Tips My Dad Taught Me About the Home

happy father's day

The modern day mother and father now comes in various forms. No longer are fathers the traditional married breadwinner and disciplinarian in the family. My family is a product of the times, where my dad and mom wore many hats and often had overlapping roles. In honor of Father’s Day, here are a few tips my dad taught me about making a home that I am forever thankful for.

Tips My Dad Taught Me School Lunch

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School Lunches

As a child I was always jealous of the kids that got to buy lunch from the cafeteria. Looking back, I am extremely grateful I didn’t have to eat half defrosted chicken nuggets every day. Thank you, Dad. Yes, my dad made my siblings and I lunches every day for school because my mom worked early in the morning and that’s just how it worked out. What I remember the most about these lunches was the little notes he would put in them with loving and encouraging words. This continued into my high school years and if I could, I would have had my dad make me lunches in college. Judge if you want but you haven’t tried one of my dad’s PB & J’s. The best part was, Dad gives not one but two gummy snacks… and if Mom asked about them, the extra was to… “share with our friends”!

Tips my dad taught me- lawn mowing

Gardening

While most people hire gardeners to upkeep their landscape, my Dad to this day does it all. How my Dad keeps his lawn the greenest on block I will never know, but he did teach my brother and I how to push a lawn mower around. It was probably my least favorite summer, ever. Every two weeks my brother and I had the pleasure of taking turns on lawn duty. Looking back, I see my dad was trying to teach us discipline, hard work and responsibility around the house, all characteristics that I hope to instill in my kids someday.

tips my dad taught me comfortable furniture

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Comfortable Furniture

It is truly comical to go furniture shopping with my dad. Without fail, he always gravitates towards the biggest, brownest, most comfortable couch on the sale rack. I’m certainly not praising my dad’s eye for home decor, but rather appreciating his practical nature. If it was solely up to my Mom we would have been sitting on a designer couch that’s hard as bricks, and nothing is worse than that. With that in mind, my parents would meet somewhere in the middle between aesthetics and comfort. So thank you Dad for allowing me to come home from soccer practice and relax on a little slice of heaven after a long day.

Tips my dad taught me cleaning blinds

Clean Blinds and Widows

Now my dad wouldn’t want me to use the word obsession, but for lack of a better term, I’m going to. My dad is obsessed with cleaning windows and blinds. This wasn’t like a spring cleaning type thing, it was more like an every two weeks take off all the window screens and apply dusting spray to all of the blinds type of thing. Another one of my favorite pastimes growing up, window and blinds cleaning day! I can hear my dad now, “do you want to be sick from breathing in all that dust and all those germs? Get cleaning.”  On a serious note, thanks to my dad I now have a phobia of a cloud of dust blanketing my blinds. If you’re reading this and starting to taste the dust you’re breathing in from your blinds, check out 3 Day Blinds window treatment cleaning tips to put your mind and lungs at ease.

Tips my dad taught me- home with character

 Embrace a Home’s Character

One weekend my Mom was out of town and my brother and I were fairly young and spent the day painting on canvases outside on our driveway. When Dad went inside to watch the rest of the football game, my brother and I got creative and took the paint to the driveway. We then invited our neighbors over to join in on the fun and before we knew it looked like one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces covering the driveway. Accept our angels were depicted with dragons, leprechauns and unicorns, but same idea.

Amidst our creative paint session my father came out to check on us, I don’t recall his initial reaction but I distinctly remember him partaking in the painting activity. Needless to say when my Mom returned she was furious but my Dad somehow  was able to convince her that the art brought our house character. For one whole year I was able to brag about being the house on the street with the driveway adorned with angels and dragons. While this was an extreme incident of character in a home I think every home has a little bit of character that makes their house a home and I appreciate that my Dad embraced this.

These are just a few tips my father taught me growing up about homemaking that I will forever cherish. 3 Day Blinds wishes all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

DIY Drapery Disaster

To begin, I am a huge fan of DIY projects- from party decor ideas, to refurbishing old furniture- I love it all. That said, I have learned that regardless of your expertise, there are some projects that don’t fall under the “do it yourself” umbrella and should be left to the professionals. Draperies and curtains are at the top of that list.

I’m happy to say I didn’t have to find this out first hand, but it was still painful watching my mother run into disaster after disaster when attempting DIY curtains. Working for 3 Day Blinds you would think my mother would have listened to my advice as I cautioned her  that curtains and draperies are much harder to construct  then they look… But no, stubborn in nature and a born seamstress she decided to take on the DIY drapery challenge.

Drapery Design

Drapery Design

Off the bat my mother was stumped with the drapery design, she never knew there were so many ways to hang curtains on decorative hardware. She went back and forth between applying draperies by gathering the fabric directly across the rod but then questioned if attaching the fabric to rings would be more aesthetically pleasing. I explained to her that this happens to many people looking for window treatments, these are things you don’t initially think about. With the help of an expert Design Consultant from 3 Day Blinds they can help answer these questions.

