Bungalow in established, urban, neighborhood gets a face lift! This busy, young professional loved the historic aspects of this home but really needed a larger, and more functional, kitchen. Since the backyard was lovely and very private, we decided to take out the wall between the existing kitchen and back porch to create a more spacious and airy kitchen. Large windows and lovely patio doors accomplished our goal of bringing the beauty of the outside in. There was even space for a cozy nook with plenty of light for reading. We were very pleased with the results.
It isn’t often that I work on a house through multiple owners, but I’ve worked with three owners of this house on Patterson Avenue in the Highlands. I can say without hesitation the kitchen renovation is one of the best I’ve done and most functional within the space. It was a real pleasure, and I’m so pleased with the outcome. I think these before and after shots need no labels!
This suburban ranch, built in the 80’s, and located on a golf course, was in need of updates to bring the glorious views of the golf course into the interior kitchen. Busy engineer homeowners wanted functional space that also took advantage of the views. We completely gutted a kitchen full of dark wood cabinets, an awkward island, and a less than functional footprint. In its place are gleaming white cabinets with lots of glass doors to showcase the client’s colorful pottery. Our clients are fans of the culinary arts, and thus wanted lots of cooking and prep space. To accommodate this, we installed expansive white marble counter tops and a kitchen island with a second sink. Stainless steel appliances reflect the light from the outdoors, and a soothing wall color added light and air. Top it all off with gleaming medium hardwood floors and high end fixtures and voila!
We recently finished a cool, extensive renovation project in the Brownsboro area of Louisville. This kitchen went from ordinary and dated to extraordinary, modern and bright! We did a little update to the hallway just outside the kitchen too.
Take a look at this recent kitchen renovation done by the Living Spaces by Lyn’s team. This home had a small, cramped kitchen. With the help of our stellar tradesmen and our interior designers, we gave this kitchen a functional layout and bold, beautiful design elements. The multi-colored backsplash is one of our favorite design elements – because of the way it compliments our client’s wonderful art pieces.
Really loved being part of this whole renovation project about a year ago … just like HGTV! We all recognized the good “bones” of this charming property …. from Pitts and Damian at Highlands Carpenter’s Guild who did the work, to a great Realtor, Deborah Stewart, who knew the market potential for this hot area, to Angie and Tyler who knew what they wanted and were brave enough to go for it … to yours truly (-: Living Spaces by Lyn … we gutted, rebuilt, added some “lipstick” and a lot of love! It is beautiful. Be sure to check out all of the photos to see this beautiful transformation!
I cover a lot of territory during my day-to-day. Checking progress on houses that I’m helping to renovate. Reviewing homes that are in the process of being staged. Meeting new clients. Going by a store to check on fabrics, wallpaper or furnishings for a project. Those trips carry me back and forth across our entire community.
Because I work with so many Realtors, I’m constantly noticing For Sale signs in front yards. And, because I may travel the same route multiple times, I notice the fresh signs when they pop up on a new listing. I also notice the signs that linger when the property doesn’t sell.
There are many reasons a house stays on the market month after month. Price can be a factor. Marketing can be one. Location can be a reason. Some reasons are both difficult to determine and equally difficult to remedy.
Recently, I ran across an article that details some reasons a house might be lingering on the market. And most of these reasons can be easily pin-pointed and remedied.
Take a read. And, if your home is in this “lingering” category, talk to your Realtor. And give me a call.
I’ve been designing interiors, staging and providing renovation designs to my clients for a long time. There are a lot of things I’ve learned. Most of it is about what works in a home or a room and what doesn’t. I’ve learned how to handle unusual situations. I’ve learned to manage my time and the costs of a project. One of things I’ve learned that I’m most proud of is what is important in every situation. And what isn’t. That’s how I keep happy, repeat clients.
Something that I’m still working on is how to help prospective clients understand the value of what I offer. So often, it’s simply about money. They think. But I know better how much is really involved. I have to explain so that a new client’s expectations are in line with reality. In the end, we’re both happier that way.
Recently, I came across an article that describes, “Why You Might Want to Work With an Interior Design Pro.” It’s a clear, concise list of the advantages of working with someone such as me. Click on the link and read. I learned something. So will you, I’ll bet. Then, let’s talk. Experience matters.
I renovate a lot of kitchens for clients. We discuss what they don’t like about the old kitchen. That leads to a discussion describing their dream kitchen. Colors, counter-tops, appliances, cabinet styles and layout become part of the conversation. So does the question about how they plan to live in their new kitchen.
Recently, I came across an article by Michelle Slatalla in the WSJ. She writes, “Why Kitchen Islands Are Ruining America’s Kitchens.”
“Ruining” is strong language. I don’t agree with that, especially since islands are, in my experience, a very popular item in the kitchens I work on. My kitchen has an island.
But there are also kitchens I’ve designed as well as those of friends’ that don’t have an island. They use a kitchen table. And some kitchens have both an island and a kitchen table.
“I want every home to reflect the best most interesting version of the people who live there.” – Frances Merrill. You read that quote whenever you go to my website. It guides my way of seeing, my way of designing and my way of renovating. It guides my way of serving you.
Are you thinking that it’s time for your kitchen to “better reflect the best most interesting version” of you? Let’s pull up a chair, a cup of coffee and talk about your dreams. Give me a call.
Articles on kitchen trends:
You only have to spend a few minutes with me to know my deep love of animals, especially dogs, and especially my dog, Galen. Thanks to The Voice-Tribune for including me in this post about Greater Louisville Women’s Council of Realtors and our love of rescues. We were so pleased to participate in Hats Off for Derby on April 12, which benefits Louisville’s Animal Care Society. Hats off to DOGS! Check out the story here.
This was a really FUN project! Check out the before and after photos here and click here for a video detailing part of the transformation! What a remarkable difference! My team is the absolute BEST!
It didn’t start out pretty, but check out this cute shotgun in Germantown …. completely gutted, renovated and furnished with the help of the Living Spaces team. Artist Mike Stevens and his wife Melissa purchased it as an investment early last year and asked us to help.
Mike did much of the rehab work himself ( all of the artwork is his ) and We purchased all of the furniture in one trip to Ikea. … fun! See the Finished Product Here. What a transformation!
Walk into a home with an open floor plan and you can often see up to four rooms at once. Picking the right color for each of those rooms can be a challenge.
Here are some interesting ideas of how to approach this challenge by Donna Frasca. They’re very similar to my own.
Do you still have questions about your particular situation? Let’s talk…
Friends, I’m so flattered to have been included in StyleBlueprint’s recent article about the best home resources in Louisville! Read the article here.
Friends – I’m once again honored to have been selected as one of the top 18 interior designers in Louisville! Living Spaces was selected based on the following criteria: reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism! I love my team – I love what we do! Read the article here.
(Style Blueprint) I’m so flattered to have been interviewed by Style Blueprint for this article about designing with bold colors, patterns and textures. Design can be daunting, but once you’ve determined the focal point of the space (or Queen), things come together beautifully. Read the full article here.
(Houselogic) You’ll love these easy and inexpensive ways to make your cookie-cutter home reflect your personal style. Read the article here
There are some things to consider when you’re choosing a floor for your new kitchen. The article here is a good one to read when you are making that decision.
Living Spaces by Lyn keeps these considerations in mind when choosing floors for new kitchens as well as baths and other room. Does it sound confusing? Not to worry. Give Lyn a call.
(By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource) Friends, when it comes right down to it, there is no good reason to NOT stage your home prior to listing it!
(Home Staging Newswire) Simple things make a huge difference, and you don’t have to break the bank. Staging sells! Read the article here.
(The Decorologist) Friends, there are easy ways to transform a room without breaking the bank. A color change here, a new light fixture there, some colorful textiles and accessories, and you’re on your way to a completely refreshed space! Check out more ways here.
(MyDomaine) I get carried away when looking at new tile and envisioning how it will change a bathroom or kitchen. Here are some trends for 2018. Good news: you can step away from subway tile! Read more here
Friends, take a look at reviews from satisfied clients! I LOVE what I do! See Client Reviews Here
Get ready to be wowed by these very cool home office designs. Your home office is, well, in your home. Don’t you want it to reflect the style of the rest of your home while providing a creative space to work? Click here to read more
Living Spaces by Lyn works with many Realtors to stage homes that are about to go on the market. They want these homes to sell quickly and for top dollar.
Whether a home is occupied or empty, large or small, new or historic, staging makes a lot of sense. As a matter of fact, the National Association of Realtors believes that staging makes so much sense that they’ve actually broken their argument into 10 reasons to stage a listing.
10 Reasons Why You Should Stage Your Next Listing by Audra Slinkey
(Listen up, home owners! If your home is going on the market and your Realtor is not talking about staging, ask them, “Why not?”)
