No matter your style, arranging your furniture in just the right way can turn a house into a home. When you use furniture arranging tricks from top designers, your rooms will look more spacious and inviting. Our brokers know a thing or two about presenting your space to look its best!
We know: Sometimes, nothing less than more space will do. Most of the time, though, you can give any room in your home a new lease on life by applying the techniques of interior decorating. It's easier than you might think – and if you have an afternoon to spend, it can be a lot of fun.
Let's take a closer look at furniture arranging insights that make a difference:
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Reading is an excellent year-round activity for family members of all ages to enjoy. Plus, the Pacific Northwest is home to many local bookstores full of books to add to your summer reading list. While summer reading is certainly enjoyed outdoors, an indoor reading nook makes it so you can enjoy your new favorite novel even when it is raining.
After you've stocked up on new reads, follow these tips for creating a cozy reading spot in your home.
If you're searching for a simple way to add natural beauty to your home and freshen your air, houseplants are an essential addition to your home. Houseplants absorb carbon dioxide and add oxygen to your home's air, working to remove toxins from your home. Our brokers know that having indoor plants also makes your home more inviting and appealing to potential homebuyers.
However, it can be a little tricky incorporating plants into your home's existing decor. You also need to consider any specific needs for your houseplant, like whether it prefers a sunny or dark space. Here are some of the best spots to display your indoor plants.
Want a home with more room for your plants or extra space outside for gardening? Contact us today to start your home search!
Moving to a new house can be a stressful and chaotic ordeal. You have a thousand different things to worry about. There's a good chance something will be forgotten.
Whether it's an item you didn't pack up or a task you neglected to do, it's not uncommon to get to your new home, only to say, "What happened to the ______?!" Here are some of the most common things people forget.
Often Forgotten Items and Tasks
Forgetting things during a move is common, but if you have someone knowledgeable to help you, the ordeal becomes easier. Our brokers can guide you through the process and make it less chaotic, so you have more time to focus on the tasks above. Contact us and let us help you move into your dream house.
Homes are selling very quickly! Securing a home in a competitive market can feel challenging, if not impossible. Below, we've rounded a few tips to give you the best chance possible at getting your dream home in the competitive market. Following our guide and working with our brokers will help you stay ahead of the pack and position yourself as a potential buyer.
If you're ready to buy a home in the Pacific Northwest, Coldwell Banker Bain can help. We put our knowledge, skills, and experience on your side to help you find the perfect place to call home. Contact us today to get started.
Fall is here! And with it comes fall weather. So it's time to pay attention to home maintenance and repairs. If you're thinking about selling your home in the near future, our brokers can offer advice on important fall maintenance tips.
In the Pacific Northwest, the fall season is the beginning of chilly temperatures, heavy rainfall, and snow and ice. Preparing your home with necessary maintenance before cold weather sets in will protect against costly damages and keep your family warm and comfortable. Take a look at 10 fall maintenance tips that you should not ignore:
If you're considering buying or selling in the Washington area, contact us for available properties. We have many available homes that may be just what you're looking for.
Making your home secure is rarely a one-and-done project, but it should be a top priority. As technology advances and criminals develop new techniques, it's important to regularly upgrade your home's security features. This can prevent break-ins, protect your loved ones and property, and give you peace of mind. If you're wondering where and how to start, the following suggestions by our brokers will help you take the right steps to protect your home against intruders.
Bonus Tip: Make sure to lock down and hide your Wi-Fi network, rename it, install anti-virus protection, create a strong password, and install a firewall. You don't want to leave your security system or smart home gadgets open to cyberattacks.
Are you in the market for a new home with smart security features? Contact us today, and we'll be happy to show you beautiful and secure properties in the Pacific Northwest. We can also provide expert advice and help you find the best value if you're looking to improve your home's security before selling.
Depending on your point of view, rainy days can be either the best or the worst. It's frustrating being stuck in the house with nothing to do. But with a little creativity, there are all kinds of activities you can participate in while waiting for the weather to clear - especially for new homeowners who are working to make their new house their own. Here are a few DIY projects that can help you pass the time and feel productive on a rainy day.
