Active Lifestyle Communities – Can I bring my pet?

It’s important to continue to live a lifestyle in your retirement that you’ve grown accustomed to, and by that we mean a life with your pet(s).


One of the first questions many retirees ask before making their move is if the active adult community is pet friendly. More builders have taken note of the increase in pet owners. There are adult lifestyle communities across the country that welcome pet lovers and offer amenities like parks and open spaces that cater to their furry friend. While many age-restricted communities have different rules when it comes to pets.

If you’re a pet owner and considering moving to a retirement community, there are several factors to consider:

  • Do the living spaces have enough room to accommodate pets?
  • Are there safe grounds to take the pets for a walk?
  • Are the premises well lit?
  • What kind of pets are permitted, and how many can I have?
  • Is there a size restriction on the pet?
  • Is a pet deposit required? If so, how much and is it refundable?
  • Is there an additional monthly fee for having a pet?
  • What veterinary care services are required before I may bring a pet?
  • Is a vet located nearby?

At the Villages of Sally Creek, we welcome pets. We are a pet friendly community with plenty of green space, trails, and amenities to keep your pet active and those tails wagging.

For more information, please visit us at MySallyCreek.com

Active Lifestyle Communities – Connecting Socially

Staying physically active is important, but are you aware of the importance of social health as well as the benefits of being social as you age?


Social contact can be just as effective as exercise at improving your mood and quality of life. If you aren’t maintaining social interactions on a daily basis, you may be putting yourself at risk for depression or even dementia. As we age, staying socially active can help you maintain good physical and emotional health as well as cognitive function. Staying social can reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even some cancers. It can also help boost your immune system and improve your nutrition since you tend to eat more when you’re around others. Being social can lower your blood pressure and potentially reduce the symptoms of depression.

Active Lifestyle Community residents quickly find themselves integrated into a loving family that’s focused on mutual acceptance and friendly encouragement.

There is a sense of affinity in these active adult communities. When people live like a community, it enhances the quality of life and well-being. You will know your neighbours because you will meet often in recreation centers, shopping complexes, and sports activities such as golf. This way, the residents can connect to one another and have a sense of engagement along with building lifelong friendships.

Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
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What defines an Active Adult Lifestyle Community?

Adult lifestyle communities aren’t so different from other residential communities. Aside from their age requirements, most are designed with a retirement-friendly lifestyle in mind.

What Defines an Active Adult Lifestyle Community

These communities can be comprised of single-family houses, condominiums, or townhomes, with units that are owned by the resident. Often, this type of community will be built near shopping, restaurants, parks, and other attractions, since residents are still eager to live an active lifestyle into their retirement years.

Also, unlike some other senior living options, active adult communities do not have on-site dining facilities for residents, nor do they provide any type of healthcare services. However, these communities are conveniently located close to hospitals and other medical facilities.

In a nutshell, these communities exist for people who not only share your interests and passions, and who will also expose you to new and exciting opportunities and become great friends along your journey.

An adult lifestyle community is designed for adults over 55 who are active and independent. If you are too young to be in a retirement home with meals and everyday care you pay for but do want a low maintenance lifestyle, the Villages of Sally Creek is the solution. Sally Creek gives you that flexibility by giving you the ability to transition and downsize to a simpler lifestyle, where you can choose a townhome or a detached bungalow family home.

Thinking about moving into an Adult Active Lifestyle Community?

Located within The Villages of Sally Creek is the adult community you have been searching for, boasting an adult recreation centre, the challenging conjoining Sally Creek Golf Course and walking trails throughout this beautiful area. The exclusive adult recreation centre features a games room, gym, library, craft room, and banquet facilities and is the perfect place to gather to make new friends. Scheduled events included breakfasts, dinners, dances, euchre nights, VON exercises, yoga, and an art club. Enjoying a golf game or taking scenic strolls, jaunting out on a bike tour or engaging in an easy-going cross country ski venture on the well-maintained nature paths are the perfect way to enjoy the beauty evident at the Villages of Sally Creek and surrounding area.
Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

10 Places You Must Visit and Experience in Woodstock.

When you visit Woodstock, you’ll find the air is cleaner and the grass is greener, the people are friendly and helpful, and there are lots of things to do.
We’ve compiled a list of places of historic value and interest, from parks to markets, museums, and entertainment. Whether you’re just visiting or moving to Woodstock, make sure to make the time and enjoy what Woodstock has to offer you, your family and friends all year around.
10 places you must visit and experience in Woodstock.


