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1st Dibs on This Habitat Collection

Well it's been a busy few weeks but I am excited to say that I can finally share some pictures and links for a staging job I recently worked on. Someone had contacted me about staging a home that was completely vacant. I offered a few options, one of which was to stage with inventory and furniture from the Habitat Restore. They chose that option and the fun began!

First I met them at the house for a staging consultation. That's when I walk around and asses the space, make recommendations, then decide what type of furniture and layouts would work best for each room. Every home is different, and here we focused on these 3 impact rooms: living room, dining room, and kitchen.

Empty home before staging

The day before staging I walked the Restore floor and found pieces that worked together and fit my plan. That was a good practice in my "use what you have" training and philosophy. Whatever was available on the floor at that moment was what I could use. No time to make changes, order anything else, or shop around. I used only what was available - good thing the Restore has a lot of great pieces!

The day of staging I met the movers at the Restore to help coordinate the furniture pick-up. I worked with a team from Junk-A-Haulics, and they were fantastic! Everything was packed and unpacked quickly and very carefully. You can see them in action here :)


Junk-A-Haulics in action

Then the fun part for me really began - rearranging the furniture and adding decorative touches through accessories. Once everything was in place the transformation was complete! It's amazing what a difference furniture makes in showing a home. Many home buyers have a hard time imagining themselves and their furniture in a space, so staging helps potential home buyers see the scale of a room with furniture, and suggestions how they can use it.

Ta da! Same house after staging.

The best part of using Habitat Restore for staging is that all these pieces of furniture are available for sale, so make sure to read through to the bottom! Here are some more before and after photos:

Living room before

living room after

living room after

living room after staging

Dining room before

Dining room after

Fireplace before

Fireplace after

Foyer before

Foyer after

And while I don't have any "before" pictures of the kitchen or front porch I wanted to show the "afters" anyway!

Kitchen after

Kitchen after with butcher block cart in previously empty space.

Countertop staging

Front porch after staging

Ok, so now that you've seen what items I used from the Restore I am excited to say you can have first dibs to buy these items!! They have been listed for sale on ebay so you can buy any of them right now. We have it set up so you can use paypal online or pay at the store when you pick up. The only catch?? These items won't be back at the Restore until Tue Oct 21st. So that's it! See something you like? Take a look at the listing here!

http://www.ebay.com/usr/morrisrestore973

And make sure you click "see all items" for a full list. Act quick - the beautiful dining table and coffee table have already been sold!

Any questions send me an email or call, just click the contact link below for information.

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Cabinet Concepts in 3D

Many times in design the initial concept isn't exactly what becomes the final. In some cases there are minor tweaks, and in others it's a major overhaul. Either way a lot of work goes into each concept even if it's not produced or chosen as the final. Here is an example of a built-in cabinet concept I designed in CAD as a "proof of concept." This was designed based on existing cabinets that were purchased at the Habitat Restore. They would provide a ton of storage along a blank wall while transforming existing bifold doors into sleek, space-saving barn style sliding doors that would disappear behind the cabinets. 

Here is a video of the cabinet parts and assembly. This is by no means a finished render, but I thought it was fun to show nonetheless! 

 

And here is a video of all the moving parts, the sliding doors and cabinets that open. These are my first YouTube videos ever, and I still have to figure out why the video is blurry the first few seconds and not centered on the preview....

Anyway, once installed they would need to be painted to match the room. One option is to paint the cabinets the same color as the trim, which is a glossy white. This would make the cabinets stand out in the room and blend in with the door and moldings. Below is a section view of the room showing the span of cabinets and a part of the wall on each side.

 

A second option (and what I would recommend for this particular space) is to "paint out" the cabinets the same color as the wall so the cabinets actually blend into the wall and become a subtle architectural detail. Then the door and molding would stand out as a more detailed deep entry into the next room. 

So what do you think of this built-in cabinet concept? Do you have other custom cabinet needs or ideas?Would love to hear!

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Getting Homes Resale-Ready

I haven't talked much about this part of my business on here yet, but this week the IRN has been doing a national launch to spread awareness about our Resale-ReadyTM service and so I wanted to share it with you. I use the same design principals as my One Day Room Refinements to help correct the most common decorating mistakes people make in their home. This results in a quick and affordable transformation that appeals to a wide selection of potential home buyers. Also like our One Day Room Refinements this is a flat fee based on the size of the home. 

Here are just some of the benefits of Resale-ReadyTM

 

1- Affordable Solutions: We find in most cases that instead of spending money on rentals & inventory we are able maximize what homeowners already have to stage their homes beautifully.

2- Flat Fee: Resale-ReadyTM is a flat fee based on the size of the home, no matter how long it takes. 

3- Saves Money: Once a home has been listed, an average price reduction is at least $1,000. So why take the chance? Resale-ReadyTM costs less than an average price reduction.  

4- Quick: Transformation of a home or condo can happen in just a few hours. Small tweaks of furniture placement and accessories makes a huge difference. And you can list quicker since you won't have to wait for inventory to arrive.

5- Create A Vision: Many potential home buyers are looking for move in ready. If they don't see a room's potential they aren't going to be excited, and that could mean a missed sale. Or even walking away if problems arise during a closing because they weren't emotionally invested. That's why it's important to create a vision and define the function of each room, especially for key rooms such as living room, family room, dining room, and master bedroom)

Are you excited about this space?

