Peggy Farber, CRS, CIPS, TRC - oldCape Sotheby’s International Real Estate


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Giving your space a much-needed makeover doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. Whether you want to recreate the space for a party, prepare for a sale, or simply make an old room look new, here's a solution for you. Use these tips to completely transform your room in just a day.

Update the Paint

Real estate agents often say that nothing makes potential buyers drunk quicker than a fresh coat of paint. It's intoxicating the way new paint provides an instant makeover to any space. Not only does it scream newness, it also keeps your walls protected from moisture and can improve the air quality of your home. So, if you want to redo a room or an entire house, grab the paint brush and get busy.

Focus on Decorative Storage Spaces

There's no rule that storage shelves must be used for storage. Instead, use them as a decorative centerpiece by establishing a theme or motif and carrying that through with well-chosen colors, textures, and accent pieces. Have a lot of clutter that needs a home? Consider decorative woven baskets to keep magazines, accessories, toys, and more tucked away while looking naturally beautiful.

Purchase Rugs

In the time it takes to place a rug, you can have a completely new atmosphere in any indoor or outdoor space. Rugs allow you to bring texture, color, or patterns into a room without overwhelming it. They can also serve as a focal point when placed correctly, or as a backdrop when something more subtle is preferred.

Switch Out the Pillows

Similar to rugs, pillows can really make a room pop at a fairly inexpensive price point. Mix textures and patterns to create a depth and layering effect on beds, benches, and couches. To create a palette that stuns, consider adding splashes of texture with feathered pillows, tassels, or ribbing. You also may want to choose bold colors combined with neutrals to add dimension to an otherwise flat area.

Power Wash Outdoors

A complete update of a deck or driveway can be accomplished easily with a thorough power wash. Doing so can make a home feel brand new. If time allows, consider restaining any wood panels and adding furniture to a deck, or replacing worn down rockery along a driveway.

Replace the Lighting

How you physically feel in a space often comes down to the lighting. Update your space with a dramatic lighting fixture or simplify and unify a room by choosing a neutral fixture. Effective design is about pairing lighting levels with the tasks being completed in that space. Think of a brightly lit kitchen island instead of a lamp in your reading space.

If you'd like more home decorating tips or want help with an upcoming move, feel free to reach out!


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Have you always dreamed of having a beautiful stately headboard at the head of your bed? Do you have an old door and wonder just what you can do with it? If you answered yes to both of those questions, boy, do we have the perfect project for you. Using your old door and a few more supplies, you can make your dreams a reality, creating a gorgeous headboard in seven easy steps. Here’s how.

1. Grab All Your Supplies

Before you get started, gather your materials and tools to breeze through this project with ease. The materials you will need include:

  • Old door
  • 3-Inch crown molding
  • 1 – 5x73 oak board
  • 4 – 2x4 lumber
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Satin paint in your preferred color
  • 1 ½-Inch wood screws
  • 1 ½-Inch nails
  • 2 – 3-inch bolts and nuts
  • As for tools, you will need:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Cut-off saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Paintbrushes
  • Nail gun
  • Ratchet and socket set
  • With those items in hand, you can get started on creating the headboard of your dreams out of an old door.

    2. Remove the Old Hardware

    Use your screwdriver to remove all the old hardware on the door, including the hinges and doorknob. Either toss out the old hardware or put it to the side for another project.

    3. Give It Legs & a Frame

    Cut the 2x4s down to size with the cut-off saw, making them small enough to frame around three sides of the back edge. You will screw these pieces along the sides and top edge of the back of the door to extend it out enough to accommodate the mantle edge. Then, measure your bed to determine how long the legs need to be. Cut the rest of the 2x4s to that length and screw them to the bottom of the door.

    4. Dress It Up with Trim

    Take the oak board and cut it to the length of the door. Secure to the top edge of the door with your nail gun. Cut two pieces of the crown molding to the length of the door and secure them just under the oak board to create a cohesive mantle edge. Then, do the same for the sides, cutting a small piece of crown molding and securing it with the nail gun.  

    5. Sand & Paint

    While being careful to retain the edges of the molding and door details, sand everything down lightly to prep the area for paint. Then, use your brushes to paint the surface using your selected color. Allow the first coat to dry for at least four hours, then add a second. Allow the second coat to dry overnight before continuing with this project.

    6. Install on the Frame

    With the door painted, it is time to install it on the frame of your bed. You can do so by finding the height of the mounting point on your bedframe and measuring up the legs to mark that point. Then, use your drill to create holes large enough for your mounting hardware. Slide your hardware through the hole in the legs and the mounting plate, then tighten down with your ratchet and socket set.  

    7. Step Back & Admire

    Once you reach this step, all that is left to do is step back and admire your hard work. Your efforts have not only saved an old door from the landfill, but also allowed you to create the headboard of your dreams. And that is definitely something to be proud of.


    When it comes to painting inside your home, you might have to fight that inner voice that says "white, white, white" or just barely off-white when you visit the paint store. Or you might hear the voice of a television designer saying "go with that neutral gray, or beige, or greige, whatever that is. But if your soul seeks color and your heart skips a beat when you see reds, blues, greens, and even oranges, don't let fear of the voices hold you back.

    Paint is one of the few ways to individualize your home that (a) won’t break the bank and (2) can be covered up when necessary. So, if you’re drawn to bold colors, just go for it. Add some into your life. Here are five ways to creatively use paint to add color to your walls.

    • Accent wall. When you’re first starting out adding color to your home, it’s okay to take baby steps. One way is to choose a single wall on which to add a bold, deep, bright, or dark hue. While you may not have too many options, the best wall to choose is one that has architectural details that your color can highlight. That means, choose the wall with the arch, the French doors, the clerestory windows or that sit below the stair rail. 
    • Another accent wall to choose is the fireplace wall. Since most of the space likely has brick, tile or stone, paint the area above or to the sides of the fireplace as an accent.
    • Doors are another place to be bold. Of course, it's fashionable to have a bright splash of color on your front entry, but you can dress up the rest of your doors too, so give them some rich farmhouse red or deep aqua that makes your heart sing.
    • Cabinets or built-ins. Because shelving, doors, and other built-ins lend themselves to lovely semi-gloss or high-gloss paints, turning your set-in bookshelves, kitchen island cabinets, or bathroom vanity into a beautiful colorful display gives just the right juxtaposition to your white or light walls and ceiling.

    When preparing to paint in a more deeply saturated color family, start by bringing home sample sizes of the colors you love. Paint a swatch on the proposed wall (if you’re brave) or on a sheet of butcher paper and then hang it on that wall. Live with it for several days and observe the color in all light variations from early morning to late evening so that you know what the final result will be before you put it on the wall.

    If you’re renting and want a wall of your own to paint, and the house that goes with it, speak to your local real estate professional to get started on your home search now.


    Home renovations are becoming expensive, which is why many homeowners try to give it a shot themselves. While some repairs can be quite easy to do like swapping wood knobs with stainless ones, some require the service of a professional. Trying to do them yourself can put your home and life in danger. Even if you are a DIY enthusiast, some renovations are best left in the hands of professionals. Here are some home renovations that you should probably not attempt yourself:

    Electrical repairs

    Apart from replacing bulbs or changing a socket cover, anything more complicated is too dangerous and requires the services of a professional electrician. Electrical repairs like the wiring of a room is a no-go area because if you do not do it correctly, you can cause an electrical fire or even suffer an electrical shock. Hiring a professional electrician can be quite expensive, but when you consider what is at stake, it is the better option. 

    Most plumbing repairs

    Although many YouTube videos show you how to carry out necessary plumbing repairs at home, it is important to note that when done wrong, it is hazardous and will incur higher expenses to fix. As a homeowner, if you don't have the essential tools, you are likely to put the wrong pipe in the wrong place. Plumbing requires the services of professional but if you want to try DIY videos, be sure it is something elementary and do not hesitate to call a professional plumber at the first sign of issues. 

    Roof repair 

    "How hard can roof repair be?" is the first question many homeowners may ask when contemplating repairing a roof shingle themselves or calling for the services of a professional. As easy as it may seem, roof repair is unsafe and can result in injury or death when you fall off the roof in the process of any restoration. Apart from the dangers involved, you can end up with a leaky roof that is expensive to fix. Your roof is off-limits, except if you are clearing off debris with a broom. 

    Gas appliance repairs

    A regular home may have different kinds of appliances that run on gas. Your oven, clothes dryer, and water heater are just a few. When these appliances become faulty, it is advisable you call for the services of an expert rather than opening it up and trying to fix it yourself. It is simply too dangerous and could lead to gas poisoning or serious gas explosions.

    DIYs frequently lead to more damages and more expensive repairs by a professional. Do the right thing and call an expert whenever you notice anything wrong in your home.




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