It is spring cleaning time!!! Has the cleaning-sorting-tossing bug bitten you yet? I really have to be in the right mood to super spring clean but once I am the mood – watch out!
I love books and reading. Being in 2 book clubs keeps me busy (yes, I read just about all the books too!). But sometimes there just is too many books in the house and with a couple Kindles we are referring to less “real” books.
I was stumped as do how to really sort and whittle down the books we own. I found this article and it was really helpful. I hope you find it helpful too.
Now…back to tossing out…(shhh don’t tell my sons’ but their bedrooms are next!)
There are some quick and easy makeover tips to decorating the interior of your home without splurging too much. You can upholster a furniture piece using old curtains. You can put wallpaper on your window shade. It can make a huge difference to the home’s décor. Below are several ways that you can spruce up your home.
Did you know that you could create a display of several Chinese porcelains and put them on your dining table? In fact, the pieces can all be different variations. This will add a new flavor to that area of the room, making it an excellent conversation piece.
Complement your bedding by adding different blends of sheets. Patterns and batik prints are excellent for the bedroom, giving the room a textile feeling as if you were away on an excursion at sea.
Paint Your Furniture
One of the best makeover tips is painting your furniture. If you cannot afford new furniture, why not paint the ones you have in a white color? What? Yes, it lightens the room, making it airy and spacious. It also makes the house look fresh.
Curtains are ideal for making a room look different. Linen curtains are great, especially if they span the entire room. You can use one end of it to conceal an untidy kitchen by letting its sophistication hide the clutter. However, it will also depend on the style of your kitchen.
Add wallpaper to your window shades. Wallpaper is not only for walls. The wallpaper can be substituted for vinyl shades or blinds that you would normally install at your window. To add personality and classiness, your new window shades would be exactly what you need for a unique and inviting room.
If you wanted a contemporary bathroom, what better way to do it than putting an antique piece in the bathroom? It can add a clean and authentic feel to the bathroom with an apparent elegance attached.
Place Furniture Wisely
Don’t place your sofa or any other seating close to the walls. It makes the room look cluttered. Additionally, choose furniture that is lighter in color. If you already have dark furniture, then buy a lighter shade throw and put over the furniture. This will open up the room and make it appear airy. If you have a fireplace, place the sofa around the fireplace.
Hallways and Entryways
Add a runner to the space that visitors will see upon entering your home. It could be a vintage rug or Turkish runner. For a Bohemian look, get a faded rug, which would transform your boring hallway into an ornate space.
Some people use simple things like old window curtains to cover their lounge chairs. Some use ethnic items to populate their windows or walls. Some use family pictures to create an ambience. Whatever you choose to do when fixing up your home, you should make it simple. However, if you want an entire home makeover, it is best to hire an expert interior decorator (me!).
You can improve the look of your home with a few good projects such as painting interior walls in each room. This will change the whole look and ambience of the room in a short period of time. It is affordable to paint your home, updating each room on a small budget. All you will need for the painting project are:
You may already have several of these items in your home. If you don’t, you can go to the nearest hardware store and pick them up for cheap.
Remove your furniture from the walls that you are going to paint. Cover the floors using the drop cloths. Take out the switches plates and any electrical outlet covers. To prevent loss, put back the screws after you take out the switch plates. Take down pictures that are hanging on the walls.
Clean the walls meticulously with the household cleaner. Rinse with water and then let it air dry. If your wall has stains, you may have to use a primer. The favorite of professional painter is Kilz. The stain is going to bleed through the paint, if you don’t use a primer.
Using your putty knife and drywall compound, fix the nail holes which resulted from your picture hanging as well as any other imperfections on the walls. Let the compound dry and lightly sand until smooth.
Using your paint brush, start to paint around the window trimmings, doors, ceiling and baseboard. If you like, you can tape the edges of the windows and doors prior to painting. However, if you don’t want to take that extra step, make sure you have a wash rag available to clean up any mess made.
With the paint tray and paint roller, begin painting the walls. Start from the top corner and work your way vertically down. Don’t paint in large sections. Considering covering smaller areas first, doing so, section by section until the paint blends.Work quickly without much pausing until you have finished one wall or you may have reached the corner of a window.
You will be able to determine whether you need a second coat after the paint has dried. More often or not you will need a second coat (sometimes even a third) if you are changing colors and especially if your painting light over a dark.
Now it is time to clean up the paint tray, paint brush and roller. Use warm soapy water to accomplish this. Rinse, and rinse and rinse some more.
Always wait for the paint to dry before you remove the drop cloths. If the paint is still wet on the floor, the drop cloths can cause damage to the floors. Give it a good full day to dry prior to putting back your pictures on the walls. The most important thing to consider for a paint job when painting interior walls of your home is being well prepared. With that, your paint job will be a success.
I have seen this a lot when I consult on homes getting ready to sell. Folks have lived in the house for so long they can no longer see what needs sprucing up and fixed. Home Staging should not cost a lot of money but when you haven’t updated in 20 years that isn’t staging but rather owning a home and “delayed maintenance.”
Your foyer is one of the first places that provide an excellent first impression to your guest. It is one of the most visited areas in your home when guests arrive. Therefore, it should be inviting and warm. Make sure you have an organized system that keeps the constant and efficient flow of bags, keys and coats. Add floral arrangements for the season as well as decorative accents.
Define the Space
First, you should define the space by adding coats of colorful paint to convey a warm welcome. Add a floor runner to draw your guests into the home. Keep the area void of furniture and be sure that the runner does not spread to the whole stretch of the hallway. The front door should be able to open easily. That means the foyer should have a sense of openness. Immediately engage your guests with an attention-grabbing display on the wall. You could frame unused fragments of wallpaper or collection of ornamental mirrors and hang on the wall for an eclectic and dramatic effect.
A simple mirror
A mirror is a functional touch to the entry way. You can check there is no spinach in your teeth before you open the door. Guest can also do a quick check before they enter your fabulous party.
The entry wall is one of the most frequently traveled pathways in your home. Painting this space a mid-tone neutral that can had fingerprints and hand prints is ideal. A guest (or even you) could accidentally place their hand on the foyer wall if they bend down to take off boots or shoes. It will also adds warmth to your foyer. This neutral color introduces your grounding neutral that will be used to unite your whole interior.
Small Bench or Ottoman
The entryway into your home is the ideal place to put a wooden bench or small ottoman. It will be a great place to sit for a moment (when you win the Publisher Clearinghouse money!). A bench or ottoman that has storage turns a stylish piece into very functional spot. You can stash gloves, umbrellas, and needed items to be at the ready.
For assistance in improving the look of your home, consider using a professional. Contact the knowledgeable home stylist, Julie Dana at Style in a Snap to discuss your home improvement goals for turning your current home into a classy interior.