MUST-SEE Spring Home Decorating Trends | Shop the Look Under $100

Spring is here according to the calendar, however, while writing this I’m watching the snow melt with a chill in my body. Even though mother nature may be up to her old tricks, I’m looking forward to swapping out our winter decor for some refreshing spring-like home accessories. Come shop the look to stay on trend in your home.

 

This is the season to clear out, clean up and embrace the lighter side of home decorating. Just like shopping for a few spring wardrobe must-haves your home can use a mini-makeover after being stuck inside all winter staring at the same four walls. I always find it intriguing by just changing up a few pieces or moving items around the room it can completely change the look. So, what should you be on the lookout for this spring? Check out these five home decor trends:

Make a Splash

Watercolor brush strokes continue to be a popular trend to play with home decor. The water downed colors provide a soothing, calmness to your decor that embraces the warmer seasons. Watercolor designs have moved past just being framed as wall art and can now be found on all different types of home decor items these days including throw pillows, rugs, clocks, shower curtains, bedding, blankets, dinnerware and practically anything else that you can imagine! Here are a few of my favorite watercolor home decor items that show a variation of different brush strokes, techniques and items to purchase.

[NOTE: While you can try to DIY these trends click on the images below to shop the look, ALL ITEMS ON THIS PAGE ARE UNDER $100.] 

Spring Home Decor: Watercolor Inspiration

 

Pastels with a Punch

A common staple for spring home decor are pastel colors, but don’t think baby room! Pastel hues have a whole new look when paired with bold colors and neon accents. So, try mixing a pastel in the same hue with a different tone than the main color of your room, or choose a soft contrasting pastel to your color palette to make a statement in any space.

Flower Power

Spring home decorating wouldn’t be complete without highlighting it’s beautiful blooms. There are many ways to celebrate the flower in home design from bold wallpaper to 3-D wall art, so even if you’re not a fan of flower patterns you can still adopt this trend into your space. The possibilities are endless when it comes to flower patterns so choose a size and color scheme that suits you. This trend blends design styles, creating a pleasant atmosphere that allows you to embrace mother nature.
Spring Home Decor: Flower Power

 

Marble Mix

Have you noticed white marble is trending? All you have to do is look online or at your local home decor store to see this classic being revived. Marble is an expensive material, but manufactures are substituting this luxe decor style with a ceramic lookalike to keep it cheap and chic. Find this trend on flower post, kitchen essentials, pillows, sculptures, even lighting. It’s everywhere, usually paired with an organic wood or gold metal. Don’t go crazy though with this trend!  Avoid having a cold, sterile room by mixing a few organic home decor elements to soften the look.

Spring Home Decor: A Marble Mix

 

Copper Tone

Metallics are still very popular, but copper will be the metal of choice for 2017 because unlike it’s counterparts silver or gold, copper gives an industrial chic warmth to any interior. You can go as bold or as subtle as you wish, integrating this warm metal into your home decor style to create a uniquely inviting look.

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Photo by: www.homebnc.com

We recently did some shopping at Homegoods and Pier1 Imports to pick up a few spring/Easter accessories, watch our Facebook Live below to check out what we found! Also, don’t forget to like our fan page to get notified next time we’re live.

Let me know in the comment section below which one of these trends you’ll try in your home this spring! We’d love to see photos too — so feel free to post those underneath the Facebook live video above. 

Happy Decorating,

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

Highlight your home’s best features and update your space with a fresh coat of paint. But deciding on a paint color can drive anyone mad. There are so many choices out there today – cobalt blue, coral, Navajo white – the options are endless. Using certain interior and exterior paint colors can spark interest from potential buyers, but also send them out the door if not done correctly.

paint color

[Author Note: This first step is if you’ll be selling a home, however all the tips provided in this post help you choose the best paint colors whether selling or staying.]

So, if you’re a home seller it’s important to remove your own opinion about color. Paint is very personal, but when selling a house you need to focus first on potential buyers.

Research your real estate market to see what homes recently sold and the color schemes used in those properties. Mimic the color scheme to create one cohesive look in your home. Note that every market will have different dominant colors buyers prefer based on the area’s style and the lifestyle buyers are looking to lead. For example, a den in a trendy city loft could have black walls, while the same room in a farmhouse wouldn’t be best suited with black walls, unless it was a chalkboard painted accent wall.

