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Interior Lighting 101

Nothing creates a mood quite like lighting. Whatever atmosphere you are aiming for, your lighting choices can really enhance or detract. Let’s go over some of the basic tenets of how to use light to set the scene. Levels One of the most important aspects of successful lighting design is to plan light sources at different levels in a room. This allows you to layer light that can be used separately or collectively, keeping your options flexible. You can accomplish this with table lamps, floor lamps, wall scones and overhead lighting options. Dimmers Never underestimate the power of a dimmer switch. Being able to minutely adjust the amount of light in a room is an easy yet powerful way to have the best lighting...

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Travel Dreams: Owning a Second Home

As the winter weather roars on up north and people continue to work from home all over the country, the idea of a second home or vacation home may sound pretty wonderful right about now. If you’ve been dreaming of getting away from your same four walls and wanting a change of scenery for a bit, read on for some introductory information about purchasing a second home. Second Home Location Location is an important aspect to consider when buying a vacation home. It needs to be far enough from your primary home that you really feel like you are getting away when you visit, but close enough so you can really utilize the property. If it’s too much of a hassle to...

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Take some time to do some of these quick updates for instant curb appeal!

5 Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal

  When you are trying to sell your house one of the easiest ways to stand out from your competition is to increase the home’s curb appeal. After all first impressions are important. You want potential buyers to be ‘wow-ed’ before they even step foot through the door. Plus, with today’s increasing use of virtual tours, a beautiful facade and pleasantly landscaped yard can help a viewer get a better understanding of the home’s spacial attributes. Even if you aren't planning on selling anytime soon, improving the curb appeal of your home will not only add value, but bring you joy while you are living there. Let's take a look at five ways to add instant curb appeal to your home. ...

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5 Alternatives to Marble Countertops

Here at CDSIR, we've seen just about everything when it comes to kitchens! Do you want to do something special? Something unique and not run of the mill. We all LOVE the look of a clean sleek marble countertop, but remember, there are plenty of other fantastic materials out there that will bring serious WOW factor! We’ve rounded up 5 alternatives to marble countertops that might just be your new favorite material!     Pictured above, 617 Old Palmetto Bluff Road Bluffton, South Carolina 29910 - $2,200,000 - listed by Renee Meighan & Tracy Schyberg   1. Here's an easy to maintain option which won't break the bank. If you were around in the 1980’s you likely remember Formica countertops. Formica is one of the most versatile options around. Surprisingly, Formica can look quite...

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Refresh Your Home With 10 Updates That Won’t Break the Bank

Take advantage of the days leading up to the new year to hit the reset button and look for ways to refresh both your home and your state of mind. To get you started, here are a dozen straightforward and cost-effective ways to bring new life to your home — including how to repurpose holiday decorations and the easiest way to enliven a room with just one purchase. 1. Add plants. Freshen up an indoor space with living plants. Bringing in even a single potted specimen, like a fiddleleaf fig (Ficus lyrata, seen here), will give your living room new life and a welcome hit of green in winter. Most popular indoor plants — such as ficus, ferns and philodendrons —...

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What to do when you have pets and have your house for sale

When you have a pet and are putting your home on the market, you have an extra set of things to consider. But by talking with your Realtor and a little planning, showings can be easier than you feared. First, talk with your Realtor to hear his or her thoughts about showings with your particular home in your neighborhood. Your Realtor may identify a small area of your home that would be a great space for your pet. Work out a plan based on his or her suggestions and expertise that will work for your pet’s personality. The very best solution is to have your pet go for an extended visit with a friend. It removes the headaches of where to put...

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12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] White T Design[/caption] 1. Pick the paint color last. I get calls all the time from homeowners who want to...

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