SO LONG SUMMER—FOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE CLEANUP TIPS

Fall officially kicked off on Sept. 22nd.  As we welcome shorter days, brisk mornings, fall activities and autumnal colors, it’s also time to clean your home’s outdoor furniture. Deodorize outdoor cushions. Maintain your dream home’s patio furniture by taking time to thoroughly clean it.  Start with the cushions.  Mix one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, 1 quart of warm water and one tablespoon of Borax into a spray bottle.  Spray both sides of the cushions, focusing on creases and ... Read More ›

Five Common Kitchen Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

Most people clean their kitchens on a regular basis to protect their families and huge financial investment—their dream homes.  Unfortunately, many cleaning methods actually exacerbate the situation because bacteria, debris and other elements are spread around the home. Safeguard your dream home and your family by ceasing to make the following five cleaning mistakes. Being deceived by a dirty dishwasher.  You trust your new dishwasher to clean all of your family’s dishes, utensils, ... Read More ›

Create a Home Office that Works Part Two

Last week, we shared the first four steps for creating a home office that works which are defining the space, and finding furniture, paint and a rug that both inspire and comfort you.  This week, we reveal the final four steps. Lighten up.  It’s common to overlook one of the most important aspects of your home office, its lighting.  Choosing lighting that is both aesthetic and functional is absolutely necessary.  We recommend a desk or standing lamp in addition to overhead lighting so ... Read More ›

Create a Home Office that Works Part One

Now that the kids are back in school, you can tackle all of those previously postponed projects for your new construction dream home.  If you need to create your home office, follow these tips first to ensure you are set up for success. Define the space. If you are using a dedicated room such as a den or an unused bedroom, it will be easy to separate your work and personal spaces.  If you plan to designate an area within your home that your family uses, such as a kitchen desk or a ... Read More ›

Top Five Countertop Choices beyond Granite

Some interior design experts caution that granite is on its way out, however others claim it’s still a solid choice because it is durable, attractive and becoming increasingly affordable.  Granite aside, here are the top five recommendations for countertops. Soapstone- Unlike granite, soapstone does not require regular maintenance and sealing like granite because it is nonporous.  This makes it a great option for bathrooms because it is resistant to stains and acidic materials.  On the ... Read More ›

Six Steps to Setting Kids up for New School Success

If you moved into your new construction dream home during the spring or summer and have school-aged children, odds are that they are a bit nervous about starting at their new school.  A positive attitude and some organization will help the transition go more smoothly.  Here are six steps to help your children adjust to their new school. Punch up your positive attitude. Kids have wild imaginations which can sometimes cause them to focus on everything that could go wrong.  Starting at a ... Read More ›

Five Fun Family Events for Labor Day Weekend

Before the kids return to school, pack in family fun this Labor Day weekend!  Here are our top five picks for Labor Day events in Southeast Michigan. Saline Community Fair is a week-long event on the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds that kicks off on Monday, Aug. 29th and runs through Labor Day.  This year’s theme is, ‘Proud of the Past, Poised for the Future,’ which means you and your family can enjoy traditional fair events like the car and tractor show; live animals on display and ... Read More ›

FOUR REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD WOW WITH WALLPAPER

Today’s trending wallpaper is much different than what you may remember from your grandparents’ home or an outdated, tacky hotel.  According to the most recent trend forecast from Zillow Digs, which is a compilation of interior design experts’ survey responses and a home improvement database analysis, "2016 will bring a fresh modern vibe that beautifully mixes simplicity with bold accents reminiscent of the roaring 20’s.” As you decorate your dream home, consider these four reasons to WOW ... Read More ›

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