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3 Reasons to Buy a Home in Northern Delaware

Delaware may be a small state, but there are some big reasons to move there. Northern Delaware is a welcoming setting for couples, families, individuals, and retirees. From the friendly people to the abundant shorelines, there’s much to love about this beautiful state. If you’re hunting around for new homes in northern Delaware, you can look forward to the following.

Tax-free shopping

No one enjoys paying more money for something than they really have to. Lucky for Delaware residents, the entire state is sales tax-free! It’s a fantastic break for retirees and others on a fixed income, as well as growing families. Plus, there are plenty of options for making your dollar stretch farther. Northern Delaware boasts the Christiana Mall, which is jam-packed with top-name stores like Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, and Apple. You’ll also find plenty of choices in the coastal areas, like the Tanger Outlet Centers. And be sure to check out the cute little boutique shops that line Rehoboth Beach!

So much to do and see!

Northern Delaware has no shortage of fun things to do and see. If you’re in the Wilmington, DE area, be sure to spend some time exploring the Christina River. It was a central figure in Wilmington’s rise as a ship building and industrial center during the 19th century. These days, the area is home to all sorts of wildlife.

The river is also a great place to get some exercise. Go for a stroll or a bike ride on the Riverwalk, or stop by one of the mini golf facilities.

Interested in a Coney Island-like experience? Head over to the Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk, where you can enjoy the sand and surf during the day, and afterwards explore the happening nightlife scene.

Have kids in tow? Take them to the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge and check out the DuPont Environmental Education Center. Or visit the permanent dinosaur exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. This museum also features a scavenger hunt for older kids and a Nature Nook for the younger ones.

Centrally located

As you can see, Delaware is a prime destination for folks interested in enjoying the good life. There’s a lot to enjoy right here in northern Delaware, but if you need to go farther afield, this region is also centrally located. Most major cities in the region, such as Philadelphia, are just a short drive away or accessible with a quick, relaxing train ride.

Ready to move to Delaware yet?

Once you move to northern Delaware, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. And with the great deals from Montchanin Builders, you can take your pick of new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware. Montchanin Builders is the region’s premier home and community builder, with a portfolio that includes the walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green  and The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Schedule a tour of our modern, move-in ready homes today and be sure to ask us about our special financing offers! Call or send us a quick email via the contact form on our website.

Additional resources for northern Delaware house hunters:

  1. Visit Delaware, Shop Tax-Free at Delaware Malls and Outlet Centers, https://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping/malls-outlet-centers/
  2. Movoto, 30 Things To Know About Delaware Before Moving There, https://www.movoto.com/guide/de/moving-to-delaware/

Color Therapy: What Colors Should You Paint Your Home?

If you rented an apartment or duplex for a long time, you probably dreamt of the day when you could paint the walls any color you wanted or install a custom, built-in entertainment center. Now that you’re finally a homeowner, you can make those dreams a reality. However, the decision of which color to paint your home can be a difficult one. While you’re comparing paint chip cards, consider factors like color psychology to choose an overall palette and the individual colors for each room.

Using color psychology in your home

Color psychology is based on the theory that color can affect your mood and emotions. Of course, some people react differently to various colors, but in general, the following colors may encourage positive emotions:

  • Blue: Blue is an exceptionally calming, therapeutic color. It works well in the bedroom or a living room. It’s best to avoid blue walls in the kitchen and dining room, however, as blue can be an unappetizing color for some.
  • Yellow: Yellow is an eternally optimistic color that symbolizes summer and happiness. Strong yellow may feel overwhelming at times, but pale yellow is pleasingly sunny.
  • Purple: Bright and dark purples signify creativity and luxury. Pale lilacs can be soothing. Purple is best used as an accent color, since it’s rare in the natural world and may seem “forced” if used extensively.
  • Green: Green is considered very visually restful, particularly the darker shades. Light green can be refreshing.
  • Red: Red is an energetic and stimulating color. It works well in areas where you’ll be entertaining guests, such as the dining room.

