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Jessica Sullivan
April 18th, 2014  |  +Jessica Sullivan  |  Add a Comment

This week we bring you another story from one of our agents about the organizations that are near and dear to their hearts.

 

Christine Hotham, of our Ballantyne office, works with Thompson Child and Family Focus here in Charlotte – and tells us a little bit about them, their history, and her connection with them.

 

Christine:

I volunteer with Thompson’s Child and Family Focus.Thompson Child & Family Focus

www.thompsoncff.org

 

Their goal is to assist the child, emotionally, physically and with education and love and help the family and reunite them after treatment.

 

Founded in 1886 as an orphanage, Thompson is a non-profit organization operating three distinct campuses, each providing comprehensive education, treatment, and care for children (birth to 18 years) in need.
The children we serve are fragile, bruised or broken. Our vision – our determination and our obligation – is to make them whole again. At Thompson, we do whatever it takes to help every child to feel safe, strong, happy, and loved.

 

Our mission…called to serve children and families through healing, teaching, worship, and play.

 

Locations/Campuses:

 

Thompson Saint Peter’s Lane Campus (Matthews, NC)
A tranquil 40-acre campus in Matthews that includes:

Highly personalized psychiatric residential treatment and clinical care for children who have experienced severe abuse and neglect.  Serves up to 48 children, ages five to 15, in eight cottages.

The School at Thompson provides therapeutic supports within a school setting.  Ages 6-12.

Thompson administrative offices, the chapel, a recreational facility with pool, a cafeteria, and outdoor playgrounds and natural spaces are part of this healing environment.

6800 Saint Peter’s Lane, Matthews, NC 28105 | 704-536-0375 | Fax: 704-531-9266

 

Thompson Family Services Center – Wendover Rd. (Charlotte, NC, Grier Heights neighborhood)

Thompson’s wide range of community programming is headquartered at this location and includes: foster care, outpatient therapy, school-based treatment intervention, case management, intensive in-home treatment, family education, and family partners/family mentors programs.

769 N. Wendover Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 | 704-376-7180 | Fax: 704-376-0903

 

Thompson Early Childhood Services Center – Clanton Rd. (Charlotte NC)

Thompson Child Development Center, a five-star, nationally accredited center, provides year-round high quality early education and care for up to 150 children, birth to age five. The student population includes both children with special needs and those who are typically developing.

Thompson Early Childhood Outreach Services include a wide range of family support programming, as well as a three-county professional development training program and center-to-center peer counseling.

1645 Clanton Road, Charlotte, NC 28208 | 704-333-5382 | Fax: 704-333-0558

 

Primarily I assist at the Matthews Campus on St Peter’s Lane.  Each year I host a brunch at my house during the holidays.  For many years friends would bring hostess gifts even though I said bring nothing…the invitation always starts like this:

 

“Nothing to bake, buy, or bring,

Come for Coffee with a zing….(Baileys, Kaluha, irish cream etc)”

 

Well…finally since folks kept bringing me santa claus ornaments etc…I decided to host the brunch for a charity.  After research I came upon Thompson’s…and we have been working with them for years since.  Our ladies brunch has donated outerwear, boots, comforters, linens, towels, shower curtains, sheets, blankets, children’s toys, games and movies over the years.  These gifts go either into the cottages where the student live on campus, or into the “need” closet for distribution.

 

Christine Hotham, Realtor at Helen Adams BallantyneI also participate in various events throughout the year and host a table at their annual fundraising luncheon each spring.  I have toured the Matthews and Clanton Road, Child Development centers and feel a bond and connection to this charity. I love the emphasis on the whole child.  I would love to talk with anyone about them!

 

Click here to learn more about Christine or contact her.

 
Kristin Ellefson
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4617 Carmel Club Drive
Charlotte,  NC  28226
Tuckaway Park

 

MLS#: 2221319
$1,350,000

 

“Beautiful 3BR/3.1BA ranch style home with large floor plan, located on approximately a 1 acre lot. This home has all of the amenities that your buyer could dream of and was on the Mint Museum Garden Tour in 2012. Chef’s kitchen with AGA stove, granite, hardwoods, custom moldings, pool and so much more!”

