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Decorating advice: Be honest? Or kind?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Listen to this story and tell me what you think: as I was walking by my neighbor’s house, she ran out and asked if I would please come in and give my professional opinion about her “decorating” skills in her home.

“Oh no!” I thought.  Does she want me to actually tell her what I really think?  Or does she want me to come in, look around, and say, “Wow Sue! It looks terrific!” (names have been changed to protect myself).

Now, it wasn’t that bad, but still very awkward for me.  When I am hired as a professional to come to your home, I will absolutely tell the truth about those ugly curtains in the bedroom because you are paying me to be honest.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Kelly Bernier Designs

Kelly Bernier Designs

But what should I say to someone that has not actually hired me? Do I have a right to tell her those pictures in her foyer are all hung like someone placed them with their eyes closed?!  Or how about those silk, FAKE looking flowers from about 10 years past?

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I really do not like to hurt people’s feeling.  Really bothers me afterwards.  So, as I was looking around for something nice to comment about, I saw she had a Ben Moore paint chart.  “Hurray!” I thought.  This is how I can help her out a bit without having to give advice on her existing arrangements.  So, I helped her pick out a cozy bedroom color,  and made it out of there with no hurt feelings.

So what would you do?  Leave me your thoughts.

If you would like me to come to your home and make it comfortable and updated, visit my web site @ kellybernierdesigns.com

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sold!
Sold!

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

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Perfect, Neutral Gray

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Did you know gray is considered to be the perfect neutral color?
Robert Allen Design
Robert Allen Design

Color and design experts have agreed gray has become a comfortable companion in the decorating world that is here to stay.   Gray is considered to be the most neutral of all colors because it plays well with all the other colors. Gray is a quiet color that enjoys being in the background and not competing with other colors.

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Sophisticated shades of gray on the walls and ceiling provide a cool backdrop that contrasts with the artwork.

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WARM GRAY COOL GRAY
Mixed with 6% yellow. Mixed with 6% blue.

Most gray tones have a cool or warm cast to them. Yellow, orange, and red create a “warm gray”.  Green, blue, and violet create a “cool gray”.  When there is no cast at all, it is referred to as “neutral gray”, “achromatic gray” or simply “gray”.

warm gray

The above photo is painted  a beige-gray to create an elegant backdrop for the trendy combination of robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown.  This would be an example of a “warm gray.”  Other examples of  warm grays include Ben Moore’s, Greige Avenue 991;  (equal mix of gray and beige), Sag Harbor Gray, HC-95; Waynesboro Taupe,  1544; and Cummulus Gray 1551.

cool grays

                                                       Cool Grays

These grays above are considered “cool” because of their blue undertones.  Colors in this family include Ben Moore’s Smoke, 2122-40;  Misty Gray, 2124-60; November Skies, 2128-50;  and James River Grey, AC-23.

Alessandra Branca

Alessandra Branca

This bedroom is an example of neutral gray.   Think of it as a gray with no undertones, true grays.  They include Boothbay Gray, HC-165; Pelican Gray, 1612;  Seattle Gray, 2130-70 and Coventry Gray, HC-169.

Whichever gray you choose, always be sure to test your paint colors at home.  The colors will not look the same as in the store! It  absolutely is worth the extra time and the $6.00 paint sample to be sure that looks well with your lighting and amount of sunlight you receive.

Meg Braff

Meg Braff

Which type of gray on the walls do you see?  Cool? Warm? Neutral?  Let me know what you think!

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Beautiful Blue and You

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

I posted here earlier this year about Pantone’s color choice for 2010, the color turquoise.

 

But I have not seen much of the color as yet.  I have seen a lot of blue, which is turquoise  I know,  but more of the mid to deep blues.  From the fashion colors at the Oscars ( fashion is a strong indicator of what the home decor colors will soon be):

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

 

Frieda Pinto John Galliano blue 2009 Oscar dress photo

                             Frieda Pinto

To House Beautiful who has dedicated the whole March 2010 issue on the color blue.(It is the first time HB has ever had an issue dedicated to only one color.)  They have even posted a special guide named ” Our complete guide to blue decor.”

House Beautiful Cover

Blue Seafoam by Benjamin Moore

        Benjamin Moore Riviera Azure.

A color combination that is really hot right now is blue and green.  My first thought was huh??  But look at the photos below and I bet you will change your mind!

Things That Inspire

Designer Lynn Morgan

Designer Lynn Morgan

If you want to see more beautiful pictures of turquoise rooms, visit House of  Turquoise .  Anything related to teal or turquoise, Erin runs a gorgeous blog that solely focuses on turquoise rooms, furnishings and accents.

Are you loving the blue too??  Send me your comments and pictures.

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