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From Drab to Fab, Re-Designed to Stay

Monday, February 3, 2020
Debbi DiMaggio

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Selling homes is what I do, love to do, and have done for over 30 years, and what has transpired by default, if you will, is become pretty good at design.  Each year we bring about 20 homes to market, and in doing so I provide a complimentary service to each of our clients, I call them mini makeovers, some, not so mini, they can be fairly significant.

Renovating a home is one of the many aspects of the home selling process I love most.  I am now offering my clients and you, my newest service, Designed To Stay, rather than Designed To Sell.  Here is what my team and I can do for future clients interested in maximizing the enjoyment of their home.

Below this home had carpet, black painted wood hand railings, carpet, a granite fireplace and green walls. The BEFORE photo shows Phase 1. carpet, white railings and neutral walls, and the granite removed. AFTER: In order to create a more open loft like environment the railings were removed to open up the room, the room painted bright white and bleached white hardwood floors installed. What you can’t see is that the walls were not flat, they had that ugly sprayed on texture representative of a bad apartment. It took two crews, the first crew did not do a great job of removing the texture, so crew two had to come in and continue the sanding until the walls were truly flat. I must say it makes a huge difference.

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What I do:

Planning I begin with a walk through, assessing the property and home with a keen eye. What I scrutinize: curb appeal, gardens, walkways, light fixtures, paint, floors, carpet, appliances, hardware, rooms and bathrooms, fireplace, electrical, furnace, the basement and, finally, the foundation. I inquire about systems you cannot easily see like the roof and the sewer. I take it all in, commit to memory, and visualize a plan. Window washing, a detailed cleaning and staging are the finishing touches after we complete the mini, or not so mini, makeover.

Paint, I can’t say enough about paint.

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Removing window coverings is usually one of the first things we do. And paint, wow, paint goes a long way to beautifying an indoor space as it does the exterior.

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Choosing fabulous light fixtures is another inexpensive touch. Of course it can me expensive, depending on your pocket book.

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Preparation Whether we are working on the transformation together, or should you decide to do it on your own, obtaining bids is the next step. I have a team of amazing service providers who will meet with me at a moment’s notice, so I am able to line up everyone over a one or two-day period in order to obtain our estimates. Upon receiving the bids, I then sit down with my client and review … We discuss budget and how much, if all, of the recommendations we implement. Then we prioritize, together.

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Transformation A commitment from the homeowner and attention to detail is critical as there is much work involved. The client must be available to approve or disapprove of choices. I will project manage and offer choices. Ideally I do that up front so we can make the transition quick and seamless since most often our re design clients will be living in their homes. ( A timely vacation is always an ideal option during this time. ) I have many wonderful service provider partners who will work with me to create an environment you will want to say, “instead of going out for drinks, come over to my house.”
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I love the process and even more so the results. From “Lived In” to “Staged to Stay”, the transformation is exciting each and every time.

So, from LIVED IN to Staged To Stay, or Lived In to Staged to Sell, give me a call. I look forward to creating an environment so wonderful you’ll fall in love with your home all over again.

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XOXO Debbi

PS. So where will you vacation?

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Designed to Stay

Sunday, February 3, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

For every home we bring to market there is work to be done. It might simply be painting and staging, or  it could be a number of things including painting and staging…… from replacing counter tops, refinishing hardwood floors, changing out hardware, updating lighting and landscaping the front, side and back garden. In this case I updated a home for our clients to stay with the intention that one day they would sell and wanted it to be ready for market but in the meantime they could enjoy. At the time our clients were living abroad in the Middle East, and knowing they would soon return to live in their home, I was very nervous they wouldn’t like it. But thankfully it all worked out and they loved it.

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It was back in 2016 when I first started using gold fixtures. Choosing the counters and back splash was harder than it looks. My intern Max went to a number of stores all around the Bay Area to bring back samples in various sizes and color variations while I was in Mexico. Every day while I was away we had Facetime meetings. A self proclaimed control freak I had to see what was going on. When I am in town I go 3x a day to check on the workers and the progress. Thank you MAX!

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Details Make the Difference.

