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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 7/6/2021

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Have you ever walked into someone's home or office space and instantly felt that it was positive, welcoming and peaceful?  It means more harmonious work with customers and clients and a more peaceful attitude at home.  Imagine walking through your front door and the stresses of the day melting away.

A good design, including color, layout and lighting can help create that environment for you or your business.  Read on to learn more!

Color

To create a relaxing and serene impression, consider using pale blues, which many people find calming.  Aqua and periwinkle are also soothing colors.  Want something warmer?  Peaches are a fresh choice to create a feeling that's more energized, yet welcoming and relaxed. 

For an interesting twist, consider creating a gradated impression with mountains or swaths of gently shifting color either with paint or using wallpaper.  Gradual shifts in color are very soothing to the eye and also make decorating far easier, as it's possible to match with any of the colors present.

For bedrooms, do consider darker colors such as midnight blue on one wall, especially if the bedroom does not include an office space and is used mostly for sleeping.

Layout

One of the decorating maxims is quality over clutter: "buy it once, and buy it right".  If your budget is tight, gather the bare essentials first, and allow yourself a full year to reach the finished, polished look you're going for.  Remember that if it's a home you've purchased, you're going to be living there for years to come: there's no deadline to acquire the perfect look.

Finally, don't purchase furniture that is oversized in order to 'fit' a larger space.  There are two options for larger spaces that seem empty: include more furniture around the central hub of a room (such as a couch, loveseat and two chairs instead of just a couch); or create two hubs of interest in the room.

Lighting

There is little more important to the peace and serenity of a room than natural light!  Be sure that whatever window treatment you use isn't so complex that it takes a great deal of effort rearrange to bring in more light or block it out.  Be careful of overhead lights: they can be overwhelming if too intense.  Finally, concentrate standing lamps in quiet corners that may be used for reading or play.

One of the best things you can do for a room that seems hemmed-in and dark is to knock out the existing windows and add new, larger ones in their place.  This isn't an inexpensive renovation, but it can change the look and feel of a room entirely.

Candles, fireplaces, and string lights are the ultimate in soft, social lighting!  Use these to create an intimate atmosphere.

Living Things

Every room needs a living thing in it, whether that's a standing plant or a fish tank.  Living things bring a touch of the serenity of nature to your space. Here are a few great ideas for indoor plants.

Remember the Other Senses

Keep in mind that the environment where you live and work is not just about looks!  Part of what makes a room feel inviting is texture, scent and sound. 

To create an inviting look, have a variety of soft things to touch in your room, going for quality in whatever rests closest to the body: use high-quality couch pillows and throws, but skimp on curtains, for example.  

Be aware that when it comes to the senses, there's a lot of individual variation regarding what's considered comfortable.  When questioning what scents to use in your home, err on the side of caution: it's better your guests not smell your fresh vanilla plugin than that you give a friend a migraine!  Ask yourself if you notice the scent when you first walk in after a few hours away. If it's a strong smell when you walk in, you should probably back off. 

Unpleasant noise can make a space feel very unwelcoming.  Playing classical or soft acoustic can disrupt irritating noise.  If the outdoor noise is intense, consider getting a white noise machine or asking your home device to play the sound of waves; this blocks out repetitive or unpredictable noise nearby.

Using these tips and tricks, you can create a warm, welcoming space that comforts you, your family and your guests without words.




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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 2/16/2021

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Spring offers an ideal time to spruce up your home and give it a lighter and more cheerful look for the season. If your home has been filled with heavier materials and darker tones all winter long, take advantage of this time to brighten it up. Whether you’re thinking of making big changes to your interior design or just a few simple ones, there are several ways to give your home a fresh, seasonal look. Consider one or more of the following interior design ideas for spring.

Vivid Tones

Pastels are among the most common color choices for spring, but that doesn’t mean you have to fill your home with muted tones. Vivid pastel tones in shades of blue, green, purple and other spring tones can add a touch of color that stands out in otherwise neutral rooms. You can paint an accent wall in one of these tones, or add these colors in other ways, such as with bright pastel throws, accent pillows, bedding or area rugs. 