These are just a few things you can do on a rainy day to make your house feel more like home. Our brokers can get you set up in the perfect house to meet your needs. What you do with it after that is up to you. Contact us anytime, rain or shine, to learn more!
Part of homeownership is getting to redecorate your place and make it a reflection of your style. As you consider various trends to add to your home, you may come across one that is becoming more and more popular, known as cottagecore, which is a home decor journey to a cozier time. If the homes you are asking our brokers to show you are perfect for adding these design touches, you're on your way to having a cottagecore inspired home. Follow these tips below.
Our team can help you find a home for you to decorate with your favorite home decor style. Contact us when you're ready to start your search for a new home in the area.
As our brokers will tell you, most homebuyers make up their minds about a home before they take a look inside. No matter how much money, time, and effort you put into styling your home's interior, it will be much harder to sell your house if the exterior does not charm potential buyers. First impressions are everything when it comes to real estate. A buyer is more likely to move on to the next home if your home's exterior is not well-kept and lacks features that offer recreational benefits.
As you prepare your home for the selling process, you may want to consider exterior upgrades that could add value to your home today and in the future. Find out which investments make the most sense with this list of popular outdoor home features that boost property value, marketability, and appeal.
Adding outdoor home features can vastly improve your ability to relax outside in your home, boost curb appeal, and increase your home's resale value. But it's important to research before starting any project. For more information on home improvement, contact us today.
Knocking out a few simple tasks this summer will help ensure you don't run into any unexpected problems caused by poor gutter maintenance. This may include leaks, damage to your insulation, siding damage, and more. Don't let this happen to you! Follow these simple tips, and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature brings.
Whether you're planning to stay in your home for the long term or you're thinking about moving soon, our brokers encourage you to keep up with basic maintenance tasks. This will help ensure your home maintains its current value and its curb appeal.
We're here to help. Your dream home is waiting for you, so don't wait. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Upcycling has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with more people looking for ways to reuse materials and save money. It is a great way of transforming unloved, outdated, or unused pieces of furniture into something fresh, unique, and perfectly suited for your space. The good thing about upcycling is that no previous skills are required, and there are really no limits to what you can create. Upcycling is not just a cost-effective way of breathing new life into your old furniture, but it's also a great way to expand your creativity and reduce your impact on the environment. Our brokers have put together their top tips, which will help you create your ultimate upcycling adventure.
If you're planning to sell or buy in the area, our team can help make the process easier for you. Contact us today.
When you love your home, it's only natural to want to make it even better. Life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest almost demands the comfort only a fireplace can provide, but how do you know it's a good investment for your home? You don't hesitate to make simple changes, like a fresh coat of paint. When it comes to something as significant as adding a fireplace, however, there are several factors to consider before making a final decision.
While chilly fall and winter nights are quite a ways away, if you plan on adding a fireplace, now is the time to start doing your research.
For nearly twenty years, smart homes have been surging in popularity as we embrace the technology that makes our lives easier. No longer limited to inside the home, technology has moved into the garden to make it more efficient as well.
Our brokers know how important a lush lawn and curb appeal are when appealing to potential buyers. Whether you're getting your home ready to list or just want to enjoy an attractive landscape, consider installing a few of these smart devices.
When you're ready to find the perfect place for your own garden paradise, contact us. We'll be happy to show you the finest homes throughout the area.
Few things personalize your house as much as the displays of artwork on the walls. As our brokers take you on tours, let your imagination soar and envision how you can make the space your own with your personal collection.
As much a work of art as the pieces they contain, the process of creating a gallery wall may seem daunting. But by following some basic guidelines, the display you design will be a wonderful visual focal point.
Before you begin, seek ideas from magazines or online platforms. As you see layouts you find aesthetically pleasing, make note of the elements you like the most. Collect photos so that you can examine them later for details. You'll find a variety of options from symmetrical to asymmetrical, small groupings of three items to ten or more, rigidly themed to eclectic. The choices are yours based on what you find attractive.