How to use a color wheel

You should be able to find color wheels at your local home improvement store, or you can find one online. The color wheel should ideally show color relationships so that you can see which colors will complement each other. If you choose any color, its complementary color lies opposite it on the wheel. For best results, pick one of the two to be the dominant color. For example, pair a dark violet with a light, mild yellow.

Work backwards from a focal point

It’s customary to choose an overall color palette first, and then paint the walls and choose finishing touches (like couch pillows and throw rugs) that conform to that palette. However, you could also work backwards. Select a focal point for the room first. In your bedroom, it might be a brightly colored bedspread. In the living room, it might be a stunning piece of art or your favorite sofa. Use the colors in that focal point to provide inspiration for your wall colors.

New houses for sale in Wilmington, DE

If you’re house hunting around the Wilmington, Delaware area, we invite you to check out the beautiful new construction houses available from Montchanin Builders. Nestled within the walkable communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, these move-in ready homes feature modern floor plans and luxurious features—all at affordable price points. Get in touch today to learn more about our new houses for sale in Wilmington DE, or to schedule a viewing. Don’t forget to ask us about our special financing incentives!

Additional resources on home décor:

  1. The Spruce, Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors, https://www.thespruce.com/choosing-interior-paint-colors-4011484
  2. This Old House, Choose Paint Colors With a Color Wheel, https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/choose-paint-colors-color-wheel

Why New Castle County Is a Great Place to Live

New Castle County, Delaware is the most populous county in the state and the northernmost county. The county seat, Wilmington, is one of the most popular places for home shoppers who are looking for new homes in northern Delaware. From the Wilmington area, individuals can easily access all the best that New Castle County has to offer. From beautiful vistas and outdoor recreation to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions, you’ll find everything you’re looking for when you come home to New Castle County.

Lots of community fun

Residents of New Castle County, DE love their annual festivals. There are plenty of opportunities to get out in the community, mingle with the neighbors, and have fun with family and friends. The New Castle County Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, Fall Craft Festival, Blues Festival, Brandywine Festival of the Arts, and Middletown Olde Tyme Peach Festival are just a few examples.

Beyond festivals, county residents enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. New Castle Battery Park is located by the scenic riverside, Rockwood Park offers hiking trails, and Carousel Park features horseback riding.

World-class dining options

The dining scene in New Castle County is one to be savored. You’ll find everything your stomach desires—from American cuisine to Chinese takeout to fine French dining, and everything in between. Enjoy a romantic evening with your significant other, followed by a stroll along the river, or take the kids out to a casual family diner after a morning spent at the park.

New construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware

Looking for high-quality new construction homes in New Castle County Delaware? Montchanin Builders focuses on superior craftsmanship and architectural innovation in our move-in ready homes. Plus, our walkable communities feature plenty of wide-open green spaces and neighborhood amenities. Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls are two of our world-class neighborhoods that blend the best of modern living, while remaining close to nature. Call us today to schedule a viewing. Be sure to ask us how to get $15,000 toward your home purchase, available at select  homesites at Darley Green!

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Delaware Today, New Castle County Living, http://delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/Delaware-Ultimate-Guide/Annual-2015/Great-Places-to-Live/New-Castle-County-Living/
  2. GreatSchools.org, Wilmington, DE, https://www.greatschools.org/delaware/wilmington/
Mature Friends Enjoying Outdoor Summer Barbeque In Garden

4 Easy Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

One of the exciting aspects of buying a new home in northern Delaware is the beautiful scenery. Your new home is the perfect backdrop for hosting an outdoor get-together for friends and family. Whether you’re planning a formal gathering or a casual get-together, use the following suggestions to get started with the planning process.

Select a theme

It isn’t strictly necessary to choose a theme for a party, but it can be a helpful way to pull the event together and get everyone on the same page. If you do choose a theme, it’s best to send out invitations for the event that explains the theme and offers general recommendations for attire. Look beyond the time-tested Hawaiian-themed parties.

