Michele says: “Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color. If you’ve chosen a monochromatic decorating scheme, you’ve got an instamatic neutral palate that works well with a pop of color. Start small and with an element that’s easy to change, if or when you tire of the color.”
If you’d like to learn more design and decorating ideas from Michele, check out her 10 steps to redecorate your home. Contact Michele at Michele@BayleandCo.com
About Michele: Bayle & Co. is a boutique firm specializing in residential and light commercial interior design. Owner Michele Bayle hails from Washington wine country, so it’s no surprise that her designs reflect her deep love of farmland and the outdoors. Michele’s mission is to create fresh, new ideas that reflect your best self by dovetailing a variety of styles and cultures, building on the innate strengths of each. “How you live and work in your space is essential to your creativity, comfort and productivity,” she says. “I believe your space should be an extension of your personality.”
It’s simple enough if you’re watching any number of television shows dedicated to home buyers and catering to the short attention spans of most TV audiences. But reality TV isn’t anything like the real-life scenario you’ll encounter in the home-buying process.
I’ve worked in real estate for more than 20 years and know there are few things you should consider when comparing reality TV to the real-world experience.
Ask about a realistic time frame.
As you might expect a 30-minute television show condenses the home-buying process. What you might not expect is the actual time it takes to find houses you want to look at. If the market is especially tight you might not find three suitable houses to view in a day. Then there are certain times when inventory is high, you might be able to look at 20 houses.
On the listing side we see unrealistic expectations about the length of time it takes to do some of have handyman work or remodel items completed. When the market is hot any good handyman or contractor is busy and can’t do it for weeks or months on end, which could slow down the listing and selling process.
Have the conversation with your real estate agent up front so you can set realistic expectations about how long it actually takes.
Do your homework.
On TV you don’t see the amount of work the home buyers did up front. That part isn’t included in the condensed version of events. In order to make the shows work, home buyers needed get their financing in order ahead of time and narrow down their house preferences. You need to do the same thing.
I’m not going to show you a million-dollar house if you’re only going to qualify for a $600,000 loan. There’s a difference between viewing a house at the top end of your budget, or maybe even a little over budget, and asking to see a house completely out of your reach. Doing so is not only a waste of your time but of your real estate agent’s time as well. You want to develop a preserve a good relationship with your real estate agent, but he or she is going to help you avoid pitfalls and emergencies along the way. Do your homework ahead of time so you’re not wasting time or energy during an already stressful process.
Know there is no script.
Even though it’s called “reality TV” the reality is, the shows are scripted. Each scene is re-shot until it looks and sounds right. The conversations and reactions that you see from buyers and agents have been practiced and rehearsed.
Your experience is not scripted, nor is there a producer telling you how you should approach a camera angle or conversation to make it sound better. That means you have to be willing to have the conversation with your spouse or family member involved in the decision-making process ahead of time.
If you’re unsure about buying a new home, I can help you talk through the pros and cons and provide resources on whether you should consider redecorating or remodeling your current home instead of moving.
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Feeling anxious is natural, but that anxiety can impact the way you evaluate your options. Before you start looking at potential homes, determine whether you’re buying a home or an investment.
Here’s why that distinction is important. You may feel like homes are overpriced, but if you can see yourself living there for a long time (and you can afford it), that should be your deciding factor, not whether you think the value might increase (or decrease!) exponentially in the next year or two. If you feel pressure to buy something – anything, whether it’s what you want or not – because you’re worried about missing your opportunity, that can contribute to the fear of making a bad decision. When deciding whether to purchase a new home, think about both the short-term and long-term goals.
When my husband and I sold our house, we opted to rent and then watched home prices escalate. We talked about buying something, even if it wasn’t ideal, just to make sure we could get into a home. That would have been a response to the short-term situation without considering our long-term goals. Buying a home that wasn’t our dream home or in our desired location would have led to feeling stuck and unhappy with our purchase in the long run.
Being aligned with your goal can help ease the fear of buying a home and help you get comfortable that you’re making the right decision.
Here are three steps to help you get aligned with your goals and get over your fear of buying a home.
Get clear on your “why.”
Why are you moving? Sometimes it’s a welcomed move, sometimes it’s a forced move. In either case, it’s helpful to get clear on what’s really important and the outcome you want in the situation. Clarity in what you’re trying to accomplish will allow you to focus on positive solutions rather than other less productive activities like worrying about making the wrong decision.
Gain a positive outlook.
Change creates stress and stress can lead to a lot of negativity and doubt. Throw in the fact that society cultivates negativity, and it’s hard to break free of that kind of thinking. Shift your focus from the home itself to how the home will help you create the life you want for yourself. Find a positive instead of being consumed by negative or stressful thoughts.
Get on the same page.
A change made by one member in the family affects the other family members. Once you gain clarity about the situation, express your feelings to family members. A lot of people try to talk themselves out of how they feel, believing they are the only ones who feel this way and are embarrassed about it. When you keep your feelings to yourself it’s harder to facilitate positive change and it adds cause a strain on your relationships.
“I have had more than one circumstance where the wife wants a house and the husband doesn’t say, ‘No, we can’t afford it’ so he blows up the deal and tries to make it someone else’s fault,” says Seattle area real estate agent Patricia Wangsness. “I’ve also seen couples who haven’t talked about the long-term plans, and encountered situations where the wife wants a house, but the husband isn’t sure he’s going to like his job and doesn’t know if the family will want to stay in the area. In those cases, buying isn’t the best option. Maybe renting is a better choice.”
Express your feelings, get on the same page and articulate the outcome you want to achieve in buying a new home.
When you’ve got an outcome to work towards and a commitment to finding positive solutions and you’ll have nothing to fear in buying your new home.
If you’d like help navigating the change that comes with a new home or a new environment, perhaps it’s time to work with a professional change expert. Send me an email at email@example.com to arrange a complimentary strategy session.
Do polka dots go with stripes?
Can a floral pattern be matched with another pattern?
Should you even be mixing patterns in the first place?
The answer to all those questions is, yes. Mixing patterns is a great way to incorporate a new color or texture in a room. If you’re thinking about redecorating, you should consider mixing patters to create a new look and feel in your space.
As an interior designer, I love patterns because of the systematic way they visually lure you into a space. Patterns exist in nearly every design element of your home, not just in fabrics or textures. Consider the patterns in your counter top, hardwood floors or tile. Sometimes the pattern is obvious and sometimes it’s the way the pieces are laid out that creates a pattern. You might not realize it, but your eye is used to seeing patterns and recognizing which ones go together.
Yet, when it comes to matching patterns in fabric, it’s easy to second-guess those instincts. Mixing patterns is easier than you think if you follow these ideas.
Find a common color. Typically, you can mix patterns if you have a common color to bring it all together. Determine your main color or your color theme, then use the colors to guide your pattern play.
Go bold. If you’re not afraid to make a bold statement, go Bohemian. Mix patterns like Ikat and Tribal to create a space full of vibrant colors and strong patterns.
Start with a neutral canvas. I love using a Moroccan theme in decorating because the distinct black and white patterns provide the perfect background for adding a mashup of bright vibrant colors like teal, pink and even yellow.
Mix old and new. If bright colors or bold patterns aren’t your style, you might consider decorating in a rustic modern style which allows you to mix different textures more than patterns. Consider the sleek lines of a smooth tile next to a rustic wooden table. They’re contrasting styles, but complimentary patterns that give you a chance to change the feel of your space. Here’s a great article on Designing a supportive space.
Like any decorating project, there should be an outcome you’re trying to accomplish and a feeling you want to create in your space. Your eye is already familiar with seeing pattern mash-ups through the day. Use those instincts to help redecorate a room in your home.
If you’re still not sure, I can help. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and see if it’s the right time to work with an interior designer. Jump start your decorating projects by downloading these topics on how to Redecorate Your Home for a Fresh Look.
Many people resist change because it’s uncomfortable and facing an unknown outcome creates apprehension. Even when you are ready and willing to make a change, you could be making it harder than it needs to be. If you’re trying to create something new in your life and you’re surround by things that tie you to the past, you’re decreasing your ability to think clearly and be creative.
If you want to allow something new into your life you have to make room for it. Often that means following up your commitment to change by taking a specific action. For example, if you want to create a more prosperous business, clearing the clutter in your home office and redecorating the space can help facilitate new ideas and create the energy you need to generate more business. Change more than your mindset or your goals. Change your environment to reflect who you want to become and what you want to accomplish.
When you decide to make a change, spend some time considering the reason for it. Once you are clear on why it’s happening you can take steps to clear obstacles that would get in the way, and make room for change to take place.
You’ve decided to sell your house and move into a new home. Before you call the movers or start boxing up each room, you’ll want to make a plan for moving the items most valuable to you. For some home owners “valuable” is defined by the price tag, for others it’s in the memories as our Redecorate, Remodel or Move contributors explain.
“I have a baby quilt that was made for me when I was born by all the women in the family,” says change expert Kate Fessler of First Class Life Solutions. “Each woman made an embroidered square. It’s priceless!”
“My dog Bongo and my French press coffee maker,” says interior designer Michele Bayle of Bayle & Co. “I have started over a couple of times and I don’t really get attached to things, although I do have a really beautiful late 1800’s dresser that has moved seven times. I’m not sure if I will have it forever but it’s so pretty, it’s staying with me for now.”
For me, my jewelry is very sentimental and is what I consider most valuable. For my husband David, it’s his first car, a 1969 burgundy Triumph that has occupied the garage in every home we’ve owned.
“Everyone values things differently,” says Linda Deppa, owner of Uncluttered Professional Organizing. “I’ve overseen the move of very expensive art that’s valued at over a million dollars, and moved very treasured sentimental items that are irreplaceable, but don’t have a lot of monetary value. It all comes down to how the owner views the items.”
