30 11, 2014

Christmas decorations – a guide to stress-free decorating


In order to understand how to choose the right Christmas decorations for your own home, we need to look back in time a little – to the Victorians. They took their inspiration from nature – their gardens or nearby woods. They used fir trees and collected greenery, holly, pinecones and berries.  They covered their windowsills and mantelpieces with it, hung it over their artwork, and created wreaths and garlands.  (“Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” as the carol goes!) [...]

Christmas decorations – a guide to stress-free decorating2014-11-30T13:34:07+00:00
23 10, 2013

Home Makeover – making an unusual colour scheme work


My client wanted me to finish what he had already started - and he'd already chosen the colour scheme.  He had strong yellows, oranges, and pale pastel blues throughout the house, which wasn't working well together. The easiest way to resolve this was for me to add a stronger blue, and combine blue, yellow and orange into the artwork in the rooms. It's difficult to find suitable artwork in unusual schemes, so I employed a local Nottingham artist (Pete Spowage) [...]

Home Makeover – making an unusual colour scheme work2013-10-23T14:05:06+00:00
17 10, 2013

A stunning home makeover in Grantham


This new home makeover was a dream-come-true for my newly-wed clients. It was their first home and they had absolutely no idea what they wanted in it. Luckily, I had a few ideas... and they loved them. Here are some of the comments: "Lynn, you have miles more experience, talent and vision then we will ever have! Thank you so much! We love it! Everything is beautiful and everything we could  have imagined and more. You are a true artist in [...]

A stunning home makeover in Grantham2013-10-18T12:28:06+00:00
26 10, 2012

Low cost home makeover tips


I was recently invited to Grand Designs Live in Birmingham, to talk about a home makeover and how to keep costs down, whether you're selling your home or want to enjoy living in it. Me, at the NEC.   Here's a summary of what you need to consider carefully when you're planning a home makeover, in order to keep the costs down as much as possible. (See other blog entries in the category "Makeover -tips" for more details of items [...]

Low cost home makeover tips2013-09-23T15:35:54+00:00
16 10, 2012

Home makeover tip. Colour schemes.


COLOUR SCHEMES -could you work with some of the existing colours in the house or should you change them? • Check all the existing colours in your house. Include tiles, floor coverings etc. If you add a new colour, will it work with all of these or would you have to change them? • Completely changing the colour scheme in a house can be very costly, especially if flooring, tiles and window decorations are involved. • Don’t mix two different colour [...]

Home makeover tip. Colour schemes.2013-09-26T09:17:12+00:00
18 08, 2012

Ten Makeover Mistakes to avoid


I'm often asked about common mistakes made when homeowners do their own makeovers - whether they are selling, or simply updating their home. Here's ten really common ones:1) Clashing colours - they change the colour scheme and 'conveniently' forget items that still have to be in the rooms, so they clash - for example: Stained glass windows, carpets and tiles.2) Mixed metals - Choose brass, gold, shiny chome or satin chrome - but not all together.3) Sofa too large for the room - just because they 'loved it [...]

Ten Makeover Mistakes to avoid2013-09-23T14:33:22+00:00
10 08, 2012

Get the bedroom colours right


This house needed to be prepared for sale, but the bedroom colours were wrong. All the curtains in the house were made from one fabric, which was a golden colour. Similarly, the carpets were golden. There was no reason to change these expensive items, so this set the scheme for the entire house. Some of the grey-based purple paint in a couple of rooms clashed with the gold, so I recommended re-painting the bedroom and hallway. It's vital that the colour scheme flows through the house. The [...]

Get the bedroom colours right2013-09-23T14:33:56+00:00
8 08, 2012

Make an entrance


Make an entrance! I'm told that buyers decide if they like a home within 30 seconds of walking through the door, so the entrance to your home must appeal to everyone.  If they like the entrance, they will feel positive about the rest of the house as they view it, but if they feel the entrance is cluttered, or don't like it for any reason, they will then approach the viewing in a negative frame of mind, and look for other things they don't [...]

Make an entrance2013-09-27T08:23:10+00:00
18 03, 2012

I was in the Nottingham Evening Post this week…


This was almost a double-page spread in the Nottingham Evening Post, including lots of my tips on preparing a home for sale. Let me know what you think! Click the link, or read the copy below: Nottingham Evening Post Have you set the stage to make a good impression? By  Nottingham Evening Post Thursday, March 15, 2012 CREATING the right impression is one of the key ways to ensure a house sale – and yet so many people make the [...]

I was in the Nottingham Evening Post this week…2013-10-04T12:55:32+00:00
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