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What’s in it for me Ms. Decorator?

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

How can hiring an interior decorator help save you money and time?

                                                   Gary McBournie

A good decorator’s main goal should be to help the client make their home updated and stylish as well as comfortable and functional,  using the client’s existing furnishings (tables, chairs and lamps) as much as possible to avoid buying all new.



Your decorator should have a good background in color selection, or know where you can get the best help.  She can help you save so much time and money by picking out the perfect colors for your home the first time.







Wouldn’t that be nice to finally decide on that perfect paint color for the bedroom you have been working on and stressing about the past year?

MiMi Read

MiMi Read

 Another great benefit to using a decorator,  is help with finally figuring out how to arrange your furniture into a balanced, cohesive look.  Sometimes it takes a professional to be able to look at the existing arrangement and make it into a more comfortable and updated look.  A good decorator will show you how to bring everything in the room (furniture, flooring, rugs, art and accessories, window treatments and especially lighting) together for that pulled together ‘wow’ designer look.familyroom                                                Photo Image

Artwork and accessory placement is one of the most important, but confused or overlooked steps  in your room design. Or, you have a lot of great pieces, but do not know how to arrange effectively to look beautiful.  A decorator has been trained in this and knows it’s in the little details that make a room work.

                                             T. Keller Donovan

 Gary McBournie

So instead of getting overwhelmed when you begin that home project, reach out and call a decorator who can help you.  Check out their website, see if you like their style and their before & after/portfolio photos.  As far as the myth of being expensive- not true!  Can you believe that you can have someone come right to you home, totally transform your living room/family room/bedroom/or bathroom etc. in one day, for around $200.00??   Stress free +  a beautiful, updated home =Priceless!  That’s what’s in it for you!


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Happy Earth Day My Friends!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


Did you know the first Earth Day was in 1970?  Happy 40!  The 20 year olds that began the movement are now 60. It was U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin who originated the idea for Earth Day. The Earth Day movement swept across college campuses at the same time it was losing momentum for the Vietnam War.


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Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment.  As a member of the Interior Redecorators Network, we practice green techniques everyday in our design work.  We are actually the pioneers of one day decorating and redesign and the original green decorating company.  We are proud using what people already own in their home as the foundation to create a fresher, updated, more elegant look, without spending a lot of money.


           Certified Member of the IRN Green Membership

Now, there are a number of things that are easy to do on a daily basis to decrease your carbon footprint and help mother earth. Here are a few good suggestions from Ode Magazine:

1. Reduce

Less is more. This “rule” applies to not only living sustainably but just living. Numerous studies have shown that those who focus more on experiences & hobbies than what they buy or consume are exponentially happier. Smile and walk away from that new pair of shoes or MP3 player – try taking a walk, painting a picture, knitting a scarf, practicing yoga, or taking part in any hobby that brings you joy. Our new motto: do more, buy less. Check out the great blog, Mnmlist , for more ideas & advice on living simpler.

2. Reuse

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But what if it is “broke”? Then fix it! You may not see yourself as the DIY type, but thanks to the internet & your local library, there is an ever-growing collection of easy-to-follow guides (like Instructables to fixing or re-purposing just about anything you can get your hands on. Still hesitant? Team up with a friend – that’s what they’re for, isn’t it?

On another note, buying reusable items and, well, reusing them can save hundreds of thousands of tons of trash from ending up in our landfills every year. Even worse, much of said trash is made from non-biodegrable materials (a.k.a. it isn’t going anywhere). Think of the items you use on a daily basis: grocery bags, water bottles, coffee cups, lunch bags, napkins, paper towels – they all have a reusable alternative that can be easily washed and used for years. Consider replacing such frequently used items with stylish & functional alternatives: canvas bags, stainless steel water bottles, travel mugs, lunch totes, cloth napkins, and microfiber cleaning clothes … just to name a few.

3. Recycle

The last of a now-infamous green living trifecta, it is certainly the most popular. What’s easier than throwing your trash in a different bin & waving it goodbye? We’ve all learned by now that there is now “away” – all our trash & recycling ends up somewhere. Surprisingly, only about 28% of the waste in the USA is recycled. If you aren’t recycling, start. If you are recycling, visit Earth911 to find out the long list of items that can be recycled (batteries, printer cartridges, most electronics … etc.), along with where to take them.

7. Eat meat-free once a week

The concept is simple – one day a week, don’t eat any meat or fish. Pretty straightforward, no? Before you rebuff, saying it is just “impossible” for you to do, how would you know if you’ve never tried? The Meat Free Monday campaign has become a worldwide phenomenon, with many celebrity supporters and unique recipes. Simply eating less meat means better health for you and the planet, thanks to a reduction in pollution from animal farms.

What is your favorite way to conserve resources? How has going (even just a little) green changed your mind & overall lifestyle?

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What does Real Estate Resale Ready™ Mean?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Resale Ready™ is a helpful tool geared toward the homeowner who is putting their home on the market for resale, or thinking of selling in the near future.


 As we all know, the buyers are in the control seat at this point of time. There are many, many choices on the market right now.  Resale Ready™ through the IRN (Interior Redecorator Network)  is staging, but without the expensive props or rentals.  It’s simply using what you already have.  You want your home to stand out and look better than any other home on the market to help you sell your home quickly and add thousands of dollars to the value of your house or condo.


In this difficult market, creating an inviting, clutter-free home is critical for selling your home quickly and for making the most profit.  The Resale Ready™ Home Staging consultation is very important as first impressions matter immensely.  The consultation of your home will give you ideas, suggestions and expert advice on how to make your home shows well and highlight the areas of your house that will appeal to potential buyers.


You want home buyers to walk in your home and say “This is perfect.”  Most people are visual; they need to actually see the home looking great first hand.  I have found potential buyers have a hard time visualizing how the home will look on their own.  You need to impress them right away.


Kelly Bernier Designs

Kelly Bernier Designs

Imagine showing a buyer the bathroom on the top?  They would run!  Inexpensively and quickly, the owners torn down the wallpaper, hand rails and shower curtain.  The room was planned around the turquoise sink (which was very expensive and beautiful actually).  A neutral paint on the walls and a pretty shower curtain changed the whole look of the room.

Ty Larkins

Ty Larkins

According to USA Today: “… staged homes, on average, sold in half the time that the non-staged homes did.  The sellers with staged homes ended up with 6.3% more than their asking price, on average, while sellers with non-staged homes sold for 1.6% more that the asking price.”

Allison Caccoma

Allison Caccoma

Be sure to look for the trademark,  Real Estate Resale Ready™ .  IRN’s  are trained specifically for helping you quickly and efficiently make your home ready for resale without the high cost of props and rentals.


 Let me help you move your home from the MLS list to the SOLD list in record time!

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Beautiful & Functional Tables

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Do you know what is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own?  A console/sofa table.  You know, those tall, narrow tables you can use in so many ways?


There are so many different uses for console tables and they work well in every room of your home. (well, maybe not in the bathroom – but only because there is not enough room.) The most common usage for these decorative tables is the entryway.  You can make a great first impression and the entrance to your home can be made warm and welcoming. 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 A console table, a mirror or artwork, a lamp or other tall object and a tray are all you need to put a great look together.  If there is room underneath, a pretty, large basket can be very functional for storage.  It is like a little ‘welcome to my home look.’

Another room a console/sofa table is perfect for is your living room.  When you are floating a seating group in the middle of the room, a console table behind the sofa gives the eye something to look at besides the back of the sofa.  The table should be around  the same height as the sofa.  Place a lamp for reading,  (two for symmetry if room is available,) and a pretty flower arrangement or bowl.  It is also a great place to store extra ottomans underneath for extra seating.

Amanda Nisbet

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

If you are putting two sofas back to back, use a console/sofa table between them.  Again, use lamps and accessories for function and attractiveness.

Amanda Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet


Another ideal placement for the console table is the dining room.  That is if you are not using a buffet table, both would be one to many.  I like to put my extra dining chairs flanking each side of the table.

Gary McBournie

Gary McBournie

So as you can see, there are many different roles a console/sofa table can take on.  The average size of a console table is 42Wx14Dx30″H.  Just imagine your empty space/wall transformed into a beautiful and functional display!  Comments?

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