As the leaves fall, days get shorter, air is crisper (okay, it’s cold!) we begin to nestle in our homes. As we start spending more time indoors, we begin to notice our surroundings and take note of the things we like or dislike about where we call home. It is often a time for many to spruce up their space with some of the most current ideas that are in home decor.
Lighting for me is always a critical factor in updating a home.
Whether it’s a new flush mount, like this gilded gold bamboo look from Circa…
I often receive calls from clients and the first words they say are: “I have never done this before. How does this work?”
Getting help to design, renovate, or just spruce up your home may seem intimidating but it can save you money and time. Having a designer can help can steer you clear of making costly mistakes.When most people think about hiring an interior designer, they zero in on aesthetics: wall colors, window treatments, pillow patterns. But that’s just scratching the surface of what a designer can add to a home. A designer envisions, plans spaces in a way that makes them both beautiful and functional.
Learn what your front door says about you and how you can style and choose the right front door for your home.
The front door of your home says a lot about who lives inside. But selecting an entry door that fits your home’s style, adds value to your home, and is aesthetically beautiful can be an overwhelming process. Because a front door has the ability to add (or subtract) to our home’s curb appeal as well as safety, replacing it is consistently rated a high-value project for homeowners to invest in.
According to Remodeling Magazine, replacing your front entry door is a worthwhile project as the value exceeds the actual cost. When it comes to finding a front door that is in your budget and exceeds your expectations, you have many choices – including colors, materials, design and safety.
Growing up in the Bronx we did not have porches but we had stoops! We always sat on the front stoop to visit with friends and neighbors, watch what was going on in the neighborhood and it was also a means of relaxation. Today the porch on my house is my place to relax, connect and entertain friends and family. Porches were originally designed to create a nicer living space for rest and cool breezes. The front porch an be viewed as another room of the house and can be used in many ways therefore how you design it should be specific to your needs.
A covered front porch creates a comfortable space and shelter, a ceiling height of 8′-9′ tends feel best. Keeping the porch raised up off the ground gives a nicer presence while allowing for better sense of security . By code however more than 30″ requires guard rails for safety. By creating an inviting walkway to the front door you you add curb appeal to your home. Path lighting dramatically changes any walkway and creates great appeal. The landscaping of that walkway or in front of the porch is also important to creating the whole overall style and design. Creating a a garden of easy care plants in pretty pots adds to the ambiance.
The size of the porch is dictated by the size of the house, but keep in mind you want enough room to circulate on the porch and be able to put comfortable furniture in place. You should treat it as an additional room to the house. I find having at least an 8 ‘-9 ‘ depth allows for chairs and room move to around. Even if the porch is small you can probably still add a smaller chair and garden stool to have place to sit and read or enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the evening after working. Who wouldn’t like to sit on this great swing/daybed and have some fun with friends on a nice summer evening? So if you are lucky enough to have a porch, make it inviting and get outside and enjoy!
So want to know the secret of how to sell your home swiftly and for top of your range?
Its all about staging your home for sale. Would you go on a job interview dressed poorly and your hair not done? So why would you put your home on the market when it is not in its best shape?
Staging has become one of the most common marketing tools used by sellers and realtors to increase the speed of the home sale as well as selling it at top market value. There are tons of articles and information out there on how to de-clutter, de-personalize, neutralize, clean and paint to stage your home. But there is one key part that these articles do not tell you about, the showcasing of the home. The total package, the certain something your house brings to the table.
Every property has unique features which need to be highlighted and showcased to capture the attention of today’s discerning buyers. We live in a visual world, so we need to present the home in its best visual way. A great staging, besides highlighting the desired features of your property, will connect with target buyers on an emotional level. The home should present to the perspective buyers with a lifestyle they are dreaming of and can connect with emotionally. This emotional connection is made before they even come to see the property. They must like what they see in the photos, the photos must really resonate and highlight the important features of the home. The next step is the curb appeal, if they do not connect emotionally upon arrival chances are they won’t even come in!
Since every detail counts, the showcasing involves a lot of fluff stuff like; replacing decor, artwork, lighting, and furniture in careful strategic ways , always keeping the target buyer in mind.
Did you know professionally staged homes sell on average 73% faster than unstaged properties as reported by a study from RESA( Real Estate Staging Association). NAR (National Realtors Association ) conducted a survey that revealed 71% of realtors estimate that staged properties sell for a higher price, some up to 20% more.
Most recent highest ROI items when staging a home are reported as:
fresh paint, landscaping, new front door, replacing garage doors, new and current light fixtures. The most important rooms are the kitchen, family/living areas and the master bedroom/bathroom.
According to ASP (Association of Professional Stagers) 75% of staged homes sell on an average of 11 days and for 17% more! This is the real deal… why not make the most return on what most likely is your largest investment?
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Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World
[Fairfield, CT], March 21, 2015 – kellydesigns of Fairfield, CT has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The design firm specializing in helping clients create an environment that they love was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.
“Kellydesigns is honored to have received a ‘Best of Houzz’ for Customer Satisfaction award,” noted Kelly Sohigian, designer and owner of kellydesigns. “I take great pride in providing superior customer service to my clients.”
Not sure if you are feeling the same way…but I feel like I am living in a snow globe!
If you are feeling the same way, it might mean it’s time to break out of the winter blues and refresh your living space, redefine your style, and relove where you live!
Why not treat yourself for Valentine’s day?? And RE-LOVE your home?.. sometimes all it takes are few fresh accessories … a new paint color… or perhaps reupholstery of an existing piece or a brand new sofa … new lighting can change the way everything looks…or simply add or refresh window treatments…whatever the change sometimes it’s needed to make everything feel and look fresh and good again.
In the photo to the left the sofa was in good condition but we had just renovated the first floor of the house and the red floral pattern no longer worked with what we had done throughout the rest of the home. My client and I decided to slipcover the sofa to give it a new look and work with flow of the rest of the home. We added some decorative pillows, added a contrast trim on the bottom and voila-a brand new look! It’s easier than you think and less costly than you think too!
One of last projects I worked on, the clients had a a closet in their garage, which was large but cumbersome and not useful. It also had a door inside to a smaller closet for which we reconverted the space. We closed the garage end of the closet and and pushed back from inside into the space to make for an inside closet to allow for coats and storage, added an area for for stackable washer and dryer units, as well as added a mudroom with two benches and storage, which they so desperately needed! Now they have useful storage, laundry and a mudroom!
It was an easy additional that proved to be a win -win!