You may have just bought your first home, in the mood to redecorate or are planning to sell and need to stage your home. Choosing the best furniture and décor can turn a house into a home. Weather your selling or just moving in its important to create a home that is personal to you and your family. Personal touches can come through in the smallest and most over looked details like paint color choice, lamps, chairs, décor and more.
The key is to start room by room, take your time carefully curating your home. Choose a color palette, patterns and style you like for each room. Look on Pinterest or Instagram for style ideas or inspiration, start collecting colors, patterns and pictures you love. Once you have the rooms painted and style picked out work your way from the bottom up; look for a great rug or carpet that you love but make sure it’s easy to clean. Then try getting your large furniture in first and arranging it they way you like, it may take a few tries to get everything in the perfect place. Last come in and add smaller furniture items and décor to complete your style and the room; this could be in the form of pictures, lamps, vases, pillows, decorations and much more. We collected a list of great and unexpected places to furnish your home for any occasion.
Thrift stores: Thrift stores a great place to get quality unexpected furniture at a good price. You never know what you will get, one day there may be a great table the next you may find some amazing lamps. Be very careful when shopping a thrift stores because not every place thoroughly checks their incoming donations. Stick with wood/metal furniture like end tables, kitchen tables, lamps, and dishware. Only purchase pillows, plush chairs or sofas if you can’t see any visible stains or bugs of any kind.
Foryu Furnishings Fine Quality Consignments: http://www.foryu.com/
Found Interiors Consignment: http://www.foundconsignment.com/
Cost Plus World Market: The Cost Plus World Market chain has boomed in the Seattle area in the past couple years bringing us beautiful furniture and home goods from all round the world. Many of their pieces fit for more of a relaxed and bohemian style but they have a lot of furniture and décor items that could be interchangeable between styles. Check out one of their many Seattle area locations or surf their website or try their new option to buy online and pick up in store. https://www.worldmarket.com/
Nordstrom/ Nordstrom rack: Many people didn’t know that Nordstrom has a home goods section in many of their full line stores and when that merchandise goes on sale it goes to the rack stores. While they have a limited furniture selection; their linens, kitchenware and décor are stunning. You can see many of their home goods online, but I would advise going into the store and seeing for yourself what is available and pictures of your home to try and match with your personal style. https://shop.nordstrom.com/content/bed-bath-home-decor?+Gifts&cm_sp=Top+Navigation-_-Home+&origin=topnav
You may find pieces you like online but before you make a big purchase, or any purchase see if you can look and touch for yourself to make sure you love the item. Don’t be afraid to take risk or try something different and if it really does not fit your style or you don’t like it take it back and get the right one. This is your home that you will live in or trying to share with others, make it sparkle with your personality and style.
It may seem that Summer was just yesterday, but it’s officially November! Before life gets more hectic with the coming holidays, there are a few outdoor Fall home tips that are essential to tackle. Let’s face it, despite great intentions, most of us tend to lapse a bit on home care between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Plus, what a nice way to enjoy a few sunny Fall days. Your home will thank you for it!
Lawn: Aerate and fertilize your lawn (use a winterizer fertilizer). Once you’ve done this, over-seed it. The cooler temperatures outside create the perfect environment for grass seed germination. Experts suggest this is the most important lawn treatment of the year, and bonus, this lawn treatment will ensure that beautiful lush green grass that we all love so much during the Spring (especially if you’re planning to list your home!)
Garden Areas: To keep your garden beds looking their best next Spring remove dead annuals and prune back plants that have flowered in the Fall. Deadhead any plants that have spent flowers. Another critical step is to rake up fallen leaves as they can change the chemical balance of a flower garden (no one wants blue hydrangeas when they’ve planned for pink!). Get those bulbs planted! This will give them an early start and ensure they get the longest underground “freeze” that they need.
General Exterior Maintenance: Fix any cracks in fences, remove and store hoses, Install a “weather” cover over outdoor spigots to mitigate freezing. Clean gutters to ensure they don’t overflow when the rainy season begins. Drain pools, ponds, and other water features; as these are also prone to freezing and thus could be damaged.
Check Outdoor Lighting: Shorter days mean it’s probably dark when you get home from work, make sure you have pathways and driveways adequately illuminated. Not only is safer, but we always tell our clients that excellent lighting adds great curb appeal!
Be sure to store and cover outdoor furniture too!
These simple tips will help avoid problems and ensure that your home is ready and raring to go come glorious Spring. And if Winter gets you down, keep in mind that a lush green lawn and beautifully emerging plants are just a few months away!
If you are looking for any referrals to help you to get some of this essential work done, please do feel welcome to contact your experts at Sound-Properties!