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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OUTDATED CARPET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!

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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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Decorating Your Home After the Holidays

You know that time of year when you just put your Christmas decorations away and you haven’t brought your normal stuff back out? Your house is looking a little bare and maybe you are liking the uncluttered look. Or maybe you can’t wait to get everything back out and in it’s right place.

This is the perfect time to give your home a new look without spending any money!  It is amazing how the simplest changes can bring a fresh look. 

 

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First, look at how your furniture is arranged. Perhaps you had to move the furniture to make room for your Christmas tree so before you put it back to where it has always been, think about a new arrangement.            

 

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Can the sofa go in a different spot? Can the chairs be moved around? There is nothing easier for a new look than shifting your furniture.

Next, put all your accessories in one big pile on the dining room table. I mean ALL your accessories . Grab them from your living room, family room, office, dining room, bedrooms, etc. Now…..put each piece out in a DIFFERENT place than it has ever been before. Think outside the box. Mix things up. Be daring.

I love mixing up my accessories and getting a new look. When people come to my home they always comment that I have new things and I don’t. It is just in a different place!  

 

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Play music, get inspired, push the right side of your brain. Even if something may not be in what you think is a perfect spot, that’s okay. Just let it be different. Maybe you will want to add a couple new things to finish a look but at least it will have shown you that things can be used many ways and in many places.

Have fun….I would love to see some photos of what you created!

 

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer
www.RoomsWithStyle.com
952-567-1124

 

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Bring the Farmhouse Style into Your Home

On my last post I showed photos of a farmhouse that I designed from the ground up. Not everyone has the luxury to buy or build a new home but they like the farmhouse look that has been made popular by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper”. If that’s you, know that you can achieve the look in your home.

I really think the reason this look has become so popular is that it is a throwback to a simpler time. The home is warm, inviting, and looks like it has been put together over time. Items don’t match but look like they have a story behind them.

I too love the style and wanted to bring it into my home even though it is far from the farmhouse look architecturally.  I got the chance to visit Joanna’s store “Magnolia” in Waco, TX for inspiration and of course brought home a few pieces!

 

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Here are suggestions on how you can achieve the look.

1) Trays. Use them on an island, a buffet, a coffee table or a bar. Use a tray that has a farm house look or use any tray you have and place a few farm house accent pieces on it.

Here is a  great farm house tray that also serves a purpose on my island. Plus it is a great place to showcase my Grandma’s owl cookie jar! A mixture of modern and vintage.

 

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Vintage iron trays have so much character and can be filled with any items you like.

 

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Use eclectic pieces in trays or other containers that may be a throw back to the farm house days of old. Old keys, spools of twine…get your creative juices flowing! These types of pieces can be great conversation starters especially if they hold a personal story. Use pieces that have meaning to you, perhaps something handed down from your Grandma or Grandpa or reminds you of a special time spent with them.

 

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2) Wood of any kind is always a great way to bring the farm house style into your home but it also adds texture, warmth and a natural element. Both of these pieces I purchased at Magnolia and can be bought online however look at your local flea markets and antique stores. You will more than likely find unique pieces there too!

A large butcher cutting board which can be used different places and different ways:

 

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Farmer's block

 

Large carved wood slabs can be used to hold or showcase many things. In this photo I used a large wood piece as part of centerpiece on a dining room table.

 

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3) Reclaimed wood, texture, vintage pieces and soft floral will bring that chic rustic look to your home.

 

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To create a chic farmhouse look of your own hit all those flea markets and get pieces with character. Remember the words vintage, wood, texture, character and whimsical. Think outside the box and most importantly have fun! It’s all about creating a warm environment for your guests with a flair of your personal style so it doesn’t look like something straight from the floor of a furniture store.

 

As always, I can help you achieve the farmhouse look or any style that speaks to you. If you want to see all the photos of the farm house I designed check out my last blog at “Farmhouse Chic Hits Suburban Minneapolis!”

 

 

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer
www.RoomsWithStyle.com
952-567-1124

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