Here are seven things to consider as you consider which paint colors are best to help you successfully sell your home.

Lighting.

Pay attention to the light source in the room you’re painting. Lighting can drastically affect the way a color appears. Spaces filled with sunshine rather than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs will look completely different. The same color can even appear different based on the time of day.

That’s why when specifying colors for a space, it’s important to take light – both its presence and its absence – into consideration. Just because you love a color in the store or at a friend’s house does not mean it will work in yours. Test the color on your wall first to see if it’s right for your home.

Undertones.

All colors have undertones that are implied, even if they aren’t always visible to the eye. For instance, all grays have a tint to them, whether blue, green or even purple. Be careful when choosing colors to ensure that other items or colors throughout the room don’t bring out something you weren’t intending to.

Fixed furnishings.

Paint colors should enhance the fixed materials in a room. Pay attention to flooring, wood finishes, countertops, wallpaper and any tile within the room. It may seem like a no-brainer, but often people don’t take fixed furnishings into consideration.

Paint should complement these materials rather than make them look like an eyesore. If you have built-in cabinets that are a dark red cherry wood, avoid painting the surrounding walls orange. The colors will end up competing with each other.

Varying finishes.

Depending on the finish of the paint, matte verse semi-gloss paint can transform the look of a room. Be mindful of the varying sheens and when to use them. While high gloss is the most durable and the easiest to clean, it can show every imperfection on the wall. Matte finishes, on the other hand can be cheaper, but are less durable.

Emotional state.

When choosing colors, keep in mind that colors can evoke strong emotions. That’s why many home sellers stick to neutrals when putting their home on the market. In general, neutrals are an easy, classic way to go when picking colors. But it’s important to also make a lasting impression. Ask yourself these questions before adding a wall color to a room:

  • What’s the mood of the room? Remember the mood you want to give in each room before choosing a color palette. For instance: A bedroom should be calm and relaxing, while a kitchen can be vibrant or energetic. All white rooms can be dull and hard to keep clean, so avoid this whenever possible.
  • What’s the size of the room? Color can make rooms look larger or smaller. Warmer tones make the room feel cozy, while a cooler color can actually push out the walls of a small room, making it appear larger than it is. Don’t be afraid to go dark or bold in a small space, it can enhance the dimensions of the room.
  • What color are furniture and accessories? Bring an accessory when shopping for paint to try and match up colors, or see what hue will work well with the accent color. This can help you visualize how the room will come together.

Exterior paint colors.

A fresh coat of paint can give the entire house an exterior facelift and spruce up curb appeal. While picking a color, keep in mind the character of the neighborhood. Your color choice should blend well with what’s surrounding the property. Using different tones of tan, light gray or beige can make the property look larger and more modern. Use shades of white on the trim and an accent color on the front door to captivate those who pass by.

Interior paint colors.

The key to interior colors is to combine warm colors with neutral colors. Warm colors are inviting and give a home a little more character than plain white walls. Bold colors can turn away certain buyers. Keeping the ceiling and trim white will brighten up a room, giving the house a crisp, fresh look.

Still not sure what color to start with? Discover your personality with PPG’s Voice of Color Game , let me know in the comment section what color palettes best represent you. I’d love to hear if you have a color crush or prefer neutral territories. 

Happy Painting,

Use a Flower Arrangement to Spruce Up Your Home

A beautiful flower arrangement can transform a room and be an eye-catching centerpiece that can brighten up any room. As a home stager, I consistently turn to mother nature to bring our stagings to life with this natural, fresh-looking home accessory.

flower arrangement

If you’ve always wondered how to arrange flowers but not sure where to begin, don’t worry — these tips can help. The first decision you’ll have to make is whether or not your want real or fake florals in your home. There are positives and negatives to both. Fresh flowers are always beautiful and fragrant, but tend to die quickly especially if not taken care of properly. While fake florals, often look just that FAKE. Not to mention they become dust collectors, if forgotten. Check out this Facebook Live to see how to work with both real or fake flowers and how to combat these problems.

