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Interior Redesign

Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Interior Redesign

While we are told to stay home, there are ways to Creatively Transform your home!

            Today’s task is interior redesign, also known as interior refining, and redecorating. Interior redesign is rearranging your furniture, artwork and accessories to make your space functional and beautiful.

            Go shopping in your home – removing pieces from one room that has held more than it’s share of furniture and giving them new function in another room can change the look of both rooms.   Add new life to both spaces, extend the life of the repurposed pieces.

            I have found that some homeowners may not realize the value of their possessions in a room because clutter often accumulates and can hide some truly interesting and valuable pieces.  Also, when a space becomes outdated, refreshing the look and decluttering can bring new life into the space.  Redesigning furniture pieces adds longevity to the piece, and if some  tweaking (refinishing or repair) is needed, the furniture gets a new lease on life in a new space!  Actually, if pieces were moved from one room to another, and each room was refreshed a little, then you get a double-dose of redesign!! 

            Make the most of being home! Redesign and Refresh to bring a fresh new look to your home so you will continue to “LOVE THE HOME YOU LIVE IN” all over again~~

Before and After Pictures

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Before and After Pictures

The Before…

The dark purple almost eggplant colored walls.

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The room gets a lot of natural light from the three windows.

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The Creatively Transformed After…

The freshly painted walls bring a light airiness to the room.

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Adding an area rug instantly warms up a space and anchors furniture.

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Accessories such as blankets and pillows bring color and comfort.

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Houseplants are good for your health while adding visual beauty.

Carve Out More Closet Space

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Carve Out More Closet Space

 

Let’s talk about Creatively Transforming closets.  You can never have too much storage. Homes with generous closet and drawer space are a dream. But what if your closet is shy on space? With these clever changes you can carve out more storage in your closets.

1. Use the back of the door. The back of your closet door can hold a variety of items. Add an over the door hanger with multiple hooks, and you can hang robes, exercise wear, belts or hats. Look for specialty hangers specifically made for the back of your closet door.

2. Ditch the plastic hangers. It’s true; tubular plastic hangers do take up more space. Recycle those mismatched plastic hangers with velvet thin hangers in a single color.

3. Add a shelf on lower rods. If you have a double rod closet, be sure to add a shelf over the lower rod.

4. Get wired. Affix wire baskets to odd corners and small spaces to hold odds and ends. Wire shelves can be added above regular shelves to add more space, and they enable you to see what’s on the shelf at the top.

5. Install hooks on shelves. Adding hooks on either side of closet shelf boxes makes a handy spot to hang belts, handbags and scarves.

6. Place shelves and drawers under clothes. Make the most of space by adding a dresser or drawer unit under hanging shirts. Look for easy to configure units that can be adapted to multiple sizes and shapes.

7. Reduce your pant space. Jeans and pants eat up a lot of closet real estate because they’re bulky and they’re doubled up. Reclaim some of that space with specialty hangers for pants that let you hang four or five pairs of pants on one hanger.

8. Group clothing lengths. Place all long garments on one end of the closet. This will enable you to create more space under the shorter garments for additional storage.

9. Put tanks and camisoles on a multi-hanger. A tank top hanger is a great way to group like items and reduce the number of hangers needed by hanging up to eight garments per hanger.

10. Add a shelf unit. It may seem like you’re taking away valuable hanging space, but a shelf unit can be outfitted with baskets that can work like drawers, storing folding T-shirts, corralling flip-flops, housing shoes or containing other odds and ends that clutter closet floors.

Call me if you need help Creatively Transforming your closet or any part of your home!

#lovethehomeyoulivein

Staging Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Posted by on Oct 18, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Staging Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

I was proud to be asked to contribute to Redfin’s article on Staging Mistakes to Avoid.

#Love the home you live in is so much more than a hashtag or motto to me.  It is my passion is to Creatively Transform your home to a place that you love to live in or stage to sell.

Area Rugs

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Area Rugs

Let’s talk about how area rugs can Creatively Transform any room in your home.

Most of our homes on Long Island feature hardwood or tile flooring.  While beautiful, they typically remove the warmth from the room.  An area rug adds sophistication and comfort to any living space plus stylish decor.

There are some important rules to remember. Before buying, check out these area rug do’s and don’ts.

Do Extend Rugs Under Furniture

When selecting an area rug, make sure that it extends under all the key pieces of furniture in the room. In a living room, for instance, all of the furniture should be on top of the rug. If this isn’t possible, it’s okay to have the front legs of major upholstered pieces on the rug and the back legs off. However, all the legs of smaller pieces should be on the rug.  In a dining room, the rug should be large enough for the chairs as well as the table. A good rule to follow is that the chairs should be on the rug, even when they’re pulled out from the table.

Don’t Skimp on Size 

The number one mistake people make when decorating with area rugs is getting ones that are too small.

