October 10 2019

7 Tips to Brighten Up a Dark Room

by racheal

Dark living room space

The type of lighting you have in your home is essential to your day to day life. It can deeply affect your mood and productivity. Dim lighting can contribute to depression and even affect your appetite. Bright lights can heighten emotions and make you feel more energetic. Having ample natural lighting in the rooms in your home is very beneficial, but what if certain rooms don’t offer enough natural lighting in the first place? Here are 7 tips to brighten up a dark room.


Paint Your Walls 


This is probably the most common way to brighten up a room that doesn’t get much natural lighting. Get rid of any walls that may have a darker paint color to liven things up. Grab a can of white or light-colored paint and watch your room transform.


Make sure to purchase a matte paint rather than one that is glossy. Matt surfaces reflect light in every direction rather than glossy paint that actually creates a glare. The goal is to reflect natural light equally in order to illuminate the room properly.


Add More Light Fixtures


Just one lamp may not provide ample lighting in a darker room. Consider adding a few more light fixtures to enhance the lighting in your home. 


Replace Lightbulbs


If you find that a room or rooms in your home give off a somewhat yellow light, you may want to consider replacing your lightbulbs. This is a great way to upgrade your home on a budget. Switching to daylights is an easy and affordable way to brighten up a dim room. You can find them at Walmart or order a few on Amazon.


Add Lots of Mirrors


Adding multiple mirrors in a room will not only brighten it up but it will give the illusion of more space as well. You can create a gallery of mirrors on one wall, add one large mirror, or one on each wall. Have fun with the frames to give your space a little more personality. 


Hang Sheer Curtains


If you want to brighten up your space, you’ll have to get rid of those drab heavy curtains and replace them with something a little more sheer. Sheer curtains will allow for more natural light to pull through into the room whereas a thicker fabric will take the lighting away. 


Clean the Windows


This may seem extremely simple, but cleaning your windows can make a huge difference. If you can safely clean both the inside and outside of your windows, they’ll be free from any dirt, dust, and grime that can trap more natural light from coming in. 


Trim Your Trees


Trees bring lots of shade, but they also block natural light from coming into your home. If you have any trees that are directly in front of your windows, trim them a little. 


You should see a big difference in how your dark room has transformed just by using a few or all of these great tips to brighten things up. Most importantly, you'll also see a change in your productivity and the way you feel walking into your newly illuminated space.

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April 5 2016

Orange County New Homes in the Middle of It All

by racheal

Orange County new homes for sale

As much as we might try to deny it, everyone enjoys being the center of attention. When you’re in the middle, you have the best access to everything around you. So when you’re searching for an Orange County new home, try a community that relishes the spotlight, and puts you at the heart of an exciting area. Huntley at Greenwood is an exceptional collection of homes for sale in the Tustin, CA area that offer dazzling floor plans and spacious lots. A location in the heart of Orange County creates an awesome living experience.

Expansive floor plans range from 2,597 to 3,032 square feet, 4 to 5 bedrooms and 3 to 4.5 bathrooms. A large great room functions as the center of family activity. You’ll adore the convenience and privacy generated by features like a downstairs bedroom and indoor-outdoor living spaces. Chef-inspired kitchens and an open-concept design make entertaining a delight.

Huntley at Greenwood rests in the middle of Orange County, meaning you’re just a short trip away from incredible shopping, dining and entertainment. Venues like The District make it easy to get out and explore the beauty of the area. Prices for Huntley homes start from the mid $900,000’s to the low $1 million’s. Schedule a tour of the three model homes of Huntley by joining the interest list today!

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April 4 2016

Big Sky at Audie Murphy Ranch is Big on Room

by racheal

New homes for sale in Menifee with large yards

If you are searching for a new home in Riverside County that offer spacious open floor plans, tons of storage space and large lots, your search is over.  Big Sky at Audie Murphy Ranch is a collection of new homes for sale in Menifee designed with owner comfort in mind. Large properties and thoughtful designs give you the chance to mold your everyday experience. With the extra space in your home, you are able to customize your castle with the large floor plans and lots that allow you to make the space your own.

Big Sky floor plans range from 2,790 to 3,800 square feet. Options for one- or two-story designs let you pick the model that fits you and your family. Expansive dining rooms allow you to entertain guests, while bonus spaces and large closets make room for daily needs. Oversized garages and built-in storage spaces ensure that your stays clutter free.

The home interiors aren’t the only source of extra room. Large lots allow you and your family to enjoy year-round activity. You can choose to add a swimming pool or outdoor entertainment like fire pits and horse show courts to accommodate your lifestyle. Plus, abundant outdoor room lets you take in the majesty of spectacular rock formations surrounding the community. Prices for the spacious properties of Big Sky start from the high $500,000’s. To learn more, get in touch or schedule a showing today by calling home builder Brookfield Residential at 888-802-3212.

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March 30 2016

Province at Audie Murphy Ranch Debuts this Spring

by racheal

Province at Audie Murphy Ranch Homes

Everyone loves a grand entrance. Making a great first impression during your debut is important, which is why this sleek new Menifee, CA neighborhood is so exciting. An anticipated housing community will be making a splash this spring with a sterling collection of homes. The Province development of Audie Murphy Ranch will feature a bevy of spacious homes with plenty of room for customization.

