A Guide to Moving to the South

So you’re thinking of making the leap. Your dream of pulling up stakes and heading way down south to Dixie is starting to feel less like a pipe dream and more like a real possibility.

And, if you’ve got southern skies on your mind, you’re not alone. In fact, in 2018, more than one million Americans moved to the south, with Florida and Texas topping the list of new transplants, especially from major metropolitan areas like New York City and Chicago.

It’s really not hard to see why. When it comes to the south, there’s a whole lot to love. But southern living isn’t likely to look much like a Designing Women episode. Your own southern saga will probably be nothing like a Tennessee Williams play.

But when you separate fact from fiction, you’ll find the south, with its beautiful landscapes, thriving economy, and vibrant cultures, to be a region unlike any other. Here’s what you should know before you embark on your own Dixie destiny.

The Weather: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Yes, in most cases, southern weather really does live up to the hype. If you’re a snow bunny, or if you have some particular affinity for shoveling your body weight in snow in subzero temperatures, then southern living may not be for you.

But living below the Mason-Dixon line doesn’t necessarily mean renouncing snow altogether. Some areas, especially in the Appalachian mountains of the mid-south, such as in Tennessee and North Carolina, still get fairly substantial amounts of snow each winter — just nothing like the paralyzing snows of the great white north. Even when you head further south, you can still expect to get at least a taste of snow each winter — just enough to be charming, to satisfy the winter itch, before you go back to savoring the mild temperatures of late January.

Unfortunately, though, there are some drawbacks to the south’s storied weather. Summers are hot. Really hot. And humid. Really humid. And unless you’re trying to clear your karma of some unspeakable sin, you better make sure you have great air conditioning.

But that’s not all. Because you also need to be prepared for the temperamentality of weather in the south, which is as changeful as a young girl’s fancies (and if you’re moving to the south, you better get used to colorful phrasing with lots of metaphors while you’re at it). A pristine summer day and a cloudless azure sky can easily give way within a matter of minutes to a monsoon-like rain or, worse, a powerful tornado.

So no matter where you go or what the forecasts may say, when you live southerly, you must be prepared for any weather — and to take these southern storms seriously.  

More Bang for Your Buck

One of the best things about living in the south is that you’re going to have a lot of professional opportunities combined with a lower cost of living than you would find in other parts of the US. In fact, the south is an unlikely — but rapidly growing — hotspot in the tech industry.

So when you’re preparing to relocate, make sure you give that resume a good going over. As more and more northerners flock to the south, you’re going to face more significant competition, even in the region’s lively job market. Nevertheless, punching up your resume to showcase the skills that only you can offer is the perfect way to land your dream job under these warm southern skies.

And once you’ve landed that dream job, you might well capitalize on the lower cost of living to build your own dream home. While the cost of surveying and clearing land for building may be significant, you’re likely to find it’s worth every penny to land your own piece of prime southern real estate. Depending on where you move in the south, you can pretty much have your choice of landscape, from oceanfront to lakeside, from mountainscape to valley view. Wherever you end up settling down, just be prepared for company, and lots of it.

Southern Hospitality is Real

There’s much to love about the south. But perhaps the best thing is the culture. Its history. Its hospitality. Its food. Its music.

The simple truth is that the south is a beautiful land with beautiful people. You will eat better, laugh more, and feel more welcome than perhaps you ever have in your life.

Because, when you come down to it, the south is far more than a place. It’s a feeling, a way of life. And once you’ve had a taste of southern living, you can never go back. No matter where life may take you, you will carry the south with you in your heart, bones, and blood.

The Takeaway

The south isn’t a region. It’s a state of mind. But if you’re thinking of moving down home, there are some things you should know about this extraordinary place, with its flourishing economy, rich culture, and profound sense of community. So do your homework and then come on down. We’ll be proud to welcome you!

Beautiful Home Extension Ideas

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No matter how big your home is, somehow it seems like one more room is all you need to make it perfect. That’s why many people often decide to create home extensions and improve their interior and exterior home design. If you’re in the process of home remodelling and you need inspiration for modern home extension designs, you’ve come to the right place. From attic and basement reconfiguring to building a whole new room at the rear or side of your home, we have a list of contemporary home extension ideas that will transform your home into a living space that you’ve always wanted to have.

Make the most of your basement

Is your basement filled with boxes of old items and other clutter? Instead of keeping it unused, make the most of your home’s space and transform it into a gym, for instance. Maybe you’re not satisfied with the size of your dining and living room. In that case, you can remodel the basement and make it suitable for all the celebrations and festivities. A family entertainment area is more than welcome for families with many children who constantly have friends over. The options are truly endless when you have a basement. So, just think about the type of room you need the most and start working on your home extension.

