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Home Improvement Projects | Inexpensive Updates

Home Improvement Projects | Inexpensive Updates

Home improvement either you love to do it, or hate it.

After being in your home for a while you start to look around and see things that might need some updating or just need a change. Then comes the question of how much is this going to cost me…Here are some ideas to help save you some money or inexpensively get an updated look in your home.
paint canThe biggest change and least expensive thing any homeowner can do is paint (but not necessarily this color!). A fresh coat of paint in a room can make all the difference. If you have done some renovations and you may have imperfections on the wall, go with a flat or matte finish it will hide some of those. When using color or deciding on what color to use, find something in your home to give you inspiration. Maybe it is a color in a printed pillow, a shade of color in a picture, rug, throw or an accessory you have.  Use those bits of color to develop a color scheme to update the room. I suggest to clients that are looking to redecorate a room, or those that are thinking of putting their house on the market to paint at least once every 5 years.

The accessories in a room are also something to think about for an inexpensive update. Get some new accent pillows, maybe a new throw or lamp, those small inexpensive purchases can give a big impact most of the time.

If you feel that your kitchen is in need of an update, and you don’t want to do a total renovation, see if you can use the existing layout and possibly just update the cabinet doors, maybe your budget will then allow you to splurge for the granite you love. Maybe a new floor is all your kitchen needs. Objectively look at the space and see if you can work with much of what you have.

Bathrooms are another room that can get expensive to update. Again, can you leave the layout- big savings. Possibly put down an updated tile floor with a larger tile say 12×24 to achieve an update look. Possibly you can find floor models of sinks, faucets, tubs that you have in mind which can save you money. Even just updating the light fixtures can change the feel of the room- especially those builder “Hollywood” light fixture so popular in the 80’s and on! When updating  think of the feeling when you go to a luxurious  spa. The bathroom is a new “retreat” room for many people today.

Keep the 5 year mark in your mind when owning a home. If you have the same window treatments, bedding or pillows, your walls are a little scuffed up, or you still have those posters you hung in college as art, maybe it is a time for a change. These fixes can be inexpensive and make a huge impact in a room. If you have some other idea’s I would love to hear about your home improvements!


Redesign- What is it?

Redesign- What is it?

Redesign can be considered the  green way of decorating.  Redesign professionals love to work with educated , savvy homeowners that have a passion their belongings, and have style, but struggle how to put it all together to achieve the look they desire.

A redesign professional will evaluate a room, understanding what the client is hoping to achieve.  The redesign can be as simple as rearranging furniture within the room or home, or adding accessories. The key to a fabulous house is not necessarily expensive items, it’s about the perfect mix of old and new, with an infusion of color and fabrics, and textures.

Redesign professionals have multiple talents and can advise a client on every aspect of interior design.  We can help by doing a one-day room makeover, setting the home up for special occasion, help stage the property for getting it sold on the market or assist in finding the right window treatment or picture that will make the room come together. We know what details are important to add to a room. We are the “go to” specialists when it comes to decorating on a budget and getting the biggest bang for that budget.dining before and after

This dining room looks completely different! By simply using what the client had on hand we transformed the room into a place where anyone would be proud to dine with friends and family! What do you think?


Renovations Dos and Don’ts

Renovations Dos and Don’ts

Once you have your own place to live, we all eventually do some type of renovation or another. They usually turn out successful and we love the end results, although getting there can sometimes be a struggle.

I came across a post by Martha Stewart that I liked with a list of things you should keep in mind when you take on any project. It has some tips that can really help in the long run.

Remember to be realistic about costs plan on the renovation to end up being 30% more than you planned and to take about 25% longer than you expect.

Your purchases on more expensive items can be overwhelming, but once you see an item and know it s right, go with it, don’t second guess yourself, you will be happier in the long run.

Measure and have an accurate drawing of the floor plan of the room you are working on. Include windows, doors etc.

Be prepared to clean, dust, vacuum, and clean some more. Renovations can be messy but they don’t have to drive you crazy, keeping things neat and organize help.

Do your floors first, last is painting the walls. Don’t forget important details like lighting and window treatments to complete a room.

Once you have it all done, after all the planning and hard work that went into the space relax and enjoy!

 

 


Why Stage a Vacant Home?

Why Stage a Vacant Home?

