Getting ready to repaint a room or two (or, if you’re like me, three or four) to help spruce up your home as part of your new year’s home improvement resolutions? If so, you’re in the right place. After my many—and I do mean many—years of painting, repainting, and painting yet again, I've compiled a list of my all-time favorite painting tips to help ensure you get the results you want and save time and money in the process.
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With your home projects, don’t you feel like getting to the end result is half the fun? I hope so. That certainly was true with my business design project at the dance studio. There’s something so satisfying about taking a project from start to finish, then looking back at every decision and action and remembering how you adapted to manage all the curve balls that are part of EVERY project—must be a law of nature or something! Hmmm, when I met with Lisa and Katie (the studio owners) to start planning the studio project it seems like just yesterday (cue soft harp strumming)… Following in this blog are all the before pics so that you can see our starting point.
One of the great joys in life is when your passions collide. This happened recently for me when the owners of the dance studio I’ve been attending for years asked me to help them reimagine and redesign their studio space. I felt a variety of emotions: honored because I love the studio and the people involved; excited by the challenge of improving a space so it can more effectively channel the energy and creativity that literally spring from its floors; and a bit frightened at the prospect of turning my home decorating and design skills toward a business knowing the results will directly impact business results and someone’s livelihood. Step inside the first big business redesign I tackled...
Have you ever stood in your home improvement store thinking you’ve made just the right color choice only to get home, apply the paint to your wall and there it is—BLAM!—a horrific color that looks like a cross between something your cat hacked up and a jar of baby food? Well, unfortunately for me (and fortunately for you) I had this experience earlier in life, and so I was comforted to learn in my first color theory class about the science that accounts for my eyes deceiving me. This explained a lot to me and now, in a much more user-friendly version, I will pass the info along to you.
Choosing the right paint color can be daunting. Some people feel intimidated standing in the home improvement store’s paint department viewing all the racks and racks of color choices, with sample cards as far as the eye can see. To me, there’s nothing more exciting and mesmerizing—it’s honestly one of my favorite things to do (I know, color nerd). I realize not everyone shares my enthusiasm (including my husband who usually wanders off to other areas while I decide what color I should try next!) If you feel overwhelmed choosing a paint color and aren’t sure where to begin, don’t worry. Just follow the tips below and learn to turn your fear into fun.
Considering new flooring as one of your home improvement projects for 2015? Unsure of which home flooring options to consider? Well, I’m here to help. I, too, have flooring at the top of my home to-do list. Flooring will make a big impact on the look and feel of your home, so in this blog we’ll cover some questions to consider before you make this very big, very expensive choice.
I don’t know about you, but something always seems to get in the way of my home project goals…it’s called a budget. Yep, we all know it, and none of us like it. So, you might ask, what’s the best way to figure out what home projects to tackle this year? Here are a few pointers to help you balance your projects with your money so you can love where you live in 2015.