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.

{Compensation was received by Just Blinds, a company with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating that offers lower prices, free samples, FREE SHIPPING and lots of window treatment options for your home. Thank you for supporting companies that help run this blog.}

A home tour with lovely vignettes…

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With color inspiration from the 70s and a marriage of design styles, this home tour encompasses a lot of things I look for when featuring on my blog. I like a home to have some character and architectural detail. Brany’s has just that in the molding designs on the doors, beautiful wood floors and exposed brick. I like a home to look personal as if every item was edited and bought or salvaged from a place with background, history and meaning. Brandy’s home has just that. It mixes new and old and balances nicely throughout the entire space. What I saw first was that wild bold wallpaper and a gold mirror then the open riser stair case with a neon light and I knew this would be a fun home tour. Every room was interesting and the spaces that felt a little empty will probably be filled with another conversation starter soon. It just looks fun, like everything she bought, was bought because she simply liked it. Not because she needed to finish a room in time for an online feature or not as if she needed to be like everyone else and buy the same print, same tables, same rugs. Brandy’s home looks like Brandy. One of her fav sites to score items from is Chairish which is also where she sells decor through. You can buy her style at Make & Model. It’s nice to see someone that doesn’t stick with a formula of what they think is “cool”.

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Take a cue from this and use expensive or bold wallpaper in a very small width of space. You won’t break the bank but you will make an impact.

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Two chairs similar in style (both armless) and the same color can work just as well as a pair. I love the barstools and lighting.

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Decorating with busts and mannequins are my everything. I like how the vignette is asymmetrical but still balanced because the mannequin is around the same height as the lamp.

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You can see the rest of the tour and all of the deets over on Apartment Therapy.
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Chairish: a vintage furniture and accessories store

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I have been challenged to pick some vintage pieces from Chairish to create a styleboard featuring one of my favorite picks. I loved the vintage Persian Bidjar rug and decided to make a few styleboards around that rug. Then I ended up spending a bunch of hours lost on their website in a black hole of beautiful goodies that made me wish I were rich. I swear there is so much good stuff being sold on that site. Basically Chairish is a site where people can buy and sell vintage decor, furniture and art. The items are carefully curated and it has an etsy/ebay feel where you’re buying from trustworthy sources and owners.

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So I started compiling pieces and end up creating four different styleboards. The first I envisioned in a corner of a bedroom. You have the armoire and a chair with a lamp to create a nice reading nook. Next I created a sideboard styled area of a living room. I love how the styling is asymmetrical but still feels balanced by the wall sconces. You could even sit a flat screen tv there for an updated more stylish version of tv stands. See more of that here. This board has an eclectic feel…

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Then I had to create something girly and glam with a blush pink palette, mirrored and lucite finishes & a pop of gold. This would be a pretty entryway area that is sure to set the tone of anyone who comes in for the first time. You have a pouf to sit on and take shoes off after a long day of work, a mirrored screen to check your hair one last time before stepping out and a place for keys. I added the bust and vintage sign for a little whimsy.

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Lastly using the same vintage Persian rug, I styled a sitting area. I forgot to include a coffee table but if I did, I would pick something with glass so that you can see and appreciate the beauty of the rug. There are some Asian influences in this space with the color scheme, the brass fretwork wall sconces and the contemporary Asian latticework buffet. So which styleboard do you like the most? Every single item with the exception of plants were found on Chairish.

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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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This here is probably my fav 6 week challenge reveal of all time…

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I mean…listen…this is so incredibly stunning. My fav takeaways: all of it the black walls and molding which gives an element of history and character, the faux white fireplace mantle with ornate details and the warmth by tall candles, the canopy bed without the drapery, the mantle layering, the luxe bedding and the window treatments & the black, gold and white color palette is all so beautiful, timeless and regal. Can you believe it was all done in 6 weeks? If you’re a follower of many popular blogs you will know today is the room reveals that designers were challenged with. It’s been fun reading and following everyone’s weekly progress and although this is the first one I saw, I am convinced it will be my fav. Job well done The Design Daredevil. Job well done. Below are some other fav images but you really have to check the site out for way more pics and all of the details.

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A lot goes into dressing the windows and this mix of panels with patterned roman shades are beautiful. The shades allow both privacy and light….

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You know I love vignette styling. Please go see the rest here. You can also see my love of mantles here and sputnik chandeliers.

{Interior design Jessie Miller w/Photos by Megan Thiele}

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Guess what celeb lives in this moody luxury?

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Mirrors around the fireplace, black painted paneling, architectural character, ceiling beams and details galore…

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Love the carpeting with calligraphy printed. This little office space looks like a red carpet and the floor is like a movie script…

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Have you guessed? It’s the home of Melanie Griffith.

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A calming sophisticated home by SmithBoyd Interiors

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Michael Boyd creates a functional, sophisticated, liveable-luxe home in calming color palettes and rich in texture with tailored furniture and interesting lighting designs. The elegance is there but done in a timeless and tasteful approach. I am such of fan of this man’s design work. He really makes homes feel inviting…

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I love this sitting area especially the lacquered octagon table. The creamy tone is more of a softened spin on black and white but still classic…

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Such a pretty light chandelier from Restoration Hardware. Speaking of….I found out they closed down the only Milwaukee location. Shameful. You can see more of the home’s beauty over on Atlanta Homes.

{Photos by Erica George Dines}
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Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of … Continue reading