Southside Park

Woodstock’s historic Southside Park has charming walkways with decorative lighting fixtures throughout the grounds. Take some time to admire the gorgeous flowering magnolias, cherry, and crab-apple trees during the first three weeks of May.
In the month of June, enjoy the colourful accents of over 33,000 tulips throughout the park. Stop by the Southside Park Gazebo covered by a stunning display of over 10,000 tulips of pastels and plum pudding.

Bring the kids or grandkids and enjoy the expansive play area for children of all ages, guaranteed to be a fun-filled experience.

If you’re a baseball fan, come out to Southside Park in the evenings and watch the local Woodstock Jr. Rangers and Wranglers play at the newly refurbished Tip O’Neil field, named after Woodstock’s own Hall of Famer.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Located in the historic John White Building in the heart of downtown Woodstock, opposite Museum Square. The Woodstock Art Gallery inspires, engages and enriches the lives of all community members through innovative programming and activities and Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery. Featuring a permanent collection of over 1,000 works of contemporary and historical art. The Woodstock Art Gallery also offers art instruction, TIFF film screenings, exhibit receptions, and special events.
REGULAR HOURS:  Tuesday-Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Free admission, accessible, and nearby parking

Woodstock Museum National Historic Site

Explore Woodstock’s Old Town Hall which once held Woodstock’s first public market, council chamber and concert hall. Serving later as the first firehall and police lock-up, the building became the home of the Oxford County Museum in 1947 and eventually the Woodstock Museum.

Originally constructed in 1853 as the Town Hall and Market House, the building was completely restored in 1993-1995 and offers a wide variety of programs and services. The Woodstock Museum National Historic Site strives to interpret the past, present, and future through conservation, education, and exhibition of local history.
Admission by donation. Located at 466 Dundas Street, Woodstock, N4S1C4
Labour Day to Victoria Day: Tues to Sat: 10 am – 5pmVictoria Day to Labour Day: Mon to Sat: 10 am – 5 pm

Pittock Conservation Area

Enjoy camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking a 5km trail that goes through intriguing plantations, forests, meadows, and shoreline.
Many children’s activities and recreation programs are seasonally available at Pittock Conservation Area. Love bird watching? Come site seeing a variety of birds and ducks like the American Black Duck, Mallard, and Common Merganser.

Located on the northern edge of Woodstock, Ontario. This 2000-acre outdoor playground offers visitors the opportunity to step into nature by camping, hiking, fishing, biking or simply relaxing in its natural environment. Several events are held annually including the Dragon Boat Races and Multi-Sport Triathlon. Or simply come for a weekend getaway to enjoy a family picnic or cool down with our splash pad. Canoe rentals available. Bring your furry friend to the leash-free dog park!

Woodstock Farmers market

Shop local! Woodstock is proud to have one of the oldest markets in Ontario celebrating 162 years, established in 1853. The year-round vendors provide a variety of produce, meats, dairy products, bakery goods, flowers, honey, maple syrup, and crafts.  Located one block north of Dundas Street at West Ave. on the Woodstock Fairgrounds. It is on the East side of the City of Woodstock. Hours of operation: Jan-Dec Saturday 7am-12pm

One of a kind antique mall

If you love vintage, this is the place to visit!
Canada’s largest antiques & collectibles store with over 500+ vendors 80,000 square feet of shopping. The One of a Kind Antique Mall is a vintage treasure hunt of furniture, toys, china, housewares, games, and collectibles. Enjoy three floors of antiques and nostalgia located in a historic textile factory.  Open Daily 10am – 5pm.

