Tips and advice for homeowners.

Planting for Monarch Butterflies on Florida's Forgotten Coast

Planting for monarch butterflies is a wonderful way to support these beautiful insects, whose populations have been declining in recent years.  Monarch butterflies rely on milkweed plants as their primary food source and breeding habitat.  Here are some steps you can take to create a welcoming environment for monarch butterflies:

  1.  Plant Milkweed: Milkweed is essential for monarch butterflies as it is the only plant on which they lay their eggs, and it provides food for their caterpillars.  There are many species of milkweed, so choose one or more that are native to the Forgotten Coast.  Common species include Common Milkweed, Swamp Weed, and Butterfly Weed.
  2.  Provide Nectar…

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Upgrade Your Home With These 2024 Design Trends

One of the best parts of owning a home is the freedom to make it truly your own with design choices that reflect your personality and lifestyle. Whether you lean toward contemporary design or a farmhouse aesthetic, your home is your canvas.

Even so, it’s always smart to think about the long-term impact those decisions might have on your home’s value. Choosing over-personalized or unpopular materials and finishes could make your home less appealing to future buyers. And selecting out-of-style or overly-trendy elements could cause your home to feel dated quickly.

To help inspire your design choices, we’ve rounded up some of the top trends we’re watching in 2024. Keep in mind, not all of these will…

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Has your homeowner’s insurance premium gone up? Rates have risen across the country, but these five tips can help you cut costs. Comparison shop each year to make sure your price is competitive Bundle your home and auto policies to save on both Consider raising your deductible to reduce your premiums Make your home more disaster-resistant for lower rates Invest in home security upgrades to get discounts Ready to save? Reach out for a referral to an insurance broker who can help you shop around for the best rate. 850-227-7979

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Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023


Over the past few years, many of us have spent extra time at home—and that means we appreciate the personal design touches that make a house cozy and comfortable more than ever. Some of us have adapted our dwellings in new ways, from creating functional home offices to upgrading the appliances we use most.


But while it’s important to make your home your own, it’s also smart to think about the long-term impact your renovations could have on its value. Choosing highly-personalized fixtures and finishes can make it harder for future homebuyers to envision themselves in the space. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home soon, investing in popular design choices that are likely to stand the test of time…

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January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! 

How are you keeping your utility bills down this winter? Here are a few ideas:

Upgrade old appliances. When you shop, look for the Energy Star rating to ensure your new washing machine, dishwasher, or oven are as efficient as possible.

Switch to LED lightbulbs. These use just 8 watts to produce the same brightness as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, and today’s LEDs come in all shades and levels of warmth.

Keep an eye on the thermostat. Be sure to turn down the temperature when you’re out or invest in a programmable smart version.

Check the seals on doors and windows. Try weatherstripping or caulk as a short-term fix or consider bringing in a professional to assess trouble areas. Wash…

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On-trend: coastal grandmother decor.

Forget country chic. Wave goodbye to minimalism. Coastal grandmother has earned its place as one of the hottest interior design styles of 2022!

What defines the coastal grandmother aesthetic? Think seaside On-trend: coastal grandmother decor.

Forget country chic. Wave goodbye to minimalism. Coastal grandmother has earned its place as one of the hottest interior design styles of 2022!

What defines the coastal grandmother aesthetic? Think seaside cottage vibes mixed with cozy fabrics, fresh and summery hues, and a touch of nostalgia.

To bring a little coastal grandmother into your home, consider painting the walls a light neutral shade. Then, opt for breezy window dressings. Decorate with just a few high-quality wall…

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