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Get Creative With Shelving

Get Creative With Shelving

When you think of shelves, chances are good that you think of rows and rows of dusty books that have neither been touched nor read in years. Shelves get a bad reputation as repositories for clutter, but shelves can actually be useful and dramatic focal points in many areas of your home. Kitchen and Dining Shelving in your kitchen or dining area, when used strategically, can be a beautiful addition to your space. Think about using floating shelves to hold a mixture of dramatic serving pieces, or possibly as part of a wine or liquor bar. A floating shelf can hold wine glasses and a carafe, or a mix of interesting bottles of liquors and mixers. Open shelving in the kitchen, in place of some traditional upper cabinets, can also showcase your dishes in an artistic way. If you have bright pottery pieces or a variety of antique Carnival glass pieces, hiding them behind cabinet doors would be a mistake. Display them with a couple of open shelves, and instantly bring personality into your kitchen! Collections Almost all of us have some sort of collection. Whether you collect Hummel figures or hummingbirds, use shelves to make your collections part of your decor. Think of the shelves as your own little vignette or museum showing, and arrange your pieces so that people can see the beauty of whatever you collect. Don’t feel that you have to put every single piece that you collect out on display. Instead, consider rotating through your pieces every few months. This gives you a chance to keep your collection fresh and interesting without overwhelming your...
Fun Neighborhood Party Ideas

Fun Neighborhood Party Ideas

The weather is warming up, and everyone is ready to venture out and enjoy the season. As daylight lasts longer, take advantage of this time and have some fun with your neighbors. We have several ideas that will help make neighborhood get-togethers a blast! Wine Tastings If this sounds like something that your friends and neighbors would like, a wine tasting can be a great get-together idea. Plan ahead with several neighbors on a weekend night, and set up lawn chairs and tables. One neighbor might do a cabernet station, and the next neighbor might have a rose station. Have a half dozen different sipping or tasting stations, along with some snacks that complement the different wines. Ideas for pairing are easy to find on the internet: cabernets pair well with chocolates, red zinfandels with brie, malbecs with gouda, sauvignon blancs with citrus, and chardonnays with almonds or anything vanilla-based. And if wine doesn’t sound good to everyone, do something similar with craft or home-brewed beers. The key is just to have something that gets neighbors out and mingling! Ice Cream, You Scream When the days get downright hot, planning an ice cream social is easy and fun. Pull a couple of neighbors together, and gather all of the fixings for ice cream sundaes. Have some people bring toppings, some people bring ice cream, and others bring cones or cookies for sandwiches. Set up a table, have plenty of napkins, and watch kids and adults enjoy cooling off. If you want to go an extra step, ask people to make their own ice cream for the get-together. There is...
Preparing For A Long Distance Move

Preparing For A Long Distance Move

Moving involves so much planning, from buying boxes and masking tape to changing utilities. Whether you have several months or mere weeks, even a crosstown move takes preparation. Long distance moves can be especially challenging, but taking certain steps will lessen stresses and ensure that your new home feels like your real home. Keep a timeline in mind As soon as you know you are moving, try to keep a timeline in mind. If you are selling your current home and buying a new home concurrently, timing is very important. Make sure you keep up with dates, from offers to counteroffers to appraisals to inspections to closing dates, make sure that you plan for every important event. Moving long distance requires even more planning, from finding a cross-country moving company to allotting time for driving or travelling to your new home. Research and choose movers There are countless cross-country moving companies, but make sure you do your homework before you pick a company to move your belongings. Check company credentials, both online and with an organization like the Better Business Bureau. Ask for a written estimate, and reserve a truck as soon as possible. Read the fine print- you don’t want to expect your belongings on Day One at your new home and find out that the company is waiting 3 weeks for a full truck before they drive across the country. Decide if you are packing, and plan accordingly Once you have narrowed down what moving company you are utilizing, you should know whether or not they will be packing your belongings or you will be responsible for...
Getting to Know Your New Neighbors

Getting to Know Your New Neighbors

You’ve signed the closing papers. Gotten the keys to your new home. Watched as the last box has been unloaded from the truck. Found the box holding your wine opener and light bulbs that will get you through the first night. Now, your next big task is to get acquainted with your new neighbors. We have a few helpful ideas that will help you meet your new neighbors in no time! Social Media Facebook isn’t just a place to look at cute cat memes or your college roommate’s vacation pictures. More and more community groups are popping up on Facebook. Doing a search of your new neighborhood or town on Facebook might let you know if there are playgroups or groups of people with similar interests in your area. Other apps and websites like meetup.com are a good way to find potential friends. Meetup has everything from Mommy and Me to vegan cooking to weekend hiking groups – you just type in your interests and area to find a group that might fit what you are looking for. Check out local amenities If your new neighborhood has a recreation center or a clubhouse, become familiar with all of the activities it has to offer. The chances are good that you will meet neighbors in a yoga or spin class at the local rec center, or at the neighborhood pool. If you are moving into a master-planned community, taking advantage of all of the amenities will help you meet neighbors and quickly feel at home. Join in local community happenings Depending on the time of year, your new neighborhood may...
Winter Safety for Your Furry Friends

