Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy Home Decor Resolutions to Boost Your Mood

A majority of people feel that a room's decor can positively or negatively affect their mood. The following infographic from Homegoods shows you how to incorporate small and affordable changes that can boost your mood.

The infographic illustrates simple changes you can make to your bedroom, office, living room, family room, dining room, and kitchen to positively affect your mood. You'd be surprised at how such simple changes can create such a great influence.

6 Happy Home Decor Resolutions to Boost Your Mood
by FFunction.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Southern Meadow Model Grand Opening!

Join us Friday June 27th for our Grand Opening at 104 Bluebell.

You'll be able to take a first hand look at all of the amazing features.

Address: 104 Bluebell Dr Magnolia Delaware
Time: 2 - 5 pm

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2014

The kitchen is where your family can come together and converse while grabbing an afternoon snack or preparing dinner. The kitchen is becoming more and more like a family room, and as such it’s a good idea to try to make it feel as warm and inviting as possible. Take a look at some of the more popular trends in kitchen design this year. 

Out with Stainless Steel
While stainless steel may not ever go completely out of style, it’s certainly losing its flair.  Warm metals are becoming progressively more dominate in 2014 kitchens. The new material and color options in kitchen appliances allows you to have more versatility when choosing the theme and style of your kitchen. 

New Functionality
In 2014 they’re taking innovative kitchen design to the next level. Most of us are not able to boast a huge kitchen and instead need to maximize our storage space wherever we can. New ways to increase the amount of storage space, and not the size of your kitchen, include the following; built in cabinetry that looks like furniture, new functional doors for storage, open shelving, practical pullout drawers, dividers for drawer storage, and corner sinks and ovens. 

Neutral Colors
Many kitchens in 2014 are trending towards neutral colors. Neutral colors in the kitchen can make the space feel larger and brighter. You can choose to maintain neutrality throughout the entire kitchen, thus leaving you with a clean minimal feel, or use the base neutral colors to make other splashes of color in your kitchen pop. 

Natural/Recycled Materials
These days it’s all about including eco-friendly attributes wherever you can. The kitchen may be one the best rooms in the house to invest in when becoming more environmentally friendly. The more popular eco-friendly kitchen designs are saying goodbye to drywall and hello to materials like brick, concrete, and recycled wood. Using recycled materials in your kitchen can add a unique vintage look to your kitchen that you won’t find in your neighbors’ homes.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

DIY Vertical Outdoor Garden

The following infographic from Bridgman shows you how to design your own vertical garden in 6 easy to follow steps. If you don't have the wall space indoors for the DIY Living Wall Garden that was posted back in April here's another great option for access to fresh herbs.

The supplies are fairly easy to get a hold of

  • A wooden pallet (check craigslist)
  • Sandpaper
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples
  • Hammer and Nails
  • Planting Soil
  • Plants 
  • 1/4 in thick MDF
Do-it-yourself Vertical Garden
by Branded_3.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New-Home Sales Rise 6.4 Percent in April

NAHB, 2014 - Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000 units in April, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. The gain builds on an upward revision of sales numbers reported for the previous month.

“Builders are gradually increasing sales, but tight credit conditions, particularly for first-time home buyers, are impeding a more robust recovery,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.

“In a positive development, builders are adding inventory in anticipation of a further release of pent-up demand,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “We are only about half-way back to what could be considered a normal market, but relatively low mortgage rates and affordable home prices are other factors that should help keep starts and sales  on a slow upward trajectory in the months ahead.”

On a regional basis, new-home sales rose 47.4 percent in the Midwest and 3.1 percent in the South and held steady in the West. The Northeast posted a 26.7 percent decline.

The inventory of new homes for sale increased to 192,000 units in April. This is a 5.3-month supply at the current sales pace.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Customize and Choose Colors for Your Home

Choose the right color for your home and increase the curb appeal. Make choice for your replacement windows that match your home. Don't settle for white or tan. Add an architectural element to your home that will increase its value.

The infographic below from Champion Window shows how the color of the interior and exterior of you home can reflect as well as affect your mood and style. 

Customize and Choose Colors for Your Home Infographic
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wilmington Farmers Market

The Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market is back and bigger than ever! Every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm they will display a huge array of fresh local produce, plants, herbs, and cut flowers. The market opened their 'doors' for the first time this season May 7th. If you missed their grand opening, don't worry; they will be open every Wednesday until October 15th, except for June 20th as there will be a Jazz Fest in the park.

  • Location: Rodney Square
  • Address: Between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Times: 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Summer is right around the corner! Although summer driving is generally safer than winter driving, the summer heat can be particularly hard on certain parts of your car, including the engine, cooling systems, and battery, while the summer sun can cause your car’s paint to fade. In addition to that, adjusting your driving during the summer will pay dividends: making shorter trips will make your car less likely to overheat, and being lighter on the accelerator will save you money at the pump as gas prices reach their highest point of the year. By following the steps laid out below, you can make sure your car runs better and stays in better shape during the hot summer months.

The following infographic was provided by SelfStorage

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You're Invited!

 SMe Barbecue
Be sure to stop by the SMe Clubhouse Friday June 6th at 1pm. You'll have the opportunity to tour some of our model homes and eat delicious food at our Barbeque!

If you'd like to spend the night in one of our show homes, be sure to "Ask Cristine" or fill out the form on our event page.