What’s on your reading list?

 

oprah-book-clubOprah’s Book Club, has chosen a new book for her reading list ~

I have been reading Glennons’ blog for a while. She writes with such deep-cut honesty, she puts herself out there for all to tear apart, take away, and use what they need or what they need to hear for the first time in their lives!

I am so happy for Glennon and I’m in awe in her bravery, to bring this book to life – The book that Oprah has chosen is:

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Glennon has made this statement before in her blogs – “Rock bottom is the best place on Earth – It’s a place of new beginnings” – I couldn’t agree more, I have been at rock bottom many times in my life, and it has been a place where I have found clarity … and the strength to tie a knot and hang on!

I cannot wait to dive into this book – I will be posting other books in the coming months to add to your reading list. If you have a favorite inspiring book, and would like to share it here or find me on social media, I would love to hear from you.

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Peace & Harmony, Cheryl

happy labor day 2016

Go Get Yours….

D * I * Y ~ Home Staging Tips

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You decided to put your home on the market – You don’t have thousands of dollars to spend.

The good news, there are several things you can do to spruce up your house without spending a ton of money!

First impressions – You only have a few seconds to make a great impression. Let it start before they even walk in the front door. Creating curb appeal is the key for getting potential buyers not to just drive by, but want to step inside.

Simply Curb Appeal Tips:

  • Cut the grass
  • Trim the bushes
  • Get rid of debris and dead branches
  • Plant some flowers
  • Replace the mailbox
  • Paint the front door
  • New door mats
  • Wash the siding or stucco

There is no rule about how much you should expect to spend getting your home ready to sell, but investing a few thousand dollars can potentially increase your sale price – not to mention selling your house quickly!

Here are a few more frugal ways to stage your home for sale:

  • Remove all clutter– clear out clutter, personal photos, knick-knacks that look dated and all junk. Clearing out clutter creates more space – it makes your home look bigger and younger.
  • Clean, Clean, Clean – get rid of all cobwebs, wash all windows, scrub all tile grout, clean and polish furniture that will be used to stage the home. A little ‘elbow grease’ goes a long way!
  • Edit your furniture – If your rooms are crowded with large and unattractive furniture, put it in storage. Remember you want to create space by making the house look bigger and younger!
  • Paint – In some cases, you would be wise to paint both the inside and outside of the home, use neutral colors. if your kitchen cabinets look old and dated, paint them!
  • Clean or replace light fixtures and cabinet hardware – This small, inexpensive task adds so much appeal and value to a room!
  • If you can afford it, replace old carpeting – The worst, is when you go into a home for a showing and you can smell some funky odor, and most of the time it comes from the old carpeting. If your home has hardwood floors underneath – let them shine, by refinishing them.
  • Don’t forget the small stuff – New matching towels, accent pillows and throws, fresh flowers throughout the home.
  • Make sure every room has Function & Purpose!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

Can you Afford to be Disorganized?

How Much Money Can A Organizer Help You Save?

Hey, you know you are wasting money every time you buy duplicates and triplicates of the same items you can’t find – beauty products, clothing, food, kitchen tools, sports gear … it’s an endless list. Not to mention, the late fees that are paid when the bills are late!

Surprising Stats of Being Disorganized

  • 80% of what we keep we never use (napo.net)
  • Getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of house work (napo.net)
  • Typical executive wastes 150 hours a year searching for lost information. Someone earning $50,000 a year – this loss is equivalent to $3,842 annually. (forbes.com)

Your needs are unique, so each organizing project is personalized to help you be most efficient in your space.

Benefits of Being Organized

  • Reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Achieve more in less time
  • Reduce your stress level
  • Gain energy and calm from your space

Are you ready to save money and time? I am looking for clients that are motivated to saving money, saving time and transform their lives with organization.

Ready? Call me, pick up the phone dial 860.961.6824 or walk over to your computer, send an email to me at envisionsdesigns@gmail.com.

Peace & Harmony~

P.S. I saved myself 2.5 hours today, because I WAS NOT looking for lost documents!

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Home Sweet Home

My husband is from Sao Paulo, Brasil – It has been 20 years since I have been there, I can tell you it is still with me!

The music, The people, The culture, The arts, is so infectious that it gets into your soul and won’t leave you alone – at least this has happened to me.

I know today, with the Rio 2016 Olympics ending there will be a lot of people leaving Brasil,  I am sure a good majority of them will be back!

I found this video a couple of months on you tube, I want to share it today – it shows the true diversity of the city ~ Enjoy….

Peace & Harmony, Cheryl

Hello Darkness My Old Friend #Prayers2Nice

“There is no world outside us. The world is, in fact, our collective projections of love and fear, hopes and conflicts. In taking responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings, we play our part in the healing of the world. The world is in a critical phase because we are. The world is in massive shift because we are. The world still has a chance for survival, both in spite of us and because of us.” ~ Marianne Williamson

10 Images That Will Help Create a “Honey-Do” List

So ….. I have been thumbing through magazines, spending too many hours on pinterest, looking at photos on my favorite sites to gather ideas and plans for our kitchen, and my husband’s “honey-do” list has begun … We are finally going to update and modernize our kitchen, there will be photos and behind the scene videos that will be posted during the process – this should be fun! Lol

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This kitchen is too pretty to cook in – the style is French-Normandy design. I love the way the designer integrated the appliances for a seamless look with combined light fixtures with different styles and finishes that give the look of having been acquired over time instead of all at the same time.

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The gallery or corridor style kitchen. Typically the sink is on one side and the range is on the other. This type of kitchen has it’s pros & cons – the negative is, traffic flow – the positive is, this style kitchen is much more efficient to prep and cook, you have everything right there, no walking across the kitchen to grab your supplies. I like that the designer did not put the dark tiles up to the cupboards on both sides, that would have made it look like a long closet!

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There was a lot of creativity that went into this Pentagonal Kitchen – they squeezed maximum efficiency into this five-sided kitchen, there are some strange angles, walls moved to extend the floor’s footprint under the vaulted ceilings. I like the pop of #sherwinwilliams DARING color against the white cabinetry.

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I love how this kitchen does not have any straight lines. The main prep area widens to accommodate cooking action – the long wall is bowed to meet the deeper front of the range. I like how the designer built the island in a “ice cream cone” shape. The partition wall is unique with the oval opening – love all the details!

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Another type of efficient kitchen – is the U-Shaped Kitchen. The designer knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, to maximize the space. This type of kitchen allows you to increase your storage and organizational needs!

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This Wedge-Shaped Kitchen replaced the existing rectangular island. This type of design lets you keep the walking aisle consistent, so that the room feels balanced and not forced or mismatched. The wider end of the island fits the homeowners baking, cooking needs and offers close proximity to the stove. I like the way the designer added detail to the ceiling, by creating an indentation and adding trimming that compliments the cabinetry.

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This kitchen is another Wedge-Shape Kitchen – I love the funky ’50s vibe the designer created in this space! There are times, rather than fight the odd shape of a room – it’s best to just go with the flow.

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This is the type of kitchen you want, when you have more than one cook in the family! There is room for everyone to prep, cook and entertain while you are enjoying your kitchen activities. This kitchen design has plenty of storage for an organized and functional space.

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Another image of gallery / corridor style – I posted this one, because the designer put a range on one side and double oven on the other side – my baker husband would love this one!

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The essential work triangle – I love the vaulted ceilings in this kitchen, along with the double sinks – again, great design for the family that shares the love of cooking! The island is a piece of furniture itself – I like how the designer added the arched trim around the window, it adds a classic-cottage look to a recently designed kitchen.

I hope these images help you gather some ideas for your own kitchen redesign project – and create your “honey-do” list!

Peace & Harmony, Cheryl