To-Do List for Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening

Before pumpkin-themed drinks are released, you need to do some important things in your garden. During the late summer, it is important to tackle a couple of gardening projects to keep your garden happy and healthy during the wintertime. These tasks can be done over the weekend so grab your favorite gardening gloves and let’s get started!  

Late-Summer/Early Fall To-Do List:

  • Remove faded and dead flowers from your garden bed. Flowers and plants that have lost their color tend to not recover; therefore, you will want to make an executive decision on whether or not to remove them from your garden bed before fall. 
  • Add grass and bushes into your yard and garden. Late summer to early fall is the perfect time to begin planting grass and bushes at your home. 
  • Fill up your bird feeders with fresh seeds.
  • Plant your favorite fall flowers! Grab some mums and decorate your garden with fall-inspiring colors like yellow, orange and red. You can even incorporate a bale of hay with a couple of pumpkins for a fun, festive look. 
  • Take some time to prune your trees, bushes, and hedges. This will help make them look full and colorful next spring and summer. 
  • Till your soil and garden beds to get them ready for next year. You can even add a homemade compost! 
  • If you decide not to use your planters this fall, make sure to remove all the soil and wash them out thoroughly with mild soap and warm water. This will prevent transferring bacteria and disease to next year’s new plants. 
  • During the fall, your grass will grow at a slower rate than it does during the summertime. Make sure to lower your lawn mower’s blade height.
  • Once the leaves begin to fall, you want to make sure you are raking frequently. Leaves can actually suffocate your lawn and stop it from growing properly. 
  • Take some time to remove weeds and debris from your garden bed. The more you remove this time of year, the less you will have to worry about in the spring. 

Make sure to follow these tips to help your garden adjust to the change in temperatures. Let us know what you think in the comment section. Happy Gardening! 

5 Ways to Make Different Colors Blend

Brown or taupe? Or white versus gray? One thing that these hues all have in common is that they have a neutral base. Do you find yourself feeling confined to neutrals out of fear of experimenting with color? While a neutral palette will always be a designer favorite, some of us crave a bit of bold color. How can you implement such vibrant hues in your decor without going overboard? There is no need to wonder because we are going to show you how to effortlessly blend colors in your home. Let’s get started!
 
5 Ways to Make Different Colors Blend:
1. Tone on Tone.
One way you can experiment with color is to use tone on tone hues. What exactly does that mean? It involves using the same color but variations of the hue throughout the space. A tone on tone scheme will make you feel like you are using a lot of colors while in reality, you are sticking with the same hue. A great tone on tone color that you can play with is blue. Consider combining a soft baby blue, a chilly blue and a dark navy for a tone on tone look. Afterward, you can accent the space with violet or red.
 
2. Break up Color with Neutrals.
Use neutral elements to break up the “color on color” look. When your space begins to feel like it is becoming a bit too much, you can incorporate more neutrals. For example, if you have a room with yellow walls and other variations of this hue throughout the space, you will want the trim on the walls to be a neutral tone like white. This can add a sense of balance while emphasizing this neutral element. Introduce as many neutrals as you want until you tame the look to your liking.
 
3. Wood Elements. 
Another great way to diffuse a colorful design scheme that feels off-balanced is to incorporate some elements of wood. The soft touches of wood can add a lot of natural warmth while creating a balance inside of the space. 
 
4. Do Not Forget About Texture.
When working with different colors, you cannot forget to enhance the design by using texture. Rough or rich textured objects such as lacquered furniture, a brick wall or even unfinished flooring can add interest, depth, and detail into your space. 
 
5. Using Multiple Colors. 
When using various colors within a single space, you will want to use something that can tie together all the different hues. For instance, a colorful piece of artwork or accessory like a patterned throw pillow can help harmonize all the colors being used. 
 
We hope you enjoyed these five ways to make different colors blend throughout your space. Be sure to check back weekly for more design tips and tricks! 

Five Factors That Sell Homes

Are you putting your home on the market? Before you do, we want to share with you five factors that sell homes. While each home varies in needs, these five factors have proven to be important to buyers. So before you list it, make sure you check it. Let’s take a look! 

Five Factors That Sell Homes

1. Flooring.

As flooring experts, we understand how important good flooring is in a home, especially one that you are trying to sell. If your current floors are beaten up or worn out, it may be best to replace them. New floors can help increase your home’s value and create a more alluring buying opportunity for buyers. 

2. Kitchen + Bathrooms

Any good real estate agent will tell you that the two most important rooms to buyers are the kitchen and bathroom(s). Take a good look at the quality and presentation of these rooms. If it is less than pleasing, you will want to take action. Redoing these areas can get expensive; therefore, you want to set a budget and make sure you see a return-on-investment. Simple updates like replacing old hardware and new paint can do just the trick. Just be sure that your rooms are making a good lasting impression on buyers. 

