Showing your Home to Sell

Lets switch gears slightly to actually selling your home. Whatever the reason, whether relocation, downsizing, upgrading or cashing in on your investment, as homeowners we will typically find ourselves in the position of selling a home in our lifetime. Selling your home does require a change in mindset. No longer is your home yours, it becomes a business deal.
Here in Denver, if the home is priced appropriately, homes are getting sold quickly. Making the best first impression with your home is crucial and staging can accomplish this. Here are some quick tips that you can easily do so your home shows nicely.
  • Clean. Such an easy way to show your place nicely.
  • De clutter. Remove unnecessary items in all your rooms. Don’t forget the kitchen/bathroom counters.
  • Shampoo carpets
  • Paint (if needed)
  • Remove personal items. When perspective buyers come to your home, you want them to envision themselves in the home. 
  • Rearrange furniture. The layout that works for you and your family may not work for all. 
  • Don’t forget the outside! Curb appeal is a must when trying to sell your home.
Keep in mind, showing your home is like a job interview. If you were going on a job interview you would look your best, right? Showings and open houses allow you the chance to ‘sell’ your home to perspective buyers that pass through and you want to make the best first impression. 
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

The Bed Debacle Part Two

Now that I have decided to put my bed in front of the window,I just have to pick out a bed! When I sold all my furniture in New Hampshire, I was excited to do something completely different with my new bedroom. 
Here are the contenders:
I love the Moroccan style and the cutouts that would let sun come through.

How great is this wood finish? I love the color and the midcentury look.

This is simple yet great. A modern take on the arts and craftsmen style.

Beautiful! Love the finish and the style.

I adore the rounded curves on this bed. Often we see sharp lines in beds but the curves on this makes it softer and welcoming.

Simple and modern. This cutout would allow sun to come through if I have it in front of the window. 
All of these beds are so different but yet I love each one. What do you think? What is your favorite? 
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

Lover of Color

Anyone who knows me knows I am a self proclaimed lover of color. Color can make me incredibly happy, excited and cheerful. Although my wardrobe contains all shades of the rainbow, my last home’s interior design scheme did not.  My property in NH was not lacking color but my walls were relatively neutral. My living room was beige and all the other rooms were a shade of light blue or green. My reasoning behind choosing the paint colors was, as much as I love to paint, it tends to be taxing on my body so I knew I wanted to paint only once but bring color into the home by other means. The home did not get a lot of natural sunlight so I knew dark walls would not be suitable. Lastly, I knew I would be renting in the future and felt neutral colors were most appropriate.
If you love color but shy away from bright walls here are some ways to bring color into a room. These ideas are also perfect for renters too who don’t have the option to paint the walls.

Use pillows. I love pillows. They are a great way to add color, texture and pattern.color

Use furniture. Don’t have any fun, colorful furniture? Refinish some! 

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In addition to blocking light, curtains can bring color into a room.

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Last but not least, a colorful rug can make a neutral room pop.
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All of these rooms are relatively neutral but not lacking in color!
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

The Bed Debacle Part One

I have a drastically smaller room here in Denver, it is actually about 1/3 of the size I had in New Hampshire. Its a great room though, tall walls, loads of sun the only one issue is… where will I actually put my furniture? It is longer than it is wide, the shorter wall being where the large window is. Shy of taking a picture of my room (there are still too many boxes in there to get a good picture of it), I drew a diagram of it:
This room would be perfect for the bed in front of the window. Typically, I try to avoid this look but I think it will make the room look bigger and allow me to get another dresser in there (I also lost a walk in closet in this move). Generally my concern with beds in front of the window is it blocking natural sunlight but the window in this room is huge. It almost runs floor to ceiling, starting about four feet from the floor and goes to the ceiling (it ends up being about 90 inches in length). 
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All pictures via Pinterest
Am I the only one who typically strays away from the bed in front of the window? What are you thoughts on this look?
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is assisting clients buy or sell a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

The color white

“White…is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black…God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” – G. K. Chesterton
Lately I have been loving the color white. This is a total shock since I am a lover of color. The color white, in essence, reflects all color so often I use white as contrast to another color. This really allows me to emphasis the other color (example is fresh white trim accentuates the wall color) . But when I say I have been loving white lately, I find myself gravitating to rooms that use minimal color. It looks very clean, cool and calming.  The color white does represents purity or innocence. How great do these rooms look?
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One of tricky things with decorating with all white is it can often look sterile. To avoid this, you want to use texture. All of the rooms above use texture, such as, wood paneling, chandeliers, sheer curtains on the bed or stenciled words behind the bed With the added texture elements the rooms no longer look cold and uninviting but warm and welcoming.

How do you feel about the all white rooms? Love them or hate them?
All pictures viaPinterest
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is assisting clients buy or sell a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

  

DIY a distressed dresser

In my last bedroom, I knew I wanted a softer feel. With the lack of sun I knew I’d have to keep the furniture white to obtain a soft, calm feel. I bought a very large antique white dresser and if had a smaller dresser perfect for the side of my bed. The issue was it was this:

This definitely did not fit the look that I was looking for in my bedroom. Rather than dismissing the dresser and buying another one, I want to refinished it. I chose to distress it.

The project was very easy. When distressing furniture you want a base color. Since I was wanted the piece to be white, I chose a dark base color. I don’t know the name, to be honest it was leftover paint from another project. It was a dark brown/green color. Here is the first coat:

Once the first coat dried I took a candle and ran it over the corners and other parts of the dresser. This left residual wax on the dresser (which you want). I then painted it the antique white that I wanted it. I ended up painting it with a large paintbrush but could have easily painted it with roller. I was not too concerned with it streaking. That’s the plus to distressing furniture, the goal is not to make it look perfect, it’s supposed to look worn. Here is the dresser after the wax and white paint.

Once it dried, I used a medium steel wool and rubbed it over the candle wax. With some elbow grease, the bottom coat started to show through and a distress look was created. I played around with the steel wool and the paint for a good hour. Slowly the piece started looking like less of a mess and more like a distressed pice of furniture.

 It ended up being just the right piece for my bedroom. It is amazing what a little paint and some work can do.


In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s clients range from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to short sales, to seasoned investors. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.