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    The latest trend – Grey! Grey has dominated the interior design world; it has completely replaced the beige as the number 1 neutral.

    If you have been thinking of adding this new shade to your décor… but have had a hard finding the right grey tone for your space – this article is for YOU! 

    Come on, everyone is doing it – and really it’s just paint. Paint is one of the biggest boldest moves you have make by changing your wall color – but relatively cheap and the least commitment! If you don’t like it, or need a change, RE-PAINT. So roll up your sleeves and let’s choose a “color”.

    But wait – grey is not a color, it’s a shade! Shades are the most difficult to select – mostly due to the fact that there really limited TRUE greys. 

    Let’s go back to elementary and remember, white + black = Grey. Except this statement is completely untrue in the paint sector! In order to make the most selection and variety, colors have been added to the base tones - this is why you have brought a palate home and realized its pulling green, blue, even purple.

    SO, how do I pick the best grey paint? I aim to be bolder than “off-white” grey, but stay soft by avoiding dark “accent” grey.

    Make a fresh canvas and choose and grey that is best for every inch of your space. TIP: Bring home multiple paint palates and move around your space as lighting will drastically change the tone of grey you perceive.


    My TOP 5 Grey Paints:


    Benjamin Moore: Coventry Grey (HC-169)


    Benjamin Moore: Stormy Monday (2112-50)


    Benjamin Moore: Revere Pewter (HC-172)


    Benjamin Moore: Stone Harbour (2111-50)


    Benjamin Moore: Stonington Grey (HC-170)






    The 3 Most Cost Effective MAKEOVER Tips.

    Let’s face it, we all can’t afford a large scale reno every decade – but that doesn’t mean our home doesn’t need one.  Just like our wardrobes, your home needs an overall makeover every now an again.

    Below are the 3 most budget friendly updating tips, that will still leave a very large impression!

    Update the KITCHEN:

    Kitchens can be one of the most expensive areas of the home to renovate – but it is often the most necessary renovation.

    If a complete remodel is not in your budget, consider refinishing you existing cabinetry. Changing the color along with updating the hardware can still leave a very impacting transformation.

    Re-Paint your WALLS:

    Paint gives you the biggest “bang for your buck” when it comes to a budget friendly makeover.  Paint is one of the most effective interior design areas for every room of your home.

    Change out your LIGHTING:

    You can easily DIY swap out your dated lighting for something more chic. Lighting is how you will bring your budget friendly face-lift, some flavor!

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    My clients listed there home on the market June 20, 2014. MLS® #C3623055

    After 32 day with no offers (July 22, 2014), Kara Interior Design was contacted to stage their home ASAP.

    By July 25, 2014 all the staging changes were complete; which included removing all personal décor, removing a lot of excess furniture and adding some updated interior decorations to brighten the home.

    On July 28, 2014 after two showings – there was an offer made resulting in a conditional sale.

    On Aug 3rd all conditions we lifted – and the house was officially SOLD 


    Days on market without interior designers help: 32

    Days on market with interior designers help: 6

    Proof is in the customer references. 

    The most common reason for home staging is selling.


    I have combined the following DIY home staging tips that will make your house look more
    appealing to potential home buyers.


    Most importantly - THIS IS NO LONGER YOUR HOME, IT IS THE BUYERS! STOP thinking of your house as a HOME and start thinking about it as an investment – the most important investment you have made so far, therefore you want to get the largest possible return on it.


    BEDROOMS should appeal to both sexes: Get rid of decor that is gender specific and keep it neutral. Multiple pillows with shams with a toss pillows in front, crisp luxury white hotel linens with soft throw at the end of the bed. Keep end tables uncluttered, with matching lamps and nothing else!

    Depersonalize. Home buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your house. YOUR style and YOUR family photos will ruin the illusion.

    Clear out the clutter. Pack away all small items to avoid buyer distraction and unnecessary furniture to make your space appear larger – move it into a storage facility or at least your garage. Over packed rooms and closets is a red flag to buyers that your home lacks storage space – Closets should be a maximum of 60% full.


    Stage rooms with one purpose so buyers will know what it is. Buyers are confused by extra rooms that have a collection of uses - make sure each room has function and purpose.


    Unpleasant Odors won't win over buyers. We all love OUR pets, but not everyone is an animal lover. Unpleasant pet odors, smoke and even stale air can make a negative first impression. Replace all rugs and carpet where necessary and hide your litter box, cat trees, dog beds and pet toys. Open some windows for at least 10 minutes or at minimum get an automated febreze or glade plug in if you are away during showing hours.

    KITCHENS sell the house. Kitchen counters should be clear & clean. A vase of flowers or holding cooking utensils is okay, but that's about it. Store ALL appliances in cupboards. This is the one area that you may have to invest in to sell your home. There are many cost efficient ways to give your kitchen a face lift, without pursuing a large scale renovation.

    Fresh linens. Make sure any visible linens (tea towels, bath towels, bedding, etc.) are brand new or at least look brand new. 

    LIGHT!!!Open all the blinds/curtains and make sure there is sufficient light in every room, add stand up or table lamps – you really can’t have too much light. 

    Call an Interior Designer: Most people look at it as an expense, but the cost of staging cost is almost always matched in your selling prices. Here are some fun facts for you:


    • In controlled tests selling identical homes, professionally staged vs. those not staged, the non-staged houses sold in 102 days, while the staged houses sold in 45 days. (www.realestatestagingassociation.com)


    • According to the National Association of Realtors, the average staging investment is between 1 and 3% of the home's asking price, which generates a return of 8 to 10%. That's a pretty good investment. (www.realtor.org)


    • Over 90% of buyers rely on online photos. A RESA study concluded that home staged prior to listing sold 79% faster than those staged sometime after listing. (www.realestateagentu.com)


    • Most buyers form an opinion about a home within the first 7-10 seconds of arriving. Also it is estimated that only 10% of home buyers can visualize the potential of a home. That means 90% are not going to be able to look past dirt, clutter, and imperfections.


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