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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Muted color palettes…

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A monochromatical gray color scheme doesn’t have to be boring as long as you layer, add textures, and bring in bold furniture and decor pieces. The seating above is truly a work of art. A modern chair combined with a rustic tree stump side table is an unexpected pairing but it all works in the space. That is another way you can keep things interesting in a muted palette.

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Tuesday’s Tips: cramp spaces can still have big style

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You can see how small this space is and it still has so much style. We can take a cue from hotel design. The ceiling height is taken advantage of by having a high wingback chair, armoire and a huge painting that keeps our eyes drawn upward. Placing a desk behind the sofa instead of a console table makes it functional for work and relaxing. It’s really all about creating zones and spaces in small rooms.

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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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Remember when I blogged about putting chairs in odd corners?

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I intially blogged about ways to make use of odd corners and featured the pic below. You can see that post here. Then I came across Coco & Kelley’s post showcasing the entire home. It’s dark and moody and the palette consists of just gray, white and black. The textures and layering allows the space to feel cozy and not become boring. It’s very masculine but fine for a woman too.

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Then I saw the kitchen and realized I also blogged about that on my decorating with cutting boards post.

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Lovely black gallery wall…

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I love coming across home tours of rooms I’ve blogged about before. You can see all of the times it has happened in my Remember When archives.

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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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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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Tuesday’s Tips: small space ideas for attics and apartments

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If you have a sloped ceiling or need to make an attic space liveable, simply arrange the furniture in a way that makes the most sense. Here you see the dresser is against the shorter wall which is smart because you don’t need much clearance above a dresser. Turning cubed bookshelves on the side or making built ins on the shorter walls are also smart solutions without compromising storage. Floating shelves over file cabinets can create long desk space. Instead of a mirror over the dresser, they opted for a tall one that’s hung against the full sized wall.

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When you’re working with a small area, buy individual furniture pieces instead of sets. Buying sets may be a better deal but they are harder to squeeze in rooms and when you have furniture too large, the space ends up feeling smaller. Buying tables on legs allows for floor pillows, small ottomans and poufs to tuck under easily. They can be used for additional seating. Tulip tables and others made pedestal style are great in smaller areas.  If you have one sofa, consider buying one or two chairs instead of loveseats as it’s easier to move around a chair in an awkward layout. Use dressers for tv stands which can hide unsightly cords and dvds etc. Not convinced about a dresser? See examples here.

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