Simple Home Makeover Ideas: 5 Plants for Your Home
If you’ve been looking for simple home makeover ideas, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of plants that will brighten up any room. Indoor plants not only liven up a room but also have incredible benefits for your overall well-being. Having just a few plants in your home has been shown to boost moods, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants. And don’t worry, you don’t have to stress about killing your new plant with these five low maintenance houseplants:
The Cast-Iron Plant is as indestructible as its name. This low-maintenance plant loves low light and can survive even if you forget to water it for weeks! The Cast-Iron plant is great for brightening up darker corners of a room. This incredible plant is also known for its ability to improve air quality by absorbing harmful chemicals from cleaning products.
The Chinese Evergreen plant is one of the most durable plants you can get. This plant thrives off humidity, making it a perfect plant for your bathroom. But this plant can grow pretty much anywhere. The Chinese Evergreen is also referred to as the “lucky plant,” so it just might bring you good fortune.
Spider plants are one of the most common household plants because of their adaptability. This plant is hardy and near impossible to kill, even if you were born without a green thumb. This dangling plant looks great in a hanging basket in any bedroom. One of the best things about this plant is that it is non-toxic to pets.
Broadleaf Lady Palm
Broadleaf Lady Palms are a great choice if you are looking for a hardy plant to fill up a large area of space. These exceptional plants can grow between eight and 12 inches a year but can easily be pruned to a smaller size. This plant also removes airborne toxins in your home, including ammonia, formaldehyde, and carbon dioxide. The broadleaf lady palm is an excellent plant for a simple home makeover in any room.
Pothos plants are incredibly popular for beginners because they can survive pretty much anything. This vining plant looks great in hanging baskets, plant stands, or on a bookshelf. Because the Pothos plant is so tolerant of low-light, they are a great addition to any room.
Even More Simple Home Makeover Ideas
Adding plants to your home is one simple home makeover idea to enhance your space. You can read all of our tips, suggestions, and ideas on our blog to help give your home a makeover.
If you liked this article be sure to read Simple Tips to Make your Home Guest-Friendly, and 7 Simple Steps to Revamp your Home’s Curb Appeal. Be sure to let us know what topics interest you! We’d love to know.
Whether you frequently have people over or plan on creating an inviting vacation rental, it’s always nice to know a few simple tips to make your home guest-friendly and welcoming to those who come to visit.
Simple Tips for a Guest-Friendly Home
One great tip to make your home an inviting space is to make sure it’s organized and clutter-free. No one wants to come into a home that’s messy and crowded. You can use a variety of storage bins to organize clutter and even use some decorative bins to hide away the things you’d like your guests to have easy access to (think games, books, etc) without making your home appear messy.
Stock your guest room with items that your guests may have forgotten like toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc. You can find travel-sized versions of these items and more at your local drugstores, big box stores, and even some grocery stores.
Add a little tray and a clock radio with a charging station to the nightstands, just like they have in hotels. This will help create a stress-free space where your guests won’t have to worry about waking up late and missing all the activities they have planned and it will also keep all of their personal items corraled in one place. If you really want to go the extra mile, add a few extra phone chargers and adapters in the bedrooms for anyone who forgot theirs.
Create a cute sign with the wifi password and important numbers your guests should know. Place in an area where everyone can see it and have access to it.
Comfort and Aesthetics Count, Too
When finding furniture for your living room be sure to find a couch that is welcoming instead of something that would be considered a work of art. No one wants to sit on something that looks like it came from a museum. Choose comfy cushions as well as soft pillows and blankets to go with the couch.
Next, be sure to choose a decent-sized coffee table and fill it with things that may have useful information for guests. For example, magazines, photo albums, and great reads to keep your guests busy. You can fill the coffee table with candles, flowers, or something to serve coffee or tea.
If you feel you don’t have enough seating you can add other comfy chairs to the mix. If you remember the show ‘Friends’ they had a good mix of comfy chairs on the show.
For the bathroom add cute towels, nice soap, and other useful things like cotton balls or Q-tips. Candles also make for a great addition in the bathroom as well!
If you enjoy having people over for the occasional get-together try a mobile bar, too! This will help not only transform your space but the get-together as well!
For some ideas to get you started check out the Pinterest board we created! What tips would you add?
Are you ready to kick the Winter blues and get your front porch ready to greet the Spring? We sure are!
We have come up with a list of things you can do to kick your porch up a notch and show your neighborhood that you are ready for warmer weather! If you don’t have a porch, most of these tips can be applied to your patio or even your stoop! Heck, if you don’t want to swing your whole porch into Spring or you are looking for a smaller project, you can apply these tips to something as small as your front door!
Spring Front Porch Glow Up Tips
Step One – Spring Front Porch Clean Up
You want to start out with a blank canvas before you can really spruce up anything on your front porch. Putting a few stems on a dirty worn-out surface will barely help you reach your vision!
I recommend you clear any furniture or large debris off your porch, stoop, or patio, and give your space a good power washing. Don’t have a pressure washer you can buy one (they’re fairly inexpensive). Not in the budget? Borrow from a neighbor, browse Facebook Marketplace to get one second-hand, or see about renting one from your local hardware store!
Step Two – Add Seating and Personality
Now that your porch is truly a clean slate, you can start adding things (but not too many) to make it the Spring front porch of your dreams! Let’s talk outdoor furniture: I am a sucker for a good porch swing. I find that they give your space such a relaxing atmosphere. Plus, you can actually swing into spring with one of these beauties.
Porch swings can be such inviting and cozy nooks to sip your morning coffee and check out the morning dew as you begin a beautiful Spring day! They are also a great spot to capture photos of the kids and make beautiful and everlasting springtime memories!
Throw some bright and colorful pillows on there and the charm is endless!
If literally swinging into Spring isn’t what you had in mind, you can also get these crisp and cool spring vibes with a small table and chairs, a cute little bench, or maybe even an outdoor sectional… it depends on your personal style and how much space you are working with.
If you already have furniture out there, even better! You will just need to get ready to decorate and celebrate Spring!
Step Three – Flowers Galore
BLOOMS, BLOOMS and did we mention… BLOOMS? Obviously, when I think of springtime, I think about all of the beautiful and colorful flowers I know and love. I can’t get through the first week of spring without bringing bouquets of daffodils and tulips into my home! The porch is no exception. I love decorating with fun window boxes and adding all of my favorite seasonal blooms! Between your favorite florals and maybe a small herb garden (my favorites are basil, parsley, and cilantro), you’ll be greeting spring with all of its wonderful staples. Lastly, throw a few of your favorite stems in a small vase on a table or sill!
Step Four – Finishing Touches
It is time for the finishing touches to your Spring front porch! For me, this includes a layered welcome mat; I love throwing a colorful rug under my regular mat to make it pop a little bit! This also includes some sort of wreath on the door; it can be anything from a wreath of your favorite blooms to a DIY project you create with the kids to a personal touch like a monogram!
I like to finish off my spring front porch with a couple of hummingbird feeders – I love watching those tiny beauties visit to get their afternoon snack! Having them around makes me truly feel like I have achieved my vision of swinging into springtime! Not a hummingbird fan? Any bird feeder will do to welcome our beautiful avian friends back from wherever they vacationed for the cold winter months! Another option is a wind-chime that can be strummed by the nice breezes to remind you that in fact… Spring has arrived.
The most important thing about your Spring front porch is that it makes you inspired to embrace the warming weather. If you adore the beauty you’ve created on your porch, you will want to spend your Springtime taking it in and you have ultimately swung into Spring and completed your Spring front porch glow-up!
Now It’s Your Turn
If you have put these tips into action, share what you have created with us on Twitter! We can’t wait to see your springtime visions BLOOM.
Revamp Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Spring has sprung and now’s the perfect time to revamp your home’s curb appeal. First impressions count. This especially holds true with your home. So ramp up your home’s curb appeal with a few simple updates. Potential home buyers will remember your home long after they view it if your home puts its best foot forward.
7 Simple Steps to Revamp Your Curb Home’s Appeal
Did you know that 63% of homebuyers will stop by after seeing a house they link online? Make sure your home is ready with these simple steps –
- Plant with colors – Update your landscaping with colorful flowers or plants to give your home a bright and cheery update.
- Paint your mailbox – Giving your mailbox a fresh coat of paint is a great way to freshen things up.
- Pick up anything outdoors that clutters the look of your home – Keep it simple outdoors. Pick up kids’ toys, move garbage cans out of site, etc.
