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simple ways to beautify your home

Posted in Home
on April 6, 2016

5 Simple Ways To Make Your HomeBeautiful

Having a beautiful home is something that everyone takes pride in. We are tasked with creating an environment that is both comfortable and attractive. Some people think that having a nice home requires hiring an interior designer or enlisting the help of a family friend with good taste. While both of these choices are fine, there are a few things that you can do to make your home inviting all by yourself. Check out these super simple tips for a house that you’ll feel happy to come home to.

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Cleanliness: Before you start trying to design anything, your house needs to be clean. All carpets should be vacuumed and all wooden floors should be shined. A clean house just feels better than a messy one. When your space is crowded, it can cause feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. I don’t have a strategic way that I clean, so please don’t think that you have to be some rigid person to keep a clean house. Keeping list and agendas works for some and not for others.

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Candles: Light up candles, turn on ceiling fans and open the windows. This allows fresh air to circulate through the house as well as for the candle scent to permeate the air. Vanilla candles have a sweet and warm smell that is agreeable to most. I also love clean smelling candles like lemon or ocean breeze. Be sure to open windows when you’re burning a candle because the last thing you want is a strong smell that can cause headaches. Soy candles are a great choice if you want to stay away from chemicals. Another great tip is to put unlit candles in closets. ย Even unlit, their scent will gently perfume the air.

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Entryway: First impressions are important, so wow your visitors and feel good about your space by decorating your entryway. A nice side table plus a large mirror immediately makes the space feel crisp and modern. Add your own flare to the side table by adding different colored vases, your favorite trinkets, lamps, woven baskets, nice books or a bouquet of flowers. Flowers always make a space feel cheerier. Don’t miss out on a chance to show your good taste, decorate that entryway! Don’t you just love this entryway from La Dolce Vita Interior Design blog?!

 

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Throw Pillows & Throws: These are both relatively inexpensive items that you can pick up from almost anywhere. I like Target’s selection, because it tends to be more stylish. However, you can find great throw pillows and throws at a variety of price points. I love Etsy because I can find cute accessories that are unique. It doesn’t matter where your accessories come from, as long as they are high quality with great design! The girls over at Classy Clutter nail mixing patterns with this chic black and white striped throw and gold geometric patterned pillow!

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Lighting: No one wants to live in a cave, unless you like that sort of thing. Make sure that there is adequate lighting in your home that is soft and warm. Joanna Goddard from A Cup Of Jo understands that lighting is an integral part of design. We want to be able to see all your lovely decor!

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Paint: I saved this one for last because it’s probably the most important. Countless studies have been conducted about how color effects our mood. That’s why choosing the right paint color will help you to make your home a place of solace and creativity. Seven months ago, my husband and I sold our house in Virginia. I honestly believe that changing the paint color of the living room and dining room drastically increased our home’s marketability. I chose a color from Benjamin Moore called seafoam green. We also got the fireplace surround painted white along with refreshing all the crown moldings. I looked up paint colors on Pinterest and saw the seafoam green and fell in love. Seeing how it looks in a room can help you make the right decision.

Do you have any tips on how to make your home more inviting and beautiful? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

 

Imagination Unleashed: Creative Kids Bedrooms You’ll Love!

Posted in Home, Interior Design
on August 18, 2015

 

 

 

Decorating my children’s rooms has always been something that I enjoy doing. It seems like their bedrooms are a little more creative and a lot more fun! Kids are the only ones that can sleep in beds shaped like castles, cars and boats and it’s completely acceptable. There’s so much freedom in that and I love it! Check out these super creative kids rooms that will make you long for younger years.

 

Check out Imagination Unleashed: Creative Kids Bedrooms You’ll Love!

by Emerald @ Pink Balloons For Lunch at Mode

Decorating Your Home To Sell

Posted in Home
on August 5, 2015

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Hi everyone! I hope all of you are well. I haven’t blogged for a while because I’ve been super busy! I can sometimes have tunnel vision when I get focused on a goal and trying to sell our house has been an undertaking to say the least! I wish so much that I would have read all that selling a home entails before actually doing it. Much of what I learned was the on the job training. Thankfully, I had decent furniture to begin with and selling our home actually gave me a reason to decorate and design and not have to explain everything to my husband. Through high emotions, frustrations and joy, here’s what I learned:

