I’m still mourning the loss of my angel Pebbles daily. I can’t believe it’s already been 16 months without her. But, since she brought so much joy to the world, I want to celebrate the life I had with her! So, I’ve decided to participate in Giving Tuesday 2018!
What is Giving Tuesday?
“#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.” ~ givingtuesday.org
My Giving Tuesday 2018 offer will end on November 30, 2018 at 11:59pm Pacific. Please schedule your consultation prior to January 31, 2019. This offer makes a great gift for the dog or cat lover in your life, too. If purchased as a gift, I will provide a gift certificate and special thank you for the recipient. If you have questions, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
How do I sign up? What do I do next?
When you’re ready to move forward, please visit this page, and select the consultation you’d like to purchase. After that, you will need to fill out the questions and select your preferred consultation date/time. Payment is due in full and will be processed by Calendly and PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to purchase.
After you’ve paid and submitted your request, I will review, and be in touch with a questionnaire within 24 hours of purchase. Also, if you plan on gifting one of these consultations, I will also include a special thank you and gift certificate that you can print, and share with the recipient.
Thank you for your support in helping these organizations do what they do best for animals in this area, nation, and world!
As I’m sure you’ve realized by now, dogs and animals mean a lot to me and are a huge part of my world. If you haven’t already, click here to meet my personal herd! Because of that, I’m often asked about the groups or organizations that I recommend, so I’ve compiled a list for easy reference. This is a living post, meaning that I’ll continue to add and update, as often as I need to. This list includes local, national, and global organizations. And, without further ado, here are my top rescue organizations to support!
Rescue + Freedom Project (R+FP)
The R+FP is a US based non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing survivors of unique captivity and cruelty and telling their emotionally compelling stories to prompt social change and celebrate a #RescueLifestyle.
Since 2010 the charity has been freeing survivors from laboratory experiments, senior and special needs animals from shelters, and victims of horrific abuse from around the world.
No matter what the condition, the location, or the expense, the Rescue and Freedom Project stands at the ready to rescue, rehabilitate, and repeat.
My Thoughts on rescue + freedom project
Several years ago, my best friend brought this organization to my radar. We had our first beagle, and I was learning about the horrors associated with beagles and testing laboratories. Since learning about Rescue + Freedom Project, I have made it a mission to educate my friends and family, and make choices every day to support cruelty free products and companies. Much of my education has come from this organization, and I applaud their efforts and am proud to watch them grow on a global scale.
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF)
The LDCRF helps homeless pets find their way into loving homes through rescue and adoption.
We offer same-day adoptions and two-week trial periods.
ALL pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
Over 30,000 lives saved since 2001.
My Thoughts on LDCRF
This organization has a huge place in my heart because two of our herd came from them. The first adoption was Pebbles, July 2012. And then a few years later, Maggie 2. They have a huge following in the area, too, and it’s obvious why. Our family highly recommends this organization!
Fun fact, before I adopted Pebbles, I purchased a tee shirt as a fundraiser for this group. I didn’t even realize it had been for LDCRF until several years later when I was cleaning out my closet. That shirt is still proudly hanging in my closet today!
Dog World Rescue (DWR)
We are a “dog-centric” all volunteer rescue organization that provides pet adoption in VA, MD & DC.
My Thoughts on DWR
While none of our pups came from this organization, we strongly feel that Pebbles brought DWR into our life for good reason. During late spring, they had a beagle that looked and acted so much like Pebbles. We met her and unfortunately she wasn’t a good fit for the house or herd, but by the end of the summer she did find her forever home with her foster family. When DWR says they care about their animals, they truly mean it. We met the organization’s leader during that meet up, and I was beyond impressed by her. I’ve stayed following her and the rescue ever since then, and I can see how much she loves and cares for every single dog and family she brings together. I’m definitely glad Pebbles brought DWR to our attention!
Make sure to check in on this blog post occasionally to see if we’ve added any additional organizations! And if you’ve got a dog and/or cat rescue or organization you’d like us to be aware of, let us know in the comments!
I’m so blessed and thankful to have had the opportunities and experiences this year that led to where I am now. It’s because of all of you that I get to share my love of dogs and design, and that they do actually belong together. 😉 Over the past year, I’ve developed even stronger friendships and relationships, which have also guided me here. And so, today, I’m celebrating all of you with this #shopsmall offer. Details below!
I know life is probably pretty hectic since we’ve officially started the holiday season of 2018. But, believe it or not, now is the perfect time to start thinking about those home improvement projects you’re considering for 2019. Whether you’re looking for advice and answers or planning to hire out design services, together we can set up a plan of action! By determining your goals and timelines, it’ll be much easier to decide what steps to make next.
Are you in need of some design or decorating advice? Are you DIYing and want to run some things by a pro? Or are you in need of clarification on where or how to begin your home improvement journey? If you answered yes to at least one of the above questions, then this #SHOPSMALL offer is PERFECT for you!
Plus, this offer makes a fantastic gift for your loved ones or friends! If you plan on gifting this consultation, I’ll send you a gift certificate with the offer details on how to schedule with me. Just let me know during the purchase and I’ll make the arrangements!
Step 1: When you’re ready to purchase, click this link to place your order. All payments will be processed through my scheduling service, Calendly and PayPal; you do not need an account to pay through PayPal. Although a booking date is required to move forward with this purchase, you will have the opportunity to reschedule, if needed. If this is going to be a gift, make sure to schedule the appointment AFTER you plan on gifting this to the recipient. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Step 2: I will contact you within 48 hours of purchase to confirm and welcome you to my client family. Please watch for this email, which will be sent from email@example.com with the subject “SBS 2018 Online Video Consultation”.
#shopsmall Offer details:
This offer ends Monday, November 26, 2018 @ 11:59pm Pacific time. Fee is non-refundable. Please be sure to pay the $222 consultation fee in full by Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Consultation must take place before January 31, 2019.
If you’re looking to sell your home or if your home is on the market, check out these home selling tips below. From the eyes of an interior designer!
I’m one of those people who loves to see what’s on the market regularly. Partly to get exposure to new neighborhoods and housing developments in the area. But, also to stay up to date on trends in the area, especially among buyers and sellers.
It may seem like an odd thing for an interior designer to care about, but what I’m looking at is what attracts buyers and what motivates sellers. Because at the end of the day, if you’re updating your home at any point of home ownership, you want to be sure you’re spending money wisely. Not just for your benefit right now, but for resale in the future. I value my clients’ time and money, and I want to make sure anything I suggest will benefit them right now and when they are ready to sell.
Here are a few of my top tips when listing your house. Things that I regularly see and can often pinpoint why a home isn’t selling. Price plays a factor, of course, but ensuring that you have buyers actually wanting to tour your home is another piece of the puzzle.
Let in natural light
I get it. We all want privacy. We all like to keep our nosey dogs from yelling at the neighborhood dogs walking near(ish) to the house. (Maybe just me?). But one of the biggest turn offs for buyers is seeing a dark and depressing space. If you do nothing else during picture day and showing appointments, make sure your windows are open and letting the light and view in! Humans naturally crave to see nature, as mentioned here. Open windows with a view are an easy way to showcase this in your home.
Get professional pictures taken
We all know that first impression is a huge deal when selling yourself for a job, meeting new people, etc. And it is just as critical for your home, too! Think about it from the buyers side. If or when you’re looking at homes, which ones do you gravitate toward and which ones stand out? It’s usually the ones with better photography. Make sure your realtor understands the importance of good photography. It doesn’t matter if your home is magazine ready, if your pictures aren’t a good first impression, it’ll just get skipped over and forgotten.
Decor and personalization
I am absolutely not telling you to hide who you are in your own home. But, I will tell you to bring it down a level or two. Too much personalization is overwhelming for buyers. And they often can’t overlook it. I don’t think you need to completely neutralize your home, just to sell it. But, I do believe simplifying is key. Your goal is to get a buyer to come in and envision living in the home. With their things. That doesn’t mean get rid of everything, and in fact I highly do not suggest you do that either. The key is to find the right balance of you still living there and allowing the buyer to feel right at home. Need assistance with this? I offer home selling consultations just for this type of thing!
Hire the right person or team
The absolute best thing you can do when selling your home is finding the right person or team dedicated to selling your home. Meet with them. Make sure they have similar belief systems as you and that they see you as a client and person, and not dollar signs. Will they maintain a relationship with you outside of this sale? Do they truly care about you and your family? It makes a huge difference to know someone has YOUR back on a professional level.
If you’re in the Northern Virginia area, I highly recommend the Ron & Kelli Team. And while I should add that Kelli is my mom, I strongly believe in the dedication and passion that this team has for real estate and their clients. It’s not just a job or career, it’s their life. They eat, breathe, and sleep real estate. I have watched them build friendships and strong bonds with their clients over the years. They’ve been invited to numerous parties, weddings, and so much more. To work with them, you become family.
it’s ok to ask for outside help
Getting ready to sell your home can be overwhelming. And it’s absolutely ok to look for professional help outside your real estate professional(s). Remember, you want your home to set the best first impression it can to those who are house hunting. Sometimes, it helps to have a neutral 3rd party come in and offer guidance. If your budget doesn’t have room for you to complete the renovation(s), you still have options. Technology today provides ways to show updates, without the hefty expense or extended timeline to complete the project. Instead, ideas can be shown to potential buyers digitally, and can show potential of what your home can become. Other options include virtual staging to show empty homes with ideal furniture and/or various suggestions on color schemes. Just make sure to clearly note that these are not actual images, but professional suggestions.
