Decorating Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we want to make sure that you have all the essentials to get your home in the spirit for the best holiday in October! Here are a few tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween:

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  • Front porch: Sprinkle Halloween on your front porch with pumpkins that have either been carved, painted or anything else creative you can think of. You can also decorate your front porch with straw hay that’s bundled together with themed Halloween ribbon.
  • Doors: Decorate your doors with Halloween themed wreaths. You can make your own wreath with your favorite ribbon, pumpkins, spiders or anything else that fits your decorating needs. You can also buy Halloween wreaths at your nearest craft store.
  • Windows: Place Halloween themed window clings on your windows, create silhouettes to hang in your windows, or if you really love Halloween, you could hang window treatments to really get your home in the spirit!
  •  Entry-Way: When trick-or-treaters arrive at your doorstep, you want to make sure they see the fun decorations you have for Halloween. You can set up a cauldron with a fog machine inside the pot, witches’ shoes, dimly lit electric candles or tall pillar candles.
  • Inside Your Home: Strategically place candles or fake skulls that you got from a Halloween store around your home. Add fake frogs or eyeballs in jars to really get into Halloween or dress up your walls with “spooky” paintings or spider webs.

Do you have other tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween? Share with us in the comment section below!

Fall Decorating Tips for Your Home

Happy first day of fall! What better way to welcome the season than with cooler temperatures, hot apple cider by the fire and, of course, fall-themed décor. With these decorating tips, your home will be autumn ready:

  • Bring the outdoors to your front door: Decorate your front door with a fall wreath made with fall foliage you’ve picked yourself or purchased at a craft store, adorn the steps with pumpkins and gourds, or put together a flower arrangement.
  • Rustic charm with firewood: Firewood isn’t meant for only making your home warm. You can also use it as stand to hold other decorations in place or as a serving platter—get creative! Make sure you clear off small twigs and branches, and brush off and bugs or spiders before bringing the wood inside.
  • Fresh flowers: Sunflowers, mums, chrysanthemums, and many more fall flowers are ready and waiting to be arranged into something beautiful. Use a vase or make your own to add a little floral charm to your fall-themed home.
  • Fall hues: No need to repaint your furniture, but if you can bring in some accessories colors such as a deep red, a bright orange or a golden yellow to get your home in the spirit of fall.
  • Candles: Fill up hurricanes or lanterns with fall-themed décor such as acorns, coffee beans or candy corn. Make sure the candle doesn’t burn below the filler.
  • Make over your mantel: Get creative with your mantel. String fall foliage across your mantel. You can also decorate it with miniature pumpkins or a vase filled with decorative branches.

Do you have other tips for decorating your home for the fall? Share with us in the comment section below!

 

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How to Throw A Great Labor Day Party

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a Labor Day party? Whether you’re having an outdoor barbecue with friends and family or your shindig is going to be inside, here are some tips to help you throw a memorable get together.

  • Test out recipes: If you’ve been itching to try that appetizer recipe on Pinterest, your Labor Day party would be the perfect time to test it out. Let your guests be food critics for the day and try some awesome recipes.
  •  Play games: Whether you’re partial to a jumbo-sized version of Jenga, Twister, cornhole, or a simple baseball and glove, it doesn’t matter. Get outside and have a blast with friends and family while doing something active. Encourage guests to bring any other games they think would be fun to have at your party, as well. 
  • Decorate with a theme: The typical go-to for a Labor Day party is a patriotic theme. However, if you’re celebrating going back to school or want to throw a beach party to relive the beginning of summer, you’ll want to decorate accordingly.
  •  Invitations: Get creative with fun DIY invitations or send out a simple online invitation. Don’t forget to add an RSVP date so you can keep yourself organized. 
  • Ask for help: Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Let your guests bring different food or games. That way the pressure is off you to do everything and you can relax.

 We hope you have a great Labor Day weekend! Do you have any other tips on how to throw a great Labor Day party? Share with us in the comment section below!

 

We’re Thankful For…

Here at Rusmur Floors, we’re thankful for a lot of different things this holiday season. We asked some of our employees what they’re thankful for:

thanksgiving-dinner-class“To be able to spend time with my family this Thanksgiving.”

“For our military members, past and present, for keeping us safe.”

“The great people I work with every day.”

“For my friends, family, and God.”

“The redevelopment that Pittsburgh and the surrounding towns has seen in the past few years.”

“Our wonderful customers!”

“The community and my neighbors.”

“Good health, good friends, family and good food!”

 
What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments!

Easy DIY Costumes

Do you need a last minutehalloween costume Halloween costume for you or someone in your family? These easy ideas that can be made with stuff you probably have around the house or can buy cheaply at many stores near you are just the ticket!

  1. Static Cling – Attach clothes and some dryer sheets to a simple outfit with tape or safety pins.
  2. Brawny Man – A red plaid shirt, some stubble (or faked stubble!) and a roll of Brawny paper towels.
  3. Ladybug – Wear all red and attach black dots made out of construction paper or felt to your outfit.
  4. Tourist – Wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, add a fanny pack and a camera around your neck!
  5. Stick Figure – An all-white outfit with duct tape lines on your arms, body and legs. Bonus points if you have a stick figure head made with some sturdy white felt, black marker and elastic!
  6. Raining Cats and Dogs – Rain gear and some strategically placed stuffed animal cats and dogs hot glued to the top of a small umbrella.
  7. Superhero – Preferably a monochromatic outfit, but not a necessity. Add a logo, letter or symbol in duct tape to your chest and wrap a towel around your neck – All set to save the world!
  8. Octopus – Wear all purple and attach old tube socks and tights stuffed with material to your waist – You can attach them to your belt loops with safety pins or use some ribbon – whatever works best.
  9. Crayon – Monochromatic (but colorful) outfit with black felt, construction paper or duct tape spelling out “crayon” (or Crayola) down your body. Top with a pointed party hat matching your outfit made out of construction paper.
  10. Rock star – Dress in your craziest outfit with wild hair and accessorize with a “microphone” – an empty paper towel roll spray painted or duct taped black, with aluminum foil attached on the top!

What are some of your favorite easy Halloween costumes?

How to: Sell Your Home during the Holidays

While it isn’t ideal to sell your home during the holidays, it can be done! To combat the disadvantages of selling during the holidays, try these tips:

  • Pick the right real estate agent: Ask friends and family to recommend agents who will make the process easier for you by being dedicated to selling your house through the busy holiday season.
  • Target the right buyers: Have your real estate agent target buyers on a deadline, such as those relocating for jobs.
  • Price your home fairly: Don’t gradually make price reductions on your home, price it to sell when you list it.
  • Decorate tastefully: Your home should feel inviting and cozy, especially during the winter months, so decorate accordingly. Avoid adding too many decorations though, which can obscure your home and distract buyers.
  • Update your curb appeal: Curb appeal is the first thing buyers notice about your home, and in winter with bare trees it will be even more noticeable. Touch up exterior paint, make sure the front porch is inviting, clean up the yard and for safety, ensure that your walkways, driveway and steps are clear of ice, snow and leaves.
  • Take great photos and videos: These days, buyers start their house hunting online. This is even truer in winter when cold temperatures and snow can make leaving the comfort of their own home seem daunting. With that in mind, create top-quality photos to be listed online – high-resolution photos in good lighting when your home is looking clean and organized. Consider a well-shot video tour of your home to really give buyers a feel for the space.

Lastly, relax and remember there is one advantage to selling during this time – Buyers are often looking to move quickly, meaning they will be more serious and competitive!