Contributed by Shirley Martin, tidylifetoday.com
With stay-at-home orders in place nationwide, it’s safe to say that COVID-19 has made a major impact on this spring’s housing market. Some homeowners have decided to postpone selling, but plenty of others are continuing to put their homes on the market. If you’re in this boat, the best thing you can do is tailor your strategy to meet buyers’ current demands, all while maintaining safety measures to protect yourself and others.
Scope Out the Market
You may have heard how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the nation’s hosing market, but the reality is that trends in home sales are highly localized. This is true no matter what else is going on, which is why any seller should become familiar with their local market. This is easy to do by searching online to find out the average price homes are selling for in your area, along with other crucial information like how competitive the market is. For example, homes in Atlanta have averaged 50 days on the market for an average sale price of $325,000.
Another thing to note is how other sellers are staging their homes and how they’re marketing them online. At a minimum, you can expect to see high-quality photos. When you look at other listings, are you also finding other media like video tours or floor plans? At a time when people are doing more business online, including searching for homes, you want to make sure your listing meets or exceeds the standard others are setting.
Make the Best Home Improvements
Regardless of what other homes in your area look like, the best way to get your home sold fast is to make sure it’s in excellent condition. Before starting any home improvement projects, make sure you can do them without putting anyone’s health at risk. For DIY projects, check with your local home improvement store to find out if they offer online orders with curbside pickup. If you need to hire a professional, Consumer Reports has some great tips for doing so safely, including maintaining a contact-free visit and making sure the company follows safety measures.
The first thing to take care of is anything that’s broken, dirty, or dingy, like smudges on walls. Once you’ve done any necessary repairs, consider other updates or renovation projects that will increase your home’s value, both inside and out. Curb appeal is always important, so it’s a good idea to spruce up landscaping. Buyers also pay close attention to kitchens, but since you likely can’t hire contractors at this time, you can make small changes yourself by painting cabinets and switching out the hardware. Home offices are also in high demand, especially now that more people are working from home.
Try Creative Marketing Ideas
First impressions are everything in real estate, and now more than ever, your buyers’ first impressions will be made when they see your listing online. Agents who want to show your home may want to use live video to share it with their clients. You can also create recorded video tours and even 3D tours of your home that buyers can view online.
Obviously, the better the impression you create from these tours, the more likely buyers are to want to see your home in person. To create high-quality virtual viewings for buyers, you may want to hire a company that specializes in this kind of work. You can also take steps to highlight your home’s best features in these videos, such as maximizing lighting and staging your home so it looks more inviting.
The ultimate goal is to get your home sold as quickly as possible, while also preventing the spread of infection. To make this happen, sellers should expect to spend at least a little time and money. The good news is that, with the right strategy, there’s no reason why COVID-19 should stop you from making a sale.
Enjoy this historical snippet from Architectural Digest on important interior design “moments” from the past 100 years.
Glam is so appealing. What’s not to love? Ethereal color palettes, shimmering finishes, luxurious fabrics, and drama, drama, drama!
The guest bedroom shown above was done on a budget of only $2,000. All items were sourced through Wayfair. The wall paint is Gray Cashmere — 2138-60 Benjamin Moore — a whisper light blend of grey, blue and green. Yummy. Champagne, silver and bronze finishes distributed throughout the space create an understated elegance. The warmth of the wood flooring keeps the space grounded as does white bedding, grey drapery panels, and a grey and cream area rug.
See Wayfair’s tutorial on all things glam:
Z Gallerie was doing glam before glam was in. They have it all — in spades. Affordable accessories and art from Wayfair or Z Gallerie are a great way to get the feel of glam without committing to major pieces.
For some of those luxurious fabrics, check out James Hare, the latest to join Scalamandre.
Glam meets Persia … oh, my.
Click on the link below to see examples mixed media in atriums, digital art in examination rooms, and animal-based murals in children’s departments. The Design Week story also shows a and a multi-coloured, on-site cinema.
This is the most fun collection I’ve seen all year! Perigold, known for elegance in all things, offers the Bohemian Traditional collection. This is an eclectic design sensibility that uses a combination of pattern, texture and color, carved wood elements, global accents, and exotic Eastern touches. It brings warmth into the well-travelled home. As a Wayfair designer I can assist you in personalizing this look and making it your own.
