Real Estate Renovations

Posts Tagged ‘Interior design’

The Frame Game

In Design Options, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

My hubs is as handy as the next guy, in some ways even more so for he has great electrical expertise. He often surprises me with the stuff he knows but has neglected to share with me over the years; for fear of having to perform said task more than once.  But I do believe I am the better painter of the two of us and when it comes to hanging pictures….Well let’s just say that I believe there is more skill required than a hammer and nail.

I found this post really helpful as it addressed many of my personal pet peeves. I don’t like little puny pictures sitting idly on the wall. I need pictures to be level and I need for them to positioned at the correct height on the wall in relation to the other furniture in the room.

And that doesn’t even take into consideration the attributes of getting the daggone thing into the frame properly.  I spent a portion of last year combing through some really special items of memorabilia and made a concerted effort to have the pieces mounted and framed for use in the future. ( Yay Me!) So I am really looking forward to getting those things up on the wall ( as we are now knocking down every conceivable wall in the house….. SMH)

Let’s hope I get it right with these tips!

Artwork languishing unhung because frame styles seem too confusing? These guidelines can help.

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Space to Take My Breath Away

In Design Options, Kitchens, Living Room, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Pleasant Valley contemporary bedroom
So, it has been long decided that grey, in many of its forms will be a staple in the new spaces. In my mind I really kept seeing accent colors that really popped like turquoise, purple or fuchsia.
Pleasant Valley contemporary family room

I had dangled the idea of a neutral sofa to the hubs, to lukewarm response… But now I’m seeing these images and I feel reborn!  I know I gravitate toward high style glitz and glamour, but I do honestly want something that is stylish yet comfortable and easily manageable.  I don’t want to cringe when someone flops in one of our chairs ( though that is a bit rude, don’t ya think?)

Pleasant Valley contemporary family room
Use of dove-gray and grayish blues with pale sand colors is really resonating with me.  We have purposely chosen kitchen colors that are NOT in the toasty caramel brown family (can you say DONE TO DEATH!) The cabinets are espresso very dark and the floors are called mudslide, which is also very dark and chocolatey.  The granite also leans a bit to the gray side.  It’s all very encouraging folks!!
Pacific Hillside Retreat traditional family room

My one caveat on going in this direction would really be to avoid at all cost event the slightest hint or reference to the beach.  No seashells, no bead board or white wainscoting. Though not far from the water and in an area known for waterish types of things, we’re just not those people.
Everything about this makes me smile.  It’s cool and light and airy, it feels spacious and comfortable. It’s stylish and intentional but not pretentious.  And it’s not girly so the hubs will offer a thumbs up! WHOO HOO!!!
Its gonna be a good day!

Making a Statement

In Design Options, Living Room, real estate on April 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

This picture makes me tilt my head like a little puppy.  On the one hand I really cannot see myself living here. But on the other hand, if I look at the individual elements, I find that I really like most if not all of the pieces in the space.

I stopped at the picture initially because I am searching for a signature piece for the space.  We are blowing out all the walls on the first floor  so I am losing a great deal of wall space for hanging things.  I love art and really want a piece somewhere on that floor.  I think the wall hanging here is very cool!

Perhaps it’s just the coloring of the space that I’m not a fan of. The side chairs are great. And I do like the mix of textures, though the hubs can only venture so far mixing and matching in a room (though he can work wonders with ties and shirts…)

Ultimately, I think we are going for something a little less fussy and a little more streamline. Decor is tough with so many options to sway your attention.  Lots of stuff looks great…for a minute.  I guess I have to give lots of stuff their 15 minutes before we actually finalize and install.

Vicky Johnson / Pinterest.

Hello world!

In real estate on April 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Ta-da!  After many clicks and edits we’re up and running!!! Great, now what?

Let me just start by saying that those of you that already know me know that I have an easy going, if not somewhat snarky personality. You shall see much of this going forward as par for the course.  I am opinionated and sometimes a little stubborn but its only due to my passion. 🙂

You will see all of that and more here in this most recent Johnson venture.  Before going any further let me give a bit of the needed background. Both myself and my husband John are Realtors.  We have spent the last year and a half on the hunt for the perfect property for us. To no avail.

Recently we made the decision to renovate our actually quite lovely, conveniently situated, not under water, Colonial home.  Yes! Knocking down walls, adding additions and the like….

Let’s just say, that though we are optimistic for the outcome, the process is proving to be quite humbling.

And so I am able to put myself in the shoes of many of my clients that are going through the home buying process for the first ( or fifth) time and I felt a sense of camaraderie. So we are opening the doors to the good the bad and ( as much of ) the ugly ( as we dare allow…)

I hope that the blog will be a source of inspiration for others to take the plunge or at least a community of support for my nerves when things get….tense. There’s plenty to fuel the fire of this project, but we’ll get to all that in due time.

Meanwhile, John and I welcome you into the Renovation of our Estate….