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Lighten Up Your Suncoast Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Keep your home looking fresh and airy all year round by lighting up your living space. Feel like you are living in a cloud, bathed in that bright Suncoast sun every time you step through your front door. Follow these 5 home owners tips for creating a lighter living space today!

 

White paint. Instantly brighten up the space (and make it appear larger) by adding fresh coats of white paint. Look beyond the walls and consider lightening up the hardwood floors as well.

 

Declutter. Open up your space and let more light in by minimizing the amount of stuff you have sitting out. Spaces get lighter with smooth lines. Remove clutter from surfaces, minimize furniture, and add hidden storage systems throughout your home.

 

Mirrors. Mirrors have long-since been a go-to trick for opening up a space. Create the illusion of more space by adding mirrors. Along with wall mirrors, consider mirrored back splashes or accessories, such as trays, glass top tables, or crystal decor.

 

Light linens. Create a cozy, breezy spot for you and your family by adding airy curtains and crisp white throws and pillows throughout the space.

 

Grays and blues. Add some subtle pops of color throughout your home with soft shades of gray or blue.

 

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Christmas Tree Safety in Venice FL

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Christmas Tree Safety for Families on the Suncoast

For many people it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until there is a tree in the house. However, Christmas trees often present a few safety issues, even though they are much fewer than they were years ago. Each year, home fires occur from Christmas Trees- Faux or Real for a variety of reasons. Below are some tips to help ensure your Holidays are burning brightly....but in a good way, not with flames!

Choose your tree wisely:

If you decide, like many people do, to go with a lovely fresh pine tree, there are certain things need to look for:

  • The tree should be flexible and fragrant NOT dry and brittle.
  • Shake the tree and make sure it doesn’t lose too many needles, this is a good indicator that the tree is fresh.
  • Examine the bark and make sure there are no insects crawling around.
  • Lastly, and often an after thought, bring a tape measure and make sure this tree will fit in your home.

Set it up right: Sounds simple, but there are things people overlook. Here's what you need to do:

  • Keep your tree at least 3 ft away from any heat source, including fireplaces, vents, radiators, and even light fixtures!
  • To keep your Tree fresh longer, always saw off the bottom 1inch of the fresh tree- this ensures maximum hydration.
  • Make sure it is secured well; preferably in a tree stand and screwed in tightly!
  • Never put it in the path of traffic in your home. Find a nice, out of the way, focal point in your home.

 

Fa La La La Light it Up Safely! Faulty wires from Christmas lights is one of the main causes of Christmas tree fires. Although our Christmas lights are much safer now than they have ever been, caution and common sense should still be demonstrated.

  • Make sure your lights are working properly and meant for indoor use.
  • Always check for broken bulbs & exposed filament....replace before putting on the tree.
  • NEVER, EVER USE REAL CANDLES!! If you like the old fashioned look of candles in the tree, use the electronic version!

Your Tree Gets Thirsty....Water Often: Sure the tree is going to come down soon, it may not seem all that important to keep it watered, but having a well hydrated tree makes all the difference in preventing a fire. If you’re planning to keep your tree up for a while, don't forget to water in the New Year - almost as many Christmas tree fires occur in January as in December.


Faux vs. Real

Most people have already answered this question themselves, but for those of you still on the fence, here are some pros and cons of each to consider.

 

  • If your priority is minimum cost and maximum convenience, Faux Christmas trees may be the best way to go, especially since faux trees don't look all that "fake" anymore. You just purchase a quality artificial Christmas tree once and you will be set for years.
  • Most environmentally-minded groups advocate real over faux trees because they benefit local farmers (the great majority of trees currently come from farms and not forests), they are also 100 percent recyclable, and don't contain potentially harmful plastics or chemicals…all good things.
  • The whole faux trees are safer, hasn’t been proved, especially since most holiday fires are started by overloaded electrical outlets…in these cases, both types of trees are equally likely to catch fire. Even "flame resistant" artificial trees have been known to ignite if the temperature is high enough, and unlike real trees, they emit harmful toxins while burning.

 

Our Conclusion:  Do what makes you HAPPY! If you prefer a Fresh Cut Tree...then get a beautiful fresh cut tree! If you'd rather have a terrific Faux tree, then do a Faux Tree! As long as you're happy and celebrating the season with love, joy, family & friends that's all that matters!

If you are interested in looking for a home in the lovely Venice FL area, please give us a call! We'd love to show you around our Charming Community. 941-881-2229 

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Flerlage Team
RE/MAX Alliance Group
1314 B East Venice Ave
Venice FL 34285
941-882-2229
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