All About Windows

Hey guys! How are you all doing? It’s almost Labor Day Weekend! Before I leave all of you to enjoy your 3-day vacation, I’m dropping by with some interior design tips, and this week we’re focusing on windows (You probably thought I was referring to the OS, huh?). The good news is that you don’t have to shell out big bucks for expensive curtains! You can DIY, believe it or not!

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Patchwork Drapes
Use two simple fabrics with different shades and cut one of them in a square shape to create a patchwork effect. See-through or sheer fabrics are more recommended to create a soft, shimmery look.

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Fringes
Get that quaint cafe window look by using dyed linen strips. Simply cut a simple white linen, cut them into strips, and dye them into different colors. You can use 1 tablespoon of craft pain and mix it with a gallon of water, but make sure to test the dye first to experiment with the saturation. Hang to dry then iron the fabric before putting up on a curtain rod.

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Chevron Shade
Play around with geometric patterns to achieve this look called chevron stripes. You can create your own triangle shape out of cardboard and pencil to trace lines. Place painter’s tape, use a brush or roller with the pattern to paint on fabric. Remove the tape and let it dry before hanging.

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For a more detailed, step-by-step procedure on how to reproduce these window designs, check out the rest of the article here.

Happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone!

 

Bathroom Renovations That Are Worth It

Hey guys! How’s everyone’s week doing so far? It’s been quite a while since I posted something on home decor / interior design, so today I’ve decided to feature one of the most important rooms of a home: the bathroom!

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We might not spend as much time in the bathroom compared to other rooms of the home, but believe it or not, a good bathroom can help improve your mood and provide you with better comfort and relaxation! Here’s some reasons why you should consider investing in a bathroom upgrade:

1. Improve Lighting
Proper lighting is important in the bathroom, especially if you are putting on make-up or shaving. Last thing we want is to look foolish or nick ourselves with a razor, right? One simple, cost-effective solution is to install light bars on each side of your mirror, because side lights give more illumination than from above. Use LED bulbs, and you will be eco-friendly as well!

2. Refinish or Replace an Old Bathtub
Let’s face it, outdated, dirty bathtubs aren’t appealing. A brand, new tub instantly lights up the bathroom and makes you feel better already! If you’re on a budget, you can also refinish your old tub. You can get a smooth, glossy or satin finish in a matter of hours which will definitely help in stain and acid resistance.

3. Add Storage Options
You know what some people say: You can never have too many towels. But what happens when you don’t have enough cabinet space? Simple. Add drawer organizers or install trays and shelves above doors. A few extra of these will instantly clear up clutter and give you more storage for your toilet papers, beauty products, cleaning supplies, and whatnot.

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Still not quite convinced? Think of all these upgrades as an investment. If you ever decide to sell your home in the future, these renovations will definitely help add value to your home. How about that?

For more tips and tricks, feel free to check out the rest of the article here.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Furnishing Your Home For Less: A Quick Review

Several times I’ve posted about redesigning your home on a budget, but if you’ve missed out or need a refresher, here’s a simple rundown of all the basic things you need to remember if you want to remodel your home for less.

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Furnish Your Home For Less

Starting out with a “blank slate” can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing comes if you have enough money to furnish your home with whatever you want from wherever you choose. Furnishing a home on a shoestring, though, takes creativity, an eye for a good value, and possibly some elbow grease.

While some discount stores, such as Ikea, sell inexpensive new furnishings, careful shoppers can find better quality for less money with used furnishings.

Inspiration

Whether you are furnishing one room or a whole house, it’s important to have an idea of how you want the room to look before you go shopping. Once you have the design in mind, it’s easier to shop for the components.

Model homes in new home communities are great places to get decorating ideas. These homes are carefully decorated to appeal to a broad range of homebuyers’ emotions. Color schemes, accessories, and furniture choice and placement all play to the shopper’s emotions. Interior design and decorating websites may also be good sources of inspiration.

Used is Good

One of the hardest things to learn is how to look beyond the obvious wear and tear to the actual “bones” of used furniture.  Look beyond the fact that the upholstery is ratty or the legs are scuffed – look at style.

If you like the lines of the coffee table, buy it. Scratches and dings are easy to fix. Hate the ugly green upholstery on the otherwise perfect Chesterfield-style sofa? Buy it. Have it recovered in a yummy fabric of your choice. Once you’ve mastered the technique of not judging furniture by its cover, it’s time to go shopping.