” Viburnum is extra special because its growing season is one of the shortest–the season typically spans the month of April. Viburnum is also known for its color change during the season. They first bloom in a vivid lime green color and then turn to ivory-white puffballs as they mature in the sunshine. ” –Bloomexpert.com
Viburnum green pairs beautifully with creams and greys. Visit Flower Magazine’s link below for inspiration.
Fresh and exciting, yet very livable, viburnum green is a great choice for upholstery, area rugs, and accessories if you want to deviate from ho-hum.
There is so much color and pattern in design this year! This can be a blessing and a curse. Look before you leap. The images provided by the industry should be regarded in the same way one reads Vogue – you aren’t meant to reproduce the entire image.
Take snippets of color and pattern that you can live with — at least for a while. Ensure you have some neutrals for breathing room. As designers, we can get away with a lot more drama in hospitality settings where clients will only spend an hour or two. Your home must be restful enough for extended time periods.
One thing that makes this year’s colors a bit more classic is that they are largely nature’s colors — greens and blues (navy is especially classic), with little pops of yellow or salmon to liven things up. You can always use concentrated color for small objects like throw pillows or accessories. However, for wallpaper, window treatments, or large furniture items, be cautious about the intensity of the color and the business of the pattern.
Ballard Designs has done a nice job this year of showing us what’s possible with pattern and color coordination. It’s refreshing to see color back in action after so many years of grey and, well, more grey. Check out their custom fabric, sold by the yard, to apply to hundreds of customizable items.
In the Houzz article below, the author states that “pattern and vibrancy are two trends that don’t appear to be going away anytime soon.” This is an opportunity to explore and integrate colors and patterns that you love in small doses (called the law of Chromatic Distribution).
Law Of Chromatic Distribution. A rule governing the distribution of color intensity or brightness. The most neutralized colors are used in the largest areas, and the smaller the size or area, the brighter or more intense the chroma proportionately becomes. (google search)
Pattern and color are two of the true joys of interior design. They are meant to be used and enjoyed. Just be mindful that what looks fabulous in a tiny image in a magazine will look and feel very different in real time and space in your home.
Scalamandré always delivers on luxury. The Calabria Collection (inspired by the region of Calabria, Italy) captures the more elegant, soft, and refined side of Italian style and works well with stone and the greys that are still so popular. The line also gives us ideas on how to weave softer colors into color schemes that include greys.
Calabria Color Stories
Scalamandré allows you to pair product from the Calabria Collection with classics from other Scalamandré lines. Be sure to review Morning Glory, Winter, Bluestone and Onyx from this new collection that celebrates the company’s 90th anniversary.
The Key to Success: Restraint
What makes this particular Eastern Accents pattern compilation Low Tide Mashup successful is the restraint. It’s not overdone. The hallmark of Eastern Accents is the company’s ability to coordinate color and pattern to perfection.
To determine if you even like living with bold, colorful patterns in your space, purchase only a few accents, such as pillows, accessories, or artwork. Anchor the space in neutrals (headboard, area rug, draperies, wallpaper, paint). Consider a pastel or bright paint color for an accent wall only. If you determine that you love lots of pattern, still keep bold patterns to smaller items.
Faux Florals and Greenery
Think beyond fronds and banana leaves. Monstera leaves, elephant ear, and green lilies all bring freshness. Colorful tropicals include Bird of Paradise, succulent protea and antherium. Etsy always offers wonderful, unique finds, but my “go to” for quality botanicals is NDI Florals.
Wicker and Rattan
Wicker and rattan area timeless as well due to their natural tones and subtle colors. Rattan furniture is crafted out of rattan only, but wicker furniture may be crafted out of different materials such as bamboo, straw and ratta . Recently, synthetic materials are also being used for the manufacure of wicker furniture. An additional benefit of using wicker or rattan furniture is the ability to add colorful cushions to them.
For artwork selections, the key to success with a tropical theme, again, is subtlety and restraint. Consider watercolors to get that fresh, breezy feel of paradise without going overboard.
