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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 2w ago

Granite? Quartz? Marble? Polished? Honed? Leathered? Lots of great information on types and variations of stone countertops at our recent RESA chapter meeting … Can I just tell you all again how awesome it is to be part of the Real Estate Staging Association’s (RESA) local chapter?   Our members meet monthly at various businesses that can support our home staging businesses, to advance our education and excellence in home staging.  Our recent April meeting was held at a local granite, stone, and marble company and it was sooooo awesome to look at all of the pretty countertop options!   Let me know if you’d like more information on RESA, but you can also check out their website here.

Now, on to the fun stuff … As you may know, many homeowners update their kitchens with stone countertops, often granite, and home buyers will be looking for these updates, especially in certain price-points in the market.  For example, let’s say you’re selling a home in the Atlanta area within the $250k-$300k price range.  If you don’t have updated countertops in your kitchen, you’re going to be losing out on pricing your home higher and selling it for more $$.  In this particular price range, I can provide recommendations for specific neutral-color granite countertops that won’t break the bank, but will be a great investment in selling your home for top dollar.  Contact me or comment on this blog post for more information!

Now if a home is selling in a higher price-point than what I mentioned above, I may recommend stone countertops (if the home doesn’t already have updated countertops) that would be comparable to what other homes in that price-point have been selling with and what those buyers will expect if paying top dollar.  It could be a higher-end granite, or maybe quartz or marble. Again, it all depends on the price-point and what those buyers are expecting.  I do my homework and research all of this for the home sellers, so let me know if I can help you, even if you’re not planning to sell for a while, but are in the process of updating your countertops.  It’s always good to consider resale value while preparing to enjoy your home updates.

Of course I must share all the pretty pictures from the warehouse tour during our meeting … there are so many beautiful options!

Meet Jennifer – our fabulous tour guide!

Applying a template to a slab for cutting!

A few popular options:

 

Leathered Granite – Interesting Texture!

Lots of “movement” on this slab!

View of all the pretty slabs and lots of options from various suppliers!

 

 

Please let me know if I can help you with preparing your home for sale, or with simply refreshing some of your spaces for living!

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 3M ago

I recently received a question on my Facebook page about decorating a room piece by piece if you don’t have the budget to buy new items all at once.  The homeowner definitely wanted to be intentional about the items chosen for the space over time.  I’ve come up with some suggestions, and honestly I believe these can work whether you’re buying pieces over a longer or shorter period of time … so here we go … (and are any of you familiar with the song “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson – it is now in my head, lol!).

1.      Before buying anything for the room you are planning to decorate, create a Pinterest board (follow us here) on which you can save inspiration photos for the room.  Later, review the photos you’ve saved and try to find a common thread within the inspiration photos to help define the style you’ll want in the space.  Is it modern? traditional? contemporary? rustic? Farmhouse?  You get the picture …

2.      Consider what lifestyle you want to live in the space, i.e. what activities will occur in the room, or what is the planned function of the room?  Is it a family game room?  Will it be a home office, or a maybe a child’s bedroom?

3.      Next, think about how you want the room to feel – what adjectives would you use to describe the feelings you want to evoke in the room?  Bright and energetic?  Warm and inviting?  The words you decide upon are going to be very important as you will want any items added to the room to assist in creating those feelings in the room.

4.      Make a wish list of things you’d like to be in the room when it’s finished.  For example, if you’re creating a home office you may list:  desk, lamp, desk chair, bookshelf, guest chair, rug, drapes, accessories, 2 pieces of art, etc.

5.      Now here’s where the fun begins (at least I think it’s fun!):  Find a piece that will drive your primary scheme in the room (some designers call it a “lead item”).   This could be a piece of art, a rug, a pillow, fabric, drapery, etc.   This item should contribute to evoking the feelings you want to achieve in the room.  Here’s an example of an item that was the primary driver in the decorative scheme in my family room – it was the fabric for my drapery panels, which was also used for some of the pillows on the sofa and loveseat.

Once your lead item is decided upon and purchased, all other items purchased for the room need to work cohesively with this item, while also aligning with the style preference you identified in step 1, the functionality in step 2, the feelings in step 3, and hopefully on your list from step 4.

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6.      The lead item purchased in step 5 is not necessarily a large furniture piece (although it could be).  Once you’ve identified your decorating scheme for the space from your initial lead item purchase, I recommend working to purchase the larger pieces next, such as the rug and/or furniture pieces.   It’s easier to add small decorative accessories and items later, once the big pieces are in place.   You can see in the picture above that I purchased a creamy beige neutral-colored piece for seating and here’s a photo of the rug which pulls together with the creamy beige color in the fabric and also seating pieces.

7.      Once you have the larger pieces in place, continue to add decorative accessories, art, etc, making sure to continually refer back to the initial steps to ensure the purchases are aligned with the plan, even if it takes you months to pull it all together.  Here are a few examples of items I added in my family room to coordinate with my original fabric inspiration – lamps, throw blanket, mirror, etc.

8.      Last bit of advice:  When you’re changing a space using these steps, I recommend most of the time choosing the paint colors last (if wall colors are changing) so you can coordinate the room color with the overall decorative scheme within the room.   My exception to this may be if the wall color itself is going to be the lead “item” in the room.  There are lots of things to consider when choosing paint colors, check out my previous blog post on that here (there’s a bonus worksheet available too!).

Hope this was helpful!   Feel free to reach out with any questions about redesign, and I always love to read comments on my posts so you’re welcome to leave a note in the comments section!

Lastly, I created a great worksheet in which you can type your information for your decorating project! You can then print and carry the completed sheet with you in your purse or wallet for reference on your project.  I thought this would be helpful since you will probably be shopping for this project over time and these details may not always be top of mind.  Enjoy!!

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 3M ago

If you’ve visited my website previously, or seen the services offered on my Facebook page, you’ll see that I offer “Redesign” as a service.  I’ve found that many people outside of the “home decorating/staging” world are not familiar with this term so I thought I’d take some time to clarify what it means and also share some fun and exciting information on my trade discounts!

Redesign can be used interchangeably with “interior or home decorating,” “interior styling,” or “home styling,” but it is not the same as Interior Design.  A Redesigner (or decorator, stylist) is using paint, fabrics, furniture, and accessories to change the aesthetics of a space while normally working within the existing functionality of the space.   So now you’re asking yourself, “Huh, isn’t that what an Interior Designer does?” That is often only part of what they do. While I am not an Interior Designer, I am a Certified Redesigner.  I created this nifty grid to display the primary differences between the two:

Interior Designer Certified Redesigner/Interior Decorator/Stylist
Has an educational degree in Interior Design. A degree is not required, but a certification program has normally been completed.
Has studied people’s behaviors and creates optimal functionality of interior spaces including the shape of walls, floors, etc. Uses paint, fabrics, furnishings, and accessories to change the aesthetics of a space, while normally working within its functionality.
Often works with architects or developers to lay out walls and basic floorplans while keeping in mind:  local building codes, fire safety, accessibility, efficiency, functionality, and sound/acoustics of spaces. Works with homeowners to understand decorative changes they’d like to make in their home and provides them with expertise and suggestions to achieve those changes in the home.
Presents plans to architects, building representatives, or homeowners for review. May create a vision board, slide with pictures, or drawing with ideas for the space.  Seeks to use existing items in the home in new and different ways.
Oversees and/or completes implementation/installation of plans. Can help chose or suggest new decorative accessories, art, rugs, fabrics, furnishings, lighting fixtures, and cabinet hardware for the home.
Often the Interior Designer will also take on the role of Decorator after implementation of floorplan/functionality updates. May help client with shopping and installation of new decorative items.
Eligible for various trade discounts and often passes them along to their clients. Eligible for various trade discounts and often passes them along to their clients.

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Hopefully that helps to clarify what I mean when I say I’m a Certified Redesigner.  So here are some more fun facts about Redesign and how I am equipped to help you make changes in your home:

·        I love all things home décor (did you read my blog where my love of home decor started in my childhood bedroom with a two-toned green shag rug??!!!).  I especially love to help you use what you already have to transform your home with an updated, fresh look.

·        I completed certification in Redesign through Home Staging Resource and I also belong to the American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners (ASHSR).  I have access to continuing education and training by maintaining my membership with Home Staging Resources and ASHSR.    

