WHY STAGE A HOME?
Bottom line, homes that are staged sell faster and for a better price than those that aren’t.
January: Clean out your fireplace of ash and char (Simple Green all purpose cleaner is great for brick surround) and lay a fire. This not only looks great, but the next time you want a cozy firelit evening you are only a match strike away.
February : Need an inexpensive change in your living room, entry way or kitchen… pick one accent color or theme, pick three little things in that genre, and spice it up this February. (i.e. on red tulip in a vase, one red throw pillow/blanket/rug/towel and one red candle says Valentines Day)
March : Nothing says spring like pussy willows, forsythia and or cherry blossom stems. Remember arrangements of one, three or five look best. One blooming branch in a simple vase screams fresh, new and timely. Depending on your climate, these branches can be put in your outside pots for a simple spring arrangement as well. At the very least, remove the now brown winter greens from those front step urns. Have a blooming March!
April : Window washing…April Showers bring…dreams of clean windows. I cannot wait to wash my windows inside and out and really let that strong spring sun shine right in. My tips: (1) Do it with someone, one on inside and one on outside. This makes combination windows easier. (2) Wash on shady side of house. Direct sunlight causes streaks when drying. (3) Use a squeegee and newspaper for the best results. Enjoy April’s beauty inside and out.
May : A day in May…the grass is green and the buds are coming out on the trees and shrubs. Its a time for uncovering and making way for the growth that is coming. When trimming your flowering shrubs and bushes, prune only the summer-flowering plants that bloom on new wood. Wait until after your spring-flowering shrubs (i.e., lilacs, forsythia, azalias) have bloomed before pruning. Stop and smell the sweetness of those lilac…
June : Check out our guest blogger Lucy Pacieznik, now featured on annieandbob.com. Also, look for Lucy’s Home Garden Tour. Her gardening expertise is sure to inspire and teach… Her June tip for hail damaged hostas: Cut back all leaves and stems that have been broken by the storm. This allows for the plant’s energy to be directed to new growth! Happy gardening and thanks Lucy!
July : Knee High by the Fourth of July” so the saying goes. However, in my little patch of garden, things are about two weeks delayed due to our cool spring and late planting, Despite that, our squirrel and rabbit cage (meant to keep the pesky critters out and not in) has proven effective.We have corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, pumpkin, mesclun lettuce, sunflowers, herbs and cosmos…I highly recommend the system my husband built to protect our garden’s bounty. It is sturdy and will last from year to year. Cedar and chicken wire and posts…Happy Fourth!
August :August can be a time when our gardens and yards look a little overdone and under-kept. I suggest an afternoon in August to tweak your lawn care routine…edge, prune, thin out…keep your garden from becoming a jungle of untamed greenery with a summer haircut!
September :Back to School…a new coat of paint. September is a great month to paint, both the interior and/or the exterior of your home. With shortening days, cooler nights and drier air, we can freely open our windows, allowing for ventilation, quicker drytimes, and comfort while painting. Start the new school year off with a fresh coat of paint!
October : Please keep it REAL…really! I love the change of seasons, and fall best of all. Whether you have a green thumb, or not, its easy to keep your front doorstep looking seasonal. Some like to re-plant their pots with interim kales and mums. Some like dried corn, gourds and hay. Whatever your preference and budget, please do not use fake geenery, ever. One bright orange pumpkin makes a REAL fresh statement, without breaking the bank.
November : The seasonal front step: Mums are the best go-between in November. In-between summer’s vibrancy and winter’s starkness comes the glory of the muted mums. They last forever in the shelter near your home’s warm front door. Mums complement Halloween pumpkins, Thanksgiving gourds, and even Winter twigs (birch, redwood dogwood and evergreens).
December : I love, love, love the pinecone, for so many reasons… They are simple, natural, and brown. They go so well with festive greens. ( You can never go wrong with the pairing of brown and green.)They look great as a solitaire, in a group of three, five, eleven or twenty seven. Pine cones are an easy complement to berries of all color and variety. Pinecones have texture and differing shapes. Pinecones say winter in an old fashioned kind of way!