Category: Homeowner Tips (122)

Looking for a quick fix to fill a blank wall? Have a look at this easy, inexpensive project Jessica made this week for an upcoming listing. A few inexpensive frames, a filler and you’re good to go!

For this home, she wanted something neutral and understated, but this project could easily be done with wallpaper or other media to add a fun pop of color to a home as well!

We live in a city overflowing with local talent. Known for amazing food, Midwestern friendliness, rapid growth and a booming art scene, KC embodies a diverse community that makes this town so special.

You see this everywhere with the emergence of more craft eats and drinks, local boutiques and murals popping up across town. The color, creativity and fun comprise the personality that is KC!


MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME
local art

Photo: Made in KC Explore

We tour amazing homes every day. The ones that standout most are those filled with character and personality. Often character is in the form of period architecture and design elements. But, it can be added to ANY house through design choices and décor! Showcasing things you love, unique items and a bit of color will make your house a HOME.

We enjoyed this post on Made in KC Explore that features a group of vibrant local artists – JCDS Emerging Artists – a program started by Johnson County Developmental Supports and then expanded to the Art and Heritage Center. Take a minute to give it a quick read and learn more about this group that shows art locally! According to the blog, their next appearance will be in September at the De Soto Sunflower Art Fest.


GALLERIES AND SHOWS
local art

Photo: Jessica Jasa

If you haven’t, check out First Fridays in the Crossroads (tomorrow!), it’s another great opportunity to shop local art. Or, visit the many galleries around the metro, or make your own! There’s nothing more personal than showcasing art made by your family. This can be art made at home, school or at a studio, like Wolf Creek Art Studio. Use your art for a standout gallery wall, like this one from the Braden’s Hope Home Tour in The Farm at Garnett Hill in May!


HANGING ART MADE EASY

Need some tips for hanging art? Here’s a quick guide from Apartment Therapy to help!

Curb appeal is the first impression of your home. Over time, a little TLC is needed to keep your home relevant and well-cared for! We LOVE sharing ideas for easy updates – both to enhance your home to enjoy or to get ready to sell. Last week one of our team members made significant updates to her home’s exterior – including paint in a completely different palette! Obviously, you don’t need to go so far as a full repaint to punch things up, but it’s fun to see the difference new paint and accents can make!

Here’s a quick look at the BEFORE. This south Olathe home is 5 years old, and it’s recommended to paint your home every 5-7 years to keep things fresh and protected. For a new construction home, it’s actually suggested to paint closer to the 5-year mark. The timing on this paint is important to address caulking needs and to preserve the original layer of paint while it’s still in decent shape. Together, the caulk and paint help to protect your home.

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LIGHT & BRIGHT

Now for the NEW … Jessica and her husband wanted to change their color tone from dark brown to a lighter gray. In the end, they chose a greige to complement the brown stone on entry.

Our fabulous stager, Julie Casey, recommended this Sherwin Williams palette – Intellectual Gray (body), Shoji White (trim) and Slate Tile (accent) –  to line up with the family’s interior and brighten things up!

ADD EXTRAS!

Beyond paint, Jessica made several small, inexpensive updates to enhance curb appeal. These included new exterior lights, numbers, porch pillows, and a fresh wreath and doormat. A last-minute request was made for the painters [RePaint KC:  913.638.6261] to change the color of the existing patio chairs, and everything pulled together!

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If you want to enhance your curb appeal without a full paint, try painting your front door, or bringing pops of color in through pillows, plants or flowers! The best part is these updates are easy and effective, without a significant investment. Here’s to a bright, fun summer!

It feels like summer folks, so let’s get with the season …

Summer Summer
The Look

Summer is synonymous with bright, vibrant and FUN! Pick up some new outdoor throw pillows to quickly transform your space! We love Target’s whimsical selection of outdoor pillows — on sale now (thru 5/19)!! Happy hour, anyone?

The Taste

If you haven’t tried Coconut LaCroix, you’re missing out. It’s like summer in can!! Bubbly, refreshing and tastes like yummy beach smells. You can’t go wrong. Promise!

The Smell

Citrus Bliss. The name pretty much says it all! If you’re an essential oil user, diffuse this summery scent throughout your home. This oil from doTERRA merges wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamont, tangerine and clementine with a hint of vanilla. Perfect for relaxing on lazy summer days!

It’s garage sale season! Signs are popping up all over town. Hosting a garage sale takes a lot of time and effort, so here are some tips to help make your sale a success!

Sort Your Set-Up:  Organize things by category and place like items nearby to help the flow of your sale. Place your big ticket or draw-in items front and center to attract people to your sale. Move things around as you sell, to keep it easy to shop. People are more likely to stay and shop if they don’t feel overwhelmed!

Price it Right:  Garage sale shoppers have an eye for a bargain, so price fairly to start. And keep your pricing easy so you don’t spend much time making change – increments of 25 cents is perfect! If you don’t want to spend lots of time pricing, use a dot system and price by color (ex: “All yellow items are $1). Make sure to get change the day before so you’re stocked and ready!

Talk it Up:  If your neighborhood is having a spring sale, add your home to the list and take advantage of the extra traffic and community sale will bring in! Just be sure to use your own signs to drive traffic to your sale. If you post on social media, include a couple pics that show some of your best pieces!

Clear it Out:  Schedule a donation pick-up with a local charity to stop by shortly after your sale, or find a place to deliver leftover items that are in good condition. Doing this ahead of time is a great and easy way to help others in our community in need!

Happy selling!!

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