 

 

 

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8301 County Downs Lane
Charlotte,  NC  28270
Sardis Croft

 

MLS#: 2220751
$300,000

 

“Incredible .58 acre lot! Hardwoods on main. Improved, Improved! New HVAC, Anderson windows, Roof (2010), deck (2012), stainless steel appliances, hall bath (down to studs). New carpet, updated Master Bath, new paint interior & exterior. Move right in & enjoy this peaceful location.”

 

 

 

 

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8918 Whittingham Drive
Waxhaw,  NC  28173
Somerset

 

MLS#: 2220922
$349,000

 

“Well maintained home is move-in ready! Great kitchen with ss appliances and walk-in pantry. New Frise carpeting. Gas fireplace in great room, which features panel molding. Living room w/French doors off of foyer could be office. Large master bedroom w/sitting area featuring his and her closets with organizers. Covered deck. Extra large 2-car garage and walk-up attic with abundant floored storage.”

 

 

 

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4130 Bon Rea Drive
Charlotte,  NC  28226
Cedar Woods

 

MLS#: 2220915
$209,000

 

“Open and spacious floor plan in this move in ready ranch. Brand new Master bathroom – Frameless shower with 2 shower heads, custom vanity with granite counter, tile floor. Hall bath also redone. Vaulted ceiling in Great room with wood burning fireplace open to breakfast and dining room and Bar area. Wonderful home to entertain with great flow, deck, screen porch, patio, fenced yard. MP high school”

 

 

 

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15516 Brem Lane
Charlotte,  NC  28277
Ballantyne Country Club

 

MLS#: 2220874
$675,000

 

“Majestic custom Arcadia built home. Meticulously maintained. Outstanding extensive improvements and renovations (see attached). Guest bedroom or office on main level. 2 story foyer w/designer finishes. Very private fenced rear yard w/large deck and beautiful trees.”

 

 

 

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17204 Hedgerow Park Road
Charlotte,  NC  28277
Ardrey

 

MLS#:2220968
$482,500

 

“Gorgeous Charleston style home in desirable Ardrey on quiet street! Gazebo front porch, spacious screened rear porch & fenced yard.  Tons of moldings, 10ft ceilings on main, 9ft up & plantation shutters. Gourmet kitchen w/ large island, granite, ss, hdwd flrs. Master down, upper has large 4th bdrm, bath & bonus. Sealed crawl, lawn maintenance incl in HOA dues. Huge loft storage in garage!”

 

 

 

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6731 William Harry Court
Charlotte,  NC  28211
Stonehaven

 

MLS#:2221628
$224,000

 

“Beautifully updated home that is MOVE IN READY ! Newer vinyl windows, HVAC- 2012 ,Arch Shingle Roof -2011, Gorgeous Grey laminate flooring and fresh paint! Updated kitchen with glass horizontal back splash, tile floor, counter tops, lighting. Both full bathrooms have been completely updated. Fenced yard, screen porch. Walk to Sardis Swim and Racquet, McAlpine Greenway, Boyce Rd Park. Super Nice !”

 

 

 

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508 Wakefield Drive A
Charlotte,  NC  28209
Selwyn Village

 

MLS#: 2221733
$110,000

 

“END unit priced to sell. 2 BR/1 BA updated. Move-in ready. Granite counter, undermount sink, beautiful wood floors, deck for entertaining. Great location within complex.”

 

 

 

 

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6221 Summerour Place Place
Charlotte,  NC  28214
Summerour Place

 

MLS#: 2221799
$114,900

 

“Don’t miss this great opportunity! This home offers a great floor plan with fireplace in great room! Convenient upstairs laundry. Very little work will bring this home back to like-new condition!”

 

 

 

 

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7341 Balancing Rock Court
Charlotte,  NC  28262
Silverstone

 

MLS#: 2221821
$115,000

 

“Don’t wait on this one! Fantastic open floor plan utilizes every square foot of this home! Cathedral ceiling in living room with gas fireplace. Perfect size master with separate tub and shower. Newer roof! Hurry!!!”

