5 Effortless Thanksgiving DIY Decor Ideas

It’s way too late for witches and skeletons and just a tad bit too early for Santa and his reindeer. We are right smack dab in that awkward holiday decorating period where you are debating on whether or not you actually want to be festive and dress up your house for Turkey Day. Not to worry, you’re not alone. Here are 5 DIY decor ideas that are SO simple and effortless, you don’t even need instructions.

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Home is Where the Hearth is

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Historically, the hearth was used for practical reasons–a way to heat the home and sometimes to even cook meals. While we now have modern conveniences that handle these functions, the hearth is still a popular staple of nearly every home. It is seen as a cozy spot to gather with our loved ones, the focal point of our living space and even a fundamental element of a home’s design.

Home is Where the Hearth is,” in the November edition of Previews

Home Tip of the Day: What Size Turkey to Buy for Thanksgiving

While we love “sides,” the turkey is almost always the star of any Thanksgiving meal. Here’s an easy way to make sure you buy the perfect size bird for your big feast.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp., NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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The Memory of Home

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Guest post by Kim Jones. Kim is the director of marketing services at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group in Boise, Idaho.

On November 1st, fire departments in the little Idaho valley where I grew up burned down a house for a training exercise. I saw the post on Facebook.

At first, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It took me a minute to understand what it was, and then I didn’t know how to feel. The house with the flames shooting out the windows and roof was my house. I grew up there in the 60s and 70s. My dad lived there until 1984, and my mom until 1991. It was the only house my mom and dad owned together and the only house we’d known as a family. Logic and reason told me it was a good thing, an expected thing. Sadly, the house hadn’t been maintained at all since my mom sold it, so it was also a needed thing.

But then the tears came. In torrents. For some reason, the photo of the fire crew kneeling before the blaze struck me in the heart. One firefighter in particular, with her beautiful, sweet smile, said it was fun, and that hurt me.

Don’t get me wrong. I have the utmost respect for these brave individuals. Thank God we have them. And thank God there are places they can practice because the real thing is a lot more serious.

I just want – and need – to talk about the home. MY home. This was the yard where my brother and I played, where we slept out most summer nights, and where the whole town, it seemed, parked their campers and motor homes so our large, extended family had places to sleep and be together when, in August of 1984, my dad died.

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The chimney that, in recent years, had begun to lean was built entirely by his hands, with bricks from the old elementary school just down the street. Dad was the principal of the high school then, and the school district gave the bricks to him when they tore down the school. Dad, Mom, my brother, and I cleaned those bricks one by one for the chimney Dad would build. He paid us kids 10 cents an hour to help, but I would have done it for free because Dad was my best friend, and that scaffold was nothing more than my own personal jungle gym. I loved scrambling up and down, filling the bucket with bricks for Dad to haul to the top.

Inside, the living room was the place we gathered most. In front of that beautiful fireplace where pictures were taken and Christmas stockings were hung. Where Santa burst through the door one snowy Christmas Eve and where our sleeping bags from the yard ended up sometimes after one too many ghost stories. It was where Dad and I played Boggle and cribbage and where he and my brother watched sports …read more

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Home of the week: Your Very Own Private Resort

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we move from a stunning colonial home outside of Seattle to a private resort in Eagle, Idaho.

A 9,200 square foot mansion is at the heart of this five acre masterpiece 20 minutes outside of Boise. The grounds, which were designed by a “master landscaper” offer up privacy and an intimate connection to Idaho’s natural beauty. The property boasts a trout and bass stocked 40 acre lake and over 250 feet of private sandy beach for you to enjoy every kind of water activity imaginable.

Click here to see more of this $3 million dollar home with priceless amenities listed by Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group.

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Home Tip of the Day: Your Thanksgiving Secret Weapon

Sometimes it may feel like you need a secret weapon in the kitchen to get all of the Thanksgiving meal prep done. Besides a good sous chef, there’s one other tool that cuts down on slicing and dicing. Here’s a way to take care of your Thanksgiving secret weapon now, so meal prep on the big day goes as smoothly as possible.

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Home Cooked: Potato Galette on Potato Island

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It would only be natural to select a home named after a Thanksgiving table staple for the November edition of Home Cooked. This month, we invite you to take a little dinner adventure and visit us on Potato Island for a meal named after the magical place.

You’ll arrive by boat to our private island. We’ll greet you on the lawn with a glass of crisp champagne and usher you onto the wrap around porch.

You’ll want to take a tour, of course. The cozy window seat large enough to fit the Brady Bunch is too unique to be missed. And it will be a tough decision to decide between a dip in the garden’s lap pool, or a seat by the waterside fire pit.

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But, inevitably, we’ll end up in the heart of the house, at the rustic dining table. Delicious smells of fresh herbs and garlic permeate the air.

