Category: Dear Kelly

Steps When Planning a Kitchen Renovation 101

July 28, 2018

This summer I have been working with a local couple on their complete vacation home makeover. They decided to start with the kitchen and wanted me to discuss the right steps to follow when planning a complete redo of their kitchen. My first suggestion to them was to find a contractor to work with. That is not easy I know! The contractor will be able to hire the sub-contractors needed for demolition, electrical work, plumbing, permits, etc. Meanwhile, you will have to chose the components that are going into the new space and if you want to avoid stress later, these steps will help guide you in the overall process.

They are redesigning the kitchen area top to bottom. Here is a before photo:

Sharon before

Step One for the Kitchen:

As I tell all of my clients, their first big decision should be the countertop. (the most expensive item in the room and least amount of selections.) Right now both quartz and granite are still the most popular choices. My biggest tip when buying a new countertop is to GO to where the stone is whole. You can look at the little samples and online to get an idea of what you like, but you must go to stone yard to choose your large piece for counters to see exactly which piece you are getting because every piece is unique:

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Updating Your Trim/Molding

July 14, 2018

Are you wanting to change your look in a room, but stained molding is stopping/preventing you from getting the fresh, clean and updated look you are yearning for? I have another solution. No, I am not talking about gorgeous historical or custom made trim work like this:

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I am talking about the too small and thin stained molding that looks like eyeliner on the top and bottom of your wall:

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A solution? Read More

Updated: Exterior Grays

June 12, 2018

I thought I would update this Exterior Gray post since gray is still a very popular choice to use for exteriors. I have added a few new photos of gray painted exteriors with the their color listed. Enjoy!

One question I am asked often is if I have any good recommendations for an exterior gray paint color:

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Gray for exteriors is very popular right now. And for good reason- gray is a classic color that works with any exterior color scheme and combination. I think gray works best with white trim or a lighter version of the color.Read More

Just So You Know

June 1, 2018

Just a reminder that the June issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow. This issue is packed with great content!

Ben Moore best selling neutrals 2018

* This month’s special post is Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Neutrals.

* In this issue I share my favorite top 3 whitechoices for trim for this month’s Reader Question, “  Hi Kelly, There are too many white paint colors to choose from! And all the undertones- Lord help me. Can you give me just a couple good whites I can use for trim throughout my home? I would appreciate any advice! Thank you, S.

* And also in this newsletter, I show the quickest and easiest way to dress up your porch or patio. Plus a good tip that will help save you from stress and headaches!

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Just a Reminder

May 1, 2018

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the May issue of my monthly newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, May 3. This issue is packed with great content!

* This month’s special post is sharing my new, easy-care plant for indoors:

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* This issue answers this month’s Reader Question, “ Dear Kelly, I understand how high to hang my curtain rod for my window, but I am not sure how wide I should bring curtains out on sides of window. What length size curtain rod do I look for?”

* In this newsletter I also share how I get my Porch Ready for the Warm Weather.

 

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Just A Reminder

January 5, 2018

I just wanted to let you know that the January 2018 issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, January 7! This issue is packed with great content:

* This month’s special post is for those who are looking to update their master bedroom suite:

nightstands

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* This issue answers this month’s Reader Question, “ Hi Kelly, I have a grey sofa and Brown lazy boy chair I’m trying to match a loveseat or 2 chairs do you have any suggestions please help.”

* In this newsletter I also share a few ‘Beautiful Bedroom Accessory Finds’ to finish off your bedroom redesign.

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