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Fallin' Into Fall

Does fall seem like a magical time of year to anyone else? It’s a beautiful time of year where the outside world is brimming with the richest, warmest colors. Bringing those colors and feelings into your home could make it feel magical too. Here are some easy DIY ideas that you can do to prepare your home for fall!


 
Painted Acorns This simple twist on something found in nature is so fun and simple!



Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin
How cute is this!? If you’re going for a very natural, rustic look, this pumpkin decoration would be the perfect addition to your home.



Fall Chalkboard If you already have a chalkboard in your home, why not make it fall themed? That’s part of the fun and versatility of having a chalkboard!



Gourd Candle Holders These are perfect for a fall themed table! And it’s very inexpensive too!



Chalkboard Pumpkins
Crafts don’t get much easier – or fun- than this one! Just paint your pumpkin with chalkboard paint and let the creativity flow. How cute would this look on your table for Thanksgiving dinner?



Painted Mason Jars These mason jars would look cute throughout your house year round. But when they’re painted a rich, warm color and filled with some leaves or branches, they’re the perfect autumn addition!



Chevron Pumpkins Here’s another quick and easy pumpkin decoration! It’s a beautiful, modern twist on a pumpkin rather than craving one!



Wooden Napkin Ring
Your table would look so fancy with these napkins at the place settings. Simple touches like this can make all the difference in the world.



Sweater Pillow Nothing sounds cozier than a sweater during fall. Add that coziness to your couch, and you’ve got yourself a perfect Sunday nap spot.



Yarn Pumpkins How cute and adorable! Once again, your fall table would not be complete without these!

Hopefully this has helped you get in the mood for fall. It’s coming, whether we like it or not…but we like it!

10 Foolproof Decorating Tips From the Pros

Ever watch HGTV and wonder how all those people's homes always look so put together? It's not as hard to do as you might think. Here are 10 helpful tips on how to make your house look just as professional!



1. Set the tone at the front door. If you want your house to make a great first impression, paint the front door a fun, glossy hue. One thing that should go: an outdated screen door. Get rid of it or replace it with a storm door with full-length glass that you can switch out for a screened panel.


2. Keep wall colors light and neutral. Stick to colors like beige or gray especially on the first floor where flow is important. Neutral walls give you the greatest decorating flexibility that allows you to easily switch up your accessories. Look at a paint strip. Move up or down a shade or two for a subtle variation from room to room.


3. Make sure your sofa talks to your chairs. Think of a nice hotel lobby. The furniture is arranged in groupings that invite conversation. When you place the furniture in your home, aim for a similar sense of balance and intimacy. One common mistake to avoid: Pushing all the furniture against the walls.


4. Let the sun shine in. When it comes to heavy, outdated drapes, a naked window is better than an ugly one. Ideally, window dressings should be functional and elegant. If your room gets a lot of sun, opt for light colors that won’t fade.


5. Hang at least one mirror in every room. Mirrors can make a space feel brighter because they bounce the light around the room. Put mirrors on walls perpendicular to windows, not directly across from them. Hanging a mirror directly opposite a window can actually bounce the light right back out the window.


6. Scale artwork to your wall. There are few things more ridiculous looking than hanging tiny piece of art too high on the wall. The middle of a picture should hang at eye level. For a large wall, go big with one oversize piece or group smaller pieces gallery style. For the latter, don’t space the pictures too far apart. Two to four inches between items usually looks best.



7. Layer your lighting. Every room should have three kinds of lighting: ambient lighting which provides overall illumination and often comes from ceiling fixtures, task lighting which is found over a kitchen island or a reading nook, and accent lighting which is more decorative.




7. Layer your lighting. Every room should have three kinds of lighting: ambient lighting which provides overall illumination and often comes from ceiling fixtures; task lighting which is often found over a kitchen island or reading nook; and accent lighting which is more decorative.

8. Anchor rugs under furniture feet. In a living room, all four legs of the sofa and chairs in a furniture grouping should fit on the rug. The rug should define the seating area. At the very least, the front two legs of the sofa and chairs should rest on it.



