Interview with Tori Toth: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick Sell

Interview with Tori Toth:  Home Staging Secrets for a Quick Sell

I am so excited to share an interview today that I got to do with Tori Toth, a New York City based home staging expert!  I have always found the process of selling and buying a home fascinating. I am one of ‘those’ people who will look online to see which homes in the area are for sell.  I am always curious to see the photos of the homes, their features, and their asking price. When looking online you can usually tell which homes have been staged for sale and which haven’t.  My first experience with a stager occurred 3+ years ago when we sold our condo. My realtor felt so strongly that a stager was integral to the process of selling a home that she personally paid for a stager to come to everyone of her client’s homes before they put their home on the market. I learned a lot from my stager about how to market my home to potential buyers and I’m excited to share Tori’s words of wisdom on the topic!     Tori Toth is a home…

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Budget Patio Makeover Reveal

Budget Patio Makeover Reveal

We had my side of the family’s family reunion this past week. I thought I was going to be able to post during it but it was so jam packed with activities, conversation, and family fun I wasn’t able to (that means you’ll get two posts this week instead of one).:-)  It was so nice to spend time with my siblings and their families (some that I hadn’t seen for 4 years)! We hosted a cookout Thursday night and I was able to complete our patio makeover just in the knick of time. We’ve been in our house now for a little over 3 years. When we came to look at the house for the first time the back patio looked like this. It had great bones but wasn’t being used to its fullest. I knew the patio had the potential to become an outdoor oasis but we couldn’t afford to buy outdoor furniture for it right away. We used an outdoor glider that we already had and slowly filled the space with good deals…

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How to Paint Stair Railings like a Boss

How to Paint Stair Railings like a Boss

Hello!  Hope you’ve had a great week!  I’ve been busy this week trying to get the house ready for company which means tying up some undone projects and starting some new ones. I know, not a smart idea to start a new project, much less a makeover less than a week before house guests arrive but I seem to do it every time!:-)  This time it is the finished part of the basement which I pretty much have done nothing about in the three years we’ve lived here. There is a reason why you have never seen pictures of the basement!  More often than not it looks like a cave that has been attacked by toys. And you thought I was just exaggerating? Unfortunately not!:-) Now that we have the sleeper sofa in the basement I’ve been meaning to do some sprucing up and beautifying.  I’m not going to have time to do a whole makeover before they come but I will get started with a new pretty paint palette and some organizing which can go a long…

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Laundry Makeover Gone Glam

Laundry Makeover Gone Glam

You may remember when I helped my friend, Lolly, makeover her powder bathroom (if not see post, Here).   Well, we’ve been at it again!  This time re-working her laundry room. Her laundry room was somewhat functional with an IKEA wall shelf but she felt she needed more storage space… and didn’t like twisting to hang things up on the side wall.  She preferred to have her storage and hanging rod above the washer and dryer and her laundry and dog supplies behind closed doors. Additionally, it was evident to me that we needed to create a more space efficient and aesthetically pleasing dog feeding system. All this while infusing Lolly’s desired style of decorating coined, “rustic glam”.  I’m happy to say we achieved all of the above criteria!! Here is Lolly’s new and improved laundry room!  What do you think?? Even her sweet K9, Cole, seems pleased with the transformation.:-) So what did we (I did the designing work and she and her hubby did the DIY work) do? First she added board and batten to 3 walls of the room (tutorial to…

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My nuLoom Rug Crush

My nuLoom Rug Crush

So we didn’t get my friend Lolly’s laundry makeover done quite yet but we are close and will be sharing the reveal next week!! In researching out possible rugs for her laundry room as well as for my back patio makeover I’ve found a new love, nuLoom rugs (this is not a sponsored post, by the way, just sharing my new rug crush)! Sometimes I think it’s hard to find rugs that I like and that are affordable.  It seems that I can find a lot of very traditional rugs and a lot of very modern rugs but that it can be tricky to find something with a little bit of funk and personality that still goes well with an overall traditional or transitional style. I tend to go with white and/or neutral on my walls and in my furniture selections and so I like to add some spice in other mediums such as rugs, fabric, décor accent, or wall décor. Nuloom rugs seem to add just that right amount of color and personality and are overall priced well. Here…

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The Trick to Hiding your Outdoor Uglies

The Trick to Hiding your Outdoor Uglies

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a good week!  Earlier in the week I was at Remodelaholic.com sharing the steps I took to make a Cornhole Set from a pallet.  I love how the  game turned out and will share some sneak peeks of it at the end of this post. Today though I want to talk about the uglies in our yards that we have no control over!  Yes, the water meters and other utility fixtures. I know they serve an important purpose and are functional but they sure don’t make them aesthetically pleasing (where was the landscape designer at that meeting?)!  As shown above I have one on the side of my house and one on my back patio. They’ve got to figure out a better way to do it (and not only for the aesthetic reasons)!  Earlier this month I was out in the back weeding the flower beds.  I was having a peaceful break from the kids until I heard a loud man’s voice right behind me from out of the blue.  I about had a heart attack and made an audible…

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Let’s Talk Best DIY Tools

Let’s Talk Best DIY Tools

I want to talk DIY tools today for two reasons. One is because we’re coming up on Father’s Day weekend when tools are often deeply discounted and two because from the blog survey feedback I received it appears you guys want to know more about which tools are necessary for DIY and which you can do without. I don’t blame you! The whole point of DIY is to save money but if the tools required to do the job cost an arm and a leg you may start to wonder if it is worth it to DIY. Because of this it makes sense in my mind that the best tools to buy are the ones you are going to use the most! Then you will be sure to save lots of money doing-it-yourself! Here are my Top 5 Recommended Tools for DIY based on how much I have used them. Tool #1–  A Drill.  This tool comes with a story. Like many married couples when my husband and I were first married we were very tight on money. My…

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Tips & Tricks to Getting Free Furniture

Tips & Tricks to Getting Free Furniture

Furnishing a home can be an immense expense but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to save thousands of dollars on furnishings and still get a beautiful, high-end looking home. The purpose of this post is to share the tips and tricks I have employed in furnishing my own home with the hopes it can help you in creating a beautiful home on a budget. In this post I will share several of my furniture finds with you– I do this as an illustration of the possibilities and not in the least bit to brag. I feel very grateful and blessed for these deals and know from the bottom of my heart that you can be equally blessed! So that being said let’s start with the furniture throughout my home that I have received for FREE! I am hoping that sharing the details of how I received free furniture will help you be in positions to do the same. Tip #1– Start or be a member of an email or Facebook group for your church congregation,…

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The Trick to Growing Grass & Porch Update

The Trick to Growing Grass & Porch Update

If you are a homeowner or ever will be a homeowner in the future there is a good chance that at some point in time you will need to grow grass. We have only lived in our home for a little over 3 years and have already had to grow grass on two separate occasions. When I mentioned to my husband I was writing a post on growing grass he chuckled. Yes, chuckled! I asked him why he found that funny and he explained that it seemed like a no brainer topic, just read the directions on the bag! I kindly reminded him of the two bags of grass seed we wasted our time and money on (grass seed is not inexpensive) before finding our successful method and how I would like to help others in a balding lawn situation get the help they need right away instead of fiddling around with unprofitable methods. Because lets face it, when you plant grass seeds you have to invest time in watering them and there is nothing…

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