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A Gracious Guest Room

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It goes without saying that a guest room has a good bed with fresh linens. But what other things make your guest really feel at home? Here are some extra touches you may consider:

  1. Bed side table with reading lamp, clock, water carafe & glass, box of tissues.
  2. A place to set a suitcase -folding luggage rack or bench
  3. Chair to sit and have a place for resting clothes at night
  4. Empty closet with matching hangers, extra pillows, extra blanket, ironing board and iron, and hamper
  5. Full length mirror
  6. Empty dresser
  7. Waste basket
  8. Door hook for purse & jacket

Last, it should be clutter free- this should not be a space for your excess stuff. Should be a relaxing retreat for your guest.

 

DIY Kitchen updates

by kathyregini | Comments Off on DIY Kitchen updates

Here are a few ideas for updates that won’t break the bank and can make a big difference.

1. New cabinet hardware- updates tired cabinets

2. New faucet- instant style

3.Add free standing stainless steel island-adds functionality, too!

4. New lighting- gorgeous pendant styles out there now

5. Replace backsplash-glass or subway is a great way to go

6. Add herbs in pots of a cheerful color -adds an organic softness

7. Add a fun colored rug

 

The Beauty of an Open Staircase

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Open staircases are beautiful and functional, often filled with more light, plus feeling more spacious that traditional stairs with walls on both sides.

The Beauty of Subway Tile

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Last three kitchens I helped to remodel, the homeowners wanted subway tile backsplashes. It’s an awesome choice! It is so flexible…goes with a variety of cabinet styles, always classic (yet on trend!), and makes a great backdrop for wood or other color accents. Especially when paired with gray grout, it’s amazing. My no-fail go-to!

 

 

Mirrors in the Home

by kathyregini | Comments Off on Mirrors in the Home

Mirrors are a great way to capture light and reflect beautiful things. Here are a few suggestions:

1.Use them in narrow hallways, staircases and small rooms to widen the spaces visually.

2.Lean large upright mirrors rather than installing them on the wall. Place on floor and allow to rest against wall. Adds instant texture and interest to a spot.

3. Place mirrors across from a future you love, a window, a piece of art, chandelier, etc. It needs to reflect something that is worth looking at!

 

Moveable Kitchen Island

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If you could use a little extra workable counter space, a rolling/moveable kitchen island may be the solution. Stainless is a perfect choice for a material as it goes with most kitchens, and you don’t have to worry about coordinating counter tops or cabinetry!

Creating A Master Retreat

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It’s common to spend your decorating energy and budget on the main rooms of a house. But don’t overlook the master bedroom! It’s important to have a space that is all your own, with things you really love. A calm, peaceful refuge. Here’s a few tips:

  1. Lighting. Avoid overhead lights, opt for floor an table lamps on dimmers.
  2. Bedding. Invest in quality, a beautiful, inviting bed with super soft linens.
  3. Carpet. Add a fluffy, soft carpet underfoot.
  4. Color. Keep it neutral- more soothing.

When you need inspiration, think about expensive hotel rooms. They know.

Open House Checklist

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When your home is on the market and your realtor has scheduled an open house, here’s your checklist!

ACOS-Open House Checklist

 

Simple and Beautiful Design

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The Scandinavians know stylish simplicity. Their approach is to pare things down, rather than adorn and embellish.  The result is not minimalist or clinical,  it’s cozy and inviting. They use natural materials and strike a great balance of comfort, function, and beauty. Although it’s thoughtful, it is also clean and uncomplicated.   The perfect environment to make you feel happier!

Tips for Winter Curb Appeal

by kathyregini | Comments Off on Tips for Winter Curb Appeal

If you are selling your home, you should not slack on curb appeal just because it’s winter. Making that great first impression is still very important. Here are a few pointers:

  1. Remove any snow/ice on front walk way. It is not a good feeling to slip and slide–we only want positive thoughts as buyers approach the home.
  2. Keep the yard tidy. Rake and use the blower to pick up debris.
  3. Make sure the front door is perfect-paint or stain if needed, replace dated or worn hardware, and possibly even add a beautiful winter wreath.
  4. Clean the front porch lighting so the glass sparkles, and make sure the bulbs match and give off good light.
  5.  Add a large planter or two with cold weather plants in them such as small evergreen trees or bushes.
  6. Place a large, good quality mat in front of door.