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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
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[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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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Design Inspiration for Your New Home

When you are moving into a new home, you may want an entirely new look to go along with that. Even if you are happy with most of your current furnishings and don’t need to change everything, a move may mean more space or different space that you need to furnish. If interior design isn’t one of your hobbies, where do you find ideas that will help you turn your house into a home. Start with these five sites to find lots of great ideas.

HGTV.com
HGTV is full of great ideas for everything house related. Ideas of all kinds can be found in whatever style you are looking for. From the front porch to the backyard and everything in between, HGTV is full of stunning ideas. Browse ideas by room or style until you find just the look for you.

Havenly.com
Havenly.com is the perfect option if you are never quite sure how to pull a room together. For a small fee, they will ask about your style and make recommendations that meet your budget and style. This is a great option if you don’t want to buy a prepackaged room of furniture and just can’t decide what goes together.

Houzz
This website brings together home professionals of all kinds to share ideas and experiences that you can search and brose until you find the right one for you. Whether you are looking for a fresh look for one room or the whole house, Houzz can make it easy to find.

Modsy.com
Modsy is another option to work with a designer for a small fee. They will provide design ideas within your budget then offer you discounted prices to purchase the items through them so you don’t have to track everything down yourself. They offer unlimited changes to their design recommendations and will keep working with you to get it right.

House Beautiful
The companion website to the magazine shares design ideas from a variety of sources. From whole designs to focus pieces to make a perfect statement, this site is full of ideas that you will love.

These sites are just a starting point to help you perfect your home to your style and needs. If the DIY approach to style isn’t for you, you can always call a local interior designer to help you style your home.  For additional information or recommendations to trusted professionals, please contact me today. 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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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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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
[email protected]
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 Type of Flooring is Best for You?

What Type of Flooring is Best for YouIf you are in the process of making some updates to your home, flooring is often an area that needs regular updating. Today, there are endless options to select from when you make updates and it may be hard to know where to start. The rooms you are looking to install new flooring in may narrow down your options some but there are still lots of choices in most of the varieties. Make sure to think about maintenance, cost, traffic and the look you are hoping to achieve as you are making your decision. There are 5 types of flooring that are common in homes. Here are some pros and cons of each.

  • Vinyl or linoleum – While these are different materials, they have many similarities so they can be evaluated together. Linoleum is the more expensive of the two options and is made of natural materials, so it is sometimes found in environmentally friendly construction. Both materials are durable and water resistant making them nice options for kitchens and baths. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and vinyl is a pretty inexpensive option for budget conscious construction and remodels.
  • Tile – Tile comes in both ceramic and porcelain varieties and is extremely durable. A more expensive option than vinyl or linoleum, the life of the product helps balance out the cost. Tile does require more expertise to install than vinyl or linoleum so it may not be a DIY option for many people if you are trying to cut costs. Tile comes in many colors and styles and can be a nice option for kitchens and baths as wells as entries and hallways due to its high durability.
  • Hardwoods – Hardwoods are a favorite among many people due to how nice they look. They can be installed relatively easily but do require maintenance to extend their life and keep them looking nice. They work well in almost any area except for bathrooms or places with lots of moisture. A long-lasting option, the cost is balanced by the life of the floors with proper maintenance.
  • Laminate hardwoods – These offer a less expensive option to hardwoods with a similar look but don’t work well in wet areas. Repairs aren’t possible to make though you could replace in small areas, but the different ages of the laminate would likely be noticeable.
  • Carpet – Carpet is probably the most common option and provides warmth in homes and is common in bedrooms and living rooms. It is pretty easily damaged from stains and spills and shouldn’t be used in kitchens and baths. While carpet is pretty easy to clean to remove many stains, it will start to show wear over time especially in high traffic areas.

Even if you are completely happy in your home, it’s always a good idea to think about the resale value of the product you select as many things in your home will be around much longer than you are and you don’t want to pick something that will decrease the value or appeal of your home. Feel free to call me anytime to discuss your update plans to make sure you are making choices that will be good long-term options for 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
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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Add Color to Your Life with the Pantone Color of the Year

Add Color to Your Life with the Pantone Color of the YearEach year Pantone releases a color of the year based on color influences and trend analysis. After Pantone’s announcement of the color each year, the color often pop-up in a wide variety of unexpected places including fashion, home furnishings, new products, packaging and others. For 2019, Pantone selected Living Coral as its color of the year.

Living Coral is a warm and vibrant color that appears in nature and provides a welcome pop of color in many of life’s surroundings as well. Like anything in life, there can be too much of a good thing and there will likely be overuse of this color in the coming months in many ways but consider Living Coral if you are looking for a trendy update in your home.

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. Since Living Coral is a bright color, you will probably want to stay away from it in large quantities, so you don’t overwhelm your home but consider these five ways to add it 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 Living Coral 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 Living Coral 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 the bright color without you having to endure it all day every day.
  • As the year progresses, Living Coral 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.

Since 2007 Pantone has been selecting a color of the year. See the history here and see if this trend has popped up in your everyday life without you even realizing it. 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
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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DIY Painting Tips

DIY Painting TipsInterior painting is probably the most common update that homeowners make themselves. Even if you have never painted before, with the right supplies and some effort, you can update the paint in your home without being overwhelmed. Here are some basic tips if you want to tackle this project on your own without having to pay a professional to repaint when you are through.

  • Buy the right supplies and don’t skimp on them. You can’t expect a professional looking paint job if your supplies are of poor quality. If you aren’t sure what you need, ask when you purchase your paint.
  • Take the time to tape off the area you will be painting. There will be drips and possibly even spills. Don’t let that become a huge mess. Tape off the walls, ceilings or trim that isn’t being painted and put drop cloths on the floor.
  • Remove outlet and switch plate covers before painting. After you remove them, tape over the outlets and light switches so you don’t get paint on them.
  • Don’t just jump into the painting. Do the necessary research to figure out what kind of prep work your walls will need to make the paint go on smoothly. At a minimum, walls will need a thorough cleaning, but they may also require other steps if the walls are damaged or you are covering a dark color or rough texture.
  • At a minimum, you will probably have some nail holes that need to be filled in. This can be easily accomplished with a small amount of spackle or caulk. You will then need to let the area dry and sand it smooth. After sanding, you will need to clean the area again to remove any dust.
  • If you are painting an area that requires more than one can of paint, it is a good idea to mix the cans together into a larger bucket in case there are slight variations in the color of each can.
  • Different types of bristles on paint brushes are used to best apply certain types of paint. For water-based paint, use nylon bristles, natural bristles for oil-based paint and nylon and polyester for latex paint.
  • When selecting rollers, match the length of the nap to the type of surface you are painting. Smooth surfaces use a shorter nap while textured surfaces like popcorn ceilings will require a longer nap.
  • If you need to do more than one coat, let the first coat dry before you add a second one.
  • When you are finished, save your extra paint for touchups. A baby food jar is a great option if you only have a small amount remaining.
  • Clean your tools right away when you are finished so that you can save them for another time. If you let the paint dry on them, it will be much more difficult to get the paint off.

Now that you have educated yourself on the process, it’s time to get started if you can decide what color paint you want to use. Start small and take your time. For additional information on updating 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
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

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Simple Fall Décor for Your Home

Simple Fall DecorFall is a wonderful time of year to incorporate nature’s beauty into your home décor. Use the bounty of the season to brighten the interior and exterior of your home with an assortment of items. Here are some ideas you can incorporate into your home with just a quick trip outside or to your local farmer’s market.

  • Pumpkins speaks for themselves and are one of the most popular symbols of the season. Today pumpkin’s come in so much more than orange and you can really make a statement with a few pumpkins, gourds and squashes combined on the table or at the front door.
  • Pick a few fallen leaves outside in a variety of fall hues. Add these to your table or use them to make a wreath. Leaves are the crayons of nature and will speak for themselves with little to no effort on your part.
  • Acorns can make a nice filler for a vase or other container. Add a candle or other items such as leaves if you choose or just let the acorns make their own statement.
  • A classic Thanksgiving decoration is a cornucopia or horn of plenty. Pack yours with a variety of all produce for a stellar centerpiece for the dining table or buffet. The added bonus is that you may eat the items when you are done with them. Many baskets can be used for this same effect if you don’t have a cornucopia.
  • Mums are the quintessential fall plant and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Add them to your front porch, back patio or anywhere you would like a splash of color.
  • Pinecones in all sizes can be used in lots of different ways. Add some small pumpkins and gourds for a center piece or on an accent table.

Fall is really a great time to branch out in a new direction with colors and items that are sure to brighten your décor. For additional design ideas to enhance your home’s appeal, feel free to contact me for a consultation. 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
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers Lic# 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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How to Decorate a Room for Less than $100

Decorate on a BudgetIt can be quite expensive to decorate a room in your home, whether you are trying to sell or just want a new look. Just because you don’t have the budget for a major upgrade, it doesn’t mean you can’t update your space. Here are a few ways to make any room in your home look fabulous and new for less than $100.

The Living Room:
One of the easiest rooms to freshen up, the living room doesn’t require a lot of effort or expense to make it feel like new.

  • New coat of paint on the walls
  • Throw pillows on the couch
  • New light fixture
  • Move existing furniture into new positions

The Bedroom:
This is another easy room to renovate on a budget.

  • Purchase sheer curtains
  • Buy a new bedspread or comforter
  • Purchase a rug for wood floors
  • Paint the walls a light color

The Bathroom:
Add big style to a small room with just a few changes without spending a lot of money.

  • Buy big fluffy towels like you see in a spa
  • Add sconces along the mirror or medicine cabinet for softer lighting
  • Place a plush rug by the shower door to step out on
  • Install a small shelf for more organization
  • Place washcloths or personal items in wicker or wood baskets

The Kitchen:
Most people spend the majority of their renovation money on the kitchen. It can cost thousands of dollars to completely redo this room. However, a few small changes can have big impact.

  • Paint the fronts of cabinets
  • Replace hardware
  • Paint the walls
  • Buy a new faucet

While many supplies can cost several hundreds of dollars, you can find great deals on clearance items. Visit an outlet center or visit a kitchen or bathroom supply store and ask about discontinued patterns. They usually cost quite a bit less and still look stylish even if they aren’t the latest designs.

Specialty stores often have leftover materials after doing a custom project. They will sell slabs of countertop material or leftover cabinets or flooring at a reduced price. If you want to do more for your home but have limited funds, shopping around can yield some fabulous finds without breaking your budget.

For additional design ideas to enhance your home’s appeal, feel free to contact me for a consultation. 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
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers’s Lic# 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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