Drapery Fabric

Drapery Fabric

The next speed bump my mother encountered occurred with a trip to the fabric store. Sure my mom knows a lot about fabrics- for clothing, and even upholstery. Naturally she thought she could identify fabrics appropriate for draperies and curtains. Wrong. It took about three months and several trips to the fabric store just to select the drapery fabric. With knowledgeable of fabric types even my mother didn’t know which fabrics would provide precise room lighting conditions, or how the fabrics would lay after being hung. Once again, I reminded her  that 3 Day Blinds Design Consultants are highly trained in products and without hesitation would be able to provide recommendations for draperies that would be both functional and attractive home décor.

Drapery Decor

Drapery Decor

Curtains and draperies are powerful decorative elements that can make or break the look of your space. The problem with DIY curtains is that you probably have a specific look in mind and more often than not it doesn’t always turn out the way you had envisioned. This happened to my mother. When selecting fabric for the draperies she wanted a light airy look and bought a bundle of cream sheer fabric. No offense to my mother but the fabric reminded me of the curtains I bought from Target for my college dorm. After purchasing the fabric, my mother held it against the windows as a visual and it was then she knew she had made a mistake. But as I said before, stubborn in nature and with several yards of purchased sheer fabric she decided to sew the draperies anyway.

Drapery Install

Drapery Install

In theory, installing draperies is easy as- one, two, three. Watching the drapery install unfold it’s more like… as easy as- one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven. As someone who assisted the install, trust me, it’s not easy. The saddest part of my mother’s DIY drapery project was that not even the cats liked the way they looked. Within 24 hours of being installed, the cats had seen the cream sheers flowing in the window and pounced on them, leaving a pile of fabric on the floor. Total DIY drapery disaster.

3 Day Blinds Draperies

3 Day Blinds Draperies 

Shortly after, I got the call. My mom had surrendered and wanted the help of the experts at 3 Day Blinds. I explained 3 Day Blinds in-home consultation process, the Design Consultant comes to your home, takes measurements, and walks you through the various styles and options that suit your decor preference and budget. My mother agreed that this is a totally stress free process and is happy to abandon any future DIY drapery projects.

If you want to avoid the headache of updating draperies or any kind of window treatment in your home schedule a free appointment with 3 Day Blinds and let the expert guide you to the perfect window treatment solution.

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme

The 3 Day Blinds and Sell This House: Extreme team head to Prairieville, LA to help Summer and Daniel transform their desperate home into desired real estate. From the odd layout, to the half- finished renovation projects, buyers are completely disinterested in purchasing Summer and Daniels home. Host, Tanya Memme is joined by designer Daniel Kucan and builder Charlie Frattini, who get to work making the house more spacious and more attractive to buyers.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Kitchen

3 Day Blinds Sell  | This House Extreme- Kitchen Before

With several unfinished projects in the kitchen, interested buyers were completely turned off by this space. One buyer commented on the horrible vinyl flooring and ugly paint combination, another pointed out the limited counter space and isolation from the rest of the house. The worst insult this kitchen received was that it looked like the “90′s threw up in here.”  The Sell This House team agreed with buyers, this kitchen needs a major makeover that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Kitchen

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme- Kitchen After

Builder Charlie Frattini, worked his magic and opened the space up by knocking down the wall and creating a bar. This not only allows for more counter space but also completely brightens the space up. It is a proven fact that buyers are more inclined to purchase homes that are well- lit. To achieve this, a 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant selected a Woven Wood Shade in Cod Alpine White that allows for plenty of natural sunlight to flow into the space. With fresh white cabinets, hard wood flooring and new stainless steel appliances, this kitchen is transformed into a attractive and functional space.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room Before

Dining is supposed to be a relaxing and social activity shared with friends and family, but no one is going to want to spend time eating in this space. The dated 90′s theme from the kitchen is pulled into the dining room area and paired with all the clutter, this space appears much smaller than it actually is.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room After

While this room didn’t suddenly grow larger, it certainly appears that it has. The color blocking in this room creates sharp horizontal and vertical lines that open this space up. Additionally, the muted purple walls make the gorgeous Soft Roman Shade in Andes Cement the focal piece of the space. To polish this rooms look off 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant, selected Draperies in Portofino White.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Wide Shot

3 Day Blinds |  Sell This House Extreme- Before

As if the layout of this space isn’t awkward enough with the funky floating wall, the color certainly tops it off. You might be confused as to why Summer and Daniel chose to replicate the home of superman, but don’t worry you’re not alone.  One buyer walked in and asked if “this is where the cookie monster lives?” Unfortunately, I don’t think even the cookie monster would subject himself to living in such conditions.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Wide Shot

3 Day Blinds |  Sell This House Extreme- After

Walking into this spaces, neither superman or the cookie monster come to mind and that in itself is a success. With Designer Daniel Kucan’s expertise this space is completely renovated into a open and attractive living area. I can’t get over how amazing the Soft Roman Shade in Andes Cement looks in the massive window in the dining area.