Long check lists and punch lists, a google share doc, costs and expenses, a timeline and options, so many options. This remodel took about 2 months, full time. We updated 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, refinished the hardwood floors, painted every room, cleaned out the basement ( painted the garage and basement ) and changed out every light fixture. In a single bathroom there are so many choices and sizing has to be just right. From choosing a single toilet… there are many to choose from.. I usually opt for TOTO. Light fixtures, mirrors, cabinet pulls, faucets, tile and flooring all have to be chosen. And what size and shape of the tile are you going to use. And is the floor tile in the bathroom going to be the same as the shower tile? Choices choices. My suggestion is to start with a very long list. Keep it in a Google Sheets, then start sourcing and saving on Pinterest. You can see my many ideas at www.pinterest.com/debbidimaggio — Happy Pinning!

Sources: Lighting Sources: West Elm, Lamps Plus, Home Depot. For other recommendations reach out DebbiDiMaggio@gmail.com 510.414.6777

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where do you find inspiration?

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Debbi DiMaggio

Inspiration is:

Watching an actor on stage. I’m in awe every time I watch a movie or see a play. It was opening night, the play, Distracted, at the Piedmont Center for the Arts and once again I was reminded of my eternally unanswered question – How do actors remember all of their lines and deliver them so seamlessly? Even more difficult I could only imagine, when the actor is required to play different characters in a single play, transforming themselves from one accent and attitude to another like the flip of a switch. To me that’s truly incredible. Almost like magic.   [Read More..]

what’s hot in home design // inspired by fashion and art

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Debbi DiMaggio

Thank you to Michael Friedes Design for an inspiring presentation!

A quick recap of what I heard that day. Love it!  As did our HIGHLAND PARTNERS agents.

 

What’s in Style:

The 70’s era has made its way back in home design today.

Hot Colors Now:  Orange and Purple

Purple Purple Purple

Purple In Nature: Lavender

Pop of Purple In Fashion

Variations of Purple

 

Gray is the New Beige

The Look:  Simple, Clean, Fresh

 

Highlights:

  • Eco Chic
  • Recover old pieces you inherited or purchased at a thrift shop or flea market Reclaim, refinish or distress oak wood furniture  ( believe it or not , oak is back! )
  • Lots of Texture
  • Pop of color mixed with neutrals
  • Gray is the new beige
  • Hot colors – orange and purple
  • Hang Art, Gallery Style
  • Restoration Hardware
  • 70’s Look and Style

 

Combine a recovered, re-purposed chair with a brightly colored, textured print in a room with neutral accents and wall color.

Start with your favorite color and print, as captured in the photograph below…..then repeat it in your favorite couch or chair.

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Texture on the Walls
Texture on a Sofa, Chair or Ottoman
Nail-heads or Tufted
Texture is
What’s Hot Now!

Texture

Fabulous Robin’s Egg Blue, Faux Leather Door Detailing with Nail-heads

Contrast

Black and White with Natural Floor Coverings

Pop of Color

Accessorize your space with colorful Flowers, Lamps or other Accessories

 

What’s Hip in Kitchen Design

It’s back and never seems to go out of style. (I love it and never tire of that look.)

Carrera marble counter-tops mixed with dark wood cabinets, glass back splash or subway tiles and polished chrome.  …contrast of light and dark.

Color Meanings

Blue is a color we all need in our life.  Paint your bedroom or office blue… read why.

Blue is serene and tranquil, the color of peace and contentment. Thanks to its calming effects, blue is the color choice for many hospital nurseries, and studies show that when sitting in a blue room, most people report feeling quiet and settled. If blue is your favorite color, you love harmony, are capable, reliable and sensitive and always make an effort to think of others. Blue is often the chosen color by one that is generally more conservative in nature. (Reprinted from Michael’s handout.)

Relax and Renew with Blue
Deep navy walls, white furniture and white detailing…Clean, Fresh and Relaxing
Eco Chic – Natural Elements with Neutral Tones

From the Earth

 
and finally….
Wallpaper is Back
Patterns, Murals or Theme – Make Small Spaces Interesting with Wallpaper
There is so much more!!
Ask Michael to send you the color meaning print out or call Michael for a consultation for your home or office. www.mf-da.com
XOXO!
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