Friday, May 18, 2012

Home owners choose to renovate for themselves not the next home owner


A recent survey done by HOUZZ showed that Americans would rather renovate or decorate to fit their own needs rather than to increase their home’s value, and ultimately make a profit when they sell. 

Home owners are focused on pleasing themselves, not the next home owner.
The main drivers for renovating are:
  1. Improving the look and feel of the house (84%)
  2. Making the space more functional (70%)
Financing - Even though 72% of home owners plan to renovate or decorate in the next two years, they are not planning to take a home loan or mortgage. Their plan is to cut back on other dispensable expenses like vacations or do some of the work themselves.

Most popular renovating projects are kitchens (45%) and baths (48%). This is very interesting because kitchen and bath remodels are also typically the most expensive home improvement projects. However, over the years the kitchen has become the heart of the home, a place where we cook, clean, eat, work, do homework and even watching TV. A beautiful, well functioning kitchen can make a huge difference.

What about the bathroom? After all, we don’t spend too much time in the bathroom do we? and still, it become a priority to renovate. Why? Bathrooms (and kitchens), unlike other rooms, consist mainly of fixed fixtures (bathtub, sink, toilette, tile) that are very expensive to replace. Typically, when we decide to launch on a home improvement project, we’d probably start with the “easy” stuff: painting, replacing furniture, window treatments, etc. This way we keep improving our living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms etc, and the high ticket items (kitchen and bath) and left behind, and look even more dated next to the rest of the house.

Perhaps since more people are deciding to “stay put” in their current homes, putting off that kitchen or bathroom renovation is no longer a great option. Deciding to stay put also means that WE will be the ones enjoying our fresh new bathroom and kitchens and NOT the next home owner.

kitchen lights that blend in with the view
not a cookie cutter white kitchen
white kitchens
choosing the right lighting can do wonders
creating atmosphere
Staying put
choosing the right color - ugly and pretty cost the same!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Trendy graphic color combination


Lately I've noticed that the combination of white, gray, black and  yellow is everywhere I turn: in home decor magazines, blogs and products. I recently mentioned this observation to a friend of mine and now she's noticing it everywhere as well. 
Here's a fall photo (fall colors are my favorite) that captures the sharp, bold look of yellow on a black, gray and white background.

pop of yellow
I love these graphic, contemporary  pillows designed by Tobi Fairly, one of my favorite designers.
Tobi Fairley pillows

                          yellow pop clock

Below -  Bright, relaxed and cheery bedroom. The Yellow throw against the light purple/gray bedspread is a playful mix of colors.      
I love how elegant and sophisticated this foyer looks.The gray draperies and wall color have that slight purplish undertone that plays beautifully against that yellow bench and add a touch of royalty to the space. 

pop of yellow


   Even though, I never wear yellow, it's definitely in fashion



The graphic look works with other vivid colors other than yellow. this table cloth is from crate and barrel

Have you also noticed the graphic combo of white black gray and yellow? 

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