How about now? It's got potential right? (images courtesy of redesign4more)

The Perfect Spa Blue

First let me give a little context to this post by saying that when you buy a home one of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways to update the rooms and instantly personalize it is by adding a fresh coat of paint. It's just so much easier to do it when you don't have all your furniture in the way! So when we bought our first home that's the very first thing we did. Not only did we want to freshen the place, but we really didn't like the existing colors at all, they were just so muddy and brown. Anyway, there was ONE color that we absolutely LOVED and it was in our bathroom. It's the perfect spa blue, and we get lots of compliments.  

(Not such a bad picture, except those less than perky tissues, lol)

The problem? A couple months ago we needed to make a small patch repair near the tub which meant spackling and painting. We needed to know what paint was on the wall! So being a decorator that offers color consulting I grabbed both my Sherwin & Benjamin Moore paint swatches and went to work. 

The solution? I found the PERFECT color match, and I'll show you pictures to prove it! The perfect color is Benjamin Moore's Wedgewood Gray HC-146. I wouldn't normally recommend painting only part of your wall but lucky for us it was on a small corner so we were able to just touch up that part. Not that it mattered because it really was a perfect match! 

Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray HC-146

I'm so excited now that I know what color it is! It's the perfect spa blue because it has a soft gray base and it reads mostly blue. Every now and then you can see a hint of green undertone that comes through in certain lighting. You can see where if falls between blue and green compared to the other swatches next to it.  

It's just such a soothing color and looks really sharp with crisp whites. We also have gray towels that work perfectly in there. And I've seen some examples where it works really well with warm sandy beige too, which have have as flooring. 

(our gray towels and white curtain & molding) 

Here are a few other examples I found online of bathrooms that use Wedgewood Gray.

Inspired by the things we Love

Valentines' day is almost upon us and love (and lots more snow) are in the air. Love drives us in many ways in both our personal and professional lives. For me design has always been something I've enjoyed, and it seems the more I learn about it the more I find to love. Materials and products are always changing with trends and technology so it keeps the industry fresh with lots to learn - it seems almost infinite! (just search the term "ICFF" in my blog sidebar!)

As a member of the Interior Redecorators Network I strive to learn and grow each year so I can provide my clients with the best service I can. Within the IRN there are different levels of membership based on credits you can earn from things like participation, education, and community involvement. And I am proud to say that I recently earned a Gold Member status! You can see my new shiny pin above :)

 

I am also getting a head start on maintaining my Gold Membership by attending more classes. I was at a CEU yesterday called "Area Rug Construction & Terminology" held at J&S Designer Flooring. First of all their showroom is amazing, has a wide selection of products, and the associates are so lovely and helpful. Then the presentation by Delos was so extremely informative and helpful, they explained how rugs are made and passed around beautiful samples to demonstrate. Rugs are something we all live with and might even take for granted, but once you start learning about them it's easy to see how it's a world in its own right! I am so excited to share some of what I learned so I hope to do a post about it next week.

Inspired by the things (or pets) we love....

Then there is the "occupational hazard" aspect of going to a fantastic showroom.... of course I always look for client projects but this was the first sample I brought home as a stair runner contender for our house! I am noticing a certain "colorway" that I'm drawn too... it has to do with one certain fuzzy animal that I love. Isn't it funny how I'm drawn to the subtle color variations of tans, cremes, with golden bronze hightlights? Let's take a look closer here... 

Just look at that edging along his ear... 

And that fuzzy butt, the tip of tail has that same coloring. 

He's a happy pup - isn't he so fuzzy?! And so white with bronze accents? We love him to pieces, and apparently I am taking color cues for my home from him ;) 

Now take a look around your home - what has been inspiring you lately? Any particular product, pet, or person? Anything that you pass in your daily journey you've been thinking about? I would love to know - we are all victims of love whether we realize it or not ;) 

Happy Valentines Day
with love, 

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A Project Update

I'm excited to say that our first personal home project of the new year was to refinish the hardwood floors! It all started innocently enough, just peeling back the corners of our carpeting to see what was underneath. Then we couldn't help ourselves and just ripped it all out. 

Ever since we moved into our home we have been discussing the pros and cons of hardwood vs wall to wall carpet. I love hardwood for that timeless classy look, the design flexibility that area rugs provide, as well as easier cleaning when living with a very furry pet.

It's been a busy few weeks moving furniture, ripping out old carpet, and pulling a trillion staples. Things got much easier once we switched the tools we were using and started pulling staples with the vice grip shown on the stair below. That worked wonderfully and if you have a similar job in your future I'd highly recommend getting one!

Considering that our house is older we knew there was a chance for some bad stains and potential repairs, especially since previous homeowners had laid ceramic tiles directly onto the hardwood as shown above. There was a rough moment while they were working when they couldn't get the diamond pattern out. The tiles had trapped in moisture and darkened the wood underneath. They were afraid it went too deep into the wood and they suggested we begin discussing plan B. But luckily (so so lucky) for us they ran the sander a few more times and it came out! HORRAY!!

And as you can see they were able to work miracles with our 55 year old floors! The grout sanded up fine and it looks fantastic! The stairs are not done in this photo yet, they were finished today. I plan on showing more finished pictures soon, and you might guess that I will be posting information and resources for area rugs and runners in the future ;)

Thanks for reading! More to come later... 

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