- Paint your door and update your doorknob – Your front door deserves to be a show stopper so update the color or make it glossy and update your doorknob.
- Clean your light fixtures – If it’s been a while since you gave your light fixtures some attention, be sure to clean them up or update them for extra curb appeal.
- Clean your windows – You’re putting in the work everywhere else, make sure your windows are clean and bright inside and out.
- Powerwash your patios, decks, and walkways (and your home if it needs it) – Powerwash to remove mold and mildew and to give these areas a pop!
Just imagine yourself as a buyer pulling up to your home for the first time. What would you want to see? Now make as many of those updates as possible based on your budget.
Are you adding to your curb appeal this Spring? What are you doing to stand out? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.
Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Coastal Home
We’re sharing some of our favorite tips for Spring cleaning your coastal home to help you get organized, de-clutter, and refresh!
Start From the Outside and Work Your Way In
You’re ready to begin Spring cleaning your coastal home. But, whether you’re planning on selling your home soon or keeping it forever, you probably want your home to be as clean on the outside as it is on the inside. Everyone loves a home with great curb appeal. Try and keep the next few weekends open, so that when the sunshine and 65° temperatures arrive you’ll be fully prepared for yard work.
Focus on the big things first, like any trees or bushes that need to be trimmed (or removed if hazardous), then move on to the leaf raking process and finish up with that first cut of the year. Picking up an edger might be worth the cost from Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, or Home Depot, especially if you’ve got a paved driveway and an abundance of road frontage (You can pick one up that runs on a rechargeable battery). Be sure to blow or sweep all the dirt off after to keep your driveway looking clean. (But don’t blow them into our waterways or drainage grates)
Next, tackle any weeds you may have sprouted up over the wintertime. A garden stool (or 5 Gallon Bucket turned upside down) can go along way in saving your knees from the harsh surface of pine needles or mulch. Consider consulting with a landscaping professional if you’ve got an abundance of undesired plants in your yard. Moles have been especially present on island properties the last few years, your local hardware store should have some treatment remedies for these pesky critters.
Finally, turn to focus on your flower beds and pots. You might have to make the difficult decision of what to keep and try to revive versus what to just give up and start over with. Here in Carteret County, we are blessed with an abundance of garden centers that have a helpful staff dedicated to helping you find exactly the right plants for your home.
Once you’re all done, make sure to set a regular schedule for routine maintenance. Setting aside a few hours a week to dedicate to your yard will give you an excuse to get outside, and keep things looking great throughout the year! You’ll be in awe of your hard work every time you pull into your driveway, which will motivate you to keep the inside of your house clean and looking good, too.
Work From The Top Down
Focusing on small victories is key to Spring cleaning your coastal home. By starting at the top, you can concentrate on some of the particularly tricky aspects of de-cluttering and move to the normally easier aspects as you go.
The Kids Rooms
For most two-story homes, the kid’s rooms and playrooms are found on the top floor. These tend to be the parts of your house that gather the most ‘stuff’ and never seem organized. Purging gifts, toys, and clothes can be a particularly tricky situation for most, but if you go about it in the right way, it can be satisfying for everyone. Start by gathering a few large boxes and label them ‘Keep’, ‘Yard Sale/Donate’ and ‘Trash.’ Make it a game with your kids to decide which objects are going to go in which bin, and let them drop the items in themselves.
Depending on how much stuff you’ve accumulated in these areas, you might want to try and focus to spread the load out equally, or for every one item kept, two will go in the Yard Sale box. If your kids are fighting you on letting go, tell them that the money you raise from their items can go towards something big they’ve been dreaming for – basketball hoop, vacation, or even into their college fund.
When you’re all done, find a home for everything in the keep pile, and maybe invest in some shelving units to help clean things up a bit. Decide whether or not your willing to host a Yard Sale, and if not considering donating the items to a local non-profit, and reap the tax benefits. Saying your going to host a Yard Sale later in the year is easy, but will just add more clutter to some of your spaces- make the decision to try and sell everything or give it all away within the next few weeks!
TIP: Keep an Eye out for Community Yard Sale Days & Pages
Community Yard Sales
- Emerald Isle always has one around the beginning of April. You can send a list of items you’ll have and the group will share it with their followers. It’s a totally free way to spread the word and clear some stuff out! Find more information on the Emerald Isle City Wide Yard Sale Facebook Page
- Swansboro usually hosts theirs at the Municipal Park in May. There may be limited spots available so don’t wait to register! For more info visit the Town of Swansboro’s Facebook Page and check their events tab.
- Search for a community Yard Sale Page in your neighborhood and post the items that you have for sale, just be sure to use caution if you plan on meeting anyone or having them to your house. Many local Police Stations have designated & monitored areas for internet sale exchanges.
Tackle Spring Cleaning Your Coastal Home by De-Cluttering the Closets
Picking out an outfit for the day can feel like one of the most difficult daily chores, but if your closet is clean and organized- the perfect pieces for the day will be popping up right in front of your face! Even if you’re not in your dream closet (yet), there are some simple and easy tricks to maximizing space and finding a place for everything.
Where to Start?
Start by removing all of the items you know you’ll never wear and pass them off to a friend or colleague that may enjoy them. (Or even a local domestic violence shelter) An easy way to figure out what you don’t ever really wear is to start with all of your clothes hangers facing the same way. Every time you wear something, turn the hanger the opposite way when you got to put it back. Everything that’s facing the original way after a few months may need to go. Color coordinating can go a long way in stimulating your visual triggers – and is highly recommended if your home is listed for sale. More times than not, a potential buyer is going to look and see what the closet space looks like, and if your clothes are neatly hung in order of light to dark- the space will feel much larger and they will want to do the same if they decide to purchase. Using the same style and colored hangers can also go along way in creating an aesthetic that is sure to please everyone.
TIP: Place a soda can tab over the hook of a hanger, and you’ll be able to hook another hanger onto the other hole. This way you can hang more clothes within the same amount of space.
Next, focus on the shoes- and throw out any pairs that might be damaged beyond repair (especially with kids!). When you’ve narrowed it down to what you actually plan on wearing, find an easy storage solution like bookshelves or even a basket.
TIP: Use wine bottle box dividers to separate each shoe, so you don’t have to dig to the bottom every time you are looking for that perfect pair.
Scarves, ties, belts, can be stored efficiently by securing plastic shower curtain hooks onto a hanger. Loop the items through the hook and you’ll be able to fit multiple items in the same space as a shirt or pair of pants.
TIP: A belt rod on the back of a door, or secured to a small wall is a great way to store those accessories as well.
No Closet? No Problem!
Even rooms without closets can be clutter-free! Assign everything a place, and make sure that everything is where it’s supposed to be before you leave the room. If you assign everything its own space and not everything fits flush against the walls, you might have too many things and it might be time to catch up on the Marie Kondo method. (Thanks Netflix!)
Lastly, if you’ve got any extra storage space for clothes, jackets, or other accessories that might not be in season- it would be in your best interest to move them there. Knowing North Carolina weather and the sporadic temperatures it brings, you might want to keep a few things on-hand close by for those abnormal days we all love so much.
Take on the Kitchen
Aside from the daily dish duties and spoiled food purges, you should pay close attention to the cleaning detail of your kitchen. It’s arguably where you spend a lot of your time at home- and it’s sure to be a gathering place when family and friends pay you a visit.
Depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, it might not be a bad idea to spend a day cleaning out all of the cabinets. Try to gather everything on your dining room table and wipe the inside of all your cabinets out, then turn the focus to the cabinets doors and drawer handles.
TIP: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers might be the best trick if you have all white materials.
While you’re in the process of cleaning out your cabinets, take a second to think about the layout of what’s in each nook, and the size of the materials going in it. If you’re constantly cramming dishes into a single drawer, or fighting to remove the Crock-Pot from a corner cabinet- there might be better locations for bulky items. It might also be time to get rid of some of the items that don’t get used.
TIP: Try to give everything a specific place, and leave the countertops clear of everything except the essentials (Paper towels, soap, and a coffee maker- because that should always be handy and will probably help you clean the rest of the house).
Moving on to the Pantry
You should once again take everything out to inspect expiration dates, clean shelves, and make the decision to decide which items should be placed where. While everything is out, considering re-painting or touching up some scuff marks as necessary. Definitely don’t forget to sweep or vacuum those hard-to-reach areas which are sure to gather crumbs from the cookie monster in your house. Consider purchasing plastic containers or glass jars to hold awkwardly shaped and small items, especially if they’re going to be stored in a place that everyone will be able to see. If there’s plenty of room to spare after organizing your food items, consider making a space for bulkier kitchen appliances like Crock-Pots, Mixers, Air-Fryers, etc.
