Fairfield County Interior Design Series: Mailboxes
So what does your mailbox say about you?
Is it falling over, dented, missing the door, rusted or just plain neglected? Does the door open and close? Is the little red flag still attached and working properly? Is your house number legible or fading and falling off? And what about some plants around the post or is it just a lonely pole in the ground? As I drive along the roads of Fairfield County, I see some beautiful mailboxes and some of the ugliest and sorry looking mailboxes.
Your mailbox may be someone’s first impression of your home and definitely adds to your curb appeal.
Take pride in your mailbox and clean it up with some paint. Spray painting is easy and there are many color choices. Make sure to choose a paint that complements you’re house. Maybe one that matches your front door (red door, red mailbox). A decorative mailbox post add great curb appeal and can give your mailbox a definite style. If that is not in the budget, at least stain or paint your post. Remember to add the finial on top of the post. The house number can be an added plate or separate numerals. As for plants at the base of the post, try adding a variety of perennials that bloom at different times or ones that stay green the longest.
As you get your mail today, take a good look at your mailbox and ask yourself if it is adding any curb appeal to your home. If not, then maybe it’s a great weekend project to repaint or replace.
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Now, let’s talk about the importance of curb appeal as an essential component of staging your Fairfield County, CT home!
You never get a second change to make a great first impression and your curb appeal makes a difference.
When someone drives up to your house what do they see?
Is your mailbox hanging off its post or missing the front panel? Is it rusted and dented? Are there any plants around the post? How does your house look from the street? Many buyers around Fairfield County will do drive-bys before they even call a realtor to book a showing. You want them to be so impressed with the curb appeal that they are clamoring to get inside.
A Well manicured Landscape and gardens will attract buyers. Even though they may come from a place with no garden or shabby yard, they want to aspire to live in a beautiful home like they see on HGTV. Give them that illusion and you have a potential buyer. You need to lure them into the house starting with the mailbox by replacing it if needed or painting. A bright red box with white pole for example.
Make sure you have some flowers planted around the area both annuals and perennials. Hosta and day lillys and spirea coneflowers are easy to maintain. Annuals like new wave petunias or zinnas will add constant color. As they drive up the driveway, make sure they see a beautiful enticing front entrance. Have flowers blooming with the shrubs. Powerwash the walkway. And by all means wash the front door. No one wants cobwebs in their face. A fresh coat of paint for the
front door is a must. Your front door should pop with color. Buy A new attractive welcome mat . If space allows add urns of annuals. If you have a portico, wash the ceiling. If you look up you will see it is full of bugs. Make sure the lights are clean with new bright bulbs. No toys should be present and no trash cans in site. Garden hoses should be wound and out of site. Gardens mulched with brown not red mulch. Gutters should be in good condition and not overflowing with leaves. For those of you lucky enough to have a front porch add some rockers or a swing. Help a prospective buyer imagine themselves sipping lemonade on the front porch.
Give buyers a great first impression by having a beautiful curb appearance. If you need some help accomplishing this task, give me a call.
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Fairfield Country Interior Design: Bathroom Remodel
Welcome back to our Fairfield Interior Design Blog Series. In our last post, we discussed color trends for 2017. Today we will discuss bathroom remodeling. Thank you to our Fairfield Interior Design Blog Series followers, and stay tuned for our next Fairfield Interior Design Blog Series post!
Here’s a Shout out to all of you with pink, blue and avocado green bathrooms dating over 30 years ago. It’s time to remodel! Throughout interior design projects in Fairfield County, I have seen some well-maintained blue and pink toilets and tubs over the last few years. A bathroom renovation doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive and will be an interior design investment that will definitely enhance the value of your home.
If you are going to remodel, the first element to consider is replacing the tub which if it is original with the house, may be difficult to match in size. Some older bathrooms have pedestal sinks or small single basin vanities.
Check to see if you have the room for a double vanity, especially in an upstairs hall bath. My preference in full baths is a vanity with storage. Pedestal sinks offer no counter space or storage of toiletries. There are a lot of great vanity/sink/counter combinations available online at places like houzz and wayfair. Just check to make sure they are made from real wood and not mdf or particle board.
