Laureen Espinoza

Edmonton, AB | 780-951-4938 | laureen.espinoza@century21.ca

 

If you are anything like me, your pets mean the world to you BUT the critters are really cramping your home decor style.

I have been dealing with my own personal litter box angst and was actually in the middle of designing what I hoped would be the perfect litter box. One that would be aesthetically pleasing but hide the unmentionables at the same time, when I came across this link. I have provided the link, and encourage you to scroll through the creative and unique designs!!! 

 

http://www.decoist.com/2014-02-06/modern-pet-furniture-ideas/

 

 

http://www.modernistcat.com/index.html#!/products/set

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I struggled for a year trying to decide what to do with my daughter’s graduation photos, okay there was some procrastination happening I will admit! But I wanted to do something a little different, and so in the end, I decided to create a wall collage.

I have found that with any art project if the main principles of design are included you cannot fail, these elements being: Colour, Balance, Texture, Line, and inclusion of a Focal Point.

 

1st Create your Colour story-My daughter’s grad colours were a dark Blue and so I decided to create my collage by using different pictures that contrasted in their saturation of the Blue hue as well as using the neighboring colour on the colour wheel, Purple (analogous colours) and to create some visual interest I used the juxtaposition of Light and Dark Values (White and Black).

2nd Balance of Space- Layout your frames and play with them until you feel as though the space is equally balanced. Not too heavy or too light in any one spot.

3rd Texture- choose a variety of frames with differing textures.

4th Line- Include wall scripts in order to play with and incorporate line, meaningful quotes are perfect.

5th Focal Point- This is the spot the eye is drawn to first. It is also okay to have more than one focal point; I tried to ensure that through my use of light and dark, the eye would travel from top left and down to bottom right. The eye then moves to the dark values, and this way all the pictures are seen.


Creativity is the SPICE of Life!

 

 

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Are you selling your house this winter and looking for a way to make your home's curb appeal standout above the competition?! Consider adding an eye catching winter planter to your stoop. Buyers are attracted to homes that are cared for, and have been well maintained. This project is easy, inexpensive, and beams "Pride of Ownership".

  • Step 1.  Pull out a summer planter, if you do not have one, you can pick one up at Home Depot, Bouclair Homes or I purchased mine at Crate&Barrel. 
  • Step 2. Fill Peat Pots with dirt (there are two in the pic because I made up two planters) add potting soil, then add Water to the dirt (the pine will last the whole season once frozen)
  • Step 3.Next you must bundle all your items together, I started with tall sticks (I took mine from an indoor display, I originallly bought them at JYSK) these add structure, next add two different types of pine (I bought mine at Earth Tones) and then add decorative items (I went to Walmart for my decorations) next secure all the items together at the base with an elastic. I used a thick hair tie and it worked prefectly! 
  • Step 3. Stick the bundle in your dirt mixture
  • Step 4. Add a bow.
  • Step 5. Place on your step.

IMPORTANT TIME SAVERS!!!

***Ensure that you complete this project on an easily cleaned surface or on a garbage bag. I would emphatically suggest that you use a  garbage bag. Once the project is completed, you have very little cleanup. Just envelop the mess with the bag, tie and toss. Lack of planning ahead with regards to clean up will result in dirt, mixed with sparkles, mixed with tree sap, all stuck to your floor, not good for anyone. :I       

***The pine bundles are bought with an elastic securing the bows at the bottom, as seen in picture on the right. DO NOT remove the elastic!!! I did, and it was a huge mistake :(. I thought I would be able to create a better display, if I played with it, intermixing the two pine varieties.WRONG! 

The pine falls naturally in different directions, and unfastening just created extra work and made the branches difficult to bundle.  To create the display seen on the left I used two bundles of pine varieties. I have found the softer varieties work really well for a natural and not too perfect looking design. Creativity is the SPICE of life! :D

 

Warm regards,

Laureen Espinoza, REALTOR®


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Repetition is a great way to draw the eye and complete a space. In the picture on the right, budget friendly plates/baskets purchased from Jysk, very effectively decorate the hall. They're warm brown colour is neutral and lends itself to almost any decor while adding texture to the wall.

On the left is another great way to create art through repetition. Co-ordinate fabric with your homes colour scheme, and then simply mount the fabric in black frames with a white matting. Always group pieces in sets of two, three or four, once again, the eye responds to repetition.

When in search of fabric, I like to go to IKEA. They have various pieces of fabric priced under $20.00, that are often already grouped into co-ordinating colour schemes.

These fabrics can than be used for throw pillows, lamp shade covers and in picture frames. This technique ties the colour scheme together throughout the home, and uses repetition to create harmony in the design.

 

 

Warm regards,

Laureen Espinoza, REALTOR®

 

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Designers follow some simple rules in order to decorate and balance space. Every room should have a focal point.Decorating tips In this room the large yellow painting pulls the eye creating the focal point.

