Real Estate Tips

Whale Watch From Any of This Home’s 3 Rooftop Decks

The Olympic Mountains. The Strait of Georgia. The shoreline of Victoria, Canada. And maybe a pod of orcas, if you’re lucky. You can see all of that (and much more) from one of this home’s three rooftop decks.

Located on the rocky shores of San Juan Island, Washington, this coastal retreat has a unique connection to the land it occupies – the home is built directly into the hillside, so it gracefully descends the ground’s natural slope.

A team of architects from Seattle-based firm Prentiss Balance Wickline worked on the design. Dan Wickline, one of the architects on the project, drew inspiration from the island’s stark natural beauty.  

“Rooted into a linear ravine on the site, the spaces of the house are composed in a series of stacked volumes climbing the terrain and aimed toward specific views,” Wickline says.

These specific views can be admired from one of the grassy rooftop decks, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the water-facing walls or from one of the rectangular window clusters.

The strategically placed clusters create the sensation of total immersion in the rugged landscape – no matter which way you turn, a view awaits.   

Inside, the design features a muted color palette inspired by the lush greens, earthy browns and serene grays of the Pacific Northwest. These subtle and somewhat restrained hues allow the home’s simple, elevated aesthetic to really shine.

From every angle, the home resembles a work of art – fitting, considering it was actually designed for a painter.

The top-floor art studio overlooks the water, as does its clean, light-filled library. And if those views aren’t enough to inspire creativity, there’s always a rooftop deck or two nearby.

“The grass roofs establish a new landscape, which at the same time nest and blend the house into the existing terrain,” Wickline says.

This delicate tug of war is a testament to the home’s thoughtful design and a conflicting (yet romantic) notion: that a place perched so high above the horizon can still feel so deeply rooted in the earth.  

Photos by Eirik Johnson.


Real Estate Tips

How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains

A water stain on a ceiling is a foreboding sight. Not only is it ugly, but it also often means that something is actively leaking, and more damage may be hidden.

But don’t panic – fixing a water stain is pretty straightforward. If you follow this simple guide, you’ll be ready to deal with any discoloration you find on your ceilings.

Find the source

First, check to see if there is any water on the floor below the stain. This will help determine if the leak is still in progress and how heavily it’s leaking.

If water is on the floor, you’ll need to lay down towels or buckets to collect any remaining dripping water. Excessive water on your floor can stain carpets and buckle wood floors, so it’s best to dry it as soon as possible.

You might be tempted to repair floor damage at this time as well, but it’s probably best to wait until after you’ve finished all of the work on the ceiling, including the painting. You wouldn’t want to spill paint on a brand-new rug or on your new hardwood floors.

A water-stained ceiling with two light fixtures set in it.
Photo from Shutterstock.

Stop the leak

Water leaks can be caused by worn gaskets or failed fittings. If your pipes appear dry but you suspect the leak still exists, try running water into the device above the stain. For example, fill up and drain your tub. That should be enough to expose the problem if it still exists.

If you have a leak, you can either hire a plumber or attempt to repair it yourself. Most plumbing repairs are fairly simple and can be performed by most willing homeowners. Some older water stains may have been from a plumbing leak that was repaired years ago, but the stain itself was never properly addressed.

Flaking paint around a ceiling light fixture
Photo from Shutterstock.

Fix the stain

Check to see if the ceiling is wet or just stained. Most water stains will be on the ceiling below a bathroom fixture.

If the ceiling is wet …

  1. Poke a hole in the center of the water stain with a drill bit. Have a bucket on hand to catch additional water that’s trapped behind the ceiling.
  2. Check for mold (see rookie tip below).
  3. Fix the plumbing issue or hire a professional.  
  4. Make sure the drywall and the joists in the ceiling are dry before patching the ceiling. Patching a drywall hole in a ceiling is a very challenging project for a beginner. If you don’t feel confident in your joint compound skills, then it might be best to hire out this part of the repair.
  5. After the drywall patch is complete, apply two coats of primer and two coats of flat paint.
  6. Feather your painting to make sure it appropriately blends with the rest of your ceiling.

