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From A House To A Home To A Palace

In our busy world, owning a home is often harder than signing a mortgage and moving in a few boxes. A true home reflects the lifestyle and personality of the owner. It is hard to find the tasteful furnishing and accents necessary to create a beautiful home while working long days and juggling our many other priorities.

Many fail to realize, however, the wonderful resource a comfortable home can be. A home has terrific restorative properties, and if properly decorated and maintained it can rejuvenate the senses at the end of another long day. Creating a home ideally suited to your own tastes and comforts is simpler than you might imagine.

The Basics

The basics of a home have little to do with the manner or size of a house. A home can be immense or a very small space. It is the details and style the home contains that make it special. In short, home is not only where the heart is -it is comprised of what the heart desires.

Essential Style

To find the perfect decorating scheme for your home, you must first identify what makes you feel most comfortable. Are you relaxed surrounded by the finer things in life or when everything just feels broken in and cozy? Does clutter make you grit your teeth or do you prefer to be surrounded by everything that has meaning in your life?

Once you establish an overall feel, it is time to select colors and style. Warm colors like yellows, oranges and reds are warm and inviting. Blues are crisp and cool, and green tones are soothing. Choose your color scheme based on what appeals to you in pictures and in the store. Your home is your haven – not necessarily a showpiece.

Of course with the right collection of wide plank floors and color selections warming your home and the coconut shell inlaid countertops you selected in the kitchen, it is very possible that your home will be as inviting to others as it is to you. Any home that holds as much meaning as yours will be warm and meaningful to anyone who visits. And those visitors will most likely enjoy admiring the tasteful choices you’ve made.


When it comes time to select furnishing, the options are almost endless. Casual, traditional and minimalist styles all compete for space on the show floors. Perhaps you find what suits you in stores, or it may be that only custom furniture will do. Invest in furniture wisely as it is the backbone of the room and will offer the most support and comfort at the end of the day.

When you go to select the most important furnishing in your home, those for your bedroom, you may realize the store offerings are limiting. Custom furniture from around the globe is hand carved and can offer more meaning and depth than a simple headboard. Get fully rejuvenated each night in a bed that was designed especially for you.


Finally, the color is on the walls and the furnishings are in. In many houses this is as much decorating as the owners will do. The accessories and finishing touches are overlooked as fussy or too much of a bother. Unfortunately it is the small touches that truly make a house a home. Find accessories that speak to you.

If you prefer a lot of accessories and pillows, indulge yourself. If you prefer streamlined rooms, select a few meaningful accents for each room. Don’t limit yourself to the shopping mall or home stores. Many of the best accessories are found in unlikely places or from countries you might not have thought of. Find shops and websites specializing in custom or eclectic designs to find the best pieces for your home. Then sit back, relax and enjoy your perfect home.

5 Tips for Starting a Home Staging Business

With the increase in home sales thanks to the improving economy, there is an increased need for home staging businesses. Real estate agents as well as current homeowners who want to sell their homes quickly have realized the importance of having a professional do the furniture staging. Staging allows the potential homebuyer to see just what the home holds in terms of potential. If you have wanted to get into the home staging business, here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Know your market. Each market in the country is a little different. Some places have higher home values than others. Some markets also have different “tastes” if you will – for instance, country cute would seem out of place in New York City. Conversely, the urban cool grey tones of New York would look odd in a country home in North Carolina. A good staging professional will be able to stage a home perfectly for the market.

2. Know the home. Any remodels that were completed should be highlighted when staging. All of that work that was done to improve the house needs to be shown off! Staging can be done with lighting and special furnishings that draw attention to the remodels. This is different than redecorating the home – you are there to enhance the house.

3. Be prepared with knowledge, mainly of what is current in terms of decorating trends. Many people are quite current on trends thanks to the prevalence of home improvement websites and social media sites like Pinterest. There are some classes you can take that will help you keep current. You should also be prepared to know your own limitations – are you able to move the furniture yourself, or will you need to bring in a helper? It also takes knowing your own personality. When you let your skills shine through, that confidence will be irresistible to your clients.

4. Do some research on how to run a business. You are, after all, running your own full business, and while most of your time will be spent doing what you love – staging – you will also have to keep financial records, file any appropriate registration paperwork, and manage the income you will be bringing in. There are community college classes you can take that will help equip you better to handle the nuts and bolts of the business.

5. Be strong. You might have some very opinionated homeowners who will resist your suggestions. Just remember they will be blind to their own decorations and clutter. They need you because you can be unbiased and help them arrange the furniture in the rooms in the most appealing way. Ether the homeowner or his or her agent recognized the need for a home stager to come in and help. They want your designing expertise and ability, whether they admit it or not.

When you get all of the pieces put together and you start your home staging business, you’ll find that you have created a very rewarding company that will be fulfilling for you and of great service to your clients. Best of luck!

Tricks For Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

A home remodel project is a great way to spruce up your home and add a feeling of newness to the space. The bathroom is the perfect place to begin your home remodel process. It’s one of the smaller rooms in the home, but it’s also a room that requires great comfort ease of use. Because it’s a smaller space you remodel on a budget with no problem.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling on a budget, the very first thing you need to do is create a plan. Start by determining your budget and what you can afford for your bathroom remodeling project. Once you have a good picture of how much you’re able to spend, you can then easily plan your next move. Next think about the large ticket items you will need, for instance replacing the toilet, replacing the vanity, the shower, etc… When working on a budget, you might find that you have to be a bit more creative with your purchases and overall bathroom design.

Make a list of everything you would like to do and which items you want to change or replace the most. Start price shopping online and see how your list and prices measure up with your budget. If the list doesn’t come in at or under budget, then rate the items from one to ten, ten being the top priority and one the least priority in terms of what needs to be worked on first. Once you’ve assigned priority to everything on the list, you can either eliminate a few things or just start with the most important items and see where you end up after that’s all done and if you can add any of the extra lower priority things later.

Now the challenge is thinking about what new items or design style to employ in your bathroom. For instance, if you want a new bathroom vanity, what size will it be and what will it look like? It is important that you consider the size, style, design, color and materials of every item you wish to work on. If you have a small bathroom, it’s important that you pick furnishing and/or fixtures that have ample storage space and do not take too much room. There is now a wide range of styles that are more affordable. Modern and contemporary designs are best for remodeling projects on a budget since they are highly available and because of their minimalist style, they work in large or small spaces.

There are many other simple solutions to all kinds of bathroom dilemmas. Sometimes simply refurbishing the porcelain tub and adding a coordinating glass vessel sink and a striking vessel faucet will add life to a dull and old-looking bathroom. This is much less expensive than having to replace everything in the room.

So keep your priority list, your budget, and your measurements by your side while you shop and design and you will be sure to stay on budget and have a beautiful new bathroom to show for it in the end.