Gingham = Glad

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When people ask me what I consider my one essential for any home, I always tell tell them if you want something that is guaranteed to never go out of style then choose gingham, checks, stripes, or polka dots.

There is something so cheerful about a room with a touch of gingham. It’s fresh and inviting. Gingham is so cheerful and makes me happy. It will update any room immediately.

I guarantee it.

(photo courtesy of Pinterest)

Five ideas that can dramatically improve your living room

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Can’t seem to create a living room that feels quite right? Looking for some styling tips that will bring your living room up a notch? Here are five ideas that can dramatically improve your living room.

  1. Move the furniture away from the walls: The tendency is to place your furniture against the walls, but giving it a little room to breathe will make the seating area seem cozier while also making the room seem more spacious.
  2. Mix old and new pieces: Using the same furniture set to furnish an entire room can make it seem a bit sterile. Try mixing and matching different pieces and styles to give your living room a more eclectic feel.
  3. Keep everything low: Arranging photos and artwork lower on walls will make a room appear larger, and can also draw more attention to the pieces themselves.
  4. Place a bookshelf behind the sofa: It doesn’t have to be your entire personal library. Mix and match books with knick-knacks and other items to add some depth and texture to the space behind your sofa.
  5. Try a smaller coffee table: Your current coffee table is probably larger than it needs to be, and it may be dominating the room. Try downsizing to a table that can still hold magazines, a centerpiece, and a few drinks, but will also give you a bit more room to move around your furniture.

Bold Colors

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Nothing ramps up the interior design of a house more than color. It doesn’t have to be a multitude of rooms painted a kalidescope of shades but just one piece that “pops” out as you enter.

Color is grand but less is more. Go bold and colorful but use it judiciously and make a room stand out.

The other good thing about color…it is easily painted when you need to sell.

Go bold and go home!

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Design on a Dime

 

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Real estate agents love a home that is decorated beautifully and always shows like a designer show home. I know I do.

But not everyone can spend the cash needed for a home to look like perfection.

A few simple suggestions that are cost-effective will help any house sell:

  1. Paint. Paint is the biggest thing that will change the look of any home you are trying to sell. Make the entire house the same shade of beige (with grey undertones) and white trim. It will make your house fresh and lend a cohesive look to the house.
  2. Clean. Buyers like the smell of lemon scented Pine Sol. Not really…but they like the smell of clean. Don’t overload the plug in wall flowers but DO mop the floors before buyers view your home. Clean bathrooms are essential so buy fresh shower curtains with fresh liners. It is the little things that make a really big difference. Oh, and make the beds. White linens sell homes.
  3. Light. Buyers like light and will be drawn toward a home that is shiny and light. Open all blinds, windows and in most cases…take down the old drapes.
  4. Paneling. More than any other dated item in a home….faux wood panelling is the kiss of death for most buyers. Paint it or take it down.

I’ll put more suggestions up in the coming days. Obviously, I have lots of them. The above items are not expensive and really can make the difference. The return on painting alone is great and will significantly impact the sales price of your home.