Outdoor Living Made Simple


It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. If you have a dream of spending more time outdoors this summer on the patio but you live in a condo, apartment or other small space do not worry. You can make that dream come to life with just a few items. Start with measuring the space where you want your patio or outdoor living space. Remember to measure twice and buy once. Next, an indoor/outdoor rug or table and chairs can be utilized to set the style of the space in a colors and material that you love. The fit means the size and style that you want to accomplish. If you just want simple but distinct Adirondack chairs, a rattan table and chairs, wrought iron or metal, it does not matter because it is your style. You can’t go wrong with what you like. According to the size you desire, you can use 2 chairs with a small table between them, or 1 chair and 1 table, or however many Adirondack chairs you desire for your space.

If you like plants, containers can be used to border a rail or to edge the space. Shepard hooks can be used to hang plants if you desire, or hung on a wall in the space. Painted stones or tile can also be used to border the space between plants or to add layers of color in addition to the greenery. If your space does not accommodate a Gazebo or overhang where fabric or curtains can be draped, a simple umbrella that stands in the middle of the table or a free standing umbrella can be used. Your favorite drinks can be served from a gorgeous tray with a distinct pattern on a small table with a pitcher or with fun glasses no matter what the drink is. A favorite drink does not take up much space and no matter the amount of guests you have, they will not be disappointed with the host, beautiful surroundings, or the drinks.


The Ultimate Buy

You might think we’re referring to a house, but we’re referring to the articles in your house.  The special season of rummages, estate sales, and flea markets is upon us. Wonderful treasures can be repurposed as one of a kind treasures. When you can decorate with pieces that have history, it is extremely rewarding to know that your find may have been created for another purpose and it now is being utilized in another way. An armoire can be turned into a bookcase, or a head board can be made into the back of a bench. Old doors can be sanded and painted and then serve as tasteful unique art above a mantle or just eye catching and stunning wall art. Did you know that there are 1100 flea markets in the United States? Over $4 million dollars are made each year at flea markets. Flea markets are so popular in Paris that 180,000 visitors go each week. Consignment shops and thrift stores generate $13 billion a year. The first flea market was in Texas. Brimfield Antiques is the largest in Connecticut with 6000 dealers who sell their wares. There are many opportunities to find treasures, but do not be afraid to haggle over the price, stick to your budget, and take your find home right away. So start hunting and have fun!

Twelve Tips For Selling Your Home

Spring into spring with ideas that make your home bright and new for a successful sell. Did someone say, “Curb Appeal?” Absolutely, start with the outside of your home. You want your home to stand out as a jewel in your neighborhood. The following checklist will help you to do this with DIY projects that won’t break the bank.

  1. Complete removal of the leftover leaves and clippings from gutters and downspouts from the previous season.
  2. Complete bush and tree pruning.
  3. Do not forget to weed and feed to cut down on the weeds especially if crabgrass exists in your area.
  4. Repair cracks in walkways, driveways and windows.
  5. Replace broken outdoor lighting fixtures.
  6. Make sure to repair and paint windows, soffit, and fascia if needed.
  7. Power-wash brick walkways, walls, and sided exteriors.
  8. Don’t just cut the lawn–edge it!
  9. Now is the time to replace outdoor lighting fixtures with options that fit the architectural style–color for the period of your home or just match what you have. Take a look at a catalogue and don’t forget to match the paint with paint chips.
  10. Start shopping for your spring bulbs, hanging baskets, and containers for the garden if this is your passion.
  11. Do not forget to water early in the morning on very warm days for plants and shrubs, bulbs and flowers according to directions from the garden center or packaging for the specific type.
  12. Clean and paint all surfaces of your metal or wooden patio and deck furniture with the correct type of paint for the surface or start shopping for new.

Welcome to the Winner’s Circle 11/5

Our inaugural post also happens to be our First Edition of the Winner’s Circle! The Winner’s Circle is where we share what we’ve sold recently at Harris Storefront Realty. Below are the October highlights. Our homes average 45 days on the market before selling.

October Winner’s Circle Video

Since this is the inaugrural post, and just to show you that we’re not the new kids on the block, our next few posts will include links to videos of 2011 and the past year (which we’ll update when this 2012 is over).

Be sure to stick with us for more tips, Foto Friday, interviews, and fun!

If you would like to be submit a guest post, have your business interviewed, be featured on Foto Friday, join the Winner’s Circle, ask a question, or simply say hello, send an email to hsrhausrules@gmail.com


Haus Rules is the blog of Harris Storefront Realty where we strive to keep you smiling, informed, and up-to-date with Southeastern Wisconsin Real Estate on the side.

At the Harris Haus, we want you to have an easy and satisfying real estate transaction. This is why James Harris started Harris Storefront Realty in 2012. He has over 17 years of experience in buying and selling real estate and wanted to be able to serve more clients. For more on his qualifications and reasons why your next real estate agent should be from Harris Storefront Realty, head over to the main site www.HarrisStorefrontRealty.com

We hope you enjoy your time on the blog, and that you’ll consider us as your primary real estate resource. We look forward to connecting soon!