Gateway Casinos Woodstock

Located in Woodstock, Ontario and owned and operated by Gateway Casino Entertainment Limited, Gateway Casino Woodstock features more than 235 slots and games as well a quick eats restaurant which features two complete menus to choose from. The restaurant’s main menu features everything from appetizers, soups, and salads to entrees such as the Chicken & Rib Combo and English-Style Fish & Chips to yummy desserts., with drink service and bar fare. The venue is also home to Woodstock Raceway, a half-mile track for Standardbred Harness Racing, which features simulcast racing and a racebook.
The Getaway Express is the perfect place to grab a light meal and relax! Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 3 am and Friday and Saturday are 24 hours

Springbank Snow Countess Cow Monument

A definite roadside photo op you do not want to miss!
In 1933 she broke the world record for butterfat production and held the record for 21 years.  The Snow Countess statue is located on the original site of her home, Springbank Farm, which was known worldwide for their cattle breeding program. Taking a photo with the Countess has become a tradition for visitors to Woodstock.  She is located on the corner of Dundas St and Springbank Ave (parking access on Springbank Ave).
The monument was restored in the spring of 2007 and appointed a Municipal Heritage Site during a re-dedication ceremony on Aug. 4, 2007 — exactly 70 years after the initial unveiling.

Roth Park

Beautiful landscape and site seeing trails for the whole family to enjoy!
Roth Park is on the south side of Pittock Lake. There are picnic facilities and is home to the Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat.  Enjoy the trail with hard packed dirt and granular and provides a lovely view over the lake. There are also side trails, which branch through a pine plantation and go up and down some gentle inclines. These side trails link back to the main trail. At Lansdowne Ave. Length: 6.75 km approx. Difficulty: Easy, family Trail Uses: Walking, bicycle, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog walking. Located at the South side of Pittock Lake.

Sally Creek Golf Course

Hey Golfers! Be sure to book a tee time at the Sally Creek Golf Course, you will not be disappointed.
Sally Creek is a quaint golf course in the city of Woodstock. It offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Sally Creek Golf Course difficult yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. Sally Creek Golf Course is a great choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting Woodstock. The 9-hole Sally Creek Golf Club is a semi-private golf course. Sally Creek Golf measures 3031 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.  Located at 190 Fairway Rd, Woodstock, ON N4T 1W3, Canada
Visit: www.sallycreekgolf.com/

Thinking about moving to Woodstock?
Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

Buying a new home? Here are 6 things you must do and questions you MUST ask!

If you’ve never built a new home and are unfamiliar with how a home builder operates, then chances are, you will have questions. The below list provides the most frequently asked questions, accompanied by a short answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. Check out the builder:

Many home builders have been in the business for years and produce a quality product. However, a few do not. Check review sites, provincial licensing boards and the local court records to see whether the builder you’re considering has run into any trouble, including lawsuits, complaints with licensing agencies and disciplinary actions. This is also a good time to talk to previous customers.

Sunlight Heritage Homes has been in business for over 30 years and has built thousands of family homes in South Western Ontario and beyond.
Qualified. Trusted. Reliable. More than just words when it comes to selecting the right company to build your next home. In a fast-paced world of mass production and unprofessional workmanship, we realize that homebuyers still believe in both quality and value. As a family run business, we fully understand that the quality of our workmanship is the cornerstone of our reputation, and we embrace the many challenges and opportunities that will lend to our legacy.
Check out our testimonials here: What our clients have to say!

2. Research the community:

There’s no harm in visiting the community you’re interested in building your new home. Get a sense and feel for what’s around, amenities, schools, depending at what stage you are in life, is too close to shopping centres? or perhaps too far?  Before you buy, find out as much as you can both about the area and the subdivision itself. Visit at different times of the day and talk to residents about what they do and don’t like.

Our agents can be a great resource when researching the area and our amenity maps listed on Sunlight Heritage Homes and available to you at our sites. They can be fantastic guides for everything you’re looking for; from schools, shopping, dining, to recreation have all been carefully researched and added to our maps for your convenience.

3. Ask about warranties:

Most builders offer warranties on materials and workmanship. Make sure you understand what is and isn’t covered and what process you need to follow to get something fixed. All home builders in Ontario must be registered with TARION. Tarion’s primary purpose is to protect consumers of new homes by ensuring that builders abide by the provincial legislation. Tarion serves new home buyers and new homeowners by ensuring that one of their life’s biggest investments is protected. Almost every new home in the province is covered by a new home warranty.  This warranty protection is provided by Ontario’s builders and lasts up to seven years. To see if your builder is registered, do a search in the Ontario Builder Directory.

Sunlight Heritage Homes is a Tarion registered builder.

4. Do you provide assistance for selecting the home’s finishes?

Building a new home involves a lot of decisions, especially when it comes to selecting items like cabinets, counters, light/plumbing fixtures, paint colors, etc. For many people, it can be overwhelming. An experienced designer can walk you through the process. Make sure you’re not on your own and the builder has someone to guide you through the selection process.

Sunlight Heritage Homes are designed to fit your lifestyle. And our professional design consultants are here to help you turn your home into a perfect reflection of who you are and how you want to live.

We give you all the options. The possibilities are endless when you design your home with Sunlight Heritage Homes. From hardwoods and tile flooring to an almost endless array of countertops in granite, solid surface and quartz; from the best names and newest looks in fixtures, faucets, and finishes to the hottest trends in lights, cabinetry, and colors, we’ll help you pull your ideas together into a home that’s uniquely yours, just the way you dreamed it.

Our design center was created with you in mind. When you first arrive, you are not overwhelmed with products on top of each other. Each area has been designed to allow you to walk freely with a view of the entire area. From a fully functional designer kitchen to a luxury washroom display you will feel as if you’re at home. Let Sunlight Homes be part of your dream and help you create that home you have always wanted.

5. What standard features are included?

Every home builder includes a set of standard features in each home built while offering extras that cost more. Much like buying a car, you want to find out what is standard and what is extra. What is included and what isn’t is one of the most important questions to ask when buying a new home. The builder should have a detailed “specifications” sheet that details everything that comes standard with your new home.

Sunlight Heritage Homes come equipped with Standard finishes and
the following Main Features:

  • ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES
  • 7-YEAR INSURED STRUCTURAL WARRANTY
  • FULL BASEMENT
  • HIGH POURED WALLS
  • HEAVY DUTY 2X6 PREMIUM EXTERIOR WALL’S
  • PEX WATER SYSTEM
  • R-22WALL & R-60 CEILING INSULATION
  • HRV SYSTEM

Standard finishes can be obtained by visiting one of our sites or online.

6. How do you communicate and provide service during the design, build and warranty?

Lack of communication is one of the most common complaints from homeowners about their builder. So how do you avoid it? This is another area where your conversations with past customers will reveal the real story. You’ll want to know if the builder responds to your requests promptly and how accessible they are. Do they communicate in a way that works for you? Given the prevalence of technology in our communications with email, texts and internet access, find out how your builder uses technology to improve communication with you.

At Sunlight Heritage Homes we pride ourselves how quickly and effectively we communicate with homeowners and we’ve made even easier with technology.
Sunlight Heritage Homes is proud to announce the “Homeowners Communication Portal”
Exclusive to Sunlight Heritage Homes: Homeowners have access to documents, and data they need, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Stay up to date with the progress of your home with Sunlight Heritage Home’ “My Story”. Access photos and progress of your custom build from beginning to end. Sunlight Heritage Home “Homeowners Communication Portal” is also mobile friendly.

Let’s Talk

We’d love to have the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. You can get in touch with us by simply giving us a call at (519) 653-5036 or drop us a line at info@sunlighthomes.ca

London activities for your whole family to enjoy.

