Archive for December, 2011

Oklahoma City Rescue Mission Continues to Help Reduce Crime in the City

Crime is an inevitable part of any city, but despite increasing rates in many cities, Oklahoma City actually continues to experience reduced crime rates.  Thanks to the effective collaboration of the police department and the City Rescue Mission, there are now parts of the city that are safer than they were even three years ago.

The City Rescue Mission is a nonprofit organization that aims to offer protection and solutions to many men, women and children, who are homeless in the Oklahoma City metro area. The organization has provided shelter and aid to the homeless for over 50 years, and to continue its service to those people this year, the City Rescue Mission will be building another center.  The new location will be designed for men in order to free up room for women and children in the organization’s main building, as well as provide them with additional safety.

Police said that the organization not only provides homeless people with shelter, but it also helps make the downtown area safer by providing free ministry and help to drug addicts and criminals who want to break free from their addictions. The past three years have seen a major improvement in the downtown area….where there used to be a lot of drug dealers, transients, and criminals, now there is a greater sense of safety and security, thanks to the City Rescue Mission’s efforts.

According to Tom Jones, President and CEO of the City Rescue Mission, drug dealers and other criminals slowly disappear when there is no business for them anymore.  Not only do the center’s drug addiction programs help individuals, but they have a ripple effect throughout the entire area.  Police have reported that crimes within a quarter mile radius of the City Rescue Mission have dropped over the past three years.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Room Divider Ideas for the New Year

Room dividers are a great interior design element. In smaller rooms, dividers are a great option for homeowners who are looking for a way to merge function and beauty.  In larger rooms, dividers can serve a purpose, or they can simply serve as a beautiful representation of creativity and style.

Room dividers are great in that they allow you to reinvent a room without changing everything.  If you’ve been considering adding a room divider, but aren’t sure how to go about it, here are some tips to help you….

  • Install an indoor window for your divider. Windows are generally considered an exterior feature, but in reality, they can be a lovely addition to the inside of your home as well. By dividing your living room and dining room with an elegant glass window, for example, both rooms are clearly defined, but you maintain a feeling of openness.
  • A low built-in bookcase or cabinet can provide a great division for your entry. Ideally, you don’t want you living room to be fully exposed upon entering the house, yet at the same time, you don’t want a divider that will make your entryway feel to small and narrow. Lower dividers are a great option because you can create an entrance to your home, while maintaining spaciousness, and they also provide you with a great place to display books, collectibles, or other home décor.
  • Create a personal collage divider. Do you love creating family memoirs?  Does certain art or imagery appeal to you?  If so, express yourself in a more functional way by creating a collage of your family’s photos, art prints, book covers, etc. directly on a glass divider. It will look great in any room, and friends and guests will love how unique it is.
  • Make your own memo board divider. Combine a long cork board with a blackboard to create a huge memo board divider between your kitchen and pantry.  It’s the perfect place to post to-do lists for each family member, bills that need to paid, grocery lists, and coupons.
  • A huge mirror. Don’t just divide your rooms – make them bigger too!  Mirrors can make any room look bigger by reflecting light and thus creating the illusion of more space. Install a floor-to-ceiling mirror as a room divider and watch your small room transform.
  • Love wine? Use a wine rack as a divider between your dining room and kitchen.  It will entice your guests and serve as a unique feature in your home.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Ways to Keep Up with the Messy Weather – Creating Your Own Mudroom

Just because the weather outside is bad doesn’t mean the inside of your house should be messy as a result. There is no reason why snow, or even mud, should be tracked inside because a mudroom will make sure everything from the outside, like dirt on your shoes, stays there.

You can create your very own mudroom either at the main entrance of the house or at the back door. These areas are the entryways into your house, so it makes it very easy for people to leave their umbrellas, wet clothing, and shoes behind, so they can enter the house without bringing in unwanted dirt and mud.

