Holidays – Connestee Falls Realty http://www.connesteefallshomes.com Brevard, NC - Live Where You Play! Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:49:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 SIX EASY WAYS TO PREPARE FOR HOLIDAY GUEST S S http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/six-easy-ways-prepare-christmas-guests/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/six-easy-ways-prepare-christmas-guests/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:48:41 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=6293 SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “It’ll be here before you know it:  holiday season….probably time you started getting prepared…it will probably be easier than expected to get it into good shape.  Here are a few things you can do this weekend to get started. MAKE OVER YOUR GUEST ROOM.  In…

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SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

“It’ll be here before you know it:  holiday season….probably time you started getting prepared…it will probably be easier than expected to get it into good shape.  Here are a few things you can do this weekend to get started.

MAKE OVER YOUR GUEST ROOM.  In many guest rooms, whatever furniture exists is often leftovers from other spaces, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great.  If you’re not looking to add to or replace anything, get out that paint can.  How does the bed look?  Tired or drab?  You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great set of sheets, and top it with a graphic patterned comforter and a few pillows – voila!  On the night stand, a favorite book and a scented candle will make your guests feel welcome.  (A stack of pretty, fresh towels at the bottom of the bed makes a nice presentation.)

POLISH YOUR SILVER.  Several simple tricks (http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/how-to-clean-silver) will have it look better in no time.  Our favorite:  ketchup!

MAKE IT  INVITING.  Discount home decor stores can be a goldmine for little, inexpensive items that can make your guests feel like they’re staying at a fancy hotel.  Stock up on guest soaps, hand towels, lotions, and (!) perhaps set out a new robe and slippers.

THINK ABOUT FUNCTION. While you’re making things look pretty, make sure you consider function.  Guests will need a place to put their things, so this is a perfect time to put away summer clothes or pack up a few boxes of giveaway stuff to create space in a closet.  Now…hit your coat closet.  Go through your closet or hooks by your door, and store away any extra jackets you may have hanging there.

CONSIDER THE LIGHTING.  While you are out shopping, hit the lighting aisle.  Even though you can navigate your home blindfolded, your guests can’t.  Make sure outside lights are working so they don’t trip on the way to your door.  Put motion-activated night lights in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms to ensure safe passage at night.

DO A SMELL CHECK.  Everyday scents, especially if you have pets, can get past us in our own home.  There is actually a science behind this…we adapt to smells very quickly.  Within the space of just a few breaths, we can lose our ability to detect new odors, It’s called olfactory adaption, and it’s the same reason you can’t smell your own breath, body odor or even perfume after a few minutes.

Outside of the typical tactics of cleaning and deodorizing, there are a few tricks that can help freshen up your home.  Fill two to four shallow bowls with fresh coffee grounds, depending on the size of the room.  Shut the windows and the door to the room, then leave the bowls overnight to let the coffee grounds absorb the odor.  Throw the grounds away the next day.  Repeat one more night with fresh coffee grounds for particularly stubborn odors.  Another quick fix:  Put about a cup of white vinegar in a sauce pan on your stove top and bring it to a simmer…it will release more odor-fighting power into the air, and if you let it go for awhile, it will deodorize your whole house.  It might smell a little vinegary at first, but after a while it won’t smell like anything at all….”

(Our own tip, which is especially easy over the holidays….bake cookies, breads etc. each day to keep the lovely aromas of holiday baking in your home.  And if you are in the process of selling your home, bake a loaf of bread every morning.  It’ll create a pleasant “greeting” when prospective buyers first enter your home!)

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri/realtytimes.com   IMAGE:  huffingtonpost.com

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SIX ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR AVOIDING HOLIDAY DISASTERS http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/six-essential-tips-for-avoiding-holiday-disasters/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/six-essential-tips-for-avoiding-holiday-disasters/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:01:59 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5883 Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com “The holiday time is supposed to be a time of enjoyment, relaxation and love between family and friends.  But it only takes one accident to turn your holiday celebration into a holiday disaster.  Here are a few essential tips to ensure your holidays go off without…

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holidaydisasterpreventionExcerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com

“The holiday time is supposed to be a time of enjoyment, relaxation and love between family and friends.  But it only takes one accident to turn your holiday celebration into a holiday disaster.  Here are a few essential tips to ensure your holidays go off without a hitch…

