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Welcome to the March issue of Legacy's Home Tours of 2019!  I'm definitely a tad late posting this one because things got a little hectic with the new store opening, so please accept my apologies for that.  This homeowner is one of our favorite weekly visitors in the shop.  I'm fairly certain she hasn't missed stopping by a single week since we opened in 2015 except when she's been traveling abroad visiting some amazing places.  Gaynell grew up in Pearland and loved the community so much, she knew she wanted to raise her own family here, which she has done.  She's a big advocate of shopping small and local and we admire her efforts to try and find as much as she can in small shops before heading to a big box store.  In fact, when a big box store has something she wants and she hasn't seen it at Legacy - she will send me the item info and give me the opportunity to find it for her so she can buy it from Legacy instead (even if costs a little more - because it's that important to her)!

Gaynell, her son and her boxer (Zoe) all reside in her home that she built in 1994. Her favorite part of her home is her closet and I completely understand why.  WOW!

   

When her daughters moved out she jumped at the chance to convert one of their bedrooms into this amazing closet and the other bedroom into a craft room.  Ha that's one way to keep em out huh LOL!  Gaynell is an adventurer at heart and travels all over the world with her friends.  Her home incorporates many of her travel memories and also represents her love for the farmhouse look.  She's done an amazing job at putting it all together!  I have a hard time remembering that her home was completely flooded during Harvey and she's had to rebuild so much.

 

 

I love the bold pop of red she used in her kitchen!  Bold kitchens are where its at in 2019!  I love the way she mixed modern and farmhouse together here.

Gaynell is a DIYer and crafter in addition to the many other hats she wears.  She works full time, travels, crafts, makes her home look amazing and has grand babies she loves to spend time with.  

    

Thank you Gaynell for sharing your home with us!  You have done an admirable job turning your home into such a beautiful retreat!  We love seeing you every week at Legacy and thank you for the small army of new customers you have also brought us - including your daughter - who is actually our May home tour!

 

 

 

 

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Here's the link to our video segment on Houston Life today!

https://www.click2houston.com/houston-life/hl-diy/spring-forward-with-your-outdoor-decor

This unique mailbox planter is a great way to bring a colorful and intriguing display to your front yard or business!  You can change out the flowers seasonally and add your house numbers to the mailbox.

Whether the sun is shining, the rain is coming down or it is freezing cold outside, your front porch is typically the first impression platform for your home. Why not make it beautiful and inviting as well as being the envy of your neighbors not just for the holidays, but for everyday of the year? There are so many great ideas to decorate your porch and they can even be done without breaking the bank and we have many ideas to help you with that.  Bringing some color or accent touches to your porch produces curb appeal with an inviting vision to come home to. With so many options available in an array of colors, it's a perfect time to get your porch ready for the spring weather that's just around the corner!

Here are some examples we used today on Houston Life...

  

Here are some pictures we have received from customers of their Legacy decorated front porches...

  

Like what you see?  Check out our album of porch inspiration on our Facebook page here...

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LegacyHomeStaging/photos/?tab=album&album_id=588247358045002

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Welcome to the February issue of Legacy's Home Tours of 2019!  It's the perfect month for this tour because you are going to fall in LOVE with this one!  I have personally loved watching this homeowner turn her vision into reality.  She doesn't give herself credit for her creativity, but she did a phenomenal job tying in all of her favorite Legacy decor items into this magazine worthy home!

Lisa, her husband Paul (whom I really had to win over to get his approval for several of these Legacy purchases lol), her twins (one boy and one girl) and 2 dogs live in this adorable cottage style home they purchased in 2017, which is located right in the heart of East Pearland (and close to Legacy - which I love).  It is in a community of charming custom homes, where no two are designed the same, which is what attracted Lisa the most.  The twins favorite part of the home was the pool naturally.  They spent 3 YEARS hunting for the perfect home for their family and went through several lost contracts due to the very competitive housing market in Pearland before this gem became available.  

