Turning a small space into a rental unit takes some tricks of the trade to make the space appear larger. Creative storage is paramount.
Gail Mayhugh, owner of GMJ Interiors, is a professional interior designer and author of a book on the subject. Questions may be sent by email to GMJinteriors@gmail.com. Or, mail to 7380 S. Eastern Ave., No. 124-272, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Her web address is www.GMJinteriors.com.
With a tall wall above an entryway, you don’t want to use anything that is too heavy in visual weight as it would give an uneasy feel to walk underneath it.
An open house is an opportunity to reach the greatest number of prospective buyers in one day. As a home seller, you need to look at your home through buyers’ eyes.
Pet safety tips are common sense, but it never hurts to remind ourselves whether we’re celebrating at home or visiting with others.
To find a room’s focal point, empty a room of everything. That way you can look at the room’s bones and best features. If you’re starting with your family or living room, a fireplace, a window with a pretty view or a built-in wall unit can serve as a focal point.
Making small spaces appear large doesn’t mean you have to buy small pieces of furniture. It’s about how you decorate with all the things in your home.
Before starting any remodeling project, meet with a Realtor to get a professional opinion on what’s selling in the market, where your home falls within selling prices and what remodeling, if any, you would need to do now to get the most out of your house.
Patio decor needs to hold up well in direct sunlight and handle the heat. Materials that would hold up in other parts of the country will not do well here.
There are so many factors and options for bar stools, which can make it challenging. You have to consider the height of your counter, height of the stool, style and overall comfort.
Accessories are a simple and inexpensive way to update a room, and there is no long-term commitment. You can change each season, add colors or have fun with a new trend with just a few pieces.
Dear Gail: We live in an older neighborhood on a nice quiet street. We have a very large front yard and were thinking about adding a courtyard. We entertain a lot and want to have additional places for our guests to mingle. What are your thoughts on a front courtyard? As well as any decorating suggestions? — Dustin
Dear Gail: I’m going to be selling my home and was wondering whether or not I should stage it. I’ve been reading a lot about staging and wanted your thoughts on if I could do it myself or hire a professional stager. Will it really make a difference since our market has improved? — Sam
Most people are uncomfortable with mix-and-match dining set as they’re afraid to make a mistake, so they end up buying the whole set.
Dear Gail: We just bought our first home and are very excited. We decided on wood floors and wood blinds for the windows. We have a sliding glass door in our family room and are not sure what we should do on it. We had vertical blinds in our apartment and really didn’t care for them. Can we put the wood blinds on the sliding door also? — Rhonda
Over the years we all collect and gather things in our daily travels. Then we have the daily items we use every day to contend with. We want to have them out for convenience, but that’s where the clutter begins.