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There could be some legitimate reasons for not buying a home but indecision is not one of them. Indecision is rooted in not having enough information to move forward to own a home or continue renting.
When you consider principal reduction, appreciation and tax savings, your monthly cost of housing could be much less than the rent you’re paying. The principal reduction included in each payment is like a forced savings account that increases as your mortgage balance decreases. Your equity in the property will also grow due to appreciation as the home goes up in value. The equity is part of your net worth and an investment in your family’s future.If you keep renting, at the end of the year, you have had a place to live and a pile of receipts that helped the landlord pay for his house. Deciding to buy a home will give you a place to live that is yours and all the things that come with that.
The income tax savings can be an additional financial consideration if the combined interest and property taxes are greater than the allowable standard deduction.
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As I was putting my Halloween decorations out this year, I thought what a pleasure it gives me to have these symbols of the holidays. The pieces I’ve chosen have become sweet memories. For instance, I have a large white porcelain pumpkin that matches my black-and-white home. I adorn it with orange pumpkins but my personal black-and-white statement is there.
I also have an orange glass lamp with a black shade that I only bring out during October. I use it to temporarily replace a lamp in my kitchen and then I move it on Halloween night to the table outside my front door to light the way to my surprises for the trick-or-treaters. I pack it away each November 1st until the next year.
For Thanksgiving, I have other accessories. I love using my white, brown and black turkey serving pieces which I set on an autumn-colored tablecloth. I then add a mix of napkins in those colors. It’s also lovely to randomly add autumn leaves on the table. You can use votive or colored candles to make it complete. It’s not expensive to rent a tablecloth and napkins so you have different colors every year. Finally, I place my festive wooden turkey plaque at the front door to welcome my guests.
When I open my cupboard, I am always excited to see the potpourri of colors I store for the holidays. It’s like old friends coming to visit. There are times I introduce new friends into my collection as my family of decorations and ornaments grow.
The holidays are all about color! Much of my collection has no particular holiday symbolism. I simply use the right color for the holiday. If there is a particular symbolism to the holiday, I blend color with those pieces that carries the theme further. When using color only, you can start the holiday early and end late.
The other day I was at an accessory store with a friend. She saw hand towels with a Christmas design on them for her powder room. She asked what I thought of them. I was concerned that people would not want to use them and that, if someone did, the towels would be ruined. I suggested that perhaps colored towels would be just as effective. I recommended red or green, accented with gold or white. They would be washable and replaceable. Next I suggested that Christmas ornaments be placed around the area for theme and fun. As we talked, she remembered several Christmas decorations she could use in the powder room.
It’s possible to celebrate each holiday with your personal decorations that make a statement about you. Think about the pieces you might have tucked away and how you could use them to decorate for the holidays.
My holiday decorations have become a holiday ritual. “Holiday rituals – activities that invite us to step out of ordinary time – play a strong and important role in emotional health,” says Andrew Weil. He goes on to say, “They deepen relationships, allow the expression of important values, and offer a sense of security and continuity.”
Your rooms will look beautiful and give you a feeling of celebration. So consider what you can do to put you and your visitors in the mood of the holiday. Remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU DO!
Many homes today, especial those with open plans, don’t have formal entries. You open the door and step into a room. This makes the outside area of your front door even more important. It is the place people wait for you to open the door and be invited in. Your guests’ attitude begins here. It sets the tone as to how they will feel in your home.
At my front door, I have created an actual entry. I’ve put a bench on one side, and an entry table and mirror on the other side. Potted plants and a fountain finish the look. When I entertain, I often put candles, flowers or a theme accessory on the table to express a more welcoming feeling.
How do you feel when you approach someone’s front door? Do you look for the bell? Is it easy to find? More importantly, is it clean? We don’t think about cleaning our door bells. However, the doorbell may be the first thing people touch as they enter our domain.
Here are some questions you might like to consider about your home’s outside entry:
- What does your front door look like?
- Does it represent the architecture of your home or the style of your interior?
- What condition is it in?
- Is the door handle one you would like to touch?
- Does the handle go with the door design?
- Is there a door mat?
- What condition is it in?
- What story does it tell?
Here’s a helpful hint about door mats. Buy an over-sized mat and turn it at a 90-degree angle. This way, people have a few more steps to wipe their shoes. Make sure it’s the kind of mat that really captures the dirt from your shoes. The dust and dirt that enters our home from our shoes is what soils and destroys carpets. If dirt is caught outside, we have less to clean later.
At night, lighting is important. You can light the entry from a chandelier above (which is harder to clean) or you can place sconces on the walls. Use just enough light to illuminate the path to the front door. Drama can also come from well lighted plants.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to experience what it’s really like to come into your home by the front door. See how your guests feel. You might like it so much you will decide to pull your car into the garage and come in through your front door all the time.
And remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU DO!
On Tuesday, October 17th, AZADI Fine Rugs celebrated the 1st Annual American Dream contestants with a reception at their Scottsdale Gallery. The art contest aims to encourage children to spread their wings in the world of imagination and build on the essential elements that art and creativity bring to their lives. Open to students age 5-18 at Scottsdale Christian Academy and working in partnership with SCA art teacher Crystal Cruse, the students were asked to submit a drawing based on their interpretation of the American Dream. A handmade rug was woven based on the winning design. AZADI Fine Rugs has held the American Dream Contest in Telluride for five years, and in Sedona and Jackson Hole for 3 years. This year they expanded it to Scottsdale. MORE!
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