For example, you could throw a Prohibition-era party that borrows from elements of speakeasies. Encourage guests to choose clothing reminiscent of the 1920s. Hold the party in the evening under outdoor lighting. Play jazz or blues, serve cocktails, and play music in the background. You could even use invitations that look like speakeasy membership cards.

Host a potluck

If you’d rather plan an informal outdoor party, consider hosting a potluck. Potlucks are much beloved by hosts everywhere because having the guests do some of the work means the hosts can socialize freely during the party. To ensure that your buffet table isn’t overly burdened with desserts and appetizers, you could circulate a “To Bring” signup list via email.

Plan activities to keep the kids busy

Unless you’re planning an adults-only party, you’ll need a way to keep the kids busy and out of trouble. It’s best to select child-friendly activities that don’t require much adult assistance. Set up crafts stations that are simple enough that the kids don’t need directions, such as a bubble blowing station. If you’re expecting a few toddlers, purchase a set of ball-pit balls and dump them into a dry kiddie pool. And don’t forget to serve some child-friendly food!

Have a backup plan

Even the most carefully planned outdoor party can be derailed by an unfavorable weather forecast. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. If you’re inviting too many people to comfortably fit into your living room or dining room, you’ll need to temporarily add on to your living space. Purchase or rent an outdoor canopy to give your deck or porch a roof. Throw open the door so your guests can freely mingle in or out of the house.

Looking for new houses for sale in Wilmington, DE?

You’re in luck! Montchanin Builders still has new homes for sale in our beautifully designed communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls! These home sites are perfect for folks who love to entertain. Both communities feature plenty of open spaces and lots of greenery. The Overlook at Rockford Falls offers views of Alapocas State Park and is near the Brandwine Creek —an ideal setting for backyard parties. If you’re looking for new homes in northern Delaware, schedule a viewing today!

Additional resources for outdoor living:

  1. Real Simple, 24 Tips for Easy Outdoor Entertaining, https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/entertaining/seasonal-events/easy-outdoor-entertaining
  2. Better Homes & Gardens, Easy Outdoor Entertaining Tips and Ideas, https://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/themes/easy-outdoor-entertaining-tips/
Glad young father and little daughter looking at expositions in museum

Upcoming Events and Exhibits at the Delaware Art Museum

During the winter of 1912, a small group of friends got together. All of them had known Howard Pyle, an author, illustrator, and native of Wilmington, Delaware. Pyle had died the previous year, and his surviving friends decided to honor his memory by forming the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts. It was from this event that the Delaware Art Museum was born. Today, the museum is home to an extensive collection of British pre-Raphaelites, John Sloan works, and American 19th century artwork. It’s also a popular destination for families interested in checking out exciting events, classes, and activities. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming events and exhibits you’ll find at the Delaware Art Museum this year.

Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes: The Droller Collection of Picture Book Art

This upcoming exhibit is a perfect choice for families with young kids. It’s open from March 2 through May 12, 2019. The exhibit is comprised of more than 100 original illustrations that captivate children and take adults back to the simple innocence of childhood. This exhibit features an eclectic collection, from the Brothers Grimm to Dinosaur Bob. You’ll see works by notable artists such as Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, and Maurice Sendak.

Family Second Sundays

Every second Sunday of each month, the Delaware Art Museum hosts Family Second Sundays. It’s a full day of enrichment programming designed especially for families. The event kicks off with Art Museum Babies, featuring circle time, sensory play, and a “baby-friendly visit with a special work of art.” The suggested age range is 0-2.

Studio Art Classes

The Delaware Art Museum is a favorite destination for aspiring artists. Originally, it was one of the only places in the region where artists could gather for classes. These days, there are workshops and classes suitable for artists of all ages and skill levels. Choose from photography, metalsmithing, ceramics, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Families with young kids and teenagers should be sure to check out the upcoming youth classes and workshops, like Art Launch, Artwise, and Advancing Young Artists.

Masterpieces of Color and Sound

This concert concludes the 10th anniversary season of the Pyxis Piano Quartet at the Delaware Art Museum. It will be performed on May 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm. However, you’ll want to get there early. Heather Campbell Coyle is presenting a curator’s talk before the concert, starting at 7:30 pm.

The Pyxis Piano Quartet (violin, viola, cello, and piano) is expected to play works by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as a piece by a local composer, David Schelat of Wilmington. Before the concert, you can purchase light fare and alcoholic beverages at the Thronson Café. Complimentary coffee and dessert will be served during the intermission.

Looking for homes near Delaware Art Museum?

Montchanin Builders’ newest community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, is within easy walking distance of many family-friendly attractions, including the Delaware Art Museum. You’ll also find yourself just a stone’s throw away from a walking trail, and state park land. This beautifully designed, walkable community is comprised of just 32 luxury townhomes in order to encourage a close-knit, neighborly ambience. For homes near the Delaware Art Museum, schedule a viewing today and find out about special financing offers by calling Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212.

Additional resources on Delaware living

  1. Delaware Art Museum, https://www.delart.org/
  2. Culture Trip, 10 Must-See Art Galleries And Museums In Delaware, https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/delaware/articles/10-must-see-art-galleries-and-museums-in-delaware/
Woman decluttering, throwing away things from a house

3 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

A house full of clutter doesn’t just look unappealing; it can also affect your mood and productivity. It’s hard to get things done in the midst of chaos. Some people even find that too much clutter makes them feel more stressed out. And the longer you delay organizing your home, the worse the clutter will get. But there’s good news. If your New Year’s resolution was to declutter your home, you don’t have to completely overhaul each room right away. Start small and do a little more each day. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautifully organized home worthy of a Zen master.

Create a sustainable system for your entryway

Does your family usually enter through the front door or the mud room? Whichever entry point receives the most traffic, focus your efforts there first. You’ll need a coat rack or hooks to receive outerwear. If you have a coat closet that’s jam-packed with miscellaneous items, that should be the first thing to declutter.

Next, add a storage space for shoes. A bench with storage underneath will work well for the entryway. You’ll also need a designated space to hold keys, or a key rack on the wall. These designated storage spaces create an organizational system that’s easy for family members to follow, which will reduce future clutter.

Deal with paperwork and junk mail

Junk mail and miscellaneous papers comprise a significant portion of the clutter in most homes. Your first step is to get all of it together in one place. Then, sort it into three piles: One to discard immediately, another for the shredder, and a third to keep. Now that you’ve got your papers under control, you’ll need an inbox tray or basket. Ask all family members to put the mail and any other papers in the inbox tray. Several times per week, sort through it to prevent it from getting out of control again.

Visit donation drop-off points

Your community probably has a Goodwill shop or consignment shop, or perhaps those receptacles for donated clothing placed in strategic areas. Become acquainted with these drop-off points, and use them frequently. As you work through the rest of your home, put items you don’t need and will likely never use again in a box. After a decluttering session, put the box in your car immediately and drop off the items the next day. You’ll love the satisfying feeling you get each time you get rid of another box of clutter.

Check out these new communities in Wilmington, DE

If your growing family needs more space to stay organized, then it’s time to explore the beautiful, family-friendly communities near Wilmington, Delaware. Montchanin Builders invites you to explore the walkable, planned neighborhoods of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Schedule a viewing of one of our masterfully crafted homes for sale in Wilmington, DE. You’ll find plenty of space for your growing family in our move-in ready homes. Get in touch today at 302-472-7212, and be sure to ask us about special financing opportunities!

