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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate, Inc on 11/7/2017

Change is a part of the world. Wherever you look, you will spot change. Look in the mirror and you'll see how your appearance has changed from your childhood days, maybe even from when you were in college. What doesn't always seem easy to change is the way that your house looks.

Interior designers are great house transformers but they are expensive

Bringing change to your home's interior often comes at a price. At the low end, you could easily pay several hundred dollars for an interior designer's services. An interior designer can run you several thousand dollars at the high end.

Hire the right interior designer and your home might look so inviting, open, classic, trendy or elegant that you wonder if you're living in the same house. Path to this type of transformation starts with vision. It also starts with a workable budget and a lot of work. In fact, it could take several weeks to transform a house's entire interior design.

But, that's the long way. Here are three overlooked house changers that only take a few hours to pull off. These three house changers don't require hours of pre-work. They also don't require the assistance of an experienced interior designer. In fact, you can give your home a new look for a fraction of one paycheck by:

  • Replace existing lamps - Remove old lamp shades and replace them with newer, more chic or elegant lamp shades. You can also replace entire lamps, going with metal, halogen, incandescent, long and narrow or oblong lamps.
  • Install new carpet - Install new carpet across an entire room and you can lighten or darken your home. A less expensive way to change the interior design of your house using carpeting is to place one to three throw rugs on the floor. Hand woven, printed, sheepskin, cotton and wool throw rugs are popular types of throw rugs that you could use. Looking to save money? Go with throw rugs that you buy at flea markets or outlet stores.
  • Take the new chair route - Place arm less chairs in room corners. Replace traditional kitchen chairs with stylish leather arm less chairs. Also, be open to putting a chair in a room that is currently absent a chair, rooms like your master bedroom, basement or guest bedroom.

Year round care and creativity do wonders for a home

Performing regular maintenance on your house helps to keep your home functioning at optimal levels for years. Care that you give to your outdoor spaces can turn your property into an amazing outdoor entertainment spot. Summers can be spent hosting barbecues, family gatherings and once in a lifetime celebrations.

Regular maintenance and care for your home is one of the best ways to keep your property values up. Yet, maintenance and care don't change the way that your house looks. To give your home a new look, you may have to transform the interior design.

Traditional interior design options can run anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Fortunately, there are workarounds. Get creative and stay open to new ways to alter the look and feel of your home. Also, be open to implementing three overlooked house changers.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate, Inc on 7/11/2017

Guest rooms, often unused most of the year, all too often end up as a holding area for clutter you're too attached to toss but not quite in love with enough to put out in a frequently used room. Moving into a new home creates the perfect clean slate for setting up a guest room that is a luxurious home away from home for visiting friends and family. Keep reading to learn how to set up a guest room that wows visitors.

Start with the essentials:

If nothing else, be sure to put out plenty of blankets and pillows for your overnight guests to sleep comfortably in your home. Make sure to have at least one lightweight blanket and one heavy one to suit varying temperatures.

Try spending at least one night in your guest room to get a feel for the room. Is it extra drafty? Is the sun overbearing in the morning or maybe the room is poorly lit for the nighttime. Having first-hand experience with staying in your guest room helps you to thoughtfully furnish the room. 

If your guest bedroom doesnít have its own bathroom hang a mirror up for guests to get ready in the comfort of their own room. 

Put items for guests to use out in plain sight so that they do not need to feel like a snoop going through drawers to find an extra blanket or spare toothbrush. When setting up the room get creative with ways you can tastefully leave these items out instead of just cluttering up available surfaces.

Speaking of a spare toothbrush, earn bonus hospitality points by leaving out spare and travel size personal care items for your guests who may have forgotten their own. Youíll also want to stock the bathroom with extra toilet paper, tissues, and towels.

Little extras that make a big impression:

For guests who are staying for a few days or longer, you should provide plenty of available hooks and hangers as well as at least one empty drawer. You may also want to include a bedside clock with an alarm feature.

Bring in the comforts of home by providing a bedside light, books and magazines as well as a comfortable chair to sit in with a side table. Fresh cut flowers or houseplants always make a room feel more pulled together and lived in.

Leave out some entertainment options for guests who may be night owls or early risers. Whether you add magazines, books or a few movies make sure they are current and interesting. In the age of the mobile phone be sure to also include your homeís wifi password out in the open, perhaps even framed, and spare charging cords.

Add lastly, you can add a touch of luxury by including an electric kettle, mugs, packets of tea, instant coffee and packets of creamer and sugar. Consider also putting out a few snacks and drinking water.

When having friends and family stay overnight the hope is always for them to feel at home. You can avoid a cold, unwelcoming guest room by employing just a few of the above tips. After all, itís the little things that count and your extra efforts surely wonít go unnoticed!