Winter Safety for Your Furry Friends

So far, this winter promises to be a cold one, even by Colorado standards. Snow blanketing our homes, single digit temperatures, and icy roads are all part of living in Colorado. While we are all accustomed to living with winter conditions, taking extra precautions will help keep our furry family members safe and happy. Keep them indoors Most animals do better indoors during winter weather. Brief periods of exercise or short walks are adequate for most dogs, and cats should really be kept inside during cold temperatures. Winter conditions can put pets at risk for frostbite or hypothermia quite quickly, and their exposed paws and faces risk injury with exposure. If you are cold outside, chances are good that your furry friend is also cold. Just remember, if it is too chilly to be outside without gloves or a hat, the temperature is probably too low for your pet to stay outdoors! Have outdoor shelters If you must have your pet outside for a period of time, make sure that they have somewhere safe to keep warm and out of the wintry conditions. A dog house that is sheltered from wind and blowing snow is important. Make sure it is raised up off of the ground, so that the floor can remain dry. Cover the floor of the shelter with cedar or straw. Some people have even invested in heated dog houses, so that their dogs will be comfortable in even the coldest temperatures for brief periods. This can be a good idea, but no pet should be left outside for more than a brief time in Colorado’s winter...
Winter Fun in the Pikes Peak Region

Winter Fun in the Pikes Peak Region

Winter in the Pikes Peak region is more fun than you can imagine! Going to the mountains for a long ski weekend is great, but there is no need to drive hours for fun when you live in Colorado Springs. Plenty of fun for the whole family can be found in the Pikes Peak region during the cold months. Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is an easy and inexpensive winter sport that even little ones can have fun with. Look at local sports equipment stores or online for basic snowshoes, and make sure that they fit well. Strap them on and you can go anywhere that you would typically take an easy hike or run. Start easy, on a fairly level trail, so that you and your family get the hang of how snowshoes feel. Some basic trails for snowshoeing that you might already be familiar with are the Sante Fe Trail, Seven Bridges trail, and the Rampart Reservoir trails. These are all easily accessible, and good for all ages. Sante Fe and Rampart Reservoir both have fairly little elevation gain, but can be long. Seven Bridges is shorter, but has over two thousand feet of elevation gain. Cross Country Skiing Cross country skiing, or Nordic skiing, is something that you don’t have to travel to ski resorts to have fun with. Cross country skiing is fairly inexpensive, easy to learn, and can be done almost anywhere within an hour of the Colorado Springs area. Grab a pair of cross country skis at your local sports store, or rent a pair, and travel to a Nordic Center to get the hang of...
What To Expect During Your Home Closing

What To Expect During Your Home Closing

You’ve gone through the entire process of choosing a home. You’ve scoured the internet, toured countless homes, gotten pre-approved for a mortgage, and made it through inspections and appraisals. Closing is coming up, and you might feel like you have run a long race, with the finish line in sight. Knowing what to expect during your closing will make the finish line a sweet victory.   Mortgage Lender First of all, many of the steps towards closing will happen with your lender and the title company. Your lending officer will work with you to make sure that you have everything in place as far as papers and requirements by the mortgage company. In  the days leading up to your closing, your lending officer will contact you to ensure that everything is in order. Final Walkthrough Typically, the day before closing, you will be permitted to do a walkthrough of the home. This is to verify that the sellers have fully vacated the home and left it in the condition agreed upon in the contract. This also allows you, the buyer, to make sure that any repairs or changes stipulated or required after inspection have been done to your satisfaction. If you are purchasing a new home expect to have a final walkthrough with the builder. Insurance You should have purchased insurance for the home before closing. The insurance needs to either cover your loan amount or your full replacement cost, in order to satisfy your mortgage company. The start date of the insurance legally needs to be the day of closing, even if you will need a few days...
How to Find the Best Realtor

How to Find the Best Realtor

Purchasing a new home is a major milestone for most people. Once you make the decision that you are ready to purchase a home, knowing what to do next may be overwhelming. One of the very first and most important steps that you can take is to decide on a real estate agent. A good Realtor will help you from the first step of your decision through to the closing when you pick up your keys. With such a close relationship, picking the right Realtor matters. We have a few hints to help you pick someone who will work well for you and with you. References References matter! Make sure that you check references. Ideally, speak to at least a couple of different people who have used the real estate agent. Make sure that references are fairly recent- someone from eight years ago was buying or selling in a completely different market that doesn’t apply to your situation. When you speak to someone, find out details. Did they buy their house with the agent, or sell a house, or both? Were they in the same general price range as you are? What did they really appreciate or find valuable as far as what the agent provided? Pay Attention To The Letters Much like physicians, some Realtors will have a slew of letters after their name. Those letters actually mean something! Often, beyond their initial training and licensing, many agents will go on to get additional training and designations. If they have a capital “R” in their Realtor designation, this means that they are part of the National Association of...
Fantastic Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Near Cordera

Fantastic Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Near Cordera

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a frantic time spent fighting holiday crowds. Plenty of prime shopping is just a stone’s throw from Cordera. You can get something for everyone on your list, without the normal stress of holiday shopping. Promenade Shops At Briargate Shopping at the Promenade shops is a dream. As a bonus, it is a dream less than four miles from Cordera! High end shopping can be found at the Promenade Shops, so you don’t have to worry about trekking to Denver or having items shipped. Women’s clothing shops such as Anthropologie, Chico’s and White House Black Market promise to hold beautiful treasures for your special friends or sisters. Pier 1 and Pottery Barn both feature gorgeous housewares for the home designers in your life, and Williams Sonoma is sure to have something for a foodie on your list, whether it is a timeless Dutch oven meant to last through the ages or peppermint bark for stocking stuffers. Gifts from Athleta and Lulelemon are guaranteed to make your yoga enthusiast or runner very happy when they unwrap gifts. And a store like Apple will make everyone on your list happy, whether you go big with a new Macbook, or if you splurge on the latest Beats headphones for a music lover. Academy Boulevard Just slightly further from Cordera lies North Academy Boulevard. This corridor of one of Colorado Spring’s main streets has several great shops to choose from. Best Buy and Barnes & Noble are both great stops to get something for everyone. A new bestseller, an xBox game, or a board game for the whole...