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for your home & life
Decorating your home is as easy as A-B-C
A = Always allow your authentic self to be expressed in the home. What do I mean by authentic self? It’s your true self. What is most important to you? Spending time together as a family? If so, ensure there is ample space for the family to gather & play games together. What if your authentic self loves to socialize and to have friends over? Arrange your furniture to allow meaningful conversations. Avoid the temptation to arrange furniture to only face the television – “worship the box” arrangement. In fact, if you do not have a television in your living space, you’re on trend! Elle Décor reports that tech-less living spaces are trending. Wouldn’t it be nice if we went back to a time when families actually talked to each other after dinner? What a concept! Arrange your furniture so you actually face one another. Placing another sofa opposite, or two chairs opposite the sofa will do the trick, allowing you to have a conversation with friends & family. Allow the space to support how YOU live, to support your Authentic Self.
A also stands for allow only artwork and accessories that speak to YOUR spirit. If rustic farm chic does nothing for you, but antique glassware reminds you of your beloved grandmother, then display antique glassware. Or display grandmother's favorite candlesticks (pictured). If the design magazines encourage us to display some trend, only do so *if* it brings you joy. Your home is YOUR home and it must reflect what is important to YOU.
B = Ban Builders Beige. Last week I met with a great family that loves outdoor activities. Their family photos were filled with gorgeous greens and glories of nature. Yet, their walls were a sea of beige. That's where paint comes in! Painting your walls is the least expensive way to completely transform your home. A soft green – like Dunn Edwards’ Glisten Green - can warm up a room for less than $100. Or if you’re looking for a tranquil feeling in your bedroom try Behr’s Crystalline Falls or Sky Light View. You’ll feel like you’re living in a high end spa. Ban Builders Beige. If you need help choosing the right color for your space, I’m happy to help you. Contact me here.
B also stands for bringing in nature's beauty. I believe every room should have a touch of nature's beauty. A gorgeous crystal geode. Cuttings from your garden. A rustic side table made out of a log. God has made such beauty. Bring a touch of nature's beauty indoors.
C= Creativity. Create spaces to encourage your own creativity. Whether you’re a bookkeeper or a CEO, creativity is essential to succeed in what you do. Allocate space for the hobbies and activities that bring you joy. You know the joke – when you’re only in your left brain there’s nothing right and in your right brain there’s nothing left. Set up a space to do that woodworking you so loved when you were in school. Set aside a crafting corner for creating beautiful crafts. Last year the popularity of adult coloring books soared! Why is that, do you think? When you’re being creative, you lose track of time, and you open up to the Creator of the Universe. There is something so healing when you allow your creativity to flourish. Creativity.
C also stands for create cozy spaces in your home that are conducive to conversation. (Okay, I'm getting carried away with the "c" words.) Instead of ignoring your fireplace, pull up two chairs on either side of your fireplace. What a delightful place to sit and de-stress after a long day of work. Cultivate cozy spaces in all the rooms. I have a pair of chairs at the foot of my bed so we can read, or sit and chat. Very cozy spaces make your house a HOME.
A – Always allow your Authentic self to be reflected in your spaces, as well as keeping only artwork and accessories that feed your spirit.
B – Ban Builders’ Beige. Bring in color and nature's beauty to warm up your home.
C – Create cozy and creative spaces to allow your house to truly be a home.
Let’s talk about getting your place ready for sale. In addition to helping people decorate their homes, I prepare homes prior to listing utilizing what you already have. Recently I taught a workshop on how to stage your own home in order to appeal to the widest number of buyers in your market. A student took the principles I taught, and she staged and successfully sold not one but TWO homes! These principles really work.
Before you go on the MLS, here are a few pointers:
Happy selling..... and best wishes to you in your next chapter of life. I always love hearing from you. Leave your comment below.