Color Grouping

Just like the produce department or a farmers market, groupings of items or color can be very appealing! Look around. Whether in your closet or your kitchen, what could you group together that is all spread out? “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt  
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Categories: Decorating, Holiday Decorating, and Organizing.

February Blues?

February can be cold and grey and depressing. Perk up with a call to HauteMove! We can get the inside of your home looking sparkling! Whether its boxes that have been sitting there for years, a drawer that is just stuffed with junk, or a room that catches everything, we can help you feel like its a warm sunny day! Here is our contact form: http://www.hautemove.com/contact.cfm And our three locations and contact info: Virginia, Maryland & DC Contact Patti Beck 703.395.9686 patti@hautemove.com Greater Atlanta, GA Area Contact Piper Harris 404.395.4778 piper@hautemove.com Greater San Diego Area Mary Kate Carroll 703.283.4676 marykate@hautemove.com
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Categories: Decorating, Moving Tips, and Organizing.

Family Pictures

Sometimes its hard to know what to do with those family pictures, all in random frames, sitting on surfaces all around your house, collecting dust, falling over…. Sound familiar? Here is your solution: 1. Choose a blank wall, maybe the one going up your stairs or in your front hall or around your kitchen table. 2. Then take all of those pictures out of the frames you don’t like. 3. Place the pictures in an envelope and take them with you to Ikea! 4. Get one frame for each picture. You can choose from their color choices, go classic and
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Categories: Decorating.

Right Answer / Wrong Answer?

Sometimes we go along, using the tips and tricks that our moms, grandmas, sisters, or friends swore were the solutions to a clean or organized house. Did you ever stop to think that maybe its those very things that are making your house look messy?! Or maybe there are things that are merely habits and you’ve never realized that those habits create all sorts of messy problems for your home… We found some short tips, each with a picture, from HGTV (don’t you love it?!) that are really helpful and informative! Some are tips that we’ve shared with you before
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Categories: Decorating and Organizing.

Bathroom Beauty

Sometimes the bathroom is a utilitarian byway and nothing more. But, with these simple tricks, the bathroom too can have a pleasing beauty and organization to it! These things can also make it easier to clean. 1. Use wall space for towel hooks and the back of the door for a hanging organization unit. You can opt for either a cloth/plastic pockets one from a Target or Walmart OR a full wire mesh one from an organization store. This can alleviate counter space/under counter space AND provide easy access. 2. Get a tray! Some of your daily items are most
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Categories: Bathrooms, Cleaning, Decorating, and Organizing.

Recent Job: Kitchen Update on a Dime

Out recent client had a kitchen in dire need of an update but wanted to do it on a dime: no demolition, no huge replacement costs. After assessing the space, I think we came up with the perfect updates with the perfect price tag! Check out these awesome before and afters. Before: Outdated cabinets and wall color, uninteresting hardware, and lighting that could use some pizazz… After: We painted the cabinets, removed the glass doors, put all new hardware, painted the walls and added recessed lighting.
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Categories: Decorating and Kitchen and Bathroom Redesign.

Visual Tips of the Trade

Organizing is not just being neat and clean but also understanding the aesthetics of visual appeal. One of the tips of the trade for organizing is grouping objects. Often, people have collections or multiples of something and spread them around the house, thinking they are spreading the love or filling space. DON’T DO THAT! (Ok, there may be some exceptions but as a general rule, don’t.)   Instead, gather your collection or multiples and group them together in an area that can showcase the repetition and color blocking (repeating blocks of similar colors). This will be visually stimulating and show
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Categories: Decorating, Holiday Decorating, and Organizing.

Floor Renovations

Recently, HauteMove has been assisting with gorgeous hardwood floor renovations. We love to work with John Shaefer at Arlandria Floors. John and his contractors do an amazing job, produce fabulous floors, and are great to work with. Do you need work on your floors? We can help or you can email John directly (johns@arlandriafloors.com)… Just make sure you tell him Patti from HauteMove sent you and you’ll get a deal! Check out the floors from our recent job below. The first few pictures are from the midway point – new floors in but not yet completed:    And then the
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Categories: Decorating and Home Renovations.

Keeping Track of Birthdays

Check out this super cute and effective way to keep track of birthdays. Just add a link on to a month when you need to and you’ve got a cute piece of wall art too.   If you aren’t into making your own, there are lots of handmade ones at Etsy.com.  (click the link to see more!)   Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! – Dr. Suess 
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Categories: Decorating, Holiday Decorating, and Organizing.

“Hiding” Wall Eye Sores

If you have an awkwardly placed light switch or a thermostat right in the middle of the wall, there are some great options for “hiding” it without actually covering it up. Light switch or plug:  – Unscrew the plate and take it off the wall. Get a thin piece of fabric or thick piece of paper that has a pattern/picture that you like and use the light switch plate as a template. — See great instruction here: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/decorate/decoupage-light-switch-plates-tutorial/   Thermostat or light switch: – Collaging a number of framed pictures, drawings, or paintings is a fun way to hang your frames
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Categories: Decorating and Staging.