Cleaning the refrigerator out is certainly a chore, but one that might make the most impact in presenting your home. Once again, take everything out and place them in coolers if possible. Most of the racks and drawers are removable, so take those out and place them in the sink. Windex and paper towels or Clorox wipes are going to be best for scrubbing those sticky messes and cleaning up the occasional crumb. Just make sure to dry everything off so the moisture doesn’t build up over time.
TIP: Keep an opened box of Baking Soda in the fridge to help eliminate odors and replace it with a new package every 3 months.
The freezer is a bit trickier, but the biggest thing is to make sure that all items with freezer-burn are thrown away, and space is occupied properly.
Microwave and Stove Top Cleaning Tips
Finally, turn your focus to the microwave, oven, and stove-top. Since these are the areas that get the most use, they are going to need the most attention. Starting with your microwave, wipe the outside off with a mild cleaning solution, and make sure to scrub the buttons and handle, since they are always touched – and usually not with clean hands. One of the easiest tricks to cleaning the inside of your microwave is to cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a small glass bowl and add about a 1/2 cup of water. Place the lemons into the bowl and put them in the microwave for 3 minutes. Let the mixture stand for another 5 minutes, then pull it out and wipe all the walls with a rag or sponge. Always remember to cover items like soup with a wet paper towel to avoid messes the next time around.
Once the microwave is cleaned up, move down to the stove-top. If you’ve got a traditional stove-top with the coiled burners, it might be easier to replace the metal bowls underneath than to try and scrub them out. For those with the more modern glass-top stove, take a trip to your local hardware store for some Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner. Follow the instructions on the bottle and watch your stove return to that like-new stage once again. Wipe off all the outside edges which may have collected grease or dust over the last few months, and then open up the oven and get ready.
Most newer overs have a self-clean mode which will burn a majority of the gunk inside away. It’s a bit of a lengthy process, but you’ll want to make sure you’re around in case that anything happens. Fair warning – This process tends to produce a strong odor, make sure to keep your windows open if the weather permits, and put a few drops of Purification in your diffuser. Once the cleaning is done and the oven has cooled off, remove the racks and scrape any leftover residue off. Wipe the glass off with a wet sponge or paper towel, and avoid using Windex on the inside (instead, you can use a combo of vinegar and water), but feel free to use it on the outside. If your oven has a storage space underneath for pots and pans, remove all those as well, clean, and organize.
Clean and wipe out the sink, make yourself a nice drink and warn the rest of the house that the kitchen is cleaned and they don’t want to see how mad you can get if they mess it up right after.
Scrub the Bathrooms
Oftentimes the shared bathroom mainly for guests will stay relatively clean, but the ones most used and usually connected to bedrooms tend to get neglected. As is the case with almost everything else, it’s so easy to keep the room tidy once it’s that way already. Products tend to accumulate over time and can sometimes get overwhelming. Start with a purge of what you don’t use, and find an appropriate place for all the products you do use.
TIP: There are plenty of useful makeup holders available at local retailers and across the internet.
Start with the shower and scrub off all the soap scum with a half vinegar & water solution in a spray bottle. Allow the mixture to sit on the affected areas for about 15 minutes, then use a soft-bristle brush to wipe off and rinse with hot water. You can use the same method for your glass shower door (if you have one), but make sure you dry it completely after.
TIP: Keep this area looking spotless, spray with Rain-x and rub in with a paper towel.
After each use, be sure to squeegee all the remaining water down to the shower floor. Wipe off all of the products you keep in the shower before placing them back on the shelf.
Then, move your focus to the toilet and take care of that. Take into consideration that the outside of the bowl can use a wipe-down as well. Once that area is conquered, wipe out the sinks and apply your favorite glass cleaner to all the mirrors. Finally, sweep or vacuum the floors, fill up your diffuser for a little aromatherapy, and enjoy the environment next time you go to use the restroom.
Grab a Drink and Call it a Day
When you’re finally done Spring cleaning your coastal home it’s time to have some fun in the sun! Spend the rest of your day/evening enjoying some of the Crystal Coast’s awesome restaurants, or hit the beach for a family picnic. Just make sure to wipe your feet before you come back into the house!