To keep fresh cut flower arrangements longer try these tips:

  • Add lukewarm water in the vase
  • Snip the ends of the stems before placing them in water 
  • Use a flower preservative that comes with most bouquets
  • Try this mix (12-24oz) vase, add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase water before adding flowers
  • Change the water and continue to trim the stems regularly 
  • Remove leaves that are submerged in the water and any wilted flowers

Reminders when working with fake florals: 

  • Look for realistic stems (Pier1Imports hand-paint their floral highlights)
  • Bend or cut stems to size with wire cutters 
  • Use a compressed gas duster to remove dust on the petals

But how do you actual create an interesting arrangement? Here are a few tips to remember when building your own flower arrangement.

The Vessel

Choose a vase or container that not only matches your style, but will fit the area where you want the arrangement displayed  as well as the size of the arrangement you’d like to create. The vessel should be in proportion to the stems being used. Stems should be no longer than 1 1/2 times the height of the vase.

Bold Blooms

Rather than choosing one of each different flower stem, go for a bold impact by using a lot of stems from one or two of your favorite flowers. The more stems used the fuller the arrangement will look. A hydrangea has a bigger bloom, than let’s say a tulip — so consider the shape and size of the bloom when choosing how many stems you’ll need.

Statement Color  

While you can mix n’ match different floral colors, my favorite is using a monochromatic color scheme where you choose one color hue, then use different flowers in the same tone. This creates a luxurious statement that adds depth and personality to the arrangement.

Flower Arranging

Arrange the base shape of the flower arrangement by adding the largest, focal point blooms first into the vase. Spread them out so they’re not all clumped together. Fill in the gaps with smaller blooms, then add something dramatic with height like branches or draping vines. It’s important to use varying heights in the arrangement to create an elaborate, professional look.

Comment below and let me know if you use real or fake flowers in your home? I’d love to know you’re preference! If you want to share your floral arrangement add an image to the comment section under the Facebook Live video and don’t forget to like our fan page and tune in every Tuesday to see all our live videos.

Happy Arranging,

7 Easy Tips to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal (When Selling or Staying)

As warmer weather takes center stage and begins to play a bigger role in scheduling life’s activities, it’s important to put a home’s maintenance plan together focusing on your home’s exterior. With temperatures flirting in the 60’s and 70’s on the east coast, why not get a head start on boosting your home’s curb appeal?

curb appeal

Making a good first impression outside will entice homebuyers to want to see what’s inside the home that’s on the market. That’s why one of the first things a home seller should do when preparing their home for sale is go stand out by the curb and take in the sights of their home’s exterior and front yard. What do you see? If it’s not eye-appealing chances are buyers will pass your home and never turn back.

Walking through different neighborhoods it’s unbelievable how many homes, whether represented by an agent or not, have for sale signs in the yard with overgrown grass, dead flowers beds, crumbling stoops and the home’s exterior missing pieces of roof shingles or siding.

The impression these sellers, even these real estate agents, are suggesting is neglect, abandonment and unwillingness to put the buyer’s feelings first. If you want a buyer to respond positively to your home and make an offer than you need to assess the space as a buyer would and make improvements that reflect your sales price.

Start with these seven tips to impress buyers outside regardless of how much time or money you actually have before hitting the market.

Update Structural Issues. 

Consider updating projects that will make a big impact on the look and resale value of the home. Repairs like, roofing, siding and replacing windows are not only considered a cosmetic improvement, but can enhance the structural integrity of the home. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2016, a homeowner can recoup more than 70 percent of the cost of these projects.

Leaving repairs undone could cause water damage, pest infestation and mold, which will be revealed during a home inspection and could devalue your home.

curb appeal

Fix Minor Repairs. 

If you don’t have the budget to make structural upgrades, then consider what minor repairs can improve the exterior. Small fixes can include cleaning or replacing gutters. Patch up the driveway or concrete walkways. Repaint the front door, fence or any other wood exterior to give it a fresh surface.

Pressure Wash All Surfaces. 

Your home’s exterior can accumulate a lot of dust, grime, even mildew over the years. In order to make the exterior look like new, pressure wash the siding, concrete, vinyl fences, decking and any other surfaces that have lost their luster over time. Beware, though, that a pressure washer can be powerful enough to remove paint, so be careful.

Clean Up Landscaping. 