I am a big proponent of recessed medicine cabinets above the vanity. They add so much extra storage and enable you to keep the counter clear. If you have double sinks, then you need either 2 mirrors or 2 medicine cabinets. There should be lights above each or on the sides. Lights should be bright enough to allow for makeup application at the vanity. Recessed lights in the ceiling are also necessary but they do not replace the vanity lights. Lighting is a huge component of interior design whether for the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom.
Faucet trends are favoring single hole, single handle faucets. This also allows more room on the counter, especially for smaller vanities. You need to choose your finish for the bathroom, i.e. chrome, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze or brass (satin) and stick with this throughout. Meaning toilet bowl handles, shower/tub faucets, vanity faucets and lights, mirror frames if not wood and cabinet hardware are all the same finish.
As for tile, you need to coordinate the floor and shower/tub surround choices. The floor doesn’t have to blend into the background walls. Look for patterned tiles that complement the floors. Geometric and honeycomb shapes are an interior design trend for 2017. Subway tile is still classic but another option is to use the larger (longer) subway tiles in a vertical pattern. Pick an accent tile for the shower/bath walls that highlights the design and can be used in the shower niche. Shower niches in all shapes and sizes not only add function but great design.
Gone are the days of tiling only half the wall… an interior design trend of yesteryear. The trend is for floor-to-ceiling tiled walls that give the illusion of more space and reflect light. Continuing the accent tile in shower to the wall by the vanity add a great design element.
Next is your toilet and there are so many styles and colors available it can be overwhelming to choose. I suggest comfort height and white. As for style, it depends on whether you want contemporary, traditional or transitional interior design.
Some newer ideas for the bathroom are the curbless shower entry and the wet room for smaller spaces. The recessed drain is being used for the curbless entry. Other great ideas for the bathroom include a slide away step (hidden under vanity) for kids, powersockets inside the vanity drawers, and toilet paper niche between the studs.
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Fairfield Interior Design Series: Color Trends for 2017 and how to incorporate them into your home.
Welcome back to our Fairfield Interior Design Blog Series. Today we will discuss color trends in 2017. Thank you to our Fairfield Interior Design Blog Series followers, and stay tuned for our next post!
In the interior design world, the word trend is defined as “current style or preference”. Color trends change each year and many of my Fairfield interior design clients ask me how to stay current in their decorating choices. Each year there is a new “color of the year” pertaining to interior design. Keep in mind, just because it’s a trend, doesn’t mean you have to like it and incorporate into your Fairfield interior design and décor.
Fairfield interior design gurus: Have a passion for what’s current? For 2017, Navy is the new black and satin brass is all the rage. This does not mean the old bright brass is back in style nor do you have to paint all your black furniture navy blue. Neutrals are becoming warmer with beiges, browns, and creams. This I find a relief since I am so tired of the “shades of gray”. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gray color but too many people were painting their walls gray and it just didn’t match with their décor. It became the realtor’s choice of color for every home on the market and looked ridiculous with the furnishings. Blush pink is the new neutral. This is not Pepto-Bismol pink. It is a soft, warm pink with a cast of peach that looks great with grays, browns and creams. Camel is being brought back as an accent color in walls, furniture, textiles or accent pieces.
There is an interest in the psychology of color and accent hues are being used to inspire different moods, from joy to productivity. Not sure why this is a new trend since color has always has meaning and emotion. Red pumps the adrenaline and can stimulate appetite, hence all the red dining rooms. Orange signified enthusiasm, creativity and warmth. Yellow is welcoming, sunny, bright and enthusiastic. Green represents nature and can be tranquil, restful and balancing. The Pantone color of 2017 is green and we are seeing many shades of it including lime green. Blues are connected to both sky and water and are associated with clear thinking as well as calm, meditative environments. Purple is associated with luxury, wealth, sophistication, romance and royalty.
Fairfield interior design enthusiasts: How do you stay current with your décor? Considering most people redecorate a room every 10-15 years, I always recommend to clients to keep the larger, more expensive pieces in a room in a neutral color. This includes the furniture, flooring (carpet, wood or tile), and wall paint. Then I add color with accessory pieces like pillows, throws, and accent pieces. This way you can change out these less expensive pieces if you want to incorporate the current color trends. With Home Goods only a short drive away, you can add fun, trendy elements to any room without breaking the bank.
