Moving Tips From The Experts

I haven't had a chance to post on the blog lately, so when I received a request from a moving company called Bellhops to write post for me, I was all ears!  While I haven't worked with this company yet, I checked them out and was impressed.  They're a moving company with a very updated vibe, and, since moving is something that many of us have done (and sometimes many times), I thought you would all enjoy hearing what they have to say.  So here it is!

THINGS TO DO AFTER YOU’VE MOVED IN

One of the best things about moving into a new house is making it yours. Take the opportunity to flex your creative muscles and decorate in the style you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s a fixer-upper or turn-key ready, there are an endless amount of things you can do that can transform a house into a home.

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PAINT

A fresh lick of paint has the power to quickly start putting your stamp on your new space. If you just want a quick freshen, go for colours like white, creams or greys.  Neutral palettes give a clean, crisp base to build upon.

But, saying that, a bit of vibrancy is always a good thing. Colour is a powerful tool.  Colours can influence our emotions and perceptions, so this is an opportunity to try some out.  Do a bit of research into your favourite shades and see if they match the vibe you want your home to have.

If you are game to take some risks, and are thinking about bold or unusual colour combinations then you should go for it! However, before you commit to something like a fuschia kitchen, it’s always advisable to chat to an expert first. They will be able to advise you on what will suit the shape, size or style of your rooms. A professional will work with you on all the different factors that determine what will work best.  

GET COZY

Unless you are super minimalist, you’ll probably want to make your new home as cozy as possible, as quickly as possible. And when it comes to comfort, little things can make a huge difference.

Treat yourself to things like a new set of mugs and everyday glassware.  New dish towels for sure!

Candles, cushions and throws will all add to the ambiance. A gorgeous new table lamp or light shade works wonders for creating a warm atmosphere.

Maybe most important are your prized possessions. Hang your photo frames, wall art and mirrors straight away and it will really start to feel like home.

UNPACK

It’s tempting to unpack the things you need and ignore the rest. But you will never feel truly settled if you ignore stacks of boxes. Set aside time to properly sort your stuff. Find a home for everything you want to keep and sell it or donate what you don’t.

It’s always best to eliminate clutter from the start. This will help you to keep your new place clean as you go on too. Storage is essential. There are so many inexpensive solutions available these days, not just closets, but storage boxes, shelves, drawers, stackable containers. There are loads of awesome hacks out there that help to make the most of your home.     

LIGHTS OUT

They say home is where you lay your head down at night and so a bed is one of the most important things in any house. If you have brought your own, maybe it’s time to think about an upgrade and if you have moved into somewhere where your bed no longer fits, it's time to go shopping!

When decorating your home, there will always be things you will want to add to and tweak as time goes on. But tackling the bigger things and creating an inviting environment is best done at the beginning. Then you can spend your time exploring your new neighborhood!

I hope these tips are helpful and that you'll consider Bellhops for your next move!

Thanks,

Micheal Brennan

Bellhops

Making a home light, bright and inviting!

I wrote about part of this project recently, so now let's look at the whole thing.  It's quite a change:

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Above is the Before of one corner of the Family Room...

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...and here's the After!  The room was always attractive, but it was time to lighten things up.  

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I showed you this entertainment center in this previous post, but I can't get over the difference between then....

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...and how that same wall looks now.   Are you loving that accent rug?  Me too.  Meeee-yow!

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Here's another camera angle of the room.  Since these photos were taken, the coffee table has been replaced.  No pretty objects have been placed on it yet, but I want to include it:

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Pretty fandabulous!  The metallic finish on the top makes my heart beat faster!

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We took down the sheers on the back windows and replaced them with my favorite roller shades that go up and down with the touch of a finger.  When rolled completely up, they just disappear.

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Such nice nailhead detail on the Sherrill sofas!  Custom accent pillows, window treatments and that fab rug add color and pattern to an otherwise neutral room.

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The Family Room is open to the adjoining Kitchen.  Above is a Before that gives you an idea of how it looked.  I need to find a pic that shows the old light fixture....

Found it!

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Here's the After:

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Morning coffee in here will really put you in the right mood to start the day!  

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We used french returns on the metal rods for the custom cafe curtains.  Tres bien!

Then we tackled the formal dining room.  The Before will show that it was already a gracious, traditional space with lively colors, custom window treatments and a gorgeous table.  These clients were just ready for a change.  A general updating with a calm vibe was the goal.

Here's the Before:

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And here's what we did:

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The heavy top treatments came off the windows, a new custom rug was designed and the dining chairs were reupholstered.  This room is still formal, but in a lighter, brighter and more modern way.

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I always try to use 2 upholstery fabrics on dining chairs.  It's a subtle touch.  When you're in the room, I want you to find little design surprises slowly but surely.

This entire project was a treat to work on.  We were able to make big and small changes that added up to a refresh that flows from room to room and really reflects the personalities and lifestyle of the clients. 

Life is good!

Ciao,

Anne

Embrace vibrant colors!

The fact that it's January seems to make me focus on color.  I really miss my leaves. So I scrolled through my photos and look what I found:

When you see that purple, don't you want to just fall into it?  Wouldn't you like to see some of that color every single day?

When I heard that Pantone had named Ultra Violet as their Color of the Year, I was thrilled.  The world needs more purple.  I probably wouldn't paint my walls with it, but I definitely look for this kind of purple--strong, vibrant, saturated--in accent pillows,  on throws, in art and definitely in fresh flowers.  

But maybe I would paint my walls with it.  Here's some serious inspriation:

It's the prettiest kitchen I have ever stepped into and I'll never forget it.  Those walls!  Look at how they're balanced with white, light wood finishes and sparkling natural light.  Using soft neutrals: gray, taupe, cream and white gives the eye some relief when using a showstopper color.  The eye always needs some relief, otherwise it's hard to take it in for a sustained period.  At least that's how I am.  

After the flowers in the first picture were gone, I still had a reminder because...

I painted an old frame to create a vignette with art!  That pop of purple on gray walls sure does make me happy.  That's what vibrant colors do--they make us happy.  

Then there's this:

A friend is using color to put his own stamp on a beautiful old home and the above pics show two of his rooms.  is this something you could live with?  I didn't think I could when he started painting, but now I can see they would make me incredibly happy.  And creative.  Like, all the time. The picture on the left lets you peek into an adjoining space.  The moldings in that room are painted the orange you see in marigolds and they're gorgeous with the red walls.  The guest room (pic on the right) is softer, but still unexpected.

You can get vibrant colors into any room with accessories, paint or fabrics. Whatever suits you best.

The top photo in the above group shows drapery panels in a vibrant pattern on red wall - I need to tell you about that color-happy client in another post.  I wrote about those sassy office chairs in this post and the blue chair with the cute-as-a-button orange pillow was in this post.  The gorgeous blue walls showed up in this very recent post.

Look for a favorite color that gives your brain a little jolt of happiness and put it in your house!

Ciao,

Anne