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Trusted Saskatoon Home Stagers Fresh Living Shares A Kitchen Staging Tip

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Moloney created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door..and she is a Trusted Saskatoon Interior Decorator and Home staging expert!


MAXIMUM EFFORT KITCHEN EDITION - Ways to open your kitchen for more convenience!


That confused, forlorn expression you see on a “before” victim in an infomercial, before some revolutionary product swoops in to save the day: it’s that expression we all wear when we’re in the middle of meal prep, and find that we’ve run completely out of room.

 

Sucks, doesn’t it?

 

We all have our essentials: coffee maker, sometimes vitamins, the toaster (I’m looking at my kitchen for inspiration with that one), but even still, the team at Fresh Living love to make your lives easier, and we may have just a few tips to help straighten out the most important room in your house! 


See this space to the left here, in the boxes? That’s underutilized kitchen space. We’ll call it “negative space” for now. This example shows a few kitchen cabinet-oriented zones, but many kitchens have something similar, where the counter intersects a wall, that’s it. Between the two images we’re using, hopefully, you can see for yourself where extra space can be made available!


These areas can be cleanly modified (more on the “clean” part later) – but what to add? Well, if you’re okay making a few holes, a blank wall (or a decorated one) can be made to look very sharp with industrial shelves. Just about every kitchen can benefit from a nice set of stainless steel shelves, and they’re great for those easy-to-move accessories.



This may not answer our questions regarding counter space, however – what if we need to work with what we’ve got, there are still plenty of solutions. If you   don’t need to use the stove-top right away,  you can use that as your cutting board   surface, and better yet, a couple of quick   cuts later, you can put a hole nearer to the   side of a wooden cutting board, put it over   the sink, and voila – the scraps can fall on   in there for the time being. One less thing to worry about!



Earlier one, we mentioned “clean attachments” – that would be Command Strips. You may think of these solely for hanging pictures, but the hooked variety can also be used to, say, organize measuring cups on the inside of a cupboard door, or hang a basket on the cupboard beneath the sink. There are endless ways to improve cupboard space.

Lastly, the shelves we’re given don’t always need to be the shelves we’re stuck with.  Consider applying shelf options: put shelves inside of shelves – beats the heck out of stacking those cans!


We hope this has provided you with some helpful insight, and hopefully some insights into tipping your kitchen in your favour! Stay fresh!

 

Fresh Living strives to create clean, positive, uplifting environments that you can enjoy and feel proud to live in. Fresh Living are TRUSTED SASKATOON INTERIOR DECORATORS &  HOME STAGER'S 




 

Trusted Saskatoon Home Stagers Fresh Living's Can’t Miss Staging Tip On Feature Walls

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Moloney created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. 

Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door..and she is a Trusted Saskatoon Interior Decorator and Home staging expert!


NOW FEATURING: FEATURE WALLS


While paint can be a fabulous way to dress up a whole room, why not let the paint dry on a feature wall for your home?

 

Feature walls are an amazing way to make statements about yourself, and the space you live in; they can be bold, and are never subtle! The feature wall is meant to draw the eye, and combine your furnishings with your personality. Below are some of the types you can choose from, including the pair below, from our own staging collection


We took inspiration from the two above to create “personalities” for these spaces using features that were already there; the fireplaces! In fact, if you have a fireplace with a mantel as well, you’re already halfway there. On the left, we see a carpet that matches the feel provided by the stonework of the fireplace, and on the right, an area rug is used to complement the mantelpiece, the surrounding cabinets, and the railings (back left; you may need to enlarge this one!). Both of these have other features that help create a centering wall; not just the fireplaces. On the left, we see a set of windows, and on the right, the cabinets and our little touches, like the symmetrical picture frames. It’s all meant to draw the eye.

 

More could be done, though, as we’ll see below:

 

 

 Paint is of course the primary element that feature walls are done with; usually, a lighter or contrasting colour is used to achieve the desired effect, but in some cases, texturizing (see above) can be done in order to work with a given texture that already exists in the room. This is a dramatic and usually well received effect.

 

As with fireplaces, textures can be applied to walls, as well; this earthly wall is lovely and dramatic, but tiling can also be used, in the right space.

 

Lastly, a few tips.


  • Wallpaper can be a great option for adding to a feature wall!
  • Rooms that are already “busy,” whether by home design, furnishing or size, likely don’t need much in the way of a feature wall; it can create an overwhelming effect. In the case of room size, small rooms are rarely suitable.
  • Choose the wall carefully; this is meant to draw the eye toward space it would already be drawn!
  • Consider using plants! Wall vines may be a bit of extra work on a rough-edged wall (the stone above comes to mind), but the overall effect can be magnificent!

Fresh Living strives to create clean, positive, uplifting environments that you can enjoy and feel proud to live in. Fresh Living are TRUSTED SASKATOON INTERIOR DECORATORS &  HOME STAGER'S 

 

The Cleaning Professionals at Fresh Living Say "Get Your Kids to Clean"!

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Hounjet, created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door! Fresh Living is a Trusted Saskatoon Cleaning Service & Trusted Saskatoon Interior decorators and staging professionals!


Get Your Kids to Help You Clean With Some Tips From Fresh Living!


If your house needs a hand and there are kids around, why not put them to work? They may not always enjoy helping tidy the home, but here are some ways to make it more fun for them and, by extension, less painful for you!



Setting the Process


The age of the child can be a slight trick to this, but all the same, having them enjoy the process is what helps. It can be frustrating to forget the tasks at hand, so a chalkboard checklist can make all the difference in the world! It may only be scratching item X or item Y off at a given time, but if there’s a set reward at the end… well, we’ll get there in a moment!


Keeping it Realistic


Remember that time you perfectly finger-painted Monet’s Water Lilies when you were six?

Probably because that’s not a thing kids do. Toddlers and young children aren’t known for their dexterity or situational awareness, that’s why watching them chase the ball around in soccer is often so darned cute!


Lower dexterity is why it might be a little difficult for the younger kids to make the bed, or neatly fold their laundry. Rather than applying the tykes to frustrating tasks, get them to work from their strengths: dogged determination and an abundance of energy (that you wish would shut down by 8pm most nights)!

Getting their dirty clothes into the laundry hamper, putting their shoes away nicely, putting toys and art supplies back where they belong, keeping the floors of common areas straightened up, having them use the vacuum, or pick weeds – there are plenty of tasks that kids are happy to do. Opportunities to contribute to the order and goodness of the household, and appropriate praise, are a staple. Speaking of which….



The Other "R-Word"


We’ve talked Realistic. It’s time to discuss “rewards.” Whether you believe in allowances or not, children like knowing there’s a carrot at the end of the race. Allowances work fine, but another consideration is an arbitrary “points” system. I mean, you were going to take them to see that new animated movie anyhow, right? That puts the tasks they do into their capable hands – if they want to go to the movie and they feel responsible for the actions they take to get to the movie, then obedience is second-nature behind what they chose to do.




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Saskatoon Cleaning Experts at Fresh Living Speak About the Psychology of Cleaning

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Hounjet, created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door! Fresh Living is a Trusted Saskatoon Cleaning Service & Trusted Saskatoon Interior decorators and staging professionals 


The Psychology of Clean

 



A full day’s work can leave many of us drained, and for those that are rife with energy, the plans following a day at the office usually involve a quick-change into something more comfortable and a quicker turnaround to get out for the next social. But the work bag stays put on the couch. The dish in the sink from a speedy meal the night before continues to soak. Perhaps you rushed out the door in the morning and didn’t have time to make the bed. How long have those pajama pants been in the corner?






It can be funny to think about, eliciting a self-inflicted eye roll, but items out of place, even minor clutter, can have consequences.


Neuroscience tells us that a cluttered workspace can have a direct, negative impact on the amount of work that gets done by pulling the brain in different directions, inhibiting both creativity and productivity. I should probably find a drawer for my multicoloured Post-Its, and I haven’t the faintest as to how the painter’s tape got out here.


New paragraph, less stuff on desk. I think it’s working!



Aside from focus, the mind can often parrot the state of the environment; that is to say, chaos in the home, even organized chaos, can have an impact on our focus and mindset.

 

The space we live in should be comfortable – the creature comfort of familiarity, even with a mess, can be the norm for some – but does that make it okay to do? Within reason, yes, but adding clutter to the environment can have a lasting effect by making it harder to relax through a created sense of guilt: “I need to clean this.” It can also produce anxiety, especially as the work needed to alleviate the situation grows larger and further beyond your control.


Organizational psychology has shown us that in most environments in our lives, even classrooms, orderliness becomes a metric for an individual’s enjoyment of the space.


So what’s the answer, then?

It starts with self-discipline. We all crave structure, but it can be hard after a long day to maintain that structure. Done with that tea mug? Put it in the dishwasher, or give it a quick rinse in the sink. Take the extra minute and make the bed in the morning. In fact, if a task takes less than 5 minutes, get it done – see if that doesn’t improve your day! Alas, the problem can sometimes come back to time. Maybe you get home at 5, and have dinner plans at 6. Maybe you just want to spend the weekend kicking back, after a stressful stint at the office. 



If You Don't Have Time to Clean Fresh Living is Here To Help


We get that time is money. The more time you get to spend in a positive, clean environment, the happier you often get to be. So, let us assist in providing that relief. Here’s what some of our clients have had to say:




Whether by the academics or word of mouth, the proof is there: a clean home is a happy home for your mind. When cleaning doesn’t fit into your schedule, we here at Fresh Living are more than up to the task!




Bow Homes Services Inc, a Trusted Saskatoon Painting Specialist Emphasizes the Importance of Written Communication!

Bow Home Services Inc. a Trusted Saskatoon painting expert consolidates painting services in house with their talented, professional and knowledgeable crew members! With more than 20 years of experience, Bow Home Services is a Trusted Saskatoon painting service you can depend on to provide beautiful results, seven days a week!

In this pro tips blog Bow Homes Services Inc. emphasizes the importance of getting things in writing. Many contractors will want to start jobs with verbal agreements which can often lead to miscommunication and unsatisfying results.The team at Bow Home Services Inc. operates using written or email contracts for any work they take on to ensure expectations are met on both ends.

This commitment to strengthen communication is why they are so fitting as a Saskatoon Trusted Partner. The Trusted goal and vision is to eliminate the unanswered questions or 'grey areas' when dealing with our partners. Written communication is crucial for turning these grey areas black and white! Written documentation allows Bow Homes to understand what is expected out of them without anything falling between the cracks during verbal communication! Bow Homes provides this assurance to make sure you get exactly what you want without any surprises!

If you're looking to update the appearance of your home or business, Bow Home Services are at your service, they are your Safe and Trusted Saskatoon Painting Contractors!


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