Thrift Stores

Salvation Army, Goodwill, Deseret Industries (in the western U.S.) and hospital auxiliary thrift stores are sources of deeply discounted used household items. Finding something decent is a bit challenging, but once in a while you’ll find just the piece you’ve been searching for, so don’t disregard these sources.

Online Shopping

Craigslist is the best online site for inexpensive home furnishings – mainly because it’s local. The first place to navigate once you arrive on your local Craigslist page is the “For Sale” section, where you’ll find a link named “Free.” Everybody loves free, right? Within this category you’ll see ads that are headlined: “Curb Alert.” These ads contain free items that the owners place at their curb, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directly beneath the “Free” section is a link to the furniture section. Here you can find everything from new furniture to gently used designer pieces and ratty junk. Craigslist gives you the opportunity to search by owner or by dealer and to use keywords, which saves you from having to scroll through hundreds of ads for headboards when you’re looking for a dining room table. You may also want to peruse the “Household” and “Antique” sections, also located under “For Sale.”

Another website where you can search for furniture is eBay. You can find some bargains here, but keep in mind that shipping charges may just destroy any savings you realize on the items themselves. Etsy is an interesting website for perusing handmade items, such as artwork, containers, planters and pillows suitable for accessorizing.

Shopping frugally allows you to make big, dramatic changes to your home décor without breaking the bank.

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To read more, check out the rest of the article on my Market Insider here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Ranson Market Insider

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month for another edition of Market Insider! This week I’m featuring the lovely town of Ranson, WV. If you happen to be buying or selling a home here, you might want to take a quick read at this!

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The number of active listings in Ranson dropped by 7.6% from the previous month. The median listing price for homes in this area is $209,680.

Understand the difference between “listing prices” (what sellers are asking for) and “sold prices” (what buyers are willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you’ll have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market activity each month. (Some sales are not immediately available from public records. As they become available, the data are updated.)

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Median household income is $44,394 with 113 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually.

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The Crime Risk Index compares the likelihood of different crimes happening within this community to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 100. A score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk.

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Median Age
30%
Married
2,004
Number of Homes
676
Homes with Children

The above data was gathered from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

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If you’d like to read more statistics on the current housing market in Ranson, visit my website here. You can find more information on it such as local schools, a list of establishments (categorized and searchable by map), and you can even compare areas/neighborhoods according to zip code. It can really provide you with a thorough insight so you have a better idea of the community you want to move into.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

The Most Expensive Home Styles Around

There are many factors to the price of a house. Size and location are two things–we all know a mansion will be more expensive than a farmhouse, and a single family home in Tulsa will be cheaper than a condo in Los Angeles. But did you know that the architectural style also affects the price of a house? Here’s several styles that will give you an idea of just how much the value of a home can change.

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ART DECO
Average asking price: $783,589
Most popular: 1920s and 1930s

Originating in Paris back in the 1920s, the art deco style is known for its geometric patterns. The Chrysler Building in New York City is a famous, classic example. They are usually taller, narrower, have flat roofs, metal windows, and stucco walls. It’s not an uncommon style with homes nowadays, and that’s what makes it a little pricier.

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GEORGIAN
Average asking price: $1,181,197
Most popular: 1700s

According to Yahoo! Homes, Georgian style homes are named after the four British kings that ruled when the style was first popular during the early 17th to mid-18th century. The style, which emphasizes symmetry, a square shape, and windows surrounding the home’s front door, became popular in New England in the 1700s. As a result, the majority of these properties are still located on the East Coast of the United States. One famous Georgian property is Mount Vernon, the home of the first U.S. president, George Washington, for most of his life.

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MEDITERRANEAN
Average asking price: $1,315,177
Most popular: 1920s, 1930s

These homes are mostly known for their red tile roofs and surrounded by a courtyard. This style is most prevalent in Florida and California, where the climate suits the open layout of the home. Mediterranean homes are one of the most expensive among Spanish-style homes.

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CLASSICAL
Average asking price: $1,845,624
Most popular: 1700s-1800s

Classical styles are a mix of different styles, which can be anything from Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, and so on. All of these styles were popular and built from the 18th to the early 20th century, involving architecture that is difficult to reproduce today, thus making it by far the most expensive style on the market.

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For more ideas on different house styles and their price range, feel free to check out the rest of the article here.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone!