Lucy Norton

Lives in Boston, Massachusetts United States Born on November 8, 1987 Female
Lucy Norton

August 7, 2017 By:
The kitchen is the most frequently upgraded room in the home and homeowners are smart to invest their home improvement dollars there since it’s almost always the most important room to prospective buyers and can easily make or break a sale. They also tend to add considerable value to a home while adding to its aesthetics and functionality as well. But not all kitchen remodels are created equal. Many homeowners make the mistake of investing too much--more than they can ever expect to get back--for luxury upgrades that aren’t really necessary. Here are the kitchen upgrades that would-be buyers really want, the upgrades that will be the best for your money. A backsplash Tiled backsplashes are relatively easy to install on your own and they’re also fairly inexpensive. They add to the functionality of the kitchen since it makes it easier to clean up after preparing a meal. It also beautifies the space in a way that wallpaper or paint can’t. Stainless steel appliances After buying a home, people don’t want to spend more money on new appliances so seeing shiny, stainless steel appliances and knowing they come with the house will encourage them to buy sooner and spend more. New countertops Countertops are another great way to add functionality and aesthetic appeal. Don’t go with luxury materials like granite or marble. Quartz or butcher blocks are less expensive, more durable, and require less maintenance. Storage space Depending on what you have to work with, you might be limited when it comes to adding additional storage space but you need to do whatever you can to maximize storage space whether that’s hanging a pots and pans rack or just getting better cabinet organizers to use the space you have more efficiently. Laminate floors Laminate floors are less expensive and more durable than hardwood and people won’t believe you when you tell them it isn’t actually hardwood. Laminate can so perfectly simulate the look of real wood that there’s no reason to spend more for it. New fixtures A new kitchen sink, upgraded light fixtures, outlet covers, light switch plates, drawers, and knobs, baseboard radiator covers, and a high quality faucet are all great improvements because they don’t require extensive remodeling and you can do the work yourself to save money. These are the tiny details that can make all the difference when it comes time to try and sell your home. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by Source:

July 26, 2017 By:
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of professional interior decorators don’t have a degree--at least not in design or decorating--unlike interior designers which must have a degree, decorators do what they do more off of instinct. A good eye for colors, patterns, and textures, and you can create your own great interior spaces without having to pay out for a pro. Here are a few fast tips. Start with color palette Don’t make the mistake of trying to pick out pieces without an over-arching plan. It’s best if you start out with a color palette (two or three colors) and try to match things to that. If you’re planning to repaint the walls, start with that. Then match your larger pieces like sofas or recliners. Finally fill in with your smaller furnishings and accessories. It’s best to have a more subdued tone for your paint and large pieces and let your smaller pieces add the pops of color. Select a few statement pieces Instead of spending a lot of money to purchase many inexpensive, small accessories and pieces of artwork, splurge on a handful of statement pieces--larger works of art or furniture with a more bold design. You can fill in around these with less expensive, less showy pieces but let the items you’ve splurged on take center stage. Create ceiling height Unless you’re lucky enough to have vaulted ceilings, you should try to create the illusion of higher ceilings. A great way to do this is to make the most of the vertical space you do have. Instead of hanging curtains so they’re just above the top of the window, hang them so they’re right up to the ceiling and hang down to the floor. Crown molding and floor-to-ceiling furniture such as book cases can also create the illusion of higher ceilings. Add color with window treatments Your window treatments need to be both functional and beautiful. So even if you already have a good set of blinds that lighten and darken the space or grant privacy, you also need some curtains or drapes. They’re a great way to introduce textiles into a space. A high quality set of curtains can function as art and create visual where there was none before. Create space Many people push all the furniture up against the walls to maximize the amount of available space in the center of the room. This actually makes the room feel smaller. Instead “float” your furniture a few feet away from the walls. Don’t try to trick the eye into seeing a smaller room by purchasing too-small furniture. Furniture should be comfortably sized for your needs. Instead, purchase fewer pieces of furniture. Mount TVs on the walls so there’s no need for an entertainment center. Instead of an ottoman and coffee table, have one oversized ottoman, etc… Hanging a few mirrors to reflect light around is another way to create the illusion of more space. More mix and less match Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that everything needs to match up perfectly. Good interior design includes contrast as well as symmetry and uniformity. Worry more about pieces going well with each other and don’t concern yourself with whether or not pieces match. Make use of baseboard heater covers Baseboard heater covers are a quick and easy way to update the look of baseboard heaters that are looking old and really dating your home. Use them instead of trying to replace or repaint them. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by Source:

July 17, 2017 By:
No matter how prepared you feel you are, you still won’t be fully ready for the difficulties that come with a major remodel. The following tips can help you get through it however. Establish a line of communication with the contractor Whether you’re making arrangements to live elsewhere during the remodel or you plan to stay in your home, you won’t be around every second of every day to monitor things. Occasionally your general contractor will encounter an issue that needs to be run by you before proceeding. Your contractor will need a direct line to reach you and you likewise will want a way to reach your contractor. For less urgent concerns, you can designate a place in the home for a small notebook where each of you can write notes when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible. Lay down some ground rules Since workers will be coming and going for however many days or weeks it takes to finish the project, it’s important to decide on some ground rules before work begins. How will workers enter and exit the home. Is there a back door you will prefer them to use so they don’t interfere with your own comings and goings? Will they need their own key or will someone always be home to let them in at the start of the day? Perhaps you’ll want to set up a temporary combination lock for the duration of the project. Can the workers park in the street in front of your house or must they park further away and walk? Will they have access to a guest bathroom or will they need to rent a porta potty? Are they allowed to smoke, listen to music, use profanity while in your home? You will need to make your wishes clear on all of these matters and come to an agreement with the general contractor in advance? Ask about cleanup How much waste will the project create? Will you need to rent a dumpster for the project or will contractors haul it away as needed? How will workers manage the dust? In addition to the general cleanup after completion of the work, will you expect workers to do any daily cleanup before leaving for the day? If so, this will need to be specified in the contract. Pets, children, and food prep Finally, you may need to make plans for pets, children, or food preparation as circumstances require. If kids or pets live in the home and can access the work site, dangerous tools will need to be removed from the home at the end of each day. You may need to board your pets somewhere else temporarily. If the kitchen is the work site, you will need to set up an alternative food prep area somewhere else in your home. As you can see, preparing for a large remodel is no small thing. If you’re reconsidering whether it’s worth the hassle, you might try smaller DIY projects instead to help you be satisfied with your home until you can move into one that better suits your needs. Projects like repainting, upgrading light and sink fixtures, and installing baseboard radiator covers won’t require the help of contractors and the stress that comes with it. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by Source:

July 9, 2017 By:
Amateur decorators and designers are bound to make mistakes along the way. After all, they don’t have the training that professionals do. But even if you’re planning on decorating your home yourself to save money, there are a few mistakes you can avoid. The following five interior decorating mistakes are ones that homeowners should be able to avoid. The wrong-sized area rugs Homeowners tend to buy too small when it comes to area rugs. Area rugs are supposed to be the foundation for the space you’re decorating. It needs to tie all the elements together. In order for that happen, it needs to enclose everything within it. But many homeowners will have furniture that is only partially on the area rug. With the exception of the sofa, and loveseat (the back legs can be off the rug if they’re close to a wall) every piece of furniture in that space should be completely on top of the rug. Clutter on display Even if it’s not exactly junk, all the little odds and ends that accumulate in every household will look like junk, especially when everything else is immaculate. There’s no way to completely get rid of clutter since some clutter is necessary, but it shouldn’t be out in the open. Fabric bins, storage ottomans, shoe benches with internal storage, and any other creative storage solution you can find are all great ways to keep clutter out of sight so your interior decorating can really stand out. Too much matching Furniture and home decor stores make a fortune on selling complete furniture and accessories sets to consumers. We like things to match and consequently, we enjoy the ease that comes with purchasing a ready-made collection from a retailer. But if you have a matching bed frame, dresser, wardrobe, and nightstand set and a matching bathroom set with shower curtain, bath rug, towels, waste basket, and soap dispenser, your home won’t look like it’s really yours, it will look like a picture in a catalogue. That’s not to say that your home should be a hodge podge of furniture and decor of all different colors, styles, and time periods. You should try to select pieces that go well together, just don’t fall into the mistake of thinking everything has to match perfectly with everything else in a space. Insufficient lighting Most homeowners think a single overhead light per room is sufficient but light needs to be suffused evenly throughout every room. Overhead lighting won’t illuminate all the dark corners so a combination of desk and floor lamps and perhaps even some accent lighting to go along with that overhead lighting can help spread the light around more evenly. No finishing touches Homeowners often spend all of their decorating budget on the major pieces like furniture, rugs, and curtains but they don’t leave anything left for the accessories or finishing touches that will complete the space. A room will look bare and uninviting if it doesn’t have some artwork, decorative throws and pillows, and a few ceramics, figurines, or other decor items in the space, even if it has all the essential elements like a sofa, loveseat, coffee table, and rug. One great finishing touch to consider is installing baseboard heater covers since it’s a quick and inexpensive ways to completely transform the look of an old, outdated-looking baseboard heating system. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by Source:

June 23, 2017 By:
Good lighting is a key aspect of interior design but it’s one that’s often overlooked. In addition to furnishings and accessories, don’t forget these lighting tips to make sure all your hard interior decorating work is well-illuminated. Smart lighting Smart lighting is a relatively new development in the ever-growing connected home craze. Smart light bulbs have a small chip embedded in the base that allow them to connect to your home’s wireless network. This enables you to control your lighting from your smartphone or tablet from anywhere in your home. You can turn them on and off or adjust the dimness or even the color so you have just the right lighting for every occasion. Your smart bulbs can even be synced with notifications on your smartphone. Though smart bulbs are considerably more expensive than your standard light bulbs they have a much, much longer lifespan since they’re LED bulbs. Layered lighting Good interior design includes layered lighting so that there’s light and varying heights. Layered lighting means that not all the light comes from overhead, but rather, is spread out more evenly through the space. A combination of chandelier or dome lights and floor and table lamps allows you to stagger the lighting at varying heights. Ambient, task, and accent lighting Not only should your lighting be layered, it should serve various purposes. Ambient lighting is typically your overhead lighting that illuminates the room. Task lighting is placed as needed based on the things you typically do in that room. It could be under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen for food preparation, a lamp on a night table for some reading before bedtime, or a desk lamp when you need more light than ambient lighting can offer. Finally, you can include some accent lighting to draw attention to a particular piece of artwork or an architectural feature in the home such as an arch. The right window treatments No amount of artificial light can make up for a lack of natural light. Instead of dark, thick curtains that block out light, opt for lighter, airier window treatments that still grant privacy but let in more light. If remodeling to get more and larger windows or a skylight isn’t in your budget, you can exaggerate the amount of natural light by placing windows strategically across from windows so that natural light is reflected throughout the home. Lots of white Just as lots of light makes a space feel more open and large, lots of white does as well. If you’re not crazy about white in your interior design, go with a color that’s lighter rather than darker. You can paint your walls white or even install white baseboard radiator covers to complete the look. Plenty of lighting combined with a white foundation in your interior design will really make your home feel bigger than it really is. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by Source: