What's old is new again!

 

There are those that love wallpaper, and more of us that loathe it. But that may not necessarily be the case anymore. When my husband and I bought our last house, my criteria was absolutely no wallpaper. I couldn’t stand it, and I nixed any house that had it. Well, that and wall to wall carpet everywhere. But back to the wallpaper. I remembered many a day tediously spraying and scraping wallpaper at my grandparent’s house, in which every room was wallpapered top to bottom, with several layers. I seem to recall even a ceiling or two were wallpapered. Wow. 

Anyway, I relented on the wallpaper point somewhat, because the house we ended up with did have some, but at least it was contained to a border in the kitchen and two upstairs closets. (That’s all gone now, in case you wondered.) And I’ve decided that wallpaper works in some cases, so I’ve definitely changed my tune.

That’s right, wallpaper is back in vogue, and I actually do like much of what I see. If you’ve been a previous wallpaper snob like me, you might consider it if you have an area it would work for. Some ideas: you can add an accent wall with it, like in a bedroom on a headboard wall, or add it on wainscoting for a very custom, luxe feel. You can do this without having to commit to spending hours scraping it off later or leaving it to the next owners, because today you can get amazing temporary ‘wallpaper’, which is basically like contact paper that easily goes on and peels off when you want to remove it. So guess what I’ve installed? Yep, wallpaper! Would I do an entire room in it? No, but again, a small area or a wainscot or a focal wall would be great for this, again, think of it as an accent. And because rolls range from approximately $25-45 apiece, it is definitely more of an investment than just paint and you’ll probably end up needed more than you think you will, especially when having to match a pattern. What do you think of my ‘subway tile’ walls?

PS- I made a mistake when I did this project...can you spot it?

I am TERRIBLE with links-goodness, I can't figure out how to create links on here :/

So forgive me for not linking, ugh, but check out the following: Devine (target has it), Spoonflower, and Tempaper for some options!

 

Life is hard...you gotta ask for help

I don't know about you, but I bet you're like me, always wishing for more hours in the day. With a to-do list that never seems to shrink, and in fact, keeps getting added on to, even though you're always DOING.

Yeah. I'm trying to get help working on my business, outsourcing those things I just can't do, or that take me FOREVER because I don't know how. Like this website here. And setting up ads and opt-ins and on and on...and automating as much as possible. So that I can have time to blog, which I don't do enough of. I have wonderful employees that help me immensely, in the midst of their busy lives, too, while I try to figure stuff out. Because business ownership is HARD, especially when so much has changed in my industry and in social media and it's tough to know where to focus energy a lot of times (and there's a lot of distraction, too).

And then there's my house, which is like having another child (I already have four kids so...yeah). Did I mention it's a very OLD house? VERY time consuming. And that's what brings about this post. I ask for help from my family, and now I'm starting to ask for help from my friends. And you know what? They are HAPPY to help. Just like I'm happy to help them. And it takes such a weight off. And I had a neighbor girl come weed for me, and a friend is going to come work her green thumb magic in my yard, and another friend is helping me get ready for a photoshoot (I will definitely blog THAT). Not to mention a crew of friends who helped paint our garage (and that was such a sweet relief, too). And that's the essence of what makes life go better. Not trying to do it all, but to lean on others. And to help others when we can, and accept help from others. We're all in this together.

'Closet under the stairs' Makeover

Several years ago I was so absolutely fed up with this wonderfully quirky pit of 'everything we don't know what to do with, we throw in here', aka the coat closet under the stairs that I had to do SOMETHING DRASTIC. I decided to make it over into a little 'library' for the kids. A cozy little 'room' where they could go solo or huddle with each other and read or play.

Wish I had a  BEFORE 'before' pic, but this one is the in between, after it had already been a library but before we repainted.

 the 'before'

the 'before'

A couple months ago, my daughter and I changed it up a little, repainting and adding stencils on one of the walls. It was a good time to cull & organize some of our books, toys, & misc. Once in awhile it's good to take everything out of a space that seems stale or dysfunctional, and to try to re-envision its maximum potential. My daughter picked the paint colors and stencil, and even stenciled the wall herself. 

 painting in progress....

painting in progress....

I love this little space! It's full of books we love, treasured toys, and lots of personality. Not sure what I will do when they entirely outgrow it. :(

 

 the 'new' library!

the 'new' library!

 I added some baskets on the top shelf to contain/hide toys and look uniform

I added some baskets on the top shelf to contain/hide toys and look uniform

 i love organized shelves!

i love organized shelves!

 wool rug (found at a thrift store!)

wool rug (found at a thrift store!)

Staging a log cabin

We recently had the chance to stage a log cabin, which is a unique opportunity! This was an occupied staging, so we used a combination of the owners things, in addition to bringing in some key accessories. With the homeowner's prep work, our staging, and pro photography, we think it looked amazing!

Even better, the homeowners got an offer at the very first showing, which was the day after going on the market. Hurray for a quick sale!

Here's a great before & after, and some of our vignettes. Design is in the details!

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LR before

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LR after

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LR after

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Me & the Home Show

 I spoke two times at the home show, to a wonderful audience. How fun! Pictured top Right, Jackie and I. Jackie was my right hand woman at the show.