 

 

 

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2506 Heathershire Lane
Matthews,  NC  28105
The Heathers

 

MLS#: 2221834
$179,900

 

“Charming home in Bain District! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage home. Master bedroom has vaulted ceiling & en suite bath. Upstairs laundry. Secondary bedrooms are on opposite side of the home and share a large hall bath. Eat in kitchen overlooks an oversize deck and huge privacy fenced back yard. All the big systems in the home have been recently replaced- roof, windows and HVAC.  Don’t miss!”

 

 

 

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8125 Starnes Randall Road
Charlotte,  NC  28215

 

MLS#: 2221839
$98,800

 

“Very cute all brick ranch on a lovely, private lot close to the end of a cul-de-sac street. Very quiet with minimal noise. Fenced back yard with patio and pergola. New paint and carpet make this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home perfect for a first time home buyer or investor. It is turn key and ready to be moved in to. This home has a beautiful yard with many flowering trees and shrubs. Do not miss!”

 

 

 

 

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525 Brook Forest Lane
Charlotte,  NC  28211
Cotswold

 

MLS#: 2221932
$430,000

 

“Classic 2 stry brick home in popular Cotswold area. Park-like setting on .87 acre CUL-DE-SAC lot. Recently refinished hdwd flrs up & down. Freshly painted. Spacious rms w/cheerful natural light. 2 dens, 2 fireplaces, screened porch. Breakfast rm & work desk in kit. area. Huge walk-out basement has rec rm, built-in office area & 2nd den. Fantastic location /value. Close to shopping, restaurants,etc”

 

 

 

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610 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte,  NC  28204

 

MLS#: 2221937
$435,000

 

“Quaint home with character. Fabulous view of the city from front porch and lush flowering gardens in the rear yard. Hardwoods, glass paned French interior doors with Crystal door knobs, original wood moldings and mantel. 1930′s Crystal Chandelier. Walk to Independence park, shopping & dining.”

 

 

 

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4516 Night Heron Lane
Charlotte,  NC  28211
Cotswold

 

MLS#: 2222115
$439,000

 

“Beautiful, newer construction home in the heart of Cotswold.  Welcoming front porch & bright, open floorplan. Crown molding & Hardwoods throughout home, ceramic tile in baths. Kitchen w/ granite, stainless & walk-in pantry. Spacious Master bath w/ garden tub, dual vanity & separate shower. Private, covered porch off Master. Full bath on 3rd floor. Detached 2 car garage – plenty of storage!”

 

 

 

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2820 Cutter Court
Waxhaw,  NC  28173
Woodhall

 

MLS#: 2222217
$895,000

 

“Magnificent Home on Breathtaking Grounds overlooking a Peaceful Pond! Incredible Luxurious features throughout this Pristine Home!  Grand Entertaining Rooms, Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen, and Second Living Quarters.  Gorgeous Master Suite opens to Terrace overlooking this Gardener’s Dream! Total of 6 Bay Garages plus Workshop and Unfinished Space!  The Possibilities are Endless at this Rare Find!”

 

 

 

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919 Sedgefield Road
Charlotte,  NC  28209
Sedgefield

 

MLS#: 2222199
$347,000

 

“Fabulously renovated 3 BR home w/a rocking chair frt porch! Kitchen w/updated cherry cabs, ss appls, granite & tile bksplash. Two renovated Baths feature pedestal sinks, tile floors, hware, lighting & a glass enclosed shower. Immaculately maintained w/hwoods, plant. shutters, molding. Large deck, paver patio, shed, fenced yard & 3 season Sun Porch. Won’t last!”

 

 

 

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1609 Battle Lane
Monroe,  NC  28110
Colonial Village

 

MLS#: 2222295
$149,900

 

“Wonderful house in Colonial Village subdivision built by Eddie Smith – beautifully maintained and move in ready. Brick front, hardwoods entry, large GR w/vaulted ceiling, marble surround gas FP w/recessed lighting, French doors lead to large deck w/built-in seating. Kitchen w/ island, roll-out shelves. Master w/ luxurious bath & walk-in closet, shower, garden tub. New roof (2012). Fenced bk yd.”

 
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On Friday, April 11, 2014, Realtors® from the Carolina Regional Realtor® Association gathered together to Participate in Realtor® Care Day. This annual event invites local agents to take a day off from the business and help those in need in the Charlotte area. It is an all-day, home-repair project to help those who have critical home maintenance needs. Each year over 500 Realtors® help to renovate or repair 25-30 homes in the greater Charlotte area. The repairs include things like exterior home repairs, and provides adaptive and safety modification for those in need. Participating homeowners are identified by regional Habitat for Humanity chapters, the City of Charlotte and other house partners. Since 2009 the CRRA has been sponsoring this event because they believe that considering today’s economic challenges, many homeowners are forced to choose between paying their mortgage payment and performing basic home repairs.

 

 

 

 

This year Helen Adams Realty was pleased to have 23 agents on site at one of the homes helping to better the community and its members.

 

Here’s a quote from our site Co-Captain, Curt Seifart:

“We at Helen Adams were delighted to lend a helping hand to this select homeowner. It’s a positive experience for everyone, including the Charlotte Realtors Association staff which pre-screens homeowners, orchestrates the entire Care Day, and provides excellent guidance to the Site Team Co-Captains, Joel Bennett and myself.  Likewise the homeowner – a retired Realtor himself – was wonderfully engaged with all the volunteers as we worked to help haul away clutter and debris that had accumulated beyind his capacity to deal with.  Every volunteer jumped into the task, finding ways to help!  By day’s end, much had been achieved and everyone involved left with a sense of not only accomplishment but also an inner glow from knowing they pitched in to help when called.”

 

We continue to be proud of our agents and their various support projects for the local community! Thanks for all you do.

 
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This beautiful Stonehaven home is one you don't want to miss out on. Click on the image above to view more photos and read more about this property.

MLS#: 2221628

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

 

“Beautifully updated home that is MOVE IN READY ! Newer vinyl windows, HVAC- 2012 ,Arch Shingle Roof -2011, Gorgeous Grey laminate flooring and fresh paint! Updated kitchen with glass horizontal back splash, tile floor, counter tops, lighting. Both full bathrooms have been completely updated. Fenced yard, screen porch. Walk to Sardis Swim and Racquet, McAlpine Greenway, Boyce Rd Park. Super Nice !”

 

Stonehaven School Information:
Elementary School:
Rama Road Elementary School
Middle School: McClintock Middle School
High School: East Mecklenburg High School

 

Stonehaven Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of new, active single-family homes in Stonehaven (on the market less than 10 days): 3
Average sales price for all homes in Stonehaven: $248,564

The number of closed sales in Stonehaven has increased over the last 12 months to 95.

The average sales price for homes in Stonehaven has increased over the last 12 months to $239,365.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Stonehaven has decreased to 101.

The months supply of inventory for homes in Stonehaven has decreased to 4.1 months.

 

For more information on this listing contact Sherrie Andrews. To learn more about Sherrie click here.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
April 16th, 2014  |  +Kristin Ellefson  |  Add a Comment

Rental and investment properties have gotten a lot of buzz in the past few years, with tons of people taking advantage of lower sales prices escorted in by the recession, but, have you ever wondered how you could  convert your current home into a rental property if you’re ready to upgrade or need to move suddenly for a job or other obligations? Rebecca Madej from Cunningham and Company Mortgage Bankers talks with us about all the steps to take if you’re ready to go from homeowner to landlord and purchase a new home at the same time.

 

I currently own a home but want convert it to a rental property and purchase a new home …what do I need to know?

The housing market and home values are certainly not what they used to be.  Many homeowners are finding themselves with a loan balance similar to or more than the current value.  What if you want to purchase another home and can’t afford to take a loss?  Renting your current home is a popular solution but there are factors to consider.

 


CONVENTIONAL

With a Conventional mortgage, you will need at least 30% equity in your existing property to factor in the rental income. In addition, you will need to document either two or six months existing and proposed payments set aside for reserves.  For example, if the home is worth $100,000 and you owe $80,000 (20% equity), both the existing and proposed payments are included in qualification calculations and you must document six months payment reserves.  If you owe $70,000 or less, you can count the rental income towards your current mortgage payment and only need to document 2 months reserves.

