Category: Resale Ready

Lessons On the Other Side of Buying/Selling a Home

July 7, 2018

fter all of these years giving advice to people buying or selling a home, it is very strange being on the other side of the fence . I have learned a few  interesting facts I thought you might enjoy.

For instance, I thought my home was decorated well:

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But not to the realtor. She made me take everything down and now it looks so empty to me:

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She did that in almost every room. At least I have good wall colors! I just read an article that said that grays and whites are best and red is the worst color to paint interior walls because it is strongly disliked by many. BUT, the same article says red is a great front door color and it is universally well received. Speaking of front doors,  the biggest boost came from a black or charcoal gray front door—studies found that homes with a front door in one of these colors could sell for $6,271 more than expected! sourceRead More

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:

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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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Trim- It’s All About the Size

June 20, 2017

I recently worked with a client who had questions regarding the trim in her home:

We are currently redoing the exterior of our house to have more craftsman look. So, now that we are at the point of putting trim around new windows and doors, we are starting to be forced to know what we will do with the interior. We currently love the wood floors and the style of the new front door, despite that it’s darker than we anticipated.

I’m hoping you are comfortable as one designer’s opinion of what would look best if we want to continue integrating craftsman style, yet contemporary mixed in, into the inside. Here is what we are debating:

1. White trim or stained trim (I think white will brighten and not make it so much brown as we currently have going on).

If we do wide white trim (craftsman look above doors), do we do white doors or attempt to re-stain our doors. Or, buy new doors – white or stained? “

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My first thought, before even considering the color of the new trim, was the size of the baseboard that currently exists. Looking at the photo, the molding looks a bit too small and out of proportion with the wall:Read More

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.:

Blue Wall

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:

bottle art

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?