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With warmer weather and longer days fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to finish off that list of jobs you want to accomplish around your new Ashton Woods home. No matter what your budget, these tips are guaranteed to enhance the quality and craftsmanship of your living space.
1. Clean-out and Organize
•Begin by making a checklist of all the tasks you want accomplished, so your progress can be easily tracked. *Quick Tip: Reserve a specific task for each day of the week and work won’t feel as monotonous.*
•Make sure to clean every surface thoroughly using proper tools and products to preserve and protect your home.
•De-clutter and reorganize—holding a yard sale or donating unwanted items to a charitable organization.
•Try to make the process as fun as possible by inviting friends or family to join you, in exchange for a home cooked meal. Open up your windows—let the sunshine in and the chaos out!
2. Incorporate Fresh Spring Colors
•Add brightly colored wallpaper to your living room or kitchen.
*Quick Tip: If you’re unsure about fully committing, companies like Sherwin Williams have released trendy and removable options like Easy Change Wallpaper.*
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•Add a touch of paint to accessorize a room. Why not try Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year—Radiant Orchid? Year—Radiant Orchid?
*Quick Tip: If you’re looking for a more subtle change, introduce just a pop of color on a wall or archway.*
•Add black accents with either furniture or home decorations to accentuate existing colors in the room.
•If you’re going for a more relaxing and natural vibe, bring green tones and floral patterns into your home. Check out this floral appliqué bed set from Dena Home—the perfect combination of elegance and fun!
3.Take on a DIY Project
•From re-purposing old furniture, to finally using those empty wine bottles and mason jars, you can give your home a new look using materials you already have!
•Explore Pinterest for a wide selection of DIY projects and design inspiration this spring—with so many users, thousands of new ideas are added each day.
“Pinterest has become the go-to spot for color ideas, furniture, style inspiration and décor DIY projects. You can create your own design boards to gather inspiration for upcoming decorating projects.”
-Julie Primanti, Design Counselor for Ashton Woods Homes
•Browse additional ideas from other popular DIY sites: Better Homes and Gardens, DIY Network, and Instructables.
4. Create an Outdoor Escape
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•Start by cleaning and de-cluttering any of your existing outdoor furniture and the surrounding areas. (Don’t forget our cleaning tips from earlier, too!)
•For outdoor design inspiration, check out the fully-furnished Ashton Woods model homes—Greys Landing features a stunning lake-view from the outdoor pool area and the model at Leesville Crest features an oversized patio, pool with cascading water and a covered eating and entertainment area.
•Fun Idea: Bring Spring Break to your backyard with brightly-colored, oversized lounge chairs and seashell accessories. When choosing patio furniture and material, pair blues and greens with neutral colors—resembling calm ocean tones.
Greys Landing model home on Lake Shaw, Raleigh, NC
5.Host a Springtime Party
•Showcase your Ashton Woods home and all of your hard work with a seasonal soiree.
•Put together an attention-grabbing tablescape to serve as the center piece of your gathering.
*Quick Tip: Unlit candles can act as a chic daytime table accessory or be used to create a romantic vibe at night—an easy way to transition a longer event.*
•Display fresh flowers (or convincing imitations) throughout your home for guests to enjoy—Tulips and Pansies are a must!
•Sit back and let the uniqueness of your home inspire others to transition theirs into a similar springtime sanctuary.
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