A mudroom doesn’t need to be an entire room, but just an ample entry space at the doorway. All it takes to create the perfect mudroom are the right tools and some creative organization.  Here are a few ideas…

  • Use durable and easy-to-wipe furniture. Since most of the things that will reside within the mudroom will be dirty and used, make sure your furniture can withstand them. Easy to clean furniture will make the area easier to maintain.
  • Place coat hangers on one side of the wall. You will find this very useful during cold and rainy days, when you need to access your coats quickly and easily.
  • Place an umbrella basket near the door. This will enable visitors to neatly store their umbrellas without blocking the walkway and making the flooring slippery.
  • If you have enough space for a large cabinet, install a built-in. From an organizational perspective, you will be able to accommodate more things, including your shoes and coats, in one place.   Depending on how you design it, you can even create separate areas for each person and visitors, or create a bottom compartment to serve as a shoe rack.
  • Your pets can be culprits for tracking dirt inside, so before they enter the main house, make them stay in the mudroom first to dry off or get the mud off of their paws.
  • Have a place to sit. Add some chairs (or a built in bench) to make it easier to take off your shoes.
  • Decorate. Even if mudrooms are intentionally for dirty shoes and wet coats, you still can make them a pleasant environment. Beautify with plants and wall hangings or paint the walls in bold colors.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Table Setting Ideas for This Christmas

Christmas is only a few days away, and it’s time for the entire family to gather around and celebrate this wonderful season.  Part of the fun is all the holiday food, and when it comes to Christmas dinner, a beautiful table setting will make the meal even more special. Christmas frills and beautiful ornaments in a lovely setting will create the perfect environment to make lasting memories together.

Here are some wonderful ideas on how you can set your table this Christmas…

  • A table is not complete without the perfect centerpiece, and Christmas provides the perfect theme, so get creative and explore different ways to incorporate red and green. You can put Christmas balls piled in a glass vase with candles on small vases around it. Or, you can be sweet this Christmas by piling colored candy canes and candies in a Christmas themed box, surrounded by snowy white marshmallows.
  • Dress up your chairs. Tie red or green ribbons with Christmas ornaments around your chair to create a more festive look. You can even add small Christmas pillows to the back of the chair to make your guests extra comfortable.
  • Add sparkly décor to your chandeliers. This will cast a glimmer on your table and give more light to the room. Plus, a decorated chandelier will serve as a great focal point in the room.
  • Bring out your specialChina. It is time to make your dining more elegant, and a special day is always worth a special table set-up. Stack yourChinafrom the main plate to the soup dish and top it off with your finest silverware.
  • Dress up your dining table. To add to the Christmas spirit, use a tablecloth that has red and green colors in it. You can also adorn the table with a beautiful table runner and beads along the sides.
  • Set place cards for each guest. Your guests will instantly feel more welcome and special when they see a place card with their name on it.  You can keep things simple by printing names on small pieces of cardboard or be more creative by cutting different shapes, such as Christmas trees or snowflakes, out of colored cardboard
  • Add a menu. Have a small blackboard or cork board, decorated with Christmas ornament, on which you can feature the menu for the special evening. You can even print out menus on Christmas-themed cards and place a card at every place setting.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Reduce Allergens Inside Your Home

If you or any of your family members are prone to allergies, then it’s time to reassess your cleaning routine. Allergens inside the home are often the main cause of most allergies, so it is important to reduce their presence by tackling them from all angles.

Reducing allergens often boils down to proper cleaning. Despite cleaning your home regularly, there are certain allergens that require deep cleaning to get rid of them.  Here are a few ideas to help you attack your allergens before they attack you…

  • Clean your house more often. This is the best way to lower the number of allergens inside your home.  Clean all of your furniture once per week and vacuum daily to prevent dust from accumulating.
  • Wash your bed linens once per week.  Dust mites accumulate within your mattresses and bedding, so it is important to change your linens and vacuum or clean your mattress regularly.
  • Wash stuffed toys and other soft materials more frequently.  If your kids have stuffed toys, dust will accumulate in them, so wash them regularly.  The same is true for pillows, blankets, throws, and rugs.
  • Dehumidify the air inside your house to help clear it of possible allergens.  Turning on your heating or air conditioning system will circulating and clean the air; however, avoid opening your windows, as outside particles will drift inside. If you do like to keep your windows open, make sure you dehumidify your air more often as well.
  • When possible, opt for wooden versus upholstered furniture. Wooden materials do not accumulate dust and other allergens as much as upholstered sofas and chairs.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect your kitchen and bathroom to avoid mold growth. Not only will you prevent allergens from accumulating in the room, but you will also prevent germs and other unwanted elements from building up.
  • Always mop and vacuum your floors. Avoid sweeping as much as possible because it circulates the dust in the air, which then falls back down to the floor. If you must sweep, vacuum and mop immediately afterward.
  • Keep your outside clothes and shoes in your mudroom or near the door to prevent outside allergens from coming in.
  • Never smoke inside the house. One of the main causes of allergies is smoke.  Remember, not only the smoker suffers the consequences – the people around them do as well.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Creative Flooring Ideas For Floor Renovations

Planning to renovate your floors, but stuck on what ideas you would want for your new flooring? Don’t worry! A lot of homeowners are experiencing the same thing.

Coming up with a design for your floor is not that easy actually. It requires the perfect materials to use for every room, whether wood, tiles or carpet, plus you need to come up with the design as well as the color to match all of the other elements that make up your room. It may be a tough job for your brain but there are a number of wonderful ideas you can use for your floor. So, here are some of these excellent ideas you can use for your new flooring renovation.

  • Go wooden. You can rarely go wrong with wooden floors. But bear in mind that wooden floors are more expensive than other types of materials. Still, it is worth it due to its elegant flair. If you plan to go wooden, make sure the color of your wood matches your interior design.
  • Mix modern floors with the natural look. You don’t need to have a single type of floor in one room. You can also mix up two contrasting ideas like plain wooden floors on one side and colorful small tiles on another side. This works best in rooms that needed compartments like the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Create patterns with carpets. You can have your floor all carpeted if you want to but make sure to maintain it as well since dust and other elements might easily accumulate in your carpet. Use different colored box carpets to create a pattern on your floor. You can mix and match two contrasting colors or create a center pattern with plan carpet tiles around it.
  • Be an artist. If you love to paint and draw, create your own artistic masterpiece on the floor. Grab a paint brush and create flower patterns on your wooden floors or stones. That way, you need not spend much time deliberating on finding the perfect material for the pattern you want on your floor.
  • Go beyond your imagination. Go for a glass floor. You can have your second floor hallway with glass floor to create a magnificent “ceiling” on the floor beneath it. There are glass floors that are sturdy enough to withstand weight and not break. Also, you can find opaque glasses that are more appropriate for some houses compared to clear ones.
  • Be bold on your floor colors. Your floor need not become humble just because you step on it. Go for bolder colors and see them stand out.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Create a Cozy Space In Your House For The Winter

The cold weather is upon us and the first thing we need at home is somewhere to keep us warm and keep us entertained for our time inside this winter. So without further avail let’s move right on to ways to keep you cozy – after all, the weather is only getting colder!

Here are some wonderful ideas on how you can create a cozy space indoors.

  • Booklovers inside your home will adore a library hideout filled with fascinating books. If you or your spouse would love to spend time reading each other’s favorite novels, create a lovely nook inside your house for a library retreat. You can utilize the empty space underneath your stairs for a nice bookshelf. Place two comfortable single seats, a plush rug, and a small coffee table for some hot coffee and warm cookies during the cold nights.
  • If you have an enclosed porch, utilize it for these indoor days. Place a comfortable chaise with your favorite colored blankets and throw pillows or insert a swinging day-bed so you and your kids can enjoy the warmth of the indoors while appreciating the winter beauty outside. Complete the space with the indoor plants you’ve had to bring in and holiday decorations.
  • Who says that an attic is just an empty space above? Fill it up for a good sleepover or a day nap with a cozy bed. Finish it off with a small side table for books and a lampshade with a beautiful carpet underneath. To create an easy get away on top of everything. The attic should stay warm in your house as well during the winter since hot air from your heater rises.
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum  A basement is a great solution to creating a separate “get away” room in your house. This space below your house will be ideal for a game room or even another guest room for unexpected visitors. Just make sure to repaint, clean, and of course, decorate. Bring in all the other essentials as well.
  • Having cold days means a warm bath is all the more enjoyable. Install a heater to create a warm bath in your tub either for you or your spouse. Make the room extra relaxing with candle sets, potpourri, and some beautiful small flowers placed on your tub-side table.
  • Make your kitchen a mini-living room. There’s nothing wrong with having two living rooms, even if one is in the kitchen. It sounds strange, but bear with me. The holidays tend to encourage more cooking, so since you likely will spend your days in the kitchen making food and drinks for the family, create a relaxing place for yourself. There’s no need to sit on dining chairs or barstools while you watch tv waiting for whatever you’re cooking to finish – bring in a great comfy single-seat chair and a footstool. Add a little additional ambiance with some attractive flowers that remind you spring is not far behind.
  • The perfect place for some warmth on cold day is near your fireplace, so perk the place up with a snug lounge chair and lovely rug. Complete the place with a throw pillow for your kids to lie on while they enjoy activities in front of the fireplace.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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