Category Archives: Design Ideas

Design a Fabulous Bathroom in a Small Space

It’s a room most people spend very little time in, and they often think about it even less when decorating their homes. In many homes, it’s a tiny space barely adequate for the daily routines. However, the bathroom is an important part of any house or apartment, and it should be given the attention it deserves. Here are a few ideas on how to create a space you won’t want to leave even if it is compact.

  1. Go White

A white or light-colored bathroom makes the space feel bigger and brighter. If your room is small and dark, paint the walls a light color and install a white vanity to instantly make it feel more welcoming and expansive.

  1. Choose a Small Vanity

A large vanity in a small bathroom can make the space feel even smaller and tighter. Instead, opt for a small vanity or pedestal sink to give you more floor space. While the tradeoff is less storage, you can find other ways to replace it.

  1. Think Vertical

Speaking of storage, make use of the vertical space in your bathroom, and install shelving on the walls. Wire shelves are ideal in this room because they seem more transparent and won’t shrink the space as much as wood shelves. Place less used items on the higher shelves while keeping things you use every day at eye level or below.

  1. Focus on Lighting

A lot of bathrooms are dark and don’t have windows for natural lighting. Increase the lighting in this room to make it feel bigger and more inviting. Start with lighting around the mirror with one wall sconce on each side and another light above it to eliminate any shadows on your face when you’re getting dressed. Place sconces and other lights around the room as needed. Pendants and chandeliers create a touch of luxury in this space as long as you choose an appropriate size.

  1. Decorate

While you don’t want to take up limited space with a lot of decorative items, you do want to create a sense of warmth through your décor. Use functional items to enhance the space in a fun way. For example, roll up brightly-colored washcloths and place them in a basket on end. Put small soaps on a tray by the tub or on the sink. Display decorative lotions to add color.

Get creative and have fun decorating one of the most important and most forgotten spaces in your home.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Benjamin Moore’s Color of The Year

Add a splash of color to your home with Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, Aegean Teal. This dusty teal definitely has costal vibes but also provides a tranquil quality that would be perfect for any room in your home.

For 2021 we all need a little more tranquility and this color is great to introduce harmonious hues into your home environment. The color is described by Benjamin Moore as “A blend of blue-green and gray, Aegean Teal 2136-40 is an intriguing mid-tone that creates natural harmony.”

In addition to showing up in paint, furniture, textiles and possibly even small appliances, add some life to your home by incorporating it in your surroundings in artwork, curtains and other home furnishings. Need some design inspiration? Consider these five ways to add the color of the year to your home tastefully

  • Add an accent wall in your dining room, bedroom or living room in Living Coral. The vibrancy of the color may overwhelm an entire room but one wall can make the perfect impact.
  • Select a piece of art with a Aegean Teal hue as part of it. This is an easy way to add it quickly and you can always change it later when you are ready for something new.
  • Select a floral display or wreath that incorporates Aegean Teal in its design.
  • Consider using it in a small bathroom or other small space that might be without a window. A pantry or closet could also be a nice way to incorporate this color without you having to endure it all day every day.
  • As the year progresses, Aegean Teal accent items will begin to pop up everywhere. Browse your favorite home goods stores like TJ Maxx, Target or Marshalls and see what all you can find. You are certain to find throw pillows, rugs, ceramics and more. Don’t add more than one piece at a time as you don’t want to overdo it.

Brining color into your home is a great way to change the mood and design of the home. Get a fresh start to the new year with this stunning tranquil color. For additional information on decorating your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Picking the Perfect Paint

One of the easiest and least expensive updates you can make to your home is painting. For most homeowners, it is something that can be accomplished with little to no expertise and without expensive tools. By purchasing the desired paint and a few basic supplies, you can make a big change to a room or your entire home.

Selecting paint can be challenging though. Flat, satin, semigloss and glossy paints are just a few of your choices. When you settle on a kind of paint, there are many brands to select from and then the choice of color. With thousands of different shades of paint to select from, you may think you will never make a choice. Where do you start to narrow down your selection to the perfect paint for you?

