• Home Decor,  Staging

    Creating the Illusion of a Larger Room

    Paint Choosing color for the walls of a smaller room can be a delicate decision. Most people agree that lighter paint colors reflect more light and therefore create the illusion of a larger room. In terms of color, go with a monochromatic theme. Then, if you have trim, paint it an even lighter shade than the wall. This technique causes the walls to appear farther away than they really are. Crown molding is a great option in terms of trim because it creates the illusion of a higher ceiling by drawing people’s eyes upward. If you’re ambitious, another way to make ceilings appear higher is by painting vertical stripes on…

  • Mortgage

    Law Makes Housing Affordable for Veterans

    Veterans across America now have expanded homeownership opportunities due to the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, which President George W. Bush signed into law last Friday. The bill includes housing provisions for veterans who are already home owners and those who aspire to homeownership, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. “This [bill] will go a long way toward helping veterans buy and keep their homes,” says NAR President Dick Gaylord. Three provisions in the legislation are critical to help veterans during the current housing turmoil. 1. The law will make it easier for veterans who have fallen victim to risky subprime loans to refinance their loans into safer,…

  • Home Decor

    5 Room Layout Rules

    Here are five simple rules to follow when organizing your space: Create a Conversation Space When deciding on a seating arrangement, a U-shaped conversation area is ideal, while an L-shaped area is always uncomfortable. A sofa and a matching pair of chairs easily establish a comfortable U-shaped configuration that allows everyone who is seated to have an intimate chat facing everyone else. Focus Attention to One Area Almost every living room has at least one natural focal point. If yours has a fireplace, that will surely be it. Other focal points might be a picture window with a wonderful view or a pair of French doors. Whatever the focal point…