Wicker Decor and Furniture

Wicker chairs, side tables and decor items aren’t just for outside use. These materials can be used for decorating indoors in order to give your home an earthy quality that’s suitable for spring. You can add wicker accent items to your living room or bedroom, or choose an entire dining room set made of this material. Other wood materials to consider for spring decor include cane and bamboo.

Floral Patterns

Floral patterns for linens, tablecloths and other fabrics and materials are a perfect way to bring a spring-themed look to your home. You’ll find that there are several styles of floral patterns to choose from, including vintage, traditional designs and more modern floral designs. You can redo your walls with floral wallpaper for a more long-term design, or decorate your bedroom, living room and other areas of your home with floral pillows, throws and other items. 

Light Wood Floors

If you’re considering making a bigger change to your home for interior design purposes this spring, keep in mind that light wood floors are a popular option. These floors can make rooms in your home seem brighter and cheerier for spring. They also reflect the growing trend in homes toward using natural elements for interior design. Wood floors are available in a wide range of colors, including lighter oak hues and white tones.

If you’re interested in purchasing a home this spring, contact us for more information.





Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 6/16/2020

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In many homes, the dining table is the ideal get-together spot to share a meal, hold gatherings and talk about important topics. However, itís not only for eating, clinking glasses or having family discussions. Itís one of the focal points of your house and should be carefully considered. If you're interested in buying a dining table, you'll probably want to buy it to last, to compliment your homeís decor and only have to buy it once. Here is a guide on how to choose the best dining table material for your home.

Choosing Materials

Sturdy Wood

The ideal dining table is one that can last through years of wear and tear. A traditional dining table made from hardwood will take what you dish out. The best hardwood tables to go for are walnut, oak, mahogany or maple. Make sure that the hardwood is solid and from a reputable manufacturer to ensure its strength and durability. If hardwood isnít your favorite option but you still want a solid table with a nice, wood finish, try composite wood. These tables are engineered from different, sturdy materials and are very economical.

Glass

Though wood remains at the top of the list, glass dining tables are also a popular choice, especially if youíre looking for a sleek or minimalist design. One of the unique advantages glass has is that it can blend seamlessly with many home decor themes. Additionally, it makes the room appear larger, lighter and brighter.

Marble or Granite

If youíre looking to impress your guests, a marble or granite dining table may be worth looking into. Natural stone has an irresistible and timeless appeal. They're also incredibly sturdy. However, they still have their downsides such as weight, cost and upkeep. If you decide to go with a natural stone table, remember marble can stain easily and granite requires annual treatment with sealants.

Choosing the shape

One of the advantages of a round table is its ability to fit into any room, be it a small nook, large dining room, or a part of the living room designated as the eating area. They offer flexible seating for conversation; an attribute many other dining tables lack. Likewise, a long, wooden, trestle table allows for guests to sit across from each other for friendly conversation and may still give you that classic, traditional rectangle. Finally, the ever-popular pub table adds ambiance to your space with a modern yet vintage appeal. 

Finding Your Color

Just because your table may be natural hardwood doesnít mean it canít have a splash of color. Chalk paint finishes on wooden, farmhouse tables might be just the look to tie your spaces together. You can also stain your wood in a dark finish to give it a dramatic glow. Glass tables come in colored or frosted glass, giving you the option to stick with a clear surface or add a little color to your dining area. Marble and granite range from pale off-whites to deep red or black hues. Whatever your choice may be, be sure to let the colors accentuate your interior decor.

Getting a dining table might seem like a daunting task, but with these tips, you will be able to choose one that serves the exact purpose you envision. If you donít have space for the table of your dreams, let me know, so I can make a larger dining area one of our priorities during your home search.




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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 12/3/2019

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Color can Ė and should Ė be used to decorate your home, but for most of us, too much bright color is more obnoxious than invigorating. Those screaming bright yellow walls may look amazing in the magazine spread, but you may not be prepared to live with that much color in your own space. Opting for colorful accents instead of going all in and painting a room a bright tangerine, violet or apple green can help you create an appealing space that is comfortable but not overwhelming.