Additional resources for homeowners

  1. Good Housekeeping, How to Declutter Your Home, According to Organizing Experts, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g656/decluttering-tips/
  2. Prevention, How To Declutter Every Room In Your House To Reduce Anxiety And Stress, https://www.prevention.com/life/a20516000/declutter-your-home-0/
family in skates skating together on rink

Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Wilmington, DE

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an accomplished athlete, ice skating is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. There are a couple of skating rinks in Wilmington, DE, and a few more that are just a short drive away. When you go to the rink, wear comfortable athletic clothing. Leggings, a long-sleeve T-shirt, and a sweater or sweatshirt will keep you warm. You should also bring gloves or mittens, and a hat or scarf.

The Riverfront Rink

Most skating rinks are outdoors, but families in Wilmington, DE are treated to an outdoor arena every winter! The Riverfront Rink is a seasonal attraction located at the Justison Landing Green on the Riverwalk. This season, the rink will remain open until March 4, 2019. The Riverfront Rink is fairly large, able to accommodate up to 350 skaters, and all ages and ability levels are welcome.

Although it’s a temporary, outdoor installation, this ice skating rink doesn’t skimp on the amenities. You can rent skates there, or get your own skates sharpened. A limited number of locker rentals are also available. The rink is open seven days per week through the season. Parents: If your child’s birthday is coming up, consider purchasing a private party package! Other reservations are taken for fundraisers and other private parties.

The Skating Club of Wilmington

The Skating Club of Wilmington is a unique fixture in the community. It’s a nonprofit group that strives to accommodate a balanced blend of hockey, ice dancers, figure skaters, serious competitors, synchronized skating teams, and recreational skaters. Skaters of all ages are welcome here.

If you’re interested in taking ice skating lessons, this is the place to go. The rink offers child, youth, and adult classes. Group and private lessons are available. Like the Riverfront Rink, the Skating Club of Wilmington also offers reservations for private fundraisers and birthday parties. The onsite Sharper Edge Skate Shop offers sharpening, waterproofing, and skate and boot repairs.

IceWorks Skating Complex

The IceWorks Skating Complex is located in Aston, PA, which is just a 20-minute drive away from Wilmington. Its name says it all—it’s a huge complex that includes three NHL-size ice rinks and one Olympic-size rink. It also includes a pro shop, arcade, restaurant, and a Pub and Grill. More than 180 hockey teams at all levels call IceWorks home. It’s also home to the IceWorks Skating Club.

Homes for sale in Wilmington, DE

Fantastic recreational opportunities and family-friendly activities are just a few of the perks of living near Wilmington, Delaware. If you’re thinking of moving to the area, or you’re already a resident and you’re ready for your dream home, it’s time to check out the picture-perfect Delaware townhome communities designed by veteran home builders in Delaware, Montchanin Builders.

Our new home communities in Delaware, including Darley Green, The and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, feature gorgeous affordable family home communities and single-family homes. All move-in ready homes are designed with the needs of today’s modern family in mind. Schedule a viewing today and ask us about special financing deals by calling 302-472-7212.

Additional resources on Delaware living:

  1. Riverfront Rink, http://riverfrontrink.com/
  2. The Skating Club of Wilmington, https://skatewilm.com/
home sweet home

4 Creative Housewarming Gift Ideas

There are so many exciting aspects of buying a new home in Delaware: From meeting new neighbors to figuring out which is your new favorite coffee shop. Throwing a housewarming party is just one more fun way to celebrate new homeownership. If you’re attending a housewarming party as a guest, you won’t have to worry about decorating the house or arranging the catering. But you should bring a housewarming gift to show your appreciation. Here are a few creative ideas to inspire you.

Practical gifts

Many homeowners prefer practical gifts over knickknacks. If your friend is a first-time homeowner, consider gifting a basic tool set. It’ll make it easier for your friend to assemble new bookshelves and get crafty on the weekends. Along those lines, consider gifting a picture hanging tool so your friend can hang perfectly straight pictures in the new house.

Another practical choice, which many homeowners don’t own but should, is a fire extinguisher. Every building needs one. Residential fire extinguishers are small and easy to tuck out of the way. These days, you can even find fire extinguishers with different colors and patterns on the case.

