Category: Resale Ready

Excessive Architectural Details

April 13, 2015

Sometimes a good thing can be overdone. That’s what I found when I visited a model home this past week in Sarasota, FL. The designer had used quite a bit of molding to stage the home: model dining room In my opinion, it is a little too much in the room above. Maybe if the high wall treatment and the trey ceiling were not both done so ornate. Do you agree? Or do you like how the room looks with all of the molding? Interesting to hear your thoughts. I love the color choices.  (I do think they should have put a little more budget into the window treatments as they are quite thin now. I would suggest much fuller panels to help soften up the room.) What do you think of this decorative fence in the bedroom?: fence I think it is creative, but is it an accident waiting to happen? Especially in a boy’s room. I can just see my son Kyle when he was young. He would try to pull them off the wall and probably poke his eye! I do think this molding width and height is a bit too big and bulky for this room: blue bedroom I do love architectural molding! I am just pointing out what is not working in these examples. As I am going through the pictures I took at the model home, I am having a hard time not critiquing for you. This was not how the blog started. I am showing you examples of molding not done correctly and not pleasing in the room. What do you think of the molding in this bedroom?: sarasota master I do like the color combination. One of my most popular posts ever was Creating Architectural Details. It is about a reader who shared her spectacular and original architectural design with us using molding: Kathleen Now this is molding done right. Just beautiful! She did a  great job making the room unique. This is a good example of good architectural design. In that post I displayed many photos of rooms where the molding was done right. One more photo of molding I do not find appealing: mirrored molding I think the wall would have been much prettier left alone without the molding. And if you where wondering if these photos are all from the same house, yes they are. Too much or just right? These comments are all my opinion. They may not be shared by all. Thanks for stopping by!

5 Renovations That Offer the Biggest Return

March 30, 2015

A question I receive often is asking for ideas on how to improve their home’s value. Whether you are remodeling to bring your home up to date or plan on selling, here are a few interesting facts from an article I read and thought you might find useful:

1) A new front door. (Return on investment: 96.6%) Refresh your entryway and impress potential buyers with a new front door. If your current front door is in good condition, consider painting or staining to make it look as good as new.

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2) A wooden deck addition. ( Return on on investment: 87.4%) Improve the indoor/outdoor versatility of your home by adding a wooden deck.

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3) An attic bedroom. (Return of investment: 84.3%) Bedrooms are a versatile addition to a home. They can serve as a bedroom, a guest room or a home office. An attic bedroom makes use of this often underutilized space and adds value to the home.

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I found so many photos of beautiful attic bedrooms! I did not know so many people creatively used the space- genius!

4) A new garage door. (Return of investment: 83.7%) If your garage doors are old or dated, replacing them will add value to your home. If they’re still in good shape, paint them to enhance the look of your home.

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5. A minor kitchen remodel. (Return on investment: 82.7%) The kitchen is one of the most popular renovations that homeowners tackle. A minor remodel can update the space and entice potential buyers.

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While you may not be able to do anything about your home’s location or age, there are things that you can do to improve its size and condition and add value!

Source U.S. News and World Report

Visiting Open Houses

January 29, 2015

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Do you ever stop and visit a new construction Open House, just to see what it looks like inside? I love to tour new houses and look for different decorating ideas and inspiration. Last week I visited a couple homes in Sarasota, FL.:

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This room is pretty but there is one big color faux pas. Can you see what is not working in the room? I DO like the navy blue wall with the white molding. That is something that can be duplicated in your own home. Very nice!

I thought this was a clever idea to use when staging a closet:

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You can really use your imagination using colorful bags with contrasting tissue paper to stage different areas in the home. (Although the shirts were distracting to me. What do you think?)

I did notice quite a few of the new construction homes are painted in a grayish beige, greige. This looks like Benjamin Moore Cedar Key.:

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Here it was painted in another home:

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Which surprised me actually. I visualized Florida homes with all soft blue walls such as Ben Moore Quiet Moments 1563 or Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW6204.

I am trying not to be too picky here, but I would not suggest using this color of window treatments in the room above with greige walls, (and ok- they are also too thin!).

I did like the wall art with the two sunbursts together:

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At our hotel, I thought this artwork display was really great:

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Creative idea for a large wall!

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I think it is fun visiting Open Houses to peek inside for decorating ideas! How about you?

 

 

A New Approach

January 21, 2014

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I really appreciated all of your comments on my recent post ’Agree or Disagree?’ Did you know when I first had the idea of showing properties with issues that could use a little advice, I was going to call it ‘What’s Up With That?’

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I tried to make it more professional sounding, hence the name ‘Agree or Disagree?’ See how much time and thought I put into this? :)

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A few readers commented with a great idea. What if a reader sent in a picture and asked for advice? For instance, Sally is getting ready to put her home on the market and would like someone else’s opinion on what she could do in her home to make it Open House Ready.

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Or maybe someone would like suggestions for a new front door color.

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I think this is an improved idea for teaching and advice. So, if you have a design or color question that you would love to hear suggestions and feedback to share on my blog, send me an email and we will see how it goes!

Thanks everyone!

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Agree Or Disagree?

October 22, 2013

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I realize window treatments are tricky, but if you do not want your treatments to look out of date, do not let the curtain bottom dangle in the air like the photo above.

Or like this:

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Or this:

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The reason I am mentioning this again is because a new client I am working with did not know this. She said that she sees them in other homes! I also still see them often in homes that are listed for sale.

It might be confusing to some especially when the shorter treatments are still available to purchase:

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I think it is a disservice to homeowners to sell short window treatments!

And please do not be afraid of the fabric catching on fire. In all my years of decorating and all of my research, I have never heard of window panels catching on fire because it was on top of a heater vent.

My advice is if the window can not use full length panels, a shade might be the best solution.

Do you agree or disagree that window treatments should reach the floor or not hang at all?

Agree Or Disagree?

October 2, 2013

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A decorator friend brought my attention to this home above that has just been listed for sale. We both agreed the heavy curtains should come down, the carpet needs redone and the lighting needs updated before potential buyers will call for an appointment.

But what about the dark wood trim and partial walls?:

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I would suggest to leave the trim untouched. I would not paint it white in this situation. I think the dark wood has character and history. I would change the paint color to one that will work well with the wood. As I wrote about here, I love medium to dark tones with stained trim. Grays, blues, griege and greens would all look beautiful.

Do you agree or disagree about leaving the stained trim as is?

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