Choosing the Just Right Color for Your Home

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Choosing the right colors for your home

First I would recommend looking at your Pinterest boards or Houzz ideabooks to see if certain colors keep popping up in almost every photo. Usually you can start to pull together the colors you gravitate towards when you look at the photos you have saved. You can use an inspiration photo to model your project after or use something like a piece of art, fabric or rug as a place to begin to draw inspiration for colors that you might like to use.

  • If you’re not feeling entirely color confident on the first try, don’t give up! Try these tricks:
  • Select and use only one color from your inspiration piece on the walls. Pick a second color for major accents.
  • Figure out three groups of color in your object- light/safe, medium/adventurous, and intense/daring. Now figure out what kind of environment you want- safe, adventurous, or daring? Well, there you go,give that old roller a whirl and see where the magic of color can lead you.
  • If you’ve got a curtain fabric or carpet that you’re starting with, look for the least pronounced color in it and use it on the walls. If there’s lavender in the background,for example, or a coral color in a small detail, pull it out and put it front and center using paint. This trick always leads me to a surprising balance and gets people asking about the inspiration for an interesting palette.

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Gorgeous Gardens

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Your patio and garden is an extension of your home…
View your Patio and gardens as an extension of living space. After all we spend most of our time outdoors during the summer. Why not create a lovely garden and patio area to dine alfresco and enjoy a great evening with friends and family. In doing so you will need space for a table and chairs for dining, chairs for sitting around the fire pit, a place for the grill, possibly some open space for a dance floor or a bar area, outdoor lighting that offers different kinds of light, comfortable cushions, pretty gardens to surround you and of some course music!

For lighting you will want to include overhead lights which can be string lights or led lights on an umbrella, awning or pergola. Then you will want to include garden lights that light up walkways and plantings in the garden, and you can always use spot lights for high light or add outside lamps or lanterns.



Create seating areas for conversation and cocktails amidst the beautiful plantings and great masonry work. Set the ambiance for great night outdoors, make the most of it! We deserve it after such a long hard

Remember when planting your pots choose containers that will drain properly, use potting soil that has some nutrients and fertilizer in it to help the plants grow. When selecting what to plant keep this in mind: You need a Fill, a Spill and a Thrill! Look for something that can be the center attraction something tall or spikey for the thrill, then use something that spreads out like bacopa or lobelia or the fill, lastly choose something that spills like sweet potato vine, vinca, or wavy petunias that will go over the brim and spill out of the container. This recipe always makes for beautiful planters!

There’s a party in the backyard !
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Gorgeous garden looks…
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What to do to get your house and outdoors ready for summer
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Come visit me at the Pop Shop Market on June 8th

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Pop Shop MarketJUNE 8 from 11-4:00
Fairfield Theatre Company
Great vendors, food, artisans…fun day!
We hope to see you there and after you can go watch the
Jim Royle Steel Pan ensembles at the gazebo perform.
They are amazingly talented and will get you in a “caribbean” state of mind!
A perfect way to end the day.

Porch Envy!!

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Create an inviting space

View your porch as an calling card for your house. The porch is the first thing you see when you come home and last thing you see when you leave. Porches should exude warmth and charm. They become an extension of your personality and style and are the first feature visitors see.

Understanding the components of a porch and how they complement each other is essential to creating your perfect porch. Porch lighting, railings, columns, furniture, and landscaping are just a few of the critical factors that must be incorporated into your front porch design.

You want to feel good about it and show an expression of yourself to your neighborhood. Welcome visitors with an inviting porch. Even if you have only a small porch, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and if you have room, one or two pieces of furniture. Add cushions and pillows for comfort, add a table or garden stool to rest a drink, some lighting, and I even add a soft throw for chilly nights!

Porch Envy

FlagsSeatingYou can create another whole room on the porch complete with sofa, rug, lamp and tables. In the spring and summer potted plants and holiday accessories like flags, stars and stripes can make the porch exciting and fun.

Create seating areas for conversation and cocktails amidst the beautiful potted sweet potato vine and coleus. Make your friends and family want to come and stay awhile!

I found a Front porch illustrator that is easy to use if you want to envision your home with a porch. (See Below)

They have created an amazing portfolio of front porch designs for almost every imaginable front porch along with designs for the ever popular screen porch, three season, and even four season porches. In addition, they offer a myriad of planning tips and information you need to create your own perfect porch.


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How to Sell Your Home and For MORE Money

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Secrets on How to Sell Your Home Faster and For MORE $$$ Money

Boost Curb Appeal

This is something you always hear and with good reason. Buyers are making an emotional connection to your house before they set foot out of the car. Make sure your house number is easy to read, power wash, paint outside if necessary,mow, reseed, plant, trim back…take care of the landscaping! Wash all the windows, clean the front lighting, add a fresh doormat and newly potted plants to make the home appealing. No matter the size of the front porch, it just must say “welcome”. You want the buyer to imagine themselves sitting on your porch with friends on nice summer evening. Keep the lights on porch and walkway on during the evening.