Rookie tip: Look for active mold growth in your ceiling space on the joists and on the back of the removed drywall paper. Mold grows readily in dark and damp places – and a wet ceiling space is an ideal environment. If you come across mold that you are unsure of, stop work immediately and call a professional.

If the ceiling is dry …

  1. If it’s not obvious where the stain is coming from, you can cut a hole in your ceiling with a drywall knife to expose the area above the stain. Look for wet or dripping pipes in that ceiling space. Slow, steady leaks from tubs or showers can sometimes occur intermittently.
  2. If you are sure you are working with an old stain and not an active problem, you do not need to cut into the ceiling. However, if you are concerned about mold, you may want to check.
  3. If you didn’t replace any drywall, then use a blocking primer and your chosen paint color to hide the stain.
  4. After the drywall patch is complete, apply two coats of primer and two coats of flat paint.

Rookie tip: Oil-based primers will hide stains better than water-based primers, but they are much more difficult to work with and clean. Water-based primers don’t hide stains as well and might require an extra coat, but brushes and rollers can typically be cleaned with soap and water.

Water leaks are a real pain, but with a little drywall, primer and paint, you’ll be well on your way to a spotless ceiling.


Originally published October 5, 2016.

Real Estate Tips

What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?

Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at Rentokil Pest Control.

When you know how to recognize and prevent an infestation, you can keep unwanted visitors at bay. The first step is learning which pests might become an issue for you.

Here are the top pests to watch out for, according to Troyano.

Wood-destroying bugs

Termites and carpenter ants eat away at the foundation, and you have to call a professional to remove them. They’re usually hard to see, but you can still find evidence that they’re around.

In the Northeast, subterranean termites build mud tubes that you can usually spot. Look for brown staining around the house, both inside and out, paying special attention to baseboards in the basement.

Other hints are blistering paint, loose siding, and piles of droppings or what looks like sawdust.

Homeowners in the Southwest and California should look out for drywood termites. They create colonies in the wood instead of the ground, and they need very little moisture. Watch for piles of droppings or swarms of termites flying out of the wood.


Cockroaches are a big problem in crowded cities and apartment buildings. While they don’t actually cause damage to a home, they’re Troyano’s pick for the second-worst pest type because they require professional extermination – and they’re just gross.

Cockroaches are attracted to food and garbage, and they’re usually brought in from the outside. Secondhand or rented furniture is a big culprit of cockroach infestations.

The one “upside” to roaches is that they’re big, so you will definitely know when you have a problem.

Nuisance pests

Most unwanted critters are pretty harmless – just annoying.

After the Zika outbreaks, mosquitoes are generating more concern than in the past. Standing water creates a breeding ground for these pests, so try to minimize the water that collects around your home.

Bed bugs are a big issue in cities, where it’s easy for them to be brought in by furniture, clothes or people – and they’re notoriously hard to get rid of. Homeowners with pets should also be wary of ticks and fleas.


Bugs aren’t the only unwelcome guests you may encounter – rodents are out there too.

Bird feeders are a “mouse buffet,” says Troyano, so keep an eye on those. Mice are also drawn inside to escape the cold, so homeowners in colder climates should make sure their homes are tightly sealed.

Then there are our flying friends: bats. Bats are usually found in homes with attics or chimneys, because they like to hang out in dark, cavernous areas.

You can easily lure out one or two bats, but if you have a big problem, you’ll want to call a professional. A word of warning about these winged creatures: They can carry rabies, so be careful with any DIY measures you undertake.

What to look for where you live

The types of pests you encounter largely depend on where you live.

  • Tropical, humid places like Florida are breeding grounds for water-loving pests like mosquitoes.
  • In wooded areas, you will find spiders, ants and beetles.
  • In the desert, you have to worry about snakes and scorpions.

The type of home will also determine the kinds of pests you get. Log cabins are the most pest-prone homes, attracting beetles, termites and bees, reports Troyano. And houses with vinyl siding or brick tend to be safer bets.

