5 Holiday Decorating Tips for Your New Home

5 Holiday Decorating Tips for Your New Home

For new homeowners, figuring out how to decorate a new space for the holidays can be fun and overwhelming all at the same time. While you may feel like what you already have on hand is out of date, we know that buying all new holiday decorations might not be an option. At Holmes Homes, we’ve put together a few holiday decorating tips for new homeowners that will help to make your new home feel stylish AND cozy all season long.

1. Pick a Color/Theme

Find a theme and stick with it. Whether you love earthy neutrals, glittery silvers and golds, or traditional reds and greens, try to keep your holiday décor somewhat consistent. When decorating your new home with a specific color palette or style, everything will flow together more naturally.

2. Keep it Simple.

Choose one or two areas of focus and decorate with a few classic pieces. Whether it’s your front entry or fireplace mantel or both, find or use the decorations you love most and display them. If you decide to buy new holiday décor, start small. You can always add more to your collection with every new season.

3. Freshen Up Old Decor

If buying new holiday décor isn’t in your budget, get creative and freshen up some of your old favorites. Grab some spray paint from a local craft store and change up the look and colors of your decorations to make them more current. You can add new ribbons and bows, berries and greenery sprigs, or even glam things up with a little (or a lot of) glitter!

4. Use Winter Flowers and Fresh Greenery

Another great option for holiday decorating as a new homeowner is using the beautiful and fragrant flowers and greenery available this time of year. Large poinsettias look gorgeous when transferred into a festive pot and are big enough to fill those empty spaces you aren’t sure what to do with. Using fresh greenery on your mantel or along staircases is always a lovely addition that brings the fabulous smells of winter indoors.

5. Ornaments, Candies, and Jars

There are so many fun and different types of holiday décor. Large jars of all shapes and sizes can be filled with fun candies or ornaments. Candy canes, peppermint sticks, large glittery balls or even tiny ones, can all be placed in jars and grouped together to make a fun statement. You can roll with the candy theme and put candies in your tree, fresh greenery or garlands, and more!

6. Go Eclectic

If you love the holidays and have the mentality of “the more décor the better,” go for an eclectic look. Group styles together throughout the rooms in your house, or mix and match. There is no wrong way to decorate your home!

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5 Upgrades Everyone Buying a Home Should Consider

5 Upgrades Everyone Buying a Home Should Consider

There are a lot of benefits when it comes to purchasing a home with upgrades. One of the obvious—you’ll always enjoy a healthy return on your investment. From now until Christmas, Holmes Homes is offering buyers $6,300 in free home upgrades! To get you thinking about purchasing a home with upgrades, we’ve put together a list of upgrades everyone should consider.

1. Kitchens

Whether it’s for hosting parties, making dinners, playing games, or doing homework, the kitchen is the room you and your family will hang out in the most. While granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliances used to be considered upgrades, they are typically standard in most new homes. When it comes to upgrades, we suggest choosing higher quality cabinets, even if that means starting with a semi-custom variety. Cabinets are one of the most expensive items that need to be replaced! Other upgrades to think about include microwave drawers that are easy for everyone to access and quality dishwashers that are quiet but still get the job done.

2. Flooring

When choosing flooring, keep in mind that whatever you pick will ultimately set the tone for the look and feel of your new home. Wood floors are always a great way to go when it comes to home upgrades. A good quality wood is much easier to maintain and keep clean when compared to carpet, which typically needs to be replaced due to wear. While wood flooring costs a bit more up front, it will definitely save you in the long run.

3. Closets

We’re pretty sure you can never have too much closet space! If you decide to add more closet space, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Not only will you have more room for storage, you’ll also add great value to your home when it comes to resale.

4. Lighting

Many new homeowners complain about lighting due to the fact that they treated it more like an afterthought. Good lighting can make all the difference in a new home, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. In addition to any recessed lighting, don’t forget about adding multiple pendants, under-cabinet lighting, task lighting, and dimmers.

5. Energy-Saving Appliances

Having energy-saving appliances will definitely cost you more up front, but will ultimately save you money on energy bills over time. Make sure to take the time to research high-efficiency air-conditioners, efficient plumbing options, tank-less water heaters, and more.

Is A Finished Basement Right for Your Home?

Even if it’s just wood and cold concrete, basements have amazing potential. Over the years, that lower level of homes has stopped being ignored and finished basements have becoming more and more popular.

It’s a place where kids can go and play, parents can go to get away from the kids, or even in some cases it can become a man cave.

How do you know that it’s right for you though? Will it be worth the cost to finish it? What should you make your basement into?

Here’s a short list of ideas that you can make your basement into and whether or not it’s right for you.

Lounge Basements

If you’re worried about payback, this is a great idea that appeals to most people. This type of basement usually has a casual family room with a small kitchen. It’s made into a place where everyone can go to relax and watch TV. Add a pool table or projector for the big game and it will definitely be a place people will want to hangout. Before you start this process though, make sure your lower level shows no signs of water damage. This can cause the need to replace furnishings and cracks in the walls and foundation. Also know your local ordinances and if you are allowed to outfit a full kitchen.

Play Room

This is perfect for a family with young children. Creating your basement into a place where you can keep all the toys and messes where you can’t see them, can be very appealing. You can make cabinets that have certain sections where each toy goes. If you want to get really fancy with it, you can create a ball pit for the kids to jump around in and even a castle fort for the daughter that insists on being a princess. Whether the kids are playing downstairs or upstairs, you are sure to grab a sweet second of peace and quiet with a basement made for the kids.

Storage Room

If you love to shop and can’t seem to get enough of those holiday decorations, a basement can be your best friend. You can easily transform your basement into a huge walk in closet. Create hooks and shelves for all your storage needs. Even make that gift wrapping station you’ve been dying to have!

Guest “House”

If you’re one to have a lot of visitors and maybe the in-laws come to town often, creating a space that they can have to themselves will help ease the stress on you. Make a guest bedroom for them and maybe a small living area where they can relax and get away. It will be convenient and your visitors will love you for not having to sleep on the couch!

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