  1. Keep Your Overnight Guests Comfortable.  There’s nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than a  hot shower – especially during colder weather, so be sure to set your water heater to a comfortable temperature if you’re having guests stay overnight.  Many water heaters have a factory setting of 140 degrees, but dropping down to 120 degrees will still provide a warm shower and help you avoid scalded guests and  high utility bills.
  2. Clear Your Driveways and Walkways.  Slick or poorly lit walkways can be hazardous to grandparents, older aunts and uncles and young children.  Remove snow and treat icy conditions before your company arrives.  Provide adequate lighting.  Security lights and solar-powered lamps lining your walkways will help.
  3. Decorate Responsibly.  Holiday decorations can quickly turn a celebration into a disaster – so avoid:  flammable decorations (paper/lace/fabric) – candles (there are 11,000 candle-related fires each year) – water your tree (your tree can also pose a fire threat.)
  4. Kennel Your Dog.  Find a safe place for your dog if it doesn’t do well with visitors or small children.  Small children are particularly susceptible because they don’t always know not to make sudden movements or poke fingers and hands at dogs’ faces.
  5. Be Smart and Attentive in the Kitchen.  Be sure to safely prepare your food – always cook chicken and turkey until it reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees to destroy all bacteria and food borne illnesses and prevent your guests from getting sick.  Never leave your kitchen unattended while in use – cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and related injuries.
  6. Prevent Drunk Driving.  If you have spare bedrooms, offer the additional space to guests.  You can also prevent over indulgence by limiting the amount of alcohol served ruing holiday gatherings.

SOURCE:  Andrea Davis  is the editor for HomeAdvisor.

 

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7 TIPS FOR A CLEAN AND ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/7-tips-for-a-clean-and-organized-holiday-season/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/7-tips-for-a-clean-and-organized-holiday-season/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:33:35 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5878 Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com… “The holidays are a magical time of year meant for enjoying the company of your closest friends and family.  But playing host to your holiday celebrations can sometimes get stressful.  Here are a few tips to keep your home clean and organized during the holiday season.…

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holidayseasonorganizing2Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com…

“The holidays are a magical time of year meant for enjoying the company of your closest friends and family.  But playing host to your holiday celebrations can sometimes get stressful.  Here are a few tips to keep your home clean and organized during the holiday season.

  1. Prioritize Activities in Advance.  It’s tempting to overindulge in all things holiday,  and one problem home owners face is a lack of organization.  Start by prioritizing activities and events during the period so you don’t take on more than you can manage.  For example, PLAN:  Shopping (food, gifts, etc.) – Decoration – Time to clean the house.  There will be a lot on your plate as a host.  Prioritizing will give you a plan of action.
  2. Take Inventory of Decorations.  One of the joys is decorating your home with lights, wreaths and other seasonal apparel — or having someone do it for you.  Go through your inventory in the basement, attic or garage and throw away any broken or unused items before you begin decorating.
  3. Consult a Professional Organizer.  If you don’t have time to get everything in order, there are professionals who can help you.   Organizers can go through your decorations and help you reorganize items and store what you don’t need.  They can also assist in planning your holiday decor layout.
  4. Get the Family Involved.  Delegate appropriate duties to your family members so the burden or preparation is shared and completed.  Some tasks to assign may include:  Putting up the tree – Decorating the tree – Adding holiday decor in the dining and living room – Shopping for supplies – Cleaning up the house – Preparing some of the simpler dishes – Putting up outdoor decorations –  Sweeping off the pathway and driveway – Turning on a cheery tune.
  5. Hire Cleaners for a Spotless House.  Additionally, you may want to de-clutter your home as you prepare for new gifts.  Set time aside to throw away or donate unnecessary toys, games and clothes.
  6. Prepare for the Mess in Advance.  If Christmas brings one thing, it’s an onslaught of wrapping paper, tape and ribbons.  Don’t allow your home to become overrun.  Establish a bin or receptacle in a common area of the home to collect all the Christmas wrappings, ribbons and tape.
  7. Set Aside Time to Relax Together!  With all the hustle and subtle of the holiday season, your family will be worn out.  Set aside time with your immediate family to relax.  Skip TV and cable news at night in favor of a relaxing read or get a massage.  This will help ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed.”

