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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!
Warmly,

Simple Minimalist Fall Decor

Simple Minimalist Fall Decor

Happy Fall!

I know a lot of people run around like chickens getting their homes ready for each season.  That’s okay….if you love doing that!   As I have moved forward in life, I really have swung more in the direction of “anti-consumerism.”  But, as I’ve found myself focusing more on intentional living, I still bring highlights of the seasons into my home, but you won’t find me piling my shopping cart high full of new stuff every season.

For starters, I usually have a wreath on each door and something seasonal near the door.  I have had a great “flower cart” just outside the entry that I often will put flower bulbs in in the spring and so on for other seasons, but in the fall, I just quickly put in pumpkin, leaves, or a simple pot of mums.   If you have an interesting architectural piece, or even a barrel you can turn upside down, just a simple pot of mums can look gorgeous!

Each year I may buy one new thing and pitch something old.  This year, for my dining room, I purchased a buffalo checked table runner.  Found this one at Steinmart and they did have a few at Hobby Lobby, but HL’s items fly off the shelf (they were gone when I circled back to purchase) and I found out they don’t reorder the seasonal stuff at all! I actually purchased two items this year, and I fell in love with the baby pumpkins, purchased them and put them in the pink tray I already had on my table.  Painted that tray baby pink last year and loved it! Do you have something in your own home you can re-purpose or paint?  Craft paint is great!

I have a small collection of white pouring pitchers and one of them is my grandmothers from before she ever had indoor plumbing.  The pitchers end up in various locations from kitchen bar to my iron bakers rack, and so on as the seasons change.   What do you have that you can mix in with your decor?

I have a pop of fall on small shelf areas, but not much.  I did a little more on my baker’s rack because it is one of the focal areas of our home – the kitchen, and we don’t have to clean it off daily to sit down and work/eat.  When we downsized to a smaller home, a more simplistic life is how we chose to live.  I have two porcelain pumpkins (shown) that have lasted for years and this year, I tried my hand at chalkboard art.

On another note:  Besides assisting folks with just interior re-dos, I also offer seasonal decor and one-day turnaround packages.   If you feel you just don’t have the time….these packages are for you!

​Many times, we can use what you already have and also add a few new items.  Fresh eyes can often bring new life to a space, making those areas of your home even more warm and welcoming!

Quite often, you can use what you already have and also add a few new items.  Fresh eyes can often bring new life to a space, making those areas of your home even more warm and welcoming!   I’ve also sent you a link to help you declutter and simplify if you want the scoop!

No matter what your need, I’m here for you.  Every home has a story to tell…

Warmly,

Happy Thanks-Living!

Happy Thanks-Living!

Happy Thanks-Living!

Did you suddenly wake up this week and realize that, “Wow! Thanksgiving’s next week!” I kind of did.

Are you ready? I’m ready because….well,, for a nice change, I’m not hosting it! And I only have to bring a few side dishes! Yaaay! How about you?

Anyway, with the busyness of life and sometimes wondering how to keep it all “under control,” I know I really have to make sure to think more about intentional living. And contentment. And, of course, being thankful.

As much as I love bringing fresh beauty to homes, in the middle of all the “to do” lists, I love even more when I remember to stop – and take a moment – and close out all the distractions and just be in the moment. And I love it when I see other people doing it as well. 

So many times we are distracted by cell phones, social media, and our never ending to-do lists that time just slips by. We miss out on making memories.

Recently, when staying at a friend’s house, the most lovely things I noted in her home were: The sweet basket full of children’s books in a corner of the house, her hand-painted chalkboard wall in the kids’ play area, and seeing this young mom turn off the t.v. each night, ignore everything else, and just read to her children. 

I also saw on “Fixer Upper” that Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new restaurant has a basket at each table for people to put their cell phones in while they eat in order to for more connectivity between family and friends. I love it.

With the ever increasing trend in our society toward more and more consumerism, I have found for myself anyway, that, well, less is more. And in order to live more intentionally, I shop less, focusing on what I really need, and the things and furnishings I strive to invest in now bring more timeless quality when making purchases for my own home. It’s in the simple things we find true beauty, and even in simple décor we can get out of the “frenzy” and focus less on the crazy!

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving, and if want to be a little more “intentional,” be sure to reach out to those who may not have what you do this time of year.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

​Love You All!

Five Fabulous Fall Tips!

Five Fabulous Fall Tips!

Can you feel it? The twinge of fall is HERE! I’m just loving those Indian Summer days….Everyone’s getting excited about it,, too! Football, apples, more indoor activities…harvest parties and outdoor activities…

As we scurry like squirrels getting our nests ready for cooler weather….I just wanted to pass along a few great tips to help your home look great, and increase its value and perceived value as well. Get ready for fall……ya’ll… And if you are a realtor and want to forward this info to your clients, feel free!

​1. Paint. Your. Shutters 

Paint is like a facelift in a can, right?  You won’t believe, how many times I walk my neighborhood each week and take look at the neighbors’ homes and yards. Not saying mine is perfect……but, you won’t believe it.  So many homes look really tired .   

Why? Because their shutters either are faded, or never had the right pop of color to begin with. But, mostly because of the fading from our hot southern sun.  So, even boosting that curb appeal is important. A great coat of Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black in outdoor paint is a great black to go with. You may need to paint your front door, too. That sun can be brutal on your exteriors!

​​2. Bring the outdoors in

 Ha Ha – I don’t mean, bring in your bushes and trees…..but… with some touches of green, and maybe a hint of fall, just some classy touches. Even a boxwood wreath hung on a mirror, or a grouping of 3 birch wood style candles can cozy up your space.

3. New Light fixtures 

Really? Yes, Really. No matter how long you are staying in your home, updating light fixtures can bring instant increased value to your home.  It’s those details that can really update your space and give a fantastic “wow” factor. I’ve been in a lot of homes, and believe me, the longer folks have lived in them, the less they are able to see the need for those upgrades. I love helping people with details such as this.

4. Insulate Yep

Have you checked your insulation lately? Sounds like going to the dentist, and checking for plaque, right? So exciting. I know.

I know it’s not HGTV exciting, but, making sure your home is well insulated can add more value to your home, PLUS save you hundreds each year. in your heating and cooling expenses. Not glamorous, but when it translates to MONEY, then it becomes SUPER GLAM. Right? Our very own home, which we purchased as our “downsized” jewel, never had proper insulation, and so, taking care of this will bring more value, both in $$ signs and in staying warmer and cooler.

​5. Weatherproof and stain your deck 

As the weather is getting a bit cooler, if you have a wooden deck, now is the timeto get the protective coat of stain/weatherproofing for your deck. Be sure to read the back of the can for time between coats and temp recommendation.

After we did the deck, it added 10 years to the life of our home – I’m not kidding. We bought a great product – Behr Semitransparent Waterproofing Stain and Sealer and it really renewed the wood and protects it. We LOVE Home Depot!

Here’s the after (left). By the way, I would love feedback on what topics you lovely email folks want to hear more about. Send me a one liner through email, and let me hear from you! I would love to help you get your home “figured out” before the COLD hits!

Hugs,

 

Make a Splash This Summer!

Make a Splash This Summer!

​As I am thinking about July 4th, the thoughts of freedom come to mind. and I am so very grateful.

But on a lighter note… the words “sizzle,” and a lot “splash” come to mind… and how we can apply these words to our homes! Every room, every space has a need for impact.

Sometimes we have lived in a space so long — we don’t know how to have a space that can have impact.

Think about…when you first purchased your home, or moved into your new place. What architectural features spoke to you in your home? 

……Was it an archway, fireplace, or perhaps some built-in shelving? Or maybe you are thinking “My room doesn’t have a place for impact”…..but, ah yes…it does.

You just have to put on your detective eyes and see….

For example, my own kitchen window has an area that is just waiting to make a splash! When we first moved in, I just put up a vintage 1950’s white tablecloth on that window (with tulip borders) for the time being, seaming it up for the rod. But those two kitchen windows are kind of the soul for the kitchen. I don’t dislike what’s there, but I know I am going to soon have some colorful window treatments made for that area.  I can’t wait! It’s going to be like Christmas for me when I have those windows just singing to me! (I’ve also had my grown kids return to the nest for a short while,so many projects have been put on hold.) This one’s GOING to happen soon!

Maybe a favorite rug or styling a special area like built-ins…that anchors your space or an heirloom piece will help create impact and a bit of “sizzle!” in your home.

Often, I will go into someone’s home who has lived there awhile and walk through it with them and help them edit furniture and beloved belongings, and create those impact areas that will either help my client love their space, or help that home have a new and fresh appeal for potential buyers, if the home is being listed. It’s so much fun! It’s even more fun when I see my clients’ faces of delight!

So, with the Independence Day holiday approaching and some sizzling fireworks on the way, maybe you can think of something, either big or little that create a bit of impact in your own home. 

Here’s a great article with some extra impact tips (be sure to hit the arrow to the right to scroll) 

And feel free to take a peek at the Kelly Ripa fabrics JoAnn fabrics has! What a fun surprise (below is a sneak peek)!

So, with the Independence Day holiday approaching and some sizzling fireworks on the way, maybe you can think of something, either big or little that create a bit of impact in your own home. 

Call me this summer and let’s work together on creating a great space, tackling one area at a time! The best starting point is to….get started! Reach out! Ask me about my July 4th coupon!

Don’t forget to to follow me on Instagram! Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fall Ya’ll! – 8 Great TimeSaving Tips!

Happy Fall Ya’ll! – 8 Great TimeSaving Tips!

With the holiday season right around the corner, as much as most of us enjoy our family time, we can often feel helpless with the thought of keeping it together on the home front. As I was de-junking my garage this week (an ongoing project), the thought of fantastic timesavers popped into my mind to share with you all. When a home’s organization is a little more well-planned, you can save hours each year in gained time and energy. Also, homes that are organized and well-maintained also give greater perceived value overall. You can click my link from the Washington Post below to read more on this.  

1.  Hooks 

If you have a place in your home where you can put up a few hooks for things, this makes it so easy to just look, grab and run. Some rooms/hallways even have a space for cubbies/baskets. Taking a wooden bookshelf with square cubes can even be turned horizontally to create more organized space.  And for me, well, I’m “hooked” on hooks!

2. Everything needs a home

From drawers, closets, to baskets, storing things in their proper place at the end of the day can save time also.

3. Labels 

Buy a label maker, or, at best, tape index cards with item names onto pantry and office shelves, etc. From spare light bulbs and batteries, to pasta, to first aid kits, you can save time and money by knowing what is already on hand.

4. Keep “Staple” Items on Hand

For groceries, keep some basic soups, frozen veggies, rice, pasta, on your shelves at all times. It’s healthier than eating out, saves you time, and knowing that even if you are tired, you can pull a meal together quickly. 

5. Planning Ahead  

From putting reminders on your i-phone, fridge calendar and Google calendar, to making lunches/setting out clothes for the next day, mornings and days can be much more hassle free.

THE GREAT “8” TIME SAVING TIPS!

I hope this helps you all with some of the little things so that your home, and your life may be blessed with more simplicity.

I am SO excited that we are having another girls night out in October (men are welcome, too!), We will have refreshments, giveaways, tablescape ideas for the holidays, and some Chalk Paint quick talk! Smith & Co. is AWESOME!

Where: Smith & Co. Consigment Co. – 27284 Union Cross Road, Kernersville, NC (Shopping Center behind Burger King)
DateThursday, October 19th
Time: 5-8pm (floating)

Email me if you think you can come! And Happy Fall Y’all!

and, lastly,
Click here for Washington Post Link 🙂