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Health Benefits of Positive Home Decor

Health Benefits of Positive Home Decor

You began your day just before the sun—waking up to get in that obligatory half hour workout before starting your day. Heart pounding and breathless, you hop in the shower while your coffee brews. Hurriedly throwing some clothes on and trying to beat the clock, you fill your mug and a protein bar and run out the door. During your bumper to bumper drive to the office someone cuts you off and you slam on the brakes, spilling your coffee down the front of your shirt. After a few choices words and fumbling to find napkins, you manage to pull into a parking space and lug your work bag into the office, plopping yourself into the chair.

You spend your day doing whatever it is that you do—make phone calls, send emails, study charts, schmooze people into purchasing something from your company, draw up contracts, write blog posts or articles. The list of responsibilities you may have can go on and on. And so, your day crawls by and the afternoon draws near. You make that drive through rush hour traffic to the grocery store to find food for dinner. After waiting in line behind an obnoxiously loud woman talking on the phone while letting her toddler scream in the cart, you shuffle back to your car with bags in tow. Finally, you get to go home.

After such a long and strenuous day, as most are, walking into your home can either be an addition to your anxiety and stress, or it can be a place of tranquility and rest—a place to breathe easy and relax. I’ve known many people who try to convince themselves that their mess and clutter is a kind of organized chaos; it’s how they are comfortable living and what makes them feel at home. However, science and psychology have proven that there are actual health benefits to a clean and organized home, as well as health benefits to the types of things that you use to decorate your home. Studies have found that people who describe their homes as cluttered, messy, or disorganized had a higher likelihood of being depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed whereas people who described their homes as restful or relaxing were just the opposite.

Truth be told, there are few things in life that feel better than an organized, clean, and uncluttered home. And so, when deciding on the items to keep and decorate your home with, they should only enhance or add to those feelings of rest and relaxation. There are numerous kinds of décor that you can add to your space that are not only beautiful to look at and pleasing to the eye, but that promote health and happiness as well.

There have been studies conducted on negative ions being emitted into the air and the way that they can affect the human body in regards not only to health, but also to mood. Positive ions are carbon dioxide that have lost an electron. Don’t let the term positive fool you, when surrounded in excess by these ions, they actually appear to have a negative effect on the body, leading to tiredness, anxiety, impatience, lethargy, irritability and have even been linked to much bigger issues such as asthma and depression. Negative ions, on the other hand, are a molecule that gains a negatively charged electron and they attract particles in the air such as dust, bacteria, mold, and the like. They attach to such particles and pull them to the nearest surface and out of the air.

The Power Of Himalayan Salt Lamps

And so what do these ions have to do with home décor? Certain natural substances can be used as decoration that will purify the air, as well as create an atmosphere rich in negative ions. Himalayan Salt Lamps are one such substance. Not only are they a hydroscopic substance that will absorb the water in the air (and whatever particles may be found in those water molecules) and act as an air purifier, but it also produces a plethora of negative ions, which will help to make you feel more awake and energetic and can promote productivity and boost your mood.

Tranquility With Indoor Waterfalls

In addition to Himalayan Salt lamps, small indoor waterfalls can also act as a negative ionizer while at the same time purifying and humidifying the air in your home. Not only does it offer the benefits of cleaner and purified air, but it has the added benefit of drowning out otherwise annoying background noise, which can help to calm and relax our already constantly thinking and moving minds.

Purify Your Air With Indoor Plants

Which leads to just a few more pieces of home décor that can improve your mood, boost your energy, and make you feel altogether happier. It’s no surprise that bringing the outdoors in can help to reduce anxiety and ease stress. Indoor plants, cacti, and succulents will, without a doubt, improve the quality and the cleanliness of the air in your home. Not only that, but their mere aesthetic presence can create a quick change in a person emotionally, as well as stimulate them physically.

Brighten Your Day With Floral Bouquets

Along those same lines, brightly colored floral bouquets can work wonders, ranging from increased happiness, emotional connection with others, compassion, creativity, energy, and improvement in problem-solving with a decrease in depression, anxiety, and negativity. It is recommended to keep such bouquets in places that you often spend time—in your kitchen, bathroom, and even on your bedside table, so that they are the last thing you see when going to bed, and the first thing you open your eyes to in the morning.