Remove dead debris and cut back overgrown shrubs. Add colorful flowers, plants with varying heights and mulch into the flowerbeds. Make sure the flowerbeds frame out the exterior of your home so they become an extension of the structure.

Add Potted Plants.

Welcome buyers with colorful flowers or topiaries near the front door to add some life to this hardscape. Try to have at least two matching planters on either side of the door or if you don’t have enough space on your porch, use one larger planter in a corner and consider adding two other planters at varying heights in the same corner to create a statement.

Install New Hardware. 

Check your house numbers, lighting fixtures, doorknobs and mailbox to see if you could benefit from new hardware. These quick fixes are not only easy to install, but are cost effective and instantly make the area around your door stand out. Just make sure all the hardware is the same material.

Accessorize Your Porch. 

This is the final step when dressing up your home’s exterior. Add accessories like a seasonal wreath, a new doormat and a seating area around your front door to invite buyers into your home.

Don’t forget to accessorize other areas in your yard that could impress buyers. Consider updating an outdoor living or dining area with new throw pillows, cushions or a rug. Think about adding more light to define and enhance the space or even add a fireplace to set the mood that buyers can enjoy this area under the stars even on cool nights.

Happy Curb Appealing,

[VIDEO] 4 Mistakes You’re Making When Organizing a Home

If you’re like most people, you’ve had good intentions to organize your home this year — but, is your technique on achieving this goal really working? If your closets are still a mess, cupboards & drawers overflowing and surfaces cluttered then you may be making one or more of these home organizing mistakes.

home organizing

To help you conquer your home organizing goals, let’s explore a few reasons why you’re home is still cluttered and how you can take action this weekend to improve your home’s quality of life.

MISTAKE # 1: Being Unrealistic About Your Possessions

Parting with your items for some may be difficult. Many feel that they will need the item at some point, so they keep it — and in most cases misplace the item never truly using it again. This hoarding mentality builds up clutter quickly. Rather than feeling guilty or obligated to keep an item because of your mindset ask yourself:

  • Does this item support my current goals and lifestyle?
  • Will the item promote the vision you have for your home?
  • Is the item meaningful or functional to complete daily tasks?

MISTAKE # 2: Edit First Before Organizing

Many times people think they’re organizing, but simply storing clutter in a box and labeling it, does NOT mean it’s actually organized. Organized clutter is still clutter and can make anyone frustrated and give up. Take one room, one closet, one shelf and go through each item weed out outdated, broken and unused items by using the pile system. Not sure where to start? Answer these questions:

  • Have you used the item in the past year?
  • If, it’s broken is it worth being fixed?
  • Does this item serve a purpose in your life?
  • Is it difficult or expensive to find again?
  • Do you love it?
  • Can you use or reuse this item in the future?

Watch our latest home organizing series below (4 Videos Included). 

MISTAKE # 3: Not Creating a Home 

One reason clutter can grow out of control in a home is because your possessions don’t necessarily have a designated place. It’s important to zone your possessions by grouping like items together by what it is and how you use the item. When every item is assigned a home, it’s easier to return the item back to it’s designated place after use. Everything in your home must have a place that is easily accessible and in a location that coordinates with the room. For example, in a kitchen pantry the shelves should be filled with items you’d need in a kitchen. Maybe one shelf is small appliances, one area for canned goods, another for non-perishables. So inside the pantry there are different sub-categories to organize items. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when determining where to place an item:

  • How often will you use it?
  • Does it belong in this space?
  • Is there enough room?

Keep items that you use often between neck and knee height for easy access and consider labeling the different areas in the space so your entire family knows where each item goes.

MISTAKE # 4: Lack a storage plan

 A huge part of organizing involves finding storage products that will fit the items your looking to store as well as your lifestyle. The problem is people often head to the store without an actual plan or idea of what they may need. First go shopping around your home to see how you can reuse storage containers you may already have lying around or can be better utilized. Then make a list of the items you need, take into consideration the measurements of the space and if you need storage that’s clear or with a lid. 

Remember organizing is an ongoing process, it’s a habit that takes time to adopt and your organizing goals may evolve depending on your current needs. Without a clear vision the process can be stressful. Don’t forget by tackling your clutter the house will always look cleaner. Comment below and tell us what area in your home you want organized.