3. Closets

Believe it or not, closets are important to buyers. They ideally want an organization system inside the closet. If your closet does not currently have one, install it. You want everything to look clean and organized. Store anything that you do not need in your closet inside of the storage unit. 

4. Paint Choices

Neutrals are the best color choice for selling a home. Buyers want to imagine themselves living inside of your home and they should not be able to block that vision with a bright green wall. While colorful walls are stylish, they may cause you a lost sale. Be sure to add soothing neutrals throughout your space to help ensure a sale. 

5. Organization

A huge turn-off to potential buyers is clutter. If they cannot see your home and all of its potential due to the amount of clutter in your space, you need to take some serious organizational steps. First, you want to cut back on decor. While decor adds personality, it can also block buyers from visualizing themselves in your home. Place a minimal amount of decor pieces inside of your rooms to help ensure that buyers are seeing the whole picture. Next, you want to store anything that you do not plan on using in the next couple of months. This includes items like seasonal decor, clothing, old photos, etc. Ideally, you will want to rent out a storage unit for these items to get them out of sight and out of mind. Lastly, you want to take a look at your furniture. Are there any pieces that are overwhelming the space? If so, you want to cut back on what you can to reduce the visual distractions. 

We hope you enjoyed these tips and good luck on selling your home! 

How To Personalize Your Home

Decorating your home can be challenging because you want it to look like something out of a magazine but you still want to have some of your personality in the mix. To make your home really feel like home, you can add unique personal touches. Taking a personalized approach to your home’s design lets you have fun with decorating and it can help you save a few dollars along the way. We have tips and tricks that you can incorporate to ensure that your home is truly a reflection of you.
 
How to Personalize Your Home
 
1. Give Yourself A Self-Assessment.
The key to successfully personalize your space is really knowing yourself. What values are important to you? What are some things that you cannot live without and what makes you tick? Before you begin the process, take some time and ask yourself some personal questions. Determine your favorite activities, interests, etc. so that you can create a space full of things that are important to you.
 
2. Meaningful Items. 
Whether it is heirlooms that have been passed down from generation to generation or your grandmother’s old painting, be sure to decorate with items that hold special meaning to you. Souvenirs from trips and drawings from your children are things that you hold dear and it can also contribute to your decor. You can even incorporate your hobbies into your decorations. For instance, if you enjoy bicycling, you can store them on the wall by building a chic wooden hanging nook. By hanging them on the wall like a piece of art, you can blend them into the room’s decor.
 
3. Use Colors that Inspire You. 
What is your favorite color? Or better yet, what colors are motivating to you? Use this as inspiration when painting different spaces within your home. You can incorporate lively colors like the yellow or orange in your decor to create a light-hearted feeling or you can use tranquil colors like blue or green to create a relaxing oasis. Whatever the tone you are trying to set, see how color specifically speaks to you. 
 
4. Create A Feature Wall.
Make an accent wall featuring all of the things that bring you joy. You can put photographs, prints, artwork and other things that tell your story right on the wall. When making your feature wall, be sure to mix things up, use a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and different knacks. If you decide to use photographs, you can hang them in unique frames. Creating such a wall in your home is bound to make your space feel more personalized. 
 
How do you personalize your home and make it unique to your style? Let us know in the comment section. 
 

Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Bathroom

Like the kitchen, the bathroom is an essential part of the home. Unfortunately, sometimes it becomes an area that tends to get overlooked. If you plan on putting your home on the market or if you simply want to make your house more desirable, updating the bathroom can drastically increase the value of your home. You may be wondering, how can you add value to your bathroom without launching an expensive remodeling project? We have five simple ways to help add value to your bathroom without breaking the bank. 
 
Five Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Bathroom
1. Twin Sinks
Twin sinks in the master bedroom bathroom can be a smart move. It is especially ideal if you are sharing the bathroom with another person. The dual sink feature will make getting ready in the morning easier and more efficient. Just remember, as a rule of thumb, you will need at least sixty inches to comfortably accommodate an additional sink.
 
2. New Lighting Scheme
Updated lighting will improve the look of any space even the bathroom. Remove your traditional contractor lighting system and opt for something with style. Create a layered lighting effect by installing an overhead lighting, task lighting near the vanity and you can even make use a light dimmer to create a spa-like ambiance in your bathroom. Use lighting fixtures with chic hardware to add a little bit of glamour back into the space. 
 
3. Neutral Palette
Using bold paint colors on bathroom walls has become a recent trend but it can be a bit of a challenge to pull off the look. For small bathroom spaces, stick to a neutral palette. For a fresh and clean look, be sure to use light hues like grey and soft whites. You can even just apply a fresh coat of paint to a dated bathroom to refresh it.
 