·        I have an eye for décor, color, proportion, scale, function and space planning for optimal flow.    Blah, blah, blah – I know sounds kind of boring to most, but I love it!  Let me help you with ideas to update your space(s).

·        Best of all, as a Redesign professional, I have access to trade discounts at many popular home décor stores and I can pass along those discounts or wholesale prices to you when you hire me to provide Redesign services.  Here are some examples:

o   Pottery Barn, and all of their corresponding store chains (PB kids/teens, West elm, Williams-Sonoma, Mark + Graham, Rejuvenation, etc.)

o   Ballard Designs

o   Wayfair

o   Bed Bath & Beyond

o   Pier 1 Imports

o   Sherwin-Williams

o   Prosource Wholesale – Flooring, Kitchens, Bathrooms – check them out here.

o   Mirrormate – A great alternative to modernize mirrors, check them out:  Mirrormate.

o   AmericasMart  – I can purchase wholesale at many of the home merchandise showrooms, many of which are in Atlanta.

Probably not a big surprise, but I also love to shop for bargains at places like Homegoods, Kirklands, At Home, etc.  I’m an expert at finding items that will work in your space(s) while being conscious of budget.

OK, so can you tell that Home is My Happy Place!?!  I love to help people enjoy the spaces in their homes, whether they’re entertaining or to simply find comfort and retreat when they come home after a long day.   Hopefully this blog post helped to clarify what Redesign is for you.  I offer various service packages for Redesign, check them out here.  If you’re moving into a new home, this is also a great service for Realtors to recommend to buyers and sellers!

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 4M ago

In this blog post, I thought I’d share some considerations when choosing interior paint colors (I’ll post at another time about choosing exterior paint colors).   As you probably know, paint is a great way to drastically change the look of a space and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other renovation projects.   In the home staging world we often call paint “money in a can” because a fresh coat of paint, in the right color, will often result in a home being much more appealing to targeted buyers, which leads to a quick sale at top dollar – what a great Return on Investment (ROI)!    Here are some key things to consider when choosing paint colors:

1.      Inspiration Piece – Do you have an inspiration piece in the room(s) to which you’d like to coordinate the paint color?   Examples of this could be:   bedding, artwork, rugs, furniture pieces, countertops, etc.   Having an inspiration piece can be very helpful when choosing a color because it can provide a foundation for color-matching and choosing a color scheme; however, if you do not have an inspiration piece, paint colors can still be selected using some of the remaining considerations below.

2.      Fixed elements – You’ll want to consider the fixed elements in the room (i.e. flooring, cabinets, architectural features, etc) to understand if they’re more “warm” or “cool.”   If your kitchen cabinets are a warmer wood, i.e. “oak,” and they are going to remain in the space, you would not want to choose a cooler color such as a cool gray as it would not look and feel right with the warm oak cabinets.

3.      Northern/Southern/Eastern/Western exposure – You’ll want to consider if your home/room is north/south/east/west facing as the different natural light exposures cast a different color to your rooms, and it can vary throughout the day.  For example, if the direction of light is from the North, there will be a bluish cast to the light which will impact how the paint color looks on the walls.   You’ll also want to consider the artificial light choices (incandescent vs. halogen vs. fluorescent) as they will also play a role in how a color looks in a room.

4.      Light Reflective Value (LRV) – Paint colors are assigned a light reflective value which, simply put, measures a value of light that a paint color reflects.   Knowing a color’s LRV is helpful when coordinating colors or creating a mood.  For example, if you have a theater room in your home that you want to be darker when watching movies (vs. a light and bright room), you would choose a paint color with a lower LRV as it will absorb the paint color more vs. reflecting it.

5.      How do you want the room the feel? –  You will want to think of 3-4 adjectives to describe how you want the room to feel.  Do you want it to be “cozy” and “warm” or maybe “bright” and “energetic?”  Really think about the feelings you want to evoke when you’re in the room(s).  These adjectives/feelings can help point you in the direction of choosing colors that create those feelings in the room(s).  You would also need to ensure the colors you choose will complement the colors of the adjacent rooms, whether you’re painting them or not.

6.      Do you like the colors? – Last, but certainly not least, do your eyes go right to certain colors when you’re exploring paint chips or color fan decks.  What is pleasing to you?   A certified color consultant, like me, can help you choose colors that will work in a space, but ultimately the colors have to be pleasing to you since you will live with them after the walls are painted.    It’s important to remember that the colors will look different at various times of day based on some of the information I mentioned above.

Before I became a Certified Color Consultant, there were certainly times when I wasted $ on paint only to be disappointed with the final outcome on my walls.  I finally got smart and would purchase some samples to view on my walls before making a final decision.  I didn’t realize that there is a science to choosing colors for your interior spaces; I now love teaching people about the science of color and helping them choose colors that will work in their homes, whether for dwelling or selling.   Please feel free to contact me for more information on a color consultation.  We will have fun while choosing colors!

Also, if you’d like to receive a free worksheet to help guide you in choosing paint colors yourself or to complete prior to a color consultation, please subscribe to my email list below to receive your FREE worksheet!

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 4M ago

Styling a coffee table can be an easy and inexpensive way to add some color and flair to your living or family room.   I like to use a tray to group decorative items on my coffee table; it’s easy to move if I need to use the entire coffee table space for some other purpose, such as placing appetizers, small plates, and napkins while entertaining.   Using a tray also anchors items that might otherwise feel like they’re unbalanced on the table.  I thought I’d share with you some easy tips to style your coffee table using a tray, and I’ve provided you with some examples on a video that I created while switching up my coffee table décor after the holidays.

Tips:

1.       Place items at varying heights, I like to use high, medium, and low items (see below for groups of 3).   Items at the same height won’t be noticed.

2.       Use a group of 3 items/footprints on your tray, again one being the highest in height, one medium height, and one smallest in height.  Think of 3 distinct “footprints” on the tray, not necessarily just 3 items.  I also like to use books and magazines to give items height.  My video (see below) will give you some more specific examples.

3.      Choose some greenery to place on your tray.  If you don’t have a green thumb, you can use faux greenery; there are some that look very real in the home décor stores.   (Tip:  After cleaning dusty faux plants, you can spray their leaves with Pledge to help reduce dust.)

4.      Choose a tray and decorative items that will coordinate with your coffee table, for example:

a.      White or lighter neutral tables:   take a chance with bright colors such as orange, bright blues, yellow (of course be sure the colors coordinate with your colors in the room)

b.      Darker wood tables:  experiment with metallic and crisp white items

c.      Clear glass tables:  either of the above options, or any colors that coordinate with the room’s decor

5.      View your coffee table decorative items from multiple viewpoints.  Pictures in frames offer only one good viewpoint and are better suited for mantels or shelves.

6.      Try to include functionality in your plan, using decorative containers or baskets that group functional items on your tray, such as eyeglasses, remote controls, etc.

Please watch the video for more info, enjoy!!

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Hope these tips for Styling a Coffee Table Tray were helpful to you, and that you enjoyed the video with examples.  These tips can apply for both dwelling in a home, or when staging a home for sale.

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 5M ago

If you read my recent post about Sherwin-Williams’ forecasted color palettes, you’ll remember I mentioned hygge when writing about one of the palettes.   I was intrigued by this Danish word and its meaning, so I read up on it and thought I’d share more information with you all, especially how it can translate when decorating your home.

So what is hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) you ask?  I’ve read multiple definitions and attempted to summarize here:  Hygge is the feeling you acknowledge from being in a cozy and warm atmosphere where you’re content and happy living in the moment.    Hygge can be experienced whether you’re alone or with others, at home or not; it’s focused on being present and feeling content in the moment.  If you’ve sat by yourself in a comfy chair reading a book while sipping a warm cup of tea, you’ve probably experienced hygge.

Hygge has been identified as a trend in homes for 2017 and 2018.  While there are not specific items that are considered “hygge furniture” or décor, because it’s personal to each person, I’ve captured some ideas and suggestions of decorative items or actions that may lend themselves to hygge, or that have given me the hygge feeling in my own home.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

·        Reading nook – if you’re someone who enjoys reading, it’s wonderful to have a quiet area to read a book or magazine, while sipping your favorite beverage.   Lighting may be dimmed, still allowing enough light for reading, of course.   You may also consider having a candle burning nearby with one of your favorite scents.   Here are some photos of a few reading nooks that, for me, evoke the feeling of hygge.    The floor lamps in both photos have the 3-way light bulbs so that the preferred brightness can be chosen when sitting and reading.   I also suggest having a cozy throw blanket and a pillow on-hand for extra comfort.   I think I may have to go read a book after writing this … I’m ready for some hygge myself!

Note, these areas are also ready for Christmas since it’s currently that time of year.  To read more about Christmas décor ideas, see my recent posts on Christmas Trees by Room and Christmas Guest Room Ideas.

·        Master Bedroom suite – both in home decorating/redesign and home staging, I often help others set up their master bedroom suites to feel like a retreat, and in doing so, I use items that portray a “spa-like” feeling in these rooms.   If you’d like to set up your master bedroom suite for hygge, I suggest choosing soft and cozy items such as down comforters and warm throw blankets.  Pair the comforters with cozy duvet covers containing patterns and textures that are visually-pleasing to you.  Add some pillows that allow you to sit up and read a book or magazine, candles on your bedside tables or on the side of your bathtub for relaxing soaks in the tub, rolled white towels in the bath, and maybe a Bluetooth speaker on which to listen to your favorite music.  Again, here are a few photos that may evoke the hygge experience (these photos were taken by me at either Peacock Alley or Ballard Designs in Atlanta, GA):

·        Display what makes you happy – perhaps create a photo gallery wall of family memories or places you’ve vacationed.   Of course as a home stager, I’ll offer the disclaimer that when trying to sell your home, it’s best to pack away personal photos so as not to be a distraction to potential home buyers when viewing your home.   OK, back to hygge and displaying what makes you happy:  other ideas may include artwork and decorative accessories that make you happy when you look at them.  Here are a few more examples either from homes I’ve staged, or some of my favorite home decor stores (Kirklands, At Home, Ballard Designs, etc) …

·        De-clutter – often times clutter can weigh you down, and without always knowing it, you will feel anxious when viewing the clutter in your home or workspace.   Taking the step to de-clutter, organize paperwork/files and other items can lead to peace of mind and a feeling of hygge.  And again, putting my home stager’s hat on, de-cluttering is an important step in preparing your home for sale, perhaps with the benefit of experiencing hygge while doing so.  I recently organized items in my home office and I truly felt more peace and satisfaction from accomplishing this task.   Here are 1 before and 2 after photos:

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 5M ago

Hi All, can you believe Christmas is coming up quickly and I know many of you are preparing for guests that will be visiting for the Christmas holiday!  I thought I’d share some easy tips to make your holiday guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home during the holiday season.   While I’ve focused on the Christmas holiday, most of these suggestions can translate to preparing a guest room any time of year.   I hope you enjoy these, and feel free to comment if there are tips that you really like, or if you have questions.  Here’s a picture of a Christmas guest room that I prepared for the holidays.  I will use other photos in this room to share my tips.

·        I like to use Christmas colors in the linens and pillows this time of year.  I found this great comforter set at Ross.  It’s very heavy and bulky, so I’ve made the bed with the usual sheets, pillows, and a warm cream-colored blanked, and I’ve placed the comforter on the end of the bed for use if needed.  I also like to keep extra blankets and pillows in the closet if needed.  I added a cute pillow that says “Jolly” as a touch of holiday décor, but as you can see, the opposite side is a cozy plaid fabric, so I could really place it either way and it will be festive.  Let me know which side you like best in the comments!  I’m currently “mad for plaid,” and as you can see, it’s OK to mix patterns with the plaid and floral pillows.

·        Next I created a framed message with the home’s Wifi network and password (this is made-up for visualization; not the home’s real network/password).  In this day and age, visitors will frequently ask for this information when they arrive to your home, so I thought it would be helpful to leave it as a reference in the guest room.  You can get creative with this by leaving it on a small blackboard in the room or in welcome note/card, but I enjoyed creating this by framing it with some pretty craft paper that went well with the room’s décor.

