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Selling Your Home and Holiday Decorations: How Much is Too Much?

Posted on December 9, 2013

It’s the holiday season, and you’re in the process of selling your home. You’ve decided to keep your property on the market during this time because it’s not difficult for you to prepare your house for showings (even during the holidays), and you figure that although not as many buyers are looking, the ones who are genuinely need to buy. Whatever the reason, your home is on the market and will remain that way through Thanksgiving into December and the coming New Year.

One of the questions that follows given the above scenario is how many decorations should you display? Or more succinctly, how much is too much? You probably already know the answer to that question. In just one word, it’s minimal, or perhaps, tasteful. That being said, my strong hunch is that if you asked professional stagers this same question, they would say the appropriate answer is none. After all, the underlying concept is that the way you live in your “home,” and the way you market and sell your “house” are two different things. And I do adhere to that belief as well as the staging concepts that I expounded in The Top 10 ASP® Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home, specifically that less is more (think clutter-free) and that buyers only know what they see, not the way it’s going to be or the way it could be. But personally, I also believe in self expression, and I think you need to live in a house that you enjoy – even when it’s on the market and especially during the holidays, which only come once a year. Therefore my recommendation is to “Just Do It” and have some holiday decorations in your home. But in the same breath, refrain from using multiple upon multiple strings of outdoor lights and hundreds of interior santas, angels, elves, menorahs or whichever decorative items you choose to display for the holidays.

In other words, opt for more tasteful and limited decorations. For example, on the exterior as you approach your home, you can have planters as pictured here – beautifully designed by Stems & Stalks by Linda. Or interior decorations as featured below with just a few adornments per room – those that enhance and don’t overwhelm the look and those that don’t distract the buyers from seeing the beauty of your property and from imagining themselves as the next owners of your home.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Have you ever been a home seller during the holidays? And if so, how did you handle holiday decorations? And how did the buyers react to your holiday displays? I can’t wait to hear….

For more information on this or on the real estate market in WestonWellesleyWayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Picking Paint Colors for Your New House

Posted on August 11, 2013

You’ve just bought a new house that is in dire need of new paint colors – or perhaps you’ve been living in your house for some time, and it’s overdue for some fresh paint…. Whatever the case, you now have the daunting task of picking the paint colors. And not just any paint colors – those which you love and with which you are happy and satisfied. With this subject, I’m speaking more about the interior paint because the exterior paint usually only involves one main choice – the body of the house. The trim and shutters are usually easier choices. But it’s the inside of the house that can drive a person crazy….  And I can tell you just how much from my own recent, first-hand experience.

Having lived in my house in Weston, MA for 10+ years, I am not a new home buyer, but I have struggled with interior house painting just as you may have. Each time I have painted interior rooms, I have found the experience to be difficult, confusing and frustrating at times. And because of this, I wanted to share a few thoughts and tips that I have learned about the picking of interior paints in an effort to make the process potentially easier for you (at least I hope that’s the case):

  • Paint a sample of the paint color on the wall. Do you agree that it’s virtually impossible to tell from the paint wheel what the color is going to look like on the wall that you’re painting? My suggestion is to buy a paint sample, and paint it on your wall. Furthermore, when doing this, you might want to paint the whole wall. Don’t make the mistake that I did…. I painted a color sample in my daughter’s room but just painted a few strokes, and once the room was fully painted, it had a very different look and the effect was much different than when just a few paint strokes were on the wall. Frustrated by this, I turned my focus online, and I found the Benjamin Moore website, which ended up serving as an incredible resource with extremely valuable information. You can order samples online, and the website also providesBest Selling Paint Colors, Color Trends, Designer Favorites and much more– priceless information from my perspective. So the bottom line is that I learned from my error and found a fabulous resource in the meantime.
  • Consider how much light the room gets. If the room you are painting is doused in sunlight from morning to evening, the pastel color that you have picked, for example, might get washed out. On the other hand, if the room is dark and you choose a navy blue color, the effect of the color once the room is fully painted will likely be darker than anticipated. Decorations and wall hangings – and all of the colors therein – can also influence the paint color and bring out different hues in the color. These are factors you will likely want to consider when making the important paint color choices.

  • Keep in mind the colors of the rooms in your house as you make decisions. I picked two entirely different blue colors for my daughter’s and son’s rooms, which happen to be next to one another. At least I thought they were entirely different colors. But once on the walls, the blues looked almost identical. And now, when I walk up the stairs to the second floor and take in both paint colors as I do so, the paint colors look the same, and it bothers me. A lot. I didn’t think about putting blue colors in rooms right next door to one another because I thought that the blues were different enough that they wouldn’t end up looking so similar. My bad as they say…. But instead of doing anything about it for now, I’m going to live with it, and see how I feel over time. The good news is that the kids don’t care. They love their blue colors – despite the fact that they’re almost identical and their rooms are right next door to one another.
  • Consult with your painter. Sometimes your painter can add incredible insight, expertise and perspective on your paint color decisions – after all, s/he paints every day all day. That being said, your painter might also shy away from weighing in on these discussions and decisions as s/he doesn’t want to be culpable and bear a sense of responsibility if you ultimately hate the color. Ask and see where your painter falls on the advice spectrum – if s/he is willing to consult, it could be a great help.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Have you been a new home buyer with many rooms to paint and faced the dilemmas of which colors to pick for which rooms? Or maybe you bought a house with perfect paint colors and so there was no need to paint? Or what about those of you who have lived in your house for several years but need a change of colors? What are your recommendations for interior painting and picking the right colors? I can’t wait to hear….

For more information on this or on the real estate market in WestonWellesleyWayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Selling Your Home: Tips to Make Your Foyer Fabulous

Posted on July 8, 2013

This is one of my favorite subjects – what to do when selling your home to maximize a buyer’s first impression. Not to be redundant, but it bears repeating – “You have only one chance to make a first impression.” And it’s worth doing everything you can to make that first impression a positive one, especially when selling your house….

Ok, so back to my love of this subject. With Making Your Home’s Exterior Show Ready, we covered making your home’s exterior sparkle and shine. And with Appealing to the Visual Sense: Selling a Shiny, Sparkling Home and More Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home, we did the same for your home’s interior. This is about a buyer first stepping foot into your home, specifically into your entryway. Optimizing the buyer’s initial glance into your home, namely by way of the foyer, is of paramount importance.

Last year, my post 5 Simple Tips to Optimize Your Entryway was based on recommendations from one of my favorites, Nate Berkus. He advocated (1) painting your entryway a bold color to show your personality, (2) adding a console table, (3) displaying a patterned rug or runner, (4) featuring vintage hooks and (5) hanging a mirror. And now, I’d like to offer more tips to make your foyer fabulous and to create a favorable initial impression for those buyers as they first walk through your front door. This time I have researched tips from such sources as Houzz.com, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, Southern Living and DecoratingFiles.com, and I’d like to share some consistent thoughts and ideas from all of these fabulous home design experts:

  • Create a seamless transition from the outside of your home to the inside. According to Houzz.com, “Try to follow the style of the rest of your house [both inside and out] and make your foyer the ambassador of the theme.” Think of it like this… when buyers walk inside the door and into your foyer, they know what to expect in terms of design, colors and decorative choices from that moment on and as they proceed throughout your house.
  • Don’t overlook the importance of your front door. A gorgeous door will impact your foyer from the inside and outside. This is one I hadn’t thought about, but now it seems so obvious and makes such good sense.
  • Let the lights shine. Having a table lamp, chandelier or some kind of lighting source not only provides brightness to the foyer but adds warmth too. It sets the right tone when buyers walk through the door.
  • Add cozy seating options. A chair or small love seat is inviting and adds warmth and practicality. And this is a definite if you are asking buyers to remove their shoes or wear booties while viewing your home. This way they can sit right down after entering your home and leave their shoes behind.
  • Keep your entryway simple, neat and organized. This is hard because the foyer is not only how buyers first enter your house, it’s also your first entry point. It’s important, however, that this area is de-cluttered when buyers step into your home. Otherwise it could be a big, messy turn-off. Put your keys, coins and other paraphernalia in attractive baskets or bowls to organize them. Store coats, hats and mittens in a closet, and display an appealing umbrella stand in the event of rain.
  • Convey a sense of your personality, interests and tastes. As Houzz.com reports, “Make your entryway individual by adding family pictures or sculptures from your travels, something that speaks about the people who live in the house.” This will allow buyers to have a sense of you as a person – not just as a seller – and will allow them to begin to identify with you, which is a good thing. Personally, I love adding flowers, candles and fun decorations to my entryway table. The only caveat is don’t go crazy with the number of personal touches you add to the foyer; simple, neat and organized is still extremely important.
  • Make sure your entryway is clean and mud-free. This goes without saying, especially when selling your home. Add a welcome mat outside the front door to catch some dirt, and then have a small rug just as the buyers walk into the house to contain the rest of the yuck. And as mentioned before, if you would like buyers to remove their shoes or wear booties, it’s great to feature a shoe tray or boot rack so they have an easy place to store their footwear. It keeps things clean too.

