Month: January 2016

3 steps to transforming your home

Three Steps to Transforming Your Home

Design Article VIII, January 2016

Steps 1…2…3

Transform your HomeAh, Change. I am going to get straight to the point. Change is scary! But change is inevitable, due to life’s natural evolution that includes both milestones and curve balls. Working with a compassionate and skilled interior designer who can empathize with your state of mind eases the process. When I first meet my clients, they are about to, or are in the middle of embarking on a life change, including purchasing a new home or having a desire to transform their existing home without tearing apart their life. The transformational process can feel overwhelming, and I am asked just about every time “where do I begin?”and “what is the most economical way to feel great about my home?”

I break down my answer into three steps for rocking-out your transformation. They are as follows:

  1. The Power of Color

Painting the walls of your home in colors that affect your unique personality and coordinate with existing upholstery and other items will immediately transform and create a world that nourishes your soul. Living with color is a subjective and psychological experience. Each person’s needs are unique to the next. Some people need light and airy color in order to feel safe, secure and peaceful. Others prefer deep saturated color, or a combination of dark and light. Different colors evoke varied emotions, and when all is balanced, based on your emotional reactions and a consistent color scheme, the outcome is sublime.

Power of Color in Interior Design

  1. Nail your flooring down

Your flooring is another key variable in the initial home transformation. Your flooring unifies the entire home, as it creates easy flow and continuity among the rooms and spaces. Flow fosters peace, calm and tranquility, all key nutrients for a sense of wellbeing and positive energy. As an extension of the walls, your flooring is the backdrop for the entire home. If you have existing hardwood floors, then be sure to coordinate the stain with the color scheme of the walls, and install additional wood in areas where the flow is cut off, such as in small entry ways.

Flooring - Nail it

  1. Create intimate and warm vignettes

Pulling out existing furniture away from the walls, and arranging it into more intimate settings has a huge impact on your home’s transformation. Purchasing a new area rug that coordinates with the new color scheme and placing indirect light sources in strategic areas creates instant warmth. Decluttering and creating space in your home makes a big difference, but be sure to leave out a few select pieces with deep sentimental value, so as to add a meaningful and more personal touch to your space. Finally, hang art that speaks to you on your newly painted walls as soon as possible. Blank walls tend to feel unfinished and neglected.

intimate interior design

There you have it – the first three steps for transforming your home into an oasis for nourishing your soul and wellbeing. I would love to hear your thoughts. What are your desires when it comes to transforming your home? Leave me a comment here!

If you are embarking on an interior design project, contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation…let’s get acquainted!

This article is part of my Luxe For Less series of articles which is written as a means to educate you, the economically savvy and sophisticated homeowner!  These articles share how to get the best possible value for your money, while creating an environment that reflects your lifestyle and personal style.  I provide you with the basic information to guide you down the path to designing a living space that will make your heart sing for many years to come. Go ahead – transform your interior design!

love it or list it

Experience the Magic of the Hit HGTV Show Love It Or List It

Love It Or List It

The residential real estate market is often a topic of conversation. After all, as human beings our nesting instincts automatically kick in when considering planting roots and creating a long-term home for ourselves. We consider the variables surrounding where we want to live, based on our mindsets and lifestyles during a particular time period in our life’s journey.

Living Room Interior Design

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“Staging has a huge impact on the sale of a home, especially for the professional photos that go onto the MLS, Realtor.com, Trulia, etc. That is the buyer’s first impression and the photos need to be fabulous!”
~Beth Kreisman

Are you single, newly married, an empty nester or have one or more school age kids with one on the way? Whatever your stage of life is, it is often a challenge choosing either “Love It” or “List It” and most homeowners simply don’t know which path to follow. However, I believe that along with a little soul searching and creative guidance, the tips in this article will help you make both a smart and rewarding decision.

Let’s assume you are torn between making your current home your oasis (Love It) and selling it (List It) in order to buy a new home that offers a better canvas for creating your dream world. The beauty in the process of preparing your home for the sellers’ market is that you might just change your mind and fall in love all over again. And, should you decide to move on and list your home for sale you have gifted yourself a huge competitive edge.

According to Beth Kreisman, Real Estate Broker at Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler, “Staging has a huge impact on the sale of a home, especially for the professional photos that go onto the MLS, Realtor.com, Trulia, etc. That is the buyer’s first impression and the photos need to be fabulous!”

Beth says that the minimum staging requirement depends on what you can afford, your timeframe and your motivation for selling. First steps are cleaning, especially the carpet areas, and decluttering, specifically the closets and countertops. Next, painting your home in neutral colors and staging your home with existing and additional furniture and accessories if needed is very helpful. Finally, if you have the time, budget and motivation, updating your kitchen and baths with partial to all new finishes further gives your home that extra sales appeal.

Over the years, my Realtor colleagues have introduced me to their clients for staging services and once the homeowner sees the transformation they may indeed decide to Love It, even if only for a few more months or years. On the other hand, if you decide to sell, working closely with your Realtor and an Interior Designer/Professional Stager, you have now created a soul nurturing home that the buyer can visualize and will pay more for.

“I always take into consideration each family’s specific situation and personalize my approach to them. I make certain to guide them through the home sale process from our first contact through to closing”, says Beth Kreisman. Beth’s approach makes total sense, as our life journeys comprise so many unique variables. There is always the means for improving our homes and lives for that matter, whatever your budget or current life situation is. The beauty of it all is that you have the power to choose how to do it!

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“I always take into consideration each family’s specific situation and personalize my approach to them. I make certain to guide them through the home sale process from our first contact through to closing.”
~Beth Kreisman

 

Dining room and living room

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This article was originally published on September 14, 2015. The Luxe For Less series of articles is written as a means to educate you, the economically savvy and sophisticated homeowner!  These articles share how to get the best possible value for your money, while creating an environment that reflects your lifestyle and personal style.  I provide you with the basic information to guide you down the path to designing a living space that will make your heart sing for many years to come. Future articles can be delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.