4 Decorating TIP TOP TIPS

Bob Idakaar Realtor’s Perspective~

Here are my 4 tip top tips for decorating a room:

  1. Choose your flooring first!
  2. Choose your paint last! (Yes, this is one of the common mistakes and comes as a surprise to many)
  3. Define your style and “goal” or mood for the room. What is the feeling you want to evoke?
  4. Find a focal point (or an anchor)

In my opinion, things usually work out best when you plan ahead and design the whole room. It’s ideal if you plan the whole room before you start working on it with out a plan!

1. Start with the floors

From the Bottom up… the floors are the foundation, and they set the tone for the entire room.

In general, I think it’s best to have the same type (and color) on all of the floors, at least all main rooms on the main floor (bathrooms/powder rooms are different). When you have the same flooring in all areas, it makes your space look larger and more cohesive. It also makes your space look cleaner and less cluttered.

The flooring is the base, and everything is built on top of it…literally and figuratively. And, if you choose your floors well, they will be there for years to come and should outlast any paint and decor changes you make to the room throughout your time in your home.

2. Pick the paint color last!

Everything goes smoother if you pick the paint color LAST.

If you choose the paint color first, it will make every other decision TOUGHER. It will be harder to find the find the right floor color, carpet/area rug, window treatments, pillows, bedding and other accessories.

Color can be placed in an area rug, window treatments, pillows, furniture,  wall paintings and accessories. And, of course, you also have the option of an accent color wall.

3. What’s your style?

What do you want the style and the mood of the room to be? Do you want a more modern look, or traditional or perhaps a cozy farmhouse style? There is no right or wrong answer…it’s whatever you like.

4. Make a focal point

Choose piece that you want to be the focal point for the room. It sets the tone and your style. This may differ by room. It could be a painting (or picture), or an area rug, or some pillows, or a coffee table or special item for your coffee table. This piece is your inspiration and it is your “must have” item. Make sure everything in the room goes with this piece and complements it.

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Tips for Creating a Small Home Gym for the Minimalist

Minimalism is a trend that we hope sticks around for a while. It not only declutters your home, but also it makes budget decorating that much easier. Every item has to be carefully considered for its design and utility.working out in home gym

If you want to create a home gym using minimalism as a guide, these five tips are just for you.

1. Invest in dumbbells

Depending on your fitness goal, you may feel obligated to get a giant set of weights for your home gym. They will not only be expensive and difficult to move in and out, but also they’re pretty unnecessary.

Instead of the heavy weights, invest in some dumbbells. You can purchase them in many different weight classes. To gain strength, try going for more reps with smaller weights. These dumbbells will also take up less space in your home gym.

2. Stretch your budget with bands

If you’re trying to take your weight-less workout to the next level, you should think about getting some stretchy bands. They position your body in such a way that you’re almost using yourself as a “weight.” These bands take up such little room that you can easily hide them in the closet – or, if you don’t have one, tuck them under your exercise ball.

3. Toss in an exercise ball

For the ab workout of your dreams, you don’t need any of the bulky, infomercial loungers. All you need is a squishy – but firm – exercise ball that’s less than two feet in diameter. Just sitting on this ball is great for core strength (that’s why you see so many people sitting on them instead of rolling chairs at your office), and it will barely take up space in your home gym at all.

4. Look into (getting) a mirror

Get a mirror for your minimalist home gym. It not only creates the illusion that the room is much larger than it actually is, but also it can help you reach your fitness goal. Looking into a mirror while lifting weights, practicing balancing exercises and doing body-only workouts can improve your form and, therefore, your results.

5. Set up a TV

This may sound counterproductive, but you can really lose time in your home gym by watching TV while you work out. You can also flip the channel to watch group exercises and get some creative ideas on the many ways you can work out in your home gym. Adding a TV is a small way to make your home gym a “luxury” gym without sacrificing the minimalist feel.

Pro tip: If you’re going to do TV group exercises, you should also consider getting a yoga mat. Even non-yoga workouts involve yoga mats these days.

A minimalist home gym isn’t just great for exercise and utility. It also shows prospective home buyers the many things they could do in your home if they bought it. For more ideas, reach out to us.

Starting Any Home Remodel? Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin

Thinking of remodeling your home? A home remodel can be a great way to upgrade your home so that it includes all the features that you have been dreaming of; it is also a major project that should not be undertaken on a whim. Before you start seriously planning your home remodel, think about the answers to these three big questions. This process can help you keep your remodel on track and allow it to be completed on time and within your budget.home remodel questions

Big Question No. 1: What Is Your Budget?

Before you start thinking about anything else, you will need to determine the budget for your home improvement projects. This will help you decide which features you will incorporate in your newly remodeled home and which you will skip in order to cut costs. Once you have decided on a budget, you can start pricing different options and decide which contractors you will hire and which rooms you will include in your home remodel.

Big Question No. 2: What Is Your Timeline?

Once you have determined your budget, you will have to decide what kind of timeline you are working with. When would you like to start on the home remodel? When would you like everything to be done? While the best-laid plans sometimes do not work out, it is a good idea to have a realistic projected timeline in place before you begin construction.

Big Question No. 3: Will you stay in the house during construction?

This is another factor that many people neglect to consider until the last minute. Some home remodels are easy to live through, but others can cause a huge disruption to your lifestyle. For example, a master bedroom renovation can be more disruptive than giving your laundry room a makeover. (Although there is no such thing as a convenient home remodel!)

Each option has its own pros and cons. Staying in the home makes it easy to keep tabs on the contractor’s progress. You will be able to track the progress each day and know early on if something is not working out the way you had hoped. The downside of this, however, is that you have to live with the dust, noise and constant interruptions in your schedule. Leaving for the duration of the project can be a far more peaceful option, but rental costs can add up fast.

Each option has its benefits, so consider your family’s lifestyle and budget carefully before you make your final decision.

Once you have determined your budget, timeline and plans for accommodations, you will be ready to start talking to contractors and exploring your options. This is an exciting process that can have very rewarding results, so make sure that you have everything planned ahead of time so that it will go off without a hitch.