March 2018 Blog

If you’re anything like me, early March is the time you really get antsy for Spring. The winter’s been a harsh one and many of us have stayed home more than usual to avoid the freezing temps and the rampant flu. With all this extra time indoors, it’s no wonder that you may be falling out of love with your space. Is your house too cramped? Maybe you feel the urge to simplify and downsize. Or maybe you’re just sick of looking at your furnishings and décor.

Before you start hunting for a Realtor or packing the contents of your bookcase, why not consider a little  re-imagining of your home’s décor or making some simple but impactful changes?

Sometimes all it takes is a few tweaks, some DIY projects or a little healthy de-cluttering to make your house feel like home sweet home again.

Here are a few easy remedies that will make you feel great about your house again – and won’t cost a fortune.

Add some bright new splashes of color

Early March is a great time to head to Pottery Barn, Home Goods or Pier One and pick up some new throw pillows for your living room couch. If you have neutral tone furniture, your options for contrasting colors and textures are limitless and can change the feel of a room instantly.  While you’re at it, think about changing out our window treatments to coordinate with your new throws.

Got shade?

One of the simplest and least expensive ways to make a change in the look and ambience of your living space is to change your lampshades.  Lampshades can create a mood, make a bold statement, add brightness or soften a rooms edges. There are so many places online and in brick and mortar stores where you can find eclectic, unique – and affordable – lampshades.    Whether its fringe, tassels, amazing shapes or brilliant colors you’re looking for, your options are limitless, as are the effects you can achieve too.

Everything but the kitchen sink

If your kitchen faucets are out of date or just not serviceable, a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot is all it takes to completely transform the look – and the versatility – of your kitchen sink. My faucet was too short and, even though I have a double sink,    I was unable to fit large pots and pans under the running water. By replacing my standard issue faucet, I not only gave my kitchen sink an entirely new look; I made the chore of dishwashing that much easier.

Clean house!

Yes, I’m telling you to start your spring cleaning early. But, just think- if you have already emptied out your closets, bookcases, junk drawers, piano bench; if you’ve cleaned out your clothes closets and donated those never worn skirts, dresses and sweaters to Goodwill, just think of all the time you’ll have in April and May to plant your gardens, put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and put away all those winter clothes.

If you think you want some assistance with making those subtle changes, call for a consult with a Home Stager.  Annie Schwarz of Interior Harmony is in our neighborhood and has a great eye for simple (or BIG) transformations. (518-879-7686).

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