Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA
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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 11/29/2018

While home ownership can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience, it does bring with it a new set of responsibilities and demands. Whether you're buying a brand new home or a fixer-upper, several things will have a major impact on your lifestyle.

One of them is the need is to personally handle or manage your own repairs, decorating, and home improvements. In many cases, you can (and should) hire a professional to do the actual work, but there are a lot of projects you can do more cost-effectively on your own.

The first one that comes to mind is interior painting. If you want to keep your home looking fresh, well maintained, and visually appealing, repainting your walls and ceilings every few years is a necessity. How often you need to break out the paint brushes, rollers, and drop cloths depends on several factors. For example, some rooms are subjected to more wear and tear than others. Bedroom walls, hallways, and bathrooms often seem to need the most attention, but kitchens, family rooms, and other areas of the home are usually not far behind.

If you've been noticing that one or more of your rooms are starting to look scuffed, faded, or dull, then it may be time to roll up your sleeves and give those walls a fresh coat of paint! It always makes a dramatic difference in the look and feel of that room, and it typically can be completed in less than a day -- especially if you team up with an energetic spouse, friend, or family member. If you're focused and organized, a room-painting project can often be completed by lunchtime. (Depending on who's providing the help, however, you might be expected to provide lunch!)

When procrastination is a problem, taking small steps will often help you gather momentum and keep moving forward on your painting project. An easy, but necessary first step is to pick out and bring home an assortment of color samples from your local hardware or paint store. Holding them up to your walls and seeing whether they complement existing furniture, flooring, and decorating schemes will help you choose a color you'll be satisfied with.

If you're not ready to tackle the project right away, you can still purchase the paint, rollers, and other supplies. Assuming you're not going to postpone the project indefinitely, you'll be a lot more likely to get started in the near future if the supplies are already in the house. You'll be streamlining the process and nudging yourself to get the job done soon by purchasing the painting supplies and having them close at hand.

While motivating yourself to do projects around the house may sometimes seem to be the biggest hurdle to clear, starting small and gaining momentum as you go is often an effective way to keep your home looking its best at all times!





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 10/13/2016

You just moved into a new home or you are looking to make gradual updates to your home¬— a good place to start is the master bedroom. But what kind of feel do you want in your bedroom? The color that you decide to paint your bedrooms wall(s) will completely determine the feel that the room will have. Let’s take a look at what/how certain colors create the mood and feeling in a room. Blue & Green: Are you looking to create an oasis where you can escape? A place where you feel calm and relaxed? Cool colors are ideal for creating this feel. These are the best colors to choose for a sanctuary where you can rewind after a long day. But make sure you are choosing soft hues in blue and green, as bright and dark hues will add a completely different feel to your room. A dark blue such as navy is a nice color to choose if you are looking for a cozier, modern feel. White, Gray & Beige: Neutral colors are a good option for wall paint if you have large accent furniture that you want to be the focal point of your room. Bright white is a great way to add a contemporary and luxurious feel to the room. Gray and beige tones can add a contemporary feel or a modern feel to your room depending on which is more your style as well as the style of your furniture. Red, Pink and Purple: These warmer toned colors will not give you the opposite feeling of an oasis— a feeling of excitement and creativity. Brighter tones are best for children’s’ bedrooms, where, darker, richer hues of these colors can create a feeling of coziness and warmth. If you do choose a warmer hued color, especially a dark color, it’s a good idea to consider painting just an accent wall. This way the room does not feel and look smaller than it actually is. You can always consider painting an accent wall with any of the colors discussed above. This gives you the pop of color (or neutral tone) that you’re looking for without overpowering your room. Your furniture can then play off of that color and pull it all together. Be sure to understand the type of feel that you are looking to create in your master bedroom before choosing a color— it will make choosing a color easier. Visit your a local home store to pick out samples and test them on your walls. You won’t truly know if you like a color unless you test them out. You may love a color on the swatch but you may find that you dislike how it looks on your wall or with your furniture. Once you find a color, start painting away. Good luck!







Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA