November 30, 2017

8 Holiday Decorating Styles for Your Home

No matter your decorating style it’s easy to bring the spirit of the season into your home for the holidays, if you consider where you live. By embracing your home’s architectural style with it’s design style you can creatively distinguish your holiday decor that tells a unique story. Let me be brutally honest with you, one of my biggest pet peeves during this time of year is a property where mismatched holiday decor has been thrown together on the lawn or exterior of the house — and the homeowner calls it decorated. The same holds true inside the property too. Now, I’m not trying to put anyone down or act like Scrooge, I applaud the effort — but what if I could share with you a few tricks to make your home look seamless this holiday season? Well, in order to deck the halls like the pros, it’s time to […]
November 4, 2017

Daylight Saving Time: Lighting Up Your Home After Sunset

Are you ready to jump back one hour this weekend? While, I’m all for the extra hour when we turn the clocks back for Daylight Saving Time, I’ll never get use to total darkness come five o’clock. It’s so depressing for this summer girl who loves her vitamin D.  Winter is the only season that can deeply affect a person’s mood. Not only are you trapped indoors but lower light levels during these months creates Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) in up to six-percent of people, causing depression, sleep disorder and lethargy. So, if you’re like me and dread this long time tradition, here are some tips to keep your home light and bright well after sunset. The Power of Neutral Colors Often times changing the color of a room can play a huge part on the psyche. You can do this by painting the walls or adding new neutral accessories in […]
October 5, 2017

7 Proven Do It Yourself Home Staging Tips

How can you stage your home like a pro when, in fact you’re not a home stager? Home staging is the act of preparing and showcasing a property for sale to attract MORE potential buyers and ultimately providing a  quick and easy sell. Rated as the second best home improvement for sellers by Zillow, staging can be a powerful marketing tactic used to gain a competitive advantage. The problem is it can also be expensive!  If you have more time, than money on hand to get your property prepared for sale than you may want to consider do it yourself home staging, rather than hiring a costly staging company. Regardless, here are four reasons why you’ll want to consider staging a home prior to going on the market. Top 4 Reasons to Stage a Home Avoid Costly Price Reductions: Staging is an effective way in reducing the number of days […]
September 18, 2017

Architecture and Design Style Guide to Sell Your Home Quickly

Did you know there is nearly 100 architectural styles to choose from when building a property? Every home has a unique style sometimes combining two or more of these styles together with renovations and extension projects added to the property over the years.  It’s important to know the architectural style of your home to help determine how to decorate the inside of the space properly– so it will be attractive to the current buyer, if even the property was built centuries ago.  Some architectural styles are more on trend now than others. Usually homes that linger on the market longer look dated. I recently visited a home (pictured above) on North Shore Long Island, the property was in a prominent area and the price tag was hefty, but the home was built back in the 1980’s featuring the popular contemporary style of decades past. While this isn’t the ideal architectural […]
September 14, 2017

Space Planning: How to Sketch a Floor Plan

Don’t start decorating a room without first analyzing your space with an accurate floor plan. A floor plan is one of the easiest ways to know how much space you have, both the positive and negative features. Plus, a floor plan can help you visualize the space without breaking your back moving furniture around multiple times.  As a kid, I use to love rearranging the furniture in my room to create a fresh feel in the space. Moving the bed from one side of the room to the other, I didn’t realize it then, but I was space planning. Space planning allows you to organize furniture to work effectively together while utilizing the entire space more efficiently–and it all starts with a floor plan. With each room drawn, out you can add furniture, fixtures and appliances to see which arrangement will fit best in your space. Here’s what you’ll need […]