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Remodeling with Less Stress

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The end result of a remodeling project is so exciting: updated finishes, a new color palette, a new chef’s kitchen or Master retreat…the possibilities are endless! But a successful remodel is not always smooth. tips to live by:

  1. Account for the unexpected. It’s not a perfect world and unforseen problems and delays are part of the process.
  2. Get 3 bids and check references. Did the contractor deliver on time and on budget? Plan on having an extra 20% of the quoted cost on hand…you may not need it but reduces stress knowing it’s there.
  3. Hire a designer to make sure all the design elements come together to complete your vision.
  4. Do not make the final payment until you are satisfied.
  5. Stay positive!

Elements of Successful Outdoor Spaces

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Spring is here-time to think about improving your outdoor areas to enjoy for summer. I like to be inspired by resorts I’ve visited. Here are elements to consider to create a retreat feel:

  1. A pergola or other covering creates a cozier space, and provides shade on hot, sunny days
  2. Water features or outdoor fireplaces make for a beautiful focal point
  3. Create privacy with a wall or row of dense, tall bushes
  4. Incorporate lots of greenery and flowers for a lush feel
  5. Have different zones for dining and lounging
  6. Coordinated  seating-furniture should have a common theme


The Elegance of White

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If you are selling your house or just need a change, consider white walls. White has enduring appeal and with good reason. It makes spaces feel larger and the ceilings higher. It’s a wonderful blank canvas so your art work really pops. Just add neutral texture with soft goods and wood, and it’s a timeless classic. Finding the right shade can be a daunting task, however because there are so many whites. In my experience, for a soft and relaxed feel, a warm white works best, such as White Dove by Benjamin Moore. I recommend it more than any other.

Dreamy Home Office

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To create a wonderful home office that you actually want to work in, here are some ideas:

  1. Keep the look consistent with the rest of your home.
  2. Comfort is key, but try not to use those black”office chairs” found at office supply stores. They are not homey!
  3. Use some wood tones for warmth-offices that are all metal, plastic and glass just don’t feel good.
  4. Utilize attractive storage solutions to hide office clutter, and cords.
  5. Have plenty of good lighting-task & ambient.
  6. Hang beautiful art.
  7. Add additional seating is space permits.
  8. If you office already has wood floors and wood built ins, consider lightening things with a gala table desk and a light colored rug.

Bring the Spring Indoors during your Open House

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With the first day of Spring upon us, it’s time to banish those winter blues by bringing fresh new greenery inside. Especially if you are selling your home, place some vases around the house with your favorite early Spring bulbs and flowering branches…Snow drops, Crocus, Irises, Tulips and Daffodils all say welcome to Spring!

 

Update your Powder Room with Bold Statement Wallpaper

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Wallpaper these days has nothing in common with your grandmother’s wallpaper! Take a look at these modern, fun patterns to add life and interest to your bathroom.

 

Roller shades as a Window Treatment

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My new favorite window treatment is the solar roller shade. It’s simple, clean, and there are many  fabric choices ( from very sheer to opaque, and even black out). And they are economical. For the ultimate luxury, they are also available motorized and programable so  can be controlled with your smart phone!

Time to Update your Lighting!

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If it’s been 10 yrs or so since you’ve updated your lighting, it’s time! Here are a few examples of dramatic pendants that can really add the wow factor to your dining room.

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Fantastic, Inexpensive Kitchen Backsplashes

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So we all know backsplashes with glass and natural stone in them can be pricey. But lately, I’m really into simple ceramic/porcelain backsplashes in neutral colors, with interesting shapes. They add so much character, look timeless, and the cost is in check.

 

 

Top 4 Reasons to Stage your Home

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Obviously, I’m a big believer in staging because I have this business. But in case you are still not convinced…

1.-In a survey of over 3500 homes, professionally staged homes sold for 6% more than their un-staged neighbors. You will get top dollar for your home.

2.- In a recent Real Estate Staging Association Survey, professionally staged homes spent 72% less time on the market. Your house will sell faster.

3.- In a National Association of Realty Survey, over 81% of buyers said it was easier to visualize the property as their next home.

4. -According to NAR, over 95% of buyers look online before they call an agent to schedule a viewing. On-line photos of staged homes look better.

There you go!