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
405.330.0031

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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
405.330.0031

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
405.330.0031

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Home Renovations

9 Mar

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Home Renovations

Home renovation projects are great for updating your home and freshening its look. The down side, of course, is that such projects can be stressful – not only on you, but also on your pets. With the loud noises from tools, “strangers” (contractors) walking around your home, and constant commotion that they’re not used to, your pets can become very nervous and unsettled.

That said, it is important to keep your pets safe during home renovations. Here are a few tips:

  • Isolate your pets in a more peaceful part of your home. Let them stay where they can sleep and rest without chaos in their surroundings. If your entire home is messy and noisy due to a huge renovation project, ask a friend or a relative to let your pet stay with them during work hours.
  • Check your doorways and windows. Home renovations may require that you have an open entry, but this can present an opportunity for your pet to easily get out. Be careful to keep doors and windows closed when they’re not in use and try to keep your pets in a guarded area when the doors must be open.
  • Check for sharp and dangerous objects lying around. You don’t want your pets to swallow anything toxic or hurt themselves on any materials. Keep your pets away from the work site if at all possible, but if it is inevitable that they will be around, just be sure that you keep everything neat and organized to avoid putting them in danger.
  • Have a microchip inserted into your pet so you can easily track them if they run outside.
  • Entertain your pets. Try to keep them busy and distracted. If your pets are focused on their toys or other entertainment, they will feel less stressed and less impacted by the chaos.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

The Beauty of Engineered Hardwood Floors

5 Mar

The Beauty of Engineered Hardwood Floors

Engineered hardwood flooring is a wonderful material for household flooring. It is a product made of a core of hardwood, plywood, or high density fiber and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core. The more layers you have, the greater the stability you can expect.

The best part about engineered hardwood flooring is that it can be placed right on top of a radiant heat system without experiencing any of the shrinking, buckling, or cupping you would experience with natural hardwoods. If you live in a particularly humid or damp climate or you are wanting to refloor a humid or damp room, this is a great material to use as well.

Engineered hardwood flooring is available in several different options, the most popular being hickory, oak, bamboo, and maple. Another advantage of this flooring is that it comes pre-finished, which means that it has already been sanded and sealed. You can walk on it immediately after you install it unlike unfinished hardwood, which requires sealant and drying for a few days afterward.

Engineered hardwoods are easy to install. In fact, homeowners can actually install them without the help of a professional. They can be installed via several methods: the nail-down or staple-down method, the floating long-strip wood floor method, or the glue-down method. Manufacturers have also recently introduced the snap-on method, which is an easy option for the eager do-it-yourselfer.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Places Not to Skimp During a Kitchen Renovation

2 Mar

Places Not to Skimp During a Kitchen Renovation

A kitchen renovation can be an expensive endeavor, but it is also one of the best renovations you can do when it comes to getting a return on your investment. There are the labor costs, the cost of materials, and tools. If you want to have your kitchen professionally designed, you will also have the added expense of hiring an interior designer or architect. With proper budgeting, however, you can minimize your costs while maximizing your results.

When it comes to kitchen renovations, there are certain aspects that are more important than others if you are going to do only a partial remodel. These are the areas that will increase the value of your kitchen the most, so they are the areas you do not want to skimp on. Here are the most important places to focus on when renovating your kitchen:

  • Countertops – Updating your countertops to granite or marble will give you a huge return on your investment. They provide a beautiful finish, a nice place to cook, and they are long-lasting and easy to maintain. This makes them one of the most important things you can redo and will provide you with a large increase in your home value if you decide to sell it.
  • Kitchen appliances – What more can you ask for in a reliable kitchen than well-working appliances to use when you’re preparing your food? When choosing kitchen appliances, choose energy-efficient ones to help you save on energy expenses. This is also an increasingly popular feature for home buyers.
  • Lighting – Proper lighting is both a functional and aesthetic feature. You need to be able to see well to prepare food and spend time with your family, as the kitchen is one of the most frequented gathering places in a home. Lighting also sets the tone of a room and creates a nice ambience for spending time with your family and entertaining guests.
  • Custom cabinets – Cabinet space is hugely important when it comes to the functionality of your kitchen. Customized cabinets can allow you to create storage space in the most efficient way possible and also allow you to choose your materials and colors.
  • Faucets – Believe it or not, a good faucet is a very coveted feature in a kitchen. It is helpful during cooking and when you do dishes. It can also improve the sanitation in your kitchen.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Civic Involvement Forum to be Held at the University of Central Oklahoma

24 Feb

Civic Involvement Forum to be Held at the University of Central Oklahoma

A forum on civic involvement will soon be held at the University of Central Oklahoma focusing on the importance of the public getting more involved, and centered on how things are run in different public organizations – including the local government.

Helping to get involved in various public organizations, including the local government, can produce a huge result on how impactful groups are in dealing with the public. When there is participation among the people on programs and activities, the goals of these organizations are more centered on making things better for everyone in the community.

The event will feature several featured guests from the local government including; Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb, Edmond Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner, Oklahoma City Councilman John Pettis and Central alumna Cyndi Munson. They will be joining in on the discussions about civic involvement, as well as answering questions. They will also discuss how they have become more involved with the local government as individuals and how everyone can make an impact.

The civic involvement forum will be held for free to all on February 25, 5pm, at the Pegasus Theather, Liberal Arts Building, UCO campus. The event is organized by the University of Central Oklahoma National Organization for Women in partnership with the American Democracy Project’s Democracy Dialogues and the UCO Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031