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Visiting Open Houses

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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Do you ever stop and visit a new construction Open House, just to see what it looks like inside? I love to tour new houses and look for different decorating ideas and inspiration. Last week I visited a couple homes in Sarasota, FL.:

Blue Wall

This room is pretty but there is one big color faux pas. Can you see what is not working in the room? I DO like the navy blue wall with the white molding. That is something that can be duplicated in your own home. Very nice!

I thought this was a clever idea to use when staging a closet:

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You can really use your imagination using colorful bags with contrasting tissue paper to stage different areas in the home. (Although the shirts were distracting to me. What do you think?)

I did notice quite a few of the new construction homes are painted in a grayish beige, greige. This looks like Benjamin Moore Cedar Key.:

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Here it was painted in another home:

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Which surprised me actually. I visualized Florida homes with all soft blue walls such as Ben Moore Quiet Moments 1563 or Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW6204.

I am trying not to be too picky here, but I would not suggest using this color of window treatments in the room above with greige walls, (and ok- they are also too thin!).

I did like the wall art with the two sunbursts together:

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At our hotel, I thought this artwork display was really great:

bottle art

Creative idea for a large wall!

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I think it is fun visiting Open Houses to peek inside for decorating ideas! How about you?

 

 

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A New Approach

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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I really appreciated all of your comments on my recent post ’Agree or Disagree?’ Did you know when I first had the idea of showing properties with issues that could use a little advice, I was going to call it ‘What’s Up With That?’

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I tried to make it more professional sounding, hence the name ‘Agree or Disagree?’ See how much time and thought I put into this? :)

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A few readers commented with a great idea. What if a reader sent in a picture and asked for advice? For instance, Sally is getting ready to put her home on the market and would like someone else’s opinion on what she could do in her home to make it Open House Ready.

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Or maybe someone would like suggestions for a new front door color.

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I think this is an improved idea for teaching and advice. So, if you have a design or color question that you would love to hear suggestions and feedback to share on my blog, send me an email and we will see how it goes!

Thanks everyone!

If you need help with your space, contact me today.

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Agree Or Disagree?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

short window treatment

I realize window treatments are tricky, but if you do not want your treatments to look out of date, do not let the curtain bottom dangle in the air like the photo above.

Or like this:

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Or this:

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The reason I am mentioning this again is because a new client I am working with did not know this. She said that she sees them in other homes! I also still see them often in homes that are listed for sale.

It might be confusing to some especially when the shorter treatments are still available to purchase:

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I think it is a disservice to homeowners to sell short window treatments!

And please do not be afraid of the fabric catching on fire. In all my years of decorating and all of my research, I have never heard of window panels catching on fire because it was on top of a heater vent.

My advice is if the window can not use full length panels, a shade might be the best solution.

Do you agree or disagree that window treatments should reach the floor or not hang at all?

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Agree Or Disagree?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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A decorator friend brought my attention to this home above that has just been listed for sale. We both agreed the heavy curtains should come down, the carpet needs redone and the lighting needs updated before potential buyers will call for an appointment.

But what about the dark wood trim and partial walls?:

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I would suggest to leave the trim untouched. I would not paint it white in this situation. I think the dark wood has character and history. I would change the paint color to one that will work well with the wood. As I wrote about here, I love medium to dark tones with stained trim. Grays, blues, griege and greens would all look beautiful.

Do you agree or disagree about leaving the stained trim as is?

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

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