Mixology - creating a more beautiful and functional space - the basics
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Myth: Don’t mix your woods
Katrina’s theory: Mix it up all you want. I included a picture of a cool grey driftwood flooring mixed with a warm golden toned buffet. The results are pleasing. Take a cue from nature on this one.
Myth: Wallpaper is a big style commitment
Katrina’s theory: Not true, adding wallpaper today can be very easy if you use the new products available that offer a peel and stick backing. You can change it as often as you like, without damage to your walls - and it is a low cost way to introduce a bit of trending style to your home with confidence.
Myth: Don’t mix styles or eras
Katrina’s theory: Done correctly, mixing is the best way to make your home a stand out. There is a skill to this, but try it anyway.
Myth: Take out older features to your home - they will take away from the home's value at time of sale.
Katrina’s theory: Half and half on this one. Each home is unique. I included a picture of a dining room that had a tired looking built-in shelving unit. With a bit of deconstruction and some new paint, I was able to make this a stylish and functional part of the space that added value. Don’t be in such a hurry to just tear things up and out. It could be just what you needed to make your style complete.
Myth: Whimsy is childish
Katina’s theory: True, but don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Adding just the right piece is key - too much will seem childish.
Myth: Don’t use furniture for what it is not intended
Katrina’s theory: I look at every piece I buy and ask myself, when I am tired of this piece can it offer me any other options of how to use it. I often use dressers for buffets, and night stands for storage in living rooms - just a few examples. Again, it is all about how you incorporate it. Be creative!
Myth: Furniture needs to live up against the walls - to create more space
Katrina’s theory - not true at all! Even in a small space I will use furniture to carve out areas. It needs a bit of thought, but liberate your furniture and explore your space. Sitting areas do not need to be connected - just fluid and inviting. While space is always a concern, remember that you can use larger pieces in smaller spaces - done correctly it can be very beautiful and actually feel larger.
On behalf of Steve Martin Homes Group,
Katrina Smith is owner/operator of Little Black Dress Home Staging in Sarasota County. She is also a licensed Florida Realtor with Steve Martin Homes Group and RE/MAX Platinum Realty. A home décor specialist from the Grosse Pointe Michigan area, Katrina has been professionally preparing and staging homes in and around Sarasota County since 2007. Katrina has also held a full cosmetology license since 1997.