SOURCE:  Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com

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SOME TOASTS TO THE NEW YEAR….2016! http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/some-toasts-to-the-new-year-2016/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/some-toasts-to-the-new-year-2016/#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:50:09 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5583 The Connestee Falls Real Estate Team all join in hopes that this holiday was a great one for you and your family.  To help usher in the New Year with a festive spirit, here are a few New Year’s Toasts as compiled by Paul Dickson – who has written a book about toasts. Happy New…

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NEW YEARSThe Connestee Falls Real Estate Team all join in hopes that this holiday was a great one for you and your family.  To help usher in the New Year with a festive spirit, here are a few New Year’s Toasts as compiled by Paul Dickson – who has written a book about toasts.

Happy New Year To All of You From All of Us!

“A song for the old, while its knell is tolled,  And its parting moments fly!  But a song and a cheer for the glad New Year, While we watch the old year die!  – George Cooper

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”  – Benjamin Franklin

“Here’s to the bright New Year, And a fond farewell to the old; Here’s to the things that are yet to come, And to the memories that we hold.”

“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.” – Irish

“In the year ahead, may we treat our friends with kindness and our enemies with generosity.”

“Let us resolve to do the best we can with what we’ve got.” – William Feather

“May this sweetest old-time greeting, heavily laden with good cheer, bring content and peace and plenty, enough to last through all the Year.”

“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring happy bells across the snow; The year is going, let him go.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy…Happy New Year, Everybody!” – Phyllis McGinley

“Welcome be ye that are here, Welcome all, and make good cheer, Welcome all, another year!”

SOURCE:  Paul Dickson’s internet page of toasts

 

 

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LIGHT UP HOLIDAY DECOR WITH SPARKLE AND DASH… http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/light-up-holiday-decor-with-sparkle-and-dash/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/light-up-holiday-decor-with-sparkle-and-dash/#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:43:50 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5580 Excerpted from an article by Kim Cook/Associated Press.. “Even if you practice restraint in your everyday home decor, you might be inclined toward a bit of sizzle and sparkle when the holidays roll around.  The season is a great excuse to let your festive flag fly, and few things say “festive” like decor that’s got…

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christmasglitterExcerpted from an article by Kim Cook/Associated Press..

“Even if you practice restraint in your everyday home decor, you might be inclined toward a bit of sizzle and sparkle when the holidays roll around.  The season is a great excuse to let your festive flag fly, and few things say “festive” like decor that’s got some glitz.

‘My go-to holiday look each season – Winter Wonderland meets Glamour’ says NY designer Genevieve Gorder.  She uses metallic and glittery spray paint to add personalized flair.  If you’re on a budget or are fairly crafty, this is a good option.  Jazz up things you already have like terra cotta pots, tea light holders, candlesticks, picture frames and serving trays.  There are some new paints out now that stick to most materials, and come in both opaque and translucent finishes.

Gather bare branches or buy some from a garden center – find instructions for glittering them up at www.momtastic.com.  Then spray them with adhesive and dip in both glitter and clear crystalline sprinkles, which add an icy extra touch.

Make a table top holiday village – easy and inexpensive.  Got some plastic toy animals laying around?  – Give them a coat of metallic paint.  A stack of newspapers or old magazines?  – Transform them with a few folds into trees, and spray them  with glitter paint.

You can build a few houses out of chipboard (or cardboard) , paint and powdered glitter and create your own tableau – a fun project to do with your kids or friends.  Martha Stewart has instructions online:  www.marthastewart.com.

Scatter gold or silver acrylic “ice gems” that look like ice cubes in a glass vase; they’d make a great base for white painted branches or greenery.  Or scatter then along a faux fur runner with some tiny twinkly lights.

Paper poinsettia balls edged in gold glitter bring baroque style to your mantlepiece.  Dress the base of the tree with an organza skirt dusted with glitter.  Sparkly ruffles give a little kick to a tree skirt.  You can set the holiday table with subtle shine using bronze/brass/silver-toned place mats and add a few slim white, copper or silver glass trees for a tablescape that’s minimalist, yet merry!

SOURCE:  Kim Cook for the Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times

 

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