4. Dress Up the Tub
Transform your bathtub into something dreamy by styling it with some of your favorite products and accessories. Line the tub with a couple scented candles, fluffy towels and keep colorful bath salts and soaps nearby.
 
5. New Tile
Whether it is on the floor, a border around the shower, or a flattering backsplash, installing new tile can give your bathroom a whole new look. Large tiles can visually expand a small bathroom while diagonally installed tiles will make a narrow space appear wider.
 
We hope you enjoyed these five easy ways to add value to your bathroom. Be sure to check out our other blog posts at https://www.fromthefloorsup.com. 

5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Sale

Are you thinking about putting your home on the market? Then you know how important it is to attract potential buyers by making some upgrades to your home. From fixing a broken doorbell to installing a new heating system the projects, your home’s undertakings may seem endless; however, if you are working with a relatively small budget, you should focus on the projects that will give you the most bang for your buck. Check out these five tips for getting your home ready for a sale! 

 Five Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Sale:  

1. Remove All the Things You Do Not Need

Every professional home stager will first recommend that you declutter your entire house. This includes storage areas like the garage and the basement. Just think, a house packed with stuff looks much smaller than it really is. Clutter prevents potential buyers from getting a full view of the home and they will not really get to see what they are buying. If you are moving because you have outgrown your house, you should consider renting a storage unit temporarily if you cannot part with some items.

As previously mentioned, the allocated storage areas in the home like basement and garage also needs to be decluttered. Use shelves and wall storage units to organize and make these areas neater.

2. Hire A Handyman

Consider hiring a professional handyman for the day to fix small things around the house. While it may not be a big deal to buyers to see one or two things wrong in the house, they will get turned off by a host of small things that needs repairing. This can raise red flags. Create a list of minor things that need to be fixed around the house and have a handyman repair them.

3. Curb Appeal is Everything

Capture a buyer’s attention before they even enter your home by giving a good first impression. Make sure the front lawn is well maintained and the house is well lit. Little things like getting a fresh new mailbox, a doorbell and fixing a faded house number can make a world of difference.

4. Purchase All New Accessories

Yes, new accessories like fresh pillows, stylish lamps and fluffy towels will make your home look fresh and clean. You can even purchase pieces that adds to the decor of your home. A well-styled look is important to attract buyers. 

5. Each Room Should Have A Function

Be sure to have a clear purpose for each room and nook. It should be defined with the appropriate furnishing. If you have a spare room that is filled with all kinds of stuff then you will want to define its function. 

 

3 Simple Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value

When you bought your home, you probably knew that there may come a day where you would sell it. With selling your home, you ideally want the greatest return-on-investment. But in order to get a return-on-investment, you have to take into account your home’s overall value. To help increase your home’s value, we have created three simple tips that were recommend by experts. Let’s take a look! 

 

3 Simple Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value

  1. One Step at a Time

Experts recommend that homeowners take on projects one step at a time. It can feel a bit overwhelming if they try to do all of the projects at the same time. Instead, we recommend starting with the basics and moving onto more complex projects. For example, experts say to start off with the living room. The living room is often the easy room to redo. Afterwards, you can begin to focus your attention on more complex rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms. 

  1. Focus on Floors

Of course, as flooring experts, we recommend having beautiful floors. The floors in your home can make or break a design. They are the glue to an entire remodeling project; therefore, they should not be taken lightly. When renovating or remodeling, you want to project a lot of your efforts into the floors. That means that you must have a clear budget in mind for them. If you do not have the money right now, start saving so that you can increase your home’s value with beautiful flooring. 

  1. The Important Spaces.

If you are selling your home, the two most important spaces to buyers are your kitchen and bathroom(s). These spaces are often the most important and expensive to remodel. But in order to increase your home’s overall value, you need to have a beautiful kitchen and bathroom. Experts say that the design of the room is not as important as the flow, especially in your kitchen. You want to have space that flows easily; therefore, that may mean rethinking your kitchen’s current appliances placement. 

 

If you are interested in upgrading your home’s floors, we have a wide selection of beautiful flooring available and with financing options available, your dream home is closer than you may think. Contact us today or stop by our showroom for more information and pricing. 


Five Tips for Decorating Like a Pro

There’s nothing that gets you going like the opportunity to completely decorate a blank canvas or update your home’s decor. You’ve spent numerous hours on Pinterest looking for some inspiration now you finally have the chance to put your creative brain to work.  While designing a space can be exciting it’s also a tough process that can definitely get overwhelming.  That’s why we’re letting you in on some of the insider secrets of decorating like a pro.

