Exceptionally rare find in Ankeny - a nature's retreat! Loved every second of walking through this thoughtfully designed home. So unique and beautiful. I was asked to stage this gem last Spring and when I finally heard it was ready for me last month I could not wait to get my hands on it. All the dark furniture was not helping showcase the beautiful wood and stone work so I knew exactly what to do. Check out the before and afters!
It's been an crazy busy start to the year and it's about to get even more insane. Here's a look back at 25 properties I've staged all over the metro in the past 4 months. Moving furniture has been a total blast this winter and "spring". I'm looking forward to some medium warm weather days ahead. Thank you for all the business, Des Moines real estate world!
Stunning Mid-century modern infused walk-out ranch. This custom home built for Charles Gabus is sure to impress. All the bells and whistles were incorporated into this stunning home, including a built-in audio system, two fireplaces, a game room, 1st-floor laundry and a five-fixture master bathroom. Enjoy the large backyard with mature trees and a small fruit tree orchard. With so much space you'll be entertaining guests in no time in your extravagant living room while the kid can play for hours in the large rec room with access to the backyard. You won't find another gem on the market like this one!
Full listing here
Twenty seventeen has been quite the year. Thanks to new and repeat clients, I staged 52 homes (35 last year) all while being pregnant and being new to motherhood. It's been a wild ride thanks to Des Moines real estate. Can't wait to see what twenty eighteen brings!
Happy New Year to all!
Here's my top 17 of the year.
We decided to turn the smaller bedroom that was once my office into the nursery. When I brought the house in September of 2015, I discovered not one but two layers of wallpaper! One that you see here and the one beneath literally just plain white textured paper. My mom rented a deluxe steamer and bought a laundry detergent because this wallpaper would not come off. So much so that we were losing piece of the wall. After a couple days, the wallpaper was officially gone, dry wall needed to be replaced and my whole house smelled like Tide.
The next steps were to paint the walls, ceiling (it was literally brown) and trim. The first color I chose for my office was Iced Apricot SW 6352. We thought we could keep this color for the nursery but decided it was a little too dark once everything was placed. We ended up landing on Nearly Peach SW 6336. I'm a big rug fan so I found the rug I loved first then started shopping for supporting items based on rug.
Jenny Lind Crib - Buy Buy Baby; Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Rug - Spearmint Love; Glider - Amazon. Antique buffet - The Picker Knows; Baskets - CK Design Co; Elephant Hamper - Home Depot; Chandelier - Wayfair; Cat paintings - Ramona Muse.
When one of your main professional squeezes wants to show you some love on their blog <3. Thanks the feature, Homemakers Furniture!
Well the last seven months around the Miller/Lemmo home has been eventful to say the very least. Last Fall, when we found out I was pregnant we dove head first into home renovations. Luckily for me, Tony (my partner) is hybrid between Martha Stewart and Bob Villa. And luckily for him, I am really talented general contractor i.e. - picking out interior finishes, furniture and decor. Here's an overall view of everything that has been completed thus far in our 66 year old Waveland Woods home. Stay tuned for room by room details with progress photos and details of what was used and where we found it.
After photos by Doty Photo Company
I was contacted back in April by a homeowner who lived out of state but had a property in Johnston, Iowa. The homeowner worked hard to get the home market ready were talking - gallons of paint, lighting updates, stuff removal and a deep cleaning. I was contracted to stage the living room, kitchen, entry, dining room and master suite. I also advised on paint colors, lighting updates and kept her updated on the progress of the home over the 90 days it took to get the home market ready.
Hope you enjoy the before and afters!
What do you do with a giant classic colonial that has been on the market for over 90 days? I get asked this question a lot by realtors and/or homeowners. My first two questions are always "What feedback are you getting? And when can I see the home?"
This particular home has great bones, super spacious with a pretty open layout (for a home built in 1999) and has been freshly painted. It was struggling with cleanliness, left behind items and a massive feeling of unimpressive emptiness.
I offered to remove dated blue couches and items that no longer belonged in the home (when you see the photos you'll get it) and then stage the dining, living room, kitchen and master bedroom. Fingers crossed this home will now get the attention it deserves.
Listed with Jim Baehr, Iowa Realty. Full listing here
The renovation of this super-sized, South of Grand Tudor home began last Fall . This home has only had one other owner since 1927 which is super impressive nowadays. Fortunately, she had great bones but needed some major modernizing love. Five months later, we are pleased to put her back on the Des Moines' market.
As you will notice in the picture below the kitchen was the biggest overhaul. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a before demo photo but let's just say it was very sad and drab. We added a breakfast bar/serving area to bring in more natural light. Installed glass cabinetry and picked clean, bright finishes to make the previously closed and dark space feel more spacious and bright.
The rest of the house just needed gallons of paint, new flooring, lighting and a bunch of other stuff that was too boring/frustrating to document. This Tudor was a total labor of love and I can't wait til a lucky family gets to make it their home.
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The home is listed with Diane Todd Brown of Iowa Realty. Full listing here.