·        I like to ensure I have some pretty lamps on the nightstand tables for reading or surfing the web on tablets/laptops in bed.  I scored this lamp at Goodwill and simply replaced the older lampshade with this burlap shade.  FYI, bed-side tables don’t have to match, but they should be coordinated; more on that in a future blog post …   As you can see, again I added some Christmas whimsy by placing a small decorative Christmas tree on one of the nightstands, along with a sign encouraging the guests to “relax.”   It’s all about making this a cozy space away from home, and making guests feel welcome.   Click here to read more about my Christmas trees in every room …

·        I also have included a chair in the corner of the room with a cozy pillow and throw blanket, in case the guests want to sit and relax there for a bit, or even sit there while getting dressed, putting on shoes, etc.

·        How do you like this luggage rack, and an extra decorative pillow?  I found this luggage rack for about $10 at an estate sale and this room was the perfect place to put it.  Guests will appreciate having a spot to place their luggage rather than having to store it on the floor, but if you don’t have a luggage rack, be sure to have a space for them to place their luggage, perhaps a corner of the room where it won’t be in the way.

·        I like to include some necessities for my guests in the room, or in the guest bathroom, such as these examples of hangers in the closet, guest towels of varying sizes (nicely rolled and stored in this basket), and also some toiletries in the guest bathroom, in case they forgot to pack some items.

·        To add to the cozy and welcoming theme, I also like to leave a small candle on the bedside table and some reading materials that I think they will like on the bed.

·        Lastly, I picked up this small chalkboard that is hanging on the doorknob to welcome guests to their Christmas guest room.  Obviously the message can be changed or personalized for different times of year and guests.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures and tips for creating a warm and welcoming Christmas guest room for your holiday visitors.  If you are in the process of selling your home during the holidays, check out my post

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 5M ago

Hi all, can’t wait to share some of my Christmas trees and holiday décor with you today!  I’ve been a little behind in blogging the past 2 weeks due to the Thanksgiving holiday and then a lovely getaway to Aruba with 2 of my long-time friends from high school, Caren and Holly.  The weather was beautiful there and we had a fun time catching up with each other since they still live in MA and I’m in GA.   As I write today, we’re having a little winter storm here in GA, a few inches of snow have fallen.  It’s very pretty as long as you don’t have to drive in it!

Since it’s early December, I’ve been working like everyone else to put up holiday decorations and I thought I’d share a little Christmas decorating tradition I started several years ago of putting small Christmas trees in every room of my house.   She may not know this, but I actually got the idea years ago from my sister Susan.  I was visiting her home when my nephew Charlie was a baby and she had put a cute little Christmas tree in his bedroom.   She later did the same when she had my niece Audrey.   It inspired me to do the same in my home, and I started collecting trees to add to each room.   I still purchase a real live tree each year that I put in my family room, but I thought I’d share with you today how just a small little decorative tree in each room can be a festive, but inexpensive way to add some Christmas cheer to your home.   You can easily find these small trees in home décor stores such as Homegoods, At Home, Christmas Tree Shop, Kirklands, Target, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, etc.

So here’s the tour of my trees room-by-room, I hope you enjoy and are inspired!   Please feel free to leave comments on which one(s) you like best!

Front Entry console cabinet:

Kitchen:

Dining Room:

Front Living Room:

Home Office:

Family Room – this isn’t the live tree, but I bought this a few years ago at Homegoods and I loooovvvee it! – It’s made of wood and I put lights on it.  I actually keep this tree up all year as part of my rustic cozy home décor.

Powder Room – yes, I even put trees in each bathroom …

Master Bedroom:

Master Bathroom:

Guest Room 1 – I’ve actually got 2 in this room! – some of my former co-workers may remember the purple lit-up tree that I “won” in the White Elephant Christmas swap a few years back …

Guest Room 2:

Work-out Room:

Guest Bathroom:

Hope you enjoyed!  I guess I missed one in the laundry room, maybe next year!

I’m glad to help with your holiday décor, it’s not too late!  Contact me if you want to hear more about my services by emailing me at Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com or calling (770) 366-2408.

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 6M ago

Hi All, I’m sharing some tips today on choosing area rugs that will be placed in a home with dogs and/or cats.  I recently got this question from a friend who has 2 dogs, Sophia and Maggie (see their photo below!), and thought others would also benefit from this information.

