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December 2017

Found 6 blog entries for December 2017.

Once a year, the house fills up with life as family members and guests come together to celebrate Christmas. The low temperatures and short days can be compensated by making the living space all the more cosy. Even purists use Advent wreaths and other decor during the festive season to let winter’s magic into their home. While the main focus is on rooms that are in daily use, your visitors too will appreciate small tokens and Christmas guest room decor. It does not take much to transform a normal room into a cosy retreat and make your guests have an unforgettable stay.


Pro tips on how to decorate the guest room

Before decorating your guest room, ask yourself the following, irrespective of the season: How often will guests actually be

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MADEIRA BEACH - (December 12, 2017) – Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach today announced that Michael Saracusa will join its shop as a Real Estate Advisor, dedicated to serving the specialized, residential property needs within the area.


“Mr. Saracusa brings a wealth of passion for real estate and love of our coastal community to our team,” stated Cherie Pattishall, License Partner of Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach. “Our real estate advisors are very highly trained, dedicated to their professions and truly understand our clients’ special needs in the high-end real estate market.  I am sure that the Mr. Saracusa will feel perfectly at home in our shop and will push us to even greater success."

 With a long history of luxury property and yacht sales in

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Holiday decorations often bring Christmas trees decorated in red, green and gold to mind. Traditional décor of poinsettias, pine wreaths and white outdoor Christmas lights remain extremely popular, but here on the barrier islands of west coast Florida, we are seeing an explosion of unique décor. Here are a few examples of how beach communities are putting their own spin holiday decorating:



1. Beach themed Christmas trees

Just turn the pages of a Coastal Living magazine and you will see Christmas trees decorated with shades of blue and turquoise, starfish and sailboats. These nautical inspired trees echo the views of the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Another popular and eco-friendly trend is décor made out of salvaged

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There are certain aromas that immediately bring Christmas to mind, from the fragrance of fresh pine to the scent of gingerbread straight out of the oven. Roaring fires, roasted chestnuts and peppermint candy canes all combine to create the indelible, unmistakable atmosphere of the festive season. Evoke the most pleasant Christmas scents the natural way with these tips.



Simmer a stove top potpourri

Whether you have company coming over or simply wish to enjoy seasonal scents while you wrap presents, try simmering a stove top potpourri. Combine ingredients like cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and citrus peels in a saucepan and cover them with water before bringing the mixture to a simmer. The perfumed steam will fill your home with a

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We often hear from sellers who say they want to wait to list their home for sale until after the holiday season. This stems from fear of added stress during the holidays and being inconvenienced by showings. Sellers also assume buyers stop looking for homes during this time of the year. Now that buyers are able to search, filter, and scan through potential listings without leaving their couch; home buying during the holidays has never been easier. Here are three reasons why sellers should consider listing a home for sale during the holiday season.


1. Capitalize on less competition.

During the holiday season, sellers may be worried about having enough spare time to maintain the home for showings. Many sellers will then decide to wait to sell

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Our Top 10 Holiday Things to Do in Tampa Bay

With Christmas Eve just 20 days away, we are taking a look at our favorite local holiday events. Many of these events are long held traditions in the Tampa Bay area and bring joy to locals and visitors alike.


10. See a Live Christmas Performance

With so many theater venues in the area it is easy to find a Christmas performance for all tastes. The Florida Orchestra plays at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Mahaffey Theater in St Petersburg and the Straz Center in Tampa. Christmas specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas Live and A Christmas Carol are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.


9. Walk Thru a Christmas Light Display

The Florida Botanical Gardens hosts a lighted display through

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