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and with spring already here, it is the perfect time to get your family out of the house to enjoy some quality time together! Create memories with your loved ones while having fun at some of these London activities your whole family will enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trails
London offers over 20 walking, biking and hiking trails in and around the city and dubbed the “Forest City” for good reason. Getting outdoors in London and connecting with nature is easier than you would think. If your interests include hiking, running, mountain biking, or you just enjoy going for a stroll, you may be surprised to find that you can accomplish many of these activities locally.
Meadowlily located just a short drive from Sunlight Heritage Homes: Old Victoria on the Thames site is a 3.1 Km walking/hiking/running trail containing marshes and floodplain woods along the Thames River, old fields, shrub thickets and mature woodlands on higher, rolling land, and some active and retired agricultural fields making it one of the most visited trails in London.

Boler Mountain
A year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, the Treetop Adventure Park and more! During the green time, you can enjoy brunch at the Patio Restaurant. Enjoy outdoor yoga or join the adult volleyball league.
For more information: https://www.bolermountain.com/

Covent Market
Located in the heart of London since 1845 nestles in the West End, London’s main theatre and entertainment area. The market offers fresh products, gourmet foods, unique gifts, seasonal outdoors farmers market, and events. It is renowned for its luxury fashion and beauty stores as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres.
For more information: https://www.coventgarden.london/

Storybook Gardens
Fun for all age’s family-friendly fantasyland built in 1958. The 20-acre attraction is where all your beloved magical and imaginary characters come to life and attractions are themed around nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Some seasonal activities feature themed play-structures, sand and water play area, and an interactive splash pad. The fun continues with amusements parks, music shows, stage presentations and puppet shows. Subject to admission fees and parking is free.
For more information: https://www.storybook.london.ca/

East Park
A recreation and entertainment facility Located just minutes from downtown London. Featuring an 18-hole executive golf course, with a driving range and 2 mini golf courses. Add to that London’s best waterpark including 7 waterslides, a water climber with a tipping bucket and large splash pad. Have a picnic on the grounds that can be rented for groups. Go-karting, batting cages, rock climbing, bumper cars and more. Parking is free and you only pay for what you play. Fun for all ages and activity-dependent.
For more information: https://www.eastparkgolf.com/

The Factory
Canada’s largest indoor family fun centre has a wide variety of top indoor attractions, high ropes, rock climbing, virtual reality, arcades and more. Creating endless fun things to do for the whole family. And if you’re moving to London, The Factory also offers Summer Camps for your little ones.
Check them out: https://thefactorylondon.ca/

London’s Children Museum
Provides children and their grown-ups hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for over 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where more than 80,000 children and their families visit each year to dream and play. The museum encourages curiosity and experiences that stimulate creative spirits and encourage innovative thinking. If you have an aspiring anthropologist, the museum also offers the Dinosaur Galley, jam-packed with activities they can enjoy.
For more information: https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/

Elson House
The Elson House is a historical museum located on 481 Ridout Street, London, Ontario. Built 1834 by the Harris family, the house is a fine example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles and has remained virtually unchanged since the last century.
For tour and operating hours: https://eldonhouse.ca/

Fanshawe Pioneer Village
An open-air museum established in 1959 and located in the Fanshawe Conservation Area in London, Ontario. Get a closer look at London’s bygone days, then head to Fanshawe’s open-air Pioneer Village. There is often something cooking at the old family home of famed local artist, Paul Peel (1860-1892).  Watch the forge and bellows in action while observing the Village blacksmith crafting items for use on-site or for sale at the Denfield General Store. And don’t forget to stop by the Pioneer Village Café.
Fun for all ages.
For more information: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca/

