Does your home need a fresh, new look?

Month: September 2015

NEED A NEW LOOK TO YOUR TIRED HOME? TRY A FEW OR ALL OF THESE IDEAS TO FOR A FRESHER LOOK.

Sideboard - Love this color. Graphite and French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk paint.:

1. DECLUTTER

Number one thing that can devalue a home is clutter.  Like tons of knickknacks, piles of books, and other miscellaneous items that should be tossed out.

No, you don’t need to go crazy but going through your rooms and getting rid of anything that doesn’t mesh with your personal style is a great first step toward transforming your home from average to exceptional.

Walk through each room of your home and edit items. Make some tough decisions. Sure, you love your grandma’s vintage Chinese vase, but does it really it mesh with the style you have taken on throughout the home.  It might be time to store it or let it live in another room with similar family heirlooms.

Next step: Tackle any stuff that piles up—toys (if you have kids), shoes by the door, mail on the dining table. At the very least, find places for your stuff to live in a more organized way; an upgraded closet with beautifully sorted nooks and crannies looks neat and tidy.

2. ELIMINATE GRUNGE

You may not have time for a deep cleaning on a weekly basis, but a few times a year, deep clean is an easy way to make your home look far more fashionable. After all, you rarely see a mansion with dirty baseboards.

Go through your home and search for overlooked areas that have become dirty and downright gross. You’ll want to pay special attention to the grouting, showers, window ledges and tracks, entry door ways and back patio areas.

Having old tile cleaned and re-grouted makes a huge difference in having your bathroom look clean and fresh. The process is simple and quick.

3. ADD—OR REARRANGE—LIGHTING

Designers use lighting to define spaces and separate rooms, making a small space grand.

Think of your living room—where you might have a reading nook, sofas and chairs for company, and a television. Visually differentiate among the areas by using different kinds of lighting: Add a table lamp beside your cozy reading chair and sconces behind your couch for conversation. Consider a dimmer for overhead lights. Architects and lighting designers swear by them.

You may want to use warm-colored light bulbs.  Cool tones are a sure-fire way to make your home look great. Daylight bulbs work best for reading nooks.

4. UPGRADE YOUR HARDWARE

Don’t have a kitchen renovation in the budget? You can get a similar effect for much less by changing out old, dated hardware for new.

Tired of your brushed-steel drawer pulls? Try gold, bronze, or even crystal—or try a local thrift/antique store for a vintage look.

It’s not hard to find attractive options in any decor style for next to nothing. A drawer pull, for instance, might start at just $3 or less.

Changing the counter top and faucets is another change that can make your home look like a “High End” home.  If you have the budget, exchange your dated sink accessories for something fresh that matches your brand-new hardware.

5. REPAINT

There’s no simpler way to freshen a home than painting. Painting freshens up an old look and add a few bright colors to change the feel of it.

You can’t go wrong with stylish neutrals. DIY decorators might enjoy a tasteful, sandy tan tone, which pairs well with any number of woodsy colors.

Paint isn’t just for your walls: Add some color to your front door, window trims or a piece of furniture.

6. FOCUS ON THE DETAILS

Does your home feel a little Blah—and you’re not sure how to change it? Try changing just small items like vases, frames, and objects that add visual interest to an otherwise bland area—perhaps a shelf or console table.

Organize your small items around a theme so that the decor items tell a visual story. Go around your house and gather  items you love that need a new home

For example, take that silver tray you’ve been wanting a use for, add a glass tumbler with a fresh flower, that postcard your parents sent from London, and a white bowl filled with colorful candy.  You now have a magazine-worthy vignette!

Another way to go: Grouping together multiples of the same object (e.g., glass vases in the same color) is an instant update. Decorators often use odd numbers because they are said to be more appealing.

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Willow Woods Quilt AUCTION September 26, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00, Blue Jay Village, CA 

Come early to view the Quilts before the auction!

At the Willow Woods Quilt Walk Everyone is invited to participate!

Why we do it: We raise money for Camp Paivika by auctioning quilts as part of our Quilt Walk. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Camp Paivika to help with scholarships and programs. The quilts come from WWQG members and friends of the Guild, including the Painted Lady Quilt Shop, and other quilters in the community. A professional auctioneer donates time to the auction, and our guild organizes, staffs, and pays for the event. It is attended by people from all over Southern California, and is a LOT of fun.

How we do it: Our WWQG Auction quilts come from two sources within the Guild – 1. The Block of the Month Quilts are big showcase quilts that we all make together, and 2. Each member is asked to donate a quilt they have personally made. The Guild has some materials available for use in the Auction Quilts, to help with the cost. Every member is asked to contribute something.

For more information go to their web site at: Blue Jay Quilt Walk – Willow Woods Quilters

There can be many obstacles you may run into when buying a home but as a “First Time Home Buyers” specialist we can work through them together. Click on the “First Time Home Buyers” link to learn more about the process. For more information you can contact me on my direct number at 909-260-8228 to take the first step to purchasing your new home.

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