Category Archives: Home Improvement

Does Your House Have a New Year’s Resolution?

We all seem to make them…New Year’s resolution to achieve some big goal. Have you ever stopped to think that your house may have them too?

Let’s start with the most popular resolution. LOSING WEIGHT!

Is your house bursting at it’s seams? Way too much ‘stuff’ crammed in the basement, the closets, the storage spaces? 

Perhaps it wants to shed some of that weight and be able to breath a little easier with some extra space.

 

Another popular resolution is GETTING HEALTHY!

Getting healthy is much different from losing weight. You may have shed the pounds but if you are still unhealthy at your core that weight loss may not make a difference.

     Your house wants to get healthy too! Don’t put off maintenance and repairs to keep the house in top healthy condition. Check your furnace, change furnace filters, fix leaky faucets, replace windows with broken seals, repair missing shingles. 

If your home isn’t healthy it isn’t worth as much when you go to sell it. You may be forced to fix all these core issues due to an inspection anyway which means you will have to lay out the money all at once and in a short period of time. Now is the time to listen to your house and get going on making it healthy.

And last but not least…….IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL APPEARANCE!

Oh yeah….we have all been there. Too many gray hairs showing your true age, a hair style that was popular in the 80s, clothes purchased 2 decades ago?

Your house wants to be released from the outdated look too. A fresh coat of paint with current and updated colors, lighting that shoots the room right up to the 21st century, and kitchen appliances that aren’t considered antiques.

 

 

 

With the New Year here, have a little chat with your house and see what improvements it may want to make. Make a New Year’s Resolution with your house.

Keeping your home in good repair and up to date will make it easier and your ‘to do’ list shorter when it comes time to put it on the market.

If you need assistance in deciding which New Year’s resolutions your home may be needing, hire a trained professional home stager to obtain the best return on your investment.

 

 

 

 

 

A Blog Post about Doors!

 

It is….a post about doors! And no it’s  not a construction post, ha. I recently was on vacation and one of the places we visited was Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. I fell in love with it!! And one of the main reasons was because of the doors. OH MY GOSH!

 

 

 

 

 

I seriously could not stop looking and photographing doors. Front doors, garage doors, gates and doors to gardens. Oh my! The character, the charm, the uniqueness got me to thinking…..why don’t we all have great doors?

 

 

 

 

I have a boring front door. I paint it a different color every year to bring life to it but it’s still a boring door. When I meet with home owners that are selling their homes I always discuss curb appeal and the front door is always top priority. Clean, fresh paint, repaired, working properly are all part of the discussion. Your front door sets the tone for the entire house.

 

 

When working with client’s in updating their home for living, many times the front door is also discussed. Replacing it for efficiency, cosmetic purposes or both. I have met with 3 people this week already who are getting a new front door or garage door and needed help it picking them out.

The garage door is many times 1/2 – 2/3 of the front view of your home. Have you thought about that and what it says about your home? Is the garage door in good shape, clean, freshly painted? If it needs replacing how about one with some character instead of the same old same old. Something to think about?

 

 

Okay so maybe we all can’t have a grass driveway! 🙂

 

 

My time at Carmel-By-The-Sea really got me thinking about doors in a whole new way. They just made me happy! I hope some of these photos made you happy as well and maybe something new to think about when it comes to doors.

 

 

As always, when making decisions about updates or upgrades to your home, hire a professional home stager or designer. Return-On-Investment is always a key factor and so many variables go into that calculation.

 

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A Dream Home In the Country Comes True!

Everyone has a vision of their ‘dream home’. It’s different for every person and my job as a designer is to understand my client’s vision and assist them in achieving it.

A few years ago I met a couple that were selling their home. I assisted them with suggestions on how to get their home in top selling condition, they followed the suggestions and their home sold quickly!

During that consultation time they had shared with me that they were looking for their dream home in the country with acreage and that they just hadn’t found the perfect home yet. Maybe a year went by when I heard from them again, they had found and purchased their country dream home!

They wanted my assistance with some things in their new home so I put on my ‘Designer’ hat and headed out to see it. As you drive up the driveway you see the beautiful country setting and the land surrounding the house. Stunning! Then I approached the door and walked inside. I was greeted with enthusiasm as they couldn’t wait to show me their dream home.

I have to admit that I didn’t get it. My mind was going “Really? This dated home is your dream? You left your beautiful home in the suburbs for this?”

They wanted to talk about paint, some basic ideas, etc but what I wasn’t getting was that the current home wasn’t their dream home…..what they were going to make it was. Whew….

This is what I saw when I came the first time:

DATED HONEY OAK EVERYWHERE….

Foyer Before

BAD PAINT COLORS

Dining Room Before

DATED WALLPAPER

Family Room Before

OUTDATED CARPET

Porch Before

AND THE KITCHEN…YIKES!

Kitchen before

Kitchen Before

But with time this home has changed and oh how it has changed!! With a ton of hard work by my clients….visits from me for ideas and some shopping trips, this home is a something you would see in Country Living Magazine. Seriously. Take a look…

LOOK AT THIS STAIRCASE!!

Foyer After

AND THE DINING ROOM….

NO HONEY OAK TRIM ANYWHERE

Dining Room After

CHECK OUT THIS LIGHT FIXTURE!

Dining Room After

FARMHOUSE TABLE WITH VINTAGE FABRIC CAPTAIN’S CHAIRS

Dining Room After

SOFT SOOTHING COLORS

Dining Room Detail After

LARGE BUILT-INS NOW REPLACED WITH MODERN FLOATING SHELVES

Family Room After

AND YES THE DETAILS MATTER…..

Family Room Detail After

Family Room Detail After

WHITE ON WHITE IS STILL MY FAVORITE….ESPECIALLY IN A SUN PORCH

Porch After

ALL SUN PORCHES NEED A POP OF COLOR

Porch Detail After

AND DRUM ROLL PLEASE…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOOK AT THIS KITCHEN!!! NO WORDS NEEDED…..

 

Kitchen After – White Shaker Cabinets and Floating Shelves

Kitchen After – Black Distressed Island

Kitchen After – Cambria Counter Tops

Kitchen After – Island Pendants, White Subway Tile and Attention to Detail everywhere

So how is that for a transformation!

The main level is almost complete with just the mudroom and laundry room to go. The Master Bedroom and Bath will be the next big renovation and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

So just a reminder….your dream home doesn’t have to be perfect when you buy it!

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