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    November 12, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Lush Library

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    November 4, 2014
    Entryway Inspiration

    When walking through the door of your home, guests (and buyers) form an instant first impression- and it can be hard to change. Dimly lit homes, weird smells, clutter, and tacky décor are all instant turn offs. So, especially if you’re selling your home, having an inviting entryway- and making a good first impression- are extremely important. Read this post at By Stephanie Lynn for some gorgeous entryway inspiration:

    -Use a coat closet- open it up, paint the walls, and add matching items

    -Custom built-ins- create your own coat “closet” with hooks, pegs, tables, and storage for shoes.

    -Add a room divider that acts as an entryway

    -Add a bench and side table

    -Add a shoe cubby, hall tree, or key hanger

    Photo Credit: By Stephanie Lynn


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    November 3, 2014
    Polish Your Home

    Sometimes the simplest changes are the ones that add the most value to your house; that’s why professional home stagers exist. Simply cleaning up a bit, rearranging furniture, and adding some decorative accents can add thousands to your home value. For some great tips on giving your home that “expensive looking” finish, look no further than this post by Marie Huang at Progression By Design:

    -Mount long curtains close to the ceiling.

    -Paint interior doors black

    -Create or add the appearance of crown molding

    -Add in details- Add a sleek stack of coffee table books, some fresh flowers, and a few well placed embellishments to add to the expensive look that you’re going for. However, focus on minimalism, not clutter.

    Photo Credit: Brian Moloney 


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    October 31, 2014
    Happy Halloween!

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    October 29, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Simple Spider Decoration

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    October 14, 2014
    Easy Home Staging Items

    Cleaning your home is essential for selling it. In most cases, adding some staging elements in addition to keeping it neat and tidy will also boost your home’s appeal, and hopefully get it sold even faster. It is a common misconception that staging is too expensive. Fortunately, there are a few inexpensive key items that can be added to your home for more visual appeal to buyers. Check out this infographic at Visual.ly for what to get:

    -Potted plants

    -Mirrors

    -Silk flowers

    -Area and throw rugs

    -Baskets

    -Decorative pillows

    -Candles

    Photo Credit: Benjamin Thomas 


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    September 22, 2014
    Furniture Shopping At The Thrift Store

    One of my most recent regrets was passing up a thrift store find a few weeks ago. See, I am a huge dork. I love getting together with friends and playing board games and card games. So, when I found a poker table at Goodwill for thirty bucks (it sat eight people, and even had cup holders!), I was completely heartbroken because A. I had nowhere to put it and B. My car wasn’t large enough to bring it home anyway. To me, it will always be the one that got away. I will probably always get my furniture from thrift stores- it’s way cheaper, plus there are plenty of options for upcycling and customization. But, how do you know when it’s worth it, and when a piece of furniture is just too far gone/ a waste of money? Read this guide by Virginia at Live Love DIY for help:

    -Look for colorful pieces, and build a collection over time

    -Keep an open mind- almost anything can be repurposed!

    -Go often, but be patient. Hold out for items that you truly love.

    -Always look for quality furniture: look for solid wood pieces with a nice shape, good lines, and that can be easily refinished.

    -Know when you don’t need something, and when to walk away. Don’t become a hoarder!

    Photo Credit: Orin Zebest 


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    September 10, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Living Room With Natural Light

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    September 1, 2014
    Happy Labor Day!

     

    I hope all of you has a lovely day– whether you have to work or not.

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    August 13, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Gallery Wall Inspiration

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