Remodel VERY LIGHT to Sell, With a Touch of Decluttering

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The most significant improvement to “move this property” was a newly installed marble desktop and fresh coat of paint in a time-stamped, 1990’s home office, the first room buyers took in when entering this home.

A couple of hours spent de-cluttering is always smart as well, to help buyers visualize their own possessions in the home they are buying, instead of being overwhelmed by the seller’s knickknacks.

The realtor photographer’s comments on his “before and after” photo shoots:  “Wow!  What an improvement.”

Happily a SOLD sign is now posted in the front yard.

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Save a Chair, Actually Two

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Initially my client intended to toss these well-used chairs, but after shopping and learning the price tag of an equivalent chair, she opted to re-upholster what she had.

The combination of new foam and Dacron wrap made the cushions look and feel like new.  Removing the skirt to expose the espresso-stained legs makes the chairs look current.  Shopping the Kravet-Smart line kept the fabric affordable while still allowing a high-end custom result.  Adding new pillows to the sofa in a coordinating fabric ties the room together.

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METROPOLITAN: Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019

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Benjamin Moore, in contrast to Sherwin Williams’ daring selection, has selected the very safe and neutral, METROPOLITAN as their color of year.   “Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.  It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.  The folks at Benjamin Moore think it pairs well with a rich navy, but that’s just one option.  It offers the perfect pallet for a pop of color, any color of the rainbow you choose, in the form of a statement chair or a pair of throw pillows. It’s the color that really does go with anything.”  Gray is clearly still “in”.

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A Stunningly Beautiful Kitchen for a Stunning Beautiful Home

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My client called me in for a “Design Perspective”.  She hated her floors and wanted my professional opinion.  I questioned whether I should be brutally honest, and her response was “absolutely”.  Then truth be told, “your countertops bother me more than your floors”.  My client has a stunningly beautiful home and her countertops were not in “the same league”.  So the project scope expanded from new floors to include countertops, backsplash, plumbing fixtures and hardware.  While we were at it, her overly froufrou corbels were updated along with dishwashers that “drove her crazy”.  Since there was plenty of “demo” in store, she elected to lower her breakfast bar to counter height at the same time to connect her nook more seamlessly with her kitchen.

The process:  at our first slab warehouse stop, within ten minutes, we uncovered the most beautiful slabs of Taj Mahal ever.  No need to keep looking.  The slabs had perfect coloration and veining.  So different from any other slab of Taj Mahal, it really ought to have its own name.  Countertop selection was easy as was the subway and Arabesque backsplash tile.  Polished chrome, with its blend of warm and cool tones, was the obvious choice for her plumbing fixture and hardware finish.  Finding the right floor tile was what proved to be most challenging, but my client was up to the task.  Several weeks of shopping and numerous samples hauled home led us to the perfect limestone.

Once her room was complete, better barstools were in order.  Hancock and Moore with their huge assortment of leather colors and textures was our clear choice.  The Ellie barstools selected embody the perfect blend of form and comfort.

Her new limestone flooring extends into her Butler’s pantry, pool bath, powder bath and sewing room, so wait, there is still more to do.

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CAVERN CLAY: Sherwin Williams Color of the Year


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Get ready, this is when everybody, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Pantene, Brown Jordan… the list goes on… announce their “COLOR OF THE YEAR”. CAVERN CLAY is Sherwin William’s for 2019. “This warm terracotta hue is a refreshing new take to the midcentury modern rust shades of the 1970s. Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity, and a free-spirited, bohemian flair. This versatile color can be both casual and formal. This spicy color could make a bold statement for a formal dining room. It can be the accent color in a vibrant kitchen with stone and metal features. Or it could pair well with warm denim chairs for a cozy sitting room.” I could see it used as an accent wall, a pillow, a side table. A full room would be a little much for me. But color truly boils down to what makes my clients feel best.

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Spectacular Powder

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Make an excuse to “powder your nose” so you are able to take in this spectacular powder bath.  There was enough Taj Mahal quartzite left from the recent kitchen remodel to resurface the countertop.  But it is the onyx sink, the polished nickel vessel filler and the arabesque crackled wall tile that will entice you to “powder your nose” once again before you leave.

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Wood Floors in the Master Bedroom

Wood floors in master bedrooms is becoming an ever more popular trend.  It connects the master bedroom seamlessly to the other significant rooms in the house.  It is certainly more carefree than carpet.  An area rug under the bed can address any “cold feet” concerns.  Let’s be real… most likely your first stop after your feet land on the floor is the master bath, which most definitely should not have carpet.  Invest in slippers if need be for that 15 second journey.

Installing wood in this first master bedroom was a difference-maker in selling this home.  Most buyers of higher end homes expect wood.  In the second home, my clients had already invested in their area rug, so installing wood in the master before they moved into their new home was “mandatory”.

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