Fall Decor Refresh

Fall Decor Refresh

With dropping Greater Lafayette, IN temperatures, we’re longing for all things cozy and warm. What makes a space cozy to you? Do the dark jewel or earth tone colors bring you in? How about the candles and low, warm lighting? Or blankets and throw pillows that speak to the specific season? Or the fragrances of candles and baked goods cooking in the oven? Soup on the stove? Maybe it’s just a frame of mind? Regardless, there are certain things around your home that can and will spice up your life for all things Fall. We’re here to help inspire you and your home’s ambiance for the holiday months to come. Thankful-themed dining room Your Thanksgiving table will be stunning dressed in our fall centerpieces, linens and fall table decorations. Pumpkin and leaf statements are perfect to enjoy during a meal or while gathering with company. Autumn leaves in the living room Cozy your couch and furniture in fall home décor pillows that are themed for the season. A coffee table, mantel or your TV stand will look darling featuring fall table decorations of forest critters, pretty pumpkins and more. Floral in fall Colored in the warm hues of the season, our fall flower arrangements invite a nature-inspired look to any living space. Decorate with a wreath, garland, LED fall centerpieces or create your own fall flower arrangements with the many artificial bushes we offer. Lighting: Bring the lighting down to lamp or eye level. Replace the LED lights for the season and put in a warm toned light. Texture and layers: layers are a part of all things Fall, but especially in...
Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

It’s been said: “It’s better to repair the fence than to hunt for lost cattle.” Translation in this context: “Maintaining a home is much cheaper than repairing a home.” And it’s so true! As a home owner, sometimes certain aspects of maintenance can slip through the cracks of the to-do list. Here’s a little help to get started on that list! Weather elements in the Greater Lafayette, IN area can be extreme, so be sure to check out a comprehensive checklist, with detailed explanation of each task, from an article at Forbes magazine named, “Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist.” This blog post is inspired by that article. Pruning of trees and bushes. Why? Prevention for winter storms and good for the tree’s overall health.Harvest and store all you can from your garden or fruit trees before a frostLeaves leaves leaves. Clear all the leaves from your yard so that next Spring your yard will be grass growing ready!Clean gutters- after all the leaves fall.Chimney cleaning and repair for fires in the coming cool months.Seal up any damages or spaces where animals or insects can scurry inStock up on winter supplies- firewood, pet safe ice melt, snow shovels or a snow blower.Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Also examine your home for faucets on exterior walls to know which ones to watch during freezing temps.Winterize pools or other summer outdoor equipment.Check safety devices. “-Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.-Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.-If you haven’t checked your home for radon, fall is a good time to do...
Preparing Your Home For The Summer Market

Preparing Your Home For The Summer Market

Bored in the house during quarantine and thinking of selling this summer? There are several steps you can take before putting your home on the market to increase your chances of receiving a solid offer from a buyer. From cleaning and staging to repainting and depersonalizing, here is a list of things to do before you sell your Lafayette area home. 1. Depersonalize your home When selling a home, you want to strike the perfect balance between depersonalization and creating a warm, welcoming home. This means putting away the majority of framed photos, bulletin boards and personal items (think: photo albums, magazines, toys, equipment, awards, etc) throughout the home. Leave a few nice, framed photos around the house to make the home appear inviting and lived in. They say familiarity breeds contempt. It’s true — especially when it comes to your lived-in home. ⁣Rediscover your home’s charm without major renovations or breaking the bank.⁣ 2. Freshen up with paint Now’s the time to re-paint your home. Paint: Nothing can change the look and feel of a room like a coat of paint. It’ll take a little elbow grease, but it’s totally worth it.⁣ Start by painting over those bright orange and green walls with neutral colors. Stick to whites, light grays, light beiges, and “greige” wall colors. These shades will make your home appear bigger, brighter and more welcoming. Adding a fresh coat of paint to your home will also help cover the wall’s imperfections and convey a blank slate to potential buyers. Give your front door a facelift with a fresh coat of paint and a new wreath and doormat. ...
Declutter Your Home

Declutter Your Home

Quarantine and COVID-19 has us searching for things to do around our Greater Lafayette, IN homes. So, instead of ordering a bunch of new stuff on Amazon, let’s declutter and tackle that closet or spare room that we’ve been putting off. Here are a few ideas from our team on where to begin, but we’re also going to list a few helpful resources for your further investigation or motivation- whatever you need! Start with these few areas of your house and purge these things! Thanks, Clean My Space YouTube Channel for the inspiration! Toss expired products in the kitchen and bathrooms. Donate any other canned items or hair products that you know you won’t use anymore. Check in on the hair tie and headband collection as well. Take out the stretched our and broken ones! Make up, nail polish, cleaners, and the medicine cabinet can be gone through like this too!Old boxes or shoe boxes that you’ve held on to. If you haven’t used them by now, you probably won’t use them!While, we’re at it: Shoes! Donate ones you don’t wear anymore. Candles. We hold on to these, trying to get to that very last drop. You don’t need these! Check out this link to re-purpose those jars!Declutter your email by unsubscribing to unused retailers. Don’t delete ones from us though. 🙂 Delete access items from your phone while you’re at it! Delete excess or duplicate pictures, apps, old contacts.Tupperware! Get rid of ones that don’t have matching lids or bottoms.With all of the current at home school work and art projects, don’t feel pressured to keep it all....
Ways to Cut Expenses

Ways to Cut Expenses

COVID-19 has many Americans wondering how they can save money. There are many going through a tough time financially during this season, and you are not alone. Whether you’ve been effected by the hot and cold market days or you’re laid off during this time, we are here for you. Here are some ways to take this time with stride as the days come. Refinance your home. We cannot stress this enough! With mortgage rates at an ALL TIME low, your home payment can lower and your quality of everyday life can improve. Consolidate debt and lower all interest fees. Get rid of multiple credit cards! You can also consolidate insurance premiums, cell phone plans within the home, or even cable and internet packages! These are necessities in this day and age, but maybe try the switch from a cable company to a streaming service. Or, check the difference in price offered by your phone company to package internet with your phone costs. Eat at home! Purchasing meals and preparing for the work week ahead will save you more than you know. This is a major money saver for Americans.Additionally, see where you can stand to purchase generic on groceries. We love Aldi for this! They have great options for shelf stable foods and low prices of meats and dairy. When you shop, go with a list prepared and DO NOT DEVIATE!Buy bulk! Speaking of groceries, try this. It’s an upfront cost, but saves money in the long run. Paper products, detergents, and bulk baking goods such as flour, peanut butter, sugars, oils, and more are all great to...
Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips

“Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape?” With this statement, The American Red Cross gives some perspective on just how fast a home fire can impact our lives. Having the correct fire safety precautions and plan can make all the difference for just a couple of minutes. We absolutely hope that day never comes for you and yours, but the Romanski Group is here with just a few tips to prepare you for an emergency if you have to face one! These tips come from the American Red Cross. Install Smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Test those once a month, and if they’re not working, change the batteries. Click here to purchase smoke detectors.Keep a fire extinguisher inside the home! To operate a fire extinguisher, just remember “PASS: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep nozzle side to side.”Communicate! Talk with anyone living inside your home and form an escape plan. Then, practice the routine. Click here for a print out to draw your floor plan and plot an escape. If a fire occurs in your home, get out and stay out! Do not go back inside the home for anyone or anything. Call for help! Your local fire department will know what to do and are trained for any fire situation, big or small. Other resources: Click here for a Fire Safety Checklist created by FEMA or here for one from Prevention 1st. Both are great...