Whether large or small, expensive or irreplaceable there are a few things you can do to ensure your most valuable possessions make it to your new home.
- Reach a family agreement. Determine the items that require special care or attention before the movers arrive and inform other family members of these conditions to avoid any mix-ups during the packing or moving process. You’d hate to lose track of a valuable item because a family member was trying to be helpful and packed it away without your knowledge.
- Label carefully. When marking boxes containing valuable items be careful how you label the contents. If you’ve chosen to pack jewelry or valuable artwork you probably don’t want to draw attention to the contents of the box. Consider writing the room of the house it belongs in without specifying what’s inside. If the item is priceless to you, but wouldn’t attract the attention of others, you can be more specific in labeling the box. Making it easier to find upon your arrival will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on the moving and unpacking process.
- Hire professionals. For larger items especially antique furniture, artwork, pianos or cars hire professionals with expertise moving those specific items. Yes, it will add to the cost of your move, but it helps ensure your treasured items arrive safely in your new home.
For more tips on selling your home or preparing for an upcoming move, check out the resources available at RedecorateRemodelorMove.com and download 10 Tips for An Easier Move.
About Patricia: Patricia, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Bain, has been helping buyers and sellers find great homes since 2004. Joined by her husband, David, in 2006, they work as a team in real estate and have been life partners for over 21 years. Real estate transactions can be very stressful and she succeeds in negotiating the best outcomes for her clients, time and time again. Recognized with many awards for sales volume and client satisfaction, the passion, and creativity Patricia brings to everything she does makes her successful and fun to be around.
Whether you’re considering a major home improvement project or just want your space to be more organized and functional, make sure you set an objective you can achieve. I’ve worked with clients for two decades as a professional organizer and when we start a project, I encourage them to strive for function over perfection.
Perfection isn’t attainable.
Look for ways to make your space more functional and you’ll be more likely to reach your goal and create the space you want.
For example, organizing a more functional kitchen space could mean clearing off your countertops of appliances and gadgets you no longer use, and storing all your baking items in the same area so everything you need is in one place. You’ll be more efficient in your kitchen when items are grouped with like items, and when you’ve got more space to work with. That makes your kitchen more functional even if it’s not perfectly cleaned, or perfectly organized because you can’t find a permanent home for items in the junk drawer.
Organizing your home can seem like a monumental task, but it gets easier when you break it down into smaller tasks that contribute to your overall goal of function over perfection. Check out my article on how to power sort.
If you don’t know where to start, try downloading 10 Tips for Organizing Your Home. There are great ideas on how to organize based on your learning style and how to make the most of closet space.
Of course, sometimes it’s easier to enlist the help of a professional. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in send me an email: Linda@UnclutteredNW.com to set up your consultation.
As a realtor at Coldwell Banker Bain with more than 14 years of experience, I’ve worked with hundreds of buyers and sellers. I understand the emotion on both sides of the equation. Your home is full of memories.
It’s part of your personal history and story. As a result, sellers often get too close and too emotional when it’s time to sell their home. It happens when they start thinking about the holidays they’ve shared, and the memories made in their home.
It’s important to take a step back and recognize that selling your home is a transaction. It’s also an investment. Don’t let emotion prevent you from reaching the best outcome. Rely on your realtor to give the best counsel when negotiating terms and pricing because they have your
best interest in mind.
Remember, just because the new homeowners will have a chance to make the house part of their life story doesn’t take away from the memories you created in that home.
Take some of the stress out of selling your home with the tips provided by our Redecorate Remodel or Move contributors. Download The Book of Tips to hear more valuable tips from our experts.
More about the author: Patricia has been helping buyers and sellers find great homes since 2004 at Coldwell Banker Bain. Joined by her husband, David, in 2006, they work as a team in real estate and have been life partners for over 21 years. Real estate transactions can be very stressful and she succeeds in negotiating the best outcomes for her clients, time and time again. Recognized with many awards for sales volume and client satisfaction, the passion, and creativity Patricia brings to everything she does makes her successful and fun to be around.
It’s peak selling season, so get ready, if you want to sell. The outside of your home needs to make the buyers want to go inside and see more. The level of care you take for your lawn and the front of the house is assumed to be the same level of care you will take on the inside of the house. Buyers are savvy and don’t like wasting time. If your home does not look worthy of a deeper look, buyers will pass and go to a home that is more appealing or want a discount on the price. I have had many buyers just stay in the car, while I go in and leave my card, because I’ve made an appointment and it is considered a courtesy to see the home, if an appointment is made.
About Patricia: Patricia has been helping buyers and sellers find great homes since 2004. Joined by her husband, David, in 2006, they work as a team in real estate and have been life partners for over 21 years. Real estate transactions can be very stressful and she succeeds in negotiating the best outcomes for her clients, time and time again. Recognized with many awards for sales volume and client satisfaction, the passion, and creativity Patricia brings to everything she does makes her successful and fun to be around.