Older homes are also a concern, because they are full of cracks and crevices where pests can enter or take up residence. Spiders and silverfish love these nooks.

New construction homes come with their own issues. When wooden beams are exposed to the elements during construction, they gather moisture, which attracts fungus beetles. These tiny beetles are very common and will go away on their own once the material dries – but that could take up to a year. The fungus beetle has been nicknamed the “new-house pest,” says Troyano.

How to prevent pests

The good news is that most pests are easily lured out of the home.

Troyano trains people on the biology and behavior of pests. So rather than putting down a pesticide, she says that you can “outsmart” the bugs. “If I have an ant problem, and I know what they like to eat, I will take away their food source,” she explains.

Don’t forget to think about how the critters are getting inside. Plants and trees can act as a super highway for pests. “I’ve watched ants walk along tree limbs into a home,” Troyano says.

Here are Troyano’s top tips for keeping your home free of unwelcome intruders:

  • Don’t let them inside. Keep your house sealed up nice and tight. Use window screens, seal window and door frames, and plug up other exterior entry points.
  • Keep your home’s exterior tidy. Mow grass regularly, trim shrubbery and trees to prevent branches from touching your home, and keep mulched beds away from the house.
  • Watch for water pools and drainage issues. You don’t want water pooling up by your home’s foundation. Make sure your gutters direct water away from the house. Similarly, you don’t want hills sloping toward your house. You’ll also want to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard by keeping an eye on stagnant pools of water, like birdbaths.
  • Inspect your house inside and out. Regularly check for signs of pests.


Originally published August 11, 2016.

Real Estate Tips

How to Remove Stains From an Area Rug

If you own an area rug, just accept that it won’t remain pristine forever. Eventually someone will spill on it or a pet will relieve itself on it – and you’ll need to clean it.

Instead of running out and hiring a professional carpet cleaner right away, you can try to handle that stain yourself using this short guide.

Warning! Rugs come in various types of materials, and you should follow the manufacturer’s recommended instructions for how to clean your specific product. The methods described in this guide, while mild, could potentially damage your rug if soap or water are not permitted on it. Check your rug’s care tag before proceeding. When in doubt, contact your rug manufacturer or ask a professional carpet cleaner about how to clean your rug.

Craftsman style dining room with area rug.
Photo from Zillow listing.

Wet stains

The best time to clean wet stains is when they’re still moist in the carpet. If you let it dry, the stain can be much harder to get out. Follow the step-by-step directions below to remove a wet stain.

  1. Lift up the edge of the rug and place a folded bath towel or paper towels under the location of the stain. Fold the rug back into place over the towel.
  2. Take a second folded towel and place it over the top of the stain.
  3. Press down on the top towel, and the liquid stain will be pulled into the towels. Rookie tip: Do not perform this procedure with your best towels, as they will absorb some of the liquid that stained your carpet.
  4. Once most of the fluid is absorbed out of the rug and into the towels, fill a small sports bottle (or any bottle with a squirt top) with warm water and a small amount of laundry detergent.
  5. Hold the tip of the bottle over the stain and squirt the detergent and water mixture through the rug so that the bottom towel collects the fluid. This will help wash out or push through any discoloration. If necessary, use a stiff, plastic bristle brush to agitate the rug.
  6. If the rug appears sudsy from the detergent mixture, you can replace the detergent in your squirt bottle with warm water and repeat the process to remove the soap.
  7. If the stain appears to be removed, replace the wet towels with dry towels and allow the moisture to absorb into the towels overnight.

Persistent stains may need to be removed professionally if this process didn’t work for you.

Modern home with large beige area rug.
Photo from Zillow listing.


If your rug gets a stain from a goopy, runny or solid product, like baby food or pudding, you’ll need to remove those solids before you try to remove the stain. For example, don’t take a cleaning brush to a mound of pudding on your carpet, since you’ll end up driving that food further into it.

