Lighting Trends 2016

Thinking of buying some new lighting for your home in 2016? Excellent! It’s a great upgrade to any home whether you are thinking of selling soon or not. Changing your lighting can enhance the whole look of your room. In particular, in the kitchen it can modernize and bring a kitchen up to date with the latest trends giving it a much younger feel. Here’s a look at what’s hot right now:


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The ‘sputnik’ design as it is best known is everywhere! It’s hugely popular with millennials and brings a cool, modern, architectural element to any room. You can find it in brass which is also a trend right now, as well as a shinier chrome finish, bronze etc. I recommend it for a dining room pop! Also above are the chrome and glass look sconces for bathrooms. This is a big trend for baths right now: chrome- or believe it or not:  gold is back! But not the gold from 10 years ago – a more modern brushed finish. Take a look at any pottery barn or home goods and you’ll see what I mean!


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Metallics are also on trend. Copper, brass, silver, with the industrial edge.

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Speaking of industrial- you’ll see a mix of industrial styles in all major retailers! Think Mid Century Modern. Reclaimed wood and greys in every room mixed with these old timey funky fixtures.

lighting trends 4Spherical chandeliers have been popular for a few years now so fore warning it’s a trend that may be on the way out soon. However, they look gorgeous and still incorporate some of that more architectural look. If traditional style is more your thing you might look into finding a sphere for your space!

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Looking for some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions that don’t have to do with dieting? Making some resolutions for your home improve your health, wealth, and lifestyle all in one!

Here are some examples:

Resolution #1 – Reduce Clutter

The most common thing I see when touring homes is clutter. We all have it, even if it’s just the ‘junk drawer’ or the unorganized shoe shelf. Every time you look at it, it can stress you out! Take a day for yourself to go to the Container Store or Hobby Lobby and pick up some great baskets for organizing the closets and shelves. Target also sells some wonderful drawer dividers so you can see your tools and items more easily and make sure that everything has a place.

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Resolution #2 – Spot Checks

It’s easy to put off that furnace service and fireplace cleaning. They’re those not fun expenditures that no one wants to make. But they’re so important to keeping the home functioning well and avoiding more costly problems later on!

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Resolution #3 Re-fresh 1 room

Tackling a whole house remodel can be daunting. Make a budget (even if it’s tiny), do some browsing on sites like Houzz and Pinterest to get some ideas for your room, and go ‘smart shopping.’ Look on Craigslist, at resale shops, or your favorite stores, if you have the budget for it, and give one room a makeover. It will improve the value of your house and give your Winter blues a kick in the pants!

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3 inexpensive staging tips anyone can do

Putting your best foot forward. We’ve always been told in our personal and professional lives this is the best course of action when wanting to impress and create or demonstrate value. How does your house put its ‘best foot forward’ demonstrating its value to buyers? One way is to stage the home. Many of you have heard the typical generic tips of ‘de-personalize’, ‘de-clutter’, ‘organize’. But once that’s done here are some easy ways that you can further impress buyers and set your home apart.

1.) Pillows add pop

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Many people have neutral couches. They’re a great buy. But photography will highlight these pieces and rooms the best if there’s a little color mixed in. In addition, choosing bright, uplifting colors can improve the in person showing as buyers react positively to the warmth. Above are two great examples of very neutral couches with easy pops of colors in the pillows and accessories. These types of pillows can be found at Target or Home Goods 4-5 pillows and a throw blanket could easily be found for an under $100 budget.

2) Baskets for storage

Messy closets make people think the closet is small and the house doesn’t have enough storage for all of your things so how could it possibly fit all of theirs! Baskets are an attractive and easy way to clean up your storage areas.

staging with basketsYou can see from this before and after that the baskets make it seem like there’s still some ‘wiggle’ room and that things can fit neatly and easily into this space. You can even use baskets as a pop of color in the closet or bring it into the room like these turquoise and white chevron storage bins from Joss and Main.

colorful storageThese could add a nice touch to white book shelves and would be great for toys, office storage, towels, lots of different types of items.

3.) Every room has a purpose

Every room in your home needs a purpose. If you want buyers to see a small room as a bedroom because you’ve decided to list it as one, then you need to stage it as one. Otherwise, you will definitely hear in your showing feedback ‘a bed won’t fit in there.’ Same with that room you’re using as a yoga studio- if you want people to know that they could use it as an office you want to stage it as an office. You may be saying ‘well that should be obvious.’ But assuming that buyers can visualize what the office would look like with all of your yoga mats and pilates gear on the floor is a mistake. Most buyers cannot visualize what a room make over would look like when complete. This may sound like a big expense but using craigslist, discount stores, resale stores, or outsourcing from friends are all great ways you can make over a room on your own for less than $500.

IMG_1777Here’s an example of a room that was 8×10 and the seller wanted to list it as a bedroom. The trundle day bed was found at a resale store for $150 and pillows and a quilt were purchased for an additional $100, a dining room chair was borrowed to go next to the existing floor lamp and a home goods rug was added for $70. And Voila! A new functional guest space that looks inviting to any buyer.

staging 1Here’s one more example of easy, inexpensive staging you can do on your own. The before has clutter, distraction, and bulky furniture. The artisan desk, chair, rug, and few pictures, strip this room down to the main function or purpose that is intended and makes the room look larger and more inviting.

With a little time and a little money any space can look staged to sell!

Is Wallpaper back in style?

One of the latest housing trends this year is wallpaper and specifically patterned designs. But this isn’t your Grandmother’s wallpaper friends. It can be anything from upscale designer looks to funky and whimsical. In addition to the patterns being fresh and new, the application of wallpaper isn’t what it used to be. Easy stick, Peel and Stick, self adhesive, removable, and tempaper are all commonly used terms now to apply towards those wallpapers that won’t take you days with a spray bottle to remove if you should change your mind down the line.

Graham and Brown is one of the more popular vendors for this type of wallpaper click the photo to see an article with 6 of their featured new designs :

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Another way to create a similar look are stencils. If the idea of wallpaper just freaks you out, then maybe wall stencils are for you. Don’t worry if you aren’t among the craft inclined. There are simple roll on designs with instructional videos for you to achieve looks like the below:


Royal Design Studio and Cutting Edge Stencils are both online companies that offer stencil supplies, video tutoring, and wonderful easy to use products.

Resale: As a real estate broker I am always thinking about resale and wallpaper or stencils can be very personalized to taste. I would make two points A) it’s your home and you want to enjoy every moment that you are in it, so as long as it is not too permanent of a change go for it! B) When it comes time to sell, consult a real estate professional who can organize a tour of several agents through your home to give thoughts on anything that looks too personalized or anything that may be a turn off to buyers in your marketplace.

Great (and Cheap) Bathroom Update

Kimberly from Turning it Home has posted the results of her recent bathroom update which she completed for only $70.00.   I think she did an amazing job!

“All it took was a quart of free paint, one can of spray paint (actually, less than one can!), some scrap wood and various accessories. Pretty crazy, huh?”

What a transformation.  Visit her blog to see more pictures.  Proof positive that you don’t need to spend big bucks to get big results.  Way to go Kimberly!

I hope you are having a great week!