How to Design Your Dream Home: Part 1

We live in a time of ease and personalization. We can basically get whatever we want when we want if we can afford it. There are so many homes out there that have parts of perfection, but none that are perfect. When designing a home it is important to do what you want so you can be happy. In part one we will discuss how to get ideas for designing your dream home.

1.Dream Big.

sunThis is all about you and what you want. Don’t start thinking about the costs of materials, the land, or any other tangible thing. Get lost in your own thoughts and the things that you will want in your dream home. ANYTHING GOES! Don’t get bogged down in impossibility, because dreams don’t deal with the impossible.

  1. Visit Different Neighborhoodsmap

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but you aren’t here to flatter anyone! Remember this is for you. Going to other neighborhoods will show you what you love and what you hate. Paint jobs, design plans, and even the type of landscaping you would like. Don’t copy, reinvent.

  1. Attend open houseshome for sale

This is a great way to see the interior of homes; carpets, room arrangements, bathrooms etc. This is one way of seeing if what you have been thinking about doing is possible. Because of you see it in a home than it possible to do. (Remember the one restriction is that you must be in compliance with home building laws.

  1. Take Some Selfies

forWhen we say selfie we mean… the house by itself. The brain doesn’t remember things exactly how we first saw them the first time, but photos seem to remind of us of the truth. This will be an integral part of the first phase of home design because it starts to make the dream a reality and will help when part two begins.


Fun Fall Decorations

Fun Ideas to Spice Up Your Home

It’s hard to find a lot of things to make an Ence Home more beautiful. But there is no better way to make your house a cozy home than by decorating it’s halls. Here are some fun fall decorations that we love and know would make your home more inviting.

Fall in a Jar

Painted Pumpkins

Leaf Wreath

Wooden Vase 

Wood Stacking

Pumpkin Uses

There is much more to pumpkins than carving. Here is a list of some fun ideas to use your pumpkins in a different way.


Burlap is a classic fall design and can be used in amazing ways. Here’s a Pinterest list of 1,000 things to do with the ever versatile burlap.

Travel tips for summer vacations

You and your family are looking forward to some rest and relaxation away from your new homes in St. George humble abode. Before you pack your bags and go on holiday, take a look at these travel trips to ensure you have a wonderful and safe vacation.

Book your flight, rental car and housing reservations in advance to try to get the best deals. If you’re flying to your destination, try to book a non-stop flight versus a connecting flight. It’s easier and more convenient, especially if you’re traveling with young kids. If traveling by car, get your car checked out by a mechanic to ensure it’s ready for the road. Keep a spare tire, gas can and battery cables in your car.

Pack light and smart. There is no need to bring everything you own on vacation. Pack any medications your family members will need for the entire trip. Limit the number of credit cards and debit cards you take, leave your valuables at home and keep them all out of sight and in a safe place.

Look up the weather forecast for your trip. Bring a rain slicker or umbrella just in case you get an unexpected downpour.

Check around your home to make sure everything is locked up. Keep a light or two on to give the appearance you’re home. Don’t announce to the world you’re away, especially on Facebook and Twitter. The last thing you want to do is tell people you’re away from your new homes in St. George. Doing so is pretty much an open invitation for someone to break into your home.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to prevent fatigue and jet lag. Don’t bring sunburn home as a souvenir. Pack plenty of sunscreen and apply it at least 20 minutes before heading out in the sun.

Have a buddy system and a contingency plan if someone gets lost. Keep your phones charged and make sure every one has each other’s numbers. Let a relative or friend know your itinerary and where you’ll be at all times in case of an emergency.

You may want to suspend mail and newspaper delivery if you’re going to be away from your new homes in St. George for an extended period of time. If you don’t want to do that, you can always entrust a family member, friend or Ence Home neighbor to pick up your deliveries.

Leave your worries and stress at home. Have fun and enjoy your vacation.

Kid friendly decorating

The décor of your custom or move-in ready new homes in St. George changes entirely when you add kids into the mix. Your decorating style turns into a goal of creating a safe and comfortable environment for your kids that won’t get easily messed up. Check out these ten kid friendly decorating tips.

  1. Kids love to be involved. Allow your children to assist you in the decorating process, especially for the kid zones.
  1. Repurpose old pieces of furniture by sanding it down and adding a fresh coat of paint to give it a new look.
  1. Store your China and glassware far out of reach of your child’s hands.
  1. Purchase machine-washable bedding to quickly clean up food or drink spills and other accidents.
  1. Buy furniture in colors and material that will hold up against playtime, spills and everyday use.
  1. Avoid creating a jungle, ocean, sports, space, dinosaurs, cars, princesses or movie character a themed room. Your kids may love it at first but lose interest and want to change the theme of their new homes in St. George bedroom a few months later. Bed linens, lamp shades and throw pillows are great ways to incorporate a themed decorative accessory without doing up the entire room. Choose neutral paint colors that’ll grow with your child as they get older.
  1. Use decorative containers and bins to help your kids stay organized. Make use of multi-purpose pieces such as coffee tables or ottomans with storage units. Beds with storage compartments are great for keeping linens or toys.
  1. Display your kid’s artwork around the home for décor and switch them out as they bring home newer arts and crafts projects.
  1. Opt for overhead lighting instead of table lamps because they can easily be knocked down.
  1. Whether it’s a section of the great room or a spare bedroom in your new homes in St. George, designate an area for your kid’s to play in. This will help to avoid having them use the entire home as their play area with their toys and other play items everywhere.

Kitchen organizing tips

Your kitchen is the core of your home. You prepare meals, entertain, have family meetings and do homework amongst other things in this multifunctional room. Here are 11 tips for keeping your custom home or move-in ready homes for sale in St. George, UT kitchen organized.

1. Throw away any items in your refrigerator, cabinets and pantry that have expired or are spoiled. If you have non-perishable items that you no longer want, donate or give them away to someone so they don’t go to waste.
2. Use the cabinet space under your sink to store cleaning supplies, sponges and other kitchen tools.
3. Hang up your potholders on a hook inside a cabinet door away from your oven and your apron on your pantry door.
4. Fix or chuck anything that is broken.
5. Have designated zones. A cooking one with all your kitchenware and cooking tools together, sandwich bags, plastic wrap and aluminum foil in a drawer near the fridge, dishes by the dishwasher and pots by the stove.
6. Categorize food items together in your homes for sale in St. George, UT pantry.
7. Give a retractable bookstand a shot if you have a recipe book. It’ll be eye level when in use and can fold up under your cabinet when you’re finished.
8. Use a chalkboard or dry erase board to keep track of the cleaning supplies and groceries you need to pick up and your to-do-list for projects.
9. Have at least two cutting boards. A plastic board can be used for raw meats and a wooden one to cut up your veggies.
10. For easy access and to conserve space, place your cutting boards on top of the microwave or your fridge.
11. Clean up as you go so that you don’t leave a mess.

We hope that by using these tips your homes for sale in St. George, UT kitchen will stay organized.

Fun Apps to Help with Spring Gardening or Landscaping

Do you enjoy gardening and landscaping? Well if you do, you can now utilize your iPod, iTouch, iPad or smart phone to do what you love. Ence Homes suggests these four fun apps to help with spring gardening or landscaping at your new homes in St. George, UT residence.Master Gardener Pocket Guide – Available for Android users at $1.49, this interactive app is truly a pocket guide for gardeners. You’ll learn all you need to know about gardening and be able to reference the 700 horticulture and gardening terms and concepts while planning what you want to do for your spring garden. Included in this app are flashcards, quizzes and a dictionary. You can text message a quiz to your friend and also have incorrect quiz results sent to your email.Garden Design with Jamie Durie – Durie, the HGTV personality, horticulturalist and landscape designer, gives you the scoop on gardening in this $2.99 app available through iTunes. Not only will you be able to get handy tips, see Jamie’s garden, find plants through the plant finder, share photos of your garden but see the gardens of other app users. You can also have a chance to have Jamie himself visit your garden by uploading a photo of your new homes in St. George, UT garden to their app via Facebook.

iScape – This is a landscaper’s dream where the use of creativity and colors are infused. With this app, you’re able to view the various landscaping options before even starting. You can play around with the placement of items, change up the type of mulch you’ll use, add a walkway and furniture and make sure your options are conducive to the overall design. Your kids can even get involved by creating their own vision. There’s a $4.99 version and free download version for iPhone and iPad users.

Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Finder – The Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Finder by Timber Press, Inc. is one of the more expensive apps at $14.99, but is definitely well worth it. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch or iPad’s this app is for industry professionals and the home gardener alike who are interested in trustworthy info on woody landscape plants. You’ll find over 9400 plants, can sort by scientific and common name and contains 7600 photographs. It’s very user friendly and you’ll have so much knowledge at your fingertips when working in your new homes in St. George, UT yard or looking up information on the go.

7 Tips for Easy Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air. That means it’s time to dust off your broom and mop and start Spring cleaning at your Southern Utah Home for Sale. However, Spring cleaning doesn’t mean you have to spend long hours laboring in each room until your new home is spotless. Here are a few tips from Ence Homes for keeping the cleaning simple, easy, and stress-free. Share your best Spring cleaning tips with us on Facebook.

  1. First make a list. What areas of your new home need cleaning? Then, prioritize your list. What needs to be done first? Once you have your list and your priorities straight, you can tackle your cleaning in a more organized fashion.
  1. Break your Spring Cleaning list up into chunks. Spend no more than 15-30 minutes per day cleaning. This will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed and taking on more cleaning than you are up for at your Southern Utah home for sale.
  2. Start cleaning one room at a time. It’s easier to tick projects off your list if you start in one room and break up the projects into sections. You will also feel more accomplished and motivated once you have finished cleaning one room.
  3. Start your list by de-cluttering each room. It’s difficult to clean behind furniture or other hard to reach places if there is too much stuff in the way. Once you have cleaned away the clutter, you can really clean your living spaces.
  4. When organizing your clutter, try the three pile system. Make a pile for things that you need, one for things that you don’t need but really want, and a discard pile. Place damaged, broken, or items you never use in the discard pile and then donate or throw them out when you are finished organizing.
  5. Try using green cleaning products at your Southern Utah home for sale. Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean your home, try using products that are less harmful to the environment. You will feel better about cleaning once you try them.
  6. Make cleaning fun. Listen to music or books on tape while you clean. Don’t forget to dance around and sing into your pretend microphone while you do. It’s okay to have fun while you are cleaning, especially since it will feel less like chores and work.

3 Apps to Bring Spring Colors to Your New Home in St. George, UT

Spring officially begins on March 20, so why not bring the colors of the season inside? Decorate your new home in St. George, like Ence Move-In Ready Homes, with hot new colors this season inspired by beautiful spring flowers. Popular colors this season include bright, bold colors that really make a statement. Try dark peacock blues, apricot, tangerine orange, fuchsia, and vibrant green for your new home. Warm yellows and rich, dark browns are also making a comeback this season. If you need help choosing the perfect hues for your new home, here are 3 color finding apps to help you enjoy the colors of the season when decorating for Spring.

Sherwin Williams ColorSnap app is available for both Apple and Android mobile products, including phones and tablets. With this free app, you can take a photo with your phone and tap on a color in in the photo to find a matching Sherwin William’s paint color for a room in your new home in St. George. You can save colors to your favorites, update them, and even post them to your social media. The app will even allow you to compile a color palate and locate the nearest store with your color schemes.

Painting Walls Pro app is available for Apple products only. For $2.99, you can take a picture of the room you are thinking of painting and open the picture with the app. From here you can pick Spring colors and see what the room will look like when you are finished painting. Swap out colors to find the one that suits your home décor the best. You can save your final picture and share it on your social media sites too for feedback from friends and family.

Behr Color Smart app is available for both Apple and Android mobile products. This app allows you to browse the Behr color catalog as well as designer color palettes. You can also take a picture and find the matching Behr color by tapping on the color you are interested in. This app also allows you to paint a picture of the room with the color you have chosen. When you are done designing your room, the app will calculate the amount of paint you will need for the job and help you find the store nearest your new home in St. George with available paint.

Gadgets that will Help Keep Your New Home Clean

Ence Homes suggests you check out these four gadgets if you’re looking to keep your new home in Mesquite, NV clean.Whether you’re washing your hands or preparing your meats the One-Touch Kitchen Faucet is the ideal gadget for your kitchen. A single touch to anyplace on the faucet turns it on. What’s also great about this gadget is that you can help cut down on the spread of germs like salmonella.

In addition to the One-Touch Kitchen Faucet, the Smash Can is another great gadget to add your kitchen. It’s definitely not your ordinary step trashcan because the lid’s built-in device crushes the trash down without you having to touch the garbage with your hands or feet. Though the sticker price is expensive at $129 for the Reduce brand, you’ll cut back on trash bags, saving you more money in the long run.

Cleaning your liter box has gotten easier with the Littermaid Self-Cleaning Litter Box. You’ll no longer have to worry about cleaning the kitty litter yourself. This self-cleaning device has a sensor that knows when your cat is in the gadget and scoops away the waste into a sealed containment unit after your cat leaves. Prices range from $130 to $200 for the different models and would be a great gadget for your cats to use in your new home in Mesquite, NV.

An UV Sanitizer device lives up to its name and will help keep you and your home disinfected. The ultraviolet rays sterilizes products like cell phones, toothbrushes and toilet seats.

We at Ence Homes hope these gadgets will bring you one step closer to keeping your new home in Mesquite, NV clean.

Color Theory Design Class

Designer Furniture Gallery is offering a free design class titled Color Theory.  The class will be held on April 29th, 2011 at 11 a.m.  The topic of this workshop is color.  Color is all around us and it affects everyone.  Join us for this workshop and you will learn from one of our Interior Design Professionals , Steve Curtis, how color serves a purpose in the home.  You will also learn how to choose a color for a specific room.  participants will receive a complimentary color wheel along with instruction on how to properly use it.  Please contact Designer Furniture Gallery for more details.  You can reserve your spot online at or call us at 435-673-2323.