Do Leave Equal Space

Ideally, you should leave the same amount of floor space on all sides of your rug. Give yourself anywhere from about eight to 24 inches on all sides. Eighteen inches is the most common space, but in a smaller space, you can get away with as little as eight inches. The main goal is to have the rug centered in the room.

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Don’t Go Too Small in the Bedroom

What good is an area rug if it doesn’t extend beyond the bed? Be sure to get your measurements right before you go shopping. The rug should be large enough to extend beyond the sides of the bed at least 12 inches for a twin or double bed, and at least 18 inches for a queen or king. You can go bigger, but these numbers should be the minimums you want to look for.

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Do Cover High-Traffic Areas

Make sure that any heavily trafficked areas are fully covered by the rug you choose. When people are walking through, they shouldn’t have one foot on the rug and one foot off. It’s awkward, uncomfortable, and can lead to unusual wear patterns on both the rug and your flooring.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color and Pattern

Area rugs are a great way to inject playfulness and fun into the room, so embrace color and pattern while shopping. There are many inexpensive options available, so if you decide you don’t like it after a couple of years, it’s easy to change.

Do Know How to Clean It

Be sure to check the cleaning instructions on any rug before you buy it. There is a new solution to keeping area rugs clean. Ruggable is a two-piece rug system that enables you to machine wash your area rug or runner.  They offer sizes  from 2×3′ up to 8×10′.  They have interchangeable covers that are stain-resistant and waterproof with a cushioned, non-slip rug pad.  It is so easy to remove the cover, throw it in the wash and reattach.  This is a practical way to add fashion and function to any room or hallway in your home.

Love the home you live in is our motto.  Call today for a color consultation to Creatively Transform your home for Spring.

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Pantone has announced Living Coral as their 2019 Color of the Year.  In a press release, the company says, “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our in our continually shifting environment.”

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The color is a trendsetter whose influences can be seen in fields from home decor, accessories to fashion and beauty products.

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This is a bright color, although softer than corals of the past there are ways to use it.  You can Creatively Transform your home with this color as an accent with accessories or furniture.  Small touches can make a big statement.

A blanket or cashmere throw is one of the easiest ways to bring the color in.  It is also a functional  accessory in January on either a sofa or at the end of the bed.

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Adding a throw pillow is easy, practical, and if you can find a pillowcase in your desired color, it’s extremely affordable! Pick up a bundle of your favorite coral flowers as a centerpiece for any room.

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Living Coral can change the feeling of a space.  It will add a dramatic pop of color wherever it is used. And remember to love the home you live in!

Guest Room Chic

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Guest Room Chic

The holidays are upon us.  What kind of guest room accommodations  do you have?  Is it a sofa bed in a spare bedroom, air mattress in the basement, futon in the home office or some other kind of setup? Will your overnight guests feel like they are on a true vacation?

We have some easy ways to Creatively Transform a guest room into a retreat.

Sofa beds of yesteryear had thin mattresses and the painful bars in your back.  Fortunately, they have been improved over the years with memory foam mattresses.  A mattress topper can add more comfort to any bed.  Depending on the thickness, it might have to be removed to fold the bed up.  A minor inconvenience for a restful night’s sleep for your guests.

A beautiful comforter set can make any room feel cozier.  Throw pillows on an air mattress will just give the bed a more inviting look for guests.

Send your guests to slumber land with sweet dreams by putting chocolates on their pillows.

Pillows can make or break a good night’s sleep.  Pillows are sold at great prices in Costco or a visit to Kohl’s or Bed Bath & Beyond with a coupon.  Know if your guests have allergies as down can be irritating.

Plush spa bathrobes make any stay memorable.  Make a fluffy robe part of the holiday gift for your guests.  Hang up with a gift tag or simply fold with a beautiful ribbon.

Take a look at this budget friendly attic refresh that we did just a few weeks before Christmas.

Decorate your home with holiday cards.  Wrap hanging wall art in holiday wrapping paper.  Then tape the cards to them.  It will be a unique way to display those cards.

Buy a luggage rack to make unpacking easy.

I have a collection of stationery from hotels around the world that I put in the room as a fun, novel way for guests to write notes to their friends and family.  Truly gives the hotel vibe.

Being a good host is all about those few, important details that let guests know you’re happy they’re there and want them to be comfortable. Fresh flowers on the nightstand are another special touch.

Try these ideas to elevate your guest room so they love the home they live in.

Getting your Home Fall Fabulous

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Getting your Home Fall Fabulous

Fall or the autumnal equinox officially begins on September 22nd at 9:54 P.M.  Get ready for the cool mornings, budding Montauk daisies, mums making their debut and Halloween costumes and decorations.  Take a cue from the changing leaves and bring these colors indoors.