Happy Organizing,

 

 

Adopt 7 New Home Decor Trends to Refresh Your Space

A new year means new trends will be emerging for the home. If you’re renovating, building a new property or even selling look out for the following items to include, and those to avoid, for 2017.

These trends are based on what home buyers are looking for in a home. While home staging is about highlighting a home’s positives features to help buyers imagine how they can live, home design showcases the homeowner’s personal tastes. Whether selling or staying here are the latest trends you can expect to see in 2017:

Colors to Incorporate

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Greenery, is a vibrant green that represents refreshment and revitalization. It’s that bright natural hue we see on leaves to bring a pop of color to a neutral palette. It pairs well with taupe, which Sherwin Williams named it as their Neutral Color of the Year. This warm neutral is ideal with rustic touches to create a cozy mix between gray and brown.  

Warm Textured Materials

Taking a cue from nature textured materials like raffia, reclaimed wood even cork are showing up in housing materials, furniture and accessories to build character in a space while remaining neutral. These items can warm up a cold modern contemporary design that promotes clean lines that many younger homeowners continue to look for.

This side table is an example of how to mix contemporary design with warm textures. The acrylic allows you to show off the beauty of nature, however still make the piece functional.

Photo by: www.trendir.com

A Mix of Traditional & Modern

In the past years traditional design has taken a backseat to a more modern-contemporary flair. Why not have both? Many are predicting the incorporation of antiques and vintage pieces will be used to marry both design styles. I always love an old camera or typewriter mixed with white accessories. An appreciation for antiques is definitely on the rise with a younger generation. 

 

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Essentials

 

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century furniture pieces are characterized by their clean, simple lines. Wood pieces, often made of teak, are simply finished to showcase their natural beauty. 

Jewel Tones

You can incorporate this color in textiles, like pillows or a throw, even as a wall color (if you’re not selling a home.) Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, is described as a rich, deep amethyst: Shadow. Sometimes a dramatic, in-your-face hue does a better job setting a sophisticated tone to your home.

Photo by: www.onekingslane.com

Glamorous Accents 

Add some glam to a room by using luxurious touches like faux fur, metallic and glass surfaces. This trend creates a space that is comfortable but upscale. Buyers love how this look makes them feel!

Metallic Decor

Metallic accessories in different finishes continue to influence home design, copper is it in 2017. This timeless metal has an antique look that adds character. You can mix copper with a rustic feel or glam it up in a kitchen it all depends on the sheen of the material. 

 Let us know below how you will be using these new trends in your home in the comments below and don’t forget to share your pictures of these trends over on our Facebook Page.
Happy Decorating,

5 Essential Ways to Conceal Wires at Home

By Rachel Stinson, Freelance Writer

When you move into a new space it’s important for everything to look as sleek and stylish as ever, including all those fancy technological connections entertaining us, not to mention keeping us informed about the world around us.

conceal wires

Furnishing aside, if you’re someone whose into electronics you want to pull out all the stops. Surround sound, home theatre, computers, TV’s, top quality speakers are a MUST in any home, the only problem is setting these up in a way that the wires/cables are concealed from the human eye.

That requires hours of planning. If you like taking charge and doing everything yourself then you’ve come to the right place. We will guide you in a way that you get the best end result keeping your ‘manhood’ intact as well.

Go Wireless!

Going wireless is an easy solution to cut the chord. Wireless systems were introduced purposefully for ease of access.That means no annoyance caused by wires. These days everything has the potential to go wireless, so you can have one centralized hub that holds the router, sound system, hard drives, cable boxes etc. across the room from where you’re TV or laptop are stationed. 

Snake Wires Underneath Carpet

This is a technique that is used in more than 45% of the households throughout the world. By far, the simplest and most effortless way to hide those repulsive wires. All you need to do is buy a carpet or a rug that is big enough to cover the area. This is used often with lighting chords in furniture arrangements placed in the middle of the room. Try to run the cord under the rug where it won’t be walked on too much (to avoid creating a tripping hazard).

Use Concealing Products

Consider purchasing products that will aid your pursuit for a wire-free environment, including crown moulding designed to hide cables or simpler raceways that adhere to floor moulding. At the very least wall mounted TV’s should have a raceway on the wall in-between the TV and floor to hide the wires. The unique selling point of these products is the fact that they are simple to use, easy to install and budget friendly.

 

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Tape It

Usually referred to as duct tape, this is one of my own personal hacks that I use to hide those pesky wires. Clear packing tape or duct tape will hold almost anything in place is a useful tool when you want to disguise a cable by running it behind a table leg or something similar.

All you need to do is tape the wires to the wall or the flooring in a way that your eyes won’t be able to detect them and run the cable along the length of the leg towards the outlet. Let your creativity shine through, use different coloured duck tapes that will mimic the room or furniture color.

Photo by: www.residencestyle.com

Get Artistic

Instead of simply covering up your cords, why not turn them into wall art? Use fancy wire clips to hide and camouflage wires along your wall. This way your wires can serve as decorative elements and will truly blend in with your interiors. Be creative! And you will find a way to perfectly integrate them in the décor.

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Photo by: www.woohome.com

 

So, we come to the conclusion that wires are a visible menace in an otherwise beautiful composition. They need to be dealt with so that your place doesn’t turn into an electrician’s warehouse.

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates and restaurants with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner.

Home Office Organizing: How to Deal with Paper Clutter

One of the most important items to get organized in a home is paperwork and other home office related items. Why? Paperwork is consistently sifting through the house that needs to be dealt with in a timely matter in order to not only avoid clutter build-up, but from causing a mess in other areas of your life.

As a home stager, I’ve seen paperwork piled high on entry surfaces, kitchen corners even burying desks. Paperwork left alone for even a week or two while on vacation can get out of control in the busiest of homes. This is an issue for many homeowners including a few seeking to find a better solution.

Both Youtube fans have common dilemmas among any adult, no one ever tells you about all the paperwork you have to deal with as you grow old. Insurance policies, mortgage statements, financials, junk mail, school stuff…the list is endless I’m sure! But, don’t let that overwhelm you.

Here are a few solutions you can use whether you’re a stay at home mom, an entrepreneur who works from home, 9 to 5’er or a major workaholic.

I became a bit obsessed about having an organized office after Superstorm Sandy flooded our home in 2012. But, to be honest even though it looks neat and organized beneath the surface paperwork still lurks. Let’s address bizybee65’s issue about dealing with paperwork.

Daily Handling

Whether you like it or not paperwork arrives in your mailbox everyday. Don’t just drop it off when entering the home take a few minutes to immediately go through the pile. Quickly determine whether the item needs to be:

  • Tossed – junk mail, subscriptions and other paperwork to get discarded.
  • Filed – paperwork you may need, file away.
  • Take Action – paperwork that needs your attention.

Now, when you’re sorting don’t agonize over the decisions. It should be simple to determine what stays and what goes, the problems arise when determining what to do with the papers staying

Take Action Basket

Put action items all together in a pile, a basket or a file –anyplace where you can easily check back regularly to take action when you have more time. Whether it’s bills, following up with phone calls, signing permission slips you want to keep these items front and center so you don’t miss a payment, deadline or opportunity that could alter your life. Depending on your (and/or your family’s) needs you can check the action basket daily, weekly or monthly.

When going through the items in the action pile, write on each piece of paper the very next action that is required, make it specific and deadline oriented. For example, “left message, try again Monday” then move the document to a place where you think will prompt you to take the next action.

TORI’S TIP: Creating the system is the hardest part, once you have a plan in place digging out of the paper clutter may take some time, but when you’re finished you’ll have a system in place to keep you from drowning in paperwork.

 

Filing Important Documents

In our home office we’ve chosen a few different filing systems to house paperwork. We have a file cabinet to hold important office paperwork that deals with clients. There are also, file boxes being used to store our personal paperwork, along with our company’s paperwork (separate of course.) For programs, courses, directories or projects we’re working on we use a binder system.

Chose a filing system that fits your needs and personality, maybe you need a color-coded system:

  • Yellow – House – Store all house-related information such as maintenance, pest control, security system, handyman info.
  • Green – Financial – This category can hold mortgage statements, credit card bills, stocks, auto loans, etc.
  • Red – Medical – Hold your doctor info., medical records, vet bills and records anything that deals with health put in a red folder.
  • Blue – Insurance – This can be auto, health and home insurance.
  • Orange – Personal – Anything else that may be happening in your life.