9. Use visual tricks to raise the ceiling. If your ceilings are low, paint them white to make the room feel less claustrophobic. Hang curtains higher than the windows to trick your eye into thinking the room is taller. You can usually go about three inches above the window casing before the curtains become too short. Try hanging vertical striped curtains also. The lines visually elongate your walls. Leaning a large mirror against a wall can also make the room seem taller.




9. Use visual tricks to raise the ceiling. If your ceilings are low, paint them white to make the room feel less claustrophobic. Hang curtains higher than the windows to trick your eye into thinking the room is taller. You can usually go about three inches above the window casing before the length gets too short. Also, try drapes with vertical stripes. The lines visually elongate your walls. Leaning a large mirror against a wall can also make the room seem taller.

 

  

10. Give outdated finishes the Cinderella treatment. Reinvent dated fixtures with spray paint and inexpensive refinishing kits. Even outdated kitchen cabinets benefit from a few coats of white paint and new hardware.

Two Words: Curb. Appeal.

Face it. Some houses just have it. You drive by and notice it instantly. They have that IT factor that cannot be denied. If you were wondering how to get that IT factor at your own home, you've come to the right place. Adding curb appeal to your home doesn't need to be a huge, expensive undertaking. It can be achieved in just four easy steps!

1. Decorate it.

Whether it's a floral wreath, a new doorknocker, the house number on display, or adding shutters on either side a dramatic decoration can make a big difference. Homes with key details like these are the ones that catch your eye compared to the ones with a plain front door.

2. Get a new front door.
Experts say that by just replacing your front door, the perceived value of your home goes up. In one study, sprucing up the front entryway of a home increased the perceived value of the home as much as five times the cost of the new door. One option to consider when purchasing a new door for your entryway is to install a door that has windows above it or to the sides. Putting in a door like that makes your entryway look that much more grand and valuable.

3. Add some light.
If you don't already have lights at your entryway, add some! If you do already have lights at your entryway, update them! By having light right at your front door, you make your home look so much more warm and inviting to outsiders.

4. Get some green out there.

One of the quickest ways to update the front of your home is to add some plants in a variety of colors and textures. Place a planter on either side of your door and voila! Instant curb appeal.

An awesome thing about buying a Ball Home is that you're given options right away that add curb appeal to your home.

Covered porches with metal roofing? Check.


Board and batten shutters? Check.

Planning on making any of these updates or incorporating these options into your home? Send us the pictures when you do! We would love to feature them here on our blog!

Color In Full Bloom

Now that we've figured out how to add some color to our kitchens, let's figure out how to make those colors pop in our yards! Creating and maintaining a beautiful yard amps up your curb appeal and the overall value of your home. Don't credit yourself with having a green thumb? Don't worry. It doesn't have to be as hard as you think. Let's look at a few tips and tricks to making your yard more colorful, look bigger, and less buggy!

1. Fill a basket with your tools.

How annoying is it to get all set up in an area of your yard and realize that you forgot something? You then have to trek all the way back to the garage or shed and dig around in all kinds of stuff just to find your trowel. Keep all of your tools in a cute, little basket. With all of your tools in a handy basket, you'll not only have everything you need, you'll also look super chic carrying it around your yard!

2. Keep garden tools sharp.

It is so frustrating to be working in your yard and have tools that aren't standing up to the job. By keeping your tools sharp and in working order, you're more likely to be able to slice through those tough roots and break up hard soil. You can keep your tools in tip top shape by purchasing a mill file at your nearby hardware store.

3. Make a small yard look larger.

Admit it. We all want a bigger yard but don't want all the maintenance that comes along with it. Good news though! There are things you can do to a small yard that make it visually look larger. By planting rows of plants that are all at different heights, you create some depth in your yard. Notice in the picture how their fence is a little taller than their tallest plants, which are a little taller than their bushes, which are a little taller than the flowers. All these varying heights create more dimension in your yard, so it seems bigger!