  1. Ideally, you should use a heavy-duty shop vacuum to pull up the spill. If you don’t have one, use a wet paper towel or baby wipe to gently remove it.
  2. Be sure that as you vacuum, scoop or wipe up the solid, you are using an upward motion to avoid driving in any of the stain. Rookie tip: Don’t use a regular home vacuum for this step, since the stain material can get caught up in the rotating vacuum brush and ruin your vacuum.
  3. Once most of the solids have been lifted off the surface of the carpet, you can follow the procedure for removing wet stains as described in the paragraph above.
Transitional living room with Greek key patterned area rug.
Photo from Zillow listing.

Pet stains

Dog and cat stains can be very tricky to remove. You can easily address the visual evidence, but the smell can linger for quite some time. Even worse, some dogs and cats will re-mark their stains or the stains of other animals if they find those smelly spots.

To clean pet stains, like cat or dog urine, you’ll follow the same procedure for removing wet stains. However, you’ll need to take an additional step to remove the odor.

After cleaning your rug, apply a product specifically designed to treat pet odors. After one or two quick applications, you’ll eliminate the pet smell for good.

Dog lying on a rug.

Dry stains

Stains that have dried into the carpet can be considerably more difficult to remove. Whatever caused the stain might have bonded to the carpet fibers or chemically discolored the rug. Before calling a professional or getting rid of the rug entirely, try following these steps.

  1. Try soaking the stain using a warm water and detergent mixture, as described above.
  2. Once the stain has been soaked through with the detergent, gently agitate the area with a stiff, plastic bristle brush.
  3. If this technique is working, then rinse your rug through again with the detergent mixture, and repeat the process until the stain is gone.

If the stain won’t fully lift out, you may need to hire a professional carpet cleaner.

Modern Craftsman style kitchen with area rug.
Photo from Zillow listing.


Originally published November 16, 2016.

Real Estate Tips

Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin Near a National Park

When you think of off-the-grid living, you likely picture a no-frills cabin without a single cellphone service bar in sight. But the Folly cabin – located just minutes from Joshua Tree National Park – is anything but a bare-bones space.

This rustic cabin, designed by Malek Alqadi, is minimalist-meets-cozy, with a rusted steel exterior and raw wood walls on the interior that contrast nicely next to a dark plaster.

Photo by Sam Frost.

The living space is small, but it has everything you need to take refuge from the surrounding desert, including a small but inviting kitchen, a dining area that can seat up to six, and a living room perfect for curling up and watching Netflix on the sectional.

Photo by Sam Frost.
Photo by Sam Frost.

An industrial pipe staircase leads to the sleeping loft, and there are both indoor and outdoor bathing options available – including a soaking tub out on the deck.

Photo by Sam Frost.
Photo by Sam Frost.
Photo by Nick Pacione.

The real draw to the Folly cabin, however, is the stargazing portal, which is an open-air bedroom located in the second structure on the property. It features a queen bed that’s completely exposed to the elements and perfect for looking up at the uninhibited views of the night sky.

Photo by Sam Frost.
Photo by Nick Pacione.

“We created the Folly cabin from a 1954 homestead that was abandoned,” says the owner, Hillary Flur. “All these abandoned homesteads in Joshua Tree were becoming victims of vandalism. We wanted to bring this one back to life to create this whole new experience in Joshua Tree.”

The Folly cabin marries the idea of off-the-grid living with technology, including solar panels, a grey-water system and smart-home technology.

Photo by Sam Frost.

“A ‘folly’ refers to the 18th-century abandoned art pieces that were attached to different castles. They didn’t have an exact purpose but were beautifully designed and made to have the reaction of, ‘What is this thing in the middle of nowhere?’ Our cabin is very much a thing in the middle of nowhere,” says Flur. 

The Folly cabin is available to book on a nightly basis.

Top photo by Nick Pacione.


Real Estate Tips

10 Home Organization Woes (and How to Fix Them)

A change in season calls for a fresh start, which means it’s the perfect time to rejuvenate your home organization strategy. Spoiler: It’s not as hard as you think!

These stress-reducing tips will help you solve 10 of the most common home organization woes – simply and with minimal effort.

1. “I can’t find it!”

