First, has anyone else checked out the prime deals on Amazon today?! Wowzas, I am definitely stockin' up on some baby-related items that we'll be needing SO SOON! Things have been a little cray over here. Good, but cray. I've been busy with some really sweet client projects, both organizing and interiors, and I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy which has definitely thrown things for a loop. Over the weekend we completed a loooooonnnnggg infant care class at the hospital we're delivering at and I guess it's becoming more and more clear that yup, we'll be parents very soon! It's always hard for me to believe anything is actually happening until well, it's happening or has just happened - be it a trip, our wedding, you name it, I keep a pretty even keeled emotion at all times. So yeah, even though it is 1000% clear that I have a human growing inside me on all levels, I still can't really believe it. HAH!
Hi guys! The blog is back after a few weeks off and I'm thinking we could all enjoy an Ask The Realtor post featuring some helpful insight from my friend and realtor, Kim Douglas. This week Kim is chattin' all about buyer mistakes. Yup, there are a number of things that all of you prospective buyers can refrain from doing as you enter the house hunting process. Read on to hear what Kim has to say!
Hi guys! I'm so excited to be rolling out this new series, "Ask The Realtor". I'll be partnering up with my friend and realtor, Kim Douglas who will be sharing some great tips, advice and even actual client experiences that we can all relate to!
If you did not already know, I work with MANY clients who are in that transition period whether they're preparing to move or have just moved. Let's be real for a minute here, no move is ever enjoyable. Am I right?! Sure, a new home can be so exciting but there are a lot all of things that can be so incredibly overwhelming. And sometimes one of the most stressful things can be found right at the start of it all, when you're trying to win over the seller's hearts and hear those sweet words..."offer accepted".
Small kitchens, they get such a bad rep but why? Having little cabinet and countertop space in your kitchen does not have to be such a negative thing. Sure, more space is nice but there are ways to live functionally and happily with less space to sprawl out. If you're a fellow small kitchen renter or owner, follow my tips below to optimize your cabinet and countertop space!
The warmer weather and sunshine are finally here and I could not be more ecstatic. If you live in New England or anywhere else where you experience the change of seasons, you quickly realize how amazing the warmth and sunshine feel after a long, cold and snowy winter.
You can finally open the windows, eat al fresco in your yard or if you're like me on your small city deck, and hopefully swap out your winter home décor for pieces that are more suitable for spring and summer.
As I start to furnish and decorate our first little babe's room, I've got kid-friendly wall art on the brain. Art can be a tough one to nail down. It can be so personal and often times hard to pinpoint what you like or want in a space. You can read all about my tips for selecting art here, but today I want to strictly chat about wall art ideas for a kid's room - nursery, toddler's room, little boy/girl's room, playroom, play nook - what ever kid-related space you're looking to dress the walls of, I have some basic guidelines and tips that will hopefully make the art selecting process easier! Oh and I have some of my current favorites below!!
Paint is one of my favorite ways to update a space on a budget and within a relatively quick turnaround. Whether you plan to hire it out or paint on your, it's definitely an update that can stop you in your tracks because the results can be that good!
Paint is also really easy to screw up - no pressure or anything! No but seriously, paint is a super easy cosmetic update but it's important to follow some basic guidelines while you're in the decision making phase. Often times people don't take into account the different factors that can ultimately make your fresh, new paint job come out not so great or even worse, not how you imagined.
Paint is also really easy to screw up - no pressure or anything! No but seriously, paint is an easy cosmetic update but it's important to follow some basic guidelines while you're in the decision making phase. Often times people don't take into account the different factors that can ultimately make your fresh, new paint job come out not so great or even worse, not how you imagined.
Last week was a good week. I've been scheduling many new client introductory calls and have some pretty sweet upcoming projects on the calendar for the next few weeks! All exciting stuff, people. Side note - if you're interested in working together, we simply setup a free 15-minute introductory call to chat project goals and how we could work together. Click here if you're ready to book your call!
Okay, back to the good stuff...
We also had our 20-week ultrasound where we FOUND OUT WHAT WE'RE HAVING!
Art is one of those things that can either make or break a space. A poor choice in art can make a space look cheesy, while an awesome choice in art can take a space to the next level (in a good way!). With that said, art is extremely personal which can make it difficult to select if you're not entirely sure what you like or even what will work with your space. There are SO many different types of art - painting, mixed media, drawing, photography, etc. So when you're trying to select art for your space but are feeling a little stumped, my first rule would be to determine what you like or even what you don't like to rule out the obvious. For me, I gravitate towards paintings but also like very selective photography-type art.
I've worked on some pretty amazing spaces but this one in particular holds a special spot for me. My client, a young professional living in a rental in the most charming area of Boston - Beacon Hill. Let me just repeat, her apartment is a rental.
When people rent they often feel as though there's "no point in making it their own" or that their options to improve the space are "limited". I am writing this post for all of you people who think these things. WHY on earth live anywhere that you're not going to make your own in at least a few small ways, regardless of the circumstances? Whether you have little space, live in a rental, have messy kids (they're all messy!), there are ways to improve your home and ultimately make the space one that is true to YOU without needing to do anything too ground breaking.
I have to admit, I'm not the most crafty person. If it involves paint, spray paint, some light sanding, stain or just replacing existing parts for new, prettier parts then I am all in! But I am definitely not about to go build a wall of built-ins. That may or may not be because we don't have a proper workspace like a garage, to prep materials though. So who knows maybe my crafting skills will beef up when we have the space to really build and get our hands dirty. We'll see!
Okay, so if you've been following along on my Instagram posts and stories you know that we've been transforming our guest room/my old office into the baby's room and though not complete, it is already a space I love.
This room used to have a Murphy bed with wardrobe cabinet attached, have dark moody walls and be my workspace since I work from home. We kept it very tidy and organized, are you surprised? ; ) No but seriously, this was a really great use of space that served a number of functions - guest room, my office, my wardrobe space (clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.).
To say I am jumping out of my skin with excitement to design and decorate the nursery is an understatement. I am also very excited to be back in the blogging game and if you haven't noticed, you're on a completely new HOP site...also really excited about that! Be sure to browse around and to signup for my monthly email newsletter (you can do so at the bottom of this post) to receive tips, special offers and so much more!