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Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!

Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!

You hear so much about curb appeal in today’s world of home staging, a slower real estate market, and of course, on every social media and home improvement channel going! Don’t get me wrong, curb appeal is an absolute must if you are selling, but…

A Mini Porch Repair… Curb Appeal Love!

A Mini Porch Repair… Curb Appeal Love!

Not sure if you remember, but back when I shared our DIY BBQ Pad project I mentioned another project that was on our ‘to do’ list. A little porch repair… We had to wait out the weather (like 3 months worth of waiting!) before we could…

Organizing Under the Sink

Organizing Under the Sink

Under the sink storage can be a bit of a pain because of the plumbing that gets in the way. There are lots of solutions out there from built-ins to baskets, but this one is a quick and easy favorite of mine.

It’s simple to install, inexpensive, and for its basic construction, you actually have a fair amount of flexibility in how you distribute the shelving. I have used this in a number of bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. And believe it or not, this little unit will hold more weight than you would think.

I meant to bring this post to you sooner, because right now Canadian Tire in Duncan has this unit on for 70% off, but the sale ends today!

Can you see the price? Yes, you read that right. It’s on special for $6.89 from $22.99. Seriously, this savings is worth its weight in gold.

So here is a little look at my most recent implementation of this storage system, just to give you some ideas.

Bathroom:

I had to get all of this…

    

into this…

At first glance it looks like there is lots of storage. But once you start to put things away and think about how often you’ll be using each item vs. ease of access, well that’s when you really realize how much space is wasted under the sink.

So here is how I installed the storage shelf…

I left the right end away from the wall just to show you how it can be made longer. See the extra shelving slats standing against the left wall? Those get clipped into place as you widen the shelf.

You can see how it’s been stretched out wall-to-wall here…

Do you see how the shelf pieces clip into place? And how they work around the plumbing? That’s what I think sets this storage option apart from so many others.

Here’s the fully filled shelves…

I like to use baskets because it’s easier to pull things out! Labelling is a good idea too, but you probably already know that if you read my Spring Into Organizing post.

And I opted to fill the space in front of the storage shelf…

…with larger items like this. But you might also like to leave that area bare.

Here’s a quick look at how I used this unit in the kitchen…

Notice I have the end facing out rather than against the wall. That’s because it utilized the space better once the plumbing was factored in. I chose to use the lowest shelf position for the bottom shelf, which could be considered a waste, but that’s the beauty of this unit. You can do whatever works for you and what you’re storing… and it’s so easy to switch if you change your mind! Who knows, I might change my mind on that bottom shelf yet 😉

One last look at the whole area under the sink.

I keep the dishwasher detergent beside the shelf, and the compost bin beside the garbage pail. So having the unit turned is still easy to access. I just have to move the dishwasher detergent. Not a big deal!

This under-the-sink storage creation is good for so many uses, and it’s awesome because it’s not installed with any hardware. It’s a free-standing unit that you can take with you when you go, or reconfigure as you need to. So think students in dorms, that first apartment, kids’ closets – the shelf can change as they do, rental homes, etc.

Don’t forget, the sale ends today. But check around. They might be on sale in a different location at another time!

What do you do for your under-the-sink storage?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Packing the Cube Van: Blueprint in Action!

Packing the Cube Van: Blueprint in Action!

I promised to tell you how the blueprint to pack the cube van worked out, you know the one my Dad created for our move? (Read about it here). Here is how it went 🙂 So the first potential hiccup… The blueprint didn’t account for…

Moving Day!

Moving Day!

Today was moving day! And I’m beat. But I couldn’t head off to bed without leaving you a sneak peek at the cube van… Do you remember my post on how to pack a cube van? This is the ‘blue print’ my Dad created… To…

Moving? How to Pack A Cube Van!

Moving? How to Pack A Cube Van!

If I showed you this image, would you see a cube van?

Source

I thought so.  Me too!

This is what my Dad saw…

SZInteriors Photo

I mentioned in this post that Dad wanted to know the measurements of all the furniture slated for the moving van. And the interior measurements of the moving van! My blogging friend Kristie from The Decorologist commented that this was ‘intense’, and that made me laugh out loud! Because it kind of is… but there’s no doubt, it will make moving day a lot easier. You know, to have an engineered set of blueprints to work from for packing the moving van! 😉

So this first blue print is a bird’s eye view of the fully loaded van.

This one shows the next layer down…

SZInteriors Photo

Do you see the flipped up pieces? Well that’s the furniture that’s layered on top.

And this one shows yet another layer down in that section…

SZInteriors Photo

And this is a layer in the section beside the one above!

SZInteriors Photo

I have to say, if there was any guessing before, there definitely isn’t now.

And so… here’s my SUV with yet another load packed into it…

SZInteriors Photo

Because once I saw the blue print, I knew there was no room for any extras! And in fact, the bookcase you see on the right… well I just knew it wouldn’t fit in my vehicle! Guess who helped me fit it in?

So if you need a tip for maximizing the moving space you’re paying for, I’d say first tip – get the measurements of all your ‘stuff’. Second tip – call 1-800-Sheila’s Dad!

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Staged Home: Sale Makes the Vancouver Sun!

Staged Home: Sale Makes the Vancouver Sun!

A property I staged in North Vancouver has made the Vancouver Sun! This is the actual page from the paper… the on-line version doesn’t include the photographs, so I have red-circled the Berkley property. To read the article, click here. Source: Vancouver Sun Section H2,…

Staging: To Paint or Not to Paint?

Staging: To Paint or Not to Paint?

One of the biggest things for a Stager to determine is whether or not painting will make a significant difference on the first impression, and ultimately the lasting impression. And if painting is recommended, in the end that decision is left to the client. To…

Listing Photographs: What Would You Do?

Listing Photographs: What Would You Do?

With online presence leading the way, your listing photographs are more important now than ever. Did you know that 72% of potential buyers shop the internet for prospective properties? And this number is only increasing. Gone are the days where newspaper ads had the leading edge, and an open house was bustling with potential buyers seeing the property for the first time. Now, properties are being red circled or vetoed largely based on how they look online. If your photographs don’t showcase your property, chances are potential buyers will click past your listing and move on to the next opportunity.

What this really means: your property won’t even be given the chance for a buyer to fall in love with it when they step through the door, because they won’t ever set foot in the door!

So, what would you do with your listing photographs today? Here are some comparisons for you to contemplate.

1. LIVING ROOM

Would you use this photograph:

Living Room Photo ‘A’

Or this photograph:

Living Room Photo ‘B’

In photo ‘A’, did you notice the clipboard on the ledge behind the sofa? Was your eye drawn to the large silver bowl right beside it? How about the gap behind the sofa? Were you visually drawn into this room? Note, your photographs should never have anything in them that doesn’t feature the room. No clutter, no clipboards, no unnecessary distractions! Make sure your accessories are strategically placed to draw the eye into the whole space and to the architectural features, not just to the forefront of the room. And make sure that your photos capture the positive features of the room at a good angle. Photo ‘A’ was taken from an awkward elevated angle, maybe from a stool or a chair. This distorted how you would actually see the room if you were stepping into it, moving through it, or just standing in that spot. And that’s because the angle has you looking down on the room rather than into it.

2. FAMILY ROOM

Would you use this photograph:

Family Room Photo ‘A’

Or this one:

Family Room Photo ‘B’

In photo ‘A’, did you notice that the table lamps were off? Do you think capturing the artwork behind the love-seat was important, or showing that the brickwork to the left of the fireplace has an additional feature? Did you know that taking a photo on the diagonal of a room is more effective than straight on? With this comparison set, the straight-on view of photo ‘A’ weights the focus toward the window, which suggests it’s the primary architectural feature. Did you notice your eye resting on the window? Where does your eye go in photo ‘B’? Does the fireplace feel like a feature? These photo comparisons illustrate the difference a slight shift in positioning can make to what the viewer takes in, and how that impacts the overall ‘feeling’ of the room.

Besides the difference in image quality, if you were a potential buyer how would these photos speak to you? If you were selling your property, which photos would you choose?

The ‘B’ photos were the ones I took after finishing the re-design staging of this property (re-design staging is working with the owner’s furniture, artwork and accessories; it does not focus on rentals or purchases). The ‘A’ photos were the actual listing images used online.

It’s about selling your property. From coaching you through the pre-listing process to staging your property, when we’re finished you’ll be ready to list… We make the biggest impact when you contact us first. Creating a ‘welcoming’ feeling is our goal; showcasing your investment is what we do!

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Turning Rain Barrels Into Curb Appeal!

Turning Rain Barrels Into Curb Appeal!

I’ve read so many posts, tweets, and Facebook comments on our extended ‘wet’ season, and have certainly contributed to them myself, that I thought it was time for a positive twist on our rain situation. Rain barrels. Eco friendly, practical, technology old as the hills……