Start by considering the area you are painting. High traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms or doors with lots of use will do best with a semi-gloss or glossy paint. It is also great on cabinets and trim. Flat and satin paints will be better in adult bedrooms or dining rooms that have less activity. Once you narrow down where you are painting, select the color family you want to work from. Attempting to select a paint color from all of your options will drive you crazy so narrow it down a little so you are comparing 50 colors instead of 500 colors.

After you select a color family, head to the store to see some options. Remember, don’t pick your paint in the store. Take it outside and take it home. Look at the color swatches outside and in your home. The natural light and the lights in your home can make the colors look very different so don’t skip this step. It’s also a good idea to look at the colors with any existing furnishings to make sure they look good together.

After you have looked at the color in multiple lights, sit on it for a few days. Paint doesn’t have to last forever but if you are going to spend the time to repaint, you probably want it to stick around for a little while.

After you have selected the perfect paint, take your time to prepare your surface correctly and properly apply the paint. Consider painting an investment in your home and remember that anything worth doing is worth doing well. If your intent is to select the cheapest paint and get it on the walls as quickly as possible, that will be evident when you look at it. Your home may be better off left untouched then to paint in a rush and leave it looking less than perfect.

If you have any additional questions about updating your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Fall in Love with a New Kitchen

If you are planning a remodel in 2020, the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to remodel. With kitchen remodels ranging greatly in price, you will want to take time to decide exactly what you want before you begin the process. If you are on a tight budget and can’t do a full kitchen remodel, you may want to consider waiting instead of spending money on changes that won’t satisfy you long term. A less expensive fix that needs to be changed right away will cost you more than doing it right the first time.

If your budget is large enough to accommodate the project you want to complete, the next step is to decide what you want to change in your kitchen. Here are some items that are readily available and sure to please you and any future owners of your home.

  • Granite, solid surface and butcher block countertops all have loyal followings.
  • Sleek appliances. Stainless is still popular but black stainless is showing up frequently as are some custom color options.
  • As people declutter more, open shelving has become more popular for your most frequently used items.
  • Statement sinks pop up more today while farmhouse and stainless options still maintain a strong presence as well.
  • Add a statement color in a small amount. A colorful island, painted ceiling, or bright table can make a large impact in an otherwise neutral space.
  • Select a range hood that makes a statement for a fun and functional update.
  • Technology is in the kitchen too with Bluetooth syncing to refrigerators and ovens becoming more common.
  • Integrated appliances hidden behind paneling and built-ins make your kitchen a true designer space.
  • Cabinets have seen an upgrade with new shapes and sizes like deep drawers for storing pots and pans near the cooktop.

It can be tempting to pack everything you love into your kitchen but don’t overdo it. While several of these trends can be easily incorporated in your kitchen remodel, don’t attempt them all. Pinterest and Houzz both provide great resources to search for ideas so you can determine what you like and what you don’t. Contact me today to determine what updates would be best for you. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Countdown to Thanksgiving – 10 Tips to Hosting Turkey Day for the First Time

If you have recently purchased a home for the first time, you may have decided you are ready to host your first formal gathering. Maybe you have had friends over for a backyard BBQ or impromptu drinks on the weekend but hosting a major holiday requires a little more planning and can be rather involved depending on how many people will be coming. If you have decided to take the plunge and host your first Thanksgiving soiree, here’s where to start to make sure you are ready for the big day.

