Don’t Forget About Thanksgiving

Through the years we have noticed the forgotten holiday of Thanksgiving. We move quickly through Halloween into Christmas, so lets not forget about the day of eating and thanks for the people around us and those we have lost. Just a day to watch the game or play with cousins this holiday is one that needs its props. Thanksgiving starts the holiday season and it gives us a time to relax before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. To truly spend quality time with family and friends.

Paint Sheens Across The Board

Paint sheens are not just set by room, good professional painters know what sheen to use after a home has been renovated to make things as smooth as possible. We also take into consideration whether you have kids or pets and which rooms they spend the most time in. Sheen is not just per room there are so many factors that we take into consideration that it is easiest for us to buy the paint. Where a lot people may see on tv what sheen looks best on camera and in someone else’s home keep in mind just those things, its on camera and in someone else’s house. When you look at pictures on Pinterest let your professional see those and let them go through the different options to get the best possible finished look. If you are doing your own painting do a lot of research for your situation specially if you are painting an addition or removing wallpaper. There are things to keep in mind when it comes to hiding seems and the right primer for after you remove the wallpaper.

Please contact us with any comments or questions about paint sheen and color that would be right for your project.

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Graham & Brown wallpaper of the year 2020 Bloomsbury Neo Mint shows that the mid-century interiordesign homedecor has made a come back in a major way. When I see their collection it tells a story. https://www.grahambrown.com/us/wallpaper-colour-of-the-year-2020.html

The Bloomsbury Collection gives amazing options for a vintage classic look as an accent or even a main look. The Noir tells a story of Victorian background and will give a room a mysterious story to your space.

Paint To Save

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Whether you are selling or you just found your forever home, Painting your cabinets can be the most cost effective way to upgrade your kitchen and bathroom. To replace cabinets in the kitchen can cost you anywhere from $8,000-$30,000 depending on the size of your kitchen. Painting kitchen cabinets ranges from $1,500-$6,000 again depending on the size. Are you starting to see the savings here?

Bathroom Vanities can be a mess to replace and extremely costly unless you purchase the exact same thing as to not move plumbing and hardware. Painting lets you have

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A great finished look like new for a fraction of the price and a lot less mess. Where you may spend months waiting for contractors to demo and hall out pieces you can get a modern look in days. There has even been a lot of home owners that find that a complete renovation of the bathroom is unnecessary after painting the walls and vanities.

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Adding a backsplash does not hurt either. Just a simple backsplash can transform the smallest space into a modern and clean look for your bathroom.

We all know that the kitchen is the best room in the house, and you should love yours. It is the meeting place for holidays and the place were you go for that glass of wine after a long day of car pull and dragging kids to games and that meeting that never seemed to end. You want to feel inspired and energized in your kitchen and replacing your cabinets may require another payment plan because of the cost. Doing small things

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can help you view your kitchen in a brighter light in more ways then one. Painting the cabinets, adding a backsplash and adding floating shelves brought this kitchen to life.

I love watching the transformation and remember do not underestimate the effect a couple coats of paint can have for your home. Not only can painting cabinets make your forever home your dream house, but it can also add value to home that your are selling by making it more modern.

How I Choose Paint Colors

Choosing interior paint colors can be intimidating, when you see a fan deck. There are easier ways to stay ahead and keep your home resale ready without it looking like a model home with no life.

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  1. Always Choose Nature
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Earthy tones really do create not only a clean look, but it also give your home a welcoming feel to any room. Right now the best way to go is with neutrals with gray tones. Whether you are thinking of selling your home or this is your forever home, natural colors will always be a win and allow creativity to flow.

2. Let’s Travel

When thinking of colors and schemes for the interior of your home stay ahead of the curve. In Pennsylvania we tend to just stay with what we know not thinking how we can innovate with things a small as the colors we choose. My favorite time of year is when the color trends for the following year come out from companies like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, PPG and BEHR.

3. Cabinets Transform

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Taking a look at a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting and expensive. Just Paint! The going renovation trend that we have been seeing more and more of is not replacing your cabinets but painting them. White is a go to for home owners that selling their home and want to update their home without the $30,000 price tag, however, for those us in our forever home but are thinking about resell branch out. Different shades of gray can give your home a modern look but also some personality.

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4. Feng Shui For Energy and Inspiration

Feng Shui is very popular eastern style of bringing positive energy to each part of your home. Now before you call an architect and start demolition on your interior, step back and take a look at the color chart. Even a simple repositioning of your decor and adding plants can make a big difference. Also the colors that are in each room make a significant change in the way you feel when you enter a room

8 Most Effective Renovations

Adding and keeping value in your home is easier then you think. Many home owners make the mistake of putting more money into the areas that do not need it and less money in things that do. When we think of selling our home all of the sudden we start getting overwhelmed and we over think the whole presses, which leads us to over paying. Instead of over thinking lets look at 11 ways to add and maintain the resell value of our homes.

  1. Draw Them In With The Entry Door

A fresh coat of an inviting and even leaving people with the desire to see more can make all the difference in the world. You do not want people turning away before they even get inside. I hear a lot of people talk about how they passed a home for sale and did not go in because of the way the exterior looked, so a great way to start is with a fresh stain or paint job on the front door.

2. Hiring Contractors Yourself

Choosing your own contractor can be very scary and intimidating, however, there are ways to make sure you have the right person. Referrals are a great way to get the best contractor. Sherwin Williams local stores have local referrals and business of companies that have worked with them and they know. Local Benjiman Moore stores are a great place to look as well. Ask neighbors that you trust. Another way that may be more costly find a great project manager or interior designer they can refer their contacts.

3. Top Of The Line

The one area that people really look at is the Kitchen. It is the focal point of each house. The is where we gather for holidays, birthdays and graduation. When people are buying their home the one who cooks always wins. Great appliances can not only make a huge difference in how people see your home but also how much they will pay for your home.

4. Upgrade Bathrooms and Kitchens

We just got done talking about how important it is in resell, and here it is again. Upgrading your kitchen and bathroom can be scary, because of the cost. However, there are a few things you can do to bring the cost down such as painting the cabinets and vanities instead of replacing them. You will be amazed at the transformation that you will see after a couple coats of paint. Replacing the fixtures and backsplashes make a great amount of difference in resale as well. You do not have to do a complete demolition to make a great space.

5. Repaint And Refinish Exsisting Surfaces

Repainting and refinishing can really save you money rather then a full renovation. Just a new color can inspire a new attitude and feeling into the room. When putting your home on the market again you would be surprised at how a couple coats of paint or stain can make something look bran new.

6. Fixtures and Hardware

Changing out the hardware is not big task and honestly does not have to be that expensive. What you need to look for is what finishes are in trend and go to your local hardware store and something in that finish rose gold and gold have made a huge come back in trending finishes. Gold always comes back in so when in doubt go gold.

7. Stay To Standard Sizes And Measurments

When renovating your home to put it on the market it is important to keep in mind off the shelf measurments. This will keep costs down when it comes to buying materials for your renovation. When you can buy standard sizes it keeps value on the home. Custom is always more expensive to maintain and buyers will take a look at that when buying a home when it comes to cost.

8. Less Is More When It Comes To Landscaping

Landscaping can be overwhelming, however to put value in your home you do not have to over do it. Simple… just think simple. Some wood chips and low maintaince shrubs along the windows can go a long way.