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Five things to create a feeling of “Home”! My short, sweet, and sassy tips. From my heart to yours!

Five things to create a feeling of “Home”! My short, sweet, and sassy tips. From my heart to yours!

Hey there! 

With Groundhog Day behind us, and a “prediction” for an early spring, many of us are itching to get some of those glorious home projects done.  If you are thinking of selling, oftentimes people look ahead six months to 5 or 10 years planning what needs to be done and make the best investments if they are selling.   So, no matter if you are selling or dwelling, these tips can apply and help you!

Source: Sherwin Williams

With Valentine’s Day in mind here ya go…   A home should feel really special, to the owner, if staying, and to the buyer, if buying.  The difference is, if you’re considering selling, you need to consider how the home looks from a buyer’s perspective and change some things.

  1. PAINT COLOR is one thing that can send a buyer running the other way, or enticing them to move right in. Color is very emotional.  And remember, there is a big difference between paint color if you are staying and paint color for selling.   Paint is money in a can, but you must know best color choices to appeal to those buying in your area.  A huge color “blooper” can be the wrong kitchen, dining room, den, or bedroom color, resulting in either better offers on a home for sale, or lower offers if the color is a turnoff.

No matter what, you don’t want your home to look like a Rubix Cube… too many different colors going on.    Here’s a great article on color for staging.

  1. CURB APPEAL.  Every day, I drive by homes that for just a little bit of elbow grease or hiring out someone, there are certain easy fixes such as overgrown bushes that are too tall for the windows.  Faded shutters, front doors and junk on the front area of the home can lower your home’s values.
  2. LAYOUT AND FLOW. Oftentimes, when I come into a client’s home where I’ve been hired to do a prep to sell walkthrough of their occupied home, I can help them “create real estate within their real estate” by moving some furniture around, editing some pieces, and it’s amazing the difference!

But…..if you are in your home and are not selling, there may be some pieces of furniture that you really don’t need anymore, the kids aren’t going to want to inherit them, and they are just taking up space.  Getting a friend to help you make decisions on some of this can make these decisions easier.

4. CLEAN LINES AND HEART-WARMING VIGNETTES This does not mean a home has to have a hospital feel, yes, if you are selling, take down those personal pics, and whether selling or not….get rid of the “junk” areas, and setting out a tray with a plant or some lovely candlesticks grouped can take a rather hectic feel down to a wonderful emotional connection.   I have found that I love many things, but after editing books, clothing, and other belongings, that hanging on to my absolute favorites make them more special with less “stuff,” and less maintenance also!

Updating lights and fixtures can be a game changer for your home, whether it’s your kitchen cabinets, or your light fixtures.  Be sure you don’t get something toooo trendy, but something that will elevate your home.  I’m attaching a before and after pic of one of my previous clients foyer.  Please forgive the fact that the fixture was a bit cut off in the pics, but they had this AMAZING home and that little light in their foyer just wasn’t working to elevate that space.  With some recommended updates, they were able to list their home for over $40,000 more.  Isn’t that crazy?

There are some great ways I can help, either virtually or in person!  From tips and tricks and best paint colors to elevate your home, many times you can add more equity and value to your home by getting the right help and investing in the right things.  Have a grrreat February!    Helping you live your best life intentionally,



5 Easy Tips for the Holidays

5 Easy Tips for the Holidays

5 Easy Tips for the Holidays


  1. Nature: Use elements of nature.  Place some sticks in a lovely vase, paint them white (optional), and hang some ornaments on them.   Pinecones in a bowl, or spray painted white are lovely.  Magnolia branches with the leaves are gorgeous.
  2. Use what you have: Layer your dinnerware.  If you have more than one set, you can mix and match and make them look fantastic by adding pops of color to coordinate with napkins, etc.
  3. Glass cake plates: You can use the glass stand, or turn the cover upside down and add ornaments, greenery, etc.   Create a snow village with little houses and trees and have the cake plate covered with the glass dome.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Useful Beautiful Home

4. Lastly, don’t forget to have a hot cocoa / beverage station for your family or guests.

5. Just pick a few areas that you want to highlight and don’t stress about the rest!  Enjoy your time with your loved ones!

Call me if you need an emergency “all hands on deck” session. I now offer “Desiggner on Demand package where you can book a block of hours. Sometimes you just need a little bit of hand holding and 1-2-3 steps to zip through that project!

Remember, I’m here for you, no décor or staging dilemma is too small!

5 Easy Home Styling Tips

5 Easy Home Styling Tips

Hi My Friend!

Do you have a problem area in your home that maybe you just don’t have a great feeling about? Does it make you a little crazy?  So many folks I talk with are just stumped as to those problem areas in their home.   Does this happen to you?  Trust me, it even happens to me occasionally, and I have to keep it under control in my own home, as well! After all, I live in the real world, too!

I have even gotten clients who have lived in their home awhile, or just moved in, and their homes are just lovely, but once they get the furniture in the space, they just don’t know how to “finish” it.  This is why I love what I do!

Well, today I’m going to give a quick 5 Easy Room Styling Tips that can be helpful for you to move forward.  It’s up to you to use this advice (or not), but these are just some basic stepping stones to improve a space.

1.  If you have too much stuff, it can overwhelm

both you – and folks coming into the room.  If you have “collections” of things, pare them down, store some.  What happens is, when a person has so much, whether it’s on the kitchen island, or on shelves, it can overwhelm the mind, plus, your eye does not have ​a place to rest.  You can always rotate your pretties in and out 🙂

2.  Size (and placement) matters

SO often I see artwork that is too small, hung too high, or the frame doesn’t work well with the art.  “The Spruce” has a littl information that can be helpful for you for pointers on this matter.  Be sure to check out their site!  Also, eye level is best for art (the center of art should be at eye level unless you have a gallery wall).

3.  Symmetry Matters 

Often, there may be a space that isn’t symmetrical anyway, because a room layout may be a little odd.   Creating that balance for the eye can make even one awkward area seem SO much more cohesive and warm.  Sometimes, it’s like a void that needs filling if there is no balance or symmetry in a room.

4.  Stacking Heights

and groupings.  If you are putting your “pretties” on places such as the top of your bookshelf or your mantle, for example, have something taller on one side, with some other things with varying heights grouped around.  Often, groups of threes work really well.

5.  Good Flow 

If a room does not have good flow, it can feel cold and uninviting.  Having a good floor plan and layout can increase the value of your room, psychologically, because, of course, you will want to spend more time in there!

I offer services where I come in and assess what you have, see things with “fresh eyes,” help you properly place certain items, advise on clutter areas, pull from art and accessories you already have, and give you a customized list of things to shop for.   Sometimes, we can even accomplish certain actual tasks during the initial consult.

I hope you are doing well,  shoot me an email with YOUR problem area.  I love to hear from you, who knows…maybe YOUR dilemma may end up on my blog with some helpful pointers that everyone can learn from (only with your permission :).

ALSO, this month, I’m collecting birthdays (NOT YEARS) from my subscribers.  I like to celebrate with ya’ll by sending you birthday greetings!

Send me your birthdate via email, and I will enter you into a drawing for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!  Drawing will take place on August 31.   If you are not on my email list, please let me know and I will add you!  My clients love receiving FREE home decor and staging tips!

Have a great rest of your summer, and be blessed, not stressed, my friend!

5 Simple Things to Improve Curb Appeal

5 Simple Things to Improve Curb Appeal

Well, as we know, the weather has been a little bit all over the place, but many of us are getting some of  those outdoor projects done before the more permanent summer heat bears down on us.

​And we wonder: What are the most important things that can boost curb appeal and higher perceived home value?  Well, I’m going to give you some simple pointers that won’t break the bank.

​1. Your Mailbox 

Yup.  If your mailbox looks old and icky, that’s one of the first things that makes an impression.     Solution:  A can of Rustoleum Spray Paint for around 5 bucks can give that sucker an instant face lift.  I picked Rustoleum in Red for mine because it is easy for my visitors and clients to find me when they are looking to where to turn into my driveway (I’m on a busy road!)  And, while you are at it, you can easily paint the post white and put some simple day lilies that can hold up to the heat right there around the mail box.

