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If You Can See Through It – Clean It

When selling your house, if you can see through it, it must sparkle!

Let’s look at the list:

Windows:

That means inside and out, all levels of your home and yes the screens too. Your home does show better without the screens at all so clean them and put them in your storage area.

Dirt, grim, winter grit all need to go! That includes the tracks of the window sills.

Light Fixtures:

Buyers don’t know if the light fixtures are worn, corroded or just plain old dirty. Spit and polish is the key on both interior and exterior light fixtures.

Glass shower doors:

Ugh….soap build up and water spots on beautiful glass shower doors is such a turn off. It screams to the buyer that they are walking into someone else’s home and who wants to shower in something that doesn’t look fresh and clean.

The buyer may think that the doors don’t come clean at all and that they will need to purchase a new shower door if they buy your house….thus a lower offer to you. As a side note, if they don’t come clean than you may need to replace them, especially if it is the Master Bath. If you are competing with new construction homes in your area, it is even more important.

Glass top tables:

I know the buyer is not buying your glass coffee table but it does send a signal, if you can’t keep your furniture clean how well did you maintain the bigger things like the furnace? The little things matter.

Cleaning all the transparent surfaces of your home is the easiest way to get your house ready for sale. Here is where some sweat equity can really pay off.

For other ‘must do’ things to do to get your house in top selling condition, ask a professional home stager who will tailor the list specific to you.

What Do You Think of Floating Shelves?

It seems as though it is either a love or hate response when I ask that question to my design clients.

The #1 reason people tend to not like them is “My mess will be out in the open for everyone to see.” Or….”I will have to keep them neat all the time and that will be too much work.”

I get that, I totally understand that response. I have seen some kitchens with all opening shelving and I think “where do they hide their mess?” as everyone has at least one junky area in a kitchen that needs to be hidden!

But my oh my, if you can just get past that first instinct about floating shelves, they are so beautiful. You don’t have to use them everywhere…..maybe just one set in a kitchen, bedroom or family room.

I really believe if floating shelves are done correctly they make an incredible statement in the room and can even be a selling feature of the home. Take a look at these examples.

 

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In this home I used floating shelves above a bar area with a dark navy accent wall behind them. The combination creates a wow factor for the family room and leaves the area with a more open feeling then if there were enclosed cabinets on the walls.

 

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The shelves still allow plenty of storage area to display fun glasses, bottles of wine and a couple eclectic accent pieces. The shelves I selected for this area are a little rustic to fit the casual feel of the room and are about 4″ wide which is all you need for glasses and bottles.

 

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Now look at this kitchen in which I put in floating shelves. Now that is a statement! I tiled behind the shelves on the entire wall for extra drama. Aren’t these incredible instead of just more cabinets.

 

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The dark stained wood is such a great contrast with the white and these shelves are 10″ wide allowing depth for dinner plates. They are  a more sleek smooth finish so not as rustic as the ones pictured above.

 

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There are so many options to create your own fun wall! You can have the shelves bolted into the wall like I did here or have fun brackets under them. Adding pocket lights under them like on these examples is an added bonus.

So what is your verdict on floating shelves now? My vote is ‘LOVE THEM!!”

 

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So if you are building or remodeling, or just want to rip out a cabinet or two for a new look consider adding floating shelves!

 

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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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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