Archive | March, 2015

Transform Your Home with Contemporary Pendant Lighting

30 Mar

Transform Your Home with Contemporary Pendant Lighting

If you want to achieve a lovely lighting transformation in your home, contemporary pendant lighting could be the perfect solution. Contemporary pendant lighting enables you to add a stylish finish to your room without overshadowing your overall room design.

The first thing you have to do when looking for contemporary pendant lighting is to determine how you will be using it and where in your home you’ll be using it. One of the most common areas within the home where pendant lighting is used is in the kitchen. You can oftentimes find it hanging from the ceiling illuminating a kitchen counter or over a center island. Suspended lights above the kitchen counter can create a great focal point and make a nice visual impact. Simple and stylish pendant lighting can work well – you don’t have to go overboard with the design.

Pendant lighting comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes for you to explore. Size is an exceptionally pivotal decision because, although you want your light to make a statement, you don’t want it to overpower the room and take all the focus away from the rest of the room. Carefully choose a design where the light can add value to the space, but not be out-of-place.

You should also carefully select the right color of lighting. You should always opt for a color that creates elegance in a room. If you are using the pendant lighting in the dining room, for example, yellow light is normally used, as it casts a slightly softer glow over the room versus harsher white light that would be used in more functionality-centric rooms like the kitchen.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

26 Mar

Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

If you have decided to rip up the old flooring  in your home and lay down something new, you might wonder which types of materials will be best for the look you want and the budget you have. Certain rooms in your home may have more choices when it comes to viable options; however, when we’re talking about the bathroom or kitchen, vinyl flooring offers the perfect solution.

Vinyl flooring is often called resilient flooring. It is versatile and durable flooring that continues to increase in popularity. Vinyl floors are an excellent, attractive flooring choice that can bring style and elegance to your interior, while also offering great functionality.

In fact, vinyl flooring offers a number of advantages. The biggest advantage of vinyl flooring is, of course, the cost. Vinyl flooring is very economical compared to other sorts of flooring, which makes it very budget-friendly. It is also easy to install, which means DIY-ers with basic skills can lay them down themselves instead of having to incur the costs of hiring a professional. Vinyl floors last a long time and don’t have to be frequently replaced, which also saves you a lot of money in the long run.

As far as durability goes, nothing compares to vinyl.  It will not rip or tear when installed over proper sub-flooring and can sustain the weight of heavier items and appliances. It is able to withstand the most highly trafficked areas in a home without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.

Another reason vinyl flooring is so popular among homeowners is its cleanliness and hygiene. Vinyl wood flooring is water resistant and almost seam-less, so it prevents bacteria growth and mold build up. It has a high resistance to moisture because it is covered with three surface coatings of wax, which also minimize dirt build up and scratch marks.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Developmental Disability Day Celebrated at Oklahoma City Capitol

24 Mar

Developmental Disability Day Celebrated at Oklahoma City Capitol

Having a disability is no reason for someone to be hindered from participating in their community. That’s why, this coming Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Capitol will be hosting a celebration in honor of Developmental Disability Day, which aims to recognize people who are intellectually challenged. The event will involve several leaders and dignitaries in the field of developmental disability, as well as people who experience different types of disabilities and their families.

The celebration will focus on raising awareness about the importance of providing a good life for people who are developmentally disabled. There will be talks and discussions about the goals of “Reaching for a Good Life,” stressing the importance of finding ways to make these individuals a more involved sector of the community. The idea is to help them live independent lives while simultaneously maintaining a high quality of life.

Those interested in listening and participating in the celebration and awareness of developmental disability are encouraged to go to the Oklahoma Capitol on Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00am.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Patio Set

23 Mar

Choosing the Right Patio Set

By adding a patio set to your yard, you can create a new outdoor living area for your family and friends. A patio area usually extends into your backyard from your home or takes up a separate area in the yard. Its size will determine what kinds of patio sets you can utilize from both a size and style perspective. There are many arrangements you can create using a variety of chairs, tables, and benches. Also think about how many people will be using your patio. You’ll want to be sure to get a table large enough to accommodate your family.

You’ll find patio furniture sets vary greatly in styles and materials. Materials range from wood, steel, and plastic to aluminium, iron, and composite materials. Steel and iron are the most durable and will last for years with minimal wear and tear. They can endure extreme weather conditions like strong winds, heavy rains, and intense sunlight.

Choose a material that is relatively easy to maintain. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on regular maintenance. Wicker, for instance, requires very little maintenance. If you want waterproof furniture, you may want resin plastic or treated wood.