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate, Inc on 4/18/2017

If you have ever wanted to get rid of all of your stuff and start over, youíre not alone. Often, we get tired of the same old same in our own homes, and fail to see the potential inside of it. The key to loving your home is often not what is in it, but how you make use of whatís in it. Thereís so many ways that you can make the home that you feel so-so about turn into a home that you love. Hereís some very powerful tips to help you decorate with intention and style. We know that youíll love your home again after trying out some of these tips: Decorate For Function Not Looks Function is one of the most important words that youíll use when it comes to the interior design of your home. Some questions you may ask are: What purpose does this room serve? What purpose does this item serve? Does this couch/artwork/chair make you happy? A room could be the most pristinely decorated room you have ever seen, but if it doesnít serve some kind of a purpose, you can write it off as wasted space inside of your home. If something doesnít serve a purpose, especially if that purpose is making you happy, then itís time to say goodbye to certain things inside of your home. Only One Piece Of Furniture Should Stand Out In Every Room One key piece of decorating advice is for you to have one simple focal point in each room. Thereís no need for a fish tank, a loud orange couch and a giant painting all in the same room. Give each and every item thatís important to you its due space. Thatís not to say one painting is enough in your living room, but use your judgement when it comes to what you want to stand out and where. If a room is too busy, the overwhelming look takes away from the room and all of the items in it. You donít want pieces of furniture and artwork all competing for the attention of those who are within the room. Lighting Should Be Balanced Maybe youíre unhappy with your home because you have very little natural light in your home. Thereís ways you could add some natural light through construction, but it probably isnít necessary. Use the rule that each room should have four sources of light counting windows, overhead lights, lamps and even wall mounted lights. This will keep the rooms in your home balanced with light. When the room is brighter, youíll be happier, even without access to tons of natural light.





Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate, Inc on 4/11/2017

Kitchen cabinets are the centerpiece of your kitchen. Granite islands and counter tops generally don't get as much attention as kitchen cabinets. It's a reason why many would be home owners decide to upgrade or replace the cabinets as soon as they move into a new house.

Key kitchen cabinet elements

The wrong kitchen cabinets can make your entire house look old, outdated. Choose the wrong kitchen cabinets and you won't have enough storage space. When choosing the right kitchen cabinets, focus on color, texture, style and shape.

Colors to choose from include white, brown, black, tan and red. You can also paint kitchen cabinets green, blue or any other color. The key is to choose a color that goes well with your kitchen table and chairs.

The types of kitchen cabinets that you can install are nearly as diverse as are the colors that cabinets come in. Base cabinets are installed about one foot above your kitchen floor. These cabinets are generally big enough to store large pots,pans and skillets inside. Before you go with these kitchen cabinets, consider how comfortable you and your family members will be bending down to retrieve and return dishware.

Wall cabinets are elevated and run along the top portion of your wall. About two feet of space is generally left free above wall cabinets. A good way to get plenty of storage space is to install both base and wall cabinets in your kitchen.

You don't need a pantry to put in pantry style kitchen cabinets. You may need another source of storage space, as pantry kitchen cabinets are typically smaller that other cabinet types. Whichever cabinet type you choose, make sure that you install enough pull out drawers. This will give you space to store silverware,large cooking utensils like a spatula and a large mixing spoon.

Kitchen cabinet accessories

Handles on double door kitchen cabinets are located at the top inner edge. Styles that handles are available in range from straight, round and curved. Silver, wood and gold colored are standard colors that kitchen cabinet handles are manufactured in. You could select handles based solely on price or you could opt for style and choose chic handles.

Regarding style, sliding cabinet doors is another option that's open to you. A downside to sliding cabinet doors is that they can get stuck. On the other hand, you won't have to concern yourself with replacing door handles that come loose and get lost.

Before you consider your cabinet choices finished, check out kitchen cabinet accessories.Included among the accessories are overhead lights, ventilation fans, open door shelving, end panels and toe kicks. If you're handy when it comes to construction, you may be able to save by installing unassembled cabinets.

As with other house features and amenities, go with your gut when choosing kitchen cabinets. Your first glance at kitchen cabinets takes in each of the key elements. Also, consider how well the cabinets blend with kitchen counter tops,the island, flooring and your kitchen furniture.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate, Inc on 11/22/2016

Itís difficult to tackle so many projects throughout your home without feeling overwhelmed. This is why itís a great idea to take each part of the house piece by piece. Thereís plenty of quick updates that you can make to your bedroom without breaking a sweat. The idea is to make little changes that have a big impact. Here, weíll show you some easy updates that will make a big difference in your bedroom. Use Color To Your Advantage Adding bursts of color is the easiest, yet the most often overlooked decorating technique. You can add bits of color all over your bedroom. From small accents like picture frames and vases, itís simple to add some color here and there. It will make a huge impact on the room. Feel Your Way Around The Room The textures you use in your bedroom is important to how comfortable the room feels. You can mix and match the linens in your bedroom from the type of throw you use to the type of rug thatís present on the floor. Youíll want to consider changing these a few times a year to match with the seasons. Warmer, fuzzier linens are best for the winter whereas lighter linens are perfect for summer. Suit Your Style Thereís different textures and different items that match up with certain styles and themes. If youíre going for a more romantic feel, consider using velvets and cozy looking throws. Leather gives a more rustic feel whereas blown glass and antique-finished woods provide the feel of country living. If youíre looking for more of a modern bedroom, try teak wood, smooth leather and even plastic touches to achieve your look. Change Your Accent Pillows And Shams Thereís something to be said for simply changing the pillows in your bedroom. Any throw pillows or pillow shams that are present in your bedroom could use a change each season or two. This will give you a fresh perspective instead of the same old tired bedding and accents. These simple changes can make a noticeable difference in your bedroom. Making these changes will also give you something to look forward to each and every season. Change Your Window Treatments Changing your curtains along with the seasons is a great idea as well. In the colder months, you may want to hang more insulated curtains to hold the heat in your room. In the summer months, light and airy curtains will help you to beat the heat. Make It Personal Your bedroom is the perfect place to hang your treasured photographs and artwork. Change up the pictures in your frames and the artwork on the walls every so often so that you can keep your memories flowing with goodness. Youíll get tired of staring at the same artwork day after day. By mixing it up, youíll be able to showcase all of your favorite things throughout the year!







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