March 18, 2017

Easy Upgrades: Window Pelmets

A few weeks ago I decided that my daughter’s room needed a change. My typical solution is to move furniture around with wild abandon but, in this small space, that just wasn’t possible. So I decided to tackle the windows. I decided on an easy upgrade – to dress up the simple matchstick shades with window pelmets.

A pelmet a decorative piece of wood or cloth meant to hide curtain or window shade fittings.

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March 14, 2017

Five Ways to Minimize Renovation Fatigue

Whether you’re undertaking a minor renovation or an extensive one, the daily routine interruptions, dust, and snafus often associated with such construction can leave you drained and weary of turning your fixer-upper into the home of your dreams. However, fear not, fellow renovators…

Here are five ways to minimize renovation fatigue:

  1. Buy your finishes in advance, including plumbing fixtures, tile, sinks, toilets, countertops, and cabinets (if not inset) so the materials are onsite when they’re needed.

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March 09, 2017

What is your Favorite Color?

What is your favorite color? Is it something found sprinkled throughout your wardrobe? Your home? I can’t help but think that the colors a person is drawn to speaks volumes about their personality. I was wondering what my love for the color orange says about me so I did a little digging just for fun. Here is what I found out…

Red: The color of fire and blood, red is associated with energy,

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March 07, 2017

Three Steps to Take to Evaluate a Flipped Home

Homebuyers love fully-renovated, updated houses. And here in Maplewood and South Orange such homes are often sold by investors as flips.

But buyers beware…not all flipped homes are created equally — because not all investors have the best intentions. Some investors care less for the stewardship of the home than others. Luckily, there are a few ways to evaluate whether that shiny-penny-of-a-home — you know, the one with the polished bathroom, beautiful open-concept kitchen,

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