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The good news is that even a space challenged home can have a functional home office. This painted maple corner office shows what can be done with a small space.
White painted wood veneers, solid wood painted doors, moldings and trims helps to brighten the space and give it a formal style. This home office boasts under cabinet LED lighting, doors with glass insets, upper cabinets surrounded by wrap around shelving for books and accent pieces and sturdy maple drawers for storing office supplies or important documents.
Take a look around your Green Valley, AZ home to find a corner that you can turn into a beautiful yet functional home office.
By Barbara Pronin
Your home should be your sanctuary, note the editors of House Beautiful Magazine. Walking through the door should be the first step in helping you shed the stress and activity of the day in favor of calm and peacefulness.
It isn’t always easy. But while you can’t abandon your household duties or dial down the family noise level, there are steps you can take to create a more soothing ambience and a relaxing space, however small, that you can call your own:
- Conquer the clutter – Clutter produces physical and unconscious chaos. Get rid of old newspapers and other clutter before you leave home in the morning – and if there are children at home, put a plan in place to have them pick up toys and other clutter before you arrive home in the evening.
- Choose the right colors – Color impacts us on emotional, physical and psychological levels. Begin to become aware of how different hues affect you before deciding what color to paint your walls.
- Play up positive vibes – Notice the items in your home that bring a smile to your face; vacation photos, perhaps, or souvenirs that remind you of fun and uplifting times. Give them a prominent place in your décor to help boost your mood when you see them.
- Go back to nature – No matter your décor, try to find a place for natural elements – pine cones, driftwood, seashells or whatever – that bring nature into your home and encourage a feeling of serenity.
- Try plant power - Plants not only bring nature into your home, they help to clean and re-oxygenate the indoor air and lend an air of freshness and comfort.
- Pick a spot – Put an armchair and reading light in your bedroom – or even in a corner of your tech zone. Wherever you put it, begin to regard it as your personal retreat. Close your eyes and count to ten every time you sit in it. You may find yourself able to relax with very little further effort.
Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season is just around the corner. One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when the turkey is brought to the table. Make sure your holiday meal is a special one by following these simple tips for preparing your turkey safely.
- Don’t unwrap a frozen turkey before thawing.
- Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for 24 hours per 5 pounds in weight. For example, a 20-pound bird takes four days to thaw. Thaw it faster by covering with cold water in the sink and changing the water every half hour per pound of turkey.
- Refrigerate the turkey as soon as it has thawed or cook it immediately.
- Lay a tent of foil loosely over the turkey to prevent over-browning.
- Never partially cook a turkey. Always cook it completely once started.
- The turkey is done when the meat thermometer is 180°F and the stuffing is 165°F. If you don't have a meat thermometer, look for the red stem to go up on the pop-up timer. Press a thumb and forefinger into the thick part of the drumstick to see if it feels soft or wiggle a drumstick to see if it moves easily.
- For easier carving, let the turkey stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.
Source: Rhodes Bake-N-Serv
(BPT) – One of the fastest ways to give your #GreenValleyAZ home a facelift is with new paint colors. It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest hues of 2015 and beyond.
Homeowners can convey a variety of emotions in their favorite rooms by embracing different color palettes. From the sweet charm of pastels, to the comfortable ambience of neutral tones, to majestic deep and bright tones, 2015’s top color trends include:
Dreamy tones – Fantastical pigments like teal, charcoal and eggplant evoke a sense of wonder. Escape the everyday and recharge with dream-like shades in the master bedroom. Pair them with crisp white trim and opulent gold or zingy citrus accessories.
Frosted pastels – Soft blues and greys replace traditional pastels. For high contrast in the living room, combine these muted colors with striking accents, like ebony fireplace tiles or mauve window treatments.
Vibrant hues – Set the stage for lively conversation in the kitchen with energetic, attention-grabbing pure shades like red, blue, or orange. Balance brightness with grey on adjoining walls.
Nuanced neutrals – Weathered, rustic colors, like pea green and copper, bring a dusty earth palette to a whole new level. Marry function and comfort in the guest bedroom with a mix of sandy beige and soft burgundy in the guest bedroom.
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Real Estate sales in September 2014 outpaced sales in 2013 with 63 sales as compared to 40 in September 2013, a 57.5% increase. However, on a year to date (YTD) basis sales continue to lag behind 2013 with 754 sales as compared to 873 for the same time period last year, a nearly 14% decrease.
The slow sales are definitely having an impact on the "absorption rate" which has to do with demand. It is the rate at which the market absorbs the inventory of homes that are for sale--in other words how fast are homebuyers buying the homes that are available. In September the absorption rate was 10.67 YTD. According to the National Association of Realtors, a Seller's market occurs when there are less than 6 months of inventory on the market and a Buyer's market when there are more than 6 months of inventory on on the market. In other words, the greater Green Valley AZ real estate market is still very much a Buyer's market.
If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house. With more than forty-five of my listings selling in 2013--and 49 are already under contract or sold in 2014, including 2 that were on the market less than a week--I'd love to make yours the next one. My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you.
Real Estate sales in August 2014 outpaced sales in 2013 with 72 sales as compared to 59 in August 2013, a 22% increase. However, on a year to date (YTD) basis sales continue to lag behind 2013 with 686 sales as compared to 833 for the same time period last year, a nearly 18% decrease.
The slow sales are definitely having an impact on the "absorption rate" which has to do with demand. It is the rate at which the market absorbs the inventory of homes that are for sale--in other words how fast are homebuyers buying the homes that are available. In August the absorption rate was 10.85 YTD. According to the National Association of Realtors, a Seller's market occurs when there are less than 6 months of inventory on the market and a Buyer's market when there are more than 6 months of inventory on on the market. In other words, the greater Green Valley AZ real estate market is still very much a Buyer's market.
If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house. With more than forty-five of my listings selling in 2013--and 47 are already under contract or sold in 2014, including 2 that were on the market less than a week--I'd love to make yours the next one. My extremely successful marketing plan WORKS...let me prove it to you.
Butterfly Magic Opens October 1st!
$13 adults, $7.50 children
Includes Gardens Admission
Tucson Botanical Gardens is home to one of the best butterfly houses in the country. Join us for the opening of the 9th season of Butterfly Magic at the new Cox Communications Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. Marvel and get up-close-and personal with nature’s flying flowers.
The Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion will transform into a magical oasis filled with over 300 butterflies at any given time. All of the butterflies are shipped to Tucson Botanical Gardens in their pupae form and emerge in front of visitor’s eyes in the chrysalis exhibit, before being transferred into the greenhouse. A new shipment of pupae is received almost weekly making the butterfly variety diverse and ever-changing throughout the season!
Dart Frogs have now been added to the Butterfly Magic exhibit and they have become all the rage! As of now, there are 5 different varieties and a total of 25 frogs. Native to Central and South America, Dart (or Arrow) Frogs received their name from Natives using their toxic secretion to poison the tips of blow darts. Their toxicity varies between species and is largely determined by diet and consuming native plants and bugs in Central and South America. The Gardens frogs are bred and live in a contained environment, so they do not carry high levels of toxicity. As with all frogs, if handled a slight burning will occur on the skin and hands should be washed immediately to avoid spreading.
While you may come to marvel at the beauty of the butterflies, be sure to also tour the gorgeous gardens as they are included in the cost of admission to the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion.
Butterfly Magic is Open 7 days a week, 9:30-3:00 pm beginning October 1st through April 30th
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