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5 Hardy Plants to Make Your Space Green Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

With the emphasis on going green these days, Pensacola Real Estate Professionals wanted to point out that live green plants in your home are a great way to start! The 5 following plants are hardy and require minimal attention for those that have not been necessarily gifted with a green thumb!

jade1. Jade: The jade plant is sometimes referred to as the “Friendship Tree,” “Lucky Plant” or “Money Tree”. Sounds like it might be a great plant to have around, right? Jade has small pink and white flowers. And since it is in the succulent family, it needs very little water.

Care: Plan on watering it once a week in the summer, and once every two weeks in the winter. If exposed to a lot of sunlight (generally, jade needs to be in a bright room), the tips of the jade plant can turn red, which causes a colorful effect.

2. Aloe: It’s easy to see the many uses of aloe when you walk the aisles of a drugstore. There are aloe gels for various ailments, but it is just as effective to take the aloe gel straight from the plant. If you get a minor burn, break off a leaf from the base and rub the gel on your skin. Be sure to consult a medical professional before trying this. Saving the leaf and extra gel is simple – simply place the leaf in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.aloe

Care: Aloe is another plant in the succulent family, so all it really needs is a room with bright sunlight and some water every two weeks or so.

3. ZZ Plant: The ZZ plant is tropical, perennial and originally comes from the eastern part of Asia. The leaves of the ZZ plant resemble the Zamia plant and are sturdy and glossy.

zz plantCare: Perhaps the easiest plant on this entire list to care for is the ZZ plant. This low-light tropical plant is happy in virtually any condition. Although it prefers at least some light, you can keep it in a fairly dark room. The ZZ plant does not like to be watered very often, and you should make sure the soil is dry before watering.

4. Philodendron: Meaning “tree lover,” philodendron plants are vines that often climb trees in their native, tropical habitat. There are many lovely varieties so you can easily choose a type that suits your style.philodendron

Care: They don’t require much water and actually prefer to get dry between watering(s).

Tip: Since these vines spread so well, it’s easy to train them up a pole or trellis in your home.

5. Snake Plant: Commonly known as “Mother-in-Law Tongue,” the snake plant may be the most popular plant on this list. Its long, dense leaves add height to any space, and it comes in a variety of beautiful shades of green.

snake plantCare: Put the snake plant in a well-lit area and water when the soil is dry to the touch. Water along the edges of the pot and avoid watering directly in the middle of the plant.

A nice selection of all of these plants can be found at local businesses such as: Lowes Home Improvement Store, Home Depot and B & C Nursery.

Not only are houseplants pretty to look at, but as studies have shown they can help reduce allergies, purify the air in your home and give any space a calming effect. With these five easy-to-maintain houseplants, you can get all of these benefits with minimal work and care. You may find your thumb is greener than you thought.

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10 tips for “Refreshing” The Interior Look of Your Home in 2014 Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

Pensacola Real Estate Professionals would like to share 10 tips with you to “refresh” the interior look of your home in this bright, shiny new year!

For those into home projects, now is the time to change things up with new fabrics, paints, decor and design. All it takes is a little creativity and determination to create a new space that you will be happy with, whether you are planning an entire overhaul or a few minor tweaks here and there.

Here are 10 Room “Refreshment” Tips to get you started:

pillows lamps rugs 11.) Three ingredients to a beautiful room that can be cost effective: pillows, lamps and rugs. Notice how the accent pieces in this photograph really liven up the space, while at the same time making it appear comfortable and inviting.The blue fabric of the wing chairs add another layer of flavor to this very cozy room. The neutral color palette of the walls and the sofas allow you to mix in any accent colors that are personally appealing to you. Let your imagination take over. Skies the limit. You can blend complimentary shades of color and design elements to your hearts content. Think outside the box. Select a rug pattern that has elements specific to where you live for example, or if you like clean, geometric designs bring that element into the room by the area rug you select.

2.) Paint the ceiling or add a new ceiling light fixture. A trey ceiling already draws the eye, but when it is highlighted with a splash of color or even two colors, the impact to the room is instantaneous!

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This beautiful room makes a statement from the ceiling to floor windows, to the painted ceiling and elegant lighting fixture.

Remember that darker colors will make rooms appear smaller, while softer colors will open up spaces making them appear larger than their true dimensions.

over size wall art3.) Over-scaled art can make a big impact on a small budget. You can find these anywhere from a local estate sale to an antique store. Many retail shops offer these types of items for sale, too.

Check out places like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Pier 1 Imports, T.J. Maxx, Target or Bealls.

There are many other specialty shops that also feature unique art that may be just the thing to add that “wow” factor to the room that you are decorating. Or search the web for artists that sell their wares on-line. You may be able to acquire a real “find”.

4.) Take everything out of a room, and then put it back using a different layout. You will be pleasantly surprised at how different the room will feel, just by doing this simple little trick.

Try swapping out different pieces of furniture from different rooms to really change things up, while saving room in your budget for other purchases that you may need to make. Keep in mind that you can blend different styles to really make a signature statement.

5.) Mixing furniture styles for an “eclectic” blend is seen in this photograph.eclectic blend 2

See how charming this room looks. Try using different chair or table styles in any given room to add instant pizzazz!

You can’t make a mistake. Experiment to see what appeals to your eye. Make it a family event by getting input as to what they like.

Getting the children involved will be a great educational tool.

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6.) Wallpaper or paint one focal wall in the room.

Using a palette of soft gray with a blue accent wall, as seen in this room, is just an example of the calming effect paint colors can impart. The one wall focal point provides a splash of designer flair.

If you are more adventurous, you may elect to use purples, reds or pinks, which lend a romantic mood to room settings.

Using yellows and oranges will make rooms seem cheery. Like bringing a little ray of sunshine indoors!

7.) Adding lamps is a terrific way to change the mood of a room and add interest when several different heights and styles are used. This home entryway shows a nice example of two different styles of lamps used to give this space a unique elegance. The large mirror is a point of interest and is functional for that last minute check as you head out the door.

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8.) Trendy fabrics can be used on pieces such as pillows and chairs to suit a season or look, then changed every few seasons for a brand new feel.trendy accent pieces 1

9.) Choose a neutral base color for costly items like sofas and draperies that will work with many different accent colors.

10.) Remove old items to make way for new items.

Transforming the look of the rooms in your house doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Take one room at a time, remembering to keep a consistent design in mind, and before you know it, you will have a whole house that seems new again.

However, if you have decided it is time to move on or move up, contact me, Lisa Burns, Broker Pensacola Real Estate Professionals, here, or call me directly at 850-393-7106. I will be happy to help you take the necessary steps to buy or build a new home.

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Thoughtful Ways to Prep Your Home for Company Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

With the holiday season in full swing; we, at Pensacola Real Estate Professionals, thought it might help if  we shared with you some thoughtful ways to prep your home for company.guest bedroom 1

With the addition of a few niceties, your spare bedroom will be as inviting to visitors as a fine hotel room. Set out essentials such as towels and an alarm clock, then provide little luxuries as well: bottles of water, foil-wrapped chocolates, a a few cut blooms in a vase.

Towels with a Special Touch

Keep sets of guest towels together, bound with twill tape or ribbon. When visitors arrive, just transfer a stack from linen closet to guest bedroom. Provide small toiletries, such as travel sizes of shampoo, conditioners, soaps, moisturizers, mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss and toothbrushes; as well as, cotton balls, cotton swabs and tissues.guest towels 1
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Chilled Bottle Service

Give your overnight guests the five-star treatment by setting chilled spring water on their nightstand. Choose a vessel, such as a vase or a large julep cup, that is deep enough to accommodate a small bottle and ice. Place a saucer underneath to collect the condensation and protect the surface of the table.

Decorate Sparingly

In a strange room, comfort and space are more soothing than a clutter of unfamiliar things. On a bedside table, place a single flower bloom in a simple glass, a nice clock, and a selection of books suited to your guests’ tastes.