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I believe that successful interior redesign is the art of using organization and decorating techniques to create an environment that is comfortable, stress free, beautiful and unique to you, so you can say, “I love and feel at home in each room of my house.” It is the art of using what you already have in new and fresh ways, as well as incorporating tried and true decorating rules throughout, that make your house “feel like home”. Fairfield interior design prospects: Read more here to learn about our Redesign service.
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“Everybody’s gotta have a little place for their stuff. That’s all life is about. Trying to find a place for your stuff.” — George Carlin
When it comes to selling your home, nobody wants to see all of your stuff. It’s time to start purging your stuff or putting it into a storage facility. This is a crucial step in the Home Staging process, and is Step 3 in our Fairfield Home Staging series. Think “less is more”. You’ll need to pack away everything that you either don’t use every day or doesn’t make your house beautiful. Do you still
Living room 3 | Fairfield Home Staging by Susan Corvo
need all of your kids baby toys and clothes? Do you need your jeans from high school? Of course if you are downsizing, this purge is a necessity. An an important component of Home Staging, decluttering goes beyond the basement and attic. Its ok to have packed boxes neatly stacked in both these spaced but clear out the rest. Every closet and cabinet needs to be addressed because buyers are nosy and open up all drawers/cabinets.
You want them to think there is plenty of room for storage, even if it is a little small and tight.
Start with the bathroom vanity/medicine cabinet and clear out/throw out old toiletries. Leave room for a small tote with your essential toiletries that you will hide for showings. Always keep a simple soap dispenser by each sink. The linen closet should be used for just that, towels and linens, maybe some toiletries. If you are storing everything but the kitchen sink in this small closet, time to reorganize it to look like Macy’s bath department. In the kitchen, you need to be able to see the countertops. No appliances other than the coffee machine should be visible. No one wants to see the dirty toaster oven or blender. A nice kitchen aid stand mixer would be acceptable. Definitely no mail in piles or scattered around. All cabinets and drawers should be organized and look roomy. Since you already removed personal items in step 2 of our Fairfield Home Staging Blog series “depersonalize”, the only thing left to pack up are any leftover nic nacs. Remember, the buyer needs to imagine their own belongings in each room… there is no room for clutter, especially dealing in the competitive Fairfield County, CT real estate market. If your rooms are crowded with too much furniture or bulky pieces, maybe rent a storage unit or relocate items to other rooms or the basement. The furniture should also be arranged to allow the best flow in the room and highlight the focal point. Meaning the sofa may need to be relocated to highlight the fireplace rather than the TV. Bedrooms should contain the bed, nightstands and maybe a desk if space permits.
Bedroom | Fairfield Home Staging by Susan Corvo
The goal is to make the room look spacious. All rooms should be staged as they were meant to be.
Meaning that a dining room should be a dining room, not the play room. Throw away stacks of magazines, papers or books. This goes for the furniture outside of your home as well. Whether it’s a front porch, a deck, or a pool and patio you want to arrange the furniture so that it is presentable.
This may seem a little crazy but marketing a home is all in the details. Really, a buyer doesn’t want to know you live there. If you need some Fairfield Home Staging assistance, call me!
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Welcome to our Fairfield Home Staging Blog Series! This article aims to define Home Staging, list some statistics, and explain and why home staging is helpful in selling your Fairfield County, CT home.
Definition of Home Staging: the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers in Fairfield County, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money.
The Real Estate Staging Association, recently release their Home Staging Statistics Report, based on home staging statistics self-reported by professional home stagers nationally. Homes staged before listing sell 90% faster than homes listed on the MLS unstaged. Unstaged homes spent an average of 184 Days On Market (DOM). Once those same homes were staged, they sold, on average, in 41 days. However, homes that were staged prior to listing sold, on average in 23 days!
Other Home Staging statistics include:
· Realtors who work with buyers say most buyers are willing to offer more money for a staged home compared to one that is similar but not staged.
· 81% of buyers say home staging makes it easier to visualize the property as their future home.
· 45% of buyers say it will positively impact the value of the home if it is decorated to the buyer’s tastes.
