Multi-generational living…. ready or not

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We all love our kids and are so proud to see them spread their wings and start their own lives. However, sometimes moving forwards first requires them to take a temporary step backward. Many of us have experienced our kids moving back home for awhile to be able to take that step forward.

This home had a nice open floor plan, which worked great for the family. However, once one of their kids had to move back in for awhile, that open floor plan became a large storage area.

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One of the great things about this home was that it had two staircases. The main staircase was grand and made quite a statement when you first walked into the home. The second staircase, which was in the family room, seemed forgotten and felt like it just took up valuable square footage. It also had these tall 20 foot ceilings that felt a bit cavernous.  Our job was to take advantage of the height while still making the rooms feel cozy and inviting.

We used great artwork to bring our eyes up and to make the forgotten staircase seem part of the family room. Also some great rugs on top of the dated carpeting really made the rooms feel fresh and inviting to all potential buyer’s.

The staging helped the home sell quickly and now the seller’s and their daughter are able to move into their new……..but separate homes.

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Delicious Chandeliers

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Photo courtesy of VillaPaprika

In my humble opinion, the chandeliers of a home don’t always get the recognition they deserve. They not only bring light to a home but can also help set the tone and style of a home.  The beauty great chandeliers bring cannot be overstated. They can take a room from reserved to dramatic or from contemporary to glamorous. It all depends on you.

Many people will spend a lot of time finding the perfect flooring, furniture, drapes etc. But chandeliers are often overlooked. They are viewed as utilitarian. Lighting over the dining room – check. Lighting over the kitchen island – check, check.  Oh, but there’s so much more.

Today we are seeing chandeliers used in so many different rooms and in so many fun ways. From the kitchen and dining room to the bedroom and bathroom. Guest bedroom, absolutely. Over the bathtub, how could you not! Library, yes please.  Dollar for dollar these beacon’s of light can really pack a punch.   In working on many remodeling jobs over the years we have seen the difference great chandeliers can make not only in the beauty of a room but how it is viewed by others. Nothing can create excitement in a room as much as a beautiful chandelier.

You don’t have to break the bank. It isn’t how much you spend on your chandelier but how much you love it.  As for me, well I have five, six, ok seven, and am always looking for that next delicious chandelier to bring home.