14 Ways to Make Your Home Cozy

Do you ever stumble upon a picture of a home that looks cozy and beautifully decorated and think, “I wish my home looked like that”? Good news! Creating an inviting home is simple when you break down each element that ties the look and feel together. Here are 14 ways you can create the warm and inviting home you’ve always wanted.

1. Spruce up your Bedding

Make sure to choose bedding that matches nicely with the room. Spring for more expensive sheets to make the beds cozier!

2. Add Throw Blankets

Find some nice, quality throw blankets that coordinate with your living area and bedroom. A nice throw blanket on the living room couch encourages guests to make themselves right at home. Keeping a throw on your bed can give it a nice decorative touch.

3. Try a Blanket Ladder or Basket

If you can’t decide what throw blanket to display, why not pick out your most stylish ones and find a nice woven basket or blanket ladder to put them on display. This will help to invite your guest to grab a blanket and stay a while!

4. Get yourself a Comfy Couch

Nothing says, “Welcome!” quite like a nice, comfortable couch. The couch is the staple of a living space, so choosing the right one will elevate the room.

5. Accentuate the Fireplace

If your house has a fireplace, highlight it by decorating the mantle area with things like vases, candles or other decorative pieces. Don’t try too hard to follow a set decorative plan for your mantle. Finding pieces that work with your style and coordinate with the room will help give your space some personality! Also, putting one big focal piece, such as a mirror or painting, in the area above the fireplace will help draw the eye and pull the room together

6. Make Room for Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers make a great addition to the kitchen and/or bathroom! Visit your local grocery store or farmers market and pick out flowers that coordinate with the room you want them in along with a nice vase to put them in.

7. Use the Right Lighting

The right lighting can work wonders. If you’re having a cocktail party, you’ll want to give your room plenty of light. This invites your guests in from the outside and highlights your home’s features on the inside. When you are having a small get-together with close friends, dimmed lighting can create a cozy atmosphere.

8. Use Light Paint Colors

Light, vibrant paint colors can make any room look bright, warm and inviting. Dark colors tend to make rooms look smaller and don’t have a very homey appeal.

9. Create an Outdoor Hangout Spot

Take your living space outdoors! Comfortable chairs and a fire pit are a great addition to your outdoor space for fair weather seasons.

10. Let There be Candlelight

Having plenty of candles around your home gives it a sense of warmth. Put a couple candles in each room and people will feel a sense of comfort no matter where they are in your home. Plus, your home will smell great, too!

11. Hang Unique Mirrors

Placing a cool mirror above a dresser or table can give a room personality and reflect your style. Mirrors also give the illusion that a room is much larger than it really might be due to reflecting light.

12. Get Plenty of Comfortable Pillows

Pillows can be a great accent to a living area. Investing in ones that are comfortable and stylish takes it to a whole new level.

13. Incorporate a Large Area Rug

If your living area has hardwood floors, a large area rug will instantly warm up the space. People sometimes like to make the area rug a focal point and choose their accessories, pillows, and paint color based on the color and/or pattern of the rug.

14. Create Themed Photo Collages

Displaying pictures is a great way to let people know who or what is most important to you and also adds a personal touch to your home. Make a framed collage to add to an empty wall by choosing a bunch of pictures that have a common theme, like a family vacation or special event. You can buy collage frames pre-made or group individual frames together for added style.

These tips are sure to make your home as cozy and inviting as can be! If you’re currently sitting in a rental property dreaming of ways you will make your future home cozy and inviting, contact one of our loan experts today to see just how close you are to achieving that dream of homeownership!

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Days of Social Distancing

Just a month or two ago it was a great time to sell a home. Home prices were generally high, unemployment was the lowest it’s been in 50 years and mortgage rates were at or near historic lows. Then COVID-19 and struck and social distancing become the norm. Can you still sell your home?

Admittedly, today may be a more challenging time to sell a home. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are some tips on selling your home in the current environment while keeping all parties as safe as possible.

  • Be patient. It may take a bit longer to sell your home with today’s economic uncertainty. Some buyers may be temporarily sidelined if they are worried about their job security. However, it’s important to remember that lots of people are still working – they’re working from home and getting a paycheck. And, there are buyers who were on the fence who now see an opportunity to get a great new house at a very low interest rate.
  • Call off open houses. Instead, have your real estate agent schedule showings one person or couple at a time. Your agent can maintain a safe distance from the prospective buyers, yet still keep an eye on things. Realtors discourage home sellers from being home during a showing even during normal times, so it’s best that you and your family go for a walk or take care of some essential errands.
  • Take full advantage of online and video marketing. Technology has made it possible for prospective buyers to see and appreciate everything your home has to offer long before they set foot inside. Make sure online photos really showcase your home. Ask your agent to create an online video so prospective buyers can get familiar with each room. Your Inlanta mortgage advisor can create a great single property website for your Realtor to show off your home’s best features.
  • Let people know your home is sanitized: It’s understandable that people are wary of entering a stranger’s home in this environment. That means you’ll have to take extra steps to assure prospective buyers – and your real estate agent – that your home is safe. Sanitize your home before it’s shown – and let prospective buyers know you did. Hire a professional cleaning service if you need to. Place hand sanitizers and wipes around your home for visitors’ safety – and your own.
  • Think positive: Remember, mortgage rates are even lower now than before the crisis started, and there’s less competition among buyers. So this is actually a great time to buy. Many prospective homeowners don’t want that opportunity to slip by. Motivated buyers will figure out a way to make it happen!

Remember, if you’re selling your home so you can buy a new one, we can help.  Our mortgage advisors work remotely and are always in touch when borrowers need them – by phone, email, text, chat or whatever channel you prefer. Our underwriters, loan processors and closers also work remotely to make sure your deal gets done. And remember if looking for a new home, it’s important to have a preapproval to strengthen your buying power. Reach out to one of our expert mortgage advisors to learn more.

Halloween & Pinterest

Jack-O-Lantern Fireplace

Did you get crazy creative this year for Halloween? Terrifying treats, dreadful decor, and crazy costumes. If you are like millions of other people, you found some of your ideas for Halloween on Pinterest. This gorgeous and festive fireplace is pinned to our Halloween Ideas board.

Not familiar with Pinterest? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share interesting things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan weddings, decorate their homes, keep favorite recipes, and research cool Halloween ideas.

Here are a few interesting Halloween and fall entertaining ideas that we found on Pinterest – all of which can be found on our very own Pinterest account:

Other Inlanta pinboards we recommend include Handy Household Tips and Interesting Homes.

As we approach Thankgiving and Christmas – be sure to check back for interesting entertaining and decorating ideas for the holidays!

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Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker headquarterd in Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.