October 27, 2016

Laundry Room Design Ideas to Spin For

The laundry room is a thankless space in a house that many take for granted, but if a machine breaks or worst yet doesn’t exist believe me you’ll surely notice just how functional and convenient a laundry room can be. So, how do you make room in your home for a luxury like this tight on square footage? It’s important to first consider a home’s layout and a family’s laundry habits to determine how much room is actually needed. In our home, there is only laundry for two and most of our clothes are dry clean only, but nonetheless, it was important to have a washer and dryer to easily complete this chore– especially, since we don’t have much room to pile our clothes up for the week and take it to the laundromat.  If you’re like me competing with a small space, I recommend repurposing a closet or an […]
October 24, 2016

Benjamin Moore Announces 2017 Color of the Year

After a year of white ruling the design world, Benjamin Moore is plunging deep into it’s color palette. The company recently announced it’s 2017 color of the year, along with 22 colors you can pair with this bold hue. While the 2016 color was Simply White OC-117, Benjamin Moore went with a color they describe as a rich, deep amethyst: Shadow 2117-30. It’s a saturated purple that works well with other jewel tones like ruby and emerald. “Allusive and enigmatic, Shadow is a master of ambiance. It is a color that calls to mind a ‘past,’ yet it can also make a contemporary, color-confident statement,” Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s creative director, said in the announcement.  Shadow is part of a bolder “Color Trends” palette that Benjamin Moore says reflects consumers’ newfound level of confidence in using deeper, saturated colors. Need inspiration? From pale and muted to saturated and deep this color works with everything.   How did they […]
October 22, 2016

Housing Forecast: 2017 Will Be Hot, Is Your Home Ready for Sale?

If you’re thinking of selling a home soon, next year may be the time! But, to sell in 2017 a home owner needs to start preparing their house for sale now. What should be on your to-do list to help improve the condition of the home to get the highest price in the quickest time? A staging plan is important to put together. According to forecasts just released from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA), and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, “We can expect a hot year for home sales in 2017,” said Realtor Mag, the NAR’s official magazine. “NAR is predicting existing-home sales to reach 6 million in 2017, higher than its 5.8 million forecast for this year. But other entities are even more bullish. MBA is predicting home sales to eclipse 6.5 million next year, while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are both predicting 6.2 million.” […]
October 20, 2016

Home Decorating Trend: Matte Black & Copper

Both black and copper have crossed paths in home decorating trends in past decades, but many designers are juxtaposing matte finishes with shiny metals to create an eye-catching opposition. Matte finishes are being used on walls, furniture, fixtures, and ceramics all over the house. A matte finish is being combined with metallics to create a striking contrast of sheens. The new matte finishes are represented in moody dark hues and pretty pastels (talk about varying contrasts). Matte black is especially raising eyebrows in the kitchen, where in recent years we opted for all white surfaces, stainless steel appliances and fixtures.  Matte black adds a contemporary contrast, while copper warms the dark hue up, playing well off each other. Here are a few ways to incorporate the hues:   Matte Black & Copper by tori-toth-arena    It’s important to note while this color combo could promote elegance and sophistication, it should be used sparingly. Matte black […]
October 17, 2016

Selling “As-Is” Affects a Sellers Advantage

A woman recently calls to discuss staging her home, but more importantly getting rid of her clutter. She has lived in her home for over 50 years; raised two kids there and is now ready to downsize and move in with her son. Over the phone, she mentioned removing items she no longer needed. The woman sounded excited to get started however, upon arrival of the home staging consultation she didn’t seem interested in cooperating.  When I asked what was she willing to pack and get rid of she replied, “nothing.” Then continued to say, “her kids or possibly future buyers might be interested in her worn-out belongings” (which we know probably isn’t the case). She understands there are small items, like photos, that need to be packed, but the woman can’t phantom the idea of removing or rearranging furniture in her home. In her mind she believes the decades […]