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 You should also aim to get rid of all the old, outdated aspects of your house.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

 

 

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.

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.

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

The Patio Spot

With all the renos happening inside and out, we are having to be inventive in some of our plans.  Re-using, Re-purposing becomes very real in how you can have something without have to fork over more money.  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have a landscapers come in and plan my yard and put down a new patio.  HowevOriginal Patioer, the reality is, there is more sweat equity available than dollars.

New Driveway
When we purchased this home there was a patio at the end of the car port.  There was a fence like structure dividing the carport and the patio on one side, another fence and an overgrown tree on the other.  Side to side was the wall of the house and a fence with the grape vines.  All in all it was a bit like a stockade.  There were pros and cons to keeping this patio.  One major consideration was that is it was already there and another it was close to the kitchen for BBQs. [Read more…]

Renovations – Will this ever end?

How many of you have said, “Will this ever end?” when it comes to renovations?  I feel like we have started so many different projects and they are all half done.

Remember the basement bathroom?  All except thFuture Patioe electricity and the door done, fairly important parts of the job.  We wait on our electrician, who is very busy now that Spring has arrived in the Valley.  The door needs to be put on by my own handyman, who is in the middle of roofing the new garage.  While he was waiting for the garage to get to that point, he was digging up the side yard to put in a patio.  I don’t even want to talk about the painting, both inside and outside, that I have to finish now that the new windows are in.
However, Spring is here!  Who wants to work inside?  There will be time in abundance when the heat rolls up over 35 degrees, or hotter.  So I sit in my chair pretending the patio is in and plan my herb garden.

Taping and Mudding Drywall

Taping and Mudding Drywall or How a Mother became a Mudder!  With the basement bathroom well on it’s way to being finished, it was my turn to be the troll in the basement today.   [Read more…]

Plumber is coming!

This is good news!  We are to the final stages of getting that basement bathroom installed.  My sweet handyman is putting the final touch on so the plumber can come an install the shower, vanity, and toilet tomorrow.  It is so exciting.  Of course, now we need the electrician in to get lights in there 😀

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Basement Storage

Part of the renovations we began in the basement were because of water damage.  Somewhere, some time in the recent history of this house there had been a flood.  Not a flood like we had in Alberta in 2013, but still there was issues that need to be addressed.  Most of these were hidden gems.  Like this one.  water damage

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