Meditate & Enhance Memories With Your Sense Of Smell

Last, but certainly not least, appealing to your sense of smell can have exponential effects on your body and mind. Our brain connects specific smells to specific memories and so incorporating scents into our homes can actually help with our ability to remember things, as well as make such memories appear more vividly in your mind’s eye. Furthermore, mood can also be changed when inhaling certain scents. Lavender, chamomile, and pine are all scents that can help to calm and relax the mind and body, while citrus scents, peppermint, and eucalyptus are all scents that can help to energize you.

I think that we can all agree that in a world full of aggravation and frustration, a world of disagreement and segregation, overwhelming stress and ever-growing anxiety is constantly knocking at our doors. We have the opportunity to turn our homes into something we love and adore stepping into every day, a place where the tension of our day can melt away. Incorporating any one of these pieces of décor is such a small and incredibly easy way to help ease stress, even if it is just the smallest amount—every little bit helps.

And Now Back To You

Have a home décor tip that helps you reduce stress? Let us know in the comments below.


We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

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Tania Matthews Team
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5 Key Steps for a Seamless Transition Into a New Home

Just recently I had a friend who purchased a new home—closing day came along and they felt as though they had all their ducks in a row, ready to sign papers and move into their new home. It was a Friday morning, they got the keys to their new home and were excited to start moving their things. Their excitement waned a bit when they realized that they’d forgotten to schedule for their electric and water to be switched over and turned on at a new address. And so, as they began the moving process they had no lights, no running water, and most importantly (considering the fact that it was July in Florida) no air conditioning.

It’s so easy, even when you are normally good at making sure everything is done and taken care of, to miss something. And one little thing that is missed in the moving process can make it incredibly difficult and steal the joy of new homeownership with the flip of a switch. And so we’ve made a checklist of the 5 most important steps to ensuring a seamless move into a new home.

1. Change Your Locks

Schedule to have the locks changed the day of closing. Although you are supposed to be given all copies of the house keys at the closing table, it is still a good idea to have the locks to your new home changed that day, just in case there are any other spare keys floating around. Your closing shouldn’t take any more than a few hours, so if you have a morning closing time, schedule to have a locksmith come in the afternoon to change your locks. You will sleep soundly that night knowing that you, and only you, have the key to your new home.

2. Change Utilities

Get the electric and water company information for your area and call ahead to schedule everything to be switched over and turned on. Don’t end up like my friends who had to move with no electricity. It was such an inconvenient and frustrating situation that could have been altogether avoided had this been done. Ask your realtor for the preliminary closing disclosure, which you will need to provide to the utilities companies, so that you can schedule to have them turn everything on in your name. It is incredibly simple and can be done at least several days in advance.

3. Change Your Mailing Address

Change your mailing address. This seems like a pretty obvious one, though many forget to do it. Make sure that all of your bank information, credit card bills, car insurance, etc. are all switched over to your new address. All of those documents contain quite a bit of personal and private information that you certainly wouldn’t want in the wrong hands.

4. Do A Walkthrough

Conduct a thorough walkthrough and be sure that everything looks as it did the day of inspection. Be sure that there is no new damage and that everything was in the same condition as when you last left it. Once the closing documents are signed, there is no more negotiating. You are now the sole owner of your home and are responsible for it.

5. Plan for A Deep Cleaning

Plan for a few hours of deep cleaning before beginning to move your belongings. As much as we would love it to be able to move into a spotless and immaculate home, a lot of times this is not the case. Seller’s tend to find that leaving the place empty means that they’ve done what is required of them, and so the deep cleaning doesn’t get done. Carpets aren’t vacuumed, shampooed, or steamed, floors aren’t swept and mopped, countertops aren’t wiped down. I know how frustrating it is to have to clean when you weren’t planning to. Prepare yourself for that possibility, hire a cleaner or come prepared with your own products and tools. You may be pleasantly surprised with an already clean space. If not, you are ready for anything!

