Design Dilemmas: Want to know ways to make your home look its best and get it sold?


  1. Raise Curb Appeal.  Keep up with your normal maintenance, such as, mowing, pruning, but go that extra mile by weeding, edging flower beds, planting colorful flowers, mulching. Add some inexpensive lighting to shine on doors, walkways and trees.
  2. Make an Impression with the Foyer. This is the first view of the interior of the home and gives the buyers an idea of what to expect. Add inexpensive frames and hang them in a gallery format or in a row at eye level. Or add a decorative mirror. Nowadays, you can even rent art if purchasing new isn’t doable.
  3. Dated appliances? You don’t always have to buy the expensive  pricey brands. “They can still buy good equipment with stainless steel fronts, but without the same expensive pedigree. And they can cut the number of appliances — perhaps one speed oven that doubles as a microwave rather than two separate ones,” Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors in Pensacola, Fl says.
  4. Definitely Paint!!! Paint updates a room tremendously. Also, nowadays, you don’t have to just stick to whites and beiges. There are plenty of grays and sages that look just as nice.
  5. Update your hardware. Brushed Nickel and Oil-rubbed bronze are the “in” choices right now. Get rid of brass and wrought iron to update it. Buyers notice these items!!
  6. Replace Flooring. Dingy carpet can have an effect on buyers. It gives an outdated look and also means that they have to “spend” more money to fix it. Wood Laminates are a great option. Nowadays it looks more and more like real hardwood without the costs.
  7. Change Light fixtures. Change out the strips of bulbs in the bathroom to sconces and change out the brass chandelier to a chandelier with chrome, brushed metal or oil-rubbed bronze finishes or even change it out to a pendant with a drum shade.
  8. Freshen the air. Make the home feel warm and cozy with a nice candle that resembles baking or even bake some cookies before a showing and leave them for potential buyers.


Calendar of Events: 

February 3rd-5th:  Everglades Seafood Festival. Annual Seafood Festival held in Everglades City. 3 days of music, carnival rides, arts, crafts and of course FOOD!

February 2nd: Mercato Nights Music Series 6pm-9pm Every Thursday evening start your weekend early at Mercato with the best live blues, bluegrass and soft rock in Southwest florida! At the Piazza outside BRAVO! The Mercato Center, Naples, FL 34108

February 4th Art in the Park: Naples Oldest Outdoor Art Fair 10am-4pm 585 Park St. Alongside the von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL 34102

February 6th: Naples Jazz Orchestra-Free Concert Cambier Park Bandshell 698 Sixth Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

February 9th-13th: Naples International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show 11am-7pm The first annual Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry show features the stunning collections of more than 75 internationally acclaimed exhibitors. 201 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples, FL 34102

February 21st: Mardi Gras Evening on Fifth 6:30-9:30pm 5th Avenue South, Naples, Fl 34102

February 25th-26th:  33rd Annual Naples National Art Festival 10am-5pm Cambier Park and 8th Street South

Coming to a Theater: February:

February 3rd:

Big Miracle: John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney


The Innkeepers: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Alison Bartlett, Jake Schlueter

The Woman in Black: Daniel Radcliffe

February 9th: 

I Am Bruce Lee

February 10th:

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgins, Luis Guzman

Perfect Sense: Eva Green, Ewan McGregor, Connie Nielsen, Ewen Bremner

Rampart: Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver

Return: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon

Safe House: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Liam Cunningham, Brendan Gleeson

The Vow: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange

February 13th:


February 14th:

This Means War: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Chelsea Handler

February 16th:

Re:Generation Music Project

February 17th:

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D; Nicholas Cage, Idris Elba

The Secret World of Arrietty: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett

February 24th:

Act of Valor: Emilio Rivera, Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Nestor Serrano


About yournapleshome

Karen is originally from Cape May County, New Jersey but considers herself a Floridian due to the many years she has resided in this sunny state! She has two children, Kimberly and Jennifer. Kimberly graduated form the University of Florida in 2000 and resides in Naples with her husband and two children. She works in education . Jennifer graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 and resides with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina. She currently works for the Sweatlock Team as a marketing executive. The Sweatlock Team provides top-notch personable and professional real estate services, custom marketing for listings, efficient and honest service, fair representation, and a team that is ready to work for you! All combined with great expertise and impeccable service- a combination that can't be beat! Our clients are clients for life.
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