Having too much stuff can make it hard to locate items you need. Favorite shirts get lost in a crowded closet, the perfect spatula hides in the overstuffed kitchen drawer, and necessary tools float to the bottom of an unsorted toolbox.

But getting organized may be easier than you think. Let’s take those tools as an example. The garage can be one of the messiest places in the house, but this simple and easy starting point will help you get it under control.

  1. Hang a pegboard, and install some hooks.
  2. Using a marker, draw an outline around each tool to indicate its location.

You’ll have a tool organization system that not only keeps you organized but also alerts you when the tools are missing. Plus, organizing is contagious – once you start, it spreads rapidly throughout the house.

2. “I left home without it (again).”

Have you ever walked out of the house and forgotten the birthday card for your friend? Left the set of directions to your niece’s wedding on the printer? If only we could remind ourselves about these things before walking out the door.

Whether the front door or mudroom is your jumping-off point each morning, you can set it up for total success. Create an organizing system with pockets that hang on the knob or over the door to hold items you’ll need before you leave for work, school or events.

A simple door organizer usually costs under $15 either in stores or online.

3. “Did you wash my soccer uniform?”

The laundry room is often the nemesis of an organized house. Here’s a laundry system that will restore household harmony and save you time: Get each family member their own laundry basket, and label it.

Rather than placing the clean laundry on the stairs or couch and watching everyone walk by without picking up their clothes, ask them to pick up their personalized basket in the laundry room.

There will be no lost items or mix-ups – and no more blaming you.

Courtesy of Zillow Digs.
Photo from Zillow listing.

4. “Do I have to do everything?”

The kitchen is the pulse point of most homes. It’s a high-traffic area that everyone uses all through the day. We open our mail here, study for school here, use the computer here, pile our stuff here – plus, it’s where the food is!

Dedicate one part of the counter for daily routines, like a lunch-making station. Stock it with paper towels, wraps, baggies and a cutting board. You could also make a coffee and tea station, equipped with supplies like filters, strainers and sugar.

If you create an organized space for your family to make their own lunches or coffee drinks, your life is easier. That’s called delegation.

5. “Where’d I put the doctor’s phone number?”

Another tip for the kitchen is one that can save a life: a household manual, in either a physical or digital form. You can create this in just a few minutes, and it costs you nothing.

Grab a binder and three-hole punch, and put all your vital information in the binder. This includes emergency contact info, the name of your family doctors and vet, school rosters, alarm codes, medications and dosages for the kids, caregiver names, the location of your wills – anything you’d need someone to know in an emergency.

When you have a minute, make it digital. But start with step one: Simply gather important information in one place, and keep it contained.

6. “I can’t corral these crazy cords!”

Phones, chargers, remotes and mismatched cords are always scattered throughout the house. The shortcut for pulling everything together? A central charging station.

A charging station hides cords, keeps all electronic items together and can even blend in with your furniture.

7. “There are toys all over the place!”

Many parents’ biggest home organization issue is the kids not picking up their toys.

The solution here might be as simple as teaching your children organization skills early on and making it easy for them to put things in their place.

Here’s one idea that will allow you to shift from frustration to elation:

  1. Use bins to hold the toys. Each bin should hold toys of the same type.
  2. Find a picture of the toys being stored in each particular bin. For example, if you have dolls and stuffed animals in one bin, attach a picture of dolls and stuffed animals to the front of it.
Photo from Zillow listing.

8. “Can you please clean up after yourself?”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone could clean up their own mess in at least one communal room? Does your bathroom come to mind? Make this a reality by creating a system that works fairly universally.

Get each person in the house a toiletry caddy, just like at summer camp or in a college dorm. Put names on the caddies, and store them on shelves in the bathroom or, if space is really at a premium, ask folks to carry their caddies back and forth from their bedrooms.

The bathroom stays organized, and there’s an automatic tidying-up system built in after every visit.

9. “I have no place to relax.”

Clearing clutter can create a peaceful home – away from overstimulation and the demands of our external world.

Take that idea to one room in particular: our bedrooms, which are meant to serve as a sanctuary. The piles of laundry, books and magazines living next to the bed nix any possibility of a calm and relaxing experience.