These are the five biggest steps that most new homeowners should think about and take when preparing to close and move into a newly purchased property. They may seem like common sense or obvious things to do, but with all the hubbub that follows such a large purchase, even the biggest and most obvious of things can be overlooked.


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Quick Tips: Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations

Odds are, if you’ve lived in your home for a few years, you’ll crave a bit of change in it. A desire to implement all of those neat home remodeling pins you’ve accumulated in your home decor Pinterest board over the years. There are some who list their starter homes and upgrade for new construction, a clean slate or “a la cart” option. But for some, it’s either not possible or they would rather renovate their existing home. You might not be able to afford a new home, you might absolutely love the neighborhood you’re living in, either way, a home renovation can give your home a fresh look and transform your living space.

If you plan on taking on a home renovation project, the best place to start with is the kitchen and/or bathroom. Just take a quick gander on Pinterest and you’ll find plenty of renovation ideas to transform your kitchen and bathroom. Before starting any renovation, setting up a budget to learn what you can afford and are willing to spend is a must It’ll create the guidelines and what kind of material you can buy and where you can splurge or where you should cut expenses.

A bathroom is that part of your home where you spend some quality time all alone. A perfectly designed and convenient bathroom can fabulously relax your body, mind and soul. Then, it can also increase the resale value of your property since the condition of the bathrooms and kitchens are what is inspected first by any potential buyer. However, renovation needs considerable amount of time, money, and effort.

Bathroom Renovations – Things To Consider

Home-Bathroom-Renovation

Looking to renovate your bathroom? Consider the following:

  • Does your bathroom feel a bit smaller than you’d like? You’ll want to give it a spacious appearance by painting the space with light color and make use of light colored tiles. For a tighter budget, work with the space you have, there’s no need to change the floor plan.
  • Use cabinets in the bathroom sparingly. Try not to clutter the space by installing too many cabinets and drawers. It’s true that cabinets have a utilitarian value and everyone loves ample storage space, however, too many cabinets can make your bathroom feel small and cramped.
  • Not replacing your tile? Make sure to at least replace any broken tile or loose grout.
  • When updating your vanity, try and stick to matching fixtures to avoid an “out-of-place.”
  • A well lit bathroom with proper lighting fixtures can make all the difference. Try and use natural lighting whenever possible.

Kitchen Renovations – Things To Consider

Home-Kitchen-Renovation

Just like the bathroom, a well decorated and renovated kitchen can greatly impact the value of your home. Taking on a kitchen renovation? Consider the following:

  • Your kitchen countertop says a lot about the space. Think about the style of your home. Going for a modern and clean look? Try a quartz countertop. Consider yourself a home chef? Go with a unique wood counter top that you can chop on (a personal favorite).
  • Consider going with a larger and deeper sink. Functionally speaking, it does wonders.
  • Think about updating your appliances with a matching set and go green with energy-efficient kitchen appliances to save on your energy bill.
  • On a tighter budget? Consider improving upon your existing cabinets rather than buying new ones. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint or updated pulls is all you need.

There are tons of bathroom and kitchen remodeling ideas out there. Do your research, and keep the theme or style consistent. And don’t forget to set a budget.

And Now Back To You

What’s your favorite renovation ideas? Let us know in the comments.


We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Contact:
Tania Matthews Team
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The Latest Trends in Bathroom Design

Bathrooms have gone through dramatic changes over the years. Previously appreciated for little more than their functionality, today these rooms are becoming oases of peace, relaxation and comfort. This year will take that satisfying sensation to a whole different level, with great new trends. Of course, some of the tendencies we’ve seen in the previous couple of years are still going strong, but there will also be a lot of new and unexpected moments. Here are some of the top trends to think about if you are considering a bathroom remodeling in 2017.

Large-Format Tiling

When it comes to tiles, this year is all about going big or going home. This trend is first practical, and only then visual. Large tiles will make bathroom cleaning easier, since there will be less grout. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t also offer some benefits when it comes to aesthetics. Large tiles mean that the bathroom is covered with clean, almost uninterrupted surfaces, making the room feel bigger. Not only tiles, but also slabs of natural stone and marble will make a huge splash in bathrooms.

