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Visiting Open Houses

January 29, 2015

open house

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:



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.:

show house

Here it was painted in another home:

show house2

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:


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

bottle art

Creative idea for a large wall!

bottle art2

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



Agree or Disagree?

September 11, 2013

This home was listed on the market today in my area:


Do you think this home is ready for an Open House? Remember, buyers will look at this picture of your home and make a quick first impression. Here are a few quick suggestions I would offer:

*   Take down all the shelving and everything on them.

*   Take down the window treatments.

*  Get rid of all the stuffed animals and the pillows (including the dog pillow).

*   It looks like the blue couch is not in the best shape, and my suggestion would be to remove it from the room.

*   I would also suggest to try a console table in that area, with a large mirror and lamp.

Do you Agree or Disagree?