You can start to create a peaceful space by:

  • Getting rid of clothing you don’t need anymore. Box it and store it, sell it or donate it.
  • Going through all the books on your bedside table (or floor) and selecting just one to read. Store the others in an alternate location. Keep just this month’s magazines on your table, and either relocate, recycle or donate the rest.
Photo from Zillow listing.

10. “I don’t have time to get organized.”

One of the top reasons for not getting organized is lack of time. It seems we devote all the energy we have to work, family, school, volunteering and other commitments.

While many of us dream about alphabetized folders and color-coded sheets and towels, the fact remains that there is often little time in the day to organize or even clean.

The best way to manage this issue is to reduce – and then repeat after me.

  • Reduce. Eliminating clutter is the number one thing we can do to create more time for ourselves. When there’s less clutter, we spend less time cleaning it, less time putting it back where it belongs and less space storing it. Take just 10 minutes today, and eliminate 10 items you no longer really need.
  • Repeat after me. Here’s a mantra for you: Avoid perfection at all costs. Don’t get too hung up on the details. Your home doesn’t need to be perfectly organized every day. Sometimes “good enough” is all you need.


Originally published January 10, 2018.


Why Choose Non-Medical Home Care?

 young caregiver providing care

When your loved one reaches a certain age, they may need a little extra support with day-to-day activities, and these may or may not include home health services. But if they only need assistance with things like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and light housekeeping, why would you pay extra for services you don’t need?

This is where non-medical home care may be the right option for you. Professional caregivers can assist with the daily goings-on of life and provide peace of mind for you and your family. Common services include:

  • Personal Care
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Medication prompts
  • Recovery care after surgeries
  • End-of-life care
  • Respite support for caregivers

Whether you need someone to keep your loved one company while you are at work, or maybe you need 24-hour live in care, a non-medical home care service such as Legacy In-Home Care can provide these services and much more. They offer personalized and unique care plans tailored to your lifestyle and specific needs. Patient and experienced caregivers can even provide support with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Legacy In-Home Care aims to help seniors maintain their independence right in the comfort and safety of home. Just because you are getting older does not mean you should have to sacrifice your quality of life, and they understand that no two situations are the same. Some may need more assistance than others, and Legacy’s highly-trained caregivers are ready to give all the time and support you require.

Legacy is the trusted choice for families and seniors in Florida’s Marion, Sumter, and Lake counties. If you feel that non-medical in-home care is the right decision for you and your family, consider Legacy In-Home Care.

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Real Estate Tips

3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don’t Have the Space)

Drop zones, mudrooms, utility rooms, entryways, “places to leave your stuff.”

Whatever you call them, these spaces are a spot to kick off your shoes, drop your keys and keep everything you’ll need for the next day right where you left it.

But without organization, entryways can quickly become a clutter catch-all. Shoes usually end up piled in front of the door, and an array of backpacks, mail, dog leashes and knickknacks can quickly accumulate and crowd the space.

A dedicated, organized and stylish drop zone for all of your daily needs – and to welcome your guests – is absolutely achievable, no matter the size or design of your living space.

Try these tips to establish a functional entryway in a home of any size.

Photo from Zillow listing.

1. Make a little room

Since it’s generally not possible to remodel or add on to a rental apartment, you must work with what you have.

Try a narrow console table for tight hallways as a place to drop your keys or leave your outgoing mail.

If space is really tight and all you have is the wall behind your door, hang hooks for coats and bags so they stay off the floor.

Another small-space trick: Temporarily remove your coat closet’s door, and add a stool or small bench inside as a place to sit and take off your shoes – and still have room for coats.

If your apartment is inside a secure building, you may be able to leave out a basket or tray for shoes in the shared hallway.

2. Add functionality

A mirror can also go a long way in opening up and brightening tight areas by reflecting light and giving the illusion of more space.

Retailers like IKEA sell pieces that can be modified to fit narrow spaces or hung on the wall. Measure your desired entryway space, and find furniture that will make the most of the room you have.

