• 9 Gift Ideas for New Homeowners on Your Holiday List

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    Buying a home is a big deal, whether it’s your first one or your fifth. There are so many things to buy, clean, paint, remodel, and more. If you have new homeowners on your holiday list, you might be thinking of ideas of ways to give them what they actually might need.

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  • Decorating Your House for the Holidays

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    Decorating your house for the holidays can become a hassle when you do not know the easy ways you can instantly spice up your holiday decorations. Here are some easy ways, using which, you can beautify your home in a matter of minutes and make it holiday-ready!

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  • Winterizing Your Home to Save Money On Your Energy Bill

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    The first freeze over here is a sign that winter is definitely coming. ‘Tis now the season to crank up your thermostat. Unfortunately, this might even cost you more than normal. This year, Americans will supposedly pay 15% more for their heating expenses than the last year. Here is our guide to help you winterize your home for the season.

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  • The Best Holiday Recipes for Thanksgiving or Christmas

    17 November 2017
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    Looking for the best holiday recipes? You’ll find all the ingredients and directions you need below to make the perfect Holiday Meal. If you need some help, there are some videos you can watch as well. Let us know if you’ve got a great holiday recipe that we need to add! At LystHouse, your home is our passion.

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  • Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

    Home Selling During the holidays

    It is snowing outside, temperatures are dropping, the neighborhood is in a joyous mood— and you are Googling tops tips for selling your home during the holidays.

    It is the time of year when calendars are crammed with holiday parties, gift-giving constrains budgets and the roads are either littered with fall foliage or freshly fallen snow. Alas, it is not the best season for selling your home. Nevertheless, the heartening news is that the few gallant house-hunters who do look out are serious about purchasing a house, and an attractive piece of real estate will make them want to embrace the Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the New Year holiday in your home.

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  • The Best DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

    the best DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

     It is finally here – Halloween is almost upon us, my dear spooky friends!

    Whether you catch the DIY Halloween bug from designing homemade costumes for your children, putting together funky home decor pumpkins, or getting crafty for the first time, the following Halloween decorating ideas make it simple to inexpensively trick out your house for the holidays without looking tacky.




    Boo Bottles

    You can make cute glass bottles in four easy steps: first, use empty bottles after removing labels and caps (I use Perrier ones). After that, spray-paint them white, and draw ghost faces on them with black marker. Lastly, to add more gloss to this inexpensive Halloween home decor, throw in colorful straws for artful centerpieces.

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    What you will need: Spray-paint ($4), colorful straws ($3)

    Cobweb Coasters


    Cups will look creepy when sitting on your eerie cobweb coasters. To make this DIY Halloween decoration, attach five bobby pins onto a small flat metal washer, and then, enfold twine around and string through each bobby pin. Also, spray-paint everything white for a ghoulish look, and disperse small toy spiders around the table. It is a fantastic idea to have fun crafting with the family without breaking the bank.

    cobweb coasters

    What you will need: bobby pins ($4), Spray-paint ($4), small Halloween spiders ($2 for 10)

    Vampire Napkin Rings

    A make-believe chomper will make your dining table look scary yet cute. Therefore, splash red Kool-Aid on white cloth napkins, arrange a white twist tie through a set of fake vampire teeth, and secure a twist tie around the center of the napkin.

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    What you will need: plastic vampire teeth ($1), Kool-Aid ($0.50)

    Creepy Wall Hangings

    The Graphics Fairy makes decorating for Halloween simple with three free printable items and easy technique to transfer images directly onto fabric through your regular printer. (Make sure your black cartridge is high on ink). You can use wooden embroidery hoops to hang the printed fabric. However, if fabric-hanging home decorating idea does not resonate with you, put pictures into the frames and hang them up around your home.

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    What you will need: Wooden embroidery hoops ($2)

    Decorate Lanterns

    It is got to be the most straightforward DIY Halloween home decor concept: all you need to do is to cut cute faces out of a black paper and glue them onto a strand of white lights with paper lanterns.


    What you will need: lanterns ($11), black paper ($3)

    Festoon a Pumpkin

    You can add a touch of sweet in the mirage of all things spooky by adding freshly cut blooms to a blazing pink squash. It is permissible to snip stems about two inches from buds, drill tiny holes in the painted rind, and stick in the buds. You can keep the centerpiece fresh for the guests by periodically spraying water on it.

    festoon a pumpkin

    What you will need: pink spray paint ($8)

     Dish Out the Punch

    Convert a hollowed-out pumpkin into an organic punch bowl by filling it with cider. It is a fantastic idea to greet your guests with a punch, oozing with the spirit of the holidays. Moreover, it is one less dish to wash after it is all said and done.

    pumpkin punch

    What you will need: ladle ($10), pumpkin scoop ($10)

    Dress the Windows

    Another smashing Halloween home decor idea is smartly putting candles in the corners to create dark shadows. Moreover, putting ghostly white tapers in a candelabra from a yard sale can alleviate the creepiness of flying bats and cobwebs.

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    What you will need: candelabra ($40), candles ($10 for a pack of 10)

    Forever Pumpkins

    For budgeted jack-o-lantern, DIY Halloween decorations that will last past the holidays cover empty jars with orange tissue paper or construction paper. After that add features with black construction paper and place in a tea candle—with flames, or battery-operated—and see your pumpkin glow.

    forever pumpkins

    What you will need: Construction paper ($4), tealight candles ($1)


    Bloody Table Runner

    No Halloween home decor is complete without a bloodily festive dining table. Your materials are red acrylic paint, gauze, and a paintbrush. Swab your paintbrush into the paint and intermittently brush along the gauze runner. Also, for a genuinely Dexter-inspired look, pinch some red paint onto Mason jars for candle votives and on plastic cups. Lastly, add a couple of handprints for really gruesome look.

    halloween table runner

    What you will need: red acrylic paint ($9), paintbrush ($1)

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  • 6 Halloween Decorations to Avoid When Trying to Sell Your Home Fast

    6 Halloween Decorations to Avoid When Selling Your Home LystHouse

    So Halloween is coming up and you’re in the Halloween spirit, but you’re also trying to sell your house – Okay great! It’s a fun holiday to decorate for. But what decorations should you avoid so you don’t scare away potential home buyers? Just how far can you go when home staging for Halloween?

    Experts say keep Halloween decorations neutral. Think pumpkins, hay bales, fall leaves, scarecrows. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Easy enough, right? So what Halloween decorations should you avoid? Well for starters…

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  • Top 5 Tips for Selling Your House During the Holidays


    Thinking about Selling your home during the holidays? November to January is considered by many to be one of the worst times to sell your home. However; there are some great advantages for serious home sellers. Less competition and serious home hunters means more attention for your home by motivated home buyers. And because emotions play such a huge role in buying a home, you can capitalize on the holiday season by helping buyers see themselves celebrating next year in your home. Check out these Top 5 Tips to Selling Your House During the Holidays!

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