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Use the attic to the maximum

Just like basements, attics tend to stay forgotten and rarely put to good use. This is the perfect opportunity to create the designated room of your dreams out of the attic. Reconfigure the attic to establish the optimum layout of your upstairs. On top of that, by redesigning the attic, you will have better access, create splendid views, introduce more natural light and privacy. For instance, if you’re planning to expand your family, the attic can conveniently become your older child’s room. If it’s spacious enough, you can build a wall in the middle to have two additional rooms. Installing rooftop windows for extra light will offer enough daylight to make the upstairs airy and inviting.

Think about rear or side extensions

When your basement and attic don’t provide enough additional space, consider building an extension from scratch. Feel free to turn to CGI professionals for visual renderings so you can see how the extension can fit into your home seamlessly. That way you will know what option is the best for your home. If your backyard is large enough, consider rear extensions that will stretch through the garden. That way, you can build a continuous joining between the outdoor and indoor areas. A winter garden is one of the great options for your rear extension. Have a sunroom-like area for the plants that don’t handle cold weather the best. Your conservatory can feature large areas of glazing and a conventionally insulated roof. You can choose to open the room to the rest of the house or not.

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If there’s room between the two sides of your home, it’s only natural to consider connecting them when thinking about home extension ideas. Creating a glass extension will add more light to your interior while increasing your home’s net value. It can almost look like a see-through tunnel that will make all the neighbours green with envy. Worried that you won’t be able to achieve it because you don’t have room on the ground? No need to stress because a cantilevered house extension is the perfect solution to your problem. Create a floating-like structure that will bring more space to your interior and stun everyone who passes by your home.

Consider pergolas and gazebos

Does your backyard look empty? Do you need some type of structure to make it more inviting? Pergolas and gazebos will be just what you need to add more space and interest to your backyard. If you opt for opening roofs, you’ll be able to enjoy your home extensions all year long. Spend your mornings, afternoons and evenings outside without having to worry about the wind, rain or show. You can easily incorporate a variety of devices into the design and create an outdoor dining area or a relaxation sanctuary.

Do you already have a patio, but you’d like to make it more useful? Extend it into a gazebo. With some comfy furniture, decorative flowers and a mini fountain, you’ll have an oasis of peace in your garden where you can forget about the hectic day you’ve had.

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Outdoor kitchen areas

Speaking of patio extensions, introducing an outdoor kitchen can also be a splendid way to extend your home and make more room for enjoying the outdoors. Prevent the variety of aromas from spreading through the home, when you plan to prepare dinner for the entire family and all of your friends, by cooking outdoors. Check out everything you need to equip an outdoor kitchen, and don’t forget to invest in sturdy furniture. An annexe is another manageable solution for the outdoor kitchen area. Instead of extending the existing house, add a garden building for additional cooking. Alternatively, annexes can also be self-sufficient rooms with bedroom and bathroom spaces.

Final thoughts

Looking to extend your home, but you’re fresh out of ideas? Our comprehensive guide will offer enough options to consider. Whether you decide to choose one of these or you become inspired and start working on your own home extension idea, we’re confident that you’ll create a lovely space for the entire family to enjoy.

4 Tips to Help You Move at the End of the Year

No matter the reason or where you’re going, moving can be one of the most stressful life events you’ll go through. While it’s also exciting, doing it the “wrong” way can cause a lot of headaches for you and your family.

However, it’s often a fact of life. The average person in the U.S. moves 11.7 times in their lifetime. Unfortunately, you can’t always control when you’ll move. Maybe you’ve accepted a job offer or you want to get your kids into a new district. Maybe you want to be closer to your aging parents as quickly as possible.

If you have to move at the end of the year, the stress of the holidays can make things even harder. But, it’s not impossible to get through it with a few tips. 

1. Make a Budget

Moving can be expensive any time of year. But, when you’re trying to do it during the holidays, you’ll need to factor in your traditional holiday spending. Think about how much you spend each year on gifts, food, travel to other locations, and even your own home decor.

Creating a budget for your move can make it easier to determine where you might need to cut back this holiday season. Your moving budget should cover things like:

  • Packing materials
  • Hiring movers
  • Renting a truck
  • Unexpected expenses

Taking as much financial stress out of your move as possible will alleviate a lot of stress, especially during a time of year when things might already be tight.

2. Downsize and Declutter

If you’re starting to pack and looking over all your “stuff,” it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  So, before you put everything in boxes, consider what you need, and what you really want to take to a new place.