A dedicated space for accessories also makes your drop zone a functional center. A devoted bowl or hook to hang your keys, a folder to sort your mail, and a basket to keep your shoes in really makes a difference in the flow of your day.

3. Leave a message

Bump practicality up a notch by having a message center in your drop zone where you can pin important reminders or leave messages for family members. It’s a great way to keep everyone connected as they go in and out.

A docking station to charge all your electronics can also be useful here. Look for compact and small accessories that will fit your space, yet serve the purpose you need.

By customizing your drop zone with features you need that will fit your home, you’ll keep everything streamlined and accessible when you need it.


Originally published December 3, 2015.


Respecting Parents As They Age

Many of us will reach retirement age with good health intact and excellent mental clarity. For those who don’t, there is help available.

Currently, the largest population of seniors will be Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. This population is expected to double by the year 2050. The time to plan is sooner rather than later.

But, aging is not a bad thing. Many seniors continue on with daily activities as if they were decades younger. Healthy means happy, and good health is the key to a fabulous retirement. Make sure mom and dad are getting proper healthcare and that they are getting adequate nutrition.

Adult children should never approach aging parents in a negative manner. Aging is not a disease. The young adult still lives in the minds of seniors and we should do what we can to keep it there. A simple question such as “so mom, would you like us to help you with anything? Are you doing okay?” is all that is needed in most cases to begin the conversation. If you haven’t been around much in previous years, suggesting a retirement “home or community” may be met with resistance. Here are some positive suggestions:

– Assess the situation often. If all looks well, it probably is.
– If possible, share concerns with other siblings.
– Ask important questions regarding living wills, healthcare decisions, and power-of-attorney.
– Make sure parents remain active in clubs, church, or visiting friends.
– And by all means, stay in touch! Love is the best medicine.

And, when help is needed, Legacy In-Home Care can make the difference between peace and tranquility and total chaos. We offer assistance for every stage of aging. We love what we do – so will you! Contact Legacy In Home Care today.

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Real Estate Tips

Creating a Homework Station That Gets Top Marks

When was the last time your study station or workspace inspired you? For most people, the answer is, “Not recently.”

Whether you’re setting up a spot for young scholars to study or prepping an area for your work-from-home days, you can kick inspiration into high gear with home office solutions that will get your creative juices flowing again.

Window wonder

It’s no secret that sunshine does the body good. Fix up a space near the window so you can soak up plenty of vitamin D while writing that term paper or pumping out price lists.

Greenery looks great near a bright area, so a potted plant or two might help naturally bring your space to life.

Arts and crafts

The age of DIY is upon us. Embrace the casual-cool vibes and create your very own home desk area.

Need a semipermanent to-do list? Try using chalkboard paint to make yourself a giant notepad on a nearby cabinet or a framed chalkboard. Tired of the overdone corkboard for your sticky notes? Framed chicken wire with clothespins makes a more shabby-chic memo board.

The possibilities really are endless for this type of style. Just don’t let your DIYing get in the way of the tasks you originally sat down to do!

Photo from Zillow listing.

Collaboration is key

For those less focus-intensive projects, investigate a collaborative workstation with several small spaces or a giant community table. This type of work environment has been popular among small companies and creative agencies for the purpose of bouncing around ideas.

If you still want your own personal space, put a divider between you and the other desks for some extra privacy, and take it down when it’s time to meet and discuss. You know what they say: Teamwork makes the dream work.

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Photo from Zillow listing.

A clear mind

While many of us would like to think we have complete control of our habit of logging onto Facebook or checking what else our calendar has in store for us, most of us really don’t. And the greatest enabler of this sidetracked behavior is a cluttered workspace.

Set the stage for a clean slate with a bright white desk and matching chair, a simple light fixture and an inspiring element. Keeping your workstation simple and clutter-free ensures you have a productive day – even if your homework is less than exhilarating.

Whether you’re up all night cramming for exams or prepping for a work presentation due first thing in the morning, you’ll feel more focused and productive by incorporating any of these tips into your workstation.

Now you should probably go get started on that long-overdue term paper, don’t you think?


Originally published September 7, 2016.