It’s going to be near 60 degrees today…

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So you know what that means…almost time to start outdoor dining…

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It’s also means it’s time to start airing out our homes and opening windows and doors…

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And rocking trench and lightweight coats!

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You can probably tell how excited I am. I am currently sitting in my car on lunch with the sunroof and windows open and a light jacket on. Spring is near!

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Monday Inspiration 3.9.14

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I don’t know about you but I only like daylight savings time this time of year. I live for long days and since Milwaukee is having a peak at Spring this week …you know….the days that feel Spring to us since we’ve been so cold (upper 40s and low 50s)…I am finding myself so excited and anxious in the morning which is typically rare for me…

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The only thing I don’t like is how dark it is when I wake up. I can’t wait till the light floods in like this above…

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I even been wearing more light and airy perfume. Do you switch up your home fragrances etc as the seasons change….

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What a beautifully designed kitchen…

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I said it before but oven range hoods are really taking over kitchen designs and can steal the show. This kitchen was designed by Matthew Quinn for the Kips Bay Showhouse last year. I love all of the materials from the counter to the backsplash, the range hood and lighting.

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The built in cabinets look like decorative armoires and add a nice touch to the space…

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The lighting pendants are fun and probably cast a nice design on the walls. You can see more of the kitchen and the neatly organized drawers here here.

{Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic}

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Kitchen Options: Under Cabinet Lighting

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I always say nothing beats ambient lighting. Lighting truly does wonders to transform a space and emit a certain mood. I love how under cabinet lighting can add a custom feel to a kitchen that may be on the ordinary side…

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There are quite a few options but I prefer the inexpensive ones that don’t require wiring. You can get LED flexible strips on a light reel that runs around 7 bucks or puck lights with adhesive bottoms. Some of those are motion sensored so you don’t have to worry about wasting energy when someone isn’t home or in the kitchen. Some of the wireless lights can come with wireless switches.

Design Takeaways 1.8.15

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I want to stumble across some really cool bar stools while thrifting. I want some that can easily be reupholstered and spray painted….

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The gold stands out in this bathroom. Has anyone ever painted their hardware? I heard you shouldn’t but I think it may work for handles and pulls… 
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The paneling in this bedroom I can actually get behind!

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I am still in love with geometric shaped desks and tables. This one reminds me of the mint room here that is one of my favorite designs ever. That desk is so futuristic and edgy…
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James Dixon Architect designed the loft above. I think I have seen this rug in a white background with black designs so seeing this in gray is a fresh update…

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Selling Your Home: The Natural Rules

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If you’re in the process of selling your home, you’ll have probably read countless articles giving you “ten tips” or something similar on how to maximize your sale price.
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Our advice is going to be a little different and instead concentrate on a set of “natural rules” – which aim to entice buyers by simply making the most of your home’s natural make-up.
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We’re certainly not advocating a sledgehammer approach here – in fact, the biggest investment probably arrives through a new set of blinds. What we’re trying to highlight is that by keeping things simple, and ultimately staying natural, your property can become much more desirable to the typical viewer. Here are our three tips on how to achieve this:

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Tip #1 – Natural light will be your best friend

This is perhaps the best tip you can follow when it comes to selling your home; natural light really will be your best friend. We’re not quite sure of the science, but allowing as much natural light to flow into your house will immediately trick any eye into thinking that it’s bigger than it really is. As we know, at least in the world of property, bigger usually results in costlier.
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So, how do you achieve the above? Opting for blinds over curtains is the most advisable course of action, and investing in a set that will allow optimum amounts of natural light into the building at every point of the day should also be done. When it comes to viewing time, ensuring that they’re either open or at least adjusted to the point of allowing maximum light into the property, should again do the trick.

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Tip #2 – Take advantage of the natural views

If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by natural beauty, opening your home up to the views is another sure-fire way to impress any potential buyer. This is again an instance where blinds truly can be a saviour, particularly following recent developments in the industry.
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The emergence of top-down bottom-up blinds means that you can protect a home’s privacy, whilst also allowing plenty of natural light to enter the room at the same time. The fact that you can perfectly balance privacy and views through these sorts of inventions makes life much easier for the seller now.
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Tip #3 – Natural materials also work wonders

The previous tips have concentrated on what we see around us, but staying natural doesn’t have to only revolve around this. This final suggestion revolves around using natural materials in our home. In today’s age, it can be a lot easier to opt for synthetic replacements – with manufacturers keen to push products that are made to look like the “real deal”, but are in fact a cheaper copy.
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This could be anything from laminated floors to faux wood blinds – they both look the part to an extent, but they don’t have the same “wow” factor that real wood possesses. As well as this, any buyer will be sure to consider the maintenance issues and most of the time, these synthetic alternatives are much less durable which could result in heftier replacement costs in the future.
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Of course, it’s not always possible to invest in “real” and natural materials. However, if your budget allows, at least for the most prominent areas of the property such as the windows, it might be advisable to push the boat out.

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Need some furniture or decor? Live in metro Milwaukee?

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These are some of the items being sold this weekend. My uncle let me decorate his entire place 5 years ago so majority of it are things I picked out for him. Everything must go and there are some really amazing deals on quality furniture. If you live in the Milwaukee area and want to inquire about something, email me and I will give you details and send you the flyer.

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Tuesday’s Tips: eliminate stress by having a hostess storage cabinet or drawer

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I think the best thing you can do is have a hostess drawer, china cabinet, or closet that contains everything you will need to host an event. You would include itema like patterned straws, tablecloths and linen, napkins, napkin rings, table runners, unscented candles, gold or fancy flatware, cupcake holders and cake stands, wine glasses, basically all of the things you could use to help create a tablescape on a whim.

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Think of it as a junk drawer but a neatly curated area  of all of the things you need for impromptu dinner parties.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Buy the best that you can afford

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Whether you’re buying materials or furniture, sometimes buying the cheapest will cost you more in the long run if you need to replace it. I am frugal but sometimes you get what you pay for and you need to make wise choices on what you spend on investments and things that need to withstand years. So buy quality mattresses, sofas, and save on decor and little things. By no means am I suggesting live beyond your means but know that cheaper quality furniture may not last in the long run.

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Sorry for the week long absense. My uncle, who was my second client allowing me to decorate his entire condo, passed away. Between the funeral preperarions, pricing everything for an estate sale and spending time with family I haven’t seen in years, I’ve had no time to do much anything let alone blog or check emails. I ask that if you send an email, don’t send a follow up. It will just take me longer to reply. Please be patient as I get back in the swing of things…

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