 

Don’t be in a rush to purchase furniture

Be sure to take your time when investing in furniture for your home. You don’t want to rush the process just so you can fill up the empty space. Shop around and only buy furniture that you absolutely love. It’s important to create a space that you’ll  thoroughly enjoy.

 

Go with your gut feeling

Relying on your instincts during the design process is crucial. Sometimes the endless possibilities can make the decision-making process so difficult. But what was your first choice? When you go with your initial feelings you’ll likely be happier with the results.

 

Remember the light

Between the wall treatments and floor plans, lighting often gets left out of the equation. However, the right lighting strategy can have a dramatic effect. It sets the mood as well as highlight the room’s best features. Chandeliers, lamps and other types of lighting fixtures can be the perfect accessories to dress up the room.

 

Avoid over-designing

With so many ideas running through your head you might be tempted to find a way to combine several different elements in one space. This will make the room look cluttered and tacky. You want your home to feel like it’s been curated over time not like you purchased a bunch items at once.

 

Create an area of emphasis

Every room needs a focal point or an element of surprise. The location of the element will be the conversation piece when your guests enter and it will tie in the overall look. This element should be bold and stand out from the rest of the elements in the room

The Master Bedroom: Creating Your Own Relaxing Refuge

The master bedroom is your personal sanctuary.  It’s the place where you can shake off the stresses of the day and unwind in whatever way you see fit. So, it makes a lot of sense for this area of your home to be more customized than rooms that are commonly shared with the rest of your family and visiting guests.  To make sure that your bedroom design is serving your needs in the best way possible, read on for some tips to make sure it’s potential is maximized.

 

Color

The color scheme of the room is the first thing that will create a sense of calm upon entering. Be sure to choose a relaxing neutral or cool color for your most dominant hue.  Warm colors such as red and orange represent activity and wakefulness—not exactly what you’re looking for in a room you want to catch some quality sleep in.  Instead try a cool gray or blue on the walls since this space will account for most of the surface area in the room.  If you enjoy bright colors, you can still inject them into the design through accents such as pillows, artwork or the base of a nightstand lamp.  But again, this room is all about alleviating the burdens of the day, so be gentle with your color choices.

 

Lighting

The right lighting is essential for resting your eyes after a long day.  Be sure to install light bulbs that emit warm white light, which will be softer on the eyes and better transition them for lights out later in the evening.  When the lights are on, however, using a dimmer switch is recommended.  This way you will be able to customize the brightness of the room to coincide with your activities. Reading a book will require bright light while catching up on your favorite TV show with a glass of wine handy will not.  The more options you have, the more customized the space feels.

 

Organization

Place the items in your bedroom that bring you satisfaction.  If that is a large screen television or a leather armchair and floor lamp for reading, then so be it. This space is all about what makes you happy and helps you feel good at the end of the day.  Only allow items that bring you joy into the room. The flip side of this idea is to keep what you have in the room organized. Once you have all the things you need, do not clutter up the space with unnecessary extras.  It is worth it at the end of the day to enter your personal sanctuary and have it clean and ready to receive you. 

Your Lovely Home Part 3

In the second part of our series, we discussed reworking your daily cleaning routine and dedicating an extra 15 minutes a day to organizing your home.  We also talked about how purchasing supplies to give each item a designated area will help you keep them maintained once the process is complete.  In the final part of our series we will be discussing making your living space work for you, keeping surface areas clean and being open to making adjustments to the process as you go along.

 

Consider Rearranging Space

 

While you may have gotten started on organizing each room of your home and purchasing supplies that will help keep things clean, look at the configuration of each space. Having the room arranged in a way that is not conducive to cleanliness can contribute to the problem.  Are there items that are hard to reach or difficult to put away? Simply moving some things around so there is a direct line to where they need to be can give you the motivation to see a task through. If it feels like you have to walk through a maze to return an item to its spot, then it’s time to create a path.

 

Simplify Your Surface Areas

 

While you are making sure that the floors, walls and storage areas are clean, do not forget your open surface spots.  Counters, dressers, and TV stands are all good examples of places in your house that may end up with a bunch of random items on top of them.  Keep these areas as free from clutter as you can.  Cleared areas are easier to wipe down during the day.  Having to remove the items, dust them off, clean the surface area and then return them to their spot can be a deterrent from cleaning due to the time involved. 

 

Remain Open to Change

 

As your routine evolves each day, keep note of what is working and what’s not.  Always be open to making little tweaks here and there to make your organization project work for you.  Every plan is not one size fits all, so try out these methods and customize them as you go along. You may find that you have more time for organizing if you space your household chores correctly.  More time will help you reach your goals more quickly.  Also allow yourself time to take a break if you are having an overwhelming day.  You need to be your best, and the tasks will still be there tomorrow.

 

We hope you enjoyed our series on home organization. Check back with us for more ideas on how to make your living space work for you!