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Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

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First-Time Home Buyers Guide

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You are about to purchase your first home. This is an extremely big deal and we are so excited for you! You are about to embark upon a new journey filled with ups and downs (hopefully, mostly ups). But what if you do not know exactly where to start? No need to fret, we want to share our first-time home buyer guide with you. We hope you gain insight and knowledge on the home buying world, and that your experience is much more simpler than you expected.

Credit Score. It is important for home buyers to know their credit score because it can affect their interest rate on loans. A higher credit score means a lower interest rate and vice versa.

Pro-tip: Try not to buy a car or other expensive items while you are closing on your home. These large purchases can affect your score and your credit will be reran before closing on your home.

Budget. Write down how much you plan to spend in a month on gas, food, household items, etc. Make sure to leave money for your savings and unexpected expenses. Owning a home will guarantee an array of unforeseen circumstances that are out of your hands. It will be great to have money put away to help you get out of trouble.

Mortgage Lenders. Research, research, research. Look online and gain a knowledge of the different mortgage lenders before you choose.

Real Estate Agent. It is always great to take a recommendation for a real estate agent. Ask your family or friends for a referral because you want the best when you are looking for a home. It will be nice to use someone that is trusted by your family or friend; therefore, you can have comfort in the agent’s recommendations for you.

Homes Online. The internet has a wide selection of homes for sale for buyers to browse. Get an idea of what style of home you prefer, the neighborhood, how many bathrooms and bedrooms you want, etc.

Your Future. Think about long-term goals for you and your family. The school district can be important for resell value as well as your children’s future. Take into consideration your commute to town, work and your family/friend’s houses. Think about everything because you want to make this home last for a really long time.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! Once you are settled into your new home, we would love to help you with any of your flooring needs. Store our number in your phone for the future: Dolphin Carpet & Tile (305) 233-3233 . We cannot wait to help you! Happy House Hunting!

Bathroom Lighting Trends

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Tired of the same old, bland lighting fixtures in the bathroom? Don’t be afraid to add style to the often neglected room in the house. You can make a statement just by opting for trendier bathroom lighting. Your mornings will get so much better. Here are some trendy bathroom lighting ideas:

Industrial Style Lighting Scheme
Want something wrought and unique? An industrial style lighting scheme is flexible. Opt for fixtures that feature exposed iron. Select heads that feature copper or silver tones and accents. Choose double sconce, adjustable heads that allow you to control the direction of lighting whenever you desire.

Vanity Lighting
Incorporating task lighting around the vanity lighting is a bathroom trend that you should hop on. It contributes to well-lit bathroom. Instead of a single lighting fixture around the vanity, opt for multiple wall mounted lighting on each sides of the vanity. This will also prevent unflattering shadows.

Accent Lighting in Areas of the Bathroom
Yes, accent lighting can be used to highlight different areas of your bathroom such as a piece of artwork and other interesting areas of the restroom. For instance, recessed lighting can be used to bring emphasis on a beautiful built in shelving unit in the bathroom while a glitzy chandelier over a freestanding jacuzzi bathtub brings emphasis to the area.

Layered Lighting
Use multiple types of lighting features within the bathroom to further enhance the space. A well designed layered lighting scheme could include: overhead lighting, vanity lighting and recessed lighting as well as accent lighting to illuminate key areas.

Under Cabinet Lighting
You’ve probably never imagined installing lighting under your cabinetry. Under cabinet lighting is an opportunity to showcase your bathrooms beautiful flooring.

Back Lit Mirror
We love mirrors in the bathroom. However, instead of choosing plain mirrors for the bathroom, spice things up by purchasing a back lit mirror. Backlit mirrors will give off a halo effect and cast a soft, warm glow over your bathroom.

Decorative Lighting
Every bathroom should have some form of decorative lighting to add interest to the area. From elegant chandeliers to intricately designed wall lights, your options are endless.

5 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Bedroom Super Comfy

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Your bedroom should be so much more than just a place to sleep. In fact, it should be your oasis; a place you can retreat to in the midst of chaos. With these budget-friendly ideas, you can turn your bedroom into your own sanctuary without breaking the bank.

  1. Paint the room a darker color
    Light colors can make a room feel larger and more open. Darker hues envelope the space making it more intimate. Yes, using a dark hue on your walls will create the perfect space to relax in. Since color has the power to change the mood of an room you’ll want to select a color that you really love. You can contrast and add some color to the room through your bedding and accessories.

  2. Adjustable lighting
    Soft lighting is ultimate for cozy living. If overhead lighting is necessary than you’ll want to invest in adjustable lighting solution. Consider installing a chandelier with a light dimmer so you can set the right mood by simply adjusting the level of illumination according to your needs.

  3. Layering Rugs
    There’s nothing that says comfort more than a soft rug. Rugs provide warmth especially during the colder winter months. Whether you have hardwood floors or wall to wall carpet be sure to incorporate a couple of area rugs in different shapes and textures to provide that super comfy look.

  4. Make your bed extra comfy
    Of course, your bedroom can’t be a retreat without a comfortable bed. When creating the ultimate bed you can never have too many blankets or throws. Use an assortment of blankets in various textures from soft cotton blankets to plush fleece throw. For an added comfort you can invest in a quality mattress topper. Don’t forget the pillows. What’s more inviting than a huge pile of pillows?

  5. Create a reading nook
    Put together your very own reading nook in your bedroom so you can cuddle up and read a book, browse a magazine or just enjoy the view. Forget about building a window seat since this can be costly. Instead, you can form a reading nook with a comfortable chair, a small bookshelf for your books or a small side table to hold your reading material and snack.