Staging - Personal Photos

One thing you should always do when selling your home is take down your family photos.  Buyers have a hard time picturing themselves living in your home when they are reminded of the family that currently lives there.  You also don't want them spending their time focusing on your photos rather than the features of the home. Pretty sure you'd prefer they were checking out the awesome fireplace rather than commenting on Uncle Harry's flowing locks.... ;)

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Agree? Ok, good!

Now here's a solution for you if you have family pictures hanging on the wall. Rather than taking down the frames and replacing it with artwork, just add some scrapbook paper or fabric in place of the pictures. Instant artwork, and you can leave all the pictures in the frames for you when you move.

Here's what I did in our place when we listed...

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I kept all the pictures in the frames and just put scrapbook paper that tied in with my decor over the pictures....

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Quick fix and won't cost you a new piece of artwork :)

Colette

Products I Love! - Fasade Backsplash

If you are looking for a quick and economical way of updating your backsplash without tearing tile out, this is a great option! We recently updated our kitchen with a new quartz countertop, it's beautiful but didn't leave much room in the budget for a new backsplash. We were also left with a gap between our new counters and the existing tile backsplash. So rather than deal with taking the old tile off and repairing any damage to the drywall, we opted for Fasade.

Here's a link to their website where you can check out all the options available.                     http://fasadeideas.com/applications/backsplash/backsplash-gallery

It's a great product that comes in various colors and styles, even a paintable option. The install is really easy too. You can use double sided tape or glue the panels on. I definitely recommend gluing them on so you don't have to worry about the tape coming loose over time.

Here's a look at our finished project....

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Colette

Would you like cream with your coffee?

I love how this coffee corner turned out! In this client's home, we were faced with a corner in the kitchen that didn't really serve a purpose. The problem was, we really needed it to be used as a functional space because the kitchen was pretty small to start with.  We were lacking storage space, but most of all we were lacking counter space for items like the coffee maker and microwave.

So here's what we did with the space.....

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This is what we were dealing with before the reno, not very pretty or functional.

coffee bar afterAs you can see, we found the coffee maker and microwave the perfect home without sacrificing any counter space.  All the coffee and tea is stored in the drawers and everything you need to start your morning right is one place. The corner also got a lot cuter :)

What are some areas in your home that lack function or vision? I'll bet we can come up with a creative way to use that space just like we did here.

Colette

My kids are so creative, but what do I do with all of the artwork?!

I am a mom of two young kiddos.  They are very creative and love making us things.  My oldest is in preschool and comes home EVERY time with her latest painting (it's almost always a "river").  I have a lot of years ahead of me with 2 kids always bringing home a new project and they will be equally proud of each and every one!  This is great, but what the heck am I going to do with it all?!  Don't tell them, but I won't be keeping them all.  I will however keep my (or their) favorites and come up with a creative way to showcase their masterpieces. Here are some awesome ways to showcase your kids' artwork. They will be happy to see it on display and you will be happy with how it ties into your home decor.

This is a really easy project and you can easily switch out the artwork as you please.  By you, I mean the kids :)  The great part is, you can paint the clipboards any color and have them tie in with your current color scheme.

This is personally my favorite!  Look how adorable you can make the clothespins! Again, you can easily coordinate this project to tie into your existing decor.

This one will require some wall space and will be a little more costly depending on the number of frames you choose to use.  It's a very clean look and will create a very personal focal point to any room.

This is a really cute idea! These are just wall decals in various sizes (or colors) that you just adhere to the wall around the artwork.

This option is a little sneakier :) If you don't have a lot of empty wall space to use to showcase the artwork, why not have a cute little surprise every time you open your cupboards?

I hope you found these options helpful, or at the very least cute :)

Happy Wednesday!

Quick & Affordable Ways to Instantly Update your Bathroom

Whether you are selling or just tired of how dated your bathroom is, these are some great ways to instantly update the look and won't cost you a fortune. 1. Faucets - Say goodbye to the brass fixtures in your bathroom! Update your vanity with a brushed bronze, chrome or pewter faucet, depending on the color scheme and look you're going for.

2. Vanity Lighting - If you had a brass faucet, chances are pretty good that you also have a brass light fixture over your vanity.  And those huge ball shaped lights that look like they came from the backstage of a Vegas showgirl production.  Choose a light fixture in the same finish as the faucet you are going with.

3. Mirror - A lot of the bathrooms built in older homes have a big 'ol piece of mirror glued on to the wall behind the vanity.  You can really change the look of your bathroom by adding your own framed mirror to the wall.  You can choose a mirror in the same finish as your fixtures or do something with color or texture to add a stunning focal point to your bathroom.

4. Vanity - Change the look of your whole bathroom by painting the old oak and adding new door/drawer hardware. If your vanity is in great shape and you like the layout of your bathroom this is a great way to update the space and all it takes is a can of paint (make sure you get a paint that can stand up to the steam in the bathroom). Choose hardware in the same finish as the faucet.

5. Countertop - Home decor trends in the 70's and 80's were very vibrant and colorful. You very well could have a pink or purple counter top on that old vanity.  This makes it a little (ok a lot) tricky to coordinate your counter top with the updated color scheme you have chosen.  If it's a laminate counter top, you can pick out a new piece of laminate and have it glued right on top of the old one.  Otherwise you can remove the old top and have a new piece of counter top installed onto the vanity.

Here is a great example of a redo I found at centsationalgirl.com....

Look what a can of paint, new hardware, a mirror and new lighting can do!

DIY: Magnetic Chalkboard

I love attempting new DIY projects.  I needed something on my wall in the kitchen and I have always loved the look of a framed chalkboard.  I figured it had to be pretty simple to make your own, so after a bit of research, this is what I ended up with. I bought a mirror at HomeSense for $30.00. I picked this one because of the beautiful detail in the frame, I knew it would look fabulous with a couple coats of white paint.  Then I purchased some magnetic chalkboard paint.  You will find it at most major hardware stores, I grabbed mine from Fargey's.

I put a primer on the mirror so the chalkboard paint wouldn't chip off down the road.  Then I applied 4 coats of the paint, sanding in between each coat with steel wool, this helps keep the surface smooth for writing on.  If you are wanting a magnetic chalkboard, make sure you do 4-6 coats. The more coats you do, the better your magnets will stick to the surface.

Once that was done, I painted the frame of the mirror with a crisp white, my fave!  And Voila, I had a new chalkboard and it fits in perfectly with my french country decor!

If you have any questions on how to make your own chalkboard, I'd be happy to help!

Have a great week!