The Guide To Living In A Home You Love

Everybody should love their home. It shouldn’t be a place in which you feel you simply “make do” with all the flaws. It’s the one place on earth over which you have control. No matter what kind of day you’ve had or how dreary your office space might be, home is a comfortable and relaxing place to which you can happily retreat. You should feel that warm and fuzzy feeling when you step through your front door. If you don’t feel that way about your home then this guide should help you to live in a place that you love once more.

 

Cozy and Warm

 

Assess the damage

 

The first step towards improving your home is to assess the existing damage. 

 

Tearing Down

 

Go through your house and make a list of all the things you want to change so that you can start to make a plan for the big renovation project. You might find that the changes you want to make aren’t quite as overwhelming and time-consuming as you originally imagined, but the thing about interior design is that those small changes can make a huge difference. The best way to start is to declutter. Clearing out your junk will open up your home and reveal its potential space. You should also aim to get rid of all the old, outdated aspects of your house. Strip back the wallpaper and paint the walls white to create a neutral feel to your home. Replace carpet with natural wooden flooring. A timeless design is your goal; that way, you won’t have to worry about your home’s design becoming old and worn in a hurry.

 

Loving the White

 

Consider alternatives

 

Of course, your home might be beyond repair. Perhaps you live with your family and your kids just keep getting bigger and bigger. No matter how much you declutter and switch around the design, you only have so much potential space available (unless you have acres of land on which you can build). You shouldn’t feel cramped in your own home, so moving might be the best option for you. You might want to look into storage facilities throughout this process so as to alleviate the burden of moving and do it in more manageable chunks. Whatever your method, it might be time to start making a plan to move to a bigger house if you want to live in a home that the whole family can love.

 

Make your home spacious

 

We briefly discussed the importance of a timeless design in the point above. If you want to love your home then you want to make sure the design doesn’t follow trends; it should just look objectively good (or as close to “objectively” good as humanly possible). The best way to achieve this is to make your home as spacious as possible. Decluttering, as was also suggested in the point above, is a good place to start, but you can go further than this. You could put up shelving units on your walls to create additional storage space for your belongings. You could even convert unused spaces, such as your garage or attic, into a brand new family room. Think of creative ways to extend your home, and make it a more pleasant place in which to live.

 

Under the Stairs

 

 

Creating a Warm Winter Bedroom

Creating a Warm Winter Bedroom

 

With winter in full force, who isn’t dreaming of the Caribbean or Tuscany?  We can always incorporate this into our decor. Start with one item that inspires you – a painting or bedspread and pull your colours from this.  Your bedroom should be an oasis or sanctuary from your busy life.

 

Try changing a bedroom into a warm Tuscan retreat.  If it is a large room, this style uses heavy carved furniture; if it is a small room, use an upholstered headboard in a silky material to create the same effect.

The Tuscan style is romantic elegance using carved furniture, silky bedding, lots of toss cushions, vintage pieces, wrought iron, plaster wall treatments, tapestries and ornate accessories.  The colours of Tuscany reflect the landscape – warm reds, yellows, olive green and eggplant.  Always use two warm main colours with a third minimally in a cool colour.

 

The Tuscan style is only one of many Mediterranean styles.  The Greek style came first and used columns, and minimal furniture and accessories — a simplistic and sometimes sparse design that used whites with blues or turquoise, and lots of sheer flowing drapery.

 

In comparison, the Romans were more extravagant, using more accessories, including mosaic-topped tables and columns with scrolls.

Tripod tables and stools were popular, as were tapestries.  The colours in Roman design were earth tones — browns, terracotta and oranges with whites.  Carved animal feet on furniture was popular; and do use a chaise.

 

Consider changing your bedroom into a restful, romantic retreat as your winter project.

by Wendy Reeves Seifert

Over The Valley Home Services

 

Disclosure: This post contains referral links. I may receive a small monetary reward at no cost to you. 

Wildflower Fabrics

Wildflower Fabrics

Wildflower Fabrics

I may have mentioned that I had been working on a new business, this is it.  My watercolour paintings turned into fabric.  The learning curve has been fairly steep but so very interesting.  Actually, calling it a new business is a bit of a misnomer as well.  First I have been painting for about twenty years and second, well it’s not much of a business yet.

 

At first blush I thought I would be able to “hit the big time” right away.  lol  That changed very quickly when my bookkeeper said I needed to stop playing pretend.  I needed to re-evaluate what I really wanted and what I loved to do.  That was easy, I love to create.  I did not have the financial resources to do it all on my own so turned to the company that prints the fabric.  They have a whole program for selling, marketing etc.  Of course I don’t make the big bucks but then I don’t lose them either!

 

Now, you as an individual, can purchase fabric of a unique and individual style to make what you choose.  An additional benefit is there are two other companies that will make or create for you.  The first is for home decor and the second is sewing patterns.

 

Here are the links.  There is not much for feedback from customers, so I would love your feedback.  If you get there and can’t find me; there are so many designers; just put “wildflowerfabrics” in the search bar.

SPOONFLOWER.COM

ROOSTERY.COM

SPROUTPATTERNS.COM

Here we go again…still

January, the month of No Spending; Getting Organized; and new Resolutions!  Yup, pretty much none of which we are doing.  We are in the throes of renovation again.

