Do you enjoy making your hard-earned money grow? I know I do. It's one of the many reasons I have invested in rental properties. Forbes magazine states, "even with interest rates inching up, investing in real estate - and especially in rentals - will be a good move in 2019.”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the happiest season of all, right? Until, you realize it’s your turn to host family and friends for the holiday season. You take days off from work to cook, clean and decorate, trying to make everything “perfect” for your guests. Then, literally, within five minutes of everyone arriving, you will look around to see that the kids are running and screaming through the house.
The rise of home improvement reality TV has sparked a rebirth of farmhouse design in homes across the country. Rustic, old-timey features and patterns have taken over the latest design trends. Although this is a trend now, Ryan and I have roots in this type of home design. We both grew up on dairy farms on opposite sides of the country. Farmhouse style decor reminds us of our past and is something that we wanted to incorporate into our home.
Barn doors have taken off as a major part of design in many homes and renovations. These are not only aesthetically pleasing, but are very functional in tight areas of the home. This is the major reason why Ryan and I decided to install barn doors in our bedroom. The entry to the master bedroom is extremely close to the master bedroom door. This caused a problem we named “confusion corner”.
Many homes built in the 1980’s were built with formal rooms in mind. This renovation home is no different. Although many homeowners are choosing to walk away from having a formal den or sitting area, to our family, this provides not only a sanctuary to relax, disconnect from electronic devices, and have one-on-one time with family and friends.
The dining room is the gathering spot in many homes for conversation, good eats and a good glass of wine. This is our first home where we will have a formal dining room and we could not be more excited! Growing up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, many homes have a colonial-traditional feel that speaks to the deep tradition in the area. I always wanted to have that feel when I could finally have my own formal dining room. Luckily, Ryan was on board!
You long to return to that airy beach house or the cozy cottage in the woods. You may not have the time (or money) for an extended vacation, but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the same freeing environment right in your own home.
The cottage look is one of the hottest trends in home remodeling right now and for good reason: it’s comfortable. This is a trend that elicits a relaxed feel in an atmosphere where you can’t help but kick off your shoes and sit back.
Part of the goal of our farm is to tread as lightly on the Earth as possible. Part of that means being careful of how much water we're using, especially during dry spells when our somewhat shallow well can bottom out. One of the first things we added to our farmhouse's gutters when we moved in was a rain barrel.