Sitting Area

guest bedroom 2Space permitting, set up a comfortable chair or settee with a pillow and throw, an adjacent table, and a good adjustable-brightness lamp in the room your guests will be staying in while they are visiting. Assemble a small personal library, including some magazines and a daily newspaper (useful for local listings like concerts). A radio for morning news and quiet evening listening is a thoughtful addition; you might also include a portable CD player with a selection of music.

Closets and Drawers

Make sure there is adequate closet and drawer space. Supply a variety of hangers — at least a dozen good wooden or metal ones — that will hold trousers and jackets, flimsy dresses, and heavy coats. And make certain there is a full-length mirror.

Outfit the Bed

Make up a double bed with four ample sleeping pillows — two medium or firm, and two soft — as well as two smaller pillows to prop up the head when reading. Use cotton or linen sheets, starched and ironed for hotel crispness. Provide both light and heavy blankets, as well as lightweight throw for afternoon naps.guest bedroom 3

Desk Supplies

guest bedroom 4Provide a small desk  or a cleared tabletop, and stock it with pens and paper, note cards, envelopes and stamps. Compile a list of some favorite local places — restaurants, cafes, museums, antiques, shops, movie theaters — and provide timetables, if appropriate, for buses, ferries, or trains. A telephone in the room is a convenience, but not a necessity.

Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness and will cherish the memories and the time they spent with you.

Post some ideas you have on how to make house guests feel at home. Speaking of homes, Timberland Contractors, LLC is busy constructing new homes in Cottonwood, Plantation Woods and Covington Woods, just to name a few subdivisions. Call me at 850-393-7106, if I can help get you into a new home in 2014!

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Pensacola Real Estate Professionals Favorite Christmas Trees

Pensacola Real Estate Professionals is delighted to offer some fresh ideas for decorating the family Christmas tree.

metallic sparkler christmas-treeMetallic Sparkler

Create an opulent feel without overwhelming the space by decorating your Christmas tree with a limited color scheme of silver, gold and bronze.simply elegant Christmas tree

Simply Elegant

The plan is simple: strands of tiny white lights, glass icicles, and medium-to large-size ornaments in shades of gold and cream.

cascading ribbon treeCascading Ribbon Tree

Decorate your Christmas tree with long, cascading tendrils of colorful ribbon, rickrack, and pom-pom fringe. Search the remnants section of a fabric-and-trim store for good deals on pieces that are at the end of a roll or odd-sized, and collect throughout the year. Attach ribbon directly to an embroidery hoop and then simply slide over the top of your tree.refined rustic tree

Refined Rustic

Use warm colors and nubby textures to make a rustic tree. Burlap unifies the look with homespun stockings on your fireplace mantel, an oversize bow topping the tree, and gifts wrapped in woven material. Cool mercury glass ornaments add a touch of shimmer.

Modern Glamour

modern glamour treeA petite white fir tree, heavily flocked at the tree lot, makes a big statement in a small room. Flocked trees may be a retro thought but look thoroughly modern when paired with a crisp white-on-white color scheme. Bursts of peacock blue and sea-foam green pop against the clean backdrop, and a sculptural weathered urn makes a perfect base.

Colorful Classiccolorful classic tree

A Fraser fir, with its symmetrical shape, coordinates nicely with classical architecture. A Southern magnolia wreath hanging on a nearby window by strips of fabric used elsewhere in the room, and red and gold ornaments play up a traditional bells and holly theme. Strands of large, clear glass bulbs usually used to light a patio, give this tree and ethereal glow at night.

Classic Red and Silver

classic red and silver treeThe common color of old and new silver ornaments makes this tree elegant; different shapes and sheens make it interesting. Red beads mimic cranberries without the mess. Vintage-look white bulbs cast a calming glow. A Fraser fir holds lots of ornaments.

Colorful Tabletop Displaycolorful tabletop display tree

If you are tight on space, try a tabletop tree planted in a sculptural garden urn. Dripping with antique ornaments and beaded garland, it’s a festive way to display your treasures.

