RE/MAX 440
John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

My Blog

Holiday Travelers: 5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Trip

December 18, 2015 2:00 am

With more travelers than ever setting out on holiday excursions this year, mistakes are bound to be made. If you plan on hitting the road this season, steer clear of these five, courtesy of renowned map and atlas publisher Randy McNally:

1. Putting Safety Last (Minute)
Always put safety first. Schedule a tune-up to give the car a thorough check, and get an oil change, tire replacement or rotation if needed. Make sure the lights and windshield wiper blades are working properly, and that the spare tire, jack and jumper cables are in the trunk for emergencies. Other must-haves for the car include a first-aid kit, shovel, broom, scraper, deicer, bag of kitty litter or sand, blankets and flashlights.

2. Not Delegating
Preparing for a road trip should be a team effort. For example, one person could handle the holiday tasks, and the other could make sure the car is ready to go. Families can assign older kids and teens to wrap gifts, and help younger siblings pack and load the car.

3. Chaotic Packing
Time is so short around the holidays that it's tempting to wait until the last minute to scramble and pack your bags. Create a list of all the items you need to pack. When packing the car, take care to separate items you'll need on the road from what you'll need only after you arrive, and load the car first with the least essential items.

4. Being Worried about the Weather
Planning is all about balance. Before and during the trip, check the weather for any sign of treacherous weather. Adjust your plans as needed.

5. Making Haste
Hit the road as far ahead of the holiday and return as late after it as possible. This will not only prevent traveling in heavy traffic, but it will also allow more flexibility in case the weather turns bad.

Source: Rand McNally

Published with permission from RISMedia.


Tags:

By Design: Expect Artisan, Art Deco in 2016

December 18, 2015 2:00 am

Interior design evolves as seasons change, and with each new year, fresh trends replace dated fads. What new trends can we expect in 2016?

“Say goodbye to mason jars and chalkboard paint, as the overdone 'farmhouse chic' is finally headed out of style,” says Kerrie Kelly, home design expert, Zillow Digs®. “2016 will bring a fresh modern vibe that beautifully mixes simplicity with bold accents reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. Watch for an increase in natural colors and textures contrasted by retro art deco statement pieces."

Citing a recent Zillow Digs forecast, Kelly says the mason jar trend, used everywhere from weddings to restaurants, is exhausted, and chalkboard paint is impractical for most households. Kelly also retires burlap details, which are too harsh for indoor use.

Art deco-inspired patterns and shapes will instead take center stage, with a few modern improvements. Look for the style’s trademark geometric patterns and honeycomb shapes in anything from wallpaper to artwork, says Kelly, as well as gold statement lighting fixtures in kitchens and dining rooms.

Nubby wool and other natural fibers will be the go-to texture in 2016, Kelly adds, especially for area rugs, in addition to encaustic tiles utilized in kitchen backsplashes, bathroom shower tiles, accent walls and fireplace mantles.

Flea market finds, travel souvenirs and unique artisan pieces will also make an appearance in 2016, says Kelly. Look for a rise in partnerships between big-box stores and global artisans to accommodate the increased demand for one-of-a-kind or handmade items. 

Source: Zillow Digs®

Published with permission from RISMedia.


Tags: