Monday, July 23, 2012

Update your Kitchen for under $500.

We recently previewed a vacant home for sale that reminded us of a very important, and cost-effective, update. Cabinet hardware. Yes I know that sounds basic but it can make a huge difference in how a buyer views your kitchen.

Did we mention that kitchens are one of the top selling features of your home? Yes they are. Even if your buyers are not cooks, everyone has an idea of their perfect kitchen. It's the showpiece of the home, where everyone gathers when company comes over and typically where life revolves around the promise of food!

The photo on the right shows a good example of a dated kitchen. What could be updated fairly inexpensively? Pickled or whitewashed cabinets are out. Most buyers are going to prefer solid wood or solid color that is trending now. The cabinet pulls are chrome and white. The kitchen faucet and hanging pendants are chrome  Chrome finishes are as dated as whitewashed cabinets.

The easy way to update this kitchen - besides redoing the cabinets - is to replace the hardware. I would stick with something in the brushed nickel family or dark silver. This will complement  the chrome kitchen faucet and light fixtures if you don't want to change those out also. 

If you have the budget, the next item I would update would be the hanging pendants. First, they are too small for this area and second it's a relatively easy update. Home Depot or Lowes has a large variety of pendants to choose from under a $100. This island needs a larger 3 light fixture so the lights don't appear to be floating in space above it and not connected to the work surface.
Keep in mind that it's not important to have all of your fixtures and hardware match exactly. Just as it's no longer the trend to match your bag, belt and shoes, it's not necessary to use all one finish throughout your home. In fact it actually looks more custom if you vary your finishes so they complement each other without matching.

Remember all it takes is a screwdriver and you've added a lot of value and style by staging your home for sale with updated cabinet hardware. And don't forget the master bath!

Here are some more ideas to inspire you.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Charming Historic Home Gets Redesigned to Sell

We thought you'd like to see one of our recent occupied staging projects.

We helped this owner by redesigning rooms and repurposing their existing furniture to help stage their home to sell. Bringing in a few new pieces of furntiure to pull it all together, adding some higher end accessories really helped show off this wonderful historic home in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood.

We also recommended neutral paint to lighten and freshen the feel of certain rooms and to help buyers see the endless potential decorating possibilities! This Fort Worth home is for sale and ready for a new owner.

Take a look at the Before and Afters:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gorgeous Lakefront Condo Model

Hello! - well it's been a very busy past couple of months... we've been working on some exciting projects one of which is this gorgeous new lakefront condo on Lake Granbury in Granbury TX. The minute you walk in the door you know this is something special.

The view just knocks you out! Easy casual lakeside living with no yard to mow and all the time to spend enjoying the lake and historic Granbury.

We had a little less than two weeks to design and install this lakefront condo model. The centerpiece of the living room is an overstuffed cream linen sofa with a French country flair, so we created a French country by the lake feel for the whole condo.

Take a look!