What are your thoughts about your entryway? Have you incorporated tips like these to make your foyer fabulous when selling your home – or even when you’re not selling your home and just want to delight in and enjoy the space? And/or do you have other fun tips to make your entryway appealing? I can’t wait to hear….

For more information on this or on the real estate market in WestonWellesleyWayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Your Favorite Sofa Material?

Posted on July 5, 2013


Not only is this question about understanding consumer preferences and trends, it’s also admittedly a plea for help…. Over the years, I have always bought upholstered sofas – those you would find at Calico Corners, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, for example.  But now I have three cats (and a dog too) who claw, claw my couches to kingdom come, and I’m at my wit’s end. It’s not the hair I mind, it’s the destruction of the couches. What can I do about this? Or maybe even better – what kind of couches can I buy that my cats won’t destroy? Suede? Leather? Microfiber? Other materials?

I have heard that leather can be more scratch-resistant, and I know that they are also great for kids with allergies. But I’ve never had a leather sofa, and so I am not used to the look. And isn’t suede super expensive? I certainly love the look of it though. I’m hearing that microfiber could be the solution to the problem, and yet it seems that the options are limited in terms of the couch’s look and design (think solid colors or basic patterns).

What are your thoughts on the subject? What is your favorite sofa material without adding in the complications of pets, children, allergies, etc.? And what do you recommend if you do have those complications? For example, if you are living in a jungle with animals that love nothing more than to scratch, scratch, scratch (like I am)? Is there a sofa option that is practical and beautiful at the same time? Or when it comes right down to it, do you ultimately have to sacrifice one for the other (beauty for practicality)? I can’t wait to hear….

For more information on this or on the real estate market in WestonWellesleyWayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Your Favorite Household Big-Time Item?

Posted on June 22, 2012

This is another just for fun topic that is similar but different from Your Favorite Home Purchase. In that blog, we were talking about smaller items – flowers, candles, pillows and the like – that you purchased for your home. Now we’re talking about the big kahuna – furniture, appliances, electronics, works of art, rugs – substantial items that add presence to your home. And these items may have been purchased, given as gifts or acquired some other way.

So back to the question at hand – what is your favorite household big-time item? Is it a sofa, armchair, flat-screened television, dishwasher drawer, lighting fixture or piece of art? And is it your favorite item in your house simply because you love the look or the way it adds to your home? Or does it have family significance or sentimentality? Or does it just make your life easier? And is your favorite household big-time item the most expensive purchase in your home – and therefore you love it in an extra special way? Or is it the opposite – something that you received as a gift or that was a real bargain?

When I ask myself this question, I vacillate between two things….  One is my “pair of men” andirons (one “man” is pictured here) that my father gave me from his Nantucket, MA home (my dream house as some of you may remember). These men are so unique and full of character; I love their proud stances and their one arm akimbo (remember learning that expression when you were growing up?).  Every time we have a fire in the winter, I smile when I look at them. They are so fun and serious at the same time.