5 Ways to Incorporate Bright Colors in your Home

Bright colors can be most appealing and impactful in smaller doses, according to HGTV. Learning how to incorporate them into your home without creating a chaotic and overwhelming space is key to using bold, lively shades in your dťcor.

Create an accent wall: A single wall painted with bold color or adorned with a bright, patterned wallpaper can become a focal point. It is also an inexpensive way to make a colorful statement without overwhelming your space or your bank account. Best of all, because you are only painting or covering a relatively small space, you can splurge on amazing paper or paint products.

Use textiles: You donít have to buy brightly colored furniture to make a splash in your space. Use bright throws and accent pillows to liven up the room instead. These accents are easily swapped out if you decide you need a more traditional look and are easy to switch for different seasons or holidays, too.

Invest in art: A striking large canvas or mural can be an amazing focal point for your room and pull things together. Consider one large or several small pieces to light up your space and create an intriguing and appealing look for any room in your home.

Use rugs and flooring: Area rugs in a single bright color or with lots of color and texture can add a punch of color to any room, without overwhelming it. Use a rug to pull the room together with a new color you want to try, without committing to permanent changes.

Choose decorative accents: Home stores and sites abound, so if you want to test out a color, youíve got many ways to do it. Choose your preferred color or palette then look for accent pieces from candles and picture frames to sculptural elements and tablescapes.

Before you commit to painting a wall or room, test out colors you think you like in smaller, more easily removed items, like the ones described above. This will help you determine your personal comfort level with bold colors and allow you to create a space that is uniquely yours.  




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Posted by Mary Foley Real Estate Inc. on 5/28/2019

Do you ever look at pictures of dream homes online and wonder what yours is missing? The answer probably lies in a cohesive design style. All homes are built around architectural and design principles. Whether you realize it or not, there are probably at least two or three interior design styles that would perfectly complement your homeís architecture, giving it that dream houseĒ appearance that we all wish we could achieve.

In todayís post, Iím going to cover some of the top interior design styles, from time-tested classics to contemporary trends that are sure to stick around for decades to come.

Mid-century modern

Minimal, but not barren. Reserved, but not sterile. Mid-century modern, as the name suggests, began to take shape in the mid 1900s. Youíve probably seen mid-century decorations dozens of times, especially if youíre a fan of TV shows like Mad Men.

Mid-century furniture has some of the most creative, while still tasteful shapes and textures. Egg-shaped chairs and wide, minimal sofas are highlights of this style. However, one of the most defining features is the use of wood. Exposed wood in furniture, floors, walls, and ceilings give the home a warm and cozy feeling in spite of its modern decoration. It really is all about balance.

Industrial

One of todayís most commonly used design trends, especially in urban areas, is the industrial home. Industrial homes use a great deal of white, stainless steel, and classic red brick to give the home a factory vibe.

While this may seem off-putting, once you see an industrial home youíll immediately recognize the appeal. Industrial design appears clean well put-together. With the use one or two bold colors, itís also easy to showcase fun decorations that are used sparingly throughout the home.

Shabby chic

A more recent design trend, shabby chic, takes influence from a number of other trends over the years, combining them into something that is both cozy and clean.

Most people associate shabby chic with vintage items painted white and then stuck into a corner somewhere with fairy lights dangling off of it. And, while this style does leave room for fun lighting and getting creative with paint, itís core really lies in repurposing items whose era has gone by and giving them new life.

Contemporary

Contemporary design is what we call the amalgamation of todayís design trends that have yet to be identified as a particular style. At one time, mid-century modern was contemporary. And, someday, todayís style will be given another name and its place in the interior design history books.

Contemporary design uses modern principles but take some artistic liberty. Curved lines, and patterns that may be seen as too noisy for modern design find a home in contemporary styles.

Similarly, furniture choices are geared more toward comfort than aesthetics, making contemporary a more livable alternative to modern styles.




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