Success with Staging

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Winning-on-Wormwood-PortfolioStaging is one of the best investments you can make before you sell your house and even if you are not listing right now, applying these concepts will help make your home that much more enjoyable while you are still living there. Given that the spring real estate market has begun, I thought this would be a good time to share with you some of the reasons why Sellers stage their homes and some of the resulting benefits. Remember this is also food for thought as to how you might apply some of these tactics in your own home right now.

When we complete a staging job, my Fairfield and Westchester clients almost always like their house much more then before kellydesigns went in. I’ve often heard Sellers wonder why they didn’t do these things sooner so they would have time to enjoy them and even say “now they don’t want to leave.” In fact I did have several clients who did just that. After it was staged, they decided to continue living in their home and not sell. This is why staging is so successful. It creates an environment that people want to live in.

Staging Somerset - Family Room - Home Staging by kellydesigns

An important part of the staging process is to highlight the best features of the house. If there is an architecturally beautiful fireplace or a stunning view, when someone walks into the room you want their eyes to be drawn to that place. For this reason, the room layout is essential so that the architectural features are highlighted and noted. Clutter, on the other hand, calls attention to itself. So the first order of business is to remove excess stuff and either purge or store it somewhere. Too many smalls create visual clutter and force the potential buyer’s attention away from the room and architectural details they need to focus upon. If it’s overwhelming to even think of paring back your things, a professional organizer or we at kellydesigns can help you make those tough decisions.


Staging done right makes a home appealing and sexy and that is what sells a house! It is more than just putting furniture and accessories in a room, it is selling a lifestyle. It’s virtually impossible to stage your own house because once you live in a home your perspective is so different than those of visitors. That’s why both Realtors and homeowners reach out to us at kellydesigns to do it for them.

Even when it comes time for me to put my own home on the market, I too will seek the advice of a professional stager. That may seem strange but it’s just impossible to look at your own home with an objective eye. Some personal items are ok but too many photos and collections will be distracting to buyers and they get caught up in your life and home as opposed to seeing themselves in that space. So less can definitely be more in that case of getting your home show ready. Yes, your potential Buyers have stuff too, but no one wants to know it exists. A clutter-free and depersonalized home enables potential buyers to picture THEMSELVES living there.

staging-statsTake a look at a design magazine. Every counter is sparse and clean and there is no clutter. Note that only some of the bare essentials are on the counter while the remainder is stored away within close reach. We look at these scenarios and they resonate with us because we want this IDEAL LIFE. We tend to think that having all these possessions is what it’s all about. when in reality, having a bit less feels a whole lot better.

Now for our clients that are not putting their homes on the market and just want to get more organized, we help them by thoughtfully placing their things where they are not visible but still easily accessible. We do this by helping to organize their things and by building cabinets, bookcases, shelves in closets and bench seats that provide storage underneath. This creates peace and harmony in the home, which is what we at kellydesigns are all about!


As an interior design company we go beyond basic staging by adding a contemporary flare that will appeal to the tastes of current buyers. By making both the interior and exterior environment as appealing as possible, you’ll be able to enjoy living in your home until it comes time to sell and when that happens, statistics show that you should sell it for more money in less time.

staging-statsStaging adds value to your home. When done right it creates a lifestyle, an ideal that people would like to imagine themselves living in. Staging plays up the best features of the house so that when buyers walk away they remember YOUR home. Even though it still feels like winter, the spring market is starting right now. So don’t wait to call us so we can make your Fairfield and Westchester County home a memorable one.

Wild About Window Treatments

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Window treatments provide privacy, protect against sun glare, save energy and provide a stylish finishing touch to a beautifully designed room. With numerous styles and an endless selection of fabrics, window treatments enhance any decor. While it can be costly, I do recommend custom-made because it pays off in a big way!

Window Treatment 1

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In some cases, however, foregoing the window treatment is wise. If you have an unobstructed and/or beautiful view, why not leave it exposed for you to enjoy? You can also opt-out when a room has the right architectural details such as a bank of french windows, specialty windows and those with wide detailed moldings. To go without and have your room look finished, the window should make some kind of statement. Otherwise, window treatments can be just the thing that bring all the elements of the room together!

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Drapes are a classic choice that add a nice amount of softness to a room and work well in most spaces. There are countless fabric options and a million ways to hang them. Playing with length, texture (such as sheers, linens and cottons) and the weight of drapes is a fun way to add visual interest. Ready made drapes may look pretty but when hung most often they are not correctly sized for your space, they do not have any pleats to add the perfect drape of the fabric and they usually do not have lining. The result is never as they are pictured in a magazine. That photo for the ad takes hours to style and get just right. Clients always call and say how come my drapes do not look like those in the ad? After all who has the time or energy to have to fix and arrange drapes every time they are moved? That is why I recommend custom drapes.

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Roman Shades are a practical and popular window covering. These are great for kids rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and any other windows where there are radiators below or adjacent walls too close for drapery hardware to be installed. They can add a more contemporary, clean and less fussy look to room. Roman shades lay flat when they are all the way down and form nice pleats when they are pulled up. They can be flat edge or soft edged. There are various style options for both finishing and trim and roman shades are also a great way to diffuse light.

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Natural wood blinds are a current decor trend that bring nature indoors in a sophisticated way. Since they can be made from exotic reeds, woods and grasses, they come in a variety of natural colors and complex textures. These can come in blind form or as wooden roman shades also known as matchstick shades, natural shades or bamboo shades.

Layering can be sumptuous and also functional. This is accomplished by mixing different treatment styles and fabrics. Combining roman shades with drapes looks very pretty. Using different types of fabric can also act as insulation and soundproofing. All draperies and window treatments should be lined or backed in white fabric so when looking at the windows from the outside of the house it looks uniform.

Plantation shutters are common, particularly in casual coastal areas, because they are functional, with a simple, clean line. They are easy to maintain and provide privacy while also letting in light. These too can be combined with drapes for a softer look.

When one of my Fairfield or Westchester clients tells me that they that love to change their decor frequently, I recommend neutral color fabric. You can still play with textures (so it doesn’t have to be boring) and it gives you greater flexibility. We can trim on the lead of the drape or on the bottom of the shade to add some fun and interest. This way you can bring whatever you want into the room, color and style wise, without having to change the windows too. Whatever your style or preference we can help you find the just right look and fabric to finish off your space to make it feel put together and stylized.

10+ years ago I added a full service work room to kellydesigns in order to ensure that my clients get a timely delivery of a highly personalized and a high quality product. This is an important thing to get right, because nothing makes a room look more polished and finished than a custom-tailored window treatment.

A Bathroom To Boast About

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Updating your bathroom is one of the best projects you can undertake. Not only do you deserve to have a bathroom that you love, when it comes time to move, an updated bathroom will help sell your home quicker and for more money than other similar homes on the market. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do a complete renovation to change the look. Often just a simple refresh will do. Here I’ve put together some ideas to help you update your bathroom with on-trend looks that I design for my clients here in Fairfield and Westchester County.

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from decor pad

While this can be a big job that requires removing the toilet and sometimes the vanity, the floor is a design aspect that can make or break the style of your bathroom. You will need to consider the size of the bathroom when choosing a flooring material. Generally speaking the larger the bathroom the larger you can go. But using a larger floor tile in a smaller space can make the floor plan appear larger!

Harder than ceramic, porcelain is a fashion-forward flooring choice for bathrooms. Porcelain is a denser, less porous and harder option offering more stain and water resistance than ceramic tile. The color and texture run all the way through making chips or scratches less noticeable. Plus, it’s suitable for radiant heating to keep feet toasty on cool mornings.