Bathroom Large Format Tiling
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Pantone-Approved

Although Pantone’s color of the year caught us by surprise, we’ve gotten used to it; and with the arrival of spring, it will become even more popular. Using Greenery in the bathroom makes perfect sense – it will refresh the room, induce it with nature and give a bold statement. You can go as far to use green tiles or simply paint the vanity green and use a green runner.

Rustic/Industrial Style

Bathroom Rustic Industrial Style
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Both of these trends have visited other rooms in the house a while back, but only now, they are making their mark on the bathroom. This design approach encourages recycling and repurposing, which makes it an affordable style to introduce. You can introduce it with exposed brick, concrete accents, exposed pipes, worn woods, and various accessories, such as old posters, metallic soap holders, etc.

Organic Presence

In the last couple of years, bathroom renovations are becoming more organic than ever, and that includes using a lot of natural materials, such as wood and stone, and, as of recently, clay. Besides the materials, the very shapes in the bathroom have changed, the tubs are designed with more curves, while the vanity is more textured. Warm wood and smart stone make ideal marriage when it comes to bathroom elements.

Dark Replaces the Shiny

Although gold and brass will still be featured in the bathroom design, they will slowly, but definitely be outplayed by a new player – dark metal tones. Bronze, dark pewter and even matte black are there to bring a modern touch to your bathroom, unlike the shiny metals that mostly emitted the retro vibe. However, if you’re aspiring to create an eclectic look, you’ll be happy to know that dark metals mix great with shiny ones.

Bathroom Dark Tones
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The Tub Comeback

Large showers with multiple showerheads have been a bathroom standard for years now, mostly for practical reasons. Since we’re living in a time when the bathroom’s purpose is finally much more than personal hygiene, it is logical to experience the comeback of the tub (especially freestanding variety) as an element for relaxing. The tub of 2017 is inviting, desirable, and elegantly shaped.

Turn It into Oasis

Besides the tub that calls for a good long soak, this year will be all about making you never want to leave your bathroom. Everything that makes you feel like you’re in a spa is welcomed. Potted plants, green walls, sitting area and soft rug, come to mind among other things.

Bathroom remodeling in 2017 will be inspired mostly by nature, low-maintenance and relaxation. It is interior designers’ response to the hectic life pace in urban environments. People need the time to spoil themselves, de-stress and prepare for everything waiting outside – there is no better place for that than the bathroom.

Author: Mia Gunson
Mia is an interior designer with a burning passion for Art deco. She’s also a multitasking, bilingual cat lover. In her spare time she likes to paint, run, hike and make pancakes. Her motto is ”I live to decorate, and decorate for a living.

And Now Back To You

What’s your favorite bathroom style? Let us know in the comments.


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Tania Matthews Team
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3 Ways To Chic Up Your Home With French Furniture

What in the world is Shabby Chic?

Shabby Chic is a decor style using aged furniture and other items to create a vintage look within a home. With a gently broken-in look and weathered edges, Shabby Chic furniture is the perfect balance between luxury and lived-in.

Frills and ruffles lend to a comfortable and soft space. Distressed furniture and vintage home decor bring intimacy to luxurious spaces, cozy up a large room, and utilize the nooks and crannies in your home.

For the decor enthusiast who strives to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without, Shabby Chic is your cup of tea. Whether you prefer a terraced house in a misty London borough or a whitewashed cottage tucked into a rural hillside, this type of decor is beloved for celebrating the beauty of aging objects that transform a house into a well-loved home. It’s all about a collection of the things you love in a space you adore.

From taupe to mint green, a Shabby Chic color palette can include white, pastels, and creams. Start with a favorite neutral and work in rose quartz tones and muted greens to get a true Shabby Chic look. Add flair with pops of teal and turquoise or bold pinks and reds.

1. French Lighting

Did you know that light — or lack thereof — in your home (or anywhere else, for that matter) can have an effect on our emotions and our moods? It’s true.

And sometimes, adding a layer of light (whether it’s ambient, task, or accent lighting) can dramatically increase your home’s quality of light.