Moving is a perfect opportunity to get rid of things you no longer use or want. The holiday season makes it the perfect time of year to donate some of your gently-used items to shelters or things like toy drives and clothing drives.

If you want to make a little extra cash for the move (or for holiday spending money!), consider selling some of your items at a yard sale or online. You’ll have less to pack up and take with you, which can alleviate some extra stress and make you feel good about starting with a clean slate.

3. Make Sure Your New Home is Ready

Moving into a new construction home is exciting. But, if you’re moving into a new home during the holidays, the last thing you want is a stressful transition. There are some potential delays you could face, including:

  • Delays in construction
  • Poor communication
  • Under-budgeting

When you’re ready to pull the trigger and make your move and your new home isn’t ready, it can cause a lot of problems. That’s especially true if you sold your current home and need to be out by a certain date.


The holiday season can slow things down for people, but it’s important to remain diligent if you’re moving somewhere new and make sure every box is being checked off along the way so the transition to a new place is as smooth as possible.

4. Change Your Expectations and Traditions – For This Year

One of the biggest challenges you might face when moving during the holidays is trying to balance all of your traditions with packing, scheduling movers, and getting your home ready. But, many holiday traditions include traveling to other family members’ homes, going to parties, or even hosting gatherings.

At some point, you might have to stop and tell yourself it’s too much – at least, for this year.

If you don’t want to deal with excess stress, lower your expectations around the season this year. Turn down that holiday party and cut back on a few of your traditions. It can be a little disappointing at first, but when you think about how much easier it will be to get things done and move into your new place, it’s well worth it.

Plus, you don’t have to give up everything. Once you’ve moved, make sure to set up your Internet quickly so you can get online and connect with family members and friends. If you’re moving far away from your family, consider hosting a virtual holiday event with everyone. You can create a schedule, plan for everyone to be eating a meal, and even have fun events like:

  • A virtual scavenger hunt
  • Gift opening
  • Holiday cards
  • Trivia
  • Contests

Even if your digital reunion is just for this year, it’s a wonderful way to feel close to your family when you can’t be there in person.

There are some things about moving that are always going to be stressful. And, while moving around the holidays can add to that stress, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Keep these tips in mind as you plan and prepare your move, and you can still enjoy the season while staying on track.

What to have in mind if you are considering starting a fashion business

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If you’re a creative person and a fashion lover, you might be considering starting your fashion entrepreneurship. You will finally be your own boss and your hobby might become your real job. In Australia, it is not excessively difficult to start a business. There are some requirements to start a business in Australia, such as ABN, an 11-digit number that is unique only to your business. Other than that, you will have to register your business name, think about the taxes, and a couple of things more depending on the type of the business. Let’s check what would be the most important to have in mind when it comes to the fashion business.

Find a good name for your business

The name of your business should be catchy and not too long. If there is some funny word game involved, it might be even easier to remember. If you want to keep it more serious, then a classical name involving your first or last name might be an option. Whatever you choose, it should be something that will remind people of your profession, in this case, the fashion industry. Don´t make it too generic or it probably won’t stick around. 

Build your business plan

A business plan is one of the conditions for starting any business. Even if you´re still thinking about the options you have and the funding of your future business, it is important to have a plan that will contain all the important steps for future development. For beginners, a professional can help you elaborate the plan, but generally, you can do it yourself as well. It should contain some details about your established goals, milestones, expectations for a certain period, etc. The plan must have a cover page, table of contents, summary about your company and your background, market analysis, and marketing plan. If you can add some personal stories in the description, it would be excellent because your potential customers would bond more easily with your business. 

Find your target group

Your business might be a complete failure in case you don’t target the group of potential customers you want to sell your clothes to. This is where market analysis jumps in. It might be wiser to choose a niche that is not very represented in the market. This depends on every particular market and you should see what works the best for the state you live in. In case you are planning to design and sell worldwide, then there are no obstacles in this area. Whatever you do, be consistent and sell things that correspond to what you announce. If you have a trendy sportswear line, make sure your marketing campaign sticks to that.

Take care of funding

Starting a business implies many expenses and you have to be prepared to stand all that. Whether you have savings that will launch your business to the next level, or you are considering applying for a loan, you have to know in advance how much money you will have to spend before the business starts paying off. Many things enter into this calculation, you will have to pay not only the material for your designs but also retailers, carriers if you sell online, suppliers, etc. Don’t underestimate these expenses and get informed ahead of time. You can contact Australian clothing wholesalers to check how exactly this works. 

