Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Designed to sell with budget-friendly decorating details!

Style at Home magazine did a beautiful write-up about budget friendly decorating to help sell your home. "When her builder husband Rob completed a new subdivision in South Surrey, B.C., Kimberley Wiens of Laurel Ridge Homes set about decorating the 3,300 sq. ft. show home. Her goal: to appeal to as many buyers as possible as cost-effectively as possible." She created a neutral but inviting palette enhanced by decorating details that make a big impact on a budget.

Style at Home How did the design process start?"Kimberley Wiens We get a lot of rain on the West Coast, plus the house wasn’t going to be huge, so we decided to design it with a lot of windows and French doors across the back to make it airy, open and bright, and thereby seem bigger. When decorating, we went with simple furnishings and reflective surfaces for
that same reason."
S@H Is that also why you went with neutrals?"Jeannine Foley We had to think about all the people who might be walking through the show house, so we kept the colour palette light throughout and added lots of texture. We used a lot of soft greys and blues -- beach tones -- which is very South Surrey. The beach is only a five-minute walk away." S@H Any other lessons learned?"KW We take great pride in attention to little details and workmanship -- nothing builder's basic! But that doesn't mean you have to blow your budget either. Do little things, like updating cabinetry hardware, when renovating or reselling. If you can’t afford to do so everywhere, invest in a key area.S@H Can you give us an example?KW We didn't have the budget for wainscotting throughout, so we focused on the front entrance. It's impossible for anyone entering the house to miss the coffered ceiling and panelled archway. Those little details make a lasting impression."

I wanted to share this article with you to show what you can do on a small budget, just a bit of imagination is needed to give the illusion that you spent more then you did. Also clean simple lines always showcases a house better, so if you are selling your house, take pictures of your space this will give you an idea of how people receive your home. Pictures don't lie and it will help point out the cluttered areas in each room. This Blog might not be angled at a Green venture however being cost effective with your money is. So challenge yourself and see what you can do with your own space on a beer budget but champagne taste!
Stay green my friends!
until next time,
w&c designer girl!


  1. Aw I love how clean this place is, I wish my house looked like this :)

  2. Love the style - don't think I could manage the white but wish I could - looks great

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