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How to use plants to accent your space

How To Use Plants To Accent Your Space
You’ve bought all the right furniture items, sought out your desired accent pieces, have the right wall colors and know where it all goes, but you’re missing one vital piece to finish off the space – plants! When it comes to interior design, plants usually are an afterthought and rarely incorporated into some spaces mainly because you either forgot to add them or had a bad experience with them before (you let them die, etc.).
But plants can really make a room and make everything come together. Plants also add a nice sense of green to a room and have some much sought after benefits like making you happier, helping you recharge and even be more productive around the space, believe it or not! Here are some tips on how to use plants to accent your space:
Decorate Wall Shelves With Small Plants
If you’re not sure where to put the plants, you can never really go wrong with using small potted ones on shelves around your space. Combine them with books and smaller accent accessories and you’ve got an amazing look that’ll instantly add in some green to liven up the space.

Fill up empty shelf space
If you have shelves like book cases and built-in shelving in your space and have empty space, fill it up with a collection of small house plants like ferns and the like. It’ll not only make the shelf more appealing, but it’ll also make it look fuller instead of empty.

Use plants as party décor
You can really upgrade a party’s setting using plants as part of the décor. It’ll automatically add color to the space and party. Decorate the table using small plants or use them all around the main space where guests will hang to liven up the party!

One large floor plant
If you want something bold, go with one large floor plant in the corner of the room. The really tall plant (tree) will make a bold statement. It’ll...

Easy ways to declutter your home

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Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home
Everyone has a bit of clutter in their home, but when it starts to get out of control and give you anxiety just looking at it, it’s time to do something about it! The truth is, we have lots of stuff, which is why many are jumping on the minimalist movement and trying out the popular and trendy Marie Kondo Method of decluttering. But for those who are looking for some quick tips on how to declutter their home and space, here are some simple solutions to get rid of the junk and have a thoroughly clean home:

Start small
Although you might have a lot of junk and mess to get rid of, it’s best to start small so that you don’t get overwhelmed. So before you commit to decluttering an entire room, start with some small projects like a junk drawer or a small closet in order to get a feel of how long these decluttering projects will really take. Starting small will also provide you with a sense of accomplishment when you’re finished and you’ll be more willing to continue decluttering other areas.

Get some sleep before making a final decision
When you choose to declutter, you’ll most likely start to throw out all sorts of things you don’t want, need or use anymore. Sometimes, it’s an easy decision, but sometimes it’s hard. For those harder items to part with, sleep on it so that in the AM, you’ll be confident in your decision to either keep it or toss it.

Do you love it?
When something is really hard to get rid of, you should ask yourself if you really love it. If you don’t love it and haven’t used it in 6 months, then it’s time to part ways with it.

Track usage of your item
To really gauge if you use what you have, track what items you actually use....

Smart homes equal smart savings on energy

This year help increase the value of your home by bringing it into the 21st century with updated technology. Having a smart home will reduce energy costs and be a major selling point when the time comes to list. Some of the best value for your money will come from a smart thermostat like the Nest. Your thermostat makes up half your energy bill – more than appliances or electronics. So shouldn’t it help you save energy?

According to Business Insider, studies have proven that the Nest Learning Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.  A smart home hub is also a major player in a lot of smart home devices. While not all smart home devices work properly together, smart home hubs can help alleviate compatibility issues and allows versatility in products. The highest rated one going into 2018 is the Samsung SmartThings Hub. Smart security cameras and doorbells are a great way to strengthen the security readiness of your home, but why not make your home more secure right from the door itself? That’s what smart locks are for, and they are the latest trend on the market in 2018. All you need is your phone in your hand, tap it on the lock, and you’re inside. The Kwikset Kevo Gen2 is the best rated and makes it much easier than fumbling for keys in the dark or having an armload of groceries.

The important thing to do when purchasing smart home products is to make sure you have thoroughly researched each option and its reviews. There are several out there so make sure you get the best product that is going to work the most efficiently with what you already have installed in your home. Good luck and contact The Oatley Team for expert advice on how you can add value to your home.