The second is a gold, antique mirror (pictured here), also from my Dad’s Nantucket house, which now sits above my living room mantle. My Dad can’t be reached for comment at this time, so I don’t know all of the history of this item. (Honestly, he might not know either.) But I can tell you that this mirror has seen quite a bit of history in its long life; it has the markings of age in its gilded wood pieces, some of which are broken off, and in its mirror, which has that antiqued, somewhat worn reflective look.  The bottom line, though, is that it is gorgeous and adds tremendous presence to my living room. You can’t walk into this room and not take notice….

But at the end of the day, I think my “pair of men” really win the prize. I just love their stances and the uniqueness and flair that they add to my home, not to mention that they came from my Dad’s home in Nantucket and are therefore quite special to me…. What are your thoughts about your own big-time home items? Which one or several are your favorites? And why are they your favorites? I can’t wait to hear….

For more information about the real estate market in WestonWellesleyWayland and the surrounding towns or if you are considering selling your home, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

JAR Home in Weston Center is Open for Business

Posted on April 12, 2012

I am thrilled to announce that JAR Home – “Your destination for Elegant Home Furnishings” - in Weston Center is open for business. The owners of the business, Justine and Amanda Richards (hence the JAR), know Weston well.  In fact, they grew up in Weston and went to local schools – Justine graduated from Dana Hall in Wellesley and Amanda graduated from Weston High School.  They have worked in the interior design field for over a decade, both in Massachusetts and California, and now they are back in Weston with their fabulous business.

Located at 391 Boston Post Road formerly the site of Dragon Books, JAR Home is both a home shoppe and an interior design studio in which the Richards sisters “strive to provide a venue for customers to improve one section of a room or several rooms at a time. Our goal is to have an accessible local source where you can come in, relax, find inspiration and enjoy the JAR Home environment by browsing through fabrics, examining beautiful artwork and lighting options or simply playing with varied pillow and table linen combinations. We continuously work with our vendors to customize pieces with specific dimensions and finishes to help you achieve the desired ‘look’ for your home.” In addition to the many outstanding antique as well as unusual vintage pieces, the store features other lines and products including:

There are fantastic finds at a variety of price points at JAR Home. Items range from $45 for an Antique Chinese Ginger Jar from the late 1800’s, $95-$150 for Jennifer Clayson pillows and $200-$300 for Belgian Linen Woven pillows to $360-$600 for Visual Comfort Lamps, $1940-$2640 for Christopher Spitzmiller Lamps and $1100-$3550 for Hickory Upholstered Club Chairs. The store hours are generally Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. so stop in, browse, shop, ask for a consultation and simply just enjoy!

For more information or with questions, please email Justine and Amanda at justine@jarhome.com and amanda@jarhome.com or call them at 781-899-3911. And for more information about the real estate market in WestonWellesleyWayland and the surrounding towns or if you are considering selling your home, please contact me, Lisa Williams (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

Your Favorite Home Purchase?

Posted on April 9, 2012

This is one of my just-for-fun topics…. I’m curious to hear about your favorite home purchase. And by that I’m not talking about a major purchase like a sofa, coffee table or flat-screen television. I am referring to a smaller item like a flower arrangement, wreath for the door, seasonal decoration, coffee table book, decorative pillow, candle or air diffuser. Something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg but has a wonderfully positive effect. So back to the question…. What is your favorite home purchase? Is it something that brightens a room or adds a certain color or look that complements the furniture? Or is it something that makes your house smell yummy?  Or is it something else entirely?

For me, I vacillate between two favorite home purchases (which coincidentally can also come in handy when selling your home).  The first is a beautiful flower arrangement – and Winston Flowers is my preference though as we all know their floral displays can be a bit on the costly side.  Thankfully there are many other local vendors which also create gorgeous flower arrangements. When I have fresh flowers in my house, I smile when I look at them – not to mention the added benefit of their fabulous aroma. The only problem with the fresh flowers that may or may not happen in your household is that my three cats love to gnaw on them. And so sometimes the beauty of a flower arrangement is short-lived in my house unfortunately.

The other thing I love to purchase for my home is a delicious-smelling candle. I love to light a candle and have the smell fill the room so that every time I walk into it or am close to it, I get that whiff of gardenias, pine cones, figs – whatever scent it happens to be. I also like to have candles burning when I am entertaining as they create such a nice ambiance. Candles can be soothing and relaxing too, and I love having something that adds that effect to my home. Similar to my cats with the flowers, however, every time I light a candle and the kids are around, they love nothing more than to blow it right out. So sometimes I am foiled with the effect of the yummy-smelling candle as well.

What are your thoughts on this subject? What home purchase is your favorite, making you smile, feel good and love your house that much more? I can’t wait to hear….

5 Simple Tips to Optimize Your Entryway

Posted on March 2, 2012

This is another one with a hat’s off to The Nate Berkus Show.  Speaking of which, what am I going to do when his show goes off the air in May? Such a bummer. Anyway, I digress…. So yesterday morning I was racing to get ready and turned on Nate so I could see what he was discussing. Sure enough he was talking about a home’s entryway, and he was sharing some tips about how to optimize its look and appeal. As I pondered these tips, I realized that they can also come in very handy when it comes to selling your home. Two great reasons to share these tips with you – to make your home look better now and to help when you are selling your home. But I’m jumping ahead. Before we get to the tips, there are three basic things to keep in mind when it comes to the entryway.

First, the entryway is your visitor’s first impression of your house so you want to make it a visually appealing space that creates a great first impression. Remember that saying, “You have only one chance to make a first impression?” Well, this is your chance to make that fabulous initial impact as well as give a preview of your personality and design preferences. Second, not only is the entryway your visitor’s first point of entry into your house, it’s also your first point of entry into your house. Therefore it has a tendency to get filled with clutter – keys, coins, mail, coats, hats, papers and more. And so optimizing the look of the space involves de-cluttering and making the area look neat. Third, the entry space is usually small so it helps to do things that will make it look bigger.

So without further ado, here are 5 tips to optimize the look of your entryway:

1. Paint your entryway a bold color – Nate says this is the place to do it (he adds that the powder room is the other place to go bold). It’s a small space, and so it won’t take a lot of time or money to paint it a bold color. It also conveys a sense of who you are and what you like – think first impression.

2. Add a console table – Not only is a console table the perfect place to put and organize your clutter – keys, coins, mail and such – when you come into the house, this piece of furniture also adds personality and warmth to the space.

3. Display a patterned rug/runner on the floor – Because it’s a limited space, you only need a runner or small rug. And the pattern will hide dirt as well as wear and tear, which is crucial for the entryway since this is where people consistently enter and exit the house. Furthermore, a patterned rug adds another touch of your style to the space.

4. Feature vintage hooks – Vintage hooks are often inexpensive, come in all shapes and sizes and convey another sense of your style. In addition, they are perfect for hanging coats, sweaters and hats and therefore make the space look less cluttered and more organized.

5. Hang a mirror – A mirror will make the entryway look bigger, which is vital with a small space. And there are so many kinds and styles of mirrors these days that you can choose one that will complement your design preferences. Nate also adds that a mirror makes it easy to take a last peek at yourself as you walk out the door.

What are your thoughts? Does your entryway already feature some of these tips? Mine does, but the bold color is still beyond me at this point. Would you use some of these tips in an effort to optimize your entryway space and/or when it comes to selling your home? I can’t wait to hear….

The Importance of a Dining Room

Posted on February 4, 2012

The day before yesterday, I was working away while the Nate Berkus Show was on in the background, and I heard that real estate guru Barbara Corcoran was going to be doing a segment on the show.  This was similar to what had happened four months ago inspiring my post, 5 Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home.  But this time, Barbara was going “Dumpster Diving for Dining Rooms.”