Small stuff

Small gifts can be just as thoughtful as big ticket items. Consider assembling a gift basket of useful and unique items for your friends. You could have address labels made for the new residence. Chalk labels are always helpful for organizing items in the kitchen or craft room. Toss in a home maintenance guidebook, some fancy candles, and a personalized cheese board to complete the gift basket.

Edible housewarming gifts

Nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood!” quite as well as edible gifts. You can purchase pre-assembled coffee, hot chocolate, and tea gift baskets, or make your own. Breakfast baskets are also popular. Look for fancy pancake mixes, real maple syrup, jams and jellies, and boxed mixes for scones and biscuits.

Bring your edible gift basket to the next level by mixing in related, but inedible items. If your friends love wine, add some cute wine charms and an electric corkscrew. Look for coasters that are personalized to the geographic area of the new home. In a breakfast basket, you could add a couple of specialized pancake plates.

Living housewarming gifts

Every home needs at least one plant. Help your friends get a head start by bringing a small plant in a beautiful planter. If your friends don’t have green thumbs, look for plants that are hard to kill, like succulents. Another fun idea is to gift several small potted herbs. Your friends will love them arranged on the windowsill in the kitchen.

Check out new homes for sale in Wilmington, DE

Are you ready to achieve the American dream of homeownership? Contact Montchanin Builders to tour our beautiful homes for sale in Wilmington, DE. From gourmet kitchens to inviting wraparound porches, our homes will exceed your expectations. Call us today at 302.472.7212 and ask about getting $15,000 toward your purchase, available on select homesites at the Darley Green. You can also set a personal appointment to tour move-in ready homes available at  The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green!

Additional resources for housewarming parties

  1. Buzzfeed, 40 Housewarming Gifts People Actually Want, https://www.buzzfeed.com/mackenziekruvant/housewarming-gifts-people-actually-want
  2. Good Housekeeping, 30 Thoughtful (and Affordable) Housewarming Gifts, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home-products/g1025/starter-housewarming-gifts/
Group of diverse people are gathering for christmas holiday

5 Ways to Make Extra Space for Holiday Houseguests

Heading home for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, but what if yours is the home that everyone is headed to? It can be tricky to fit everyone together under one roof, and booking hotel rooms just isn’t a good way to stay close during the holidays. Instead, try these easy strategies presented by Montchanin Builders.

Upgrade your sofa to a sofa bed

Add one more stop to your holiday shopping to-do list. At the furniture store, look for a sofa bed that will blend in with the existing décor in your family room or living room. This is a good option for homes that lack a dedicated guest bedroom. During the day, the sofa will provide needed seating options. But it can be easily folded out to become a comfortable bed for your houseguests at night.

Consider purchasing an air mattress

Invest in an air mattress to provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for guests in a pinch. Air mattresses are constructed far better these days than they used to be. And there’s no need to manually pump in air. Just attach the electric air pump to inflate the bed. Some electric air pumps will also deflate the bed for added convenience. Once your guests leave, all that’s needed is to roll up the deflated bed, secure it within its case or bag, and store it away from heat sources.

Give your guests some privacy

While you’re shopping, look for a pretty room divider or folding screen. You don’t have to leave the room divider set up during the day—just bring it out in the evening to give your houseguests a little more privacy.

Pick up the clutter

Everyone plans to clean before houseguests arrive, but go a step further and clear away enough clutter to give your guests some storage space. Make a little room in the closet or set up a garment rack so your guests can put away their items during their stay.

Plan a family sleepover

If you’d rather not purchase a new sofa bed, there’s another option: Plan a family sleepover. If you have kids, you could have them temporarily share a room. Whichever kid is temporarily moving to another room should pick up his or her bedroom and relocate all personal belongings that he or she might need for the duration of the guests’ stay. Your houseguests will feel more comfortable if the child doesn’t need to constantly enter the room to grab personal belongings.

