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Define Your Deck Space

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Everyone loves decks and patios for everything from quiet relaxation, to entertaining with family and friends. No matter whether you have a small space, or a large and luxurious space,you still need to define your space.

Just having a bunch of beautiful furniture out on a patio is not enough. When you define a space, you give it purpose, function, and style. This can easily be done by simply placing your furniture in groups for function. For example dining space, conversation space, grilling/prep space, etc. 

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To even further define a space, use rugs. Rugs are the perfect element for added texture and definition. Rugs add color, emphasis design style, and create imaginary walls for your specific space. Rugs are like shoes that help ground the overall style and design.
The next time you step out onto your deck, think of it as your outdoor living space. Use rugs and groupings to create imaginary walls, add plants to soften or add coverage, and group furniture for function and definition.


Spring Painting 101

Spring has arrived and the official start of a new season
filled with color and style has begun. 
What colors will YOU grow  this Spring,
and where will you plant them in and around your home?
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Choosing which paint colors as well as
what types of paint finishes and where,
can be an overwhelming task for many homeowners.
Although it's best to consult with a Professional Color Expert to help with these types of decisions, there are 3 basics things you can keep in mind to help ease the decision making process. 
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How To Choose A Paint Color
Select something in the room that makes you happy. Draw upon those colors and feelings to create a theme or color palette that ties everything together.
Starting fresh? Find something you like,
a piece of artwork, a rug, a photo, or a piece of decorative accessory, and use that
as your bridge in creating a cohesive look.
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How To Choose A Paint Finish
Selecting a finish is not hard, but first you must decide where and how the area or item you are painting, is going to be utilized. Although there are many things to consider and different types of paint that will give you the effect you are trying to achieve, there are still some basic tips you can follow, to help you select the right finishes.
Satin works great for homes with uneven walls where you need to minimize or hide imperfections. Semi-Gloss is great for trim pieces or mouldings and high traffic areas, because it's easy to wipe clean.  Gloss is durable and looks great for accenting the curves and lines of furniture pieces.
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How To Select The Right Tools
(1) Invest in a good drop cloth that can be used over and over again. Cloth is more durable that plastic and provides a better non-slippery surface for working in.
(2) You'll  need Blue Tape or Frog Tape in order to mask off area for protection and create clean corners and lines.
(3) Paint Rollers - these are great for larger areas and come in a variety of sizes. Choose a deep pile roller for textured surfaces, and a low pile roller for smooth finish walls. Don't forget to get an extension rod if you want to be able to reach those high reach areas like ceilings and wall corners.
(4) Paint Brushes - Decide if you need a natural bristle or synthetic brushes. Stains typically require synthetic nylon or polyester while most interior wall paints are best paired with natural brushes to avoid streaking. Don't forget an angle brush so you can "cut in" corners where walls meet moldings.
Painting your home doesn't have to be complicated. With a little bit of patience and creativity, you too can find the color of your dreams, and a room where memories are created.                                             

How To Make A Colorful Entrance

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Quick Tips for Successfully Selling Your Home  
In order to sell your home successfully,
you need more than a sign in the lawn, and pretty furniture inside.
Knowing what buyers want, and what price they are
willing to reasonably pay for it,
 is the vital  balance that Pro's like 
Real Estate Agents and Home Staging Professionals together,
can bring to your selling table.

Everyone knows that Curb Appeal is the one of the most important factors in creating desire for potential buyers to view your home. Depending on the color and architectural style of your home, a COLORFUL front door may be just what you need in order to stand out, yet also brings warmth and character to your home.
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Nothing compares to the elegance of
a wooden front door. More than just  
beautiful and stately, wood doors are viewed as a statement of luxury by potential buyers. Wood doors are common in higher end luxury homes. Think of how much character and elegance a wood door could possibly add to your home, and the value it appears to add. 
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For those of us with less than dreamy
entrances, who rely on COLOR
to be the focal point of a warm and welcoming home entrance, we start
with the colors RED and BLACK.
For many people thoughts of a colorful
front door automatically turn to basic

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Although both colors blend in well with most homes especially Traditional and 
Colonial styles, selecting a color for your door also depends on the style 
                                                                      and color of your home's exterior.  
Choosing a COLOR for your Front Door also depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Do you want your Front Door to stand out, blend in better for cohesiveness,
or do you need it to slide into the background, giving front and center attention to the landscape and architectural detail of your home.
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Selecting paint colors for your front entrance to your home is more than just pretty paint colors. Your front door is the emotional entrance to your home, and first step to creating the feel of what is coming, once they open that door. For this reason color is not only has to be appealing, but carry meaning. This is  where a Color Expert  or Home Staging Professional, can help you decide what selections are best  suited for your home, in order to achieve the look you need for best value, appearance, and style


Welcoming New Color & Patterns In Your Home

Who's ready for Spring ??
Are you craving color but unsure which ones are really YOU??
Do you forever collect paint samples only to find
your home drenched in all the same colors year after year?

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For many homeowners, adding new colors to their home, is difficult. More importantly, most homeowners are unsure what colors and patterns would compliment their homes and design tastes and grow weary from the vast amount of choices we have now to select from.
Fortunately there is an easier and simpler way to change things up, without throwing it out. As a Certified Staging & Design Expert, I have helped hundreds of clients make changes in their homes everyday. 
I have found the best way
to introduce new colors and patterns, is through the use of accessories like pillows, throws, and even artwork. Once you have embraced new color choices, you can grow to add various patterns based on those color choices, and finally once your fear of color is erased, you can move onto repainting walls and more. 

By tackling your fear of color in small steps, you can grow yourself and your home into a Blooming bouquet of color and pattern, that is a Signature Style, that you can call HOME.

Layering Your Rooms For Warmth & Design

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The winter chill is on and temps across the US have us
 reaching for cozy sweaters and throws....
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What is it about a knitted throw that makes
 you feel warm and comforted even on the worst of days.
A knitted throw can warm us, nurture us, and comfort us like an old friend. It's no wonder
we find ways to incorporate them into our everyday decor with their beauty and style.
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Knitted throws and pillows are as versatile as they are beautiful, and
add a layer of warmth and beauty to the spaces they decorate.
These soft and luxurious accessories
are great in living rooms, family
rooms, bedrooms, and nurseries.
The possibilities are endless.
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Knitted throws add layer and texture to when thrown over sofas or chairs, and add warmth and character when folded at the end of a bed, or layered across the bed as a blanket on cold nights. Best of all knitted pillows and
throws are not just for winter time.
Think of how comforting it feels to
be nestled in a throw on chilly Spring night or while reading a book on a crisp Fall day.
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Summertime throws are lighter in weight, but heavy on color for that added punch of texture and fun, to
any space or special event.  
On a porch by the lake, or by a
campfire on the beach, knitted throws
are like a best friend, capturing all our memories and wrapping them
up in special hug.


Creating a Beautiful Backyard For Buyers


When staging your home for sale, don't forget backyard decks and patios.
Potential buyers want to "SEE" the potential your home has to offer.
Don't allow buyers to guess "what could be" .... create it for them !!

Photo credit: BHG.comIf you live an area with gorgeous views, make sure buyers see that there is a warm, cozy and comfortable space for them to both relax and enjoy the view.

If your home offers great amenities such as a pool, or outdoors kitchen, use that theme to design around it and create a space that buyers cant wait to show off to their friends and family.

Maybe your home is more city or urban, where privacy tends to be something that buyers would love to know you have. In this situation, creating a space for entertainment or casual reading, while also providing a sense of privacy, will gain you high marks when buyers view your home.

Photo credit: BHG.comNo matter what your individual home has  to offer, make sure the colors compliment your particular demographics and style of home. While a playful palette of vivid color and patterns may be great for a modern or contemporary home, a more formal or elegant design of home, may have be more inclined to flow, with neutral colors, amongst wooden or iron furniture combined with lots of textures and layers for coziness, to create that warm and unqiue indoor/outdoor total living space that  buyers love.

Do you have a lakeside home, maybe blues and greens would help play up your outdoor features. Does your home sit in a wooded area, where pops of bright color against the lush green trees would make buyers drool? 

You don't need alot of space, for buyers  to see how valuable your home's deck or patio can be to their family needs. Just "go with the flow" from inside your home,  and connect that design to create an Indoor/Outdoor living space that will have buyers begging to spend the summer there with family and friends.

Adding Warmth with Bookcases

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Does your home have empty spaces you're unsure how to use? Are you looking for more function as well as decorative space to showcase your accessories and collectibles?

Built-In Bookcases can be a beautiful way to display your books and collectibles, while adding a layer of design and warmth to any room.

Looking for an attractive way
to make your bookcases flow seamlessly from window to wall?  Use curtains   that match or complement your window treatments, to flank the sides of the bookcase to create a window effect. Curtains can also be used to hide shelf clutter especially in guest rooms or workrooms.

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Bookcases are also a great way to separate a space, acting as a room divider to create the illusion of  additional space for dining or studying.

Whether its built in or free standing, however you decide to use bookcases is up to you. The possibilities are endless, and can quickly and easily turn an everyday space into a designer showplace.

Nightstands That Withstand Function


As you reached for the Alarm Clock this morning,
did you awake to a bedroom where beauty and function mixed?

Starting with the night stand .... Is there enough light for the room,
is the furniture big enough for your needs, does it function for your needs?

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Believe it or not a great nightstand is more than just a pretty table next to your bed.

This repurposed nightstand by HGTV Designer, Kenneth Brown shows how even an old 1950's credenza can be the best nightstand.

If standard nightstands with drawers are not functional for your particular needs, maybe furniture pieces with doors, that provide storage
for larger items, is what you really need.

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This bedside table/nightstand by Designer Jodie Rosen makes a perfect design statement as well as houses storage for
books, glasses, and other bedside needs.

To finish the look Jodie has added a larger silver based lamp to compliment the larger and bolder furniture pulls.

In this particular case not only does this particular piece of furniture provide function, but also provides a tremendous amount of design style and elegance.

When selecting a great bedside table for your bedroom, remember that beauty follows function. Pretty furniture quickly loses it's beauty, if it doesn't provide you with the essentials to peace and functionality. Likewise no one wants strictly function, if doesn't provide a sense of beauty, elegance, and personal appeal. 

Consider your storage needs, your personal needs, and the type of lighting you will be selecting. Do you need something larger with drawers, or doors, or possibly just a an end table due to space or limited needs.

When you reach for that clock each morning, are your stretching your needs, or reaching for the stars? 

Keeping The Green In Home Decor

Keeping The Green
 in Home Decor
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Adding a variety of
houseplants to your 
home decor, adds texture
to a room, as well as helps
bring the feeling of the
outdoors inside ... 
Houseplants are a great way add 
warmth and texture to a home, especially in winter months when gardens are brown and grey, or covered in snow. 

There are hundreds of varieties,
sizes, and colors, as well as many
low maintenance plants for those
with no green thumb. Unfortunately most homes are also very dry in winter months, which leaves houseplants screaming for moisture, as well as becoming more prone to certain diseases. Over watering is not the answer. The answer is humidity. Unless you are raising cactus, most houseplants need at least 50% humidity to keep luscious and thriving. Regular misting will help increase humidity. 

When selecting a plant for your home, consider the amount of maintenance it requires, the amount of sunlight it needs, and most importantly the size it will grow. Many low maintenance plants are fast growers, and will need re-potting in order to stay healthy and continue growing strong. Consider the type of texture and overall look you want to achieve with plants. Are you looking for something soft and airy like a fern to compliment your shabby soft interior with soothing colors, or are you a strong and bold color person, looking for a more tall and stealthy plant like a ficus or rubber tree. No matter if you have a green thumb or not, there are many varieties of plants to suit your particular needs and tastes. 

Beginners Tip: Want to start with something easy? Consider a "Pothos" plant. They are tolerant to almost any home condition, including low light, and are easy to care for while providing a stunning array of shiny green leaves for baskets, desktop bowls and more. 

New Year ~ New You Kickoff

Let's celebrate THE NEW YEAR together!!
With each new year comes the opportunity for new beginnings & fresh starts. 
While everyone is concentrating on personal goals like weight loss and stop smoking, what if this year we work together on CHANGING your HOME? 
 Let Marie Kelly help you kick off the new year with positive change.
 In a year long effort to help our readers create a NEW YEAR / NEW YOU @ Home, 
we are bringing you a year of weekly tips in how to reach your goals 
of creating change in the spaces around you. 
Even one small change can yield big results without a huge price tag!!
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Your Mission ~ Change out pillows!!
It's no surprise that a small accessory like pillows can make a huge difference in a room.
From floral to striped, to to tassled or buttoned, pillows come in a variety of styles and shapes. 