 

This time we are tackling the kitchen.  Here is what it looked like before.

The Ultimate Realtor Type Picture

Slightly More Cluttered but the same

The Eating Nook? before we ripped out the shelf and eating bar.

Back door Entry

A pantry, kind of sort of

Let the ripping and tearing begin!

 

It starts!

Bop’s hard at work

Maybe an Island?

Three Layers of History

Stay tuned for more wreckage.

Magic Canvas Colorful Surprise Giveaway!

When my children were growing up, too old for naps but I still needed a quiet time, I would try and have something like this Magic Canvas.  A fun activity creating and Mom get a time for a quiet cuppa, everyone wins.  Giveaway US/CAN 11/17

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Messmatz Creativity Mat for Kids & Adults Giveaway!

Love this little mat!  I wish I had them when my kiddos were small, just think of all the places they could be used;  cookie making, play dough, bead crafts, so many ways.  I would absolutely use one in my art studio.  One Winner will have their choice of an In-stock colour!  Best of all…open to US and Canada! US/Can 10/19

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Winner’s Choice of (3) – 8×8″ prints from FoamCorePrint.com Giveaway!

This is an economical and personal way to start decorating your home.  My daughter has taken beautiful pictures from their honeymoon and made a wall collage!  What pictures would you use?  There is going to be two winners for this great package from FoamCorePrint.   US 8/04

 

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Home Sales Improve With Staging

Home Sales Improve With Staging

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale.  The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money.  Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.

Staging a home for resale is, in many ways, the opposite of interior decorating.  With staging we want to de-personalize the home, while the interior decorating we use the client’s personal items, hobbies and interests to make an interesting and comfortable decor.  If it very difficult for a homeowner to see past their possessions to the heart and bones of the home.  This is the stager’s job  to simplify the home so that the prospective purchaser can visualize their possessions there.  By staging your home you can expect it to sell two to three times faster and for at least seven to fifteen percent more money than an un-staged home taken from a recent study by Coldwell Banker).

An empty home is more difficult to sell as it is hard for people to judge sizes without some furniture o show them how theirs will fit.  A cluttered space will look much smaller than it actually is.  It is important to simplify the home, as people will focus on personal items such as photos and trophies, and therefore losing concentration on the home itself.  We don’t want anything to distract to prospective purchaser.

A stager will go through a home with a checklist of over 30 items.  Hard to believe, but true!d  Some of these items are so simple, such as improving the lighting by upping the wattage on your light bulbs to give a brighter and warmer appearance.

No longer are realtors emphasizing location, location, location, but rather staging, staging, staging!  Now is the time to get a jump on the competition by staging your home.  You have only one chance to make a great first impression!

by Wendy Reeves Seifert

 

Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia.   You can find her web site at :  Over The Valley   For more information on staging or with any design questions, contact Wendy at overthevalley@telus.net.

Changing Mood with New Colour

Changing Mood with New Colour

 

Have you ever gone into a room and instantly felt warm and comfortable or cool and serene?  It is the colours used in the decor.  Colour can affect your mood and outlook.  You can achieve that “feel good” look with a smart use of colour.

First, determine what kind of mood you want to achieve.  Next, what direction is the natural light source?  This will tell you how much warm or cool colour you need.

Now what areas can you change?  Is there furniture that you need to keep and work around?  Some can be changed; for example, a dark wood can be refinished into a light or natural tone, or painted.  Yes, it is a shame to paint good wood; however, it is a lot less expensive than replacing it and less wasteful.

Before

Can you visualize an older kitchen in a dark oak stain changed to white, ivory or grey?  Pain the cabinets and add updated hardware  — update the back-splash and countertops and you go from dark and dated to bright and modern at a minimal expense.  If the cabinet doors are in poor condition, you can replace doors only.

Ready for Showing

Introduce your new colour scheme with wall colour and accessories — staying fairly neutral in the major items ensures a long lasting style.  You can change the wall colour years later and have a fresh new decor.  Colour can change old dated decor and give you a fresh new look without undue expense.

With spring on the way, it is a great time to freshen up your decor and leave the winter blues behind.

by Wendy Reeves Seifert

Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia.   You can find her web site at :  Over The Valley

CTMH – Layouts

When I am not working on the computer or painting in the studio, I love to scrapbook.  I have made cards for years, but the 12×12 layouts are fairly new for me.  That is what I love about Close To My Heart, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  They are great for beginners to get started or for the more experienced to use as a platform to expand with their own creativity.

This double layout is from the Hello Lovely kit; using the instructions to create with other CTMH papers.

With the amazing contest I won last month, included was a subscription to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  In there I found a CTMH page with this sweet layout.  There was no instructions but I figured I could make it work.  I have been wanting to do some pages for our sweet unicorn and now was the time.  Using some papers and embellishments from the contest and maybe a few things from my stash, this is how it turned out!  Not exact, but then where would creativity be?  Are you looking for inspiration for your scrapbooking or card making, drop by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and give them a thumbs up and a comment on one of their post.  I know they will appreciate it.

Happy Scrapping!

 

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