Choose trustworthy partners

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Like we mentioned above, there must be some partners who will help your business develop and your designs get to the customers. You alone can’t be a designer, carrier, supplier, etc. Choosing reliable partners who will do their job well for not an exaggerated price is very important. Check several carrier services and find out how much they would charge for the service and if there are discounts for partners. Wholesalers are very important as well because they can provide you with products and services. There are existing products that match the design you are promoting, so you can order them. Of course, the designs that are originally yours can be a part of the special line with your signature label. 

Start manufacturing and selling your products

This implies collaboration with a manufacturer. Don’t forget to have a test batch of your clothing line to check how it would sell. The first batch shouldn’t have too many products. This is a good time to run the first tests of your products against the ones that belong to a competitor of yours. If all the previous steps were done well, you will be able to step up to the market and start your business.

To sum it up, starting a business is not difficult but it shouldn’t be taken for granted either. Make sure you think all of these important things through before starting. Once on the market, things might go slow at the beginning but be consistent, rely on good partners and wholesalers and we’re sure you will succeed. 

Beautiful Modern Kitchen Cabinet Styles

The kitchen is the heart of your home. We all heard this so many times before that it sounds cliché now. But it is a fact. This is the buzzing room that feeds activities in other areas of the home. In other words, the kitchen in the home’s action station. And you must make sure it is in perfect shape so that you can focus on fulfilling the needs of every member of your home—and your guests too.

Kitchen cabinets are an important element of your kitchen in terms of looks and functionality too. Here are some wonderful ways of making kitchen cabinets more attractive. 

Use Veneer WoodThey Are Trending

Wood veneer cabinet doors can add more depth and a shade of warmth to your kitchen. It’s a global trendsetter, and there are many reasons for that. Homeowners want to create a natural look for their home décor, and wood veneer is a good step in that direction. The wood grains are certainly attractive. Buy from a reputed dealer of good quality veneer because there are different varieties available. An established supplier will help you choose the best based on your needs and budget. A good craftsperson will help you create cabinet masterpieces that will make your kitchen dazzle.

Go Sleek with Steel Cabinets

Stainless steel cabinets define modernity, and yet they are timeless. Steel is synonymous with a sleek look. Many homeowners opt for stainless steel cabinets because they provide a contemporary look, last longer than other materials, and are easy to maintain. Your kitchen can get its well-deserved modern makeover with steel cabinets. Ensure your contractor uses high-end steel because there are cheaper varieties also available. They might not look as stylish as the top-rated ones. The only downside is that stainless steel cabinets are costly. However, because they last longer than other types of cabinets, you will not have to replace them for a long time.

Use Lacquer for a Lush Modern Look

Lacquer cabinets are trending in the world of modern kitchens with their bright, rich, and shiny look. It takes a skilled craftsperson to create the perfect finish on lacquer cabinets because they have to apply multiple coats of lacquer followed by polishing and waxing. When done to perfection, lacquer cabinets can last long and even resist scratches. The high gloss shine of lacquer gives your modern kitchen cabinets an attractive look that is unmatched in style and finish. Make sure you keep them clean by wiping the cabinets gently using a soft, damp cloth to maintain their rich look. 

Modern Kitchen Cabinets Can Still Have Color

When you envisage a modern kitchen, the image of brilliant colors and bright finishes come to mind. However, a modern kitchen need not be only about bright colors. You can choose contrasting shades as well. Any colors can be combined to create a striking combination. You can even choose different colors for different panels to create a contemporary décor. In fact, you can even mix and match colors creatively to sport a riot of colors. 

All White Can Be Brilliant Too

A simple all-white kitchen and cabinets may sound jaded, but it is not. White is brilliant and can make your kitchen glisten and reflect the sunshine into your home. It may not fit everyone’s sense of style, but you can pull it off! White kitchen cabinets are also stylish, smooth, and spotless. However, it requires a high level of maintenance. White cabinets make the kitchen look clean. You can, of course, splatter it with streaks of bright colors for a creative finish and make the cabinets look more appealing. Simply put, there’s a lot you can do with white.

Use a Combination of Styles for an Innovative Look 

Are you having trouble deciding which style you want for your kitchen cabinet? You can have them all, literally. Try a mix of lacquer, wood, and some paint, and you can spruce up even a minimalist interior effortlessly. A mix-and-match style is not rare. Use wood for the lower part and lacquer for the upper portion of the cabinets. Use paint for the edges. Or use veneer and wood in combination. There are endless combinations you can try. 

The best way to design your kitchen cabinets to perfection is to consult an interior designer or a kitchen cabinet specialist. Based on the layout of your kitchen and by taking into account other factors, they can provide the best styling advice.