Month: March 2014

Since you asked…staircase transformation instructions

We received a lot of feedback on our recent  foyer transformation post.  Thank you! Some of you even asked for instructions.  So here you go… First off, this is not a project for the faint of heart. My husband and I went into it thinking that with a long, four day weekend ahead we should have plenty of time to knock it out. Three months later, I realized we were so very wrong. What was I thinking taking on this project with a very active family and a new puppy?! That said, I am thrilled with the outcome and my husband was even more excited that we saved so much money doing it ourselves. Though it took us a few months, you can’t beat a transformation like this for less than $200. Here is a list of tools and materials we used: plastic drop cloths safety goggles dust masks ear plugs latex gloves painter’s tape stripper gel (we used a half gallon of Citristrip) cheap paintbrushes for stripper disposable rags metal scraper metal 5 in 1 tool small brass …

Foyer Transformation. You won’t believe this one!

My partner in crime Sheli has been working on her new house and making every square inch of it look amazing.  She’s one talented lady and works miracles with a paintbrush, but what she has done with her foyer is unbelievable! See for yourself. Here’s the before.   Sheli wasn’t loving this staircase or the condition the treads were in. But she knew a transformation would be easy as pie.  Just kidding, it was a lot of work.  She sanded and painted and stained. And stained, and painted and stained. But look at the result… Total transformation!  Can you believe the difference?  Her foyer went from worn and drab to WOW! The great thing is, these stairs can be yours too.  This project cost less than $200 to complete.  How’s that for bang for your buck?    It did take her a lot of time and patience, but the results are really stunning. The foyer walls were painted with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, which is the perfect backdrop for this sophisticated staircase. Sheli’s foyer now makes …

What’s going on in the living room? And a design give-away! Updated

Dear Readers, My apologies, there was a problem with our survey in the emailed version of the most recent post.  Please click here to access the full post online and complete the survey. Thanks for participating! If you need help staging your home to sell or styling your home into a place you love, contact us or visit our website at http://www.stagedforstyle.com.  

What’s going on in the living room? And a design give-away!

Dear Readers, A friend of mine asked me to write a post about living rooms and how they’ve evolved in some homes into spaces that aren’t, well, living rooms.  This has made me really curious about how people are using their living rooms these days.  And by living room I mean a room in addition to your family room/den.  Generally not the space that you would have a TV and use for every day, casual, family hanging out. Can you take a minute to participate in our short living room survey?  I’ll share the results and some ideas for making your living room more ‘livable’ in a future post. And… one lucky participant will receive the gift of a living room redesign plan!  Family rooms/dens also eligible for this give-away.  We will work with you using your photographs to create a high-level plan for you to implement that will include suggestions for colors, furniture arrangement, and art and accessory placement. Be sure to click “vote” at the bottom of each of the following 2 polls. …

Before and After: A Laundry Room Reveal

Do you ever look at “before and after” pictures and think to yourself that the ‘before’ couldn’t really have been THAT awful.  That something must have been done to make the space look worse in the ‘before’ picture so that the ‘after’ would seem really dramatic? I can assure you that was not the case in my laundry room. It really was this bad all by itself. With a pretty useless corner. And minimal storage. Open wire shelving, a shower curtain rod to hang clothes from and a dingy plywood counter top did not a pretty picture make. It was not a nice place to be. Space was really an issue and our laundry room had an odd area of dead space.  A 2×2 foot corner that was drywalled in and completely empty inside. Four feet may not seem like much, but in a tiny space like this it can make a huge difference.  Many of my neighbors with this same weird dead space had turned the area into shelves or coat closets.  I decided …

Interior Decor-ranting

Do you have a moment for a little decor-rant? There are a few things that I’m really over.  Some trends I’m getting tired of.  Some things that drive me crazy. Before I start let me say that these are just my personal opinions.  Each of us should fill our homes with the things we love, that speak to us and make us happy.  What we don’t have to do is blindly follow trends that don’t work for our personal style and taste. As for me, I’m not in love with… Taxidermy. Of any kind. Real, fake, painted pink.  Deer, rhino, even unicorns. Oh, and antlers too.   If you live in a hunting lodge, ok, but in a nursery? Seems like a nightmare waiting to happen. Dining room… I personally don’t want to look at a dead animal’s head when I’m eating.  Or ever really.  So even though you are wildly popular, Taxidermy, I’m still not wild about you. Skulls. Really? I can’t believe I’m even saying this.  Who would have thought skulls would be …