 


FHA

Another alternative is FHA since it doesn’t have the reserve requirement.    The simplest route is get qualified for your new home with both the mortgage payment for your existing home and the new home’s proposed payment.   If you need the rental income to qualify, FHA has two conditions where the 75% of the rental payments can be factored into your qualification.  If  you are relocating to an area “not within reasonable commuting distance” or you are purchasing in the same city as your existing property and have “sufficient equity” in the current home (25% or more), the rental income can be used to offset your existing property’s mortgage payment.

 


For both financing options, a fully executed lease agreement and proof the security deposit has been received is required.  Also, an appraisal or automated value opinion to prove the amount of equity in the home may be needed.

It is also advisable to discuss your plans with your tax professional.

 

Rebecca Madej- Cunningham & Company

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
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Connie is an agent in the Ballantyne Office, click on her photo to learn more about her.

Helen Adams Realty thanks Connie Lowry for her continued service to all of her clients. Her most recent clients were impressed with her patience, dedication, and willingness to help throughout the entire relocation process. Here’s what they had to say:


My family and I recently moved from Phoenix, AZ and were new to the Charlotte area. We weren’t familiar with the local community or the kinds of things to look for in a home that are unique to the southern lifestyle.

Our realtor, Connie Lowry, mentored us through the entire buying process.  On top of being very informative and well organized, she was easy to work with.  She basically asked us what was most important to us in buying a home and then delivered us options.  It was because of her that our home buying experience went without a hitch. She had our best interest every step of the way.

We love our new home and can’t imagine moving again.  But if we do…no doubt Connie will be the first person we’ll call to sell.

Congratulations to Connie on this wonderful review, we’re so proud to have you represent Helen Adams Realty!

 
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MLS#: 2221319
3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

 

“Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 and a half bathroom ranch style home with large floor plan, located on approximately a 1 acre lot. This home has all of the amenities that your buyer could dream of and was on the Mint Museum Garden Tour in 2012. Chef’s kitchen with AGA stove, granite, hardwoods, custom moldings, pool and so much more!”

 

Tuckaway Park School Information:
Elementary School:
Beverly Woods Elementary School
Middle School: Carmel Middle School
High School: South Mecklenburg High School

 

Tuckaway Park Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Tuckaway Park: 3
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Tuckaway Park: $1,714,667

There have been 2 closings in Tuckaway Park over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for the last 12 months in Tuckaway Park is $1,215,000

The average number of days on the market for homes in Tuckaway park is 397.

There is currently a 3.6 month supply of inventory for homes in Tuckaway Park.

 

For more information on this listing contact Jerry Smith.

 

 
Kristin Ellefson
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Done with spring cleaning? Well, now that your house is spic and span, maybe you’re ready to get to work on some new projects or updates, OR since the house is so clean, maybe now you’re ready to focus on that awesome outdoor entertaining space and get ready for summer. If you need some inspiration, check out the Better Living Home & Garden Show at the Cabarrus Arena NEXT weekend (April 25-27)! There will be over 150 exhibitors there from independent consultants, to home contractors, lawn maintenance companies, home decor experts, building supply dealers, and more! You definitely don’t want to miss out on the perfect one-stop-shop for planning all your home projects! You can see the full list of exhibitors here. You can also attend a series of seminars throughout the weekend on a variety of different topics, see the schedule here.

 

 

 

 

The Home & Garden show begins at 12pm on Friday April 25th. The admission cost is $5 with free parking at the Cabarrus Arena and kids 14 and under are admitted for free! The weekend schedule is as follows:

 

 

Friday, April 25: 12pm to 8pm

Saturday, April 26:  10am to 8pm

Sunday, April 27: 11am to 6pm

 

 

Make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see all these home and garden experts in one location! Visit the Better Living Home & Garden Show website for more information on the event, vendors, tickets, and more!

 

 
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Don't miss this house located in Ardrey! click on the image above to view more photos and read more about this home.

