An entryway should always be staged. It is the first impression that a potential buyer has when he/she walks into a home. There is a missed opportunity in some homes that I have seen to make a huge impact visually. An entryway that functions well helps the buyer envision how he or she would use the space. Sometimes entryways are small but with the right mirror or statement art they can draw in potential buyers as well. Larger entryways need more work and should be staged accordingly to their size.
Some tips for a well staged entryway
- Keep it cluttered free-shoes, jackets, umbrellas,hats and purses should be stored away
- Choose the right size console table or bench for the entryway-furniture pieces that are big can make a potential buyer feel cramped and too small furniture pieces in an expansive foyer can look awkward
- Add a mirror or piece of artwork making sure the proportions are right for the space (the frame should be narrower than the width of the console table)
- When staging I like to use baskets, books, plants and other props to make an impact.
Our family room is one of the first rooms we tackled when we first moved in. The family room was pink and needed a makeover! Our family room had great features like a vaulted ceiling and large windows which was great though. I wanted a light colour palette for the main floor with a slightly coastal feel. Our family room makeover started with removing the popcorn ceiling. This process can be extremely messy so starting with the ceiling is a good idea. The floors were stripped and stained to a custom colour. Scott painted the walls and installed cultured stone on the fireplace wall. New lighting and accessories finished off our living room makeover.
I am happy with my family room, but taking all the elements that I love and rolling them into one eye popping, mouth watering family room like the one designed by designer Jenny Lyons of Dove Studio and Interior Designer Lisa Parke would be heaven. Take a look!
Where to Buy
- Side Table – Joss & Main
- Ceiling Light – Lamps Plus
- Coffee Table – Custom
- Cultured Stone – The Fireplace Center
Sometimes when you have existing oak floors you just can’t get past the idea that you don’t like the colour or how your floors look in your room with your existing paint colours or fabrics. Should you stain your floors if this happens.
When Scott and I bought this home we had red oak floors. I wanted to strip them and apply a clear coat or light stain. I had dark coloured floors in our last house and wanted a change. Scott wanted darker floors. Compromising during renovations is critical because it can be a stressful time. We agreed to disagree and our red oak floors were professionally stripped and stained. I love the floors we have now but the existing oak floors could have worked as well.
Red oak can be much more challenging to stain than white oak. It has pink undertones and the pink can vary depending on source location and the mill producing the wood. We hired a professional who combined his own mix. The overall result turned out great. I think red oak and especially white oak floors do look great in a room. Should you stain your oak floors? I would say no not always. Dark oak floors look beautiful but red oak and white oak are gorgeous as well. Choosing the right paint colours and including the right fabric and textures can make red oak or white oak floors look amazing in a room too!
Oak Floors and Grey Painted Walls
One of the first rooms we tackled when we bought our house was our basement. I am glad we did as it has served us well. Our unfinished basement had many windows, high ceilings, and our electrical panel was basically new. This made things much easier and cost effective when we finished our basement.
I new I wanted warm colours in my basement and a feeling of coziness. High ticket items like an expensive wine cellar or bar was not on our list. We wanted a T.V with surround sound, a designated play area with games and bins and an open space to play with light-sabers, Nerf Guns and Lego. A fireplace was high on our list.
There are lots of things to consider when finishing a basement so you will need a plan. How you will be using your basement is really important. You might want an open plan, wine cellar, play area, work out area, game area………..you know what I mean! Also important is the style you want to achieve.
Things to Consider
- You need required permits (electrical, plumbing)
- Your foundation should not have any moisture problems. If it does you need to take care of them before starting anything
- Do you need a sump pump?
- Consider installing a backwater valve backflow@Ottawa.ca (Backflow Prevention Program)
- Hire a professional HVAC
- Hire a professional Electrician
- These are just a few things to consider, older homes may have other issues (Asbestos) you need to hire professionals that know what they are dealing with. To keep costs down we painted, Scott installed the cultured stone, added the speaker cables and speakers. Scott installed the flooring and installed some light fixtures. He did most of the framing as well. Doing some of the work ourselves saved us a lot of money.
Where to Buy
- Lights – Lamps Plus
- In-wall Speakers – Monoprice
- Interior Doors,Transom Windows, and Trim – De La Fontaine
- Revere Pewter – BM HC172 (Used only 1/2 strength)
- Palladian Blue – HC144