There are toys everywhere!!!

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Ok, fellow mothers and fathers of little people, this is for you.  I don’t know about you, but in my house, with a 2 yr old and 3 yr old, we have a lot of toys!  I have accepted the fact that there are going to be a lot of toys, and that they will be around for a long time.  I am not okay with the fact that all of these said toys were produced in only primary colors. I mean seriously, can just one toy fit in with my color scheme?  No? Okay, so that only leaves me with one option….concealed storage!

It’s especially important for us to have concealed storage right now with our house on the market.  Potential buyers don’t want to see my kids stuff everywhere, especially if they don’t have kids of their own.  I want them to be able to picture themselves having movie night cuddled up on the couch in front of the big screen, not feeling like they are at a daycare when there are toys everywhere.

How many of you are sick of looking at your kids toys everywhere?  Or maybe your house is on the market or you are considering selling in the near future. Here are some pretty and fun solutions for every room in the house…..

Our toys seem to migrate into every room, especially the living room.  I love the pretty lace basket, toys never looked so good.

My kids also like to keep some toys in their bedrooms.  That’s fine and dandy except that they don’t have a ton of room to store them.  In comes the storage bin that slides right under the bed.  Done and done.

The family room is where the majority of the toys are kept.  It’s also the room where we relax and watch TV and where our office is.  It needs to function as all 3 spaces, so when playtime is over, I don’t want to see any toys.  This cabinet is great for hidden storage and I like that you can add some decor to the open shelving.

I love these storage bags, very functional but oh so stylish.

The toys are here to stay, but they aren’t going to stand in the way of how I decorate my home or affect the possible sale of my home.  For some other great ideas, shoot me an email and I would be happy to help!

Have a great weekend!

C

DIY: Magnetic Chalkboard

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I love attempting new DIY projects.  I needed something on my wall in the kitchen and I have always loved the look of a framed chalkboard.  I figured it had to be pretty simple to make your own, so after a bit of research, this is what I ended up with.

I bought a mirror at HomeSense for $30.00. I picked this one because of the beautiful detail in the frame, I knew it would look fabulous with a couple coats of white paint.  Then I purchased some magnetic chalkboard paint.  You will find it at most major hardware stores, I grabbed mine from Fargey’s.

I put a primer on the mirror so the chalkboard paint wouldn’t chip off down the road.  Then I applied 4 coats of the paint, sanding in between each coat with steel wool, this helps keep the surface smooth for writing on.  If you are wanting a magnetic chalkboard, make sure you do 4-6 coats. The more coats you do, the better your magnets will stick to the surface.

Once that was done, I painted the frame of the mirror with a crisp white, my fave!  And Voila, I had a new chalkboard and it fits in perfectly with my french country decor!

If you have any questions on how to make your own chalkboard, I’d be happy to help!

Have a great week!

My house feels so empty!

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I hear this a lot from my clients once we are done staging their home for sale.  “My house seems so empty now! Is this right?”  The answer is Yes!

The goal of staging is to make your house appeal to the largest market of buyers possible.  This is achieved by de-cluttering, removing personal items/collections and placing furniture in a way that best suits the room.   When you live in your home, you become accustomed to the way it looks and functions for you living there.  The way you decorate is based on your own personal taste. The way you set up your room is based on your own personal preferences and functionality that suits your day to day life.  This works for you as a homeowner, but does not always work for the home buyer.

A buyer needs to be able to envision living in your house.  They need to see that there is a lot of space, plenty of room for their furnishings and belongings.  They can’t do that when the house is full of your furnishings and belongings.  You want the features of the home to stand out more than the contents.   Make the fireplace the focal point of your living room rather than the television.  Move your bed so that buyers can see the large window in the master.  Staging is not meant to make you feel like you are at home, it is meant to make the buyers feel like they could be at home there.

It will feel like your home is empty because it lacks your own personality and extra functional items you like to have.  But it will make it so much easier for potential buyers to see themselves making your house their home.  Simpler is better when it comes to staging your home for sale.  And it will make selling your home so much easier and it will happen a lot faster.

Look at the difference staging made in this bedroom for a client of mine.

There were a lot of personal items and extra storage pieces in this room.  There is no focal point in the room either and the way the bed was positioned made the room feel a lot smaller than it really was.

Now look at it after staging…

With some de-cluttering and a new floor plan, this room seems way larger and the window now becomes the focal point of the room. You really notice the architectural detail now as well.

So remember, make the features of the home standout, not the contents.

Have a great weekend!

Chic Halloween Decor? Is it possible?

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I typically do not decorate much for halloween, never have.  Orange doesn’t really tie into my color scheme or fit in with my vintage glam decor.  And if you know much about me, everything has to “go” together! But this year I decided to try and incorporate some decorations into my home, mostly for the kids’ sake, but on my terms.  I know, I know, I’m a bad mother for not letting them go crazy with their own decorations, coloring on the windows and draping spider webs everywhere.  I only have a couple years left of decorating the way I want before they start to have an opinion ;).

One quick stop at Michael’s and I had everything I needed to decorate the space you first see when you enter our home.   Some black flowers and a couple of black crows to add to my current vase, an antique frame with photo, a black candlebra and of course a potion bottle! Now I just need to find a spider to live in that web…

Did you notice the picture changed? Spooky!

Here are some other ideas for chic halloween decor…

Bats have never looked so good!

Love the painted antique frames

You can easily paint any pumpkin to match your decor, or try a paper mache project with pretty tissue paper. The possibilities are endless!

Happy Halloween!