Some French style lighting fixtures to consider:

  • Chandeliers
  • Cut Glass Chandeliers
  • Contemporary Lighting
  • Lantern Lighting
  • Floorstanding Lamps
  • Table Lamps
  • Candelabras
  • Wall Lights

2. Furniture Ranges

Providing a relaxed and romantic look through the use of distressed white headboards, bedsteads, and dressers, shabby chic furniture is one of the most popular themes and styles of bedroom furniture available in today’s market.

This style of the distressed white wooden furniture helps create a vintage look while simultaneously providing all of the required functions of bedroom furniture. Perfectly complementing pale or neutral decor or providing a calming contrast with a more vibrant color scheme.

With tons of different styles, Homes Direct 365 French Furniture Range offers vintage inspired bedroom furniture to create your perfect vintage boudoir.

3. French Mirrors

Mirrors are a decorator’s best friend, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room’s natural light, enhances views, opens up a small space and adds some “oomph” to a room’s decor. The key lies in pairing the right mirror with the right location to maximize its decor-uplifting potential.

Some French style mirrors to consider:

  • Decorative Mirrors
  • Overmantle Mirrors
  • Table Mirrors
  • Venetian Mirrors
  • Floorstanding Mirrors (a personal favorite)

And Now Back To You

Are you a fan of the Shabby Chic style?

Let us know in the comments.


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Contact:
Tania Matthews Team
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1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711
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Real Estate Property Scams & How To Avoid Them

Property scams and shady real estate schemes are not a thing of the past. They’re very real and often take advantage of unsuspecting home buyers. It’s important to familiarize yourself with common scams affecting the real estate industry today to protect you and your investments and to avoid them at all costs.

Online Rental Scams

With an increase of online real estate marketplaces, renters and buyers often start the new home search process online. Scammers take advantage of this trend and lift actual listings by reposting it as their own. You’ll often find these hijacked listings on Craigslist as rentals and scammers will go as far as meeting renters in person to take a cash deposit or wire money of an application that is unavoidably “denied.”

To avoid falling victim to these scams, we suggest only using reputable online platforms in which listing are verified and to be cautious if you’re ever asked to wire any money or place a cash deposit before signing any legal documents.

Deed For A Fee

After closing, home buyers will receive an official-looking letter in the mail offering to send them a certified copy of their deed for a fee. New home buyers often don’t know what to expect, and because it looks official, buyers often get suckered in and taken advantage. After closing, buyers already receive the deed to their home for free from the title company.

Renting Foreclosed Homes

The folks over at DCrealestateguru.com say “We’ve also seen a similar issue where people will rent out their foreclosed homes before it forecloses.” Unfortunately, homeowners who find themselves in a desperate situation and are facing foreclosure may list their homes on the market for rent. The homeowners collect rent as the impending eviction date draws closer, and when it finally arrives, renters are forced to relocate.

To avoid this sticky situation, do your homework. There are online resources that will show you if a home has recently been foreclosed.

Email Scams & Phishing

Another common scam that occurs quite often is when buyers receive an email notification to wire closing funds to a certain bank, when in fact, the email has actually been hijacked.

Phishing attempts against real estate agents are incredibly prevalent, and it’s important to confirm with your title company and agent of the correct amount and location before wiring any funds.

Avoid Overconfidence & Perform Due Diligence

The smartest precautions and preventative measures you can ever take is to perform due diligence and do your homework. Avoid fooling yourself into believing that it couldn’t happen to you. Because it can.

A few takeaways to remember:

  • Always avoid paying in cash or wiring money.
  • Work with a credible real estate agent.
  • Research the property and do your homework.
  • Listen to your gut.
  • Question everything.

And whenever you’re ready to enter the real estate market as a renter, buyer, or existing homeowner, be sure to keep these tips in mind and don’t let yourself be swindled or caught off-guard!

And now back to you

Have you ever found yourself in a shady situation?

Let us know in the comments.


We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Contact:
Tania Matthews Team
info@TaniaMatthewsTeam.com
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711
407.917.7190