Final Thoughts for selling your home
Feeling stuck or want a neutral party to help get your home in top selling shape? Contact me for a home seller’s consultation. I promise, I won’t tell you to toss everything and start new. But, I will walk space to space, room to room with you, while discussing your budget and timeline. And then, I’ll figure out the best plan of action just for you!
Lighting is pretty important in our every day life. And while we consciously know when to turn it off or turn it on, there’s even more to consider than just what fixture to put where.
What are the 4 Types of Lighting?
Ideally, every room should layer natural and electric light. There are 4 types of lighting: ambient, accent, task, and daylight.
Ambient is your overall, wash of light. It helps to light an entire space, often with an equal level. Think of giving your space a nice comfortable and even glow. Ambient lighting is your recessed light fixtures.
Accent is exactly like it sounds; it highlights spots in the space or accentuates certain areas. An example could be recessed fixtures that are directional and highlight a specific item (art, wall details, focal point in a room, etc). Use this sparingly to give impact where you want the eye to go.
Task is another one that is exactly as it sounds: designed for a specific task. Desk fixtures, pendants in a kitchen, lighting in a classroom. All of these tasks require higher levels of lighting for it to be accomplished. They aren’t used at all times, but necessary when it is time to do the specific task.
Daylight can be both a positive and a negative in a space. Positive because it’s free and we respond well to it for our natural body needs, etc. Negative because of glare, heat impact, not being to able to predict it, etc. How a room is positioned in a home can also play a factor.
Electric vs natural light and color
Electric light and natural light can affect how color is seen in a space, which can contribute to how you feel in a space and if you even feel comfortable. The type of light bulbs (called lamps) used can affect color, light output, even physical effects to the body. There are a number of factors involved in regards to the various types (incandescent, LED, fluorescent to name a few) of electric light bulbs/lamping available including light output amount, color temperature (color of the light on a scale of warmer or cooler light — think of flames in a fire), life of lamp/bulb, etc.
Lamping (light bulbs) are now sold with information on their boxes that many purchasers don’t realize is even there. Each box will tell you the color temperature in Kelvin degrees. The kelvin temperature range is from 2700K to 6500K. The higher the number, the hotter and bluer the light. The lower the number, the cooler and warmer/more yellow the light. My experience has shown that the ideal color temperature is 3000-3500K. It is a crisper, whiter light and color reads truer in this range.
So, how do you know if your light situation is ideal or needs improvement? Evaluate it using these techniques and questions:
• How do you feel about the quality of lighting during the day? What about during the evening? How do you feel about the quality of light at night?
• What are the sources of light in the space?
• Are your sources of light giving you the layered lighting levels to provide ambient (overall), accent (highlight), task (enough light to accomplish a task), and daylight? If yes, great, move to next question! If no, what’s missing? What could be added?
lighting EVALUATION: color
• Do the colors you have in your space read the same in natural daylight as in electric light? If yes, great, move to the next question! If no, does the color appear muddier? Does the light itself appear to have a yellow or blue tone to it? If it is muddy, chances are the color temperature is the issue. Ideally, you should have light that reads more white than yellow or blue. This helps colors in your space to read true to their actual color. Try to ensure your lamps/bulbs are in the 3000-3500K range. Lamping (light bulbs) are now sold with information on their boxes that many purchasers don’t realize is even there.
lighting evaluation: troubleshoot
• Do you hear buzzing or see flickering in your lamps/bulbs? Does it take time for your light to warm up/get to the full output? If yes, you’re probably using fluorescents or compact fluorescents. And, over time, these fixtures start to decrease the light output. I personally do not like these and would suggest you consider switching to LED versions instead.
• Do you have a dimmer switch, but it doesn’t seem to work with your fixture? This is something you should get checked out by an electrician. It could be a faulty switch, it could be a disconnect between the type of dimmer installed, or even something more complex.
• How about natural daylight? Does the sun shine into the space and disrupt the viewing of a screen? Or is it making the room hot when full sun is hitting that portion of the home? Consider window treatments: shades, black out curtains, window films, etc. to help control the temporary effects to the space.
Still not sure about your space or feel like you need more assistance? Contact me to set up a lighting consultation and let’s get that lighting working for you and your space!!