After you figure out what type of material you want, you can add accessories. Most patio sets come with pre-made holes in the tables to hold umbrellas, so find one that will provide nice shade.  There are also tons of fun, colorful cushions and outdoor pillows available to add an additional touch of style to the area.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Create a Great Impression with Living Room Furniture Sets

19 Mar

Create a Great Impression with Living Room Furniture Sets

Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your house, not only for its functionality, but also for design. Your living room is where you can express your personality through decor and set the tone of your home during day to day living and when you’re entertaining guests.

Living room sets are a great way to decorate a living room. Living room sets generally include a sofa or couch, a coffee table, a love seat, and side tables. They are conveniently grouped into sets that are designer friendly, so you don’t have to try to figure out how to find and piece together every item yourself. They create a nice foundation for the rest of your decor.

Another advantage of furniture sets is that they are a very budget-friendly option when you want to follow a particular theme or color scheme. All the pieces in a living room set complement each other with regards to their material texture, color, and style. Buying furniture pieces separately can become quite expensive. In a way, you are receiving a form of a “bulk discount” when you buy an entire set.

Before purchasing a living room set, however, consider its quality. Make sure that the set you choose is durable and high quality enough that it will last a long time. Find out how the furniture was made and what materials were used. Don’t ever assume that price and quality are always directly correlated. Some expensive furniture sets cost more due to their quality, but other are just overpriced cheap materials. There are many furniture sets that you can find for a lower price, but that are as high of quality as more expensive options. Shop around to compare prices and styles because there are many great deals out there if you take the time to look.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

16 Mar

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Keeping our indoor air quality clean is important. Although you naturally feel safe inside the comforts of your own home, the quality of your air may actually be harming your health. It is important to take measures to ensure that you have high quality air in your home, as it will make a difference in how you breathe and will help reduce your risk of suffering from allergies.

Below are some helpful tips on ways you can improve the quality of your indoor air:

  • Install flooring that enables you to breathe easier. There are flooring options available these days that have a lower retention of allergens. Dust and allergens cannot accumulate as easily, which drastically improves air quality.
  • Have your cooling and heating systems checked and cleaned regularly. Dirt can accumulate in your air ducts and air filters, and if it continues to pile up, it begins to disseminate into the air. Having your ducts and filters cleaned regularly will reduce the allergens in your air and will also help your systems function more efficiently.
  • Minimize the use of pollutant-producers. There are things we use at home that are full of chemical pollutants that are harmful to the body. Examples include harsh cleaning agents and paints. Explore more natural-based materials to use inside your home.
  • Control the moisture content in the air. Moisture causes mold and mildew buildup, which can be extremely harmful to your health when breathed in. Take measures to keep the air inside your home dry by using exhaust fans in your bathrooms, drying dishes well before placing them in your cabinets, using dehumidifiers, and not overwatering your plants.
  • Ventilate your home properly. Keep the fresh air in and the bad air out. Proper ventilation allows air to circulate. To properly ventilate your home, keep your doors and windows open when the weather is nice, so fresh air can enter and replenish the air inside your home with fresh air. Mechanical ventilators can also help cleanse the air during months with harsher weather, when it is not feasible to keep your home open.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Free Standing Kitchen Cabinets

12 Mar

Free Standing Kitchen Cabinets

After living in your home for a while, it’s natural to feel that it’s starting to go out of style and that you need a change or want to increase the resale value of your home. These types of often desires can easily be solved by rearranging your furniture, purchasing new decor, or doing small renovation projects in key areas.

The most common place for home renovations is the kitchen. The kitchen is usually the gathering place for most families, so it’s important that it feel updated and comfortable. If you are lucky enough to have a lot of free space in your kitchen, installing a set of free standing kitchen cabinets can transform the look of the room without experiencing the overcrowded feeling that overhead cupboards can sometimes create.

Free standing cabinets have a unique charm that is timeless. They are highly practical, and are often modular, so they can be shifted from one place to another. This allows you to partially rearrange the layout of your kitchen at any time, giving you the liberty to easily make changes when you start to get bored with the look.  Most of these cabinets are also made to order, so you can have something that is perfectly in sync with the rest of your kitchen cabinetry and decor. Free standing kitchen cabinets are also very economical and come in a wide range of colors.

If you’re looking for an easy, cost-friendly way to update the look of your kitchen and/or create more storage space, free standing cabinets are a perfect solution.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent