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Source: Armoire by Worlds Away, Rug by Surya, Chairs by Guildmaster,
Mirror by Bungalow 5, Pendant by Worlds Away,Pillow by Bliss Studio.
You know me well enough to know that some of my "new" Christmas decorations were purchased at the thrift store. Let's play a little show and tell.
See these gigantic faux poinsettia plants? Gorgeous, aren't they? Yep, I found them at the thrift store. They originally came from a very nice boutique. The $99.99 price tag was still on them. I was so excited when I found them and I didn't even have to race to grab them! Why? Because I purchased them in the summer, when few people have Christmas decorations on their mind. I always keep an eye out for holiday decorations, no matter the time of year. A perfect time to stock up on decorations from the thrift store is right after any holiday because people give things away that they don't want to store.
I found this big, beautiful glass vessel a few months ago. It's very similar to ones you would find in the PB catalog. I love it and I didn't want to hide it away when I brought out my decorations. I figured since it was a Christmas color I could make it work. So I added a little tree charm, paired it with a mercury glass finial, and the combination makes me smile. It really doesn't take much to turn something ordinary into a decoration; usually just the addition of a little ribbon trim or a shiny bauble can brighten the ordinary into Christmas extraordinary.
One of my favorite thrift store discoveries this year is this deer. I think that he may be made with real leather, at least he looks like it. I added the wreath to his neck so that he would look like one of Santa's reindeer. I found him in the toy aisle of the thrift store, which is a reminder to look in the unexpected places when you shop. Often times great things can be found in the oddest of places in the thrift store, so it's wise to keep your eyes open.
I added a little thrift store garland to the mix and I have a fancy boutique display for an unbelievably low price.
Green house growing demand for new features
Today home buyers ask for more green features as a means to reduce costs, become more environmentally friendly, and adopt a lifestyle more healthy.
Green features into one of three priorities, after the price and location. Green features focus on energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency and indoor air quality and the elements include Energy Star appliances, low flow shower heads, carpet and paint with organic compounds of low volatile, and building materials from suppliers local.
The average green buyers would shell out $ 12,000 - on average - for green features, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) green building standards program manager Kevin Morrow expects the market share of green-certified homes rose to 20 percent in 2010 from about 10 percent in 2009 and 2 percent in 2006.
Tax credit and other financial incentives, coupled with a green certification, making it easier for buyers, contractors, and real estate professionals to go and build a minimalist green home designs.