The beginning of a new year: a time to remember the
past, and look to the future with fresh eyes and renewed hope. It is a season
of reflection, resolution, and renovation (the three
R’s?), because if you’re selling (or buying) a home, this is also the time to
get ready for the spring market.
Before anything else, contact a real estate
representative to provide an appraisal of your home’s current value, and an
assessment of your local market. If you wish to improve your home’s value, and
also decrease the time it spends with a for-sale sign on the lawn, FLUFF IT!
In past articles we’ve talked about the big picture when it
comes to designing a room, a house, an outdoor scape. Form and function, organization, collecting
and editing, staging and fluffing for re-sale, remodelling or renovating, extending
to the outdoors, and decorating versus design.
While i am a strong proponent of an individual approach to
each home, space, or person, there are some universal truths when it comes to
decorating your home. The importance of
details cannot be overlooked in a well-thought-out and finished home.
Presumably, as you read this, summer has already arrived,
and you are outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Summer in Canada, is a short and
much-anticipated season (particularly this year!), and when it finally arrives,
we need to make the most of it.
Not just going to the beach/cottage/trailer or whatever your
escape might be on the weekends, but everyday, doing our best to bring the
outside in, and spending our days outside as much as possible. Consider running twinkle lights along fences,
railings, or around windows, to extend your outside time into the evenings.
Once more, we find ourselves at the end of another fleeting
and fabulous summer season, and looking forward to all the pleasures and
pastimes of fall. Quite often, this is
the part of the year when we go back inside, and invest some time and money in
the improvement of inner spaces.
Most of us have had some experience, good or bad, in
decorating, renovating or constructing a home.
I’d like to talk about Interior Design, often confused with or assumed
to be the same as Interior Decorating, what a Designer does, when you might
need one, and some basics of the design process.
Spring has sprung, and you all know what that means. Yard Sales!
Oh yeah, and cleaning. But
seriously, one of the things i’d like to address this issue, is clutter, and
collecting. One does not necessarily
result in the other, and with careful editing, and maintaining a plan, we can
keep our stuff from overwhelming our lives.
The first step of course, and often a very satisfying one,
is going through our existing paraphernalia, and chucking what we no longer
need or want.
If you’re like me at this time of year, your thoughts turn
to spring and the longing for sunshine and warm weather. We go from visions of sugar plums, to
anticipating the intoxicating smells of fresh greenery, spring flowers, and...
Spring is the season when we all start thinking about new
projects, but as any seasoned gardener or renovator knows, the time to start
planning your spring project is now.
Maybe it’s finally time to give the kitchen a facelift, update the
bathroom, create a walk-in closet or a basement family room.