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Whether you’re doing seasonal upkeep or preparing your home for sale, creating curb appeal starts at the front yard. In many regions of the country, homeowners are looking for ways to add curb appeal and create a welcoming yard.

As a homeowner, you know that first impressions make a difference – especially for potential buyers. If you are seeking to sell your home, you’re probably weighing and balancing out the big questions of cost, landscaping effort, and expertise.

Here are key ideas to keep in mind for adding curb appeal.

Boost Mental Toughness

There are many issues when it comes to front yards. Some are very shady, while others have full-on sun. If you’re facing drought conditions and water shortages, your lawn may be looking sad and tired.

That’s why it’s important to have mental toughness, a concept popularized by former NFL player, Roy Hall. Hall is a motivational speaker devoted to helping others in his community to overcome life challenges. He encourages people to be strong in responding to challenges, saying: “Life is 10-percent what happens to you, and 90-percent of how you respond to it.”

Before you jump into landscaping, consider your attitude. Boosting your mental toughness is the most important place to start.

With a ‘can-do attitude, you’ll be charged up and ready for action.

Fill With Flowers

There’s nothing like perennials to add color, beauty, and a sense of home. 

Depending on your climate and space, use perennials to fill in the big sections of your yard. They’ll add punches of color that will return year after year. Then, fill in smaller sections with annuals for immediate bursts of color. 

Naturally, consider water usage. Pick plants that do well in drought-like conditions.

Add An Arbor

Are you looking for a way to highlight the entrance to your home? Add old-world charm with an arbor over the entry gate. This may help you create a dramatic entrance, while also adding some security for your home. 

An arbor is a perfect place to support climbing plants such as roses, clematis, or vines. 

Add a Flagstone Pathway

Do you have a charming cottage-like home? If so, you can highlight this look by adding a curving flagstone pathway. This walkway may add an element of anticipation and surprise to walking up to the front door.

Of course, along the walkway, you can plant interesting flowers, herbs, and ground cover. One of the fastest-growing ground covers is creeping thyme. Depending on your climate, this is a quick way to soften the edges and fill in the gaps between flagstones.

Choose Xeriscape 

If you’ve had it with watering, you will find xeriscaping appealing. Drought-resistant plants and shrubs, such as ones that grow in a Mediterranean climate are a very attractive solution. Some communities are asking homeowners to cut down on water usage by opting for drought-tolerant plants. 

As you may not be familiar with all the possibilities of plants, and setting up low-flow drip lines, get help from an expert. Just do a quick search to find a landscaper for “landscaping near me.” A local landscaper can help you pick the best water-wise plants that can thrive in your climate. You’ll have a beautiful, lush yard and a lower water bill. 

Pick Ground Cover

If you have unsightly areas near the house, you can fill in these spots with fast-growing ground covers. These plants come in all varieties – some thrive in shade, while others are sun-loving. 

Ground covers are especially useful near home because they don’t grow against the house. In the long run, this means less mildew, rot – and less maintenance.

Add Beautiful Features

A front yard is a great place for adding beautiful features that can be highlighted by staging but also come with the home once fancy furniture is removed from the patio. These may include a fountain, pool, or water feature. It may include a birdbath, bird feeders, or bird-friendly plants. Depending on your climate, you may be able to attract unique birds such as hummingbirds. 

If you have the room and inclination, consider filling in odd corners or shady spots with a sculpture. Perhaps you have an artistic streak that’s waiting to be explored. Or you may know a local artisan who you could work with to design a piece specifically for the spot in your yard. 

Also, consider the very simple solution of adding a bench, hammock, or sitting area. With a place to sit, you may just find yourself stepping outside for a cup of morning coffee or tea – in your garden.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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SPOTLIGHT: Sweet vinyl by DREAMOUR

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What happens when two immensely talented visionaries come together to create elegance and ingenuity in a sculptural glass fragranced candle? Dreamour. That is the long and short version of how Dreamour was created. Founded by Karissa Rowe and Neal Klotsman in late September 2022, Dreamour was founded with the goal of creating a luxury fragrance brand that operates at the intersection of functional art in the candle market space.

Rowe, a Parsons School of Design graduate, set out to fill the niche of integrating design in the candle marketplace. Unlike most candle vessels that are mass-produced, Dreamour’s founders desired to prioritize the artisanal craftsmanship of glass in their production processes of the sculptural glass designs. This resulted in a long timeline of sourcing the globe for talented glass artisans who could transform a sketch into a functional and sophisticated candle vessel. Each and every candle vessel is hand-blown, inherently resulting in a one-of-a-kind product and unique experience for the consumer. These functional fragrant candles also act as a piece of décor due to its sculptural and alluring appearance.

Sweet Vinyl, Dreamour’s first candle scent, fills the room with musky & leathery notes combined with earthy notes of vetiver and cypriol, topped with a citrus touch of bergamot and mandarin. The founders worked with master perfumers in Grasse, France, to create a scent that invoked notes of memorable moments, emphasizing high quality ingredients in the fragrances in a soy wax blend. This resulted in candles that consist of clean ingredients, a vegan formula, and is entirely cruelty-free.

It is the personification of the glass blowers’ spirit, the heart of Grasse imprisoned in a bottle, and the narrative of two visionaries that sets Dreamour at the top of the candle market pedestal. Dreamour embodies the sophistication and savior-faire French perfumery as a luxury brand, while being a NYC based brand. Dreamour is currently stocked at Patron of the New in New York, along with other major designer luxury known brands. Rowe and Klotsman are currently expanding their production lines and will drop new fragrances and designs in early 2023. Don’t expect anything ordinary with Dreamour, as they will continue to bring a unique perspective to the marketplace of home fragrances.

To find out more about Dreamour and their newest releases, you may visit the business’s website dreamour.com or follow the company via its Instagram handle @dreamourshop.

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