Boos Curb AppealClear it all out

This means get rid of all your collections, pack it up, give it up, put it away. As sentimental as some of these things are to you, all it looks like to buyers are clutter. You want the buyers to see the details of the home ~ not your belongings. Clothes, toys and tchotchkes all about, prevent them from doing just that. Keep in mind you want the house to look big, spacious, immaculate,well cared for and uncluttered. Make a list of repairs that need to get done inside and out and take care of them all before placing your home on the market .

Freshen up your StyleFreshen up your Style

While you may love french country or shabby chic not everyone does. I always try to imagine who the buyer will be that will come to see the home. If it is decidedly a younger family then we need to make the home look and feel younger. Furnishings that feel comfy and homey , yet fresh is what you should strive for. Neutral contemporary colors work best. This foyer has a punch with a zebra rug yet homey and comfy with an inviting chair, fireplace and beautiful warm colors in the artwork.

Mirrors ,Mirrors, MirrorsMirrors ,Mirrors, Mirrors

By using mirrors liberally you can make your rooms look bigger, lighter, brighter and allow the natural light to flood the room. The mirrors can be on the walls or actually part of the furniture as you see here in this dining room.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

My rule of thumb is to never take photos or have showings with clutter and appliances on kitchen counters or bathroom counters and I do not leave mats on the any of the floors. Always have a secret hiding place to put all your everyday things for the showings. I always recommend fresh white towels for each bathroom, have them ready and put them out for only for showings and photos. White spells clean in the mind of a buyer and that is what buyers want in a kitchen and bathroom~CLEAN!

Don’t Forget the Outdoors

The outdoor spaces create as much interest for the buyer as the interior.You need to create the vignette of the great summer party or relaxing day reading in the garden. Add the decorative cushions, patio furniture, nicely potted plants, create the ambiance, your buyers will see this added living space.

Don't Forget the Outdoors - Deck Don't Forget the Outdoors

Design Party Workshop

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"Design and Wine Parties"“Design and Wine Parties”

If you want to learn more about how to decorate or how to fix that problem room, you can hold a design party for yourself and and 3 to 6 friends. The Cost is $75.00 each person, I will bring the wine ~ cheese and work with each of you to review and come up with solutions for that problem room or talk about whatever topics you may want to know more about on decorating and design. You will receive all my handouts from class on decorating and design principles

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Essentials of Accessorizing

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Accessorizing BookshelvesWhy Accessorize??

  • It adds personality
  • Quickest way to update a room
  • Can change the mood of a room
  • Brings everything together to make a room feel finished and complete

Symmetry Arranging Art

  • Remember-shape, color, THEME and size
  • Should fill up the space about 2/3 or then it is too small
  • What size and shape to select is dictated by size of furniture or space
  • Follow the lines…is it vertical or horizontal?
  • Symmetrical placement when equal parts on each side is safe and traditiona
  • Layer items from front to back with smallest up front
  • Asymmetrical placement is unequal side of center and this is more contemporar
  • Layer art and move the color around shapes for better flow

Accessorizing BookshelvesAccessorizing Bookshelves

  • Shelves do not need to be filled to look pretty -actually it’s 1/2 to 2/3 full that looks best
  • Less is truly more in this case
  • Mix books, artifacts, art, mirrors, plates, photos
  • Let the shelves breathe a bit and bring items forward so you can see them
  • The weight of each piece is important
  • Your eye should not get stuck just in one spot, rather it should move throughout the shelves
  • Mix it up, move it around, with shape, sizes, textures and colors
  • I always try to color code the books and alternate placement -some vertical and some horizontal
  • Front the books by bringing them to the edge
  • Stack some books and place an artifact on top
  • Intersperse with accessories, photos, mirrors and art

Kelly Anne Sohigian of kellydesigns of CT Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

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Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

kellydesigns of Fairfield, CT has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The design firm was started in 2006 and has grown ever since, specializing in helping clients create an environment that they love! kellydesigns was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Kellydesigns is a refreshingly friendly and approachable creative firm specializing in the design and redesign of interior spaces and dwellings. With the addition of kdHOME in 2012 kellydesigns now offers home décor accessories like designer pillows, throws, window treatments and upholstery as well reupholstery.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Kelly Anne Sohigian among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Kelly Anne Sohigian, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Feeling sick of winter? Got the winter blahs?

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Why not treat yourself for Valentine’s day?? RE-LOVE where you live… sometimes all it takes are few fresh accessories … a new paint color… or perhaps reupholstery of an existing piece or a brand new sofa …to make everything feel and look fresh and good again.

Re-love your home
In the photo above, the settee was a find at an antique sale that my client had stored in the attic, it was not in great shape but we reupholstered, painted it and fixed it and added some new accents to make this room come alive again!

It’s easier than think and less costly than you think too!

Call today and book a consultation. For every appointment booked before 2/28/14, I will give a you complimentary pair of designer decorative pillows to accent your furnishings (up to a $300 value).

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