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9Aug/100

Are you Suffering from Chromatophobia? It’s Time for a Color Consultation.

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22Jul/100

Who Would Sell Your Home Faster: The Man Show or Martha Stewart?

If the female of the house is taking over with too much sugar and spice and all things nice... or the confirmed bachelor pad has the house looking more like a men's locker room than a stylish flat... both can be huge turnoffs for prospective buyers touring your home.  Tone down the lilac and lace, girls. And guys, a man cave is oh so passe!

Shoes, shoes, and more shoes

Walking into a closet that is deemed a danger zone because of precariously placed stilettos can be a real problem. Sure, the female you're showing a house to will turn to her partner and declare that the closet is just PERFECT for her shoe collection. She'll already be plotting a way to line them up according to heel height.   But the guy, on the other hand, will immediately look around the room and think "Great. There's no room for my sparse belongings."  If you are an admitted Shoe Monster, consider storing your shoes with some organization - try these shoe stacking bins from the Container Store - BEFORE showing your home to prospective buyers.

Don't over-do the fluffy decorative pillows, floral patterned tableware, or dust-catching collectibles.  This isn't your grandmother's house!

Managing the Modern Man Cave

We've witnessed several styles of man caves over the years. We're all familiar with the traditional dank basement or garage with tools and broken-objects-never-fixed. Then there's the sports "lounge" with pool table and mini fridge accessorized with empty beer cans and nacho crumbs.  This also takes on the form of video game den with various controllers strewn across the floor and a shrine of energy drinks.  Well, these days, the modern man cave is a geek's technology retreat, complete with wild servers and multiple monitors, spare hard drives, blinking lights and the sound of machines lightly humming.

CB2 Cube Shelf
If this sounds like you or yours, you might try switching to wireless devices, such as a wireless keyboard and mice, or a wireless monitor, to minimize unsightly cords. Run your speakers through the wall like a high end home theater.  And as for the camera and phone accessories and the video game controllers, keep track of it all with a media rack such as the Coop Tower or the Wire Cube Shelf.

Otherwise, you're limiting the potential of your property to attract those searching for something that's beyond a bachelor pad.

[image of pillow from saksfifthavenue.com, image of cube shelf from CB2]

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21Jul/100

Repurposing Works! Aunt Anna’s Headboard in its New Home

Remember Aunt Anna's colorful headboard?

We recently sold it to a fellow who was able to repurpose the headboard for a completely different look in his own home.

Amazing! It goes to show that giving antique furniture with history behind it a second life is such a smart way to save money and be environmentally conscious.

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Related:

Go Green or NO GREEN? Make a Statement!

Own a Piece of Aunt Anna’s Unique Furniture Collection

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20Jul/100

Can’t Swing a Makeover? ReStyle on the Cheap!

ReStyle on the Cheap

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15Jul/100

Sold Your Space in Record Time? Now What?

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14Jul/100

Defining the Second Bedroom

In the second bedroom you will always find a big question lurking about:

What do you do with me?

Is it a guest bedroom? Does one claim it as an office? Does it become a closet for everything that does not have a place? In many second bedrooms, you will often find chaos, storage, and a collection of lost and unused items. Our second bedroom was waiting for an identity.

The Somers Guest Bedroom BeforeThe Somers Guest Bedroom Before

We found ourselves using it as a combination office/closet. We knew the room had plenty of potential, and so after designing our dream bedroom, we asked Voila Design what to do about that second bedroom.

While we still need a space to accommodate guests, the room will only serve that purpose a couple of times a year. The rest of the time, our goal is to have a studio where Stephanie can draw and paint. Because we have so many books, it makes sense to store them here and lends to the feel of a functional studio. Stephanie can set up her easel or sit and read, and if guests happen to stop by? They have a bed in the smartly fitted room.

We lucked out on the bookshelves, found at Ikea's as-is sale bin. We added an Asian-inspired coffee table that Voila salvaged from our storage unit. The table has stools that tuck underneath it. We now have a sense of organization and harmony in the second bedroom.

Here is the revamped second bedroom!

the somers guest bedroom

the Somers Guest Bedroom After

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12Jul/101

The Somers Team Dream Bedroom: Revealed!

If you've been following our bedroom makeover, well, today is your day. Enough teasing.

Here is how it all happened.

One of the biggest concerns for us was the comfort of our bedroom. We agreed with Voila that our sleigh bed commanded too much space in the room and we were not happy with our mattress. What we needed was a platform bed that would bring a level of modern edge, with crisp organic bedding and a pintuck duvet that would give the room a luxe, sanctuary feel. Kathryn from Voila put it best when she promised to turn the room into a "W Hotel experience".

Our bedroom went through a couple of stages during the design process. The change was dramatic and much welcomed.

Somers Bedroom Before
the somers bedroom after

By adding an accent wall to the beige room, in a gray hue called "Sparrow", and some soft, lush pillows, the earth tones coexist in tandem with the painted side tables (given a fresh coat of white paint from Carter Studios) and a new rug that has comfort written all over it.

It's the little things, like plush new pillows, that make this room extra special.

Sleepys Pillowthe somers team pillows

Platform bed, linens, rug, throw pillows from West Elm. Mattress and pillows from Sleepy's.

Buckhead wall accents, furry pillow, and painting from Pier 1.

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For the full recap, check out our makeover posts:

The Somers Team and Voila Design: A Dream Bedroom Comes to Life

Platform Shoes…Platform Beds… Trends that Will Sell Your Home.

Want to Sell Your Home Fast? Go Both Ways in the Bedroom!

Go Green or NO GREEN? Make a Statement!

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9Jul/100

Go Green or NO GREEN? Make a Statement!

Recycling furniture. It is fun, it is environmentally responsible, cheap, and the final piece is completely unique and has a story behind it.  We salvaged two end tables from my late great Aunt Anna to be the statement pieces in the bedroom.

The side tables were green when the Voila Design team uncovered them in our Northern Liberties storage unit.

Somers Side Tablethe new somers side table

We took the tables to Carter Studios in Port Richmond for a paint job. The crisp white coating is refreshing instead of jarring, which will anchor the dreamy mood of our new bedroom, and we feel great getting new life out of these inherited tables.  Sometimes going green means getting rid of the green.

Check back with us on Monday to see our full Bedroom Reveal!

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8Jul/100

Top 10 Reasons to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

Why Stage

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6Jul/100

Want to Sell Your Home Fast? Go Both Ways in the Bedroom!

somers bedroom masculine accents

the somers team side tableI have 2 buckheads hanging in our new bedroom (masculine) and those 2 fancy side tables (girly). Just how did we arrive at this compromise of tastes?

Going Both Ways.

Mixing feminine and masculine furniture or decorative accents simply works in the way that opposites attract. Mixing it up in  the bedroom keeps the look fresh and memorable to buyers who are touring your home. Neutral does not have to be mind numbing and dull. But giving your room a look that plays to both sides makes it more versatile and appeals to a wider range of potential buyers. The manly man won't be turned off. The girly girl won't wrinkle her nose. And vice versa, as we know it often goes. The couple that's searching for the home that grows with them? They'll see the middle ground in a space that goes both ways.

the somers bedroom after

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