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Spring Cleaning: sorting the books

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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!)

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Vintage Bathrooms can be charming

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Vintage bathrooms can be really cute or really ugly. You know what I mean?

Take this bathroom for example. A couple quick fixes at a very modest budget makes it adorable again.

The steps we took:

  •  replaced the mirror with a blacked framed one
  • replaced the sconces with a pair a little more modern
  • replaced the faucet with a set a little more modern
  • painted the vanity black to match the mirror
  • selected a shower curtain that ties the colors together.

If you need guidance making your vintage home look cute again, I’ll be glad to help. Drop me an email at julie@styleinasnap.com or julie@thehomestylist.com

 

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Makeover Tips for Your Home

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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.

Chinese Porcelains

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.

Bedding

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.

Curtain

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.

Window Shades

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.

Contemporary Bathroom

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.

Conclusion

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!).

 

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7 Steps to Painting Interior Walls of Your Home

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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:

  • Paint brush
  • Latex paint
  • Drop cloths
  • Drywall compound
  • Putty knife
  • sanding sponge
  • Paint roller
  • Household cleaner
  • Paint tray
  • Primer

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.

First Step

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.

Second Step

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.

Third Step

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.

Fourth Step

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.

Fifth Step

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.

Sixth Step

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.

Seventh Step

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Home Staging: Tip of the week

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Our weekly – but really bi-weeky – tip

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.”

 

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Decorating Ideas for Your Foyer

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Smart decorating tips for foyer

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.

Fingerprint proof

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.

 

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Friday Feedback submissions wanted!

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You know by now that occasionally we do Friday Feedbacks. On select Fridays we show you how to make great changes in a room. (I don’t share names or states).

It helps us all learn and it is free. If you want some help, don’t be bashful. Give it a try.

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Submit a few photos of one room to julie@styleinasnap.com

 

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Take our fun DIY Quiz

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We have developed a unique quiz for you.

Take this quiz and discover if you are ready to tackle a home project and how that project may turn out.

Learn tips and suggestions for success. Your results will be from a Level 1 (don’t try it alone) to a Level 5 (you can confidently do a project)

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Weekly Style Tip: children’s art work

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Interior Design Tip of the Week:

Even though my sons are now teenagers (when did that happen?). I still have some of their childhood art masterpieces framed in our hallway. It gives me great joy.

You can buy frames that easily open so you can switch out the art whenever you wish.

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A happy client note

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See – aren’t our clients sweet.  Their new decorating plans increased the function and the style of their room.

How can I help you?

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