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from decor pad

Porcelain offers unmatched design versatility. Tiles can mimic natural stone varieties, such as granite and limestone. Newer designs draw inspiration from exotic locales and fashion runways with surfaces that evoke leather, fabric and even animal prints. One of the most popular choices is porcelain wood that comes in a variety of colors from dark browns to gray tones. For a realistic look go with wide plank and a textured surface.

Tile for Walls
Subway tiles have been around for more than a century and are always in style. They are the perfect choice for the bathroom because they’re durable, attractive and water resistant. The most popular subway tile colors are slate gray and shades of white and blue. For a modern look try subway tiles that are longer in length, have a marble-like pattern or with a slight texture. Speaking of texture, three-dimensional tiles come in a variety of patterns and will add a sophisticated modern touch to your bath.


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Glazed tile is completely covered in a hard finish that is typically colored. While it is strong and dense, the glaze can get damaged with wear and tear making it best suited for the walls. Glazed tiles come in the widest range of colors and designs giving you an opportunity to personalize your bathroom with your own unique style.

Update your Vanity
Vanities range in price from several hundred to thousands of dollars. Freestanding or floating versions are a trendy look requiring that the tile extend underneath. If you have a cabinet vanity and it’s in good condition, consider painting it with a good quality paint for a new look. Swap out the knobs and handles for something more current and it will look like a whole new piece at an inexpensive cost.

Marble is a classic choice that never goes out of style. It is a softer substance that is porous and requires periodic sealing to avoid staining. Growing in popularity is quartz and quartzite because these surfaces are easy to maintain and have a clean crisp look. Quartzite comes in different shades and is a great option for someone who wants a marble-like appearance with the strength and durability of granite. Quartz is a composite material made from quartz chips and resin and is a flexible design choice offering more than a hundred colors and patterns.

Old fixtures date a bathroom quickly so swap them out for something more modern to add visual interest. Wth so may choices available, faucets are an easy switch. Oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel are two trendy metals with universal appeal. Gold and brass tones are coming back to the bathroom scene and look great with marble. Also, consider modern shower heads and dials to upgrade your shower space. While somewhat costly, one of the best investments you can make is a frameless shower enclosure.


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A fresh coat of paint is one of the most inexpensive things you can do to update your space. For more drama add board and batten, tongue & groove planks or wallpaper. Consider tiling around the wall half way up or up to the ceiling behind your vanity for an on-trend and stylish look. Adding a great wallpaper can transform the bathroom for sure!

Light fixtures are no longer just for brightening up a room. They’re installed with the purpose of being seen. This includes pieces that are bold, large and full of personality. Consider replacing older fixtures with sconces flanking the mirror. These days you have a wide range of styles to choose from. Lighting can range from glamorous chandeliers made of crystals to clusters of hand-blown globes or drum pendants made of metal.

The bath may be the smallest room in your home but it should be pleasing and big on style because it’s where you begin and end each day. As always you can call me anytime for design assistance whether it’s a refresh or a complete remodel.






Falling for trends… Trick or Treat?

Written by admin. Posted in Fall, Furniture, Holiday Decorating, Home Exterior, Interior Decorating, Interior Design, News

There are so many ways to decorate your home in a tasteful and festive way for fall. You can spice up your decor with accents of the season’s beautiful colors and combine things from nature to make simple DIY projects. By bringing the season’s appealing tones inside and around your home, you can enjoy them well after the leaves have fallen here in Westchester and Fairfield County. Here are some ideas to help you incorporate nature’s rich hues and festive elements in an elegant and fun way to enjoy through Thanksgiving and beyond.

Since Autumn is the beginning of a long stretch of cooler weather, its the perfect time to refresh your home and gear up for spending a lot of time indoors. Add rich tones to make your room appear warm to the eye. You can also bring physical warmth to your space with thicker fabrics and extra blankets and throws. Drapes, pillows, throws, artwork and bed linens are some of the items that you can swap out easily and at a manageable cost. Check out my Etsy Shop, kd HOME, for items that can add a touch of fall to your home.

Fall Colors
Just look outside and let nature inspire you with its magnificent color palette. Take a look at your permanent furniture pieces and upholstery and then identify complimentary tones that you can incorporate into your decor. You can go bold with bright orange and brilliant reds, choose warm rustic colors such as maple and caramel and add accent colors in shades of warm purples.

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Add decorative touches outside that you will appreciate every time you come home as will your passersby. Strategically place pumpkins of varying shapes and colors on your porch or stone wall for that quintessential New England look we so much enjoy in Fairfield County. For a whimsical touch places gourds or small pumpkins in outside planters. You can also add a touch of elegance by applying some gold spray paint to pinecones and combining with white pumpkins. And of course, there’s nothing easier than just purchasing oversized hardy mums to keep color and cheer around your home while the days get cooler and the leaves fall.

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from bhg and @newenglandfineliving

Inside artfully combine gourds, pine cones and twigs in simple arrangements in baskets, glass vases and lanterns with or without candles. Wrap in twine and add inexpensive fun items like candy corn for Halloween or popcorn kernels or seeds to carry you through to Thanksgiving. Don’t limit yourself to table top or mantel decorations. Try an artful arrangement of pumpkins and leaves on a window sill or bookshelf. Indoor mums look at home around a fireplace and simple flowers in a vase is always a refined and simple way to bring the beautiful season indoors.


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Fall colors aren’t just for fall, so don’t hesitate to make them a more permanent part of your space. Paint, wallpaper and upholstered pieces such as headboards and ottomans are a great way to enjoy your favorite colors year round. Combine bright or muted hues in modern patterns with classic furniture pieces and colors.

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from kellydesigns Basement Renovation Design Project

Even though harvest decor is normally associated with a rustic design scheme, it can still bring refined elegance to your home. Enjoy this colorful season and remember you can call me anytime for help with seasonal decorations for the holiday as well as a refresh of your home.

Happy Fall!!!

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from and House Beautiful

New Trends for Fall…Trick or Treat?

Statement rugs

As the winter approaches, no one wants frozen tootsies from a cold floor. Fall is the perfect time to treat yourself, and your home, to a soft, shaggy rug. There’s plenty of rich new tones, patterns, and textures to choose from this season so you can add a warm look and feel to every room.

Statement Lighting

As the trees lose their leaves we can really see the architecture of nature. The simplest of shapes-circles and lines-make for wonderfully simple-yet-abstract lighting fixtures. These fixtures are a great way to add modern drama without being ornate or over the top.

Circa Lighting

Circa Lighting

Statement Fabrics

Velvet has been out of vogue for a while now, but the classic fabric is having a new revolution. Done wrong, velvet can come across as old fashioned, but in bright colors with clean silhouettes, it’s perfectly contemporary and brings a luxe look to modern spaces.

kellydesigns Beachside Bliss design project

kellydesigns Beachside Bliss design project

Rug Party…to dance or not dance

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I guess you can say one of my pet peeves is when people have rugs that just sort of float in a room and are not anchored by furniture. The rug should have at least the front legs of the furniture sitting on it, so it looks like everyone was invited to the dance! It keeps the pieces anchored and purposeful when creating your room layout.

An area rug has a significant impact on the overall character and comfort of a room. So when choosing a rug for your space, it’s important to choose a design that you love, as well as a style that will help you love how you live. When I help my Fairfield County design clients choose an area rug, we discuss the following criteria to ensure they make the best possible choice.

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Image from kellydesigns design project

Style: Your overall design preference is of utmost importance: Is it Classic, Modern, Traditional or Transitional? For example, a classic choice would be an oriental rug while a geometric pattern would be more modern. Do you prefer patterned or solid rugs? Is your taste elegant or simple, casual or formal? Do you want it feel good under your feet? How high is the traffic of the room?

Budget: This always comes into play with all your design choices, however when it comes to area rugs, your long term budget is just as relevant as your immediate budget. This could be due to any number of reasons, some of which are a pending change in your family dynamic, you like to switch things up in your home periodically or perhaps you are continually inspired by the latest design trends. Silk and wool rugs are typically a larger investment while sisal or natural rugs are less expense. So take into account durability as well as how often you intend to change the design of your room as part of your budget decision.

Cotton rugsCotton rugs, commonly known as Dhurrie, are more affordable than wool or silk and are easy to clean. Since they are thinner, they will not last as long in higher traffic areas, so they are best placed in bedrooms. Rug pads are always a good choice but especially with cotton rugs in order to avoid slippage.

Natural fiber rugs have earthy tones and are rich in texture. There are a number of varieties, the most common of which are Sisal, Jute and Sea Grass. They are mostly solid with varying tones and colored borders around the Sisal and Sea Grass options. These types of rugs come in a variety of grades but overall are less expensive than other materials. The downside is that they can be rough underfoot so you may want to choose one of better quality. Natural fiber rugs are a great base for causal decors and work well in living spaces and high traffic areas.

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image from kellydesigns staging project

Man-made materials: If you choose a material that does satisfy your durability requirements, consider a rug made of man-made materials. This is not a good choice if you are set on a green option, however, all of the styles listed above are recreated by companies in a man made-made material that is not only longer lasting but less expensive and easier to clean. The use of polypropylene is quite popular now, this keeps it durable and stain resistant.

Coordination: The area rug should compliment the rest of the room, so think about your existing decor or what you are planning to purchase. When selecting a pattern you want to be sure the scale of the pattern is not the same scale as any of the fabrics in the room on upholstery or in window treatments.

I help my Fairfield & Westchester County design clients coordinate their area rugs with the materials, textures, colors and style of the furniture in their rooms, in addition to meeting their style and budget requirements. If you would like more information on choosing the right rug and proper placement in your room, check out this article on my website. Remember, an area rug is of vital importance to the overall look and usability of your home so it’s best to take the necessary time upfront to ensure that you make the best possible choice for your lifestyle.

From kellydesigns design project

From kellydesigns design project

What to consider when Choosing Furniture

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The type of furniture you select has a big impact on the overall style and comfort of your home. So when I work with my Fairfield & Westchester County Interior Design clients I help them choose furniture that fulfills their desires in terms of design as well as meeting their criteria from a usability standpoint. Taking a little extra time in the planning process to carefully consider both form and function will result in a room that you’ll love living in for years to come.

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Narrowing down a design style is a good first step. While you don’t have to choose furnishings that fall into only one category, this will give you a base upon which you can build. Here is an overview of the basic design styles.

Traditional is a classic design that includes historical pieces. It is elegant, formal and considered to be timeless.

Transitional is a modern interpretation of traditional style utilizing the bones of traditional and incorporating the stylish looks of modern design.

Modern is spacious and uncluttered with angular lines resulting in a cool and clean space.

Contemporary, like modern, is streamlined but has more softer and rounded lines, often incorporating the most current trends.

Eclectic is a mixture of styles, color, textures, patterns and fabrics. Old is incorporated with new, creating an individualistic style.

Choosing a Kitchen Counter

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Your kitchen counter tops are what you use the most and the first thing you notice when you enter the room. When choosing new counters its critical to make the right decision not only from a usability and design perspective but one that also meets your budget as well. With so many options it can be quite confusing to confidently know which direction to go. I consult with my Fairfield County clients on design choices and often handle the entire kitchen renovation. Here is some of the information that I share with them.
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The steps in the process involve choosing your material, obtaining an estimate, setting up an appointment for a professional to take measurements , then templating the stone and finally, waiting for your custom-cut counters to arrive and be professionally installed. Before the template can be created you’ll need to pick out all of your fixtures including your sink, faucet, range or cooktop and options like soap & hot water dispensers, a prep sink, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.

So lets talk about choosing your material. First make a list of criteria that are important to you specifically: aesthetics, usability, maintenance and budget. From a design standpoint do you want light or dark, solid or multiple colors, large or small grains.In terms of usability, consider how long and hard you will be using the counters. If you cook with a lot with heavy pots you may want to opt for a hard substance and if you are renovating to sell you might want to go with on-trend marble.
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Marble has a timeless, elegant and sophisticated look. Despite its luxurious appearance, there are some downfalls when it comes to durability in that it is a soft stone that chips and scratches easily. Rounded corners can help prevent chips and using knives on cutting boards will protect the surface. Acidic substances such as lemon juice and certain cleaners may dull the finish, so marble counters should be sealed and polished to keep them looking their best. Marble is heat resistant however not meant to withstand high heat and is a classic choice that’s been used in European kitchens for ages. Today it is one of the most popular choices for Fairfield County Kitchen renovations.

Granite is a high-grade stone that is quarried from different sites around the world. It is highly durable as it is scratch resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots. However, it does have its limits and like all stone can chip from the strong impact of something heavy and should be sealed to prevent against staining. Typically slabs are priced via a grading system based on the overall uniqueness and rareness of the stone in color and variance as well as surface finish. Granite is a very popular choice as it is relatively reasonably priced and comes in an array of colors and unique patterns to compliment a wide variety of design styles.
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Quartz can be misleading as it is named after a natural stone, however, it is actually a composite material made from approximately 90% quartz chips and 10% acrylic resin. It is non-porous substance that does not require sealants or polishing to retain it’s luster and is also scratch, chip, stain and bacteria resistant. You will notice the engineered look and repeat of the pattern which is most noticeable in larger surfaces. An important thing to note is that quartz is heat resistant but not heat proof. It is, therefore, recommended that you do not place hot pots, pans and bakeware think about window placement and size, when considering quartz, as it can fade when exposed to continuous direct light. Engineered quartz has a more uniform look than stone slabs. Overall it is a flexible design choice offering more than a hundred colors and patterns.

Quartzite is often confused with quartz but differs in that it is not engineered but is a natural stone. It goes through quite a process, originating as sandstone and through high heating and pressurization by tectonic plate compression in the earth’s crust it is transformed into Quartzite. When heated, individual quartz pieces recrystalize giving it a beautiful and decorative sparking pattern. It rivals granite in terms of hardness and durability but like all natural stones must be sealed periodically to protect it again stains. Quartzite comes in different shades and is a great option for someone who wants a marble-like look with the strength and durability of granite. Honing this product helps it to be stronger and more durable.

SoapstoneSoapstone is a natural stone which has some interesting attributes and haracteristics. While it is softer than marble, scratches can be easily repaired with a quick sanding and a coat of mineral oil. Soapstone is heat resistant and does not need to be sealed as it is impervious to staining. It does have a limited color palette and typically develops as a gray-scale stone that darkens naturally and when oiled. Soapstone is a good choice for rustic, contemporary and modern kitchens and for someone who prefers something out of the ordinary.

ConcreteConcrete counters are also for someone who wants something unique, a high-end appearance and heat resistant. Instead of purchasing a slab, they are built on site in custom shapes, sizes and thickness and can be easily personalized with subtle textures. Concrete is a porous substance susceptible to knife marks and stains and should be sealed regularly. These countertops work with many design styles and are an excellent choice for a modern setting.

There are so many considerations when it comes to choosing a kitchen counter, some of which are beyond the scope of the article. Some of them include additional materials not mentioned here, picking a different stone for your island from the rest of your counter tops, what kind of edge to choose, and of course pricing. Whatever you decide, with the Kitchen being the hearth of the Fairfield County home and the counters taking center stage I always recommend making a practical choice to suit your lifestyle and one that you will love for years to come.


Houzz Pro Spotlight: Design Your Home for the Way You Live

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Who: Kelly Sohigian of kellydesigns
Where: Fairfield, Connecticut
In her own words: “Homeowners don’t always know their style and can get overwhelmed with where to begin a design project.”

Midcentury modern, traditional, transitional … there are many design styles, and endless ways to decorate your space. A redesign can be intimidating, but with the right start, you won’t have any difficulty creating a beautiful room that reflects you. “I always begin by having my clients find photos or inspirational pieces that excite them so we can create a space that they love,” says Kelly Sohigian, interior designer and founder of kellydesigns in Fairfield.

Transitional Living Room by kellydesigns

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Creating an Inspiring Front Porch

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Before TV and A/C, homeowners spent a lot of time on their front porch. Today, the front porch has seen a revival and more people are using them as outdoor rooms not just for relaxing but dining and entertaining as well. A front porch does not have to be a big space nor does it require a big budget to be usable. All it takes is some practical styling techniques to make it a warm and welcoming space for family, guest and pets.

Before decorating, the first thing you should do is make sure your porch is in the best possible condition. Invest a little time scrubbing it down using something like TSP (Trisodium Phosphate compound) that is formulated for heavy duty cleaning. TSP will remove deposits of greasy grime, dirt and mildew. You can get it at your hardware store but remember to always test a small area first. Don’t forget to wash the windows. If it’s not time to call in a window-washer, to do your whole house, check out my Quirky Tip below to easily get them sparkling clean.

Next you should examine all aspects of your porch to make sure everything is in good condition and working order. Peeling paint and door mats are obvious ones but items often overlooked are wood rot on columns, light fixtures, your door’s hardware and your doorbell. Most of these items are inexpensive to fix or replace and it will go a long way in giving your porch a polished look which you can now start to decorate.


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your decision. For maximum flexibility it is best to upholster in solid colors and accessorize with patterns and color. Blue is the natural choice for a nautical setting. For a country setting consider more rustic finishings such as wood and metal. For a pop of color go with brighter shades and for a more relaxed and serene setting choose more subdued tones. Always appropriate are shades of green and bright colors to reflect the color of flowers, such as purple or red. Comfy swings are always a hit and if you have the space consider one the size of a twin bed with a lot of pillows for lounging.

The great thing about pillows is that you can change the look and feel of your space for relatively little expense. If you have classic white wicker and want to create a modern upbeat look, add pillows in striking colors. For a more nature inspired look, mirror your outdoor environment with earthy tones for tree-lined settings and blue and white for sea-side and beach settings. But remember, there are no rules. Decorate with pillows to reflect whatever mood you want to create.


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Small porches
If your porch is too small for a dining table or sofa, you can still create a functional sitting area. Just define it with a rug, use neutral colors, upright chairs and an end table and/or a cocktail table to hold ice teas and cocktails. Hanging plants can also save space. Classic rocking chairs are always charming to look at and a relaxing place to sit.

Speaking of plants, no porch is complete without colorful blooming flowers. Using containers in varying sizes can create a garden-like setting. Consider plants that repel mosquitos such as lavender which is also low maintenance. If you like to cook, consider growing an herb garden on your porch, specifically basil that also repels mosquitos. If it is pretty and wow you want then remember the … first the thrill, then the spill, and and lastly the fill!

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Porch Ceilings
Have you noticed that many porch ceilings are painted blue? ‘Haint Blue’ has been popular in the South for centuries and has an interesting backstory. While some believe it wards off evil spirits, others believe it helps banish mosquitos. From a decorators standpoint, blue is perfect for an outdoor space as it emulates the sky and has a very calming effect overall.

Finishing Touches
Add candles for warmth and citronella to repel bugs. Consider ceiling fans to add a cool breeze and finally for maximum coziness add throws but remember to bring them inside when it rains or buy a throw that is made of sunbrella or crypton yarns!

Your front porch is part of the first impression of your home and is a big factor in overall curb appeal. Done right, it can make your home feel warm and welcoming and be one of the most used spaces of your home during the warm summer months.

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