1. Clean your damn house. When I say clean, I mean get down on your hands and knees with soap and water and wash your baseboards, doors and trims. I absolutely love Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap in Lavender! It smells amazing and I use this soap for washing my dishes, cleaning counter tops and cleaning bathrooms. It’s a natural multi-purpose cleaner that really gets things  sparkly clean! Also, make sure to buy a bucket of glossy white paint and make sure that everything that’s supposed to be white in your house, is white. If you don’t have the time to dust every blind and clean every window, then hire a cleaning service to do it and just maintain it afterwards. Buyers may overlook many perceived flaws if your house is clean. Also, I found that making a pot of tea and using it to mop your  wood floors makes them shine! Make sure the mop is only slightly damp, so the floors dry quickly. Of course you want to sweep your floor first.

2. Declutter: Get some boxes and fill them up with all the clutter in your house! I have an excess of hair and beauty products, so they all had to go! I wore my hair in a ponytail during this time so I only had to pull my hair up in a bun to make it look neat. Back to clutter. All that extra stuff in the top of your closets goes in the box. If you really don’t have enough room for all your dishes and cookware, put them in a box and store them in your shed. Anything that looks junky and overwhelming, needs to go. Taking down all your personal pictures is also a good idea. You want to move anyway, so why not go ahead and pair down to the essentials? You want to be ready for a realtor to call and say “I have a client that wants to see your house, can we come by in an hour?” You will get calls like this all the time, so be prepared to be inconvenienced. Accept it and embrace it as apart of the process.

3. What’s that Smell? Make sure your home smells inviting. When your home is clean, it naturally smells good but when you want to sell your house, it needs to smell extra good! This is also a great time to banish your trash can to your garage and if you have pets, keep them outdoors for the most part or let a good friend keep them. Buyers shouldn’t know if you own pets, so remove animal feeding bowls and any other identifying pet paraphernalia. Several realtors told me to bake cookies or buy sweet smelling candles and burn them. I actually used a cute wax burner and Vanilla Cookie Crunch Wax Cubes. They smell so yummy and inviting! That smell automatically relaxes buyers and makes them feel comfortable. Some of home buying is emotional, so appeal to the senses when possible.

4. Decorate and Light It Up! I learned that in order to make a room feel cohesive, you should take out the floor plan and divide each room into 4 equal quadrants. There should be something in each of the 4 areas of the room. It also needs to support the natural flow of traffic through the space. You don’t have to be an interior designer, just choose colors that are calming and neutral. If you need a reference, go look at a staged home online or in person. Duplicate a design you like to the best of your ability. Also, make sure there are lamps in living areas so they are bright and cheery! Make sure blinds are open and letting the sun in. No one wants to live in a dungeon.

5. The Price Is Right! Overestimating the value of your home is an emotional response while home selling is simply math. What are other comparable houses selling for that have similar square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms and land? That’s a good indicator of where to price your house. Once you decide to sell it, your house becomes a piece of property, so disconnect yourself emotionally and price it right to start, so your home doesn’t sit on the market for longer than necessary. The longer that your house is on, the longer you have to keep it virtually spotless and have realtors and buyers coming in and out of your house all the time.

I can honestly say that selling our house has been one of the most draining things I’ve ever done! That’s mostly because I wasn’t prepared.  If you use these 5 steps, you’ll definitely have a leg up on the competition!

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Learn How To Fold Towels: I went on Youtube and learned how to fold towels a little fancier than usual and I think that it made a great impression on buyers. Here are the towels I used in the above picture. The bottom line is buyers want to feel like you’ve cared for your house while you lived there.

Take great pictures: If buyers don’t like what they see online, they’re definitely not coming to see it in person. So make sure to get some professional pictures done!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have a friend or family member that’s a realtor (lucky you) ask them to do a walk-through and give you honest feedback on your home, that will definitely help you get your home sold!

I hope you found these pointers useful! What have been some of your experiences when it comes to buying and selling your house?

 

Christmas With The Lavender’s

Posted in Home, Inspiration, Interior Design
on December 10, 2014

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Christmas is my favorite time of year! It gives me a reason to play holiday songs and I absolutely love to be around my family. We laugh, eat and share fun memories from Christmas’ past. For Christmas this year, I decided on a gold, silver and turquoise color scheme. I love unorthodox color combinations. One year our tree had pink lollipops accented with purple and turquoise presents. I’m always excited to decorate and I want to wish each of you a very merry Christmas! xo!