Nowadays, many homeowners have replaced at least portions of their home’s flooring with hardwood, tile, or luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring, rather than having an entire house with wall-to-wall carpeting (LVPs are trending now so this will be another post for another day).  The flooring choices are beautiful, but often times we choose to warm up and define certain spaces with an area rug.  For example, I have area rugs under my dining room table and in my family room within the seating area.  So how does this relate to our furry best friends, you ask?!!   Well, check out these suggestions when choosing an area rug in your home with pets, and while doing so, enjoy these photos of pets owned by my family members.

1.      Rugs made of wool (natural) and nylon (synthetic) fibers are among the most resilient and durable options for homes with pets.

2.      Avoid choosing a rug that has some sort of material glued to the back of the rug.  Urine can soak through the glue and create a permanent odor.

3.      Opt for cut pile rugs vs. loop pile (so your pets don’t get their claws caught) and choose a lower pile so that they can’t dig their claws in the rug.  Also stay away from fringe or other decorative extras hanging off the rug.  Unfortunately pets may try to eat the hanging décor.

4.      If your pet sheds a lot, choose rugs with a colorful busy pattern.  This should de-emphasize stains or your pets’ shed fur.  Consider your pet’s fur color when choosing a rug color also.  If your pet has white fur, you don’t want to choose a dark-colored rug.

5.      Over and over again I have heard that outdoor rugs are a good option to use indoor in homes with pets.   They’re designed to hold up to weather and more harsh cleaning tactics.  I’ve captured a photo below of the outdoor rug that I currently have on my patio.  It would make a pretty indoor rug too, don’t you think?

I offer redesign and home décor shopping services.  If you need help finding an area rug, contact me for help at Jeanne@GraciouslySimple.com.  I hope you found these tips helpful.   All this writing about pets is making me think of adding a furry friend to my home (probably a cat) … I’ll keep you posted on that …

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Graciously Simple Home by Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com - 6M ago

Ok, so in my last blog post I wrote about how I first realized home is my happy place in my childhood bedroom, and today I’m sharing about my first apartment in my 20’s and how I made it a home despite the small size.   It was a studio apartment that was about 450 sq ft, and I was able to define 4 separate functional areas in the space.  I’ll share tips on how you can do this too.

So the only place with an actual door in this apartment was the bathroom, which was immediately to the right when I entered through the outside door.  Just after that on the right was a small kitchenette area and then everything to the left was just a long rectangular room.   Check out my drawing below – pardon my elementary drawing skills; an architect I am not …

The different flooring from the bathroom/kitchenette areas was the first (and easiest) way to distinguish areas in this space, so let’s count those as the 1st area of 4.   If you have a small space and want to separate functional areas, you can do so by using a rug, or different type of flooring.   In this case there was a small area with tile and then carpet for the rest of the apartment.

The next 2 areas were the dining and living spaces, and I defined each area with specific furniture placement.   As you can see in my lovely illustration, I set the sofa, loveseat, coffee table, and media console in a manner that defined that space as the “living room.”   I did the same with the dining table and chairs.  While they were in the same area as the living room, they had their definitive space and it was clear that the area was made for dining.   Perhaps I was ahead of the times with the “open concept” trend that we’ve loved in homes for several years now!

Where the heck did I sleep, you ask?   Well, one of the things I did to separate my sleeping area from the living area was, again, to utilize furniture to separate and define the areas.  I mentioned before that I had a media console (aka entertainment center) in the living area.  It was pretty tall, so it acted as a separator between the areas.  But nope, I didn’t stop there – I put my dresser with mirror back-to back with the media console unit to definitely divide the spaces.   Lastly I put my bed against the end of the room in the corner and voila, a bedroom was created!    The best part was that it gave my bedroom some privacy for the days I didn’t feel like making my bed – we’ve all had those days, right?

I only lived in this apartment for about a year, but have so many fond memories of having family visit, and hosting cook-outs on the back patio with co-workers and friends.   Once again, I created a space that was perfect for “me” and I loved it.

So I’ll wrap up to say that whether living in a studio apartment or very small home, or trying to sell either, you can use furniture, rugs, and other ideas to define different functional areas.  I mentioned using a media console unit, and a dresser, but another idea is to use tall bookshelves.   I’ve copied below a picture of an example I saw online (not my work) with a tall armoire dividing the space that I thought was a great example.

(photo credit: vtwonen)

Please comment or contact me if I can help with your home dwelling or selling opportunities:   Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com or (770) 366-2408.

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