Home Staging
July 26, 2013

Sell Your Home Fast Using the Principles of Staging

Back in March my Daily News editor asked me to weigh in on the real estate market.  For their Home edition that month they wanted to give good tips for people who were in the process of buying or selling their homes.  I am very passionate about the subject of “staging” when selling your home because I really believe if you follow a few simple steps to declutter and depersonalize you can make it look so much more appealing to buyers.

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Ice Cream Social
July 26, 2013

Hosting a Simple and Cute Ice Cream Social

My latest Daily News Home assignment was to write about hosting an outdoor party.  I have always wanted to do an Ice Cream Social so this was a good excuse to research some fun ideas for any future parties I plan to host.  The article cut a few pictures and ideas out to make it more brief so here are the complete steps for hosting a simple and fun Ice Cream Social.
May 14, 2013

Bedroom Before and After

Well, it’s only been over a year since I said I would finish this room!  I have been tweaking a few things here and there and I finally feel ready to reveal the “after”.  Of course as you know my style naturally evolves over time and things slowly start coming together so I never feel like anything I do is totally “done”.  At least I can say it is a MAJOR improvement! - Read More -

September 14, 2012

Fall Color Combos

My second article has been published!  Check it out at DNfreetime.com

My mission this time was to write about bringing fall colors into the home.  I love doing color combos on Olioboards, so I decided to do two of them for this article.  The first combo is Rust and Teal.  I must admit, I am getting used to the deep rusty colored walls in my home.  Once I discovered that you can indeed mix happy brights with this rich dark color it really has helped me come up with some fun looks.

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Here is a shot of my living room with small dose of teal in the throw pillows.

My second color combo is Black and White.  I have been loving all the great options lately.  I actually do not have anything in my home that is black and white so writing this article has definitely given me some great inspiration.  I think I’ll try a rug or a kitchen towel to see how I like it…..a little goes a long way with this combo!

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August 27, 2012

DIY Painted Dropcloth Curtains

Well, you can add another thing to my One Crazy Summer list.  In July I started writing for my hometown paper, The Greenville Daily News.  My old schoolmate Amanda Leitch-Lee (who also writes for the DN) was asked by her editor if she knew someone who could contribute a home design article for the upcoming special section.    She thought of me right away (the loyal Ashton Sebastian reader that she is!) and of course I said I would do it!  It has been a fun side project which has gotten me back into the swing of writing and gathering ideas and inspiration.

My first assignment was to write an article on a DIY project.  I considered trying something I had never done before but I quickly realized it was best to do a simple project that anyone could do, with materials that are easy to find.  I did a new version of my drop cloth curtains, this time instead of stenciling them I painted stripes on the bottom with some leftover paint I had at home.   It was a super easy project that turned out great.  Check out the entire article and instructions here.  The plan is to publish something for their special sections once every month so when they get published I will share them here on the blog!


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