The home was immaculate and very well cared for by it's previous long term owners (who I've learned are well known in Pearland, as it seems everyone in this town knows them).  When Lisa & Paul purchased their home, while it had been extremely well maintained, the traditional theme and colors were very dominant throughout and Lisa had a vision for something much lighter and brighter and Paul being the good husband he is, wanted Lisa to be happy :)  The previous owners regularly polished the wood paneling in the living areas, but we don't want them to have a stroke, finding out every inch is now painted white (shhh don't tell).  While natural wood is gorgeous, it was simply too overbearing in this house for Lisa to design around it and it had to be painted to lighten to space.  She did however bring in many gorgeous wood and natural elements to still give nature it's glory in the end result.  As if 3 years wasn't long enough to be patient while finding the perfect home, when they were finally able to move in - the first two months was lived working around 10-15 construction workers daily, as they did major renovations to cosmetically transform this traditional home into a farmhouse cottage on the interior that was a perfect match for the already cottage feel exterior.  

The renovations included painting all of the dark wood paneling to a pristine farmhouse white, all flooring was removed and replaced, front entry was completely remodeled, exterior wall blocking the pool view was removed and replaced with french doors and a bathroom was gutted and redone.  Still remaining on the to do list is the master bedroom and Paul wants a man cave (that he wants done before the bathroom).  Lisa is in opposition obviously, but this is going to be the one time I side with Paul (sorry Lisa I still love you - but I'm looking out for our future best interests if you know what I mean lol).  He's been a REALLY good sport through the whole process, so I say it's his turn - and I'm sure I'm going to need to be on his good side again in the future ;)

Now let's get to the real game changer in Lisa's house that grabs everyone's attention....that gorgeous blue kitchen!  What a bold and courageous move that totally paid off - big time!  I'm sure it was no easy decision sorting through hundreds of different shades trying to find "the" one...but she did it (even if it wasn't completely decided until the minute painters were knocking on her door to do the work)!  It's a risk that few are willing to take themselves, but seeing the finished product has us all second guessing if we have the courage to do something similar too.

The existing island was removed (after some debate) and replaced with this gorgeous one from Legacy.

This family enjoys spending time inside their cozy home together and when it's warm outside, they get great use of their back patio and pool where they like to invite friends and family over for grilling and swimming (and where sometimes I drop my kids off in the summer so I can go work at Legacy in peace ha!).  Thank you Lisa and Paul for letting us share the inside of your GORGEOUS home we are all so curious about!  You have truly outdone yourselves on captivating the charm of this Pearland home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our 1st home tour of 2019 (well ever technically)!  I figured I would go ahead and do my own home first and get it out of the way, so the rest of the year we can enjoy homes we've never seen the inside of before (and man do we have some good ones to show you!).

Some of you may have seen my home pictures from past articles and blogs published by others.  My family and I moved from our subdivision in Pearland to Manvel 3 years ago.  While we absolutely love Pearland, my husband and I had always said that "one day" we would move to Manvel where the boys could play outside and climb trees and be boys without us worrying about traffic flow on our street, etc. and when the market conditions were right and Legacy was calm enough for me to take on the task, we did it.  I knew exactly what I was searching for in our next home and about every 6 months I would "window shop" on HAR just to see what was out there.  I wasn't in a huge hurry to move until I found exactly what I was looking for.  One day my HAR search led me to the house that had everything on my wish list...and then some.  I staged my home in 48 hours, took half of our home contents to a storage unit, put our Pearland home on the market for sale and had 2 almost identical contract offers within just a few hours of listing it.  We adored one of the precious families that put an offer on it, as well as their agent and went with that one (both of which have become friends and customers since then).

My favorite thing about my home is how peaceful and relaxing it is.  It feels like a vacation coming home everyday and we don't often feel the need to go anywhere.  We just want to be home because we love being there so much.  I fell in love with the old oak tree that the road was built around.  In fact...I love all of the trees out here.

We LOVE our street and our neighbors.  When we moved in we found out that several people on the street were already Legacy customers so they kinda knew a little about us before we even moved here.  We couldn't ask for better neighbors.  The house is on 2.5 acres and as many of you already know we have a pond out back along with 4 goats (Cooper, Charger, Carson and Corona), 3 ducks (only one has a name and it's Elvis because of his poof thing on his head and we can't even tell the other 2 ducks apart so what's the use in naming them) and 2 dogs (Maci & Clyde).  We've had Maci for years and we didn't start the "C" thing until we moved here.  And I'm sure you are already familiar with my family through social media...Shannon (husband), Ashleigh (college aged daughter), Ashton & Aidan (both are in junior high right now).

   

  

Now for the inside...almost every piece of furniture in our home was a vintage item that was made new again.  We are a very active family and often you can find boys hover boarding through the living room, tossing a football around or a pet running around so it's definitely important for my designing to be durable and functional, while still being unique and inviting.  I don't worry about someone running into any of the furniture because it's all distressed which hides all of the wear it gets.  A goat (or "hypothetically" a llama) could run through my house and it wouldn't hurt a thing.

My office is where I spend a lot of my time when I'm home.  I prefer to work outdoors on my laptop when the weather is cooperative, but it's Texas so you know how that goes.  My preference was an upcycled desk, but after trying it for a while it just wasn't functional enough for me to run a business from home, so I had to go ahead and get generic desks, but the accents of course are all Legacy.

There is an entire blog on the website already dedicated to the adventure of buying my headboard so if you want to know more about that circus you can read it here.  https://www.legacyhomestaging.com/blogs/news/its-official-everything-in-my-life-has-to-be-complicated-even-a-headboard-purchase

These are pics from my bedroom...

I bought a really neat window accent a while back but it's going to be a chore to hang it, so for now it's sitting in the garage until we have time to get to it.

The living room is very casual.  We aren't much for sitting still very long, so we rarely turn on the tv, but we do enjoy sitting by the fire when it's cold outside.  And of course we still love our Scrabble collage wall, which is a Legacy staple :)

 

The formal dining room is one of my favorite spaces.  I begged my dad to build the massive farmhouse table for me.  It was his very first time building a table and it came out beautifully!  Most of the home decor is very neutral so I love the pop of red from the buffet in this room.  The door with the cross was something I stumbled upon one day and knew it would be the perfect accent.  

My daughter's bed we made from old shiplap.  You can also view it on our Pinterest page here.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/183943966009445754/

My entry is another one of my favorite spots in the house.  I took several pieces that I loved and mixed them all together for one cohesive look.

I have a sacred "mom" room where I don't let the kids go.  The idea sounded dreamy...but reality is I rarely have time to go in there myself, so it's just pretty to look at for now, but when time allows it is my favorite reading spot.

I even managed to squeeze a little of the Legacy look into my son's rooms (which haven't been this clean again since picture day).

Thanks for checking out my virtual home tour!  I can't wait to show you February's...it is amazing!!!  Please leave comments and questions below and I'll make sure to respond!

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Whether you are just starting out on your own for the first time, starting over, on a tight budget or just budget minded in general...you've probably already learned there are creative inexpensive hacks for so many aspects of your life, and decorating your home is no different!

Often times clients tend to overlook the potential of decor items they already own, simply because they have only seen them in one light and haven't considered the ways they can slightly modify some of them, giving them a fresh new look for little to no money at all!  I'm going to show you a few examples that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing and will open your eyes to the possibilities some of your "old stuff" might be capable of transforming into.

1.  Paint Dry Brushing old decor - This one I actually did a full blog and video on, so for more info be sure to look back in the blog post history and check that one out.  All you need is a dry paint brush (the cheap throw away kind works best IMO), a very small amount of paint (it doesn't have to be white...it can be any color) and a paper plate or piece of clean cardboard (see previous blog on technique and actual application steps). 

Here is a before and after example for you...it's a completely different look in less than 2 minutes!

  

2.  Taking 2 items you own and merging them to become one new fabulous item

I always seem to find one of these old ornate, gold open frames in my attic somehow from old canvas decor.  A simple coat of paint on the frame and clock (that had previously been used in a different room) can tie the two items together for one cohesive look, that suggests it was an expensive store purchase, when really it didn't cost you a dime! 

 

3.  Mixing Old and New - These old chippy cabinet doors were found in a garage corner and considered "junk" at the time of discovery.  I paired them up with this new wood cut out "gather" piece (one of our vendor's makes these custom words) to make a stunning focal point in this dining room!  My favorite decor items are the ones that are unique like this one and aren't mass produced!

  

 4.  Painted books for days - I LOVE painted books!  Odds are you have some old hardback books lying around that you no longer read or need.  For very little if any money you can transform them into unique coffee table decor.  Simply paint the books whatever paint colors you have existing in that room and bind them together with some ribbon or even string.  If you want to add an extra accent you can attach an embellishment such as this fabric flower shown here.  The sky is the limit on the books because they can be painted any color combo to match any decor scheme! 