2.  Freshen up your mulch 

Old mulch can look sparse and tired.  Somthing else – Some of the trends are even going to more rocks instead of mulch with lovely plants in the midst of them, and I’m okay with that.  Either way, be sure to weed.  Best time to weed?  After a good rain.  Something  called Weed and Feed can help grow what you want, and eliminate what you don’t want.  Simple, right?

​3. Fresh Paint on your front door

  Gloss black (SW Tricorn Black), a classic blue, or a great red can add higher perceived value to your home.   Freshly painted shutters can add value, also.

4. Simple plants and flowers to freshen up

  Add a happy garden flag, and a potted bright,cheery plant on your front steps, and it just screams “WELCOME!”  I just bought these begonias (below) from Home Depot and it makes me happy 🙂

5.   Trim Your Bushes 
I walk my neighborhood a lot – and often, I see homes where it looks like either a security issue where you can’t even see out the windows as to who is coming to your door, or it just plain looks uncared for.  Trimming bushes back can really give your home a facelift.  
Well, that’s about it.  Keeping it short and simple, because I’m off to another project!   By the way, let me know if you need help with a summer refresh in your home!  I even do working consultations where we can come up with a simple plan on the spot to get your home freshened up!
Happy Summer!
The Top 5 Neutral Paint Colors for Most Design Styles

The Top 5 Neutral Paint Colors for Most Design Styles

​Choosing paint colors can be overwhelming, right?  Standing at the paint store and looking at paint in their light, and then bringing home the paint chips that then, somehow, seem to change once you get them home.  How does one choose?

Well, believe it or not, even neutrals have undertones.  Yep, that’s right.  So, when you are choosing, you have to consider this.  You also may want to consider lighting, whats already in that space, what you are keeping, and what is going.  But to make it a little easier, I’m going to give you 5 top paint colors that are top pics for neutrals and they work well in the right space.

1.  The first paint color is SW 7012 Creamy which is a true creamy white.  It leans toward a warm white and can be used in homes where you perhaps have a historical look, a vintage look, or just need a more traditional feel.    Ideal for a kitchen or bathroom, you can paint cabinetry with it.  It really stands up against a pure white.    It really reminds me of “buttercream” as one client called it.   

​Photo credits:  Laurey A. Glenn     Southern Living ​

Greiges and Grays.  Grey has had its day in the home and still continues to thrive a bit here in the south,  but beige is the new trend moving forward, and so I’m putting both a few greys and greiges out here that seem to still be a favorite.

2.  SW 7029 Agreeable Grey.  This is a great grey that works well in a lot of spaces, and has enough balance to work in many spaces.  It can have a hint of a brownish undertone, but with any color you must get a sample and a test it.   

Photo Credit: HomeBunch

3.  SW 7015 Repose Grey.  This grey has a bit of a softer look, with a slightly brown-ish undertone.  It works well in so many spaces.  I even have it in my bathroom, and it looks so great against my white beadboard half wall. 

4.  Now that beige is definitely back,  Accessible Beige – SW 7036 is a great color that works well with so much, and it has a nice weight to it.  Take a peek at this lovely home that was painted entirely in Accessible Beige.  

5.  Kilim Beige – SW 6106 is a wonderful beige with a bit of brown, hint of orange.  It reflects light quite well.   Works well with non-yellowy wood tones.  The lighter wall behind sofa in this pic is Kilim Beige.

6.  Another favorite “neutral” with a bit of color – SW 6204 Sea Salt.  This is such a lovely soft color, and it truly makes any room more soothing place.  From bathrooms to bedrooms to living rooms, this color can lend itself to use of blues, wood tones, whites, and properly used mix of colors.   It looks great in living rooms, dining rooms, and just about any space.  ​This color is used a lot in staging homes and is received well by potential buyers.  It is truly timeless; I personally have Sea Salt in my bedroom and it relaxes me at night.

