Winter Curb Appeal

Green grass, perfectly manicured garden, gorgeous patio set on your new deck,  warm summer breeze coming in through the windows… all things that play with the emotions of a potential buyer when you are looking to sell your home. Why not throw some fresh baked cookies into the oven just before they arrive so the smell wafts down the driveway as they pull in?  Selling your home is as much an emotional decision as it is a business transaction. You want that potential buyer to feel as though they could live in that house and really picture their life there. In 3 of the 4 seasons, this type of home staging is a little easier.

Than BAAM! Winter smacks us in the face. Windows are shut, grass can’t be seen for the mounds of snow, patio sets put away and sometimes it’s even hard to realize a deck is under that huge blanket of white stuff.  We live in Canada, and chances are the person buying your home does too and understands how fickle our winters can be. But that doesn’t mean you can speak to each buyer on an emotional level just like the rest of the year. Winter curb appeal is just as important as in the other 3 seasons… if not more important!  As a seller, your job is to make your home look inviting, cozy and as safe as possible for people to come visit. Here are a few ideas on how to boost your winter curb appeal and make sure you are giving your home its best chance to shine:

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Cozy Bedroom – Shop this look

Looking through bedroom designs makes me incredibly sleepy… so before I doze off, I want to share this bedroom which I would probably never leave. From the over-sized headboard to the knit throw, I can totally see myself hiding under these blankets all day.

Want the look? I did some sale shopping to recreate this look and you can find all the links here for up to 70% off!

Sweet dreams!

Pillows – Bay Days is here! Shop discounted pillows in all shapes and sizes

Knit Throw – Hudson Bay is one of my favorite places for linens and bedding. Shop Bay Days while it lasts!

Over-sized Headboard – Since my little Emmett was born, getting out and about isn’t always as easy!  That’s why I love shopping Wayfair from the comfort of home!

Side table lamps – These sleek and simple bamboo side table lamps from Pottery Barn are so versatile for any room

Duvet – This duvet is from The Bay is hypoallergenic … and also almost 50% off!

 

Georgia On My Mind

I’m no Ray Charles… but this home sure keeps Georgia on my mind! I spent some time living and working in Hilton Head with some girlfriends after graduation. I can honestly say that our visits to Savannah and traveling through the South was probably the kick start to my obsession for romantic and charming architect and home design. It was there I saw some of the most beautiful and captivating homes driving through a variety of small towns that looked and felt as inviting as its residents actually were.  My first experience of “Southern Charm” did not disappoint. I fell in love with the people, the culture and the lifestyle.

So when I found this article online from Home Bunch (click to see the entire farm house renovation) highlighting the amazing work that Historical Concepts did to restore this 19th century farm house I just had to share! Have a look at the images below but don’t forget to check out both Home Bunch and Historical Concepts to see more unbelievable architect and design.

Georgia, Georgia,
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

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Designed by Historical Concepts, this former Southern Living Idea House, located in the small town of Senoia, Georgia was the magazine’s first ever historic renovation project.

 

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This swing is from “Original Charleston Bedswing”.

 

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Exterior Paint Color Ideas: Siding and Trim Paint Color “Sherwin-Williams SW6994 Natural Choice”.
The shutters are painted in “Greenblack (SW6994) by Sherwin Williams”.

 

 

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The central hallway runs straight from the front door to the back, letting natural light and traffic flow easily.
Burlap draperies (Ballard Essentials Panel in Burlap from Ballard Designs) are brought to add a casual feel to the space.
Light Fixture: Short School House Flush Mount from Circa Lighting.

 

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The walls are original to the home (1910). Art is by Justin Gaffrey.
Ceiling, wall and trim Paint Color: “Pearly White (SW7009) by Sherwin-Williams