Curate your Artwork
As you are curating your pieces, remember that you are not restricted to paintings and photographs. Clocks, mirrors, and shadow boxes of meaningful items can breathe life into the exhibit, expanding the texture and flavor of the display. You can coordinate disparate items by putting them in matching frames if that is the style you prefer.
Determine the Location
Did we say wall? We should probably have said walls. You are not limited to one space by any means. You can hang artwork down a stairway or behind the table in the dining room. The goal is to create a home where the colors, furniture, and architecture blend into a cohesive environment. You may find beautifully designed homes in which the artwork carries your eyes around corners and from one room to the next.
Consider Color and Scale
In considering the groupings within your collection, pay close attention to the overall color schemes and the sizes of each object. If you have several prints or paintings, for example, that are all from a similar color palette, grouping them in the same display will create a harmonious well-ordered feeling to the entire room. But gallery walls are meant to be a bold invitation to look deeper into the artwork, so if your taste runs more to wildly different colors and styles, that's OK. Just remember to anchor them together in some fashion, such as matching frames, to avoid a haphazard appearance. It is important to remember scale when you are matching artwork to your furniture. Neither should overshadow the other. The same holds true to the array itself. It's all about maintaining balance.
It's important to know the exact amount of space you have available before you map out a final arrangement. It's a good idea to place furniture and lighting before you measure. You don't want your perfect design hidden by a lamp or the sofa. Think about whether other focal points will detract from the vision you wish to create. Fireplaces, big-screen television sets, and sometimes even windows can draw the eye away from your gallery wall. Make certain that your arrangement works around these larger items.
Create a Mock-up
Once you have a plan in mind, it's time to test your layout. Begin with the largest item. This is your anchor piece. Work smaller pieces around it. If you have a particular look that you found in your initial research and you want to mimic it, arrange your pieces accordingly. If you prefer your own design, now is the time to try it out without risking unnecessary nail holes in the paint. If you look at one designer's ideas, you'll find very strict guidelines, such as avoiding putting the largest piece in the dead center of the display. The next article you read will have a lovely picture of a large painting encircled by smaller pieces. There are no rules other than the ones you chose to follow. When you're happy with the pattern, you may find it helpful to take a picture of your final layout to use as a reference as you hang the objects. Make a paper template of each piece and mark where the nail hole should go. Tape the templates to the wall. Nail through the marks and strip away the paper. Hang your collection, and voila! Your gallery wall is complete.
Looking for the perfect home to decorate with your favorite artwork? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain, and we'll be happy to lead the way.
This year, don't just head to the library, consider setting up your personal home library. Whether you have a small or extensive collection, creating an at-home library can provide a wonderful way to display your favorite volumes. It can also make your home feel grander! All it takes is a little planning to create a comfortable, personal, and unique space. Here, our brokers share their best tips for setting up a home library fit for any space.
Our team at Coldwell Banker Bain can help you find the perfect home for your book collection. Contact us today to start looking at available listings.
Are you one of the more than 100 million people in the United States who own either a dog or a cat? More and more, pet owners are thinking about their furry friends when planning home renovations, and it's easier than ever to incorporate pet-friendly features as part of larger renovation projects in your home. And it's not just your pets who benefit! Many of the most popular pet-friendly renovations can also save floor space, help keep your home cleaner, and enhance the look of some of the most frequently used rooms in your home. Our brokers have the details on some popular pet-friendly features that you can incorporate into your next home renovation project.
Add Feeding Stations and Storage for Pet Items When Updating Your Kitchen
Thinking of updating your kitchen cabinets or adding an island for increased counter and storage space? Consider incorporating a pet feeding station into your design plan. A feeding station makes it easier to keep your kitchen clean and keeps you from accidentally kicking pet bowls when walking through the kitchen. Make sure to incorporate some extra storage space near the feeding station to store food and other items for your pet. In addition to keeping things clean, built-in feeding stations will also save floor space in your kitchen.
Pet Bathing Stations Make Bath Time a Breeze
Bathing pets can be a real challenge, especially if you have a large dog or an older pet. Many homeowners are now incorporating pet bathing stations, with bathrooms and mudrooms the most popular places to put them. You can create a smaller bathing station specifically for your pet, with a spray nozzle and plenty of room for bathing supplies. If you don't want to add a dedicated bathing station while renovating your bathroom, consider a walk-in shower with a handheld showerhead to make it easier to keep your pet clean.
A Mudroom Is a Great Choice for Pets and Kids Alike
When shopping available homes for sale, you may have noticed an extra room in some homes near the foyer or the door that opens to the home's backyard. Commonly known as mudrooms, these rooms are ideal for cleaning off muddy paws and shoes without tracking dirt through the rest of the home. A mudroom is also a great place to keep the supplies that you'll need to take your pet for a walk and the toys that your pet loves to play with when they are in the yard. A mudroom can be as small or large as you like. The key is simply to build your mudroom near the door that pets (and kids) will use most when coming into the house from outside.
Cat Highways Are a Perfect Addition for Your Feline Friend
Cats love to climb, so adding a "cat highway" is a great way to encourage your feline friends to play and get some extra exercise. You can buy a cat highway that's ready to install from your favorite pet supply store or create something new yourself. The key is simply to give your cat safe, sturdy spaces to climb around the house. By keeping the bulk of your cat highway above eye level, you also save floor and wall space that can be used for other needs.
Add Ramps on Outdoor Stairs to Help Older Pets
Many older dogs, especially if they are larger breeds, can have trouble getting up and down the stairs that lead into your home. Even for younger dogs and smaller breeds, limiting how much they use stairs can help save wear and tear on joints. Adding a ramp to outdoor stairs is a simple solution that can help with the health of your dogs, and it's easy to incorporate a ramp when you're updating your deck or patio. Even if you're not undertaking a larger renovation project, it shouldn't be too difficult to add a ramp to your existing stairs.
Create Dedicated Sleeping Spaces for Pets
Every pet should have its own space for sleeping, but pet beds and crates take up valuable floor space. They're also not always the most pleasant thing to look at aesthetically. Just like with feeding stations, you can incorporate built-in pet beds into a wide variety of home renovation projects. You can even put them in multiple rooms! Create a stylish, cozy place for your pet to sleep, and save some space in the process.
Still searching for a home that both you and your pets will love to call your own? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
With so much going on these days, even the most organized people can become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining a home and family. Luckily, today's technology can help make it a little bit easier. With so many productivity apps on the market, you can really leverage your smartphone to help you make it through the day. We were talking home organization tips with some of the owners of these homes for sale and we heard so many great recommendations for innovative home organization apps.
As a homeowner, you've probably heard you should set aside a minimum of 1% of your home's selling price for repairs and maintenance every year. The amount you may need generally goes up over time — and sometimes there may be extra pricey work that needs doing.
While many homes for sale are in excellent condition, the rule holds true for all houses. If you take the step of saving money for home upkeep, you can use those same funds for renovations in years without repairs.
All the major systems within your home, like the HVAC and wiring, are constantly accumulating little bits of wear and tear. They may continue to work effectively for many years without complaint, but it is important to be active in taking care of the home, so nothing will catch you by surprise! Seattle's climate means much of the minor damage your home experiences happens in the early months of the year. Rain and wind can be unexpectedly harsh. Your roof, windows, outer envelope, and even your back and front yards all play roles in keeping your home sound.
What to Do in Winter to Improve the Comfort and Longevity of Your Home
Getting out to work on your property might seem like a chore, but it can be deeply satisfying — and it's worth it when your home stands the test of time. Our brokers know that home improvement projects shouldn't stop even when the temperature drops. Here are some of the most important things to get done in the winter:
Start With Basic Winterizing
Small seasonal projects that don't require any DIY experience form the backbone of what Seattle homeowners should get done first. This includes checking and replacing weatherstripping on your windows and doors, clearing debris from your gutters so they flow smoothly, dusting and turning your ceiling fans clockwise, and closing outdoor water valves (while leaving a slow drip to prevent pipe freezes).
Seal Up Cracks
When you check on your weatherstripping, the odds are good you'll discover a crack or two. Cracks can accelerate the loss of heat, and because of the way warm air cycles through the home, this makes it more uncomfortable in both winter and summer. Caulk can deal with tough cracks. Be wary of warped windows that no longer close flush: These are best replaced as soon as possible.
Add a Layer of Paint
Indoor projects can be much more inviting in winter, and interior painting is always worth the time and effort. You can touch up walls, cabinets, and furniture, or even pick out a completely new color for the walls. When all is said and done, this adds interest that makes it easier to spend time indoors.
Get a Leg Up on Gardening
If you're an avid gardener, remember that you can start many of your seeds indoors. A grow light shelf can significantly enhance the range of plants that will flourish inside. Another way to get ahead is by building garden boxes and storing them safely in your garage or basement.
For many homeowners, getting organized is synonymous with donating what isn't needed — and there's no better time to do that than in the winter. Start sorting out trash, recycling, and donations early, and don't hesitate to invest in storage systems like bins, shelves, and hangers.
Consider Getting "Spring Cleaning" Out of Your Way
Once you've spent time organizing, you've got plenty of momentum. Why not go all the way and do the spring cleaning early? You're halfway there, but the hallmark of a true spring clean is to deep clean carpets and upholstery. Clean the tub and tile, windows, and oven, and you're done!
Insulate the Attic
Attic insulation is often "out of sight, out of mind" for homeowners, but it has a crucial function. Insulation gradually degrades over time, especially as a result of moisture intrusion. Accelerated heat loss means your furnace will work much harder to keep your family comfortable, and that's reflected in your energy bill throughout the season. Replacing insulation stops the problem at the source.
Get Your Heater Maintained
Speaking of heat — whether you have a standalone furnace or an integrated HVAC system, getting it looked at once yearly is vital. A quick check-up will zero in on any fire hazards and ensure you don't lose heating when you need it most. At a minimum, be sure to change your filters, which usually need replacement every three months. Separately, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.
To learn more, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain today.
The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.
There are so many benefits that come with keeping live plants in your home. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also improve your indoor air quality and make you feel good. Studies have shown that caring for plants can contribute to your overall well-being and reduce stress.
If your plants live indoors, you might not think much about the change of season. However, even indoor plants need different care in the wintertime. We've asked a few of our brokers with green thumbs for their recommendations. Follow these tips, and you'll have happy plants all season long!
Staging your home is as important as ever when it comes to homes for sale. Staging has a valuable role to play in traditional showings and virtual ones.
A well-staged property has the potential to sell faster and claim a higher closing price. Our brokers use staging as part of our commitment to get our clients great results.
One of the most valuable aspects of staging is that it allows potential buyers to imagine their own future life in the home. Creating the right mood means striking a balance: As the seller, you can't be in the way, but the home must still look welcoming – that is, as if someone lives there.
Never is that balance more vital (or trickier) than during the holiday season.
The Best Ways to Stage Your Home for Selling During the Holidays
Opinions and backgrounds differ, of course, but most people have strong positive feelings around the holiday season. It's a wonderful time to come together in a spirit of giving and joy. With the right approach, you can harness that positivity within your own staged home.
But what's the best way to do it without going overboard?
These proven home staging techniques can help:
Spring and summer make up the traditional "high season" for real estate. But just because the weather is cold, it doesn't mean the market can't be hot! Contact us to find out more today.
Raise your hand if your home could use a little organization. Don't worry, most of us have at least one or two areas of our house that are hot spots for collecting clutter. Our brokers know that when space is limited, you need to get creative with your cleaning and organization. Try these seven storage ideas to help you eliminate clutter and better organize your home.