MLS#: 2220968
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

 

“Gorgeous Charleston style home in desirable Ardrey on quiet street! Gazebo front porch, spacious screened rear porch & fenced yard. Tons of moldings, 10ft ceilings on main, 9ft up & plantation shutters. Gourmet kitchen w/ large island, granite, ss, hdwd flrs. Master down, upper has large 4th bdrm, bath & bonus. Sealed crawl, lawn maintenance incl in HOA dues. Huge loft storage in garage!”

 

Ardrey School Information:
Elementary School
:  Elon Elementary School
Middle School: Community House Middle School
High School: Ardrey Kell High School

 

Ardrey Real Estate Market Statistics:
Number of active single-family listings in Ardrey: 9
Average listing price for all active single-family listings in Ardrey: $485,578

The number of closed sales in Ardrey has increased to 31 over the last 12 months.

The average sales price for homes in Ardrey has increased to $461,448

The number of days on the market has decreased to 81 for homes in Ardrey

The months supply of inventory for homes in Ardrey has decreased to 1.3 months.

 

For more information on this listing contact Tara Neperud. To learn more about Tara click here.

 

 
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Whether you just bought your home, you’re trying to sell, or you’re just ready for a change, picking paint colors can really be a challenge. The wall color can make a huge difference in a space, but not all colors work in all spaces, and just because a color was perfect at your friend’s house or in a magazine, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for your space. Lighting is different, wall heights are different, decor and theme are different, a lot of things go into making your color selection work. So, what is a homeowner in search of a new color to do? Do your due diligence of course! Here are 5 Tips that you can use to help you make the best color choices for your home.

 

Inspiration for your space is key, with sites like Pinterest and apps like Behr ColorSmart® there are so many resources at your fingertips to help you plan out your space. Though we say you shouldn’t pick colors based on spaces you have seen online, or in person, having inspiration can help you find a color family or an overall vibe for your room, or your home. It’s also a great idea to search home decor or DIY blogs as a resource, these sites typically have a lot of tips on matching up colors or creating a look in a room from selecting colors and furniture pieces to adding just the right accents. They also tend to have tons of great idea resources and mood boards you can check out to help you get inspired!  Once you have tackled this portion of the selection process and you know what direction you’re headed, then it’s time to start collecting samples!

 

 

 

Now that you’re feeling inspired, it’s time to get it all coordinated. Whether you are doing one room in your home or EVERY room, remember as you’re selecting colors that you want the color schemes to coordinate, so if you selected warm rich tones for the communal living areas, you’ll probably want to keep with the same theme for the bedrooms and bathrooms. Doing this helps to give the home a unified feel. It also helps to keep things a little more neutral. While you do want your home to have a little personality and pizzaz, its also good to remember that neutral sells!! Neutrals also allow your home furnishings to shine in your space, as opposed to taking away from them with bright bold colors. If you want to bring in pops of color and bold statement pieces, remember this as you are choosing your accents.
Once you have picked a color family, or a few to work with, head to your local hardware store and collect swatches! It’s important to remember that colors tend to have different hues with different undertones, so you want to pick up as many swatches as you can in the same family. A tip for selecting the colors: collect a variety of swatches from light to dark to make sure you cover all your bases. You really can’t have TOO many choices when you’re just starting out. Once you have all your swatches you need to make sure they work in your space. The first trick, if you’re not doing a total makeover in the space, is to weed out all the colors that dont work with your current furnishings, or if you’ve selected new furnishings make sure the new color works with those as well! You don’t want to get the color on the wall only to find out it clashes with everything else!

 

 

 

Finally, while it may seem tedious, and a bit unsightly, you need to purchase some samples of your final choices and get them up on the wall for a few days before you make a choice. Make sure you paint the swatches all in the same vicinity of the room so that they get the same types of light throughout the day and you can see and compare them all at once. This will help you help you in a few different ways. 1. It allows you to see a larger area of the color than a small paint swatch. 2. Some paints tend to dry lighter or darker on the wall, so you can see how the color will actually look in your home. On that same note, you will be able to see how the lighting in the room, or natural light from outside may change the color throughout the day. 4. And finally, it lets you see if you actually LIKE it and can live with it, which might be one of the biggest deciding factors!

 

Once you have narrowed it down to the final selection, it’s time to grab a roller and get to work. Hopefully these tips will take your home from drab to fab in no time!

 

 
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