Organic and Shimmery

organic-shimmery-treeSkip the ubiquitous metal tree stand, and give your tree a unique base by anchoring it in a large container. Adjust the vessels to your style: fancy urns for an elegant look and rustic baskets for a casual one.

Beachy Casualbeachy-casual-tree

Sand dollars, sea stars, and shells make ideal ornaments, since we live by the coast. Collect them all summer to bring a warm smile to the holidays.

Twinkling Delight

twinkling delight treeFor the ultimate twinkling tree, dress each branch with white lights. It can be tedious, but the glow is worth it. Minimal ornaments in a limited color scheme show off the tree.

Colorful and Coastalcolorful and coastal tree

Shades of aqua, turquoise, and white create a crisp, festive holiday vibe. Glass pinecone ornaments reflect the area’s indigenous conifers and bring a traditional holiday motif to the tree. Extend the unconventional color scheme to the giftwrap paper you use under the tree to carry through the fresh look.

Winter Wonderland

winter wonderland treeUse silver and gold to decorate the tree, basically neutral, but with a little bling. Glittered ornaments and mercury glass balls lend a glimmering, glamorous feeling. Skip the tree skirt for a clean and simple look , and to let the lower limbs of the tree brush the floor. Place packages around the outside of the tree to make it look larger.

Nostalgic Red and Goldnostalgic red and gold tree

Nothing is more traditional than a red and green holiday palette. Give it a twist by using only red and gold ornaments on the tree, so that the pine needles, gift ribbons, and threads of green in a tartan blanket tossed on a sofa nearby are the only green elements. This look proves that a nostalgic color scheme can be updated for a fresh and modern look.

Green and Gold Tabletop Tree

green and gold tabletop-christmas-treeIf you have small children, we suggest a small, tabletop tree to keep fragile ornaments and alluring packages out of reach. A wide burlap ribbon will look pretty festooning this tree, cascading down the branches with casual elegance.

Fashionable Fresh Greensfashionable fresh greens tree

The trick to keep this graphic look punchy, and not ho-hum, is choosing the right shade of green. A crisp apple hue pops perfectly — anything darker or lighter would fade into the tree. To keep the holiday look fresh and bright, choose all-white ornaments for their modern feel and bold contrast. A playful, paper lantern is a cute tree topper, and trailing garland and ribbons can echo the same color palette.

Blue Christmas

blue-christmas treeMany of us love to decorate with blue, so why not incorporate it into a holiday palette? Offset the rich colors with plenty of sparkle. Pile on silver and glass ornaments, disco ball-esque garlands and a quirky topper.

Whimsical Snow White Treewhimsical snow white tree

Let your Christmas tree reflect or carry through a white-wall color palette. Find a tree that is white or looks like it has been dusted with snow. Use candy-colored ornaments and garlands that look like jewelry. In lieu of a traditional skirt or stand, place the tree in a sculptured garden urn.

Golden Glow

golden glow treeCompliment a colorful living room with an all-gold tree. Pair antique ornaments with modern ones for a more “collected” and less “designed” look.

Whatever way you choose to decorate the family Christmas tree, remember to have fun and rejoice for the gifts received, not just at Christmas, but everyday.

If I can help you find a new home for the holidays, or if you would like to start the new year in a new home, please contact me here or directly at 850-393-7106.

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Pensacola Real Estate Professionals’ Checklist to Plot a Path to Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays

With all you have to do before the holidays arrive, it’s easy to leave things until the last minute. But why not get an early start on your holiday list this year. With a little planning and only an hour or two each week, your holiday can come off without a hitch.holiday sleigh ride 2

1. Holiday Cards

Put on holiday music, light a scented seasonal candle, light the fireplace and settle in the same time every week to work on your cards. Assess how many you need by making a list of names and addresses of friends and family, business associates and people you need to add on your kids’ behalf – like teachers, troop leaders and coaches. If you’re sending photo cards, start sorting through photos to find the one you want to share.

holiday travel 12. Travel Plans

If you’re traveling this holiday season, research hotels, flights and rental cars on booking, bid or auction sites and look into package deals. if you’re flying, travel early or late in the day. If you’re driving, make an appointment to have your car tuned. Put together an emergency kit for your car, too. It can be a lifesaver!

