Simply Home: Wednesday Inspiration

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I think it’s safe to say that Pinterest is a great source of home inspiration, providing a wonderful resource for DIY home improvement projects and crafts.  The photo above depicts a mantle project that took me under 2 hours to complete, which included painting (white chalk paint, amazing), creating the banner and the sign.  Although my version may pale in comparison to some of the following mantle photos, it brought a huge amount of light and joy into our home, welcoming the Holiday season. We have quite a few home improvement projects planned in the future, so expect to see more of these as we continue the process of updating our home!  ENJOY!

Be Thankful Thanksgiving Mantel & Gratitude Frame - Landee See Landee Do

Simply Country Life: Rustic Burlap and White Pumpkin Fall Wreath

I drew inspiration from the “give thanks” concept, a nice modern twist to Thanksgiving decor

11 Inspiring Fall Mantles - cute mantle, can't find the 11 though...looks like a good blog though - cute tutorials!

Beautiful Fall display

Mod Vintage Life: Elegant Thanksgiving

Elegant Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Table Center Piece via Amy Huntley (The Idea Room)

Lovely Table Centerpiece

Pretty Painted Pumpkins

Orchard Girls: Top 12 Fall Decorating Ideas definitely will have a fireplace in the house we buy. :)

And remember…..

7 Inspirational Quotes That Remind Us To Find Comfort In Our Homes (PHOTOS)

Spruce Up Home Value: Low Cost Bathroom Updates!

Over the past few decades, the kitchen was the average home buyers focal point when buying a home.  That is not the case anymore, in 2014 bathrooms are more important to buyers than kitchens.  That being said, an additional bathroom, even a half bathroom, adds significant value to your home.  Growing up with a real estate Appraiser as a father, I heard horror stories about homeowners irate over the news that their special remodel project added ZERO value to the resale of their home.  Many times, it’s hard to differentiate between what we think is value based on our emotional involvement vs. what the market wants, the difference is sometimes surprising!

For starters, A half bath may add up to 10.5 percent to a home’s value, while a full bath can tack on an additional 20 percent. Of course, the amount of additional value you will receive varies according to the home’s other features.

Tip: If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford a bathroom addition, give the existing bathrooms a little TLC with a few of the following suggestions.

Install a Dose of Tile

Install a dose of tile! Give your bathroom sink an upgrade with some intentional detailing. Rather than tiling a whole tub surround or wall, add just a border of tile above the sink vanity. Here, elegant blue, white, and brown tiles introduce color and pattern into the bathroom. The small mosaic tiles make the vanity area look luxurious and rich.

Update Cabinet Hardware

Cabinetry’s handles, hinges, and doorknobs are the final touches and style setters for any vanity. Luckily, they’re simple to replace whenever you want a fresh look — and cabinetry hardware is available at any price point. Give your cabinet doors and drawers a good cleaning before installing new hardware. Or freshen them with paint or stain to best display the new accents.

Install Wainscoting

Give bathroom walls interest by adding wainscoting. Crisp white-painted wainscoting provides contrast to the sunny yellow hue used on the upper portion of these walls. For humid rooms such as the bathroom, look for paints treated with mildewcide to eliminate worries about mildew.

Update Light Fixtures

Refresh a tired bath by replacing outdated light fixtures with modern versions. Online you’ll find hundreds of sconces that cost less than $100. For an even thriftier change, look for replacement shades to update the fixtures you have. If you like the style of what you have but the metal finish doesn’t work with your decor, tape off the surrounding areas and give the fixtures a fresh coat of metallic spray paint!

Replace Fixtures

Swap outdated light fixtures, medicine cabinets and faucets for up-to-the-minute versions. Fashion-forward fixtures will make your bath feel fresh and fabulous, and they can draw attention away from less-desirable areas of the bath.

There are so many inexpensive ways to update your bathroom, a fresh coat of neutral colored paint goes a long way and don’t forget to check the fan! That’s a simple update that can add functional value to your bathroom, skimping on quality can hurt in the long run.