Take a step back in time when you enter this new downtown Southington, CT restaurant with decor and cocktails that are reminiscent of the prohibition era. Ideal Tavern opened this month and it is a great new spot to check out! Hand crafted, unique cocktails and delicious plates for sharing create an atmosphere of fun and the smooth jazz renditions playing in the background make you feel like you are in a different time and place. We ordered a little bit of everything and highly recommend the arancini balls with avocado aioli and the Mozzarella burratta with prosciutto. Also, the fried green tomatoes were delicious (pictured below). They have a bar bites menu during happy hour and some drink discounts too.
Ideal Tavern is beautifully decorated inside and the service was excellent. Definitely worth the visit and a great addition to downtown Southington! Check out their Facebook page to stay updated on more news and events! Salute!
When it comes to selling your home quickly and at top dollar, presentation is everything. Your home should look as appealing as possible starting at the curb and extending throughout.
There are some simple steps you can take in order to make sure your home looks its best for photographs and showings, without breaking your bank. Staging your home will accent its best features and make every buyer fall in love. Take a look at the way furniture is laid out and make some changes that will appeal to everyone. Research some home décor photos and see if you can rearrange your look to match a style you find attractive. (Pinterest is a great place to start!) If you are stuck, there are staging companies that will come in and do it for you! Here is a video with more information on home staging.
The basic steps are:
Organize & Declutter
The first thing you need to do is clear up anything that is causing clutter around your house. Use it as a great excuse to get organized! Put things in a proper place and only leave out items that add to the overall décor of your home. Make sure you do this in every space in your house – closets, too!
This may seem like an obvious one, but the cleanliness of your home will certainly make an impression on anyone viewing the property. Make sure it is not only tidy, but free from dirt and dust! A few strategically placed candles or air fresheners can also add to the allure, and make a house feel more like a home.
Plant a few flowers, mow the lawn, spread new mulch, and make sure your home looks inviting from the outside! Something as simple as washing the windows or siding on the outside can make a huge difference. This is the first thing potential buyers see when they pull up to your house, so make a great first impression!
When thinking about colors and patterns, neutrals are always the most appealing to the eye. If you are considering a new paint job, pick neutral shades that will match any buyer’s furniture. That way, they can easily envision each room in their (hopefully) new home.
Let the light in! The brighter a space looks, the more inviting it seems. Open blinds, clean off anything that blocks natural light, and add some lamps to darker rooms.
Keep it Simple
You’ve heard the phrase a thousand times: Less is more. Well when it comes to presentation of a home it is definitely true. Do not feel like you have to leave out every piece of furniture and every knick-knack you own. And definitely do not feel like you have to go out and buy a bunch of new things to put around the house. The less “stuff” a potential buyer has to look at, the better, because you want them to see the house as their new home, not all of your belongings.
Basically, make your home as inviting and attractive as possible. Your Realtor can help you with some suggestions, as well as a list of staging companies and decorators that may be able to help if you want to bring in the pros. Sometimes a few updates can have a huge impact on the overall appeal of a home, and that results in a top dollar sale for your home. Remember, you want a potential buyer to walk in and see it as their next dream home, so do your best to make them feel at home!
Are you looking for some fun summer events near you, CT? If you've never been to Eil Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT - you are missing out! With over 36 real ales on tap, an extensive menu, and it's own funky style, Eli's is great local spot for a night (or day) out. They have an amazing outdoor space with beach sand, Adirondack chairs and picnic tables, adding to the chill vibe of the venue.
Next month, Eli Cannon's will be hosting their 7th Annual Charity Beer Fest on August 1, 2016. This year's benefiting charity will be the Middlesex Coalition for Housing and Homelessness, for the second year in a row. Once inside, you can sample snacks from local food trucks and beer from over 30 local CT breweries, as well as some out-of-towners. Local bands will provide music in the background, and the proceeds go to benefit local charities. What's not to love?
21+. Check out their website for more info!
Middletown is a great CT area with so much to offer for the entire family. It is conveniently located off major roadways from Cromwell, Southington, Meriden, Rocky Hill, and Portland. Even if you cannot make this particular event, take a trip to Middletown and explore some of the other great venues such as the waterfront views from the Canoe Club, the KidCity Children's Museum, the Oddfellows Playhouse, or catch a game at Wesleyan University! To see homes for sale in that area, use our home search tools!
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