Staging takes two forms. Staging for occupied homes and staging for empty homes. That’s right. Staging makes just as good sense for an empty home, or even more, than staging an occupied home. Why? Because an empty home lacks warmth and a feeling of affection. Potential buyers need the imagination to envision how rooms could be furnished. How they could live in home that is sitting empty. Just as important, shapes and colors bring out the charms of a space. All of this is important to properly market the house.
I received an email recently with an ad from a company that provides “virtual staging.” They take pictures provided by a Realtor of empty rooms in a listing. Using a computer, they add furnishings into the picture, “staging” it.
Their argument for this is that “90% of home buyers begin their home search online and the photos are the first impression that potential clients will have of your listing.”
I agree with that. That’s why I always recommend that my clients use professional photographers for their listing pictures. But here is where “virtual staging” misses the entire point of staging.
Imagine that a prospective buyer sees these wonderful pictures online. They set up an appointment and come to the house. The Realtor opens the door. The client walks in. The room is empty. It echoes. Nothing in the home helps them imagine their family in that house. The favorable impression they got from the listing pictures evaporates like smoke.
Re-read why the National Association of Realtors recommends staging so highly. None of that applies to “virtual staging.”
Then give me a call. Let’s talk about making your listing the best it can be when it goes on the market.
“Not staging your home in the current housing market is like leaving money on the table.” – Audra Slinkey/ President of the Home Staging Resource
(Houselogic) Friends, here is a great article about seven popular home remodeling projects and the return you can expect on your investment. A GREAT way to prioritize and plan! Read the article here.
Friends – I’m so flattered to have been chosen for an article in Today’s Woman online magazine! Check it out here …
Friends, here is a great article about the cost of popular kitchen upgrades. Click here to read the article.
(CNNMoney) It’s going to be an intense house-hunting season — especially for young buyers.
After years of many experts lamenting how Millennials weren’t interested in becoming homeowners, it turns out many are actually diving in. But they’re facing a lot of competition.
Millennials are the largest group of homebuyers, according to Ellie Mae, a software company that analyzes mortgage data. In January, Millennials represented around 45% of all purchase loans, up from 42% the same month in 2016.
Here are the styling secrets that help guide me!
When you look at a design project for your home, these are all important considerations to help guide you through the process of coming up with a room that will really impress. But, it’s easier said than done. I know. I’ve been at this a long time.
Do you have an idea for your home? Start with my two favorite quotes and the 3 secrets I’ve shared. Would you like to discuss them with an experienced designer? Contact me. I’d be happy to sit with you to work things out.
I’ve been saying it for years now – the right staging colors increase the sales price of homes on the market. I believe it and have built my business on it!
Tomorrow is the first day of the Expert Psychological Stager™ certification course that I developed after a decade of staging homes to sell quickly and for top dollar. After this weekend, that will make over 130 home stagers that have trained under me in my unique method of Psychological Staging. Our course offers the most specific and proven paint color instruction for staging in the business. I say that with all confidence, because IT’S TRUTH.
Last year, a well-known home stager publicly said something like: “Anyone can do paint color – all you have to do is choose one of the paint company’s Color of the Year and you’re good.” I probably shouldn’t put that in quotes, but that’s the gist of what she stated regard to the need (or lack thereof) of color instruction for staging. Wow, is she ever underestimating the power of staging colors!
Zillow just put out a study that confirms what I’ve known all along – the right paint colors increase sales prices of homes. Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average. You can read all about the particulars here, but these are some high points:
color design by The Decorologist
color design by The Decorologist
I know what you’re thinking: WHICH light blue? WHICH greige? etc. There are millions of colors to choose from, but I teach my EPS™ stagers EXACTLY which staging colors to use and where to use them.
As you might imagine, I’m both excited and anxious to meet the 15 women in our sold-out training course! We will be staging a historic bed-n-breakfast near Music Row in Nashville, and it’s going to be amazing. Just look at this beauty!
Yes, the exterior is a dream, but the interior has some challenges for us to face. But we are up for the challenge!!! The September EPS™ course already has 5 people signed up (the class maximum is 15). It’ll be our last one for 2017, so be sure to secure your spot soon if you want to join this elite group of home stagers with all the paint color knowledge needed to sell homes for more money!
“I moved into the home of my dreams—lots of light and high ceilings. Having known Lyn for decades, I asked her to come over and help me with my decorating. I turned over all my artwork and travel memorabilia, which had been collected over my lifetime, and just asked her to “arrange it.” I wanted my personality to be revealed in my home decor and Lyn achieved that. Yes, I do confess and give her the credit.” – Kathy G. / Nashville, TN