  1. Plan your guest list and extend invitations. You will want an accurate headcount for food and so you can prepare seating and make sure you have enough plates, glasses and flatware. It is a good idea to extend the invitation as early as possible if you want everyone to come. Some people may have committed to go somewhere else if you wait to long to invite them so the earlier the better.
  2. Make a list of what you plan to serve and start a shopping list of what you will need to purchase.
  3. If you will need to borrow or rent any items, go ahead and make arrangements to do so. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate but if you have 20 guests coming for dinner, you may not have enough china to serve them all so make sure you know this in advance. There are a wide assortment of high quality disposable goods available now so you may decide to purchase disposable plates and other items instead of using real china.
  4. Ask for help. If multiple families will be joining you, ask them to help with meal preparation. Hosting doesn’t mean you have to do it all. Providing the location will require a lot of work on your part so lighten your load some if you can.
  5. If you plan to order any part of the meal such as dessert or another item, go ahead and place the order.
  6. Make a list of everything that needs to be done before Thanksgiving. This should include meal preparations, cleaning, rearranging furniture if needed, picking up anything you need to, buying the groceries and confirming attendance.
  7. Make sure you decide if you will cook a fresh or frozen turkey. Frozen turkeys can take a long time to thaw depending on how big they are so you will need to purchase it far enough in advance to thaw it if you will be purchasing a frozen turkey.
  8. Make a trip to the grocery store. A list is essential to get everything you need. Do not wait until the day before Thanksgiving to go to the grocery store. The grocery store will be very busy on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and there will be items that are sold out (including the fresh turkey you were counting on). Plan in advance. Shop the weekend before the holiday or Monday at the latest to guarantee good selection and lower crowds.
  9. Clean the house the weekend before the holiday. You will likely want to start preparing the meal by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest so do the things that can be done in advance early.
  10. Plan an accurate timeline of when each item will be cooked. Even if you have double ovens, getting all of the items in and out of the oven at the right time will take some planning. Plan accordingly so you aren’t overwhelmed when you have three things that need to go in the oven at the same time.

Thanksgiving can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Good planning can make everything run smoothly if you put the time into it. Remember, this doesn’t have to be a lavish affair so don’t overestimate what you can accomplish. Focus on the reason for the holiday and try not to stress yourself out so that you don’t get to enjoy the day. For additional information on preparing for the holidays, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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Should You Update Your Home with Smart Features?

If you are planning an upcoming home remodeling project, whether it is big or small, you will have many decisions to make as you begin your project. It can be overwhelming to make all the decisions you will need to make. One thing you are likely to encounter as you begin the process is deciding if you want to incorporate smart features in your home. There are many different things to consider but before you dive in, make sure you ask about the long-term maintenance that is involved with having these items in your home.

Probably the most popular smart feature to include in your home is programmable thermostats. Program your thermostats to keep the home at your desired temperature based on your schedule. No more paying for air while you are at work or waiting for your home to cool off or warm up when you get home at the end of the day. You shouldn’t plan to adjust the temperature drastically but even 6-8 degrees difference over the course of a month will generate some savings for you and likely pay for itself quickly.

Another option you may consider is smart lighting. Whether you want the ability to control the lights for security reasons when you aren’t home or to turn the lights on before you arrive if you are coming home late, this technology in collaboration with your smart phone, can be a nice feature.

Security systems are one of the products that have seen significant changes with technological advances. Twenty years ago, adding a security system to your home required a contract with ADT, CPI or another security company. Today, there are a wide variety of systems you can purchase, install in an afternoon and manage through your phone that allow you to monitor what’s going on when you aren’t there, allow children or others access to your home if needed and link to emergency services in case of an emergency.

Appliances have made significant improvements with recent technological changes. Not only are appliances more efficient, they offer Jetson-style options with a few clicks from the appliance itself or a connected device. Have a casserole you want to stick in the oven as soon as you get home? Start your oven preheating from your phone. Want to know if you need a new water filter, receive an alert when it is time to buy a new one and order the device from your appliance. Can’t remember if you have milk or eggs at home? Use the refrigerator’s app to view pictures of what is in the refrigerator, so you won’t go home without the milk again.

All of these smart items will likely make your home easier, but will you use them? If you have no intent on using these features, it may be best to skip most of them. Many items are too new to have a good feel for the longevity of the item and the maintenance required. As technology evolves daily, there is no stopping the new options you will encounter. The most important thing is to select the options that will enhance your life while being careful to make sure you don’t over value your home with features that you can’t recover the cost of and won’t use. I am always available to answer your questions about smart home features or anything else. Contact me today to determine what home changes would be best for you. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Pumpkin Isn’t Just for Coffee – Use it to Spice Up Your Home for Fall

As September starts, pumpkin everything starts showing up in stores. From pumpkins to candy, and pumpkin spice lattes to muffins, the bright orange globe will infiltrate every store and restaurant you visit. Whether you are a fan of Starbucks signature fall beverage and start counting down for it at the start of summer or just indulge on the first cool day of the year, there is no question that pumpkin and pumpkin spice are everywhere now. If you want to add pumpkin to your life (and home) beyond your morning cup of java, here are some ways to add pumpkin to your home in small, tasteful ways.

No matter if you love all things pumpkin or not, you can’t deny that seeing a bright pumpkin on a porch truly signifies the coming of fall. Add one large pumpkin or a trio of small pumpkins beside your front door for a touch of small décor that is classic and fun. Pumpkins go beyond basic now with a variety of colors and shapes for a truly unique look. If you are looking for bigger, purchase a variety of pumpkins, gourds and mums to make a presentation for your yard or porch. It’s ok to bring the pumpkin inside as well. Scatter some fall leaves on your dining room table, with a few small pumpkins atop for a festive look that will last from September to Thanksgiving. Pumpkins can also work on a mantle or accent table and make great indoor décor. If you are feeling crafty, there are a variety of pumpkin wreaths you can make as well.

Want to go beyond decorations, a pumpkin (or pumpkin spiced) candle will add a seasonal scent to your home that will be great to light while you curl up with a book on a cool day. Don’t neglect the easiest room in the house to incorporate pumpkin in your home. Pumpkin recipes are all the trend so go beyond basic pumpkin pie with pumpkin muffins or pancakes for breakfast, add toasted pumpkin seeds to your lunchtime salad or even enjoy pumpkin risotto for dinner.

If you are thinking about selling your home this fall, many of these things will help your home stand out from its competition. Like anything, too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing so don’t overdo it but a little pumpkin can make a nice touch this time of year. For additional information on decorating your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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Spruce Up Your Backyard for Outdoor Living

Sunny days and warm nights call you outdoors to enjoy the weather. With longer days, hopefully you will have a little free time to get outside and enjoy yourself. If you have recently purchased your home or just have never taken the time to upgrade your outdoor living space, you still have plenty of time to add a few items to your yard so you can take advantage of them this summer.  Here are the top five items you are sure to enjoy.

  1. Build or extend your patio. If your home has no patio or deck, this will make a huge impact. Even a small patio will provide a place for a couple chairs or small table to relax and enjoy. Patios can be created of many materials in all sizes. While concrete patios are most common, there are many other options including brick, tile, pavers and more. Some options are more flexible and make it easier to change things down the road if you don’t want it to be there forever or decide to start small and expand later.
  2. Cover your patio or deck. Whether you extend your roof line to cover the space or add an awning for coverage, this will make a huge difference. The sun can be scorching at different times of day. Having space where you have some protection from the sun will mean you can spend more time outdoors and not wait for nighttime to get a break from the heat.
  3. Add a grill or outdoor kitchen. Go big with a full outdoor kitchen or just purchase a portable grill for backyard barbecues. Either way, you will love grilling out on nice nights instead of heating up your kitchen again.
  4. Add a fence to your backyard. You may be wondering how a fence will make you spend more time outside. If you have young children or pets, you will love the option of not having to supervise them quite as closely. I am not suggesting you rely on the fence exclusively for child or pet care but knowing your pets won’t run away as soon as you step out the door means you can actually sit down on your new patio for a break.
  5. Add something fun. If you have kids, a swing set or trampoline can be so nice for the backyard to keep the kids busy. If you are kid free or the kids are too old to enjoy a swing set, consider a hammock for yourself or a firepit.

One or all of these options can make a big impact in a small amount of time in your yard. Once you are finished, sit back and enjoy your yard all summer long. For additional information on outdoor living or landscaping, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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What Buyers Want

If you are thinking about selling your home soon or just know that one day you will, you may wonder what home buyers are currently looking for when they are shopping for a home. If you are in the process of making updates to your home, it makes sense that you consider what the future buyer of your home might want so that you can make choices that will appeal to people when the time does come for you to sell.

With that in mind, what are buyers really looking for today? In today’s market, buyer’s expect homes to be nicely updated especially the kitchen and bathrooms. No Formica countertops, dark rooms and closed up floor plans. Here are five things you should consider if your home doesn’t already have them.

  • Open Floor Plans…this isn’t going away. Buyers want space where they can gather with family and friends or supervise kids while they are making dinner in the other room. If your home doesn’t offer this, consider removing a wall or two for an open feel and blending separate spaces together for an easy flow.
  • Outdoor living space is still big so add features that make the space usable for multiple seasons like a covered space to block the worst sun, a firepit for cool nights or a kitchen for easy weekend entertaining.
  • Flexible living spaces. We have moved away from the growing homes of the 90’s. Homes are still spacious but not getting any bigger because buyers want to use the space they have. Formal areas that are rarely used have been eliminated in favor of flexible spaces that serve multiple purposes and get used daily. From offices to playrooms and exercise rooms to guest space, buyers opt to use their space wisely.
  • Buyers are interested in finishes that will last while providing low maintenance such as hardwood floors and ceramic tile. Today’s homeowners are busy and don’t want to spend every weekend taking care of their home. Maintenance to make things last will be done but they would rather use their free time for recreation than home maintenance.
  • Buyers want storage space. Walk-in closets, a linen closet, pantry, coat closet and an organized garage. Buyers want space for their stuff, and they want the spaces organized so add shelving and organization systems to make the space work well for you and it will benefit you down the road too.

Think about all of these things before you make any changes. Chances are you will enjoy them as well as the buyer that one day buys your home. If you are in the process of making updates soon, call me and let’s discuss your ideas so you can maximize your investment. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

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Four Must Haves for Your Kitchen

Four Must Haves for Your KitchenFor many people, your kitchen is the hub of your household. If that is true for you, take the time to make sure your kitchen is adequately updated for maximized efficiency, comfort and style. With so many options for kitchens available, how will you ever decide what you want? It’s always a good idea to think about the future resale value of whatever you choose as well so it doesn’t detract from your home whenever you are ready to sell. Here are four kitchen features you don’t want to skip.

  1. An island. There are so many ways to incorporate an island into your kitchen and they come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it adds just counter space and storage, bar seating, a cooktop, prep sink or all of that, an island creates a nice space that is open and easy to work at without cabinets above it like most other parts of the kitchen. This makes it an ideal solution for prep space, and you are sure to love it.
  2. Corner Storage. No matter how efficiently your kitchen is designed, there are corners and there will always be things that get pushed to the back meaning you forget about them completely or choose not to use them often because it is too hard to get them out from the back. Add a lazy susan in your corner. This will allow your storage to rotate back into the cabinet space and keep things you use easily accessible.
  3. More than one kind of lighting. Gone are the days of one light in the kitchen. With multiple ways to use your space, you need a variety of lighting to complement the space. You will enjoy the benefit of a light over the sink, additional lighting over the island, bright lighting for any prep spaces and even under the cabinet lights to add ambiance and function.
  4. A pot filler. If you cook daily, you will fall in love with this feature instantly. Tired of filling your heavy cookware with water at the sink and lugging it to the stove, add a pot filler beside the cooktop and use it to fill all of your pots with water with just a flip of the handle. This isn’t as big an undertaking as you think as water is probably only a few feet away from where you want this to be installed.

All of these features will add instant appeal to your kitchen, and you will love the flexibility they provide when you are preparing meals for your family. If you ever want to discuss remodel ideas and how they will impact the value of your home or need a recommendation of a good contractor to install your new island, give me a call.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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