happy labor day 2016

Go Get Yours….

D * I * Y Projects …


I found these black mirrors for $3.00 each at a local store, Surplus Unlimited in Norwich CT – I find all kinds of cool, different, funky decor stuff in this store, here is the link ->  http://surplusunlimitedstore.com/  check it out!


I used FolkArt Metallic Cooper Acrylic Paint 20160903_112839 from Micheal’s Craft Store, here is the link -> http://www.michaels.com/ – The paint is fool-proof, you can’t mess it up! I only painted the top of the mirrors, I left the sides of the mirrors black to accent the black wrought iron head board I have in the bedroom.


So, for about $6.00 and an hour of work, I transformed two pieces of decor to update the design in my bedroom – money well spent!

Well, I’m not done yet … so back to work – I will post pics of my next D*I*Y project.

What projects are you working on? Please share in the comments below.

Peace & Harmony, Cheryl

D * I * Y ~ Home Staging Tips

love the pop of orange


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!


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

WTH..k! Back to School…..Already

Are you Ready? If not…..

I have organizing tips courtesy of a former Preschool Teacher Assistant ……Me!

I worked as a Preschool Teacher Assistant for seven years with the public school, one protocol that was consistent – we sent home a LOT OF PAPERWORK! Not only from our own program, but from the school district. If I had one “pet peeve”, it was when a parent would come into the classroom complaining that their child missed a school event or function because they were not notified. I would listen to their concerns and complaints – then ask them “Did you see the notices in ______ backpack?” and they would reply, they seen NO notice! After the parent left the classroom, I would check the child’s backpack and find papers in the folder from months ago!


I had the priviledge of working in the same school district for years, I would see that same child in an older grade – their teacher asking me “how do you get _____ parents to look and respond to notices that were sent home?” I would just SMH! In this case, when they are older students, it could be a “praise note” you are missing, a deadline to a program that would benefit your child, a grant that meets a deadline and you do not want your child to miss that once in a lifetime opportunity because your child followed the example you set of not being organized!

I say it all the time “children are cameras on a tripod” you can talk to them all day, but they are recording your every move – make sure they are getting good, useful footage!

Here are my Teacher Tips:

Transition Time ~ Don’t let the school year sneak up on you – When you are scheduling your end of the summer events, take a couple of extra days to get your house in order for the school year ahead.

school is starting



Bedtime bump-up! ~ Beginning in early August, move up your children’s bedtime by 15 minutes a night until you meet their school bedtime, and wake them up earlier.

bump up time

Family Command Center ~ Find an area in your home, maybe clean out a coat closet or your mudroom, to create a space for the kids (not you) to store backpacks, jackets, sports, music equipment and other back-to-school gear. Hang a family calendar in this area, so that everyone knows what is going on in the household.


entryway mudroom          family command center 2

Streamline The Paperwork ~ Create a system to streamline your child’s important papers as well as artwork. During holiday breaks, go through the folders with your children and keep what’s necessary. At the end of the year, put the files in a keepsake box with room for the upcoming years. A extra little tip for the younger ones: ask your child’s teacher how the students take care of their paperwork at school and streamline that process at home – believe me they love taking ownership of their own belongings!

storage tote for papers                       To Be Signed

School/Work Stations ~ Take inventory of last year’s school supplies to see what can be used for the upcoming school year. Recycle old notebooks, keep any unused notebook pages to use as scratch paper. Then new and old supplies are kept in a storage space/area near where the children will do their homework.

Art Station         DIY-school-supply-carousel-lazy-susan

Let’s be In-sync! ~ Use today’s technology to your advantage. Input all important dates, sporting events, school functions and club meetings onto a compatible calendar, and sync your phone and computers so everyone can see the same schedule. Extra tip: create a digital photo album for each child!

google calendar         ical image           icloud image

Help Wanted – Apply Within! ~ Encourage responsibility into the weekend by making chores fun! When your children are at school, they have responsibilities – keep it going at home, it will make your life easier too! Follow Envision-Designs on pinterest imagefor ideas to incorporate a chores system at home and to put routines in place.

I Love Uniforms! ~ When it comes to school systems, I do love uniforms and truthfully …..shhhhh So do the children! But, if your children do not wear uniforms to school, get into the habit of you and your child picking out an outfit the night before. My mother had my brothers and I doing this every school year, you save yourself from the chaos in the mornings.

picking out outfits

Let’s make 2016/2017 The Best School Year for your child and you!

Peace & Harmony, Cheryl

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What you will learn:

  • What buyers are looking for
  • What to keep and what to pack
  • Furniture placement and accessory arrangement
  • Tips for closet organization
  • Wall color recommendations (if required and time allows)
  • Recommended cosmetic repairs and updates

Save time and money! Do it yourself with clear, easy-to-follow guidance from a professional!

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