windows. In addition to increasing home
value, these windows are easy to clean, come in
a variety of styles and can make a tremendous
difference in heating and electric bills. Energy
efficiency is an important selling point. This is
an upgrade that actually pays for itself.
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My favorite activity when choosing the
décor for a space is to accessorize. I love colorful accent pillows, area rugs, window fashions
and, believe it or not, wallpaper is back in
style! Accessories can range from a flower vase
to accent furniture to a chaise lounge.
When staging a space, I consider the
amount of natural light as a guide for my color
palette. For rooms with little natural light and
dark flooring, I select lighter furniture and
window coverings to open up the space. I want
each furniture piece to accent the room without overpowering it. Furniture is an accessory,
but a large one. I select the largest piece(s) first
and build the look and feel of the room around
those one or two core pieces. A sectional
couch, a chair in a fun color, a beautiful set of
floor lamps all arranged correctly can complete a room perfectly.
I also love creating an atmosphere for
outdoor spaces. Remember, the purpose of
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MY FAMILY loves to entertain, and
providing enough comfortable seating for
our guests can be a challenge. The Addison
Chair is a stylish and comfortable solution,
with its smaller footprint and open design.
This classic, low-profile, armless chair is
upholstered with garnet red leather that has
been hand-rubbed for maximum beauty.
This chair has been handcrafted using the
best construction methods and materials
and should provide years of comfortable
support in your home or office. Costco
offers this striking chair at a savings of
30 to 40 percent compared to the prices
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patio furniture is to enhance outdoor living
spaces and make them fun and functional. A
bistro-style table with seating for two is perfect for small spaces. Larger areas ideally
should have patio furniture with seating for
at least six. Summer is about bright colors
and fun accessories, so make a splash with
touches of bold color.
Overall I see very positive signs that the
housing market is slowly improving. For-
tunately, homeowners don’t have to wait to
make upgrades and begin enjoying their spaces.
Homes are still selling, and with the right
improvements, furniture and staging, your
home can be designed to sell, even in today’s
soft market. C
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is Home & Garden Television’s real estate
expert on Designed to Sell Atlanta edition.
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