· Among REALTORS® who typically represent the buyer, 49% report most buyers are affected by home staging.
· Once staged, homes spend an average of 73% less time on the market.
· Buyers are willing to spend 1% to 5% more of the dollar value on a staged home than a non-staged home.
· A survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. found that staged homes sell for more than 6% above the asking price.
In today’s real estate market, especially in Fairfield County, home staging is a must!
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Before you can stage your Fairfield home for sale, you need to actively prepare it, which includes home staging.
Preparing a home for sale is an arduous task and ideally should start at least 6 months before you call a realtor. When the realtor sees your home already prepared, you can expect a higher market analysis.
I can help you simplify this process by preparing a detailed project plan that includes packing, cleaning, repairs, modernizing, painting, etc. Not only does this investment prepare the home to be attractive to the broadest range of potential buyers, but it helps it sell quickly and for more money. Own a home in Fairfield County, CT? Lets talk Fairfield Home Staging!
Home Staging is a process to merchandise a home for potential demographic buyers by creating emotional connection points.
An average investment of 1-3% of the home’s asking price will generate an 8-10% return in the sale price of the home (National Association of Realtors). A professionally staged home spends 73% less time on the market (Real Estate Staging Association).
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Welcome to our Fairfield Home Staging Blog Series post on front doors. I just love the new trend for colorful front doors. The front door is a place to express your style or personality but remember it still has to blend into overall exterior color scheme. It is time to say goodbye to boring wood or black doors. Grand entryways are a popular trend and front doors are becoming larger with unique touches like transom windows or arches. I believe that your front door is the face of your home, which is what I preach to my Fairfield Home Staging and interior redesign clients.
Color trends for traditional shades are jet black, steel blue, pine green and crisp white. For vivid shades loving bright yellow, cobalt blue and purple. For pretty pastels choose primrose yellow, duck egg blue or light violet. If you think your front door is boring, call me for a color consult! We provide home staging in Fairfield as well as interior redesign services.
Entryways include lighting and landscaping. Outdoor lights should be sized correctly and landscaping should accent the entryway. It’s always worth investing in good quality door accessories such as letterboxes, doorknobs and knockers, and try to make sure you choose door furniture that is in keeping with the style and age of your property.
Welcome to Step 2 of our Fairfield Home Staging Blog Series. Today we will discuss ways to de-clutter your home to increase probability of a quicker sale. Thank you to our Fairfield Home Staging Blog Series followers, and stay tuned for Step 3!
Depersonalize and minimize your presence: Remove family photos, personal items, nic nacs, decorations and lighten up bookshelves. It’s harder for someone to imagine themselves living there if they’re looking at pictures of your family. Anything religious should be removed as well because not everyone is religious or is the same religion as you. Remove all toiletries from showers/vanity tops, toilet bowl cleaners/brushes and extra rolls of toilet paper. No towels or bathrobes should be hanging in bathroom. Home Staging does not have to be difficult, but keep in mind personal areas like Kitchen and Bathrooms! A house for sale does not usually need as much furniture as a house you are living in. Get rid of unnecessary furniture, and anything that can be stored until after closing. This will help your house look larger, cleaner and ready for a new owner. Your home should look somewhat “unlived” in. Buyers have a hard time imagining themselves in a home if it is covered in someone else’s stuff- that’s why I stress the importance of professional home staging! Buyers want to imagine they are buying a new home. If buyers can’t tell whether or not you live there, you’ve done your job well. The de-personalization of your house is one of the top 10 critical steps to take before listing your home for sale writes Andrew Fortune, of GreatColoradoHomes.com
A key component of our stance on professional home staging is neutralizing wall paint colors: Buyers want move in condition with neutral paint colors not a pink bathroom, an orange kitchen or purple bedroom. Even if they are your favorite colors, they may not appeal to everyone. Go neutral and appeal to the maximum number of buyers with your color choices. Neutral does not have to be gray. The color you choose should complement your decor. There are many creams and beiges that would work. I do many color consults for home staging and am able to pick a color to paint throughout your house.