The Rec Room
Conveniently located approx. 10 minutes from Sunlight Heritage Homes Foxfield Trails Community.
The Rec Room is the place to let go, be playful and experience something new and exciting. Canada’s premier “eats & entertainment” hotspot. With Canadian-inspired cuisine, virtual reality, arcades games, live entertainment, and more. The Rec Room is the ultimate gathering place to grab a pint, host an event, or just play. Fun for all ages.
And don’t forget to enjoy some shopping later at CF Masonville Place!
For more information: https://www.therecroom.com

Find your perfect London home at Sunlight Heritage Homes.
For more information please visit us: Foxfield Trails & Old Victoria on the Thames

Reasons for Working With a Custom Home Builder

 

 

You’re thinking of purchasing a new home, but you cannot decide whether you want to just purchase a house off the market, or build a custom home. See when you think about it, with just any old house on the market, you are most likely going to have to sacrifice some features that you may have needed or wanted, as well as many other factors that should be taken into consideration. Additionally, attempting to hire numerous people to help you build a new home can get pretty difficult too. Today you are going to be reading about why you should work with a custom home builder.

These are some reasons why it would be more effective and beneficial for you to work with a custom home builder.

Firstly, when building a home with a custom home builder, you don’t only get them, but you get an entire team comprised of people like: designers, architects, contractors and so on. This is easier since trying to hire everyone individually by yourself can get difficult and confusing because you will be in charge of constantly contacting everyone, but with a home builder, you will have one individual to do most of your dealings. By doing this you would save money by not hiring everyone individually, and the team could consult you on the most cost effective materials, thus saving money there as well.

You are constantly in contact with the builder, so you can have you questions answered at any time, which will provide you a peace of mind.

Another big factor that should be taken into consideration is time. When you build by yourself, you are juggling with multiple contractors, designers, etc, which an become very stressful. However, by just dealing with one company; who will take all that responsibility off your hands, you will save yourself from those endless ours of phone call after phone call and numerous meetings.

Then, you will end up with a quality custom home. You get to choose what you want, and you gotta admit that you will take more pride in a home that you would have invested so much time and energy into.

As a result, Sunlight Heritage Homes is a quality home builder that will would definitely fulfill your desire to build a new custom home, so contact us now for more information.

 

How To Determine The Best Floor Plan For You

When you are looking for a new home, there are many factors that need to be considered, and the right floor plan for you and your family is an essential one. If you do not take this into account and give it some thought then you will never end up with the best home for you.

First, you need to start by examining your lifestyle and determining all your needs and wishes. For example, a good one to consider is, do you want children areas and toys to be separate or for everything to be on the main floor for maximum visibility. In that case, if you want closed off areas, then you would be looking at a home with many rooms, and maybe a basement for those children areas. If you are looking for maximum visibility, then you would opt for an open layout kind of floor plan. It is things like that that need to be considered when purchasing your home. Some other helpful questions you could ask yourself include:

  • Do you want a separate dining room for formal functions, or are you more comfortable with a large eat-in kitchen?
  • How many bedrooms do you need for immediate family members? Do you need an extra room for guests or grandparents? Will your family be growing in the future?
  • Do you need an area dedicated for a computer/work station? Does it need to be a separate room, or would a nook or a loft area work?
  • Do you need/want a master ensuite bath plus a separate bathroom for friends and the children, or a larger family bath? Do you want a separate shower and bathtub, or a combination of the two? Do you need one or two sinks in any of the bathrooms? Knowing what you want out of your house will help you narrow the field to choose from.
  • Look at the square footage of the room. A floor plan can be rather small, it is easy to either under or overestimate the size of the room. If you have a hard time visualizing what those numbers mean, measure the equivalent room(s) in your current home to compare.
  • Consider furniture placement. There is nothing worse than arriving at your new house on closing day and discovering that there is nowhere to put the Big Screen TV, that the couch doesn’t fit or that you need a smaller dining room table. If you have specific needs, consider making a scale room plan with your furniture to make sure that everything will fit.

All information retrieved from sunlighthomes.ca.

Let us know if this was helpful, or what kind of floor plan you prefer?

We would love to hear about it in the comments.

