As a professional Interior Decorator, Home Stager, avid DIY-er, and a
compulsive somewhat serial Re-Decorator, there are certain tools that are absolutely crucial in my world. I thought I’d share some of these with you, so that maybe you can add to your tool belt, or even learn a trick or two to make your life easier.
Home Staging is the art of preparing & styling your home to optimize how it presents for sale….the priorities become cost effective changes/additions, and QUICK, relatively easy and impactful changes.
Paint is always the lest expensive way to either add some drama or visual ‘oomph’, OR to neutralize a more vivid space. My tried & trues are :
Sherwin Williams / Mindful Gray
Benjamin Moore / Willow
Sherwin Williams / Mindful Gray
Benjamin Moore / Revere Pewter
All 4 of these colors are very mutable, meaning they adapt well to most light conditions, so I can trust them. They are also “interesting” neutrals – no yellow beiges here, these are cooler, fresher neutrals.
Another simple and inexpensive, but amazingly effective addition is window panels.
There are very decent ready-to-hang panels available that instantly create a warmer, homier atmosphere that is widely appealing.
Here’s a few ways to make adding window panels a snap.
First, measuring tape – duh. But I’m pointing it out because your rod should be mounted mid-point between the window moulding and the ceiling. Hang ’em high peeps.
This adds visual height to the space and looks much grander.
Probably, you’ll need 90″ or 96″ panels.
Now, you’ll need an awl.
The awl is a very dandy and sadly, under recognized tool. I thank my Dad for introducing me….this clever gizmo eliminates the need for a drill in mounting hardware. Simply position the point of the awl on the drywall where a hole is required, and give it a good smack with a hammer. Et voila – perfect hole for the anchor or screw for your brackets. Window panels hung in minutes.
Now, if your panels are a bit long (a bit of puddling is fine, but think puddle, not pool),
use iron-on fusible web tape to hem them up in minutes.
Have you seen the commercials for the Hang N Level?
God Herself created this tool for Home Stagers and those with grade 3 math skills (me – both accounts).
With this bit of plastic magic, you can hang artwork in groupings, evenly side by side, centered, etc. without even thinking about math or measuring.
And you may be math exhausted from the drape measuring.
Furniture sliders. Essential for me at home and at work. At home, inspiration may strike while the Mister is out, and I need the ability to independently move large pieces of furniture. This may or may not happen quite frequently. I also need to be able to do this when I’m working in people’s homes – re-arranging furniture is a big part of this gig (lest you think it’s all glamorous).
Slip these babies under the corners, and you have Superpowers.
When it comes to painting, there are two main tools that make my life easier, and contribute to a quality finished product.
First – my spray paint trigger, I told you about it here.
This helps you get an amazing, even finish with spray paint or primer, and is truly a kindness for your finger when you’re doing larger pieces.
I have mad love for Purdy brushes, but for me, the 2″ angled brush is like your-very-best-well-worn-perfect-fit-jeans-that-you’ll-never-ever-get-rid-of because nothing else could ever take their place.
Reliable, consistent, and comfy.
I can’t leave out the Internet as one of the best & most inspirational tools available to me – through the community of amazing blog writers I follow, sites like Houzz, and of course, Pinterest, I rely on the Internet to for ideas that spark my creative juices, teach me & amaze me, and lead me to products I didn’t even know existed.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Rosebud Salve. It has nothing to do with DIY or Interior Decorating, but I love x a jillion it and you will too. If you are not already a junkie, get some immediately. It’s pretty and moisturizing on your lips, healing on small cuts, a miracle cuticle mender, and great on diaper rash (if that’s an issue you).
The Mister made a point of mentioning that HE was definitely one of my ‘Must Haves’, but that would mean calling him a tool, wouldn’t it?
I can’t decide, so I’m leaving him off this list.
So, that’s a wrap folks…my arsenal of main tricks and tools, and I hope they help you too. If you have any tips or tricks that make your life better, share them in the comments so everyone learns!
somewhat lazy loving ingenious ideas, and it might make my life easier.
If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate,
contact me to help you create the extraordinary.
Fall in love with your home again.