Interestingly, Barbara said that dining rooms are one of the most important rooms (after the kitchen) in the house when it comes to re-sale.  I found it interesting because there are many homes these days in which dining rooms are converted to other rooms or they are incorporated into the kitchen.  In fact, I just went to see a $3 million dollar house that does not have a formal dining room.  It had been converted to additional family room space, and apparently they use their eat-in-area as their dining area (and it really was a pretty spectacular eat-in-area). But I agree with Barbara. When it comes to re-sale, buyers tend to want the traditional rooms, the dining room and living room in particular, to be part of the floor plan.  Even though the way we “live” in our houses today usually means we don’t frequently use these traditional rooms, they are important for re-sale as buyers tend to discount properties without these spaces.

Now on to the “Dumpster Diving” and some tips on how to maximize the look and size of your dining room. Barbara found the following dining room components on her diving expedition in New Jersey - a round table, four dining room chairs, a credenza and a chandelier.  To see how Nate was able to transform these pieces of furniture and accessories into a fabulous, glamorous dining room, click Dumpster Diving for Dining Rooms.  Barbara and Nate also gave us a few, helpful tips when it comes to enhancing your dining room and making this crucial room sparkle, and just as importantly, look bigger:

  • Feature a round dining room table- according to Barbara, everyone judges the size of the dining room based on the size of the dining room table.  A circular dining room table makes the room look bigger and generally fits better within the room, which is what you want when selling your home.  Buyers like rooms that look spacious and aren’t cluttered with oversized pieces of furniture that don’t fit.
  • Use chairs with lower backs – another tip from Barbara.  She asserts that chairs with high backs make the dining room look shorter, a.k.a. less big.
  • Include an area rug – Barbara mentions that an area rug grounds the room, making it look larger and fancy (though I must say the “fancy” really depends on the rug).  And for just this reason, she prefers an area rug to wall-to-wall carpeting or bare flooring.
  • Provide an alternative lighting source – this has more to do with enhancing the lighting and therefore the look of the room.  Nate attests that having a chandelier and matching table lamps on a credenza, for example, allows more flexibility with the lightening and therefore more ability to influence the mood and look that you are trying to create.

What are your thoughts?  Is the dining room an important room in your household?  Or have you converted it to additional family room space or absorbed it to make your kitchen bigger and more open?  I can’t wait to hear….

Your Favorite Exterior Fence?

Posted on January 27, 2012

Like most home and property materials, when it comes to outdoor fences there are three ways to look at it – aesthetics, durability/maintenance and cost.  And how you feel about these three characteristics could very likely dictate which fencing option you choose*….

Believe it or not, we have four kinds of exterior fencing in our yard.  Two were already there when we bought our house in Weston, MA, and then we added two different types.  Let me explain the scenario.  There was a chain-link metal fence that was toward the back of the property, really “fencing in” the backyard, and this metal fence was attached to a stockade fence, which ran in the back and to the side of the house.  One of our first new home projects after buying the house was exterior fencing.  We decided to use post and rail fencing (pictured above) on the sides of the yard that weren’t fenced and a white picket fence in the front of the house that extended to the post and rail fence.  It may sound strange, but it actually looks great.  And the good news is that we have a completely fenced-in backyard, which is great for our dog and the kids.

Personally, I love the look of the traditional white picket fence, which we chose for our front fence.  And I think it looks great in close proximity to the house – it gives a home that picture-perfect, warm and fuzzy feel.  But beware of the wood and the white paint – they often need maintenance.  At least that has been my experience and is clearly illustrated here in this picture of my “white” picket fence. I also love the look of the natural post and rail fence, which is why we used this for the sides of our property.  The post and rail fence requires much less maintenance – again this has been my personal experience – and was less costly to install.  I am not as big of a fan of the stockade and chain link fencing that we inherited, but we decided to keep them because fencing is expensive plus they aren’t very noticeable because of where they are situated on the property.  Of course there are a multitude of other kinds of fences, including wrought-iron (which can be absolutely gorgeous), vinyl (think maintenance free), aluminum (also maintenance free) and many more….

What are your thoughts?  Which is your favorite kind of exterior fence?  Do you favor aesthetics over maintenance?  Or is having a fence that is durable and maintenance free more important that what it looks like?  And how important is the cost factor when it comes to fencing choices?  I can’t wait to hear….