home improvement

Curb Enthusiasm--Spring for It!

Curb Enthusiasm--Spring for It!

 

               Every street has one—the house you can’t resist glancing at as you drive by.  It draws your eye as you admire the well-groomed yard, cheerful plantings and attractive paint job.  In short, it’s got major curb appeal.  If you find yourself casting wistful glances at the most attractive home on your street, but sighing as you drive up to your own home, fear not.  Now is the perfect time to give your home a curb appeal update.

             

             

Let Go for a Clutter-Free New Year!

Let Go for a Clutter-Free New Year!

Recently I was prepping for a holiday party and wanted to use a favorite serving dish.  I went right to where I knew I would find it.  About an hour later, after digging through every kitchen cabinet and storage area in my home, I found a lot of things I rarely if ever use--and had pretty much forgotten I owned--and I had created a huge mess that derailed my party prep.  I never did find that dish.  Sound familiar?

 

Guestroom Glam: Creating a Stylish Guest Room on a Budget

Guestroom Glam:  Creating a Stylish Guest Room on a Budget

Like many of you, I put myself through college, and can easily recall having $150 to stretch for an entire semester for my entertainment budget.  The budgeting skills I developed during my lean years honed solid bargain-hunting habits.  I still love a bargain, and I especially enjoy using my skills to benefit my clients, helping them stretch their hard-earned dollars when decorating their homes.

Create a Welcoming Entry on a Budget

Create a Welcoming Entry on a Budget

Recently I was hired to stage model homes for the Paeonia community in Tallahassee. Aside from the initial landscaping, no additional curb appeal elements had been addressed for these homes. I wanted to share the before and after photos of this curb appeal makeover to show just how easily you can enhance your home’s curb appeal, and on a tight budget!

Organize the "Heart" of your Home in one Weekend

Organize the "Heart" of your Home in one Weekend

Is your kitchen the “heart” of your home?  I know mine is.  It’s not just a place where we prepare food, but also a place where we gather with our families each day, where our kids do their homework and where we pay bills and take care of other household tasks.  For me, my kitchen is a fun and relaxing space where I can explore my culinary creativity.  When is it not fun?  When it’s disorganized and cluttered.  The good news is that a functional, organized kitchen is possible for everyone in just one dedicated weekend.

 

Before you Recycle, Consider Upcycling

Before you Recycle, Consider Upcycling

Have you ever experienced a “white tornado” mindset?  I know I have!  At different times and for many different reasons, we feel the need to refresh and update our homes.  Often, this process involves getting rid of, or recycling, items deemed no longer needed or useful.  Before you make the decision to recycle your unwanted home goods, I encourage you to consider your options for upcyling.

Spring Cleaning and Your Wardrobe

Spring Cleaning and Your Wardrobe

It’s not just the pollen making us itchy this time of year.  Many folks also are feeling the “itch” to clean and freshen up their homes.  While most of us take time to have our carpets steamed, wash curtains, and take care of other cleaning tasks each spring, many people rarely give their wardrobes annual attention.  When the spring cleaning urge hits you, don’t neglect your wardrobe.  Here are a few quick tips for decluttering and organizing your dressers and closets. 

 

Decluttering and Moving--A Compassionate Approach for Traumatic Times

Decluttering and Moving--A Compassionate Approach for Traumatic Times

As a professional organizer, I’m often called on to help people sort through their “stuff,” and make hard choices about what to keep, donate or dispose of.  There are many reasons one might hire a professional organizer, and they often involve major, traumatic life events such as death of a loved one or divorce.  If you’re helping someone to declutter and organize their home following (or in the midst of) a life trauma, here are some things I’ve learned that will help you to provide practical and loving support.

 

Quick Fixes for Common Home Maintenance and Decor Issues

Quick Fixes for Common Home Maintenance and Decor Issues

"I’ve been meaning to get around to that.”  Most homeowners have a list of irksome projects they just can’t seem to get to.  Many of these projects have simple, quick fixes, and today I wanted to share a few of my favorite solutions for around-the-house maintenance and décor issues.

Spring into Staging

Spring into Staging

An early spring has arrived in Tallahassee!  Along with fragrant blooms and lush new foliage, the spring season ensures a feeling of freshness and renewal following the drab winter months.  Mother Nature never ignores her spring updates, and neither should you when it comes to staging your home’s exterior for a quick spring sale.

Top Tips for Successful Furniture and Home Accessories Shopping

Top Tips for Successful Furniture and Home Accessories Shopping

Returning a pair of shoes is easy; returning a sofa is not.  When shopping for your home, a little advance preparation can go a very long way in preventing buyer’s remorse.  Here are my top tips for a stress-free, fun and successful shopping excursion.

Bedroom Staging Tips--The Versatility of Neutrals

Bedroom Staging Tips--The Versatility of Neutrals

When you think “neutrals,” do you think “boring?”  Personally, I’m a huge fan of color, pattern and texture, but as a professional home stager, I recognize the importance of embracing neutral design so that my clients’ homes will appeal to a broad spectrum of potential buyers. 

 

 

 

 

Sweat Equity--Easy Weekend Project

Sweat Equity--Easy Weekend Project

When considering your home improvement and curb appeal options, never underestimate the power of a little sweat equity!  In our humid climate, mildew and grime really build up on driveways, entry steps, porches, decks and patios.  So pick a sunny weekend to borrow or rent a power washer, and with just a short time investment, you can quickly and easily have your exterior hardscapes looking like brand new!

"Green" Curb Appeal Trends

 

Curb appeal trends in Tallahassee reflect homeowners’ growing interest in “green” living.  According to Anna Dickey, landscape designer with Esposito’s Garden Center, homeowners are often choosing low-maintenance, colorful plants when making their design choices. 

Five Tips to Maximize your Staging Efforts

After you have put in the time and expense to stage your home and maximize your opportunities for a quick sell, don’t drop the ball!  While your home is on the market and being visited by buyers on a daily basis, practice these five quick tips every day to maintain your home in “ready to show” staged mode