 

Colours are coordinated utilizing the complimentary colour scheme yellow/red. Complimentary colours are neighbors on the colour wheel. Other examples of complimentary colours would be blue/green or green/yellow. White, Black and Grey are neutrals and can be used repetitiously throughout any room to maintain unity and balance.

 

Notice how Michaela has used white repetitively throughout the room. The eye bounces from the white in the painting to the white table, next to the white fireplace and last to the white china on the island. The red crab apples appear even more vibrant against the backdrop of its' complimentary counterpart and complete the visual journey so that the entire room is explored.

 

I use home staging in all of my homes and have found buyers respond favorably to these insider tricks. If anyone you know may be selling their home in the next 12 months and would be interested in receiving a copy of these home-staging tips, please invite them to contact me.  I would be happy to assist them.

 

Warm regards,

Laureen Espinoza, REALTOR®

 

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What if you knew that you could own your own home by putting little, if any, money down, reap all the tax advantages of home ownership and pay no more in mortgage payments than you are presently paying in rent?  

 

Renters are often intimidated by lenders, and are concerned that a less than stellar credit history will stand in their way of home ownership. While not all credit issues are able to be resolved, many are, and a mortgage broker can show you how. Mortgage brokers do not charge, and are an excellent source of information regarding mortgage options. Their job is to find their client a lender that will give them a mortgage at the lowest interest rate as well as provide options regarding loan consolidation, if necessary. 

 

Buyers are often unaware that when purchasing real estate the Seller pays the Buyer’s portion of the REALTOR® commission? That’s right, the seller takes this approach in order to market their home. I would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you and discuss how to make your dream of home ownership a reality. You will receive all the service and dedication of an agent at no cost to you.

 

Don’t let intimidation keep you locked into a life of monthly rental payments that will leave you with no equity; ultimately the only person you are helping to get ahead… is your landlord. 

 

Warm regards,

Laureen Espinoza, REALTOR®

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Spring is a great time to de-clutter your home and get rid of the excess things you no longer need. Now to get motivated!!!

  • Step 1. Always start with a cup of Java…ahhh Coffee, what would I ever accomplish without you. 

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  • Step 2. Take out those boxes you have left over from Christmas (you did save the boxes from Christmas right :P …if not get some from your local supermarket or Staples, they are very generous)
  • Step 3. Declutter, put all useable appliances and kitchen gadgetry that you have never and will never use into the boxes. Repeat this process going room to room. Go through your closets, any clothes not worn in the last year go into the box. As you go through the rooms in your house throw all unusable or broken items into green garbage bags.
  • Step 4. Go to Canadian Tire (I go to Canadian Tire but please feel free to go wherever you like to shop) and purchase hangers and whatever organizational boxes are required to get your space back on track. While you are at the store feel free to pick up a couple of extra items for your next stop.
  • Step 5. Women’s Shelter, I like to take toiletries and my gently worn clothing to the women’s shelter but please feel free to share your items with whomever you feel will benefit, but please, please, please, do not just throw everything in a landfill I promise you someone else will find a use for your items…Goodwill is usually my second choice.

Now all you have to do is re-organize !!! You may need a refill on that coffee...

 

Warm regards,

Laureen Espinoza, REALTOR®

 

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When you’re looking at homes, it’s easy to get caught up with the surface of the home. Consider the following tips the next time you’re viewing a home.

 

  • Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate so pay close attention to the age and quality of cupboards, benches, plumbing fittings and tiling.

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  • Check that windows and doors fit snugly and that there are no drafts coming in. This could be a big energy saver if windows and doors are fitted properly.
  • Check walls and ceilings for signs of water leaks. If you spot stains, bulges and other signs of water damage, it could mean there is a bigger problem underneath the surface.

Always remember to invest in a professional home inspection before you buy the home. A couple of hundred dollars now may save thousands down the road.

Give me a call and I’ll be happy to refer a trusted home inspector for your next home.

 

Warm regards,

Laureen Espinoza, REALTOR®

 

 

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Before you put your home on the market, make sure it looks its best to maximize your return. Take some time and consider the following tips to help you sell your home faster and for the right price!

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  1. Make sure your space smells like home! Open windows, light some candles, or bake cookies before showings. You can always cheat and buy pre-made cookiedough to save on time.
  2. Curb appeal. First impressions are very important so make sure the exterior of your home reflects the "look" that will attract interested buyers. Replacing the entry door is one of the highest returns  on investments that you can do to your home. 
  3. Add bright planters to your stoop, decorative pots should be added to the step during every season, not only the summer months. Spruce can be used in the winter, accented with a decorative red bow, this inexpensive touch will instantly brighten any homes appearance.
  4. Paint your home. Paint is an inexpensive way to freshen up both the interior and exterior of a home. Try to keep colors neutral.
  5. No time to paint? A new set of decortive throw pillows with with matching candles will brighten up your space in minutes.

I can help stage your home to maximize its selling potential. Give me a call today.

 

Warm regards,

Laureen Espinoza, REALTOR®

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