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But I Love My Themed House!

What is a ‘themed’ house and is it okay?

A themed house is one that fits a very specific decorating motif. Such as a beach theme, or a desert theme. Is it okay to have one? Absolutely! Unless you are selling your home. Then I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you are selling, the theme has got to go.

A themed house, or even a themed room can turn off any buyer that does not like that theme. They may not like the feel of the house, or they can’t see past the theme to see the architectural detail of the house, or they may get distracted.

Now there are exceptions, if you have a beach theme and you live on the Gulf of Mexico perfect! 

 

Or a Southwest desert theme when you live in Phoenix….also acceptable. If you live in Minnesota or any such similar area then it is not acceptable for selling.

Another exception is a child’s room. Everyone expects a child to have a theme of Dinosaurs or something and it’s perfectly acceptable.

Neutralizing a themed home or room is an easy fix if the theme was created using artwork and nick-knacks. Just take them down and replace with decorative pieces that are more neutral.

 

If you have made some large remodeling choices based on a theme it may be tougher to do.

Wallpaper, although a pain to remove, is still a doable task and you need to remove it. Paint is also a simple fix.

If you have made more permanent fixture choices based on a theme such as cabinets, tile or floor coverings, I am not telling you that you need to rip everything out and start over but just know you have narrowed your potential buyers. 

 

 

 

So my word of caution in advance is to not do large ticket items in your home in a theme! Rather get that themed look that you want with decor that is easily replaced and you can take your theme with you to your new house!

If you have any questions never hesitate to reach out to a professional Home Stager to answer all you questions.

 

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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