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17 Ideabooks by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist
8 Homework Areas That Make Back-to-School Rock
It's hard to believe school is back in session. Now is the time to set aside a special place for the kiddos to get their homework done in peace. Here are some ideas for making homework less of a chore, more of a joy.
9 Timely Home Projects to Tackle During School Hours
While the kids are off (hopefully) learning, create your own list of accomplishments with these opportune home improvement projects
The new school year has begun for most folks. Whether you are glad or sad about seeing your kids head back to school, this just might be the best time of year for getting some important home projects started.
Attract Home Buyers Easily With Great Photography
Show your home's best face in real estate listing photos to have potential buyers knocking down your door
One of the most powerful tools you have when marketing your home for sale is amazing listing photography. No matter how fabulous your home is, it won't sell if the listing photos don't do their job. Your photos should be light, bright and welcoming so...
6 Tips for Staging Historic Homes
Putting a period home on the market requires a unique level of attention to detail. Here's how to preserve its historic appeal
Staging a home to sell is a somewhat different animal when you are dealing with a historic or period home. While you want to make it appeal to the widest audience possible, you have to realize that most of the people interested in buying that type of...
5 Savvy Fixes to Help Your Home Sell
Get the maximum return on your spruce-up dollars by putting your money in the areas buyers care most about
No one wants to spend money on the home they are getting ready to sell, but it can be crucial if you want to sell the house quickly and for the price you want. Beyond basic decluttering...
Save Money on Home Staging and Still Sell Faster
Being resourceful and frugal doesn't just apply to interior design. When staging a home to sell, be careful about spending money. Many people spend their money in all the wrong places, when consulting with a good Home Stager on those decisions first...
Staging vs. Decorating: What's the Difference?
Unlike decorating, staging your home isn't about personal style — it's about creating ambiance and appeal for buyers
Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you're striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make the home their...
7 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster to a Younger Buyer
Draw today's home buyers by appealing to their tastes, with these guidelines from an expert decorator
Educating my clients about the audience they will be marketing to is one of the most important things a home stager can do. When you put your home on the market to sell, you should know that...
Give Your Hallway High Style
Hallways are great places to integrate style into your home, but most people only think about wall color and art when considering how to decorate them. Instead of going for the standard gallery wall, try something different. Add interest through pattern...
How to Make Your Home Feel More Like You
Too many people want their home to look like someone else's. Shouldn't your home reflect who you are and what you love? Well, of course it should! If you're not sure how to express yourself through your decor, here are some ideas to give you the confidence...
Mood Makers: Boost Your Home's Usefulness and Beauty
You can add storage, organizing and cooking assets without sacrificing an ounce of style these days — just follow these tips from a pro
William Morris famously said, "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." Being a realistic Interior Decorator, this is one of my favorite quotes. Making your space both beautiful and functional can be a...
Mood Makers: Make Your Home Inspiring
Inspiration freshens our minds and uplifts our spirits. See how to style your rooms to be a wonderful source of it in your home
Most of us want to create a home that guests will admire — but have you ever thought about decorating your home to inspire? If you're not sure what I mean, have a look at these ideas to make the spaces in your house more inspiring to all those who enter....
Mood Makers: Make Your Home Feel Welcoming
Lighting, music, scent and other thoughtful touches create a welcoming home for guests — and for you and your family
When I ask my clients how they'd like their homes to feel, they almost always say "welcoming." Who wouldn't? We all want family and friends to feel welcome and at home in our house from the moment they walk in the front door. From deciding on an entryway...
Mood Makers: 5 Easy Ways to Put Your Home On Trend
You don't need a full renovation to modernize outdated interiors. These tips can help your home feel fresh and current without a ton of work
Sometimes it's good to look at your home with fresh eyes and consider a little strategic updating. It's easy to be blinded to the space you live in day after day, so it can be helpful to have a professional point out a few things that can make your house...
Mood Makers: Create a Peaceful Place
Sink into the restfulness you crave with these design tips for transforming a space at home into an oasis of calm
After a long day we all want to come home to a place that feels peaceful — a place to recharge, restore and relax. It's one thing to create a space that is visually beautiful, but it's quite another to create a space that can make you feel calm...