Archive for March, 2015

Feng Shui Basics

Monday, March 30th, 2015

desk full of stuff

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No doubt you’ve heard of “Feng Shui”—an ancient Chinese art that involves arranging a room to create positive energy and supposedly supports good health and fortune—and chances are you’ve probably been intimidated by it. It does sound fancy. But we’re here to assure you that even if you’re not a historian or don’t want to read a million books about it, plenty of Feng Shui tips are very practical and easy to make in any home. We’ve rounded up some Feng Shui basics. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have good luck after you’ve rearranged your house. And who wouldn’t want that?

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How to Stage a Home with Pets

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

As a pet owner, you love your furry friends to pieces. They greet you when you come home and help you get some much-needed exercise. But buyers might not feel that way. They might be allergic, or just not like pets. And let’s face it: pets can make homes look less than desirable. They shed and can get smelly. But don’t despair, If your home is on the market, follow these tips and tricks on how to stage a home with pets:

white puppy on the couchImage: Flickr

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Make Baby Proofing Easy and Stylish

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Babies can bring plenty to your life. As soon as you brought your little one into your home, everything changed. Literally. You had to “baby proof.” And as much as you love your baby, you’ve got to admit that baby proofing doesn’t really make a home look all that attractive. And if you’re home staging, this can be a problem. But before you give up, know that there are ways to make baby proofing easy and stylish. By following these tips, your home will be kid-friendly and beautiful.

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Mixing Eras in Furniture and Decor

Monday, March 16th, 2015

One of the best parts about owning or renting a home is to decorate it to your liking. What describes you better than a brightly colored sofa, a Contemporary painting or a abstract floor rug? Or maybe you prefer an eclectic home filled with a variety of furnishings and accessories from different eras?

Like we said, tailoring a residence to fit your lifestyle can be fun and easy with a few simple tips. Grab your favorite color swatches and your notepad and let’s start mixing eras in furniture and decor:

eclectic family roomImage: Pixabay

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in San Diego

Monday, March 9th, 2015

st patricks dayImage: Pixabay

If you can’t get to Ireland for St. Paddy’s Day, then head to San Diego for a truly Irish celebration come March 17 or a few days before.

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Tips for Staging Tougher Spots

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Whoever came up with the phrase “good things come in small packages” was certainly dead-on in terms of living space and decorating. Not all of us can afford to live in a big mansion and there is nothing wrong with that. So, rather than dwell on the fact that your space is too small, why not make it look grand? Don’t get discouraged, get busy. Here are our best tips for staging tougher spots:

 home staging tipsImage: Wikipedia

Small Spaces Can Be Fun

In fact, decorating or staging for a small space can be a fun challenge that requires you to turn on the innovation. There are some advantages to a smaller space; namely it won’t cost as much to furnish. A smaller home is also warmer, and offers the true feeling of calling it “Home-Sweet-Home.”

Of course, storage in a small home/apartment/condo/townhome is extra tight, and this often means having to forego some of the things that you may have accumulated over the years. For each area of your home, you’ll want to go through your existing belongings to make the most of your smaller spaces before tossing out items.

Cool Kitchen

For kitchens, use over-the-cabinet space for storage of little-used items or perhaps a decorative display of collectibles. You can also hang pots from a rack suspended from your ceiling or open up cabinets and drawer space by placing cooking utensils and spices in pretty baskets, crystal bowls or colorful ceramic pitchers.

Bedroom Tips

If there’s enough space in your closet, move your dresser or set of drawers inside to free-up main area floor space. Instead of night tables, place a small, wall-mounted shelf on each side of the bed to hold nighttime items including a small lamp. However, if you’re low on closet space, use the space under your bed to store out-of-season clothing. If you need a set of drawers but can’t afford one, make or buy an inexpensive bookshelf and attach a colorful piece of canvas to cover up the clothing but still offer easy access.

Lofty Lofts

Also, try to use multi-functional pieces of furniture like a loft bed, which puts your bed off the floor. If it’s high up, it opens up the floor space for other uses; a sofa or desk can fit easily underneath for more space-saving. If you don’t have enough space for a loft bed, or you don’t like sleeping in high places, a futon or pull-out daybed can act as a sofa by day and your bed at night.

Bathroom Bliss

Use an over-the-toilet shelving unit to hold essentials if cabinet space is small. You can use several decorative hooks instead of a towel bar and hang up more towels (and robes) in a small wall area.

“Re”paint Job

Another important factor to remember when you have a small space to decorate is that dark colors make things appear smaller while lighter colors can make things appear bigger. If you’re bored with your white walls, add a neutral color like soft beige, or a pale yellow shade to change things up.

Staircases and Steps

Empty space under the steps or staircase space doesn’t have to go to waste. Besides using it for storage, set up bookshelves inside to hold books or display items. Also, install additional hooks on the walls to hang up clothes that won’t fit in other closets. Or add a small reading chair to curl up in the small, quiet space or use for meditating.

Happy Small Space Living

Finally, it is important to find the style that you like. Whether it’s modern or eclectic, the overall style should reflect your personality. After all, you’re the one who is going to be living there whether it’s a property owned or leased. With just a little creativity, you can make small space look homey, as well as impressive.

Easy Bathroom Storage Hacks

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

bathroom storage hacks

If you’re living in a small space or just want to have more storage areas, one of the easiest places to start is your bathroom. Chances are you’ve got a few extra bottles of hair care products, some nail polish, and way too much body lotion lying around. Why not put them in a few different sized baskets? But that’s just the start. Discover more easy storage hacks for your bathroom. (more…)