Why stage a vacant home? Simple reasons:

  • To make it easier for buyers to envision how they could live in the home
  • Add warmth and personality to a home
  • To create a longed for look vs. a lived in look
  • To arrange an unusual layout flow and bring logic to the spaces

If a property is worth selling then it is worth doing everything you can to appeal to potential buyers in order to sell the property. Vacant staging can be done in a few rooms or the entire home. Hiring a professional that can create the ambiance that needs to be conveyed to the buyer, is important. Having an agent that understands the importance of staging and how it can impact a sale, is also essential. Experience agents that walk into a sellers home and suggest staging, should be listened to. They know their market, they know what buyers want.

This vacant home In Cornwall NY had beautiful bones but it had nothing to “speak to a buyer.” After a few rooms were staged, buyers could then connect, visualizing how they could live within the house.  When a buyer enters a home that has no furnishing and just empty rooms they are welcomed by blank walls- not so intriguing.

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After staging, the empty rooms become warmer giving the buyer the ability to easily see how they can make this house their home.

staged entrance in Cornwall on the Hudson staged living room in Cornwall NY

 

 

 

 

 

By adding furniture to the rooms, creating warmth and ambiance is what helps sell a home. This house had been on the market for over a year and no one purchased it. After it being staged it received an offer in the first month. By allowing buyers to see how rooms can be utilized, and furnished with items that create value for the space the vacant home becomes more appealing. Do you think it makes a difference?

Let me know your thoughts……


Setting the Table

Setting the Table

This is the time of year we gather around the table to spend time with our close family and friends. Why not have fun with your table, here are some ideas to get you started:

Make sure the dishes you pick are a great match for your style and budget. You can find items at discount stores such as Wal-Mart, Kohl’s or Home Goods, websites,  shop sales at department stores or home good stores like West Elm and Crate and Barrel. Sometimes you can find great deals at flea markets or garage sales also. Look for unique items to complement your dishes, like great stemware, different napkin rings, or linens.

Can’t find a complete set of something that tickles your fancy, why not try mix and matching two different sets? Doing this will allow you also to change the style of your table when you feel like it without having to purchase a whole new set.

To make it all work concentrate on unifying theme-such as  color, style, shape. Personally I like to start with a classic white dinner plate and add different salad plates, bowls and glasses  to give a pop to the table. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try something different, even a new set of candle holders or fun linens can make a table look completely different.

To get some idea’s flowing take a look at these sites, if your Thanksgiving table was eye inspiring I would love to see!

http://www.emilypost.com/everyday-manners/table-manners/71-table-setting-guides

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeTsvWysCkU&feature=youtu.be

http://www.marthastewart.com/359933/table-setting

http://www.pier1.com/TopMenu/GetInspired/DiningPier1Style/tabid/251/Default.aspx

Have a great Thanksgiving, enjoy your family and friends!


How to Make a Room Look Balanced

How to Make a Room Look Balanced

When you approach an empty room to decorate, or even have a partially decorated room, the challenge can be trying to figure out how much furniture and where to place furniture. The first and most important thing before you go shopping is to take measurements so you know the size of a room.

I had a client recently that needed a new dining room table. The room was a long space that would serve as a living room/ dining room area. The first thing I recommended to them was to measure the space where they would like the table to go. They did not, bought a table that they “loved” the style but when placed in the space appeared to be the size of an elephant- a costly mistake. This not only applies to a dining room but any room. Make sure the furniture is in proportion to the size of the room not overwhelming the room.

 

Proportion of furniture is also very important for the space. If the room has tall ceilings the size of the furniture is also important as to if it looks right in the room or not. The type of furniture that you place in a room with 8 foot ceilings might look dwarfed in a room that has taller ceilings, so proportion of the furniture within a room should be a consideration. Notice that although this room has a tall ceiling the placement of the bed does not work, making all the other furniture look like doll furniture in the bedroom.

scale of furniture to a room

If the furniture is sized properly for the space, the placement must also be balanced. Too many pieces of furniture placed on one side of a room can make it feel lop-sided.  Place a large couch for instance across from two chairs to balance the look and feel of the space.

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Balanced furniture is more pleasing to the eye. It allows you to look from one area to the next without having something that is jarring in your mind. It can be a challenge for some though to envision an empty space. That is why there is help with decorators that enjoy those challenges to make everything fall into place.

Take a look around your home; can you move a few things to get your rooms’ just right?

 If you’re still stuck send me a picture, I will take a look and see what we can work out.