When it comes to the holidays, I’m often more excited, and dutiful, about putting up decorations than taking them down. After all, decorating is fun. Un-decorating? Well, not so much. This makes me a natural candidate for décor that works year-round. And what works better for Halloween and beyond than an occasional human skull? Appropriately spooky and always on trend, accessorizing with skulls is a design ‘do’ for those who dare![Read more…] about Ghoulish Glamour: Decorating with Skulls
The dog days of summer are behind us and fall is finally here! The crunchy leaves, the sweet smell of cinnamon, and all of our favorite coffee shops rolling out their festive treats. Now that the temperatures are cooling off and our daylight hours are shortening, it is time to make our home a cozy and comfortable place to spend our free time. Making a few small changes can instantly add warmth to your space, and create a more inviting environment for you and your family.
Tip #1: Declutter Your Space
Your home deserves a fresh start this season. While some of us have not fully returned back to the office, or have received the news that we will be working remotely until the end of the year, now is the perfect time to declutter your space and help refresh your mindset for the uncertain future. I suggest tackling one room at a time by clearing everything out of the space and separating items into three piles – keep, donate, and trash. Be honest with yourself – if you haven’t used an item in the last 12 months, it is no longer serving you, and only taking up precious space in your home. If items are still in good condition, consider dropping them off at your local shelter, or selling your secondhand items online. With so many platforms out there, let your trash become someone else’s treasure.
Tip #2: Add in Cozy Elements
Nothing beats curling up on the couch to watch your favorite feel-good movie on a chilly fall day! Now’s the time to pull out those throw blankets and pillows from storage for maximum comfort. Use this opportunity to add a splash of color, by changing out throw pillow covers or purchasing a new throw blanket in a more autumnal hue. Don’t forget about scent, too! Candles and wax warmers can have a big impact on your space. Consider burning sweeter scents like vanilla or cinnamon in the kitchen and dining areas, and more neutral scents in the living room.
Tip #3: Paint!
Paint color can have such a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Consider a room in your home that hasn’t been refreshed in a while; maybe a small powder room, or a guest bedroom – that you haven’t put your personal touch on just yet. Now is a great time to grab a fairly inexpensive bucket of paint, and transform that space with a color that’s more your style so it blends in nicely with the rest of your home. The best part? Paint isn’t just for walls! That hand-me-down dresser in your guest room would look great after a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint or stain.
Whichever way you choose to refresh your home for the upcoming season, be sure to create a space you truly enjoy spending time in! Does your home need more than just a few little upgrades? Are you ready to move into your dream home and leave your outdated home behind? Compass Concierge is a great way to refresh your home and get it ready for sale – without any upfront costs! Interested in learning more? Contact me to get started today.
Now that summer is here, it’s time to utilize your outdoor space! Small and inexpensive elements from accent cushions and table linens to potted plants and herbaceous borders can transform any backyard into your own personal oasis. Here’s how to get the most out of your backyard.
Step 1: Clean and Prep your space. Break out the power washer, hose, and heavy-duty cleaners to give your outdoor space a good clean. Start from the top with any overhead coverings like pergolas, awnings, and umbrellas before working your way down to the furniture and then to the ground. Be sure to check the tags on your outdoor furniture to give them a proper clean without accidentally ruining the fabric or material. Most outdoor fabrics can be spot cleaned with a non-bleach based multipurpose cleaner.
Step 2: Deep clean your grill. Although your grill has most likely been covered all winter, it still needs a good interior clean before you begin cooking. To clean your grill, first start by turning the burners on low and warming up the grates, then take a heavy-duty grill scraper and a wire grill brush to the warm grates to scrape any excess grease and food particles off. When you are finished, turn off the grill and allow everything to cool before removing the grates and soaking them in a bucket of warm, soapy water for a few hours. Once the grates have soaked, take a wet sponge and wipe off any excess grime before rinsing with clean water. Heading back to the grill, take a clean soapy sponge and start lathering the exterior of your grill, removing any built-up residue before finally taking a stainless steel cleaner and microfiber cloth to polish off the grill. Now that your grill is sorted, it’s time to set the table.
Step 3: Decorate! Embrace your surroundings when choosing a theme for your outdoor tablescape and accents. Consider the colors and textures of your landscaping and home’s exterior when purchasing your big-ticket items like a dining table and seating, as these pieces are a larger investment and will create the foundation for your desired look. We suggest a neutral color that compliments the color and style of your home for the focal pieces while adding color in through accent pillows, cushions, placemats, and dinnerware. Consistency in accent color and textures will provide a luxury-resort style feel. Don’t forget to use natural elements such as water features, potted and hanging plants, or a herbaceous border to tie your space together.
Step 4: Lighting and Music. With the proper lighting and music, you can set the tone for your outdoor living space. Whether you want a zen and private oasis feel, or a summer pool party, the right music and lighting can help you transform your backyard space from ordinary to extraordinary. Consider solar-powered uplighting around trees and tall shrubbery, as well as post lights to line a walkway or patio.
Step 5: Enjoy your space! Kick off your shoes, turn up the tunes, and grab your burger off the grill, because it’s time to unwind and enjoy your little slice of heaven!
As the earth awakens each spring, it’s hard to resist rounding up nature’s loveliness in bunches and bouquets. From multicolored rows of tulips to pale pink cherry blossoms overhead, spring flowers are a beautiful reminder of the season.
While images of intricate arrangements make their way around the Internet, those with more modern sensibilities may be at a loss. Don’t fret! Spring flowers needn’t be busy or ornate. Try these tips to create arrangements perfect for the modern or minimalist home.
Though one of the country’s oldest cities, Philly has become a mecca for modern design. In fact, it was Dwell Magazine that led me to this latest design inspiration — Lokal Fishtown. Lokal is a boutique hotel chain offering innovative experiences and uncommon interiors. For their new Fishtown location, Lokal enlisted design firm True Hand Society to transform 6 apartment-style rooms (aptly named “Jawns”) into modern getaways with a distinctly Philly vibe.
Fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, rejoice! Now you too can experience Joanna Gaines’ laidback, family-friendly style in your own space. She recently launched a home collection in collaboration with lifestyle brand Anthropologie. In keeping with the brand’s aesthetic, the overall vibe leans boho. But even this modern-lover found a few favorites (The chunky Camille rug would be a dream underfoot).
When planning their newly constructed townhouse, these Baltimore homeowners envisioned a stylish kitchen infused with character — not cookie-cutter finishes. They achieved their dreams with the help of designer Bria Hammel. Bria mixed gray cabinetry, satin-brass hardware, and Nuvolato marble to create a glamorous kitchen perfect for entertaining. At 225 square feet, it makes use of every inch with separate zones for cooking and mingling and storage up to the ceiling.
You may have heard of the phenomenal Bethann Hardison. As one of the first African-American supermodels, her life has been one filled with fashion, travel, and celebrity. This amazing past is displayed prominently throughout her home. Religious figures from Mexico share space with a print gifted by Andy Warhol himself. Benches from Thailand sit beneath artwork by David Bowie and Keith Haring. If these walls could talk, they’d tell a story of fashion icon and advocate living her best life.