Note the muted tones in the beautiful design below by Designvibes.com. Nothing hits you over the head. The large pillow and area rug in brown and cream give some breathing room to the blue and orange patterned items in the room. Brighter hues are reserved for glass accessories. The designer achieved perfect balance and harmony in this composition!
For more inspiration, check out Homebnc’s post:
In this era of rustic fabrication, Nick Allman brings elegance and refinement to rustic furniture design.
The rustic look has found its way into restaurants, boutique shops, big box stores, and residential interiors. Any design that is well made and composed of natural elements has timeless appeal. Consider marble, wood, stone, silk, and linen.
Here’s a look at some other trends that will endure:
Christmas Tree Shortage
There are various reasons for the shortage of Christmas trees this year.
If you find that the offerings are less than optimal, or you just don’t want to shell out the extra dollars for a real tree this year, there are many alternatives that will bring you holiday cheer without breaking the bank.
Multicolored Lights and Baubles in a Clear Vase
Faux Poinsettia and Lights Among Greenery
A Basket of Greenery, Lights and Ornaments
“The Christmas spirit is simply an honest spirit of love for all humanity. It is the force that moves us to give what we can, to help as we are able, and to always be of kind comfort.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons
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Put the Big Rocks in First
Imagine that your most important goals are represented by big rocks you put in your “jar of life.” The sand that fills in around the big rocks are the things that take away time from investing in your most important goals. These include activities that aren’t necessarily important but distract us from our larger goals. If we don’t put the BIG rocks in first (guarding time, attention, and energy for these things), there will be no room in our “jar of life” for these important goals.
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The Value of Minimalism as Applied to Goal Setting
Minimalism involves intentionally promoting the things we most value and getting rid of the things that distract us from attaining those valuable things. Living with fewer material possessions can be a way to remove distractions. However, minimalism is really more about a way of thinking and a way of experiencing life that provides you greater freedom and happiness.
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The Many Faces of Adventure
Adventure doesn’t just mean jumping out of an airplane or backpacking through Europe. It means all kinds of things. Adventure can be adapted based on our particular circumstances and stage of life. What adventure means to one person means something different to another. You are the one and only you. No one should or will live your life story….which is just as it should be.
Adventure can mean as a willingness to do somewhat risky or dangerous things but it can also mean a stirring experience or a willingness to do new things. Consider a fresh new take on your existing life — enriching the experiences and relationships already in front of you — as well as taking on new experiences outside your comfort zone.
What types of adventures will help you to experience life’s riches?
The Adventure of Enriching Your Spirit
The Adventure of New and Enhanced Existing Relationships
“Relationships are the essence of life.”
– -Bob Fulton
The Adventure of Parenting
The Adventure of Exploring the Culinary Arts
The Adventure of Pursuing Passions & Hobbies
The Adventure of Intellectual Pursuits
The Adventure of Career
The Adventure of Experiencing the Natural World
The Adventure of Making the World a Better Place
The Adventure of Creating Community
Your True Priorities
Goal setting is such an incredibly powerful tool. It helps us tap into our potential and the abundance that life has to offer. It can give our lives perspective. What’s more, if your goals are aligned with your true priorities and inner desires, accomplishing them will be far easier.
Enjoy the journey.
British-Nigerian filmaker Adeyemi Michael says in his interview, “Mothers can do anything…they give birth, they build families, they build the world, …all our mothers are queens, and are leading the universe.” In his short film, Entitiled, he celebrates the “woman, the mother, the matriach, the immigrant,” He goes on to say that his family kept him rooted in his culture. “When you know where you belong, it doesn’t matter where you are. When you know where you’re from and you know where your roots are and you know what you stand for and you know what your culture is, you are enough.” What a beautiful sentiment.
For the full interview and a glimpse of the film visit:
I saw this sign the other day and it made me smile and think that I should share it with my community given that I had recently suggested that people set their imagination free. So what is imagination and how can we harness it to improve our lives?
Merriam-Webster defines imagination as such:
Definition of imagination
1: the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality
2a: creative ability
b: ability to confront and deal with a problem : RESOURCEFULNESSuse your imagination and get us out of here
c: the thinking or active mind : INTERESTstories that fired the imagination
Imagination is something never before perceived in reality. Being imaginative implies an ability to deal with the unknown as well as an ability to deal with and embrace change. Thinking of imagination in this way can be daunting. However, imagination also can help us develop a healthy discontent with our circumstances as they are. Imagination can prod us out of ruts, push us out of bad habits and into good ones. Imagination can instill a desire for accomplishment — for attainment of our biggest dreams.
In my last post I invited you to set your imagination free. Setting goals requires invoking your powerful imagination and guiding it with disciplined methods to attain those goals that will give you fulfillment.
So, revisit the prompters in my last post and see where your imagination takes you. Future posts will help you distill your list of “I want, I wish…” into concrete goals but engaging your imagination is the first step.
CB2 Has Elevated Contemporary Interior Design
CB2 has elevated contemporary interior design. CB2 is transforming the perception of home design for today’s modern consumer by offering high quality, sophisticated design at an approachable price.
Glamour and Luxury
CB2 offers richness, glamour, and luxury in their design offerings — always stylish, ever intriguing! The room settings showcased in their October 2018 lookbook expertly balance the currently popular gold and silver tones with soft hues. Their interior settings adeptly apply texture and pattern, balance warm and cool, and make an artful, breathtaking use of black. Their wood tones, upholstered furniture and area rugs create a warmth and coziness to balance contemporary lines.
CB2 has embraced the emerald green that is so hot at present, but it never looks out of place in any of their settings. For accent walls consider SW6289 Delightful (soft mauve), SW 6747 Argyle (deep green), or SW 6496 Oceanside (deep blue) when incorporating your select CB2 offerings.
Images provided by CB2
There is a delicate nature to CB2’s bling — survey their mirrors, crystal drops, light fixtures and glass trees. Their accessories are refreshingly innovative and interesting.
Images provided by CB2
Edgy, Eclectic, Inspirational
The brand is definitely today’s destination for timeless yet edgy home collections, creating furniture and decor to inspire creativity and celebrate individuality with an eclectic mix of products and decorating ideas. Their furniture and accessories are many and varied, so much so that you will find it easy to make CB2 your own. Your space will truly look and feel like a home – contemporary, eclectic, unique, and very livable.
Images provided by CB2
CB2 is Growing Rapidly
In addition to being a leader in online retail, the brand is rapidly expanding their physical footprint and currently has 18 locations across the U.S and Canada. CB2 is part of Crate and Barrel Holdings, which is owned by The Otto Group, a global retail and services group based in Hamburg, Germany.
For More CB2
For more information, visit www.cb2.com, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
When you’re relaxed and in a receptive state, make a list of all your desires, everything you have or might ever want. Don’t limit yourself by money, physical ability or any other thing that might inhibit you.
You can brainstorm on a pad of paper or on your computer. Use whichever method you feel will enable you to brainstorm the best. Don’t worry about categorization at this point, or anything else other than covering as many pages as you can with your wishes, hopes and dreams.
Some areas of life are listed below to prompt you:
- Physical Health/Mental Health
- Ethics/Spiritual Growth/Personal Growth
Don’t forget to include anything and everything that would give you pure joy, and anything that sounds fun.
I’m not including any images in this blog because I don’t want to influence you but feel free to peruse magazines or the internet to inspire you. You might even create a physical or digital folder to capture these inspiration images — these will be useful to jog your aspirations for your best self as well as help you make your goals a reality in the future.
Here are some prompters:
- What would you like to do that you haven’t done yet?
- Where do you want to live? Do you want a second home?
- What places you would like to visit?
- What accomplishments will bring meaning to your life?
- Who do you want to become?
- Are there any habits you want to create or break?
- Are there talents you would like to persue?
- What do you want from life?
- Are there any tangible wants or needs you have?
- If you develop your talents and abilities more effectively, what could you accomplish?
- What would you really like to do?
- What income would be satisfactory?
- How do you want to spend your working time?
- How do you want to spend your leisure time?
- What could you do to improve your most important relationships?
- Is there a dream that you have?
- What do you find interesting and inspiring?
- If money were no object, how would you spend your time?