3. Plan Your Holiday Meals

Are you having a holiday open house? Hosting a dinner? Start pouring over your cookbooks to plan your menus – and don’t forget to hit websites for great recipes. A site like Recipe Quantity Calculator can help you figure out the new measurements you need when doubling or tripling recipes.

4. Food Shopping

You can shop early for canned goods, dry goods and frozen foods. Make sure to clear some room in your cabinets, pantry and freezer first. Double-check to make sure you have baking and cooking basics like baking powder and baking soda, salt and pepper, vanilla, sugar, flour, chicken stock, olive oil and vinegar.

5. Holiday Cookies

If your holiday planning includes gifting baked goods, Ziploc Brand Containers are ideal for packaging them. They are great for freezing cookie dough until it’s ready for baking and for bringing home cookies from a swap and keeping them fresh. christmas cookies 1They’re also inexpensive enough to fill and give away as gifts. Another great gift idea is to package the dry ingredients of your favorite cookie in a new Ziploc VersaGlass Container along with cooking instructions – your friends will love the cookies and the tempered glass container.

6. Polish the Silver

If you store it correctly, you can polish your silver now, and it will be tarnish-free when it’s time to set the table. Apply a good liquid cream or paste polish with a 100 percent cotton cloth, and follow your previous polishing pattern. (It’s usually circular or lengthwise.) Rinse under warm water and dry with another soft cotton cloth. (Air drying can leave corroding water droplets.) Wrap silver in tarnish-inhibiting flannel bags, and store it away from heat and light.

7. Wash and Iron Table Linens

Unfold your holiday linens and examine them thoroughly. Apply a stain removing product on any stains and then launder. Remove linens from the dryer while they’re still damp (this makes ironing much easier). Keep them wrinkle-free until it’s time to set the table by folding them once, gently, and rolling them onto a cardboard wrapping-paper tube or by hanging them over a padded hanger.

8. Gift Wrap Supplies

Check to see what you have left over from last year so you can build on your current supplies. Cut small samples of each paper and attach them to the top of a shopping list to make it easier to pick matching ribbons and bows.holiday gift wrap

9. Guest Room

If you’re putting up friends and family this holiday season, make them feel welcome. Since guest rooms tend to accumulate clutter, make a list of what’s been stored in there that needs to find a proper home. Stock up on cleaning supplies to use once your guest room has been cleared. Multi-surface and extended-time cleaning products are great to have on hand.

7 Day Thanksgiving Checklist:

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7 days before the Thanksgiving festivities begin, break out this checklist to make sure you’re set up for success!

The Week Before:

Clean out your refrigerator: Make room for Thanksgiving food with a quick cleaning.

Wash and iron tablecloths: Adorn your dining room table with freshly washed linens. Use laundry beads and dryer sheets for a fresh scent that lasts.thanksgiving dining

Organize serving platters: Label them with names of the dishes to be served on them.

2 Days Before:

Thaw pre-made dishes: Transfer quick breads and pies from the freezer to the refrigerator.

Clean your home: Start with rooms guests will see before moving upstairs.

Check the small details: Make sure you don’t miss the big game or parade by making sure your remotes have fresh batteries.

The Day Before:

thanksgiving side dishesAssemble side dishes: Make stuffing and casseroles, then cover and refrigerate until baking tomorrow.

Set the Table: Welcome in the holiday season by setting out holiday decorations.

On Thanksgiving:

Prepare the Meal: Cook the turkey, whip cream for pies and warm the side dishes.

Sit back and enjoy a memorable meal: Enjoy time with the ones you love.

From all of us at Pensacola Real Estate Professionals, to all of you, We Wish you A Very Happy Thanksgiving and a Joyous Holiday Season!

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