   

By being open minded and looking at the decor you already have under your roof in a different view, will allow you to create stunning, unique pieces for literally almost no money at all!  If you have an existing item you aren't sure how you can transform it, shoot me an email at info@legacyhomestaging.com and I'd be happy to share my vision for it with you!  Anyone can go shopping and spend a fortune creating cohesive spaces, but the true ingenuity lies in your own imagination and open mindedness on not what something is right now...but what it can become with an ounce of effort!

 

 

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Cliffview Resort on Lake Whitney

My family and I vacation here about 3 times per year and when I post my pictures from the trip, I get a ton of questions about where this gem is because it’s so gorgeous and serene, so I decided to write a blog on it with all of the info that I can easily share with everyone interested!

This family owned lakefront, cabin style resort is my family’s favorite place to visit!  It’s the perfect affordable family (and pet) friendly place to enjoy the outdoors and make memories doing fun things together.  It’s only about 30 minutes from Waco, so if you want to plan a day trip for shopping and experiencing Waco at the same time, it’s close enough to easily do that as well.  On our current trip we decided to skip out on the Waco part because we’ve already experienced it many times before and we really wanted to soak up as much of the lake and the resort activities as we could on this stay.  I am in love with the scenery and the beauty of the nature that surrounds this place.

  

Today is day 6 we have been here and not once have I heard “I’m bored” or “where is my charger” since we got here…which is a pretty big deal!  I’m actually dreading going back home and beginning the electronic saga again - I was kind of hoping they would accidentally drop their phone in the lake and that would be the end of that, but they rarely even took it out of the cabin because they were having too much fun enjoying the outdoors to even think about it.

       

 

Here are some of the things you can look forward to while staying at Cliffview Resort…

  • 2 playground areas (one for very young children and one for all ages)
  • Sand volleyball
  • Pool table (in the office/gift shop)
  • Ping pong table (in its own ping pong house)
  • Swimming pool (with a basketball hoop if desired)
  • Basketball court
  • Cliff jumping into the lake
  • Fishing (fishing house, fishing from boat slips or you can opt for the fishing guide service, which we experienced this past January for the first time and the boys loved it!) See their website (link at the end of the blog) for more of the fishing details.
  • Non-motorized watersport rentals available such as kayaks, canoes and paddle boats or you can bring your own!
  • There is a boat launch and marina available for guests to rent if they desire (fee option is available for non-guests to launch only).
  • Individual cabins that sleep 4 to 10 people each

  

  

One of my favorite things about the resort is that the cabin comes with just about everything I need and my packing/unpacking at home is kept minimal, which is not always the case when staying at a cabin style facility.  All of the kitchen utensils, pots, pans, etc. I’ve ever needed for our trips has been provided.  The only thing we usually have to bring for cooking purposes is a lighter, lighter fluid, charcoal, smores sticks and a fish fryer (if we plan on cooking the fish we catch while we are there).  All linens are also included.  If I have forgotten something (or I’m craving a sweet snack), the gift shop usually has what I need (and is priced very well).  Worst-case scenario there is a Dollar General no more than a block away that we usually stop at to get many of our cold items instead of hauling them in an ice chest with us from Manvel. 

       

The resort is very pet friendly!  I lost count on how many animals were here this weekend but there were quite a few.  See their website (link) below for more info on fees pertaining to animals.  The owners have quite a few animals of their own personal pets as well that you are welcome to play with during your stay.  They have dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, a steer and a squirrel (yes, it is a tamed pet squirrel) and I’m sure that I’m forgetting some…but just to name a few.  Duke is a fan favorite…guests LOVE Duke and Duke LOVES children.  He will play for hours with the kids around the resort.  I keep offering to take him off their hands, but they haven’t taken me up on my offer yet – and I can’t blame them.  He’s a great dog!  And yes...sometimes we ask their humans if they can sleepover at our cabin lol.

  

 

The best part about vacation at Cliffview is the family running it.  I love this family and you will too!  Everyone pitches in to take care of the resort and it’s beautiful to see a family work so hard together on their family business. 

For more info including their rates, etc. be sure to visit their website where most of your questions can be answered.  If you love the lake life, I highly encourage you to try this place out.  It will forever be an annual vacation spot for my family since the first time we visited.  You will definitely want to come back (and so will your kids).

http://www.lakewhitneyvacation.com/

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