- Are you putting anything off until you feel “ready”?
- Describe your perfect day.
- How do you ideally want to receive and give your love?
- What types of positive changes would you like to see in your life? In your relationships?
- How would you like to grow as a person?
Ready, set…. dream on. List everything you have ever wanted. This is your personal wish list. Add anything and everything, no matter how unrealistic it might seem at the moment. Don’t limit yourself by judging your dreams or deeming yourself unworthy. No dream is silly or unimportant. Set your imagination free.
I want… I wish….I hope for….
Besosa Designs is offering Woodbury & Co.’s perfectly packaged set of delightful amenities for your guests.
Woodbury & Co. is a modern twist on the old apothecary feel. Using a medicinal style bottle, the collection will blend in with most any room setting while standing out amongst its competitors. A unique batch number is placed on each bottle to make the set feel unique to that user.
The brown sugar and fig scented set comes with an Old Town Apothecary bag:
The set includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion in 1.7 fl. oz. bottles.
The set also includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion in 1.0 fl. oz. tubes.
Also included in the pouch are a 1.2 oz (28 g) bath bar, a 0.75 oz facial bar, and shower cap. (Individual items are also available by the case. Visit the SHOP tab for more details.)
Wrap your guests in comfort throughout their stay.
Besosa Designs is a lifestyle blog that is part design resource, part inspiration resource for mazimizing your life adventure. I invite you to “Design Your Life.” Areas of Life Design include goal setting, personal fulfillment, travel and adventure, and life experiences. My Facebook page is my way of creating a community of people to support eachother on their Life Adventures.
In my blog series, I offer inspiration and advice to help you plan and enjoy those experiences that will result in your best personal adventure. This means something different to each person. Success means entirely different things to different people and even to ourselves depending on the stage of life we are currently in.
I invite you to become the best version of yourself. You are special and unique — there is no one who can ever take your place. Please join me on this journey of adventure and discovery.
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I adore the glorious colors of fall foilage and the cooler temeratures bringing on increased energy. Perhaps it is the association of the new school year that I associate fall with a fresh start. Or it might be that kick of temperature change along with seeing nature let go of summer with such a graceful transition that autumn inspires taking on new adventures in our lives.
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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” –Stanley Horowitz
There are so many ways to celebrate the season. The cooler weather encourages us to clean out our homes, taken on challenging chores, visit orchards, perhaps even start something new that is good for us like a hobby or carving out some time for ourselves. Give yourself plenty of time to plan for and enjoy Halloween.
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A thousand flowers baked by the sun
Their scent dampened by dew now that night has begun
A distant church bell’s toll is eerie tonight
Young children notice all take takes flight
Close friends and neighbors we don’t recognize
Until small friendly voices dispel their disguise
A pumpkin, a candle, a sheet becomes ghost
Our path is so marked by our spooky host
With mild trepidation we approach the next door
Each house has become a free candy store
The night fills with quick footsteps, the shouts that we utter
A spring in our step, inside us a flutter
The beauty of autumn, the mystery of lore
A witch on the wing, a bat hangs from a door
Countless enchantments to be heard, felt and seen
On its once a year visit, once again — Halloween
Poem by Adrian Jennings
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Autumn is such a fun time for crafts or and adding fall decor. You can let your personality shine, such as with this adorable porcupine set in a nest of warm color –shown above.
Image & Design by Lauren Richardson
Head to your local craft store and grab a grapevine wreath, some colorful leaf stems, berry stems (anything to add interest and texture), your favorite ribbon (with wire) and a bow maker (it’s easy after a few practices), wreath hangers and make yourself a dazzling wreath. I love to have one for the outside of the front door and one for the inside of the front door.
Image & Design by Lauren Richardson
Crate and Barrel’s Suki Collection offers a modern and fresh take on autumn and Thanksgiving table decor. The Suki Collection hosts runners, tablecloths, and napkins in a fresh, stylized floral in two colorways.
If you like the idea of adding acorns to your decor, be sure to pop them in an oven for a few minutes to remove any organic material or purchase faux acorns from any variety of retailers.
Enjoy the season. Enjoy your blessings.