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Creative Switch Plate Covers

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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Obviously, you would not notice the switch plates in a beautifully photographed room:

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But I know, and you know, that they are there. I found out the hard way that switch plates do not photograph well:

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A couple years ago, I took photos of a den and kitchen redesign that I just finished. I posted here, and was feeling pretty good about it until one of my readers wrote in and told me that it was a pretty room except for the switch plates so obviously sticking out! GASP!

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Ever since then I have been crazy about the ugliness of the switch plate! I have tried painting them:


But I think it makes the plate stand out even more. So when I saw an easy idea on pinterest on how to cover them, I thought I would give it a try to these naked switch plates:



I had fabric left over from pillows I had made:


All you need is a small piece of fabric to cover the plates, Mod Podge and a small brush to apply:


First, cut the fabric around the covers. Then apply a layer of Mod Podge over the plate cover. Lay your fabric piece on top of the Mod Podge and press down, smoothing down any creases:


Let dry for about an hour and then trim excess fabric off. I used a razor knife to cut a hole for switch and screw holes (don’t forget to make a hole for the screws! I did!):


Then I used my fingers to glue down edges in back of plate:


The last step is to cover the fabric with a couple coats of Mod Podge:


And let dry. That’s it! Very easy and quick. Here are the switch plate covers after:





Much better. It was a fun project to play with, but I do not think I would go around the house covering all plates. What do you do with your plate covers? Is it an issue with you?

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

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#1 Decorating Tip for Home Sellers

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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When looking online and in newspapers at home listings, have you ever noticed the number of homes that still have outdated window treatments?

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If you are serious about selling your home, be sure to take a look at your windows. If you do not have custom-made window treatments that are less than eight years old, it is time to take them down.


Even though it’s difficult to separate your emotions, try to remember that when you are selling your home, it needs to be as neutral as possible. Since each person’s home style is so different, try to make your home a ‘blank canvas’ so a potential buyer can really see themselves in your home. You have to remember your good taste might not be someone else’s good taste.

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What are “outdated window treatments”? I am not referring to privacy blinds, but those swags and panels you have covering your windows that have been there since the 1990’s. And those panels that do not come all the way to the floor? They need to be taken down.


I cannot tell you how many times on a staging consultation that I walked up to the windows and pulled back the curtains in a home and the client says “Ohhhh..” The light that fills the room immediately makes such a great change and feel in the room. Best of all, it is free!

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By removing your curtains, the room will instantly be lighter and brighter which will make the room appear larger. Which home do you think a potential home buyer will fall in love with? A dark, deary home or a brightly lit space? The sunshine will win every time.

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So take down those curtains and let the beautiful outdoors shine through! Not only will potential buyers be impressed, but you might love the look yourself!


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Goose Creek Candle Winner!

Monday, August 27th, 2012


Thank you to everyone that entered the Goose Creek Candle contest. I really wish everyone could have won. And the winner of the drawing for the 16 oz. American Heirloom Jar is:

                                    Beth Lester!


Yay Beth! Beth wrote, “Mulled Cider sounds wonderful!” I am glad you will be able to actually smell the scent of the cider Beth.  I will contact you by email to get your address information. And thank you Goose Creek!!

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Thank you to all that shared their favorite scent with us. Remember Goose Creek Candle Company is also offering an exclusive coupon code to my readers to get 25% off of your purchase. Enter 082212 when you check out and you’ll receive 25% off your entire order! Offer will expire September 30, 2012.

Thank you all!!

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Selecting Paint Colors For Possible Home Purchase

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

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Last week I received a request for an online color consultation for a home that the couple was considering purchasing. I thought that was really smart of them to consider options before purchasing and knowing how beautiful a home can be with simple changes such as painting. If you love the layout of the home for sale but are not crazy about the wall colors, find the colors you think would work with the existing surfaces and that may help you with your decision to buy or not to buy.

Dear Kelly,

“Please take a look at this house and tell me what color you think I could paint the kitchen and great room that would make them more appealing to me.  This is the Southwest and you can see it in the colors in this house.  The tile floor in the kitchen screams “southwest” to me.  The backsplash in the kitchen bothers me somewhat.  The wood floor in the great room shines so it is like a mirror but that could be dealt with.  This is just one house out of many that I will look at but your answer to my question, “what color could I paint the kitchen and great room” will be a learning experience for me.”:


“I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn more about undertones by having this conversation with you.  What are the undertones you see in the  fixed elements in the kitchen (cabinets, counters, backsplash and floors) and great room?” Signed:

Your “undertone” sleuth,


Hello Undertone Sleuth!

If it were my home, I would paint the same color in both the kitchen and great room. It should be treated as one large room with separate seating areas. 

For the kitchen, I would stay away from yellow because of the cabinets. The cabinets have yellow undertones as well as the backsplash and countertops:

As I posted here, in my opinion a yellow color on the wall with all those yellow undertones in the fixed objects, is just too much yellow. Boring!

I would stay away from red undertones in the kitchen because the red and yellow will clash. That’s why I suggested green. Green is a great neutral color.

I would love the look of a soft medium green to work with your cabinets. Green would also work with your flooring, backsplash countertops and fireplace. I would try a sample of a green such as Ben Moore Georgian Green HC- 115 or Hillside Green 495. Both are such beautiful greens! The green will also look beautiful in the great room with the trim, flooring and fireplace:


I checked out the greens  you suggested on the internet and they look great on the wall in rooms with similar coloring as in this house.  I think they would certainly work with my more masculine furniture if this should be the house.  Thanks for the lesson on undertones.  That does make a difference.
It is very different out here in West Texas.  As I said I come from Louisiana where I am used to big live oak trees surrounded by carpets of green St. Augustine grass.  Here there are a few neighborhoods with live oaks surrounded by grass that is thirsting for water and so are the trees for that matter.  Most of the trees and grass are in older neighborhoods like the one this house is in while the newer neighborhoods or in fields of rocks referred to as “low maintenance” yards.  Trees and grass will be as important to these southerners as the layout of the house.
You are a busy lady especially with the planning of your daughter’s  wedding in the near future.  I am impressed that you got back to me as quickly as you did now that I know you hosted a party this weekend!
Thanks ever so much!


Glad I was able to help you with your decision Lauchlan!

Here is a little test readers! What is the undertone of the wall behind the kitchen?:

This should be an easy one my friends!

Don’t forget to enter Goose Candle Giveaway contest before midnight 8/26!

If you need help choosing paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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