Design, Decor & Entertaining Category

Decor Suggestion: Bring the Indoors Out

Philadelphia homes for sale 4 reasons to treat your outdoor spaces like an extension of your home. Don't let Philadelphia's short summers stop you from going all out outside.  In fact, I'd say a short summer season is a reason in itself to beautify your outdoor space.  Scroll down for some tips & photos for inspiration.  If you want to find a house with an awesome outdoor space, contact us, we'd love to help you! The short season!  Don't you want to savor every last minute...Continue Reading!

Painting Tip: Try Before You Buy

Philadelphia homes for sale doing a test run helps avoid costly mistakes I am in the depths of picking paint colors for one of our projects & I feel like I am drowning in choices.  Running through my head is the time I foolishly bought paint from a small swatch & jumped into painting a room.   I didn't even think about the rooms natural light, floor color or exactly what that shade on that teeny little swatch would look like on a large expanse...Continue Reading!

Design Crush

Philadelphia homes for sale Get In My House Right Now I LOVE my home.  I love decorating my home.  If I had an unlimited budget I would probably just buy houses & make them beautiful.  Right now there are a few things I'm crushing & I.Just.Can't.Get.Enough. Brass Really.  Brass.  That finish that we tried to stainless steel & satin nickel right out of town.  It's back.  And it looks so fresh.  I thank Mad Men. Love how the brass warms up the neutral palette in this bedroom. Eclectic Bedroom...Continue Reading!

DIY: Handmade Fire Starters

Philadelphia homes for sale Pretty Fire Starters in 15 Minutes for Your Wood Burning Fireplace Lots of homes in Philadelphia have fireplaces.  These fire starters are quick, easy, pretty AND they work. What You'll Need: Wicks Wax (I use Soy Wax) Dry Organic Material (dried flowers, pinecones etc.) Egg Carton (the papery kind) 1.   Fill your egg carton halfway with dried material. 2.  Melt your wax.  I place a mason jar half full of wax in a saucepan of water & bring it to a boil. 3.  Pour the wax over organic...Continue Reading!

Brighten Up Your Home with Bulbs

Philadelphia homes for sale Not the Ones That You Screw In:  The Flowering Kind This winter has me dreaming of spring.  Spring makes me think of all kinds of wonderful things but flowering bulbs top the list.  I recently saw a new way of growing  them indoors which involves a wide mouth jar so you not only see the stem & flower but the roots as well.  Somebody must have read my mind because over the holidays I received one as a gift.  I was...Continue Reading!

Philly Loves An Open Floor Plan: 3 Ways to Maximize Your Space

Philadelphia homes for sale Define Zones, Create Architectural Interest & Set the Mood If there is one thing on a buyers list it is an open floor plan.  It fosters family togetherness & makes entertaining a breeze.  The open floor plan gained popularity in the 80's.  While most trends come & go; this particular trend has proven staying power.  Whether you dwell in a condo, loft or single family residence there are ways to maximize the space so it doesn't feel TOO open.  Cozy is good;...Continue Reading!

Pantone Releases the Color of the Year Today

Philadelphia homes for sale 2014's Color of the Year is 'Radiant Orchid'                                 2013's color of the year, Emerald, may have been a bit easier to swallow for home decor.  I think this is going to be bit more difficult for everyone to embrace for obvious reasons.  I, for one, love how bright & optimistic orchid is & think it will make a great accent color.  It works well with the "it" color of the moment gray as well as creams, taupes, yellows, metallics & other...Continue Reading!

5 Ways to Get Your Home Party Ready

Philadelphia homes for sale Get Your House Ready in Advance & Save Your Sanity....The Holidays Are Upon Us The holidays are fun but can be very stressful especially if you are hosting or entertaining.  Getting your home ready in advance makes it so much easier & leaves more time for celebrating. Contemporary Staircase by Columbus Photographers Julie Ranee Photography 1. Clean & De Clutter Vaccum, dust, tidy up & get rid of clutter.  If you have nosy friends or family hide whatever you don't want people to see....Continue Reading!

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour

Philadelphia homes for sale That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store The secret?  Get your butcher to cut the backbone out & crack the breastbone so it lays flat.  Or do it yourself with some sharp kitchen shears.  I prefer to leave it to the professionals at Giunta's in the Reading Terminal. What you'll need: 1 butterflied chicken Olive oil Salt Pepper Cast iron skillet, dutch oven or a roasting pan (see my makeshift roasting pan below) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees 2. Meanwhile put a couple of tablespoons...Continue Reading!

Timeless Finish Spotted in Philly: Marble

Philadelphia homes for sale We Love Touring New Construction in Philadelphia & Coming Across Marble Marble countertops are gaining popularity along with quartz, however, marble is also beautiful in bathrooms or when used in furnishings. Marble in Kitchens Marble is gorgeous in kitchens.  Why not use this gorgeous finish where everyone ends up hanging out? Carrara Center Island & Backsplash Mixed with a Caesarstone Perimeter Traditional Kitchen by Hinsdale Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Normandy Remodeling Polished Marble Wall Traditional Kitchen by San Diego Design-Build Firms Pacific Management LLC Gorgeous Backsplash & Great...Continue Reading!