Maybe color-coding isn’t your thing then just take a cue from these categories to either section of in a filing cabinet or binder system: medical, pet, auto, manuals, personal, home, credit cards, utilities.

So Happy Together

All of my paperwork is in one room the office, now my husband’s paperwork is another story it’s in his nightstand, sock drawer and wherever he can put it. (Know the feeling?) If you have closets and drawers full of papers, empty them all and designate a place where all the paperwork in your world will live happy together. Yes, it’s overwhelming, but you’ll have more space overall.

Place to Print

Designate a space to house the printer and printer supplies. A wireless printer is a great investment because it doesn’t need to go right by your computer. Placing it in a cabinet or other area in the office, you will gain more space on your desk to work.

Store Essentials

Office supplies should be front and center in an office (duh), but they can clutter a workspace so, they’re better kept out of sight. We store ours in an organized roller drawer under the desk. Plan on storing all supplies in containers, drawers, baskets and bins to stay on top of clutter.

Label It

By taking the time to label your files, drawers and boxes in an office, you’re giving everyone else who may need to access them a fighting chance at actually finding them and better yet, returning them back in the proper place. I highly recommend investing in a good label maker.

Categorize ChrisRules1014

Many times when I’m staging a home office it needs to be dual purposed, for instance an office and a guest bedroom or an office and playroom. First determine the room’s main functions and zone out each area of the room. When zoning items make sure it makes sense! So, group like items together, organize based on how you’ll use the items in correlation to one another to help keep the clutter at bay.

Book Clutter 

Try to organize books by genre, color or size depending on your preference. Organizing by color will add a stunning design element while giving the space a clutter-free, organized look. You can also mix in décor elements to create a more personalized look.

Utilize Wall Space

Go vertical, this is often the one step people miss when organizing their office. Use the wall space to hang filing systems, calendars, whiteboards, shelving and more. There is so much more space available when you go vertical, we went up to the ceiling in our office.

Create a Station 

Maybe you don’t need an entire office in your home, that’s awesome! But, you should designate a command center in an area of your home. This will help control paper coming and going. Whether you have paper bills, party invitations, school calendars or other reminders, use this system. Here’s what you need:

  • Folder for incoming mail
  • Folder for outgoing mail
  • Folder for mail to file
  • Folder for bills
  • Folder for every family member
  • Calendar for schedules
  • Personalize the space with a few photos, inspirational quotes

As soon as the mail comes in, file it in the mail station. Then once a week go through each folder. You can place a command center (hyperlink) in a kitchen, hutch, mudroom or near the entry –so it’s easily accessible.

Be Creative

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, it’s time to get creative. Look above and behind things: An area over the desk can be used for files while the back of a door might be good for storage.

Try to set aside ten minutes at the end of the day to clean your desk and get ready for tomorrow. This will start the day off right tomorrow. Want more home organizing tips then sign up for our FREE Online Home Organizing Class featuring the Clutterbug and Toni Scott-Daniel who will share their best kept organizing secrets with you!

Happy Organizing,

How to Use Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Are you ready to go green in 2017? Pantone’s Color of the Year, a “vivid” yellow-green called, Greenery will be making a huge impact on home decor and housewares, from accents to furniture to paint.

Greenery, the color of flourishing foliage has spring coming early this year. Pantone selected this Color of the Year, based on research that determined everyone’s ready for a big, deep breath of air. This “refreshing and revitalizing shade is symbolic of new beginnings,” Pantone’s color experts explain. This green shade is being called ”nature’s neutral,” and goes with anything. 

I for one, love the color green – all shades! Now, I know what you may be saying, Greenery is a bit bright to play a major role in my home. I get it, yes it does remind me of Ghostbusters.

Or Hi-C’s infamous 80’s flavor…

And speaking of slime remember Nickelodeon’s show, You Can’t Do That On Television?

