Take It Outside: 3 Tips To Stage Your Backyard, Porch, or Deck

deck-decorating-63Summer is officially here and it’s time to get your exterior living spaces “show ready.” Even if you’re not selling your house it’s fun to add some quick and easy items to your outdoor spaces.

From decks to patios to porches, here are our top 3 tips:

Patio pots filled with annuals – Colorful patio pots are trending right now. The bigger the better! Instant color and décor for your pool area, deck, or front porch.  If you’re local, pick one up at Red Barn Gardens, RedBarnGardensVT.com.

Summer wreath for your front door – Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas! Add a decorated grapevine or straw wreath to compliment your style. Looking for inspiration? Lemons, strawberries, or even a red, white, and blue theme will make your front door “pop.”

String lights – There’s always a spot for string lights on your porch, patio, railing, or even in front of your garage. If you don’t have an electricity source try some solar lights.

We specialize in staging your home for sale or just for fun! Contact us today for a complimentary home visit for more tips, tricks, and “on trend” advice.

3 Ways to Light Up Your Life: Outdoor Inspiration for Your Backyard

Embrace the shorter days and cooler weather with a strategy to light up your surroundings.  We all want to stay outside and enjoy our yard space. If you’re not able to build a fire feature, then set your space ablaze with our lighting suggestions.

Gather ‘Round the Fire – If your municipal laws allow, set up an area to have an outdoor fire. Add a fire feature like a Fire Box from Mayhem Metalz. Made in the U.S.A. and shipped to your door! You won’t be disappointed. Carolyn hosted a Full Moon Fire Pit Party and everyone stayed until well into the evening. Don’t forget the s’mores!

Light Up Your Porch or Deck – Do you prefer white lights or a strand that “pops” with some color? Either way, check out your local hardware store or dig up some Christmas lights. Loop the outdoor string lights around your porch posts or your deck railings. You’ve got plenty of choices for power options – we love solar. Jennie has a set of solar string lights strung along her fence that charge all day and come on at dusk. For plug-in lights, invest in a timer to put them on at dusk. Stock up on batteries if you choose battery lights, many have built in 8-hour timers.

Trees That Twinkle – We found these amazing Weeping Willow Lights and are just trying to figure out where to put them!

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5 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything – you don’t want a potential buyer to pull up to your house and decide to not even enter because they don’t like the look from the outside. It’s easy to enhance your front yard with a few weekend projects. Here are our top 5 ways to boost your curb appeal:

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Paint your front door. Adding a splash of vibrant color to your front door will create a welcoming entry and draw potential buyers in, and will only cost about $30 for a gallon of exterior paint. Check out DIY Network’s 28 Inviting Colors to Paint a Front Door.

Replace your house numbers. Installing new numbers on your house is an easy fix to spruce up your curb appeal. There are tons of options out there – choose metal numbers that match the finish of your exterior lighting fixtures or get a customized plaque that matches the vibe and style of your house.

Update exterior light fixtures. Replacing outdated light fixtures will immediately modernize the look of your entry. Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time.

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Add potted plants to your front porch. Add a pop of color to your entry with colorful pots filled with flowers, succulents, or ornamental grasses.

Tend to your yard and garden beds. A well-manicured lawn and groomed garden beds tell potential buyers that a home has been well-maintained. Cut your grass regularly and edge your lawn for a professional look. Weed your planting beds and spread mulch to give your landscaping a fresh appearance.