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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 5/11/2018

Bring new life to your bedroom without completely redirecting. When we are tired of our existing decor it can feel like we need to start completely from scratch to obtain a whole new look. But before you begin hauling off your bed frame to the second-hand shop consider these small changes first: 

Add a variety of textures via linens, upholstery, accents. Look for soft items made up of furs, textured weaves, linens, and velvet. Add interestingly woven baskets, stone, glass and polished wood. This mix will work together to create a visually interesting dynamic no matter the color palette of your room.

Install a different style of window treatments. Let more light into a room with sheer panels. Whites and creams always make for a classic look. However, if you are looking to really shake things look to other colors either as a solid or in patterns. A popular trend at the moment is upgraded solid panels. From patterns to bamboo and even embellishments you will have plenty of options to create unique-to-you treatments.

Create a statement wall without making a commitment with removable wallpaper. Since they are peel and stick they are easier to install than traditional wallpaper. They also give you the freedom to go bold with your pattern or color of choice. So why not reach for the more daring print?

If you want to add a bold print but wallpaper isnít for you find a pattern you love on a duvet cover. They are easy to swap out as much as youíd like and can also be a great way to add more texture to your space. For example, you could add a pintucked satin or an inviting quilt with a pattern sewn throughout. It will certainly take center stage and make a statement as the focal point of the room.

Create more light in your space by installing a large mirror. Hung or leaning against a wall it helps to open up the room and allow light reach more of the room. If you have several closet doors consider installing mirrors as paneling for a chic, new look. Or create ambiance with paper lanterns. They create a soft, calming light that is perfect to read by at the end of the day.

Since these changes are so easy to make, some a matter of a few minutes, you can create subtle changes throughout each season. Swap out decorative pillows and throws, for example, for patterns and hues that still match your existing decor but better suit the mood of the season. Darker hues paired with creams and beiges create a cozy space in winter with creams or beige. And brighter cheery hues against a crisp white pop and bring energy into the room for Summer.




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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 3/30/2018

 

If youíve paid any attention to home and living catalogues over the years youíve probably noticed how quickly home decor trends come and go. Just like in the world of fashion, the people who manufacture homegoods do it with one idea in mind: to keep you coming back for more.


Thereís an important distinction to be made between a trend and a style. Youíve probably seen several homes that adhere to the styles of farmhouse, mid-century modern, industrial, and so on. However, within these styles there are several trends that flood magazines and houses each year. While everyone wants to keep their home up to date, itís important to keep a watchful eye out for homegoods that are just capitalizing on the latest trends.


In this article, weíll break down some home decor tips that will help you pick the homegoods that will look great year after year while also serving a useful function in your house. And, weíll help you avoid the trends that put a strain on your wallet each year.

Keep the big picture in mind


When browsing through the latest Crate & Barrel catalog, itís tempting to order items based on liking the way they look in the picture. However, itís important to remember how it would look in your own home. This is true for many items around the home, like houseplants. If you have a farmhouse-style home, decorating it with cacti or zen gardens might appear out of place and thus will be short-lived decorations.


Aside from the inside of your home, itís important to keep in mind the architectural style of your house. It would seem strange, for example, to enter a brownstone building in Brooklyn to find it filled with country style decorations. That isnít to say you need to always adhere exclusively to the architectural style of the building (some juxtapositions work well together and are a fun way to give your home some originality).

Good design sticks around


Appearance isnít everything. When it comes to things like furniture, appliances, and kitchenware youíll find that usefulness and ease of access is a key feature. Before buying one of these items, think about whether it serves a purpose, and if it serves that purpose better than your current item. Read reviews or ask friends and family about these items before purchasing them.

Stick to the classics


One of the latest trends to hit coffee shops around the country is the tall metal stool. Sometimes they have a backrest, sometimes they donít. They can be painted a neutral color or left metallic and unfinished.


While these stools may fit neatly into the modern, industrial look, they might not fit your particular needs. In some instances, itís better to stick to the tried-and-true furniture items for your home. If youíre placing the stools somewhere that people are going to sit often and for long periods of time, youíll want them to be comfortable. Donít sacrifice comfort in your own home just because something looks good.




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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 5/19/2017

Thereís a lot of design trends that youíll want to keep up with as a homeowner. What are people doing to their backyards to make them more beautiful? What types of countertops are buyers looking for these days? Some trends are beneficial. However, thereís a lot of trends that can be detrimental to your home. You want your home to be an expression of who you are, however, there are some trends that just arenít attractive to buyers. 


Bright And Bold May Not Be Beautiful 


While that lime green room may look really attractive to you, it probably wonít look as good to anyone else. The best colors for paint inside of your home are the neutral colors. These include beiges, grays and soft whites. The most important thing is to keep your paint color consistent throughout your home. Not that you canít change shades from room to room, but donít make the paint change too drastic.  


No One Really Likes Shiny Things


As much as you may like shiny accessories throughout the home, itís not going to be everyoneís thing. Although people will be decorating your home on their terms once they buy it, itís important to note that busy isnít always better. People need to be able to see past how you have set up your home to see the potential it holds for them.  


An Open Floor Plan Thatís Too Open

You can take the idea of an open floor plan to an extreme. There are certain rooms in the home that just deserve privacy. The bathrooms and the bedrooms need walls surrounding them to give people the space and quiet that they need. If thereís no good way for you to fix this issue, you may want to find some room screens before your open house in order to keep buyers interested.  


Converted Rooms Squash Vision


If you have a third bedroom that you have converted into a home gym, thatís great for you. It may be hard for other people visiting the home to realize what the room could be used for. You may not have to move everything before an open house, but try to keep the room open for possibility.     