Start with a theme or color foundation you want the room to focus on, and bring that color to life through your pillows. Look for artwork or other accessories in the room you want to pull from.
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Use that color palette to determine the color and design style of the pillows you will need.
Don't be afraid to mix patterns and shapes.     
I always use 3 rules when selecting pillows.
     1-Theme /   2-Color  /  3-Fabric 
Choose pillows that offer different forms of texture. For example, if you have a leather sofa, then add pillows with more nubby texture like  a linen, or add fur or velvet pillows for soft warmth and softness. 
Remember opposites attract. You don't have to be matchy matchy when selecting pillows. Sometimes the most beautiful of rooms, comes from adding the unexpected

Summer Vacation Homes

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July is finally here and now is the time to squeeze in those family vacations before
the dreaded process of Back to School planning begins.
Your vacation home should be a warm
and cozy place you long to return to.
However most families neglect to decorate
or furnish their vacation homes with the style
or warmth, of their everyday home.
Vacations are for escaping and dreaming. Your vacation home should be even that
and more to you.
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Periodically update your furnishing and accessories to include memories and
favorite colors that make your own home
feel comfortable. No one wants to escape to
a cabin or vacation home, that screams maintenance or lacks the charm and warmth,
to make you feel as if you never want to leave.
Add small touches like higher end decor
pieces mixed in with bargain or flea market items. Candles, throws, favorite books, sea shells collected, all add to the memories and
the comfort of a family vacation home.
Update with fresh pillows, linens or comforters, and even a coat of fresh paint for the family dining area, kitchen, or bedroom. Make it a family painting project for brothers, sisters, in laws and kids, to help makeover the favorite room in the house and each contribute a special current object to mark the year you all were together and help contributed to making it that special place that everyone looks forward to spending time in, year after year.

Quick Tips for Backyard Color

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If you want to create a feeling of
to the outdoors with your backyard porch, patio or deck,
use colors that coordinate with your outdoor scenery.
Living near near water?
Incorporate blues, aquas, and sand into your palette.

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Living in the city?
Try bold spicy colors, like
Lime Green, Chili Peper Reds,
 Deep Orange, or even Deep Purple.
For a more elegant and formal
 look to your patio ...
Try Black and White with a touch
of silver or gold for the sleek look
of industrial city glam.
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Surrounded by beautiful
trees or forest?
Bring in earth tones
and colors of nature,  
in varying shades of 
golds, greens, browns
and tans, for a color cohesive blend with nature.


Kitchen Lighting Solutions

Photo via: PinterestKitchen lighting should be as functional as it is beautiful.
Today's homeowner has a multitude of choices for making their home
a brighter and more beautiful working environment
for cooking, creating, entertaining, and dining.
Photo credit: BHG.comPendant lighting comes in a variety of style, colors, sizes, and  finishes. The type of kitchen style you currently have and if you want to match it, or mix it up, is something you need to decide before shopping.
One way to select your lighting finish is to match the appliances or cabinet hardware.
A stainless steel appliances for example would easily compliment sleek and contemporary stainless steal lighting.
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If color is something you are longing to  bring in with your lighting, imagine how a pop of orange or bronze, or even jewel tone colors in emerald, blue, or purple,  could add that extra zing of excitement to your kitchen island or dining counter.
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Seating area lighting is another fun and adventurous shopping trip, where you can be as creative as you want. From modern day chandliers, to wild shapes and sizes,
the possiblities are unlimited.
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From sleek and modern metals, to
elegant and traditional glass, to fun and contemporary colors, shapes, and sizes, selecting hanging light fixtures for your kitchen is definitely more than just light, it's
a way of defining who you are, who you want to be, and how you want it done. 

The Center of Attention

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Your fireplace doesn't have to be in the center of a room,
 to be the CENTER of attention.
Many homeowners are frozen to creativity, by the warmth of an off center fireplace. Somehow knowing how to arrange furniture and accessories
 becomes a difficult challenge of direction.
An offset mantel to balance the design and draw the eye the opposite direction
along with  carefully placed accessories, can make an awkwardly designed fireplace,  appear as if it was intentionally designed just for you.