103 Hickory Hill Drive
lakefront cottage with beautiful landscaping. Covered floating
dock with lift, open floor plan, sunken living room with
fireplace, covered back deck and large upper deck, spiral
staircase leading downstairs, steam bath downstairs.
TIMS FORD LAKE
TOTAL LAKE HOMES FOR SALE - TO DATE: 62
TOTAL LAKE HOMES LISTED DURING DECEMBER: 3
TOTAL LAKE LOTS FOR SALE - TO DATE: 89
TOTAL LAKE LOTS LISTED DURING DECEMBER: 2
LAKE HOMES SOLD: 4
LAKE LOTS SOLD: 1
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Great building lot in
Highland Ridge S/D, gentle slope to the water, dock floats year
round, has big water view, plus a slide and boat lift with two
sea doo ports.
Calendar of Events
January 1 - Happy New Year
January 16 - Martin Luther King Day
Resolutions for the Home
It's the season for resolutions, and for many
people that means vowing to get their home in the best shape
Whether it's clearing out clutter, catching up on
small repairs, bringing fresh style to a favorite room or
organizing closets, many of us have home on the brain as the new
For interior designers, "the phone rings in
January, after the holidays," says Betsy Burnham, founder and
principal designer at Burnham Design and Instant Space, in Los
Angeles. "People take stock and make resolutions. People get
motivated, which is great."
But how can you make sure those resolutions
stick, and turn into real results?
Burnham and fellow designers Taniya Yanak (host
of HGTV's "Destination Design") and Brian Patrick Flynn (of TBS'
"Movie and a Makeover") offer strategies:
Think it Through
Your may be feeling inspired to jump into
projects right away, but these designers recommend taking time
to think and plan.
Burnham suggests spending a weekend leafing
through design magazines. Tear out photos of things you love,
creating a stack of tearsheets that show what you really want
your space to look like. "Any of your rooms can look like any of
those rooms." Burnham says, if you take the time to determine
what you like and how to make it happen on your budget.
Flynn recommends searching your home for small
spaces that aren't being used well. Take a look at alcoves and
corners of rooms, then brainstorm new uses for them. Yanak
suggests photographing each room, then looking at the images as
if the home belongs to someone else. You'll view familiar spaces
differently, with fresh eyes, she says.
Next make a list of the jobs you really want to
get to this year and determine the first steps you need to take
for each. Schedule those first steps and gather any necessary
tools or supplies. "You need to mentally prepare. Tell yourself,
'OK, Saturday's the day,' and then don't make any other plans,"
Yanak says. "The more things you do to prepare, the more
invested you are in making it happen."
Not everything must be done in the first months
of the year, say Burnham, but it's important to set things in
motion. "Think about timing," she says. "Are your kids going to
camp this summer, and would that be a great time to have a bit
of upset around your house?"
In planning, Burnham says, "Be realistic. Try
saying, 'I'm gonna make sense out of my hall closet today,'
instead of saying, 'I'm going to do all my closets today.' If
I say, I'm going to redo this bathroom, that may not happen. But
if I say, 'I'm going to start by measuring, then I'm going to
interview contractors,' that gets done."
Small Changes that Bring Fresh Style
If your resolution is to bring new style to your
space, says Flynn, there are small changes you can make that
will instantly freshen any room.
Start, he says, by pulling out unframed pieces of
art or things that need new frames: "Yes, framing can be
expensive and you may think, 'Why am I putting money into
something I already own?' But right now, you're not using it,"
he says. "Take it to be framed, then when you get it back, next
thing you know you're finishing rooms because you're so excited
about the art."
Try swapping the art in one room with art in
another. Experiment with mixing styles. You can always move
things back if you don't love the new combinations.
"Redo your surfaces," says Burnham. "Take
everything off your coffee table, all the pretties, then
rearrange. Move books, boxes, collections to new spots." Also,
she says, go through frames to update family pictures. Flynn
also recommends adding trays and baskets to organize and
coordinate loose items.
Another quick infusion of fresh style for the new
year: Yanak suggests spray-painting old furniture and frames in
new colors. Her current favorite: Paint ornate frames and
traditional wooden pieces in fresh white lacquer. It can be done
in one day with little expense.
Staying on Task
To keep on schedule, commit to deadlines: Plan a
home décor swap or holiday decoration swap with friends, Yanak
says. If you have plans to trade stuff on a given date, you're
going to actually go actually go through your home and weed out
what you don't want anymore. It's also environmentally friendly
Another great motivator: Plan a party. "My living
room doesn't get touched until I have a party planned. Then,
something gets done," says Burnham. "You're probably not going
to do it if you guys are hanging around in your pajamas. But if
people are coming over. It just works like that."
Figure out the obstacles to doing what you want
and find ways around them. Dreading de-cluttering and
reorganizing your kitchen? Merge your desire to get healthy or
lose weight with the desire to de-clutter and organize your
kitchen. Use one resolution to help you stick to the other, says
Spending money on help from a contractor or
handyman may seem like a splurge, but an expert may be able to
accomplish in a single day projects that would take you weeks.
And a professional may be necessary to get the look you want.
Finally, keep expectations reasonable. Burnham
thinks of an ideal project in terms of a "triangle: good, fast,
cheap. I tell clients, pick two. You cannot have all three."
Your resolutions won't al get accomplished
perfectly in an instant, but if you stick with them and figure
out what's most important, you'll see results.
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