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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

Decorating on a Budget

Decorating on a Budget

 

With over 40 years of experience in interior design, I have found many of my clients to be working on a restricted budget.  For these projects I have suggested that the majority of the budget be spent on the permanent items in the home, such as flooring, cabinets and light fixtures.

Lighting

Using neutral tones in furniture, you can add colour in your less expensive accessories such as colourful ready made drapery panels,(approximately 0 each).  For a custom look, buy an extra panel and make toss cushions.  Can’t sew?  Use iron-on seaming tape.  Simply fold the fabric like an envelope, use a costume jewelry broach to pin it together and add bling.

One of the least expensive ways of changing and updating your decor is with colour, specifically paint.  Change your wall colour to a nice warm tone to chase away the winter blues.  Almost anything can be painted – cabinets, hardware, furniture and even counter tops.  I am quite passionate about reusing and re-purposing items, as it is so much better for the environment.  As a culture we tend to waste a great deal that can be recycled.

Before and After

A change in wall colour will alter the whole feel of a room; whether you want a warm and cozy feel or a cool and serene, this can be achieved with colour at a minimal expense.  The following are some colour schemes, although there are many variations.  One colour should always dominate in any scheme.

Monochromatic:  Shade and hues of one colour, light to dark.  Use a neutral to balance the palette.

Contrasting: using opposites on the colour wheel, such as blue and red or green and yellow, always a warm with a cool colour.  One olour should always dominate.

Analogous: uses colours next to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange.  This creates a serene and comfortable design.

The psychology of colour and how it affects our lives is quite fascinating.  A simple change in your deor can affect your mood and outlook.  There are a lot of ways of achieving this on a budget.

by Wendy Reeves Siefert

 

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

 

Updating My Overhead Fan

I was looking at my overhead fan the other day, it was in need of serious dusting.Old fashioned Dust Bunnies

The one in the master bedroom had to be replace last year.  Oh my goodness, what a song and dance that was.  All those wires in a “itty bitty living space” to quote Genie from Aladdin.  I wanted to replace this with a newer modern The Beforeone as well.  This particular fan is located over the stairs leading to the basement so struggling to tuck all those wires, unless absolutely necessary, was just not going to happen.

As I said, I was contemplating the dust and dragged out the ladder to have a closer look.  The fan casing is gold and the paddles are a brown, with a cream woven part in the center.  Very old style.  However the casing and the part that held the paddles were in good shape.  There did not appear to be scratches or flaking on it.  The only thing that looked really dated were the paddles.

Why not paint them?  I have some of our high gloss white left from the trim and thought this would be perfect.  We were a little nervous of upsetting the balance of the whole thing so I did one at a time, which took longer but in the end it looks greatLove the white Brushes I tried

I gave each one two coats, top and bottom.  Even though these were older, the paddles were still smooth and shiny and need to be gently sanded and wiped clean.  I tried using different paint brushes but in the end a small roller was the very best and left a great finish.  I’m loving the new look.Finished

DIY – Chalk Paint Curtains

Chalk Paint came into my radar before we moved last year.  Probably just about this time of year too.  I need to update my kitchen cupboards and decided it was my best bet.

They turned out fantastic and I was so pleased with the results I decided to do my coffee table as well.  It was looking pretty good, then my son used it for a platform to move things in the storage shed when we were packing up.  Now it has great big footprints!  Boys.  I do plan to redo it.

The next project was window treatment for my studio in the new home. [Read more…]

Blue Dolphins

When we moved I had to leave my shower curtain hooks with the old house.  I never thought it would be a big deal.  Right?  You can get shower curtain hooks anywhere!  Oh how wrong I was.

The curtain and hooks in the new house were something special!  Mmmm, love Blue Dolphins.  They did match the tile and the former paint colour.

Blue Dolphins

Classic Blue Dolphins

Did anyone else notice how Ugly shower hooks had gotten!  I looked at Winners, Walmart, Home Depot; I even resorted to looking in the dollar stores.  The only ones I could find I really did not like.  They were too thin and some had a series of beads on the top.  Really not my style.  So when my daughter wanted to shop at Home Sense in Calgary I did not hold out much hope.  I needed a shower caddy as well as mine was lost somewhere in the move.

I was so excited to find so many designs of shower hooks!  I know, it takes so little to make me exicted 🙂   I actually had a hard time choosing.  In the end it was a choice between two and these are the ones I picked.  I think they go well with the curtain.

New hooks

New Button Hooks

Have you had any decorating challenges lately?

 

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