 

Ways To Furnish Your Home With No Money

We can all agree that this happened at least one time in your life; you’re flipping through a home design catalog or watching a show, perhaps HGTV? And then you become overcome with envy as you realize you want your home to be as stylish and chic as all those television families, but there’s one problem. You simply don’t have a “flexible” budget of 30k. There are, however, ways for you to up the glamour factor on your home, with items you already have, used items, or items costing less than at least $100.

First, this is a really good option for getting items for free or cheap. You could visit Facebook or Freecycle. There are various groups, and definitely one for or near your area. There people can trade, buy, or give away items, and you could score a branded item that you wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.

Next, you could search for estate sales. A popular website used for this is EstateSales.net. Basically what these are is, when somebody moves, goes through a divorce, or anything of that sort, they are likely to sell their belongings quickly. So they are a great opportunity to furnish your home on a cheap budget.

Another good tip is to look for discounts at furniture stores. If you can get a coupon you could possibly reduce the price of the item you wanted. There are many websites that sport various store coupons, or you could sign up for your favourite furniture store’s mailing list in order to get sent all the updates. You could also ask stores about their dented or scratched pieces. That way they give you a discount on them and you could easily fix it yourself with a little acrylic paint.

If we are talking about up-cycling used items, there are many ways to do this. One of the styles in right now is having old rustic looking furniture. You could achieve this by using an old table or chair, either one of your own or something you scored at a garage sale. You could sand it down and paint it with chalk paint giving it a new lively look. You can easily find 40% off coupons for Michaels, thus saving you money there too because we all know how expensive Michaels can get. You can also look for DIY projects on Pinterest, speaking of which, we recently created one so check it out, we also save all kinds of things, including very cool DIY projects.

These were just some tips on how to decorate your home for cheap!

Let us know about any pieces you have made or found!

 

How To Accessorize A Bland Room

You’re sitting in your black and white living room, and you look around at your complete matching furniture set. You seem to have bought everything in that collection at the store, but for some reason, it still doesn’t feel quite right, and you cannot quite put your finger on it. You are sitting there in frustration, wondering why your room still feels empty.                                                                                                                                If this is you, chances are your room is lacking a little something called, “personality”.

If you are going for the minimalist style then you are fine, but if you are looking to spice up your room and make it feel more like you, then keep on reading!

Firstly, a great way to add depth and personality to your room is to add wall decorations, such as artwork, mirrors, tapestries, curtains, whatever you like. One of the main ways a room can feel empty is if its walls are bare. So a great way would be to incorporate some decor to fill them right up. Also, another way to make your room feel more personalized is to add multiple framed photographs, such as friends or family, in order to create your own art gallery wall.

Secondly, this is a very popular tip for adding to any space and almost anywhere you look you will find this tip. Add throw pillows! They can make your room look so much more alive and personalized, not to mention, seating areas are instantly more comfortable with the help of some soft, fluffy pillows. Don’t be afraid to step a little out of your comfort zone by adding a touch of color. Rooms cannot get that exciting if they are just various shades of black and white.

Next, add metallic elements to your space. Think of it this way, whenever you want to look nice, you incorporate jewellery into your look one way or another, and it is not that different when it comes to accessorizing your room to feel more like home. You can do this by adding maybe some mirrors with metallic trim, or some lamps with metallic bases. It is really up to you and your personal preferences.

Next, this tip is beneficial to your space in more ways than one. Start an indoor garden! By this, I mean placing a couple pots or vases with plants around your room. They can either be fake, (If you aren’t that good at keeping plants alive or just are too lazy to be responsible, like me) or they can be real. There are are many benefits to having plants in your home as well, not only do they make your room look and smell better but they also:

  • serve as a mood enhancer
  • encourage stress recovery by lowering heart rate
  • filter airborne microbes, reducing 20% of dust in the household

Now by incorporating some of those tips into your living space, I guarantee your room will feel more inviting and personalized.

Let us know if you have any more tips and tricks to accessorize a bland room, in the comments below!