Making Your Home Office Homey

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home more and more if not full time. I have a feeling this trend is here to stay for a while so why not take the time to love the space you are in for so many hours!

Whether it is a designated room or just a nook you have carved out in the middle of another space, find a way to make it work for you both from an organizational standpoint but also an esthetic one.

 

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The desk is the most important piece. Does yours need to be narrow for traffic flow to get by? Do you need a lot of surface space or just enough for your laptop? Maybe one that you can close and tuck away at night?

 

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I am a big believer that although your chair needs to be comfy, there is no reason it cannot be fun! Think outside the box from your standard office chair. This is a great place to add your personality.

 

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Opening shelving via a ladder system or floating shelves keeps a space looking open and modern.

And don’t forget color! Even if it is a tucked away nook, adding color to the walls or artwork can make the hours in your office space a happier place to be. Again…note the fun chair. 🙂

 

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If you need to start out the new year with a refresh to  you home office, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help!

 

 

Christmas Dinner Recipe – Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes!

You had me at Sweet Potatoes! Then say gingersnap cookies and yum!!

This recipe comes from my ‘Christmas with Southern Living’ book and if it’s one thing they know how to do, it’s cook and decorate for Christmas! It can also be found on My Recipes.

This is a ‘Make Ahead’ recipe so better yet.

 

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Ingredients

  • 6 sweet potatoes (4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 32 coarsely crushed gingersnap cookies (we tested with Nabisco)

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven in boiling water to cover over medium heat 30 minutes or until tender. Cool; peel and mash potatoes.

Step 2

Combine mashed sweet potato, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and next 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. (Or mash with a potato masher until smooth.) Spoon into a greased 2 1/2-quart or 13″ x 9″ baking dish.

Step 3

Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and flour. Cut in 1/4 cup cold butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in crushed gingersnaps. Sprinkle streusel over sweet potato. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes or until streusel is lightly browned.

Step 4

Make Ahead: Prepare sweet potato filling, and spoon into a greased 2 1/2-quart microwave-safe dish. Cover and chill overnight. Microwave at HIGH 10 minutes or until hot. Prepare streusel, and sprinkle over filling. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until streusel is lightly browned.

Chef’s Notes

Purchase crisp gingersnap cookies rather than the soft variety for making the streusel

ENJOY!! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Can I Have A Christmas Tree When My House Is For Sale?

Absolutely!! I just got this question the other day and yes you can put up your Christmas tree when your house is on the market. It can actually make your home warm and cozy during a hectic season, pulling a buyer into imaging a Christmas in their new home.

Just a couple things I would caution. Don’t get a tree that is so large that it takes up a large portion of your room or hides the architectural features of the home with your other furniture. You still want the buyer to see how the room will work for them day to day.

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Perhaps this year the tree goes in a different room. Although your favorite place for the tree is in the family room right by the fireplace, this year it may need to be in a more spacious living room.

One other note of caution is on Christmas decorations in general. Yes go ahead and decorate your home for Christmas but if you are one that loves to go all out….this one year you should tone it down to just accents here and there.

My other advice is to not have MLS photos taken while your Christmas decorations are up. If your  home does sit on the market for a while the photos will date those photos and show the buyer immediately how long it has been on the market.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you have a blessed Christmas season.

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