kent with its Affordable Lifestyle and all the activities for young and old alike. You enjoy the many events and attractions in the Chatham-Kent area. The children are involved in sports or you are a senior taking advantage of the many activities available at the Seniors Activity Centre. Should you move to something smaller or perhaps bigger? Should you stay where you are and remodel? To make the the best remodel or move decision, it is important to understand all the reasons that you have to remodel and all the reasons that you have to move. This article reviews common reasons to move. As you read each of these reasons, consider how much it applies to you and note how strongly you feel about each one.Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me make your move an easy and enjoyable experience. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this great area.
1. The size of your family has changed. Of the many reasons to move, the size of your current home is the most common. Many young couples have purchased a cozy two- or three-bedroom, 1,000-square foot home that suits their situation perfectly. The home has a master bedroom, a guest bedroom, and possibly a home office. A single living area with couches and an entertainment center provides the couple with ample space for the two of them and their visitors. As they start a family,
HOME OWNERSHIP IN Chatham-Kent Is Now The Time??? Do you own a home today and thinking about buying another to move up or maybe just for investment? Chatham-Kent is the affordable community with many ammenitites, attractions and events taking place making this the ideal location to live, raise a family retire to, relocate to,or purchase a vacation property. Are you trying to decide if now is the time to jump in and purchase your first home? Whatever the case, NOW IS THE TIME! All indicators point to a positive market.
There are 4 very good reasons to buy a home and some of them just make good sense but today more than ever with the economic climate this is the time to jump into the market. Let us examine them
Are you a buyer or seller in today's Real Estate market? Are you confused? Who do you chose to represent you in what very well may be the largest purchase of your lifetime. You need a Professional. Someone who knows what he is doing and can make the transaction a pleasant experience. Don't get caught with mud on your face. There are plenty of do -it -yourself companies out there, covering everything from home renovation projects to selling your home. I was always taught to do what I knew best and leave the Professional to the rest. This is especially true in buying or selling a home. There are many details that Real Estate Professional know and
TheBaby Boomers 55 years and up, 76 Million of them,are one the largest segments of the population today and they areretiringor looking at retiring in the next 10-15 years. Both buyers and sellers in that age group have been waiting for the past few years for some postive signs that the time is right for them to make a move. There have been reports lately that indicate that the housing market is returning to a closer to normal market after the last few years.This could mean a more robust 55+ market, asbuyersget access to a source of cash ( their homes) that has been denied to all but the wealthiest buyer lately.
More people 55+ indicate they will continue to work. They maynot stay at their present place of employment, in many cases being forced toretirefrom their lifetime career but will look foralternate employment.This means they are looking for a specific type of community and neighborhood where their needs can be met.
WHY ARE THEY RELOCATING:
ManyBaby Boomersare finding themselvesEmpty Nesters.They have the large family home which was great when the children were growing up but today
Are you tired of the overall look of your home? Is it time for some updates. Traditionally, in the winter we all spend more time indoors and it is just human nature to want a change.You may be updating your home to put it on the Market. Spring and Fall are good times to do that. All indications point to a brisk market in the Chatham-Kent area. Or, maybe now is not the right time for you personally to sell but you wantto have a new look. There are several changes you can make without spending a lot of money and they will help you Successfully Market your home when the time is right. Remember Chatham-Kent has many exciting new Developments planned for the near future and people are watching our community. It has a very Affordable Lifestyle and is a a great place to live, retire, downsize or visit. Let's get started with some great ideas. Spring is the Season of color! We are coming out of the drab days of winter and watching for those first signs of green on the trees, shrubs and lawns. The Robins are chirping and we can even spot a bright little Bluejay bobbing around the yard.Summer is colorful and we spend a lot of our time outdoors. Fall arrives and after the bright days of summer
Is staging your home a good idea when preparing to list or sell? It is a very necessary step to insure you receive the most return from your investment. For many people their home is the biggest investment of their lives. We are emotionally attached particularly if we have raiseda family there or enjoyed many happy occasions. First, you must become emotionally un-attached, prepare mentally to move on and trust your Real Estate Agent to do what he does best. He will find the right buyer at the best price for your home. Your job is to carefully select that agent and then follow a few basic steps. Prepare to show your home at it's best.
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Setting the asking price of a property should always
Many homebuyers particularly NEW home buyers fail to plan for yearly maintenace on their new home puchase. This is very important. Buyers work with their Real Estate Agent and their Mortgage Specialist, set their budget as far as monthly, weekly or bi-weekly mortgage payments but often have no idea what it costs to maintain their home in good condition.This is where a good agent will guide you to make an informed decision.He or she will advise you to have a Home Inspection by someone who works with their team. Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc.Brokerage and put me to works for you with with a whole team of Trusted Professionals located in Chatham-Kent who can direct you in every decision and guide you to make an informed decision as to the viability of the purchase. A Home Inspection will provide objective information. With this report the buyer can negotiate better through his or her agent and not be facing unexpected repairs in the near future. Heating System, Roof and other large ticket items can be devastating if not expected. Home Components
The loan and mortgage process is a stressful and sometimes frustrating process. The idea is to make the entire process go as smoothly as possible. What is most important? Be prepared before you sit down with your loan officer. Here are some things you can do to help ensure successful results, as well as give you some control over your own loan process.