The changing colors of Fall create a beautiful landscape to which other seasons pale in comparison. Fall’s array of colors range from crimson to yellow, and hues often appear side by side. Applying these same colors to the interior of your home can have incredible results. The colors of fall are warm, comforting, and welcoming, making them the perfect colors for your next interior design project. The oranges, yellows, dark greens, rusts and browns of Autumn are the perfect accents for the home.

Here are a few ideas to update your decor for the season.

  • Throw pillows are an easy way to change the look of your sofa while adding comfort.  pillows
  • Add a little fall floral with fall wreaths. Dress up your door or fireplace for the fall harvest season. wreath
  •  Fall potpourri will have your house smelling heavenly with the delicious scents of fall!potpourri
  • Change drapery treatments, exchanging the light, airy fabrics of spring and summer, for  heavier weight, darker, richer colors for fall and winter.  I do the same for bedding; in the spring and summer I like light and bright, but in the fall and winter, the darker, richer tones just make the look feel warmer and cozy.bedding

Give me the opportunity to Creatively Transform your home. 

 

Transform Master Bath into a Hidden Sanctuary

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Transform Master Bath into a Hidden Sanctuary

Think about the serenity of a spa.  Luckily for you, your bathroom offers the same type of personal area to de-stress, detoxify and unwind as professional spas. We have some easy ways to Creatively Transform your master bathroom into a private oasis.

A neutral palette simplifies the environment- White or light hues of blue, green and sand offer a relaxing feel, which is why spas use this as a preferred palette. Stay away from active patterns, like checkered or stripes, since they offer the opposite effect.

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Hide your toiletries- Clutter tends to induce stress, so make sure you eliminate all of your unnecessary products. Spas usually keep their toiletries out of sight, so follow the same track and tuck away your products in your linen closet or under your sink. Store daily items, like Q-tips, cotton balls and makeup, in glass apothecary jars –allowing them to blend in as part of your scenery.

Turn your bathing into a pampering experience- Invest in some plush towels or cozy bathrobes that are soft and absorbent. Whether you choose to start your day with a shower or end it with a purifying bath, your time spent cleansing should be a relaxing one. A simple shower head swap to a rain shower head mimics the fall of natural rain.

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Towel warmers gently warm bath linens quickly with affordable luxury. Designs range from freestanding plug-in units to wall-mounted wire racks. They have an added benefit of keeping damp towels from becoming mildewed.

Swap fabric rugs with nature-inspired bath mats- Include an extra element of nature by adding a unique bath mat. In traditional bathrooms, people usually opt for soft rugs made of fabric. While there’s nothing wrong with this, choosing an alternative style can add a spa-like feel to the room (and omit the need for a soggy piece of fabric on the floor).

Pebble bath mat: Not only does a stone-covered bath mat add a natural element of rocks to your bathroom, but its texture actually massages your sore, achy feet.

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Cedar wood bath mat: Cedar wood is affordable, water resistant and soft, making it great to step on.

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While you can’t live in a spa, you certainly can make a few changes in your home to get the same calm, relaxing feeling to love the home you live in.

Celebrate Dad in his Man Cave

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Celebrate Dad in his Man Cave

June is the month that we celebrate dear old dad.  In honor of Father’s Day, let’s discuss Man Caves!  A Man Cave is defined as a male sanctuary.  Every man has a basic, primal, instinctual need to have a space to call his own. It’s his territory; a place where they can recharge their batteries after a long day on their job, and a place where they can hang out with their buddies.

Man caves have multiple purposes: they are a place to be alone, to be away from women and from female sensibilities, to indulge in hobbies, and to hang out with male friends. It is, loosely, a male-only space to retreat to watch sports or play video games.   In a sense, it is a way to recreate some of the space and freedom from their bachelor days since it was like a “pad” similar in feeling to a frat house game room, a college dorm or  like tree houses from your childhood: no girls allowed.

These traditionally male-only spaces are enhanced with improvements and masculine aesthetic choices. Man caves can be equipped with accessories such as refrigerators,  putting greens, giant TVs, pool tables, and entertainment centers. A man cave may also be fitted out with a bar and sports memorabilia.  These are fan caves.
New trends include moving the caves out of the basements and garages.  Here is where they’re going:
Transform closets of all sizes into mini man caves. Converting men’s bedroom closets into mini man caves is a growing trend, from large walk-ins to more common sizes. Some guys create cozy reading nooks, others simply make a space to hide away with prized possessions. Even the smallest spaces can be transformed.
Backyard Bar Sheds are becoming quite popular. You can get as creative and elaborate as you’d like. Transform your own basic shed into a mini-backyard pub that’s sure to impress. It is easy to add new doors, a bar, seating, a little porch and some fun pub games.
Hide Out in the Attic. Convert unused attic space into a man cave with lots of entertainment options. Cover the ceiling with the right material to help with the acoustics.
Does your Dad have a space that he Creatively Transformed