4. Plant a variety of plants.

By planting a wide variety of plants, you have a greater chance of having an appealing yard year round. Different plants and flowers have different blooming seasons. How great would it be to have a yard that constantly has something blooming in it? Sounds pretty dreamy!

5. Choose plants that offer multiple blooms per season.

Plants that offer multiple blooming periods per season is like getting more bang for your buck. With more blooms in your yard, it will look a lot more expensive to keep up than it actually is.

6. Mix some greenery.

Add some interest to your backyard! By mixing some greenery, you make your yard really something to look at. It'll make people stop, look, and be green with envy!

7. Make red mulch work for you.

If you have trees in your backyard that make it hard to grow stuff underneath them, just add some red mulch! The mulch will help make your yard look more finished compared to having patches of bare dirt under the trees. It was also add a nice contrast of color against all the green!

8. Be the one with the greener grass.

Grass not as green as you'd like it to be? Check the levels of iron and magnesium in your soil. These nutrients are what give your lawn its rich, green color.

9. Don't try to save time by cutting grass too short.

A lot of people think that if they cut their grass really short, then that saves them time in the long run because they won't have to cut it again as quickly. Wrong! They say that your grass should not be shorter than two inches. Cutting your grass too short is another reason why your grass may not be as green and luscious as it should be.

10. Check to see if your seeds are still usable.

It's so disheartening to plan a whole handful of seeds in early spring just to wait and wait and have nothing come up. Avoid that whole scenario by checking first to make sure that your seeds are still usable. Older seeds are not always still able to produce a plant. Check your seeds by doing the paper towel trick. Click here for more information.

11. Strengthen your seedlings.

Make those little suckers strong! Add a little fertilizer to the water when watering your seedlings. The fertilizer will help make them stronger and more successful during their transplant.

12. Don't transplant on a sunny day.

Transplanting your seedlings in the glare of the sun can dry them out faster than you can get them back in some soil. Moisture is key. Wait for a cloudy day or transplant at dusk. Another helpful tip would be to wait to transplant until right after it has rained. That way the soil has plenty of moisture to offer the seedlings!

13. Give plants a good soaking.

Plants are much healthier when you give them a good soaking once a week rather than giving them a little bit of water multiple times a week. When you only water your plants with a little bit of water, there isn't enough water that makes its way down to the roots. The leaves and soil soak up the water before the roots can get to it. If you give it a healthy soaking of water, the roots can soak up as much water as they need and are good until next week.

14. Repel ants & mosquitos.

Plants such as spearmint, peppermint, and pennyroyal repel ants. Plant these in a border around your yard. Also, mosquitos can't stand the smell of marigolds. Marigolds will add a beautiful pop of color to your yard AND repel mosquitos!? Put this flower at the top of your list now!

What are you waiting for now? Go out there are turn your yard into the yard of your dreams!

Let's Add Some Color!

It's that time of year again where everything is suddenly bursting with color! Whether it’s our clothes, our accessories, on the fruits and vegetables we eat, the patios we eat on, it's all fabulously colorful. Whenever the seasons change, people always seem to get the itch to throw open their home’s windows to welcome in the wonderful warmth and sunshine. One of the first places they seem to want to put this warmth and sunshine on display is in the kitchen. That’s where we spend most of our time anyway! Here are some cheap, easy ways to add some pops of sunshine into your kitchen.

Seating

Whether you have a breakfast bar or a table and chairs, seating is a great way to add some color.

 

          Glassware

Talk about cheap, easy, and functional! How cute would these glasses look displayed in your kitchen?

 

      Utensils

Here’s another idea that’s not only cheap and easy but also very, very functional. The wooden set could even be a Saturday afternoon DIY!

 

      Appliances

Next time you need a new toaster or food processor, opt for one that will help add some personality to your counters!

 

      Dishes

Food HAS to taste better off of such beautiful dishes! Just  looking at these makes me ready for a summer dinner party.

Odds & Ends

Have fun with this! There's no wrong or right way to add a burst of color here and there!