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We’ll take a seat in the cozy cottage kitchen and you’ll slice thick slabs of the buttery potato galette and toast to a delicious meal. You’ll of course want the recipe…

Crisp Potato Cake (Galette de Pomme de Terre)

From the New York Times

2 pounds (about 3 medium) potatoes, peeled and sliced very thinly

1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

Freshly ground nutmeg

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1 tablespoon minced garlic


Fresh thyme leaves for garnish (optional).

1. Pat potatoes dry if very starchy or moist. In a sauté pan large enough to fit potato slices in just two layers, spread 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with nutmeg and pepper to taste. Starting in center, arrange potato slices in a closely overlapping, attractive spiral. When pan is filled, repeat to make a second layer.

2. Place pan over medium heat and cover. Slowly cook potatoes until well browned on underside, about 15 minutes, occasionally shaking pan gently to avoid sticking. Wipe inside of lid as needed to keep it dry.

3. Press potatoes down with a flat spatula and remove from heat. Place a larger platter over pan and flip it upside down, transferring potatoes to the platter. Check pan to make sure it is clean and has enough oil to keep potatoes from sticking.

4. Slide galette, raw side down, back into pan, and return to medium heat. Cover and cook until well browned, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a persillade by combining parsley and garlic in a small bowl. To serve, slide galette onto a serving platter, season to taste with salt, and garnish with persillade or thyme.

Yield: 4 servings.

We all will declare that this would be our pick for our last meal if we were stranded on a deserted island. But, lucky for us, Potato Island is just a short boat trip back to shore.
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Real Estate Headlines with Tom Brady, Portugal and Insanely Bizarre Home Feature

You are more than halfway through November. Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. Don’t pull a muscle. Next week is Thanksgiving and you haven’t even thought about pulling out those holiday decorations. Before you start making a list and checking it twice, let’s get you rolling with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Why yes I would like to live in Tom Brady’s apartment.

BiggerPockets.com shares 3 types of risks real estate investors regularly take.

Wow. Here are some real estate listing photos that will leave you speechless.

Apparently the entire country of Portugal has a new landlord…China.

Speaking of China, does a new visa law help Chinese buyers get more U.S. real estate?

In shocking news, homes are getting harder to afford.

Did you miss National Recycling Day on Saturday? It’s not too late to get your house involved.

MarketWatch shares 10 things real estate appraisers won’t tell you.

I don’t know about you but I can’t get my mind out of my gutters. If you haven’t done it yet, you really need to clean your gutters.

And finally, there’s a 3 bedroom home in Oxford, England that has the most bizarre feature you’ll ever see.

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See nature at its best at Mercer

Visitors can fill a few hours or an entire fall day hiking trails and picnicking in scenic, native woodlands on the west side.

The colorful botanic displays on the east side include extensive collections of camellias, which are beginning to show cool-season color; numerous ginger species and other tropicals; bamboo; ornamental grasses; ferns; crinums; and irises.

Mercer’s 20-person staff, supportive Mercer Society members and 300 regular volunteers help maintain the picturesque Renaissance Garden with columned fountains, the “prehistoric garden” that traces the evolution from mosses to magnolias, as well as the herb garden, rock garden, bog garden and curving beds of seasonal color for sun and shade. …read more

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National Recycling Day: How Will You Get Involved?

Tomorrow is national recycling day in America, organized by Keep America Beautiful. There are so many ways to get involved, from official events being hosted across the country to creating your own way of participating.

Looking for ways to celebrate and participate? Think about this….

Did you know that only 15 percent of textile waste is recycled and nearly 100 percent of clothing can be recycled? I would have thought that number would have been much higher since we have so many easy ways to drop off our used clothing so they don’t end up in the landfill. Why not designate a spot in your closet to store clothes that don’t fit or have hung on the shelf for more than a season without wear. When that pile gets big enough, drop it off at a nearby clothing recycling bin or your local thrift shop.

Most of us are forced to constantly monitor our closet space because our homes never seem to have enough room for all our goodies. Think about hosting a neighborhood clothing swap party if the pile idea doesn’t suite your fancy. You could promote it on Nextdoor and meet some of your neighbors. You could even theme it around all the outgrown kid clothes you have piling up and little Jonny and Suzie might meet a new friend too. However, here are some homes that don’t seem to have a closet issue. A girl can always dream, right?

Even if you think clothing items can’t be resold, don’t toss it in the garbage, add it to the donation pile. When you think that shirt or pair of jeans is ruined because it either shrunk in the wash or you spilled wine all over it, don’t be so quick to toss. Clothing can be broken down and used for cleaning rags, carpet padding, rubberized playgrounds and insulation. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year. That adds up to 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to landfills. I know we can reduce this number if we all pitch in so why not start tomorrow and join the movement.

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