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A Warm Welcome
Have your neighbors swooning over your curb appeal with an inviting front porch featuring a cozy wood swing and a mix of patterned blue throw pillows beckoning visitors to this sunny front porch.
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a home’s curb appeal. A bold color pairing, like navy blue and bubblegum pink, will ensure your home isn’t lost in a sea of cookie-cutter houses.
If color isn’t your thing, touches of wood accents will do just the trick when boosting your home’s appearance. This home seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, features cedar details add a natural alternative when it comes to exterior accents.
Modern House Numbers
Say goodbye to ordinary house numbers. Add a modern, chic vibe to your home’s exterior by upgrading to a laser-cut wooden plaque.
No matter how beautiful a new plant or house feature may be, it will never get a chance to shine if neighbors can't see past a wild, unkempt yard. By maintaining a nice, healthy lawn height, you can ensure your home will be noticed for all the right reasons.
Walk This Way
Choosing the right hardscape can be a challenge, but a simple stone or brick path is a great way to add charm to your entryway. If the inviting look isn't enough to convince you, just imagine life with no more muddy footprints or sunken heels!
A pair of rocking chairs on the front porch will elicit nostalgic memories of the past, while also provide the perfect backdrop for creating new experiences.
For a classic curb appeal boost, hedge your home with an adorable picket fence. Cover it with lovely roses or vines for a look that is sure to impress.
Landscape lighting illuminates this home’s front showcasing all its best features- unique architecture, tidy landscaping and appealing shrubbery.
An Open Door
A front door can add a lot to a home, especially when it comes to curb appeal. Large glass panels above on this front door add an inviting and elegant touch to its exterior.
Living in Central Iowa allows you to experience some of the best things Iowa has to offer!
Spread out on over 1,000 acres in Ankeny, Iowa, Prairie Trail is the essence of small-town living with the advantages of a larger city - neighborhood parks, the shop around the corner, outdoor concerts, and sidewalk cafes. The District at Prairie Trail is at the center of it all. Shops, restaurants, bars, boutiques and more have joined The District and are attracting a growing audience.
There is always something happening in Prairie Trail!
Growing in a confined container is not an ideal condition for any plant, but properly cared for perennials can thrive quite nicely in a container. Typically they just may not grow as large as they would when grown in the ground. Learn more about potted plants for spring!
When creating a container garden with perennials you will first consider the same things for planting any garden: sun, shade, water and wind exposure. Soil must still be considered since you will be planting in a light, water retentive medium with good drainage and not every perennial will like that environment. However the perennials that prefer poor soil with low nutrient levels may still do well if you care for them (or should I say not care for them) properly. Remember to select plants with the same or very similar requirements for each container. To keep your container interesting, select perennials with long bloom times and include spring, summer and fall blooming plants.
To design an interesting container garden, also try to include thrillers (tall primary plant), fillers (at least a couple lower growing plants with complimenting foliage or blooms), and spillers (low growing creepers or vining plants). Add some annuals or foliage plants for season long interest. Or you might prefer a container full and overflowing with just one lovely plant, which can often make a big impact.
Your container should also be well balanced in height versus width or middle “bulk”. Using a tall central plant you can balance the arrangement with fuller medium height plants and low plants that spill over the edge. Don’t forget that a large heavy container also adds visual weight to your arrangement. As with any design principle, throwing out all the rules and planting a container completely out of balance can create a very simple and striking centerpiece. As always, do what YOU love!
What to consider when selecting perennials for containers:
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo created the KonMari Method for tidying up. Her advice became a hit sensation after she wrote a best-selling book and even starred in a Netflix show called “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." The KonMari Method is now a worldwide trend, with many people turning to social media to share their home transformations.
Anyone who wants to tidy up their home can use the KonMari Method, but it can be especially useful for active adults who want to downsize into new homes or move forward with retirement plans. The KonMari Method guides homeowners to only keep the possessions they truly love, which leads to a smaller and more meaningful collection of items that can fit in a new home with ease.
We’re breaking down the KonMari Method step-by-step so you can downsize your home and transition into retirement with happiness.
Downsizing with The KonMari Method
The KonMari Method differs from traditional organization advice in a few ways. First, instead of cleaning room-by-room or little-by-little, you clean by category. Second, you choose what to keep, not what to throw away.
Active adults can use this method to downsize their homes as efficiently as possible. After homeowners sort through their possessions and only keep the items they truly love, it means they only have to move the items they truly love. This saves a lot of time and hassle when moving while decreasing the stress surrounding a big move. To follow The KonMari Method to downsize your home, you must adopt the six basic rules of tidying up.
Rule 1: Commit Yourself to Tidying Up
To finish the KonMari Method, you must commit to completing the process, understanding that it can take weeks to sort through everything and that it can even be an emotional process. For any active adults planning to downsize in the next few years, it will likely be worth the effort when you move only your most valued possessions into your new home.
There’s no better time than the present to start The KonMari Method, especially if you know you want to move to an active adult community in the next few years. But if you’ve already set the date for your move, it might be helpful to set a date for when you want to finish decluttering, too.
Try to pick a date at least two weeks to a month before your move date. That way, you will finish The KonMari Method with far fewer possessions and still plenty of time to pack everything before the move. You might find yourself amazed at how much easier it is to pack after you’ve decluttered all of your possessions.
Rule 2: Imagine Your Ideal Lifestyle
To help you commit to the process, consider how The KonMari Method can help you achieve your ideal downsized lifestyle. Think about the home and the active adult community you’ve chosen. Visualize the way you want to live and feel when you move to your ideal active adult community. Recognize that the KonMari Method might be just the thing to create a turning point in your life and help you reach your ideal lifestyle.
Many active adults move into 55+ communities so they can spend more time enjoying the hobbies they love. When you downsize into your new home with only the possessions you love most, you will have a cleaner and more organized home. You can spend less time cleaning and organizing excessive items and spend more time enjoying your active lifestyle.
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