Carpeting Kills Buyerís Dreams


Thereís not many more terrifying things to buyers than walking into a home and seeing wall-to-wall carpeting. Their minds race, thinking of the possibilities of how to get beloved hardwood floors into the picture. If thereís floor under your carpet and you know you're going to sell soon, youíd be wise to tear up the carpet and polish up those floors. It will attract more buyers and sell faster because people will know they have that much less work to do once they move in. 


The Takeaway

 The important point here is that when youíre getting ready to show your home, youíll want to take your personality out of the picture. Buyers need to have space to get the vision to see how they can make your former home their own. Reversing a few of the personal upgrades that you have made to your home can help you to make it a more welcoming place for new owners to begin a journey.




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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 3/10/2017

Tiny houses are trending. Americans want to live simpler lives. They want to get back to nature and feel more in control of their lives, both at work and at home. Evidence of this is reflected in the rising numbers of Americans who make up the gig economy. It's also reflected in the numbers of people who are downsizing, ridding themselves of household clutter and opting for chic, modern or traditional interior designs that showcase their amazing personalities.

Get the space you want without moving to a new house

You don't have to buy or live in a tiny house to want to make a small home appear bigger than it actually is. A new addition to your family, gaining a roommate or the operating a business out of your home are reasons why you might want to expand your living space without moving. These tricks may be just what you're looking for.

  • Buy and install multi-purpose furniture. Instead of a traditional sofa, get a sofa that unfolds into a bed. Also, go with a sofa that has bottom shelves for added storage space.
  • Choose built-in wall bookcases. Four rows of wall bookcases can easily save you several square feet of floor space,especially if you consider how much space four large separate bookcases would take up.
  • Install interior doors that also function as tables and storage shelves. These devices are interchangeable by removing and inserting clamps into levers.
  • Choose transformable furniture. These furniture pieces save money and space. An example of transformable furniture is a table that doubles as a chair. You may have to visit specialty furniture stores to find transforming furniture pieces.
  • Make good use of vertical space. Stack decorative storage bins on top of each other rather than shoving them in closets or placing them in or near the middle of a floor.
  • Keep end tables close to chairs and sofas.
  • Use tables that fold into chairs and rely on stylish ceiling lights for lighting. During the day, rely on natural light.
  • Install removable dividers to turn a single room into a multi-purpose space. Go with dividers that are made with elegant designs.
  • Purchase twin, bunk beds that fold away when not in use.
  • Turn your attic into a master bedroom. Make sure that air flow and insulation in the attic is good, allowing the attic to easily heat and cool.
  • Screen your front or back porch. Place chairs and a sofa on the porch and use the space as an outdoor office or socializing area.
  • Donate furniture and objects that you don't use to charities and community organizations.

A large house still serves as a sign of success in many communities. Other Americans are focusing on houses that are highly functional, whether that functionality comes through floor plans or solar energy. One thing is certain. Individual living space preferences are helping to reshape the housing market. It is exciting to watch the impact that those preferences are making.




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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 10/14/2016

Rent out your basement and you could offset at least half of your monthly mortgage. The extra money could put your dream home within reach. It could also help to keep you in your home if you signed an adjustable rate mortgage and rising interest rates have increased your monthly mortgage. But, are you ready to be a landlord? Factors to consider before you rent out your basement Are you ready to share your home with strangers? This may be the most important question to ask yourself before you advertise for renters. Sure. You'll come to know tenants over time, but you're taking a chance at the start. If you're ready to rent out your basement, familiarize yourself with area renter laws. Local licensing agencies should be able to tell you whether or not your basement is up to code and meets city requirements. Things that you may need to consider include whether or not your basement is finished, has an emergency exit, a bathroom, bedroom, sufficient lighting, windows and proper insulation. A separate heating and cooling source are generally required should you rent out your basement. Again, consult local licensing agencies. Once your basement is up to code, start to think about what you'd want in an apartment that you were renting and living in. Offer an attractive living space You want your basement rental to be desirable to renters. You also want the space to successfully compete with area apartments. Decide if you'll allow tenants to park in your driveway or ask that they park on the street. If you build windows, partitions and separate rooms with doors in the basement, pay attention to the types of windows and doors that you install. Are you going to go with double hung or casement windows? Door types to consider include wood, steel and fiberglass doors. Features range from trim, sidelights and finishing to colors and transoms. Get to know potential renters Perhaps even more important than ensuring that your finished basement is up to local code, is renting to the right tenants. Definitely get a thorough background check on potential renters. Check criminal, financial and other court records. If you have children, ask yourself if you prefer to wait until they are older before you rent out your basement. Also, interview people who want to rent with you. Make sure that you communicate well and that your personalities gel. Decide if you want to rent to tenants who have pets, and, if so, what types and size of pets would you allow inside the basement? This information goes both ways. Let renters know if you have pets, as some people do not want to live near dogs, cats or other animals. Set legal boundaries. Let tenants know if you they can or cannot blast their music or television and if tenants are allowed to have visitors stay with them for days at a time. Be clear about whether you will allow tenants to have pets, and, if so, which types of pets. Determine what the monthly rent will be. Consider consulting with an attorney to draft a rental agreement. Items to include in a rental agreement are the legal names of occupants, whether trash, sewage and utilities are included in the rent and when you will walk through and check the basement. Some cities require you to give tenants no less than a 24 hour notice before you enter a rental space. Be prepared to make repairs, as needed. You don't have to make repairs yourself. However, it is advisable that you a reputable repair professional's contact information.




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