And finally, I can not stress the importance of erasing evidence of pets in home staging! You need to make it look like you never had a pet if at all possible. New buyers will smell the smells and notice the fur, stains, and wreckage left behind by your animal. If they are allergic to animals, they will not buy your house if they notice major evidence of dogs or cats. Do whatever it takes to eliminate these signs, including shampooing or replacing carpet, repairing sod and fences and keeping the dog at a friend’s house during showings.
Thanks for reading Step 2 of our Fairfield Home Staging Blog Series. Stay tunes for more articles!
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Welcome to our Fairfield Interior Design Blog Series post on utilizing under stairs storage in your Fairfield County home. There is so much that can be done with the empty space under a staircase. As long as there isn’t another stairwell below, the possibilities are endless. I believe in never wasting space and you can never have enough storage, which is what I preach to my design clients across Fairfield County, CT.
First think about where in the house the staircase exits and what your needs are for that room. If it’s the living room, maybe built in bookshelves or a tv/entertainment area. A cozy reading nook is always fun. Or just leave it open for to extend the interior setting. It would be large enough for a sofa or a couple of chairs. In the hallway, if you are tight on closet space, a coat/shoe organizer can be created. The compartment can be divided so every member of the
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family can have its own space. You can leave it open or closed off with doors. For entertaining, this is a great space for a bar area with wine storage, sink and cabinets. A staircase in the family room could be redesigned for desks to create a study area for kids or office for adults. Clever interior design is for pets, too… for the pet in the family, a nice crated area can be built under the stairs. If you have a staircase going to the third floor or one in the basement, the laundry area could fit nicely under the stairs. If the staircase is in a bedroom, maybe built in drawers. Determining just the right use an certainly be an interior design challenge!
Welcome to our Fairfield Interior Design Blog Series! Today, we will talk about the #1 tip to prepare your Fairfield County, CT home for sale! It all starts with a touch of interior design and staging!
I believe that preparing a home for sale should happen at least 6 months before you call a realtor. If you contact your realtor after you’ve done this preparation you’ll most likely get a higher listing price.
Step one is clean, clean, and clean! Your home should sparkle on the inside and out. Scrub and polish every nook and cranny. Great news is there are so many wonderful Fairfield area cleaning servies available to give you some help. Just check Yelp here. Buyers in the Fairfield County region will then view a clean home as well cared for. This includes the basement, attic, and garage as well. Even your own furniture should be cleaned and items arranged nicely (i.e. China cabinet). Every drawer, cabinet and closet should be cleaned, organized and thinned out. Now is the time to get rid of old or unused items instead of packing them. If there are things you want to keep, pack them away to make the spaces look bigger. There should be no junk drawers! Potential buyers will open all the drawers and cabinets. You want them to imagine themselves living in such a clean and organized home. (They are probably coming from chaos and clutter). Think about the above tips, and give us a call if you are seeing professional advice from a Fairfield interior design company. We’ll be there for you!
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Moving on to windows, fixtures, bathrooms, etc: Windows and window sills should be thoroughly cleaned. If sills are wood, paint them. If they are not, scrub with Barkeepers friend. Screens should be cleaned and replaced if torn or rusty. Remember to clean your front door. Most people rarely use the front door and forget that the cobwebs and bugs have taken residence. A fresh coat of paint on the front door goes a long way, along with a new welcome mat.
There should be no moldy caulk in bathrooms. Recaulk if necessary. There should also be no soap scum in the shower. The tiles should sparkle. A new shower liner and simple white shower curtain is a must. Barkeepers friend works great to get rid of stains on porcelain sink, tub and toilet. Need a Fairfield area painting service? Why not check Angie’s List?
Power Wash the house, walkways, patio or deck. If paint is peeling, fix it. No one wants to see mold on a house or walkway. Clean the outside lights and replace dead bulbs. Invisible glass works great on the glass. If your mailbox is dented, rusted or dirty, you can clean and paint or replace. The post should be freshly painted also.
The garage should show as a garage, not a storage or junk area. Organize it so cars can be parked and clean out the bugs and leaves. I would even go so far as painting the walls and ceiling if it looks really haggard. At least hose down the floor.
As you work your way through each room, think about what you could start packing such as seasonal clothes or sports equipment. Remember, the more you do now, the faster you will sell and the easier the move.
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