I spoke two times at the home show, to a wonderful audience. How fun! Pictured top Right, Jackie and I. Jackie was my right hand woman at the show.

We're at the end of February...already?! Wow. It's been a whirlwind of a year so far! Last month, I spoke at the Indianapolis Home Show about Home Staging and it was a great push out of the comfort zone for this introvert! I hope the audience came away with some good info, which is always my goal, to share what I know. And there is SO MUCH TO KNOW. If you're in a job that requires constant learning and technique refinement, and/or running a business, I'm sure you agree. I was telling a friend the other day that every day I feel like I'm in school. My daughter was complaining about school recently and said 'you don't know what it's like!' Oh yes, yes, I do. 

With the spring selling market about to hit, NOW is the time to get properties ready to list. And that is ever so important with a vacant house. Or with a house where the furniture, accessories, and/or colors should be updated . Yes, it takes work. Yes, it takes money. But what is going to get buyers in the door to fall in love? Do the work so you don't have to do the price reduction and sit on the market for longer than you should. Get the return that you should on your house (or your clients house).

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If you'd like to book a staging consultation, click here: https://www.cachet317.com/staging-questionnaire/. For info about services & pricing, click here.

Happy Spring!!

Shelves with Style - make your shelves shine

I love to style shelves, who’s with me? Anyone? Maybe not, but that’s ok. With some ideas about things to try, it may be fun. And of course I have some thoughts about styling shelves. First off, let’s talk about bookshelves. The term itself is a misnomer because it’s taken so literally. Bookshelves shouldn’t just hold books (unless it’s a library). Rows of shelves filled only with books tend to be too busy, feel cluttered, and not be terribly interesting to look at. So, let’s check out some rules of thumb to switch things up.

1.     Break up the bunches of books with two things: meaningful & interesting objects, and empty space. Yep, don’t underestimate having empty space. It gives the eye a chance to rest and space to breathe. Not filling every bit with ‘stuff’ is very important, and when other good things come into your life you’ll be able to more easily make space for them.

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via apartment therapy

2.     See if it makes sense to paint or line the back of your shelves with a bold color or pattern, whether fabric, contact paper or wallpaper. This adds interest and also helps provide a beautiful backdrop for your books & objects. Plus, it helps you keep items on the more minimal side, since you won’t want to cover up all of the wall or back of the bookshelf. You might check out Devine removable wallpaper at Target.

3.     Play with your book and object placement. You’re not limited to the standard upright placement – try placing some the standard way, and also in a horizontal stack (which is great to display smaller objects on top), or even place some backwards with the spines facing the wall for a different look. Try layering objects, like placing a larger piece of artwork propped up in back with a plant in front.

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4.     Try the Rule of Thirds – 1/3 books, 1/3 decorative objects, and 1/3 empty space. Try it! And PS – if you try this and like your pared down shelves, shoot me a photo. I’d love to see!

Interior Trends this year...plus what I don't miss from years past!

I love seeing what’s trending in the Interior Design world, but don’t get me wrong: I don’t like to blindly follow trends, like fashion, I like what I like. But I love that most of what I am seeing is appealing to my aesthetic. Here’s my faves:

Quartz counters in favor of granite: YES. I’m so over granite. Most granite is ugly, frankly. Give me this clean, pretty quartz any day. And white subway tiles in a classic offset pattern. YES.

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Velvet. Oh, I love velvet! It’s so dreamy. A velvet chair, a velvet sofa, velvet down pillows, or velvet drapes even! So happy to see velvet everywhere. This photo is from a booth at the Indianapolis Home Show last week, but unfortunately I am forgetting which booth it was. So pretty!

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Copper & matte brass. These metals are hot, and oil rubbed bronze is still going strong. Satin Nickel is good too. Shiny brass and chrome, not so much. Go ahead and mix metals (within reason!) too.

Darker wall colors. I still think you can’t go wrong with white (the right shade of white!) and grays (no beige, please!) but I am also liking the darker wall colors, that feel so cozy. Here’s Oceanside by Sherwin Williams, via Apartment Therapy:

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Less. Just less! More people are embracing minimalism, which is basically a path of being mindful about what you own and letting go of what doesn’t serve you. And it’s not just about STUFF. What habits are/aren’t working? What activities and groups and hobbies? What gives you life, as my kids say? I really like that we’re seeing simpler lines, less fussiness, and a thoughtfulness about how we can design our living and work spaces to support us in our lives and goals. I like it when people maximize their space with good design & organizing solutions, instead of buying a huge house with tons of space. I find those smaller, super functional homes much more inspiring and lovely!

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Now, whenever I watch TV shows I pay lots of attention to the set. I can’t help it…and I’ve been on a Newhart binge (Season 1 only…unfortunately the other seasons don’t seem to be on Netflix or Hulu?!)  So when I couldn’t find more shows, I watched one episode of the Bob Newhart Show and I just can’t get over the ‘look’ of the set. This was the 70’s. And into the 80’s. SO. MUCH. PANELING. SO. MUCH. BROWN. SO. MUCH. NOPE. Ha! Good riddance, brown paneling, brown curtains, brown upholstery, and any décor that should remain in the 70’s…I hope none of these past trends circle back anytime soon, or ever. Sorry, Bob

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