So, there you have it, ya’ll.  I hope you have found this helpful.  I love great choices, and reducing overwhelm in my life, and I really enjoy helping my clients select just the right paint color.  Contact me today to help select paint color for your home.  This is a service I can provide, whether locally or remotely and we can find a package that meets your specific needs.  


First Impressions Matter When Staging a Home to Sell!

First Impressions Matter When Staging a Home to Sell!

I recently received a call from a super sweet lady who was frustrated because her house had been on the market for thirty days.  She and her family were starting to panic.  This was her late mother-in-law’s home, and the family had worked long and hard preparing it to look nice for sale.  The house was in a wonderful location, but potential buyers seemed to be walking away due to the confusing flow of the home.   And, of course, no one wants to drop the price of their home, and 30 days is usually right around the mark for that.

As always, I listened attentively and asked a few questions.  I asked about feedback from prospective buyers who were shown the home.  Of course accurate pricing to be competitive is important, too, and they were good on that.

The house was lovely, in a well-sought after neighborhood, with a lot of great potential. It had a spacious great room with built-ins around the fireplace.  The kitchen was updated, and there was fresh paint and carpet throughout the home. The bathrooms were average sized for the 1970s-era date of the home, yet were recently updated as well.  

Hmmm, what exactly could it be that was turning away potential buyers? I began to study photographs of the home and continued talking talked further with the sellers.  This is what I love.  I love solving problems like this!  

​At my first walk-through of the home, I approached the home as though I were a potential buyer. Immediately I picked up on that the potential buyers were being brought into the home through the wrong door, a side door off the driveway that led to the laundry room.   The big first few seconds of “wow” were lost by coming through the wrong door!

The laundry room door was just to the left of the driveway, making it a convenient entrance. The front door was far less accessible, and there was no true walkway leading from the driveway to the front door. Client said, “but we never used that door!”  The front door was also located slightly off-center from the home, and a bush was blocking part of the entrance. 

I knew that this could really be a game-changer in potential buyers’ first impressions of the home. My immediate first thought was….”Let’s get them in the FRONT door!”

This client was at the end of her budget. Clients like this are often a favorite of mine, because I LOVE thinking outside the box!  

I encouraged the client and her hubby to use paver stones (more cost effective) to create a walkway from the driveway to the front door, remove the bush, and add some small plants or chairs on either side of the door (see after below).  Of course, perfectly placed and same-height bushes were my ideal, but we worked with what we could as best we could.

As I continued my walk-through, I realized that there was no formal dining room or eating area set up in the home. There was, however, another room or space on the same side of the home as the wonderful living room. The purpose of this second room was not clear to potential buyers.  I recommended to leave that blank, but put a chair and a few books/games  near a built in desk area.  

Potential homeowners need to be able to picture themselves in a space. They need to see where their family will eat, where their family members will sit, and how they will play games or watch TV, and how those rooms flow.  Most buyers buy based on emotional connection.  

I used to think people had this ability – to imagine what would go in a home, or where to put their furniture – but about 90% of people actually don’t. You have to create this vision for them! 

My sweet clients and I combined our resources and ideas to improve the first impressions and overall vision of the home. I worked as liaison to set them up in getting a few pieces of rental furniture, such as a round table for the small dining area (which made it look bigger), and some additional pieces of living room furniture.  We didn’t even stage the master bedroom this time. Thus, I mostly charged for my time in this instance, saving this family a good amount of money. 

The family had an offer on their home in just over a week after redoing these areas and staging some areas with my recommendations.  Instead of taking a large price reduction hit, their investment paid off in order to get the top return with a top offer and fast sale.   

Ta-Da!  The House Doctor has remedied another ailing situation!  Gotta Love It!

“Patricia Justice helped us to sell our house by providing excellent guidance and reasonable pricing in staging the house. She was friendly and helpful in all aspects of the staging. I genuinely felt like she wanted us to successfully sell, and was prepared to help us in anyway she could. She went with us to the rental furniture store to hep us get great furniture to fill the space, gave us a new perspective in what areas to fix and helped us prepare the interior and exterior. Many people had stated they did not like the floorplan of the house, but with her help, we had a buyer within 4 days of staging. I would recommend her 100%.”

-Satisfied Customer Review