Home owners will have their first chance to take a peek inside Province homes in just a matter of weeks. New single-family floor plans range from 2,949 to 3,488 square feet with 3 to 6 bedrooms, 2.5 to 4.5 bathrooms and offer the privacy of a gated community. Expansive great rooms, media rooms, and two-car garages with super storage provide features every home owner can appreciate. The Menifee new homes for sale at Province are equipped with plenty of room to play, entertain, and relax.

The environment of Audie Murphy Ranch community is perfect for a variety of homes owners as well. This master-planned community caters to everyone from growing families to empty-nesters. A tranquil atmosphere lets you unwind with gorgeous views from your back yard. An outdoor living room option creates a seamless floor plan. Prices for Province homes start from the $400,000’s. To learn more, sign up for Province interest list.

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March 28 2016

The Last Single Family Homes in Playa Vista

by racheal

Single Family Homes in Playa Vista

Do not miss out on your chance to own among the last single family homes in Playa Vista. Everly at Playa Vista offers single family new homes for sale within Silicon Beach with open floor plans ranging from 2,318 to 2,449 square feet. These stylish floor plans offer a fluid feeling and designs that provide space for entertainment as well as privacy. You’ll love the feeling of laid-back sophistication tucked into this modern paradise. A spacious kitchen is just one of many ways that Everly homes cater to the residents’ ease of living. An open deck allows you to gaze out at the stunning surroundings.

Playa Vista’s Westside location provides plenty of convenience as well.  Home owners will be able to walk to the shops and great dining options at Runway, the CenterPointe Club, and The Resort. A coastal-close location puts the beach just a mile away from your doorstep.

Everly at Playa Vista is a Los Angeles community that has been developed with careful planning. This beautiful suburb has been crafted to give home owners everything they want in a modern space. Prices start from the $2 million’s. To schedule a showing, call home builder Brookfield Residential at 888-211-9069.

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March 25 2016

Tips for Designing Your New Backyard

by racheal

Backyard Design

One of the best parts about buying a new home is that your house is like a blank canvas; no paint on the walls and only dirt in the yard. This allows you the freedom to design the home, inside and out, however you want from scratch.

However, landscaping a yard can be overwhelming, especially if you have never tackled the project by yourself. Where do you start? Do you start with purchasing plants, laying down a patio, adding grass…? You will want your yard to have a theme and not look like a bunch of random vegetation. Here are six tips to help you design the backyard of your dreams for your new home.

1. Get organized.

Make a list of the items you need in your yard as well as the items you would like. Do you need grass for pets? Do you need a play space for kids? Do you need a section of the yard reserved for your vegetable garden? Do you need a patio for outdoor dining and barbecuing? Once you figured out what is functional for your yard, add a list of plants you would love to have. (Keep in mind to keep with the same hues when it comes to purchasing plants.) Do a rough sketch of your yard on where you would like to place the above items.  Remember, this is just a rough sketch and does not need to be detailed. This is just a tool to help you visualize your yard’s look and feel.

2. Take into account the outdoor elements.

Consider where the sun and wind is during different times of the day and year. For example, you may want to place your patio on the west side of your home due to the fact of that is where you will get the most sunlight during the day. But that also means, come August, you may be enjoying your BBQ in the sweltering sun. The wind is also a factor that many beginner landscaping designers forget to consider. Wind that blows around a corner can easily extinguish a fire pit. 

3. Choose a focal point.

To keep your yard looking organized, choose a focal point or a series of focal points. This can be anything from a tree, a stunning plant or even a sculpture or water feature that draws your eye and makes it move through your yard.

4. Don’t rush

Don’t rush to getting your yard done the day you move into your new home. While if you live in an HOA community, you may have to have your yard done within a few months of moving in, take your time to get familiar with your yard. Find out the areas in the yard that have the best views or the perfect amount of sun where you would enjoying sitting or dining in.

5. Start Small

This is not one of those “Go big, or go home” activities. Start small. We have all seen those TV shows that make over a yard in just three days. What you do not know is behind the scenes is a crew of fifty working nonstop. Gardening can be very soothing, so try and enjoy the process. Start with planting a small flowerbed for just a couple of hours. Don’t worry about filling in everything at once. Don’t forget plants grow and will fill in empty space on their own. Many beginner landscapers for get this fact. If you try and rush to have a finished yard, you are more likely to cut corners and end up with a sloppy yard.

6. Placement and Size

Make sure to take note of plants placement and size. This can be the hardest part when designing your new yard. Since plants come in different sizes and colors, you want to make sure you place the taller plants in the back of the flowerbed, against walls or along walkways. To keep your yard organized, have some repetition or pattern with plants that have the same hues or shape. 

In conclusion remember, as a beginner, the key is to stay patient. If your dogs or kids are dragging in mud in your new home, or your HOA needs the landscaping done ASAP, fill the yard with easy to remove items like mulch or annuals that can be removed or transplanted. Make sure you take your time and try to enjoy building your new yard.

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