 

Now, while slime isn’t found in nature, many items do represent this natural color — like grass, leaves, green apples or limes. By taking a cue from mother nature using greenery from a real estate perspective, in small doses won’t necessarily offend buyers or detract from a home’s value because it’s a gender-neutral color that according to Pantone experts, “is emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” Here are a few ways to add greenery in your home (my tip mix it in with other greens like this in a room to tone down the bright hue. )

Using 2017 Pantone Color - Greenery

 

 

When used on an accent wall, kitchen backsplash or throw, it will refresh and energize the space. Try pairing it with warm whites and neutrals for a clean, fresh look or pair it with harmonious colors found in the fathomless palette below. As you can see though depending on how daring you are and your love for color — greenery can be paired with just about every hue.

What do you think about this hue of green? How will you use it in your home this year? Let me know in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Coloring,

 

 

How to Create Cozy Rooms to Hibernate in this Winter

As the holiday decorations are put away and temperatures continue to drop, it seems almost impossible to avoid those long, chilly days of winter. If you’re stuck indoors this time of year, hibernate in style by creating an intimate and relaxed space to cozy up with loved ones.

It’s time to revamp those dormant areas of your home to take refuge from the frigid weather. Keep warm this season with these simple tips to make your space a cozy place to hide from the cold.

Main-area purge.

There is nothing worse than hanging out in a home that’s cramping its style with clutter. Since, you’ll be spending most of your time indoors don’t overstuff your space with unnecessary items. Purge items no longer needed and spend some time inside organizing the main living areas of the home including the living room, kitchen and master bedroom to surround yourself with items that will inspire and motivate throughout the season. This will not only reduce cabin fever, but provide a clutter-free space (and mind) to truly feel relaxed.

Musical chairs.

Now is the perfect time to switch up a furniture arrangement. Plan on closing the gap between chairs and sofas for a more intimate, cozier setting. Place seating areas away from drafty windows and doors, and instead bring them closer to the interior of the home and heating sources, like a fireplace or an air vent. Swap out a glass or wood coffee table for a fabric ottoman or poofs to soften the scene and provide extra seating.

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Source: bhg.com

Reading nook.

Expand your mind this winter by creating a cozy reading nook that’s impossible to ignore. If you don’t have an existing nook or built-in window seat in your home, add a comfy oversized chair in a quiet corner of the room. Have a few decorative pillows and throws to snuggle up with nearby, along with a small table to hold a warm drink or take notes. This area should also have ample lighting to read during the day or night and an outlet to charge a reading tablet, if needed.

Rugged layers.

Create soft, durable layers on the floor to keep those feet warm this season. Try adding an area rug or runner on hardwood or tile near the bed, in the living room, by the kitchen or bathroom sink to keep toes from coming into contact with cold hard floors. Place a faux fur rug near the fireplace to promote cuddling near the fire. A rug can also play up color or pattern in a room, so let it take center stage and keep other decor in the room simple, or use the rug to introduce new textures, patterns and colors into a space to completely change the look.

Mood lighting.

Winter days get dark quickly, so don’t forget to add more lighting to a room that doesn’t get much natural light. Add a few more table or floor lamps in dark corners, turn on the fireplace, light candles (real or fake) and add string lights to your decor to set the scene with just enough light to sit back and relax in a warm atmosphere.

Inspiring art.

Artwork is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add personality to a room. Pick something that’s inspirational to keep you motivated during this dreary time of year. Use warm colors like gold or oranges to counter Mother Nature’s current cool vibe. Add a few sayings for an eclectic collection on a gallery wall or opt for a large piece of art that lures you into the space. Consider a neutral image that reflects the time of the year where you are, or where you’d like to be.

Source: sarahcaindesign.blogspot.com

Sweater trend.

Sweaters are not just made for wearing as a fashion statement. Sweater textures such as cable knit, cashmere, velvet, faux fur and wool will keep you feeling cozy all winter long, while adding dimension to the home decor. Fabrics like this displayed in a room will enhance the sense of touch to make those inside want to cuddle up.

Hot drink station.

Whether shoveling, playing or just trying to get around in the snow all day, it’s refreshing to warm up the chill in your body with a favorite hot beverage. Create a hot drink station near the kitchen or dining room stocked with hot chocolate, tea, coffee, espresso and some cordials to welcome those coming in from outside. Place decorative mugs near the coffee machine, along with other supplies like marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, honey, sugar and milk.

Happy Hibernating,

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