Mid-February and what a lovely sight in my garden! At the end of the fall season, I transplanted this shrub from a good location to an even better one. I love how the morning sun highlights the flowers and contrasts against the neighbours cedar hedge. This variety is Hamamelis x int. 'Jalena'.
Plant placement is important and when you can capitalize on a winter blooming shrub that is viewed from inside the house and welcomes you at the exterior entry way, it is a win-win.
Selecting plants for 4-seasons is always my objective for my landscape design clients. Book an onsite garden consult today to maximize your home's curb appeal. Contact Catherine
So what do you think: Witch Hazel - freaky or unique?
Many of my staging consults require some colour advice to help enhance a property's interior. Unless a home has been built in the last five years, changing wall colour creates one of the best R.O.I. (return on investment).
Here are a few examples where the previous colours reflected the earthy trend of golds and beiges. Using a brighter, fresher wall colour (Sherwin Williams SW#7028 Incredible White) has updated the home as existing elements like the flooring and cabinetry are still in perfect shape.
This lovely home sits on sunny Southeast slope of Cloverdale (Surrey) and has some amazing views! www.roykennedy.ca
Before: C. Kennedy After: Roy Kennedy & SeeVirtual360
Here are a few of my favourite photos from a recent trip to The Butchart Gardens near Victoria. The fall colour is amazing. It is their business to look good 365 days of the year and they do not disappoint!
This special house is going on the market this week in Aldergrove. Working with the home sellers and realtor we did a redesign staging consultation to prepare rooms for See Virtual 360 photography. Using the client's furniture and accessories, simple changes were made to enhance each room's focal point. P.S. you might recognize this house from a colour consult I did a few years ago!
More information about the house can be found at: http://www.seevirtual360.com/themes/50/flashTheme.aspx?listingID=31335#.VruSZo-cG70
Yes it has been a while since I have posted in my blog area...what a fantastic busy season! I have been to over 50 homes (and condos) doing Garden Consults for Art's Nursery, new home Colour Consulting as well as Landscape Design work AND Staging for my realtor husband. I think I am finally starting to catch my breath.
It has been a hot real estate market and when the homeowner has done the pre-staging homework they have seen quick results.
With the fall season in full swing right now, it is hard to keep up the well manicured appearance that is desirable when you are trying to sell your home. But a few simple tasks of leaf removal and deadheading perennials or annuals that are done for the season will still have your home standing head and shoulders above the rest. And right NOW is a great time to apply the composted bark mulch I mentioned in October's post.
OUTDOOR LIGHTING if you are selling your home you should know about 50% of viewings will take place in the evening so make sure the house numbers are easily seen in addition to having working fixtures at the entry.
ADD FINISHING TOUCHES like seasonal planters (especially fall and winter); new house numbers and a clean door mat for the front entry will create a memorable appearance for your home.And if there is room, styling the front porch with furniture or a sculpture is an exciting addition. (I am not thinking of Garden Gnomes as sculpture...)
ONE LAST THING please find a spot out of sight (and smell) for the garbage, recycling and yard waste bins. They are necessary but NOT your home's best feature.
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Starting with a beautiful property and clients with good taste in furniture, helped make this recent redesign project a success. The current homeowners were agreeable to doing the preparation work ahead of the redesign day which meant dealing with the all the stuff that accumulates with daily living. Relocating furniture and accessories to make this home photograph well will help the property attract potential purchasers. Want more information go to the realtor's website at: http://www.roykennedy.ca/Properties.php/Details/11/1-14877-60th-street-surrey-british-columbia
If your property looks sad and neglected, how will it inspire or attract a purchaser? Okay, people like me rub their hands in glee because they can see the potential and the end result. But if you can put some effort into the exterior it will give you one of the best returns on investment (ROI). And, regardless of the time of year, these simple tips will help you improve your home's Curb Appeal:
What a busy season! I conducted almost 30 Landscape Consults on behalf of Art's Nursery in Port Kells (Surrey)! Projects ranged from clients requiring landscape design for new properties under construction to renovation ideas for established gardens. It was great to meet so many homeowners who wanted to know what plants they had growing in their garden to what would grow best in their yards. Listening to what the homeowner desired for their yard and then supplying sketches and plant lists got them off to a good start for their projects.
This weekend is Art's Nursery Fall Fair and I will be helping host the Garden Services information table. Maybe I will see you there!