Kitchen Sink Trends

I often come across maintenance issues in the kitchen that need repair or replacement.

When finding chipped, damaged or scratched sinks, my job is to make recommendations  to repair or replace the kitchen sinks.  Doing so, reduces the potential of price reductions, sometimes ranging between 5-7% of the sales price.

Kitchen sink trends state that stainless steel is out and non-traditional materials – copper, brass and integrated sinks are in.  Verify before purchasing a new sink what your market demands.

kitchen sink trends single basin

On the scene this year single basin sinks made it’s way as a kitchen sink trend, as a more functional option to the standard two-basin sink.

Homebuilders and trend-setters opt for antique copper or brass for a rustic farmhouse look.

Tip: minor remodels at a fraction of the cost, use current sink if in good repair and change the faucets to brass.

kitchen sink trends integrated concrete

Integrated sinks add continuity by using the same materials found on your countertop. The smooth, unified look and flexibility of materials, may include quartz, marble, and everything in between. No dips or crevices between the sink and the counter, with less room for dirt build up around the sink.

kitchen sink trends apron farmhouse

Quant farmhouse style calls for an apron front sink, the basin sit’s lower than the counter and the front protrudes off the cabinetry. The classic, functional style in porcelain, stainless or copper, makes for easy cleanup, because you can get closer to the sink.

The Cost vs. Value Report suggests that updated remodeling to the kitchen will reap you a good return on investment, when it comes time to sell your house.


How to Update the Bathroom To A Spa Like Retreat

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Learn how to update the bathroom to a spa like retreat, usng fresh, contemporary sytles and soft colors that provides a feeling that restores, rejuvenates, and heals spirits.

Knowing how to update the bathroom to a spa like retreat, may be as simpe as painting walls soft tints of off-white or light gray colors.  Painting with Benjamin Moore paint colors in:

Walls: Aura® Matte 522 in feather gray (2127-60) Trim: Aura Semi-Gloss 528 in wedding veil (2125-70), are calming colors in the bath.

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Trim: Aura Semi-Gloss 528 in wedding veil (2125-70), are calming colors in the bath.

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Home Improvements For Return on Investment


Getting the best bang for you buck is a must, when getting ready to sell and considering improvements for a higher return on investment and homebuyer appeal.

home improvements that really pay offThe Cost vs. Value Report is a good starting point.  Not all remodeling projects are not created equal, size and scope of project, quality of finishes and accessories dramatically affect the price.

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Home Staging A Comfortable Home


Nearly 70 percent of about 6,000 home owners surveyed by website Houzz said they’re happiest in rooms that are comfortable. When it comes to hooking a buyer, be mindful that your listings not only are stylish, but also show off some comfort too.

Following are some great ideas to home staging a comfortable home:


1. Nothing says “comfortable home” like the sight of soft warm light from, firelight, or lamps. Make sure you distribute lamps set invitingly on tables as most overhead lighting tends to be harsh.  For vacant property the use of lighting in home staging is imperative, buyers prefer open, light, bright spaces.  Make use of a staging professional to lease much needed lighting and or buy or borrow.

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How To Remove Mold and Mildew On Caulk – Cheap



Put yourself in the place of a typical home buyer or guest stepping into your bathroom. When you step into the bathroom for the first time, what catches your eye? If you’re like most people, it’s probably cleanliness and condition.

Yuk!  Is that mold and mildew on the caulk in the tub and around the base of the toilet? Instead of looking at the new bathroom fixtures, now you might be wondering what’s going on with the condition of the house in other areas you can’t see.

What’s worse, research shows you’re not likely to have a good impression. Studies confirm that mold and mildew on caulk makes a big impact on guest impressions.

So how can we use this information to protect  our bottom line and the first impressions of others when selling your hoouse? The answer lies in this recipe I found online to remove mold and mildew on caulk that gave perfect results.

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Paint Color – Home Staging


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Often when doing a home staging consultation in an owner occupied house that will be for sale on the market (not new construction), I reccommend to clients that they paint their walls.  Trust me, I don’t think that people like to paint. I almost always hear loud groans.  So, if the home seller is groaning when I recommend  a new paint color, you can bet your bottom dollar that so will potential home buyers, if they think they will have to paint when they move into their new home (I think that is the last thing they want to do after moving, right?).

When home staging, a new color may be recommended if:  the paint color needs to be updated, or the client has bold paint color and/or dark paint color that may not appeal to the broadest range of potential buyers.  Not mention should paint be needed due to dents, dings and holes.

For a home seller it can be overwhelming to select a paint color that will appeal to a broad range of potential buyers.  Following I will share top color trends that are being seen in today’s model homes as well as newly constructed homes.

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Introducing…Johanna Wells Home Staging Website

Hi, I’m Johanna Wells!  Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new blog! This is just an introductory post so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I decided to start a blog because I have a passion for Home Staging in which I have practiced for the last 10+ years (I am all about “home sweet home”).   My Blog will act as a Home Staging resource to questions about everything Home Staging, (art, color, furniture arrangement, tips, tricks and trends).

Over the next few months I plan to be writing and sharing posts about Home Staging, Tips, Tricks and Real Estate trends.  Posting on how to Home Stage for sale and Home Staging for the pure enjoyment of creating a welcoming place in which to live.

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