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    • How to Find a Summer Home That Caters to Your Lifestyle

      5 July 2022

      When temperatures start heating up and the school year comes to an end, there’s nothing better than having a summer residence that the whole family can escape to. Of course, finding the perfect vacation home that meets all of your needs can be a daunting task. To help steer you in the right direction, here are a few tips to keep in mind when in the market for a summer home that matches your lifestyle.

      Focus on Outdoor Living Spaces
      Chances are, you want a home where the whole family can spend time outside together. That’s why a luxurious outdoor living space is one of the most important features to look for in a vacation home, but it’s necessary to consider how you’ll use it. For some, it’s all about a resort-like pool and outdoor kitchen, but others may prioritize a spacious backyard for the kids to run around and mature gardens where you can grow your favorite plants.

      Guest Accommodations
      While you might be envisioning a place where your immediate family can go for some quiet R&R, you’ll probably want a little extra room for the inevitable guests who come to visit. After all, summer is the perfect time to get together with close friends and extended family, so an extra bedroom or two is sure to be put to good use. 

      Nearby Activities
      Take the time to find a location that caters to your lifestyle in the summer. Do you want to be close to the country club and all it has to offer? Or would your family prefer to be close to a beach? Ideally, your home will have easy access to all of your favorite activities.

      Walkability
      There’s something nice about not having to get in the car and simply basking in the warm weather when strolling about town. This is why walkability is often an important factor for summer homes. Whether you’re walking into town for dinner or picking up your morning paper and coffee, traveling by foot is always enjoyable when the sun is shining. 

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    • Best Tips for Creating a Pet-Safe Yard

      5 July 2022

      If you’re hoping to get your outdoor space ready for your furry friends, there are a few important things you should consider. These tips for creating a pet-safe yard will have your property ready in no time.

      Provide a Perimeter
      Keeping your yard pet safe first requires that your outdoor space is a secure area. Provide a perimeter to ensure that your pet cannot escape from to ensure that your best friend is not in danger of getting lost or injured. Finding the best fencing for your pet means understanding your pet’s breed and abilities. For example, a large dog bred for hunting can jump higher and further than a small toy dog and will have different fencing requirements.

      Beware of Chemical Treatments
      Whether you have lawn fertilizers, weed killers or pool treatments, all chemical substances used for your yard’s care should be kept locked away from your pets. These toxic substances should also be used with care; be sure to read the instructions to understand when it is safe for humans and animals to interact with an area that has come into contact with a chemical treatment. Keep in mind that even organic or natural yard treatments can contain toxins for pets; be sure to read your product’s packaging or research what pet-safe options are available before selecting your product.

      Remove Toxic Plants
      Dogs and cats both have plants that can cause them harm. Easter lilies, while beautiful, are toxic to curious cats who might take a bite. Ivy and gladiolus can cause excess drooling, vomiting and potential abdominal pain in dogs when these plants are ingested. Make certain that your garden is full of pet-safe plants or create a small fenced-off area or greenhouse to hold any needed plants that could pose a threat to your pet.

      Prevent Ticks
      Keep ticks at bay by keeping your lawn trimmed, leaves raked and wood neatly stacked in a dry area. This will ensure that ticks have less welcoming places to hide in your yard. To further mitigate ticks from coming into your recreational areas from surrounding property, consider creating a 3 foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas and around patios and play equipment. 

      Keeping your pet safe in your yard requires some foresight, but a little planning and some steady maintenance can ensure that your yard is fun and welcoming for the whole family, pets included.

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    • Mediterranean Diet Tips for Beginners

      5 July 2022

      As fad diets come and go, the Mediterranean diet seems to be one of the few meal plans that doctors consistently seem to recommend and is here to stay. The Mediterranean diet is a heart-healthy diet based on the eating habits and foods readily available to those living in Mediterranean countries (where it was shown that heart disease caused fewer deaths compared to the US and northern Europe.). If you’re hoping to adhere to a more heart-healthy diet, here are some tips for beginners starting the Mediterranean diet. 

      Start With Plants
      A diet based on plants is a guaranteed way to limit your intake of unhealthy fats and increase your overall nutrition. Keep your diet plant-based; this does not mean you must avoid meat altogether, but your plate should be piled high with a variety of veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts and legumes. Ensure that your animal products play a supporting role, and are not the star of the show.

      Focus on Healthy Fats
      While some modern diets eschew fat altogether, the Mediterranean diet keeps you feeling full with a healthy fat intake. While saturated and trans fats can contribute to heart disease, the healthy fats found in nuts and seeds, fatty wild fish (such as salmon), olives and avocado are a great heart-healthy way to feel satiated at the end of your meal. Olive oil serves as the main source of added fat in the Mediterranean diet and has even been found to lower bad cholesterol levels.

      Opt for Seafood
      Seafood is another staple in the Mediterranean diet. Instead of grilling a red meat burger for your dinner, opt for grilled fish or shrimp kabobs. Keep your intake of red meat low and opt for a lean cut when you do enjoy it. Eat fish two to three times twice a week and avoid deep frying your fish, which can increase your intake of unhealthy oils.

      Starting any new way of eating can seem daunting at first, but with all the delicious and healthy options in the Mediterranean diet, there’s no doubt that this meal plan can easily become a long-term lifestyle change.

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    • 4 Outdoor Furniture Brands That Will Transform Your Backyard

      4 July 2022

      These days, the outdoor living space is one of the most important parts of the home. Once the weather warms up, it’s where we cook, entertain and play with friends and family, which is why it’s always worth investing in high-quality patio furniture. Whether you’re just moving in, getting ready to put your home on the market or simply need to revamp your outdoor seating area, these outdoor furniture brands are sure to transform any backyard.

      Dedon
      When it comes to outdoor woven furniture, Dedon brings an unmatched level of style. This German-based brand has an extensive range of modern furnishings that are weather-resistant and give any backyard a sophisticated look that’s worthy of a five-star resort. A few of their more iconic pieces that are sure to stand out are the hanging lounge chair, the swinging daybed and the orbit loveseat. 

      Kettal
      Through sleek lines, bold geometric shapes and whimsical colors, Kettal has established itself as one the most sought-after outdoor furniture brands. Their timeless pieces can effortlessly blend into any setting, from traditional to contemporary, and ensure that your pool area is always Instagram-worthy.

      Sutherland
      For Sutherland Furniture, it’s all about handcrafted quality. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, this world-renowned brand thoughtfully designs and builds each piece to satisfy the most exacting standards. With collections such as Great Camps, Lakeshore and Beachside, you can find the perfect outdoor furniture for every type of luxury home. 

      JANUS et Cie
      From luxurious daybeds to elegant al fresco dining tables, JANUS et Cie has everything you need to furnish your outdoor oasis. In fact, you’ve probably already taken comfort in their products, as JANUS et Cie has partnered with a wide range of luxury hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton, the Four Seasons and The Peninsula Hotels, to name a few.

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    • 5 Ways to Add a Statement Wall to Your Home

      4 July 2022

      These days, it’s all too easy to follow a simple formula when it comes to interior design. If you want your home to stand out from the rest, however, you need to get a little creative. Adding a statement wall is the perfect way to set your living space apart and infuse some personality. Here are several ways that you can do just that.

      Mural
      Commissioning an artist to paint a custom mural in your home is a surefire way to make a design statement. You can transform any room with a life-sized work of art that will instantly become the visual centerpiece and make a memorable impression on all of your guests. 

      Accent Color
      Of course, simply painting an accent wall is another option for breaking the mold. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can introduce a bright shade to energize the room or try a darker tone for a sleek and moody ambience. 

      Hand-Painted Wallpaper
      Whether it’s an elegant Chinoiserie pattern or a traditional landscape, hand-painted wallpaper is an excellent way to make a wall grab one’s attention. There are endless styles and themes to choose from to complement any setting and instantly give your home an artisanal focal point. 

      Natural Stone
      Is there anything more dramatic than a marble-clad wall in the dining room? Or, for a more rustic look, you can try a traditional stone wall juxtaposed with modern appliances in the kitchen. Natural stone can work with a wide range of design styles and is sure to make a statement in any part of the home.

      Fabric Wall Covering
      If you like the idea of wallpaper, but want something more textured, a fabric wall covering like linen, mohair or even velvet can create a stunning visual element. This sophisticated style works particularly well in a den, office or library, and will add a surprising design aesthetic that visitors will certainly take note of.

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