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December 2018

Reducing Holiday Stress

WOW the holidays are just around the corner!  And I can feel everyone's stress level rising as it approaches.  If people aren't talking about the weather, they are asking you if you've  gotten your shopping done!  This just adds to your stress.
Last month we talked about decluttering your home around the holidays, but did you know it will also help you reduce stress and fatigue?
The first step to reducing stress in your life is to reduce the clutter in your home!  This will allow you the ability to focus, as well as your ability to process things more clearly.  Although deep-cleaning your possessions is a time-consuming first step toward health, it will pay off in the long run.  Do not think of this as "I need a weekend" to start.  START SMALL! 
Working in small increments will not overwhelm you and those small steps will gain big rewards!!
  • While watching your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie sort your socks and get rid of those that are missing matches.  
  • After dinner clean out a file drawer. 
  • Purge the holiday decorations you did not use this year and donate NOW! 
Not only are plants beneficial, they are also one of my favorite accessories to bring color into your home.  Another method to relieve stress is bringing some of Mother Nature's magic into your home.  Although looking at a painting or photograph of plant life isn't as beneficial as a walk through the woods, art that imitates nature still has positive effects on the brain.   
If you do not think you can keep a plant alive, there are plenty of plants that do not need a lot of sunlight or watering and quite a few plants that purify the air require almost zero maintenance, such as spider plants and garden mums.

Schedule time for 2019!
If you have had a paint consultation with me, you know I use large paint boards to help choose the perfect paint color for your space.  I am very excited about the new paint boards I just purchased from Maria Killam
There are some pretty blues, blushes and other fresh colors! 
Contact me to start 2019 with a fresh new look.

What Our Clients Are Saying
We had a great consultation! Paula listens to what you are trying to accomplish and helps with that vision. She helped us pick the perfect "white" for our kitchen cabinets and tile for the backsplash. In addition - we walked her thru our house and she pointed out ways to add value to the house without breaking the bank. I will definitely be calling her again when we redo our master bathroom. - Dana 

What We're Excited About

Check out our progress on the Hedley II plaza!
With the help of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce - Paula Ryan Design, Ryan Homes & Development, Inc., Monarch Cabinetry, and Joseph's Fine Cuisine hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Hedley Plaza I on Tuesday December 4, 2018.  It was a blustery winter day so we thank all those who came out to celebrate with us!
Are you looking for a unique, beautiful, wooded lot that has access to the bike trail and is close Springfield amenities?  We only have a few lots left.  2nd addition has large acreage lots and a pond.  Click here for available lot information.

"I love living in Buckley Ridge. It checked so many of the boxes I was looking for during my home search. It is quiet, wooded and has hills with curved streets. It feels like you are far away from town, but it is just minutes away from restaurants and stores on the west side. The hills provide opportunities for walk-out homes which is what I was looking for. I enjoy biking, so having an access point to the Sangamon Valley Trial in the neighborhood was an added bonus!" 
Salem Estates Lots – Only 2 Single Family lots left $26,500 - what  a steal!
1 Duplex lots left – Price dropped!!
Click Here for more info!  
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