Designing By Numbers: Six Easy Tips to Give Your Home a Makeover

The paint-by-numbers kits of childhood had a wonderful concept: by following clear and simple instructions, any child could create a well-done and coordinated color picture. Wanda Colon, the interior designer host of TLC’s Home Made Simple, took the paint-by-numbers idea and made it grow up. Knowing that many people are intimidated or just unskilled in interior design, Colon set out six steps to renovating and reenergizing the design of a home that are as easy as painting anything with a little number one blue.

Step 1: Focus on the Foyer

The foyer is the first entrance to a house, and thus the first impression that any guests will receive when they arrive and the final memory when they leave. Colon’s solution won’t break the bank at a mere $25-50, but it will have a rich impact. Invest in a console table that really makes a statement and top it with personal photos and a fragrant candle (just make sure that the scent matches the season; no cinnamon in May!).

Step 2: Pillows and Throws

There is no need to purchase new bedding with every changing design trend. Simply replacing the throw blankets and decorative pillows will freshen up the bedroom. Bedrooms are often neglected in the design world according to Colon, but as this is the room that is the most personal, it should be the most important instead. Occasionally changing up the color of the pillows and blanket will rejuvenate a room intended for winding down, without buying a whole new bedding set.

Step 3: Dress Up the Lights

Plain lampshades are only $10 and can easily be dressed up with unique and inexpensive fabrics. Apply the fabric to the lampshade with a hot glue gun, and decorate it with beads or maybe fringe to completely customize it. A custom piece not only a one-of-a-king treasure, but it is also a statement about the personality and creativity of the person who lives there.

Step 4: Don’t Fear the Color

Whether painting an entire room with a color, or following the trend of neutral walls and one colored accent wall, a hue is no longer taboo on the walls. Colon suggests picking up at least three different paint color samples and trying them out on a 3×3 ft square on the wall before committing to a gallon of paint. This way, the color can be seen at all hours of the day, which is important because light will reflect differently every hour and the best decision can be made.

Step 5: Mood Lighting

Stark white light is rarely flattering for a person nor a room. Match the lighting to the space based on the desired atmosphere; for example, Colon has used amber tinting lights in the dining room to create a warm and cozy glow for mealtimes.

Step 6: Remember the Memories

A home can be a travel journal of all the different places a family has visited. At each location, bring back something really personal or cultural. Stay away from the typical tourist fare. Decorating a room with items from around the world or around the country or even just around the state will tell a story of where the family has been and the possibilities for where it will go in the future.

Sisal Rugs: Agave Is Not Just for Tequila Anymore

The agave plant has a rich history in relation to food: it is the mother of the popular alcohol tequila and recently has become the base of many natural sweeteners. But agave’s use goes beyond food, it extends to interior design.

Sisal is a natural fiber extracted from the agave plant and is used to make area rugs. Its use is actually older than tequila and sweeteners, beginning back in Ancient Egypt. In the 19thcentury sisal cultivation expanded into the Caribbean, Florida, and South America as well as parts of Africa. Nowadays, Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sisal fiber and rugs.

The plant fibers are very durable yet soft, making it a natural choice to weave into area rugs and broadloom.  It is naturally fire-retardant, sound absorbing, and antistatic. Sisal is also a stronger fiber than flax, jute, and hemp, other materials commonly used in rugs. But its superior qualities make sisal a better and longer lasting material for rugs.

Sisal has been making a comeback in popularity because of the green movement in interior design. It is considered environmentally and architecturally neutral, meaning that production of sisal products does not leave a carbon footprint on the atmosphere. Rugs made from sisal are also naturally colored because of the differences in the fibers, which reduce the need for artificial dyes.

Area rugs made from sisal are an excellent design choice for an environmentally conscious client. As it has grown in popularity, it also has been dropping in price, so right now is a great time to find deals on sisal-based textiles. With its durability, environmental benefits, and design possibilities, a sisal area rugs is a solid investment for your client’s design.

New Virtual Hybrid in Home Staging Training

New Hybrid in Home Staging Training – Learn hands-on in your P.J.’s (edit/delete)

New cutting edge Hybrid in Home Staging Training combines hands-on classroom training with the convenience of learning from home.

In the past, traditional online training provided students with little or no personal interaction, the ability to ask questions or receive feedback on their progress….so The Academy of Home Staging has taken their extensive, renowned classroom training and converted it to a live virtual classroom course, where there is live instructor training via computer. Students showcase projects via this interactive virtual classroom and receive group and instructor feedback, instruction and coaching.

In addition to individual coaching and mentoring, students are also given on-going education after the certified training program is completed. This is unprecedented in the Home Staging Training Arena and fills a niche that has long needed filling, especially now that CNN and Career Builder proclaim that Home Staging is the #1 Career Poised for growth. (http://www.cnn.com/)   

The Window of Opportunity is Now Here.  

If you or someone you know is interested in a hands-on home staging training program but prefers to learn on weekends without travel, have them check out this program: http://HomeStagingAcademyOnline.com   

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HOME STAGING – the #1 Career Poised for Growth by CNN – Are you going to Miss the Window of Opportunity?

Are you going to miss the window of opportunity?

The Home Staging industry is wide open and CNN and Career Builder are saying that Home Staging is the #1 Career poised for growth. There has been so much talk the past few years about home staging and there are over 10 televisions shows that feature home staging, and yet few have jumped on the band wagon – no wonder CNN is predicting Home Staging as the #1 career for growth! (http://www.cnn.com/)

Home Staging is a fun and rewarding career that allows you the freedom to create your own schedule, pick and choose the jobs you want to work and earn a fantastic living, being your own boss!

Home Stagers arrange furniture and accessories in a creative and strategic way that sells homes 67% faster and for 10% higher offers. And according to a 2007 HomeGain study, Home Staging yields a 343% return on investment to the home owner. This means that home owners actually MAKE money every time they hire a home stager!

If you have been longing to design interiors for a living, this is the perfect time to get into the industry and establish yourself as your area’s expert. While others are sitting on the fence, you will have the opportunity to build your name and client base before the competition arrives.

The amazing thing about home staging is that it is the fastest growing segment of interior design and while training for interior design can take 2-4 years to complete, Home Staging Certification can be achieved in just 40 hours.

The following areas are needed skill sets in the Home Staging arena and you will want to choose a certification program that offers the most complete training in the following areas:

- Insider Home Staging and Design Techniques including staging tricks and techniques, space planning and color theory

- How to obtain and retain a client base

- How to build your business step by step from the ground up

- What services to offer and how to price your services

- How to stage lived-in and vacant homes with in-field, hands-on staging training

- Insurance, contracts and forms

- The opportunity to ask questions of the instructor and small class size

- Ongoing training and support

If you are considering a career in Home Staging, I recommend you check out http://www.TheAcademyOfHomeStaging.com for the most in-depth and complete training system available.