If you only have one child, you could ask him or her to temporarily relocate to the master bedroom. Make the family sleepover fun and exciting for your child, such as by planning a family movie night or game night.

Is it time for a larger home for your growing family?

If picking up the clutter doesn’t do enough to free up space in your home, it may be time to consider a more permanent solution, like a new, move-in ready home built by Montchanin Builders. Our expert craftsmen build new construction homes in Wilmington, DE within our masterfully designed, walkable communities. You can find the perfect townhouse or single-family home to accommodate your growing family. If you’re ready to move, give us a call at 302.472.7212 and we’ll explain the special financing deals that can help you move into a custom home large enough for your growing family. Tour our communities of Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall today!

Additional resources for organizing the home

  1. Southern Living, 10 Things You Need to Do Before Houseguests Arrive, https://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/prepare-for-houseguest
  2. Martha Stewart, 9 Tips for Hosting a Houseguest Without a Guest Room, https://www.marthastewart.com/1508801/tips-hosting-houseguest-without-guest-room
making paper snowflakes for decoration windows. Mother and child creating decorations.

Cozy Home Decorating Ideas for Winter

The Delaware countryside is breathtaking in the winter, especially right after new snow has fallen on the trees. In the Wilmington area, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities for families to enjoy during the winter. Whether you prefer hitting the slopes, heading to the ice rink, or just enjoying a mug of hot cocoa in one of Wilmington’s coffee shops, you’ll want to come home to a beautifully decorated winter wonderland. This year, ditch the plastic lawn reindeer and instead try these chic and cozy home decorating ideas.

Evergreen garlands

Check your local gardening store for fresh evergreen garlands. Cedar, boxwood, and holly are all good choices. Drape the beautiful greenery across the mantel of your fireplace, along the top of tall furniture, and over the entryway door frame. Add an evergreen wreath to the outside of your door. You could even use an evergreen centerpiece for your dining room table.

A touch of plaid

Plaid embodies the essence of coziness during the wintertime. Drape a plaid throw blanket over the back or arm of the sofa. Add plaid bowties to the tree. One eye-catching approach is to take three to four small plaid throws and use them as a layered tablecloth. Lay the largest throw across the table, as you would an actual tablecloth. Drape the others in an asymmetrical fashion, so that one corner of a throw reaches down toward the floor and the other stretches toward the center of the table. In the bedrooms, top the mattresses with plaid blankets.

Pine cones

Some kids love to collect bits of nature and bring them home. If you have kids with a pine cone collection, you can put it to work in your wintertime decorations. Try to find pine cones of varying sizes—from large and sturdy to diminutive. Rinse them in running water and let them air dry completely. Then, you can leave them au naturel or spray paint them with a clear coat. Doing this will seal in the sticky sap and prevent it from getting on your furniture or upholstery. Consider spray painting a few pine cones in seasonal colors, like bright silver or gold. Use the pine cones to create centerpieces for the coffee table or to scatter among your garlands.

Scents

Professional decorators try to engage multiple senses by incorporating textures, colors, and scents into the overall design scheme. If you do use fresh garlands, they will introduce a pleasant pine scent to your home. But you can also add some potpourri bowls to your home. Choose potpourri with scents like cinnamon or pine needles.

Homes for sale in North Wilmington, DE

For North Wilmington Delaware homes for sale, schedule a viewing of the architecturally exquisite, move-in ready homes by Montchanin Builders—a local builder renowned for fine craftsmanship and neighborly communities. Montchanin Builders invites you to tour our close-knit communities of Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall. When you do, be sure to ask us about how you can qualify for $15,000 toward your purchase of a custom, move-in ready home. Call 302-472-7212 today!

Additional resources for homeowners

  1. House Beautiful, 10 Cozy Decorating Ideas That Make Winter Suck A Little Less, https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/g23082766/winter-decorations-ideas/
  2. Country Living, 25 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas to Brighten Up the Dreariest Winter Days, https://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g2921/winter-decorating-ideas/