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I have been busy staging homes this year and realized how much I missed writing.  I’m finally back at my desk to share what we have been working on so far this year. In addition to adding home staging photos, I have created a list of ideas to help those who are thinking of selling their home.  If you love before and after photos as much as I do, then stay tuned because I am in the process of putting my portfolio together.  In the interim, check out this list I’ve compiled for my clients.  I hope this checklist helps you sell your home fast!

1. Declutter

Over the years we accumulate things we think will look good in a certain spot in our home, which is great, however, we sometimes fail to remove the old.  So experts suggest asking a friend or hiring someone to help you declutter.    Not only does it allow potential buyers to focus on the room’s important features, but sellers can carefully pack up the things we value most and tuck them away for our next home.

Photo courtesy of Colin Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Over-sized windows that drink in the views are features we don’t want anyone to forget.

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Decluttering our home creates a more serene backdrop so buyers can focus on the architectural features we are selling. The expanse of windows in the breakfast nook and mahogany built-ins surrounding the cozy gas fireplace are features we want buyers to keep in mind.

photo courtesy of Colin Photography

photo courtesy of CDB Photography

An unobstructed view of the well tailored built-ins and fireplace make this room stand out.

2.  Repaint

Bayard Estates – photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Updated neutrals make your home feel fresh and welcoming.  This grand foyer received a fresh coat of paint to compliment the adjoining rooms.  A neutral pallet appeals to the masses and also makes potential buyers think your home is well cared for and move in ready.

3. Furniture Groupings

Photo courtesy of Colin Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

Its a common mistake to push furniture towards corners and against walls to make rooms feel larger, but in doing so, this actually creates stark, cold rooms.  Instead, create convenient conversation areas and place furniture in such a way so traffic flow is obvious.  This will make a room feel more welcoming as well as making it feel larger.

4. Home Lighting

Photo courtesy of Colin Photography

Photo courtesy of CDB Photography

One of the tricks of the trade to make homes feel warm and inviting is great lighting.  Most homes are not well lit, so increase wattage in lamps in fixtures.  In addition, focus on the three areas of lighting: Ambient-general or overhead, task- under cabinet, reading or pendant, and accent-table or wall.

5. Odd is in

The right accessories can make a room more pleasing to the eye. Odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is also important, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front.  In addition, group accessories by color or shape or some other unifying element.

6.  Study others

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One of the starting points to staging your home is to look to others who have done it well.  There are many excellent resources out there, so take advantage of all the free information online.

You don’t have to spend a fortune getting your house ready to sell.  Use what you have, ask for professional advice and get packing.

Happy selling!

~D

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Angel Eggs

I’ve added a photo of more saturated egg colors. Have a fabulous Easter!

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Angel Eggs Angel Eggs

Are you interested in a new family friendly science project to help celebrate the Easter holiday this year?  We are mad about earth friendly projects that cater to kids of all ages around here and  Angel eggs are a great way to teach your kids how to make all natural food coloring.  Plus, this dish is so pretty, it always takes center stage at the Easter dinner table.

In addition to being fun for kids, its a healthier option for the littles and its good for the earth.  Plus, the ingredients can be found right in your local grocery store, so its an easy project for busy moms.

Formerly known as deviled eggs (we’ve changed the name for obvious reasons), the filling and dyed eggs can be prepared a few days before your Easter dinner.

Grocery ingredients Grocery ingredients

Your Farmer’s market grocery list:

4 Beets  (red and pink)

Turmeric (orange)

1 bag of Spinach or Spirulina powder (green)

Baking…

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Angel Eggs

Angel Eggs

Angel Eggs

Are you interested in a new family friendly science project to help celebrate the Easter holiday this year?  We are mad about earth friendly projects that cater to kids of all ages around here and  Angel eggs are a great way to teach your kids how to make all natural food coloring.  Plus, this dish is so pretty, it always takes center stage at the Easter dinner table.

In addition to being fun for kids, its a healthier option for the littles and its good for the earth.  Plus, the ingredients can be found right in your local grocery store, so its an easy project for busy moms.

Formerly known as deviled eggs (we’ve changed the name for obvious reasons), angel egg filling and dyes can be prepared a few days before your Easter dinner (just add 2 tbsp. of vinegar to each dye to make them last longer in the refrigerator).

 

Grocery ingredients

Grocery ingredients

Your Farmer’s market grocery list:

4 Beets  (red and pink)

Turmeric (orange)

1 bag of Spinach or Spirulina powder (green)

Baking soda (blue)

1 head of Purple Cabbage  (purple)

How to make homemade, natural,  raw, vegan food dyes:

Create red dye by boiling beets for 10 minutes. Place beet water in ball jar and add 2 tsp of white vinegar.

Orange/Yellow is made by boiling 1 tsp. turmeric in 2 cups water for 30 seconds.  Let cool and add egg halves.  The eggs will dye quickly.  Note: If you would like a deeper shade, add 1/2 tsp. more turmeric and keep eggs in dye longer until you achieve the desired shade.

Green dye is made by boiling spinach for 1 minute and letting it simmer for 10 minutes.  Place green dye mixture in ball jar with 2 tsp. white vinegar.  Place egg halves in jar into refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  Note: The spinach green is a much earthier green than the dye you will find in the store.

Green dye can also be achieved by adding 1 tsp. of Spirulina powder to a quart of boiled water.  Stir in powder and let cool.  Spirulina creates bright green eggs.

Purple dye is from boiling purple cabbage.  Wash the cabbage, cut out stem and cut into large pieces.  Place in pot and cover with water.  Boil for 10 minutes.

Blue: Pour half the cabbage water into a bowl with ½ tsp of baking soda at a time until you get the desired blue hue.

Secret to making eggs peel so easily, your toddler can help you:  place a teaspoon of salt and eggs into pot of water. Turn on high until rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Immediately pour out hot water and replace with ice cold water.

Place halved hard boiled eggs with yolks removed into each color (we use Ball jars with lids). Place in refrigerator overnight for the brightest hues.

We like this filling recipe the best:

6 egg yolks

1 tbsp mayo

1 tbsp of pickled relish

1/2 tbsp whole grain mustard

fresh grated Parmesan Reggiano

salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle paprika on top of finished eggs (we use Emeril’s Essence to top them off)

Enjoy!

Angel Eggs

Angel Eggs

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Easter is a favorite time of year here in the northeast.  The warm sun melts away the last moments of the cold winter days and daylight lingers just a little longer each evening.  But what we love most about this time of year is honoring our Lord and Savior.  As you are dropping the eggs into the food coloring, be sure to share the story of God’s precious gift with your littles.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

xoxo ~D

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Come Sail Away

Our boys love everything beach.  Every so often throughout the cold winter months, I will hear the voice of my 5 year old sweetly ask, “can we go to the beach, pwwwwweeeease?”

To bring a piece of the shore back home with us, we decided to create a nautical boys room for our preschooler. Although it doesn’t stop the littles from asking to go down the shore, it does bring a little bit of “by the sea” life into our suburban home and gives us a comfy little boys room to tuck the little ones into each night.

Enjoy!

The boys removing all the staples after carpet was pulled up.

The boys removing all the staples after carpet was pulled up (My 3 -year-old is wearing my paddock boats;-).

 

AFTER

I created a sail with our preschoolers age on it ( I hope he doesn't want a 6 next year!)

I created a sail with our preschoolers age on it ( I hope he won’t want a 6 next year). I  used rope and boat cleats to attached it to the wall.

We found this great bed with a trundle on Craigslist.  The flooring is made to look like weathered wood.

We found this great bed with a trundle on Craigslist. The flooring is made to look like weathered wood.

I created a mural of the island where we vacation.  I drew all of our favorite places on the island.  I plan to add more favorites through the years.

I created a blueprint mural of the island where we vacation. I drew all of our favorite places on the wall and plan to add more favorites through the years.

Our boys' rooms would not be complete without a biblical verse.

Our boys’ rooms would not be complete without a biblical verse.

Our IKEA dresser is made new again with boat cleats for pulls.

Our IKEA dresser is made new again with boat cleats for pulls.

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