The Sell This House Extreme team and 3 Day Blinds team transformed Summer and Daniel’s home from a house suitable for fictional cartoon characters, to a functional and attractive home for potential buyers. Be sure to check out 3 Day Blinds on the next all new Sell This House: Extreme, Saturday, June 8th 10a/9C on A & E.

3 Day Blinds | Sell This House Extreme

The 3 Day Blinds and Sell This House: Extreme team head to Tucker, Georgia to help Joy and James and sell their house. With four growing children, Joy and James are desperate to sell their house and move on to a larger and more suitable space.

Sell This House Extreme- Kitchen Before

Sell This House Extreme: Kitchen- Before

There is nothing groovy about this 1970′s kitchen. Outdated cabinets, faux vinyl flooring, and ancient appliances, this kitchen is in definite need for a makeover.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- kitchen

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- kitchen 2

 Sell This House Extreme: Kitchen- After

The Sell This House Extreme and 3 Day Blinds team brought this kitchen into the 21st Century, with modern appliances, new cabinets, flooring and window treatments. 3 Day Blinds Design Consultant Helane Kramer wanted to play up the rich wood tone of the cabinets and selected Woven Wood Shades in Catania Sable, they provide the perfect balance of privacy and light filtering capabilities. The ugly, and outdated wallpaper was removed and replaced by cool gray tiles creating modern and sleek look that potential buyers are looking for.

 Sell This House Extreme- Living Room Before

Sell This House Extreme: Living Room- Before

When looking at this living room three things come to mind, beige, boring, and more beige. Homeowner Joy said she defaulted to painting the whole house the same shade of beige because she is scared of color. Designer Daniel Kucan was confident he could convince Joy to embrace color in home decor.

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Living Room

3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Living Room 2

Sell This House Extreme: Living Room- After

Daniel succeeded in helping Joy overcome her fear of color by showing her how to use color correctly. He used a dark teal on the wall and bright green accent colors. The fun green pillows were made from 3 Day Blinds fabric in Madagascar Lemongrass and complement the 3 Day Blinds Draperies in Addison Verdant. To continue to carry the rich wood theme from the kitchen into the living room, Design Consultant Helane Kramer chose the same Woven Wood Shades in Catania Sable.

Sell This House Extreme- Dining Room Before

Sell This House Extreme: Dining Room- Before

It’s not surprising Joy and James continued the boring beige wall color into their dining room. This formal dining room has just two major furniture pieces a table set with chairs, and china cabinet, and is dire need for some decor.

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Sell This House Extreme: Dining Room- After

Despite Joy’s fear of color Daniel insisted on bringing a splash of brick red to the walls of the dining room. This space utilizes the same furniture pieces with a few alterations, like the reupholstered chairs in 3 Day Blinds Fabric in Savannah Paprika. The previously bare windows are now dressed with Woven Woods Shades in Catania Sable and complemented by 3 Day Blinds Draperies in Andes Sugarcane. Joy admits, she loves this space and is convinced color looks good when you pair it with the right accent colors and pieces. Sell This House Extreme- Family Room Before

Sell This House Extreme: Family Room- Before

While this space actually uses some color, it is lacking texture and dimension. Additionally, the horizontal organization of this room’s furniture makes it seem much smaller than it actually is. 3 Day Blinds Sell This House Extreme- Family Room

Sell This House Extreme: Family Room- After

Designer Daniel Kucan transforms this family room into a functional space by grouping furniture together and moving the couch away from wall. He also shows how to use neutrals without making the space seem dull. Pulling the brick red theme from the dining room into the living room with a table and chair is a subtle way to add color and create unity in the home. The 3 Day Blinds Draperies in Dharma Cocoa were selected by  Design Consultant Helane Kramer because they add texture to the room and complement the Woven Wood Shades in Catania Sable.

The Sell This House Extreme team and 3 Day Blinds team brought Joy and James home in the 21st Century. Now, when potential buyers enter the home, they can see the full potential of this sleek and refined design. Be sure to check out 3 Day Blinds on the next all new Sell This House: Extreme, Saturday, June 1st 10a/9C on A & E.

Home Staging Tips| 3 Day Blinds

Check out the top 10 tips for staging your home to sell. From getting rid of clutter, to perfecting your curb appeal, these easy tips will be sure to prepare your home for the competitive real estate market.

Home Staging Clutter Free

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Get Rid of Clutter

Pick one room or area and evaluate items worth keeping and get rid of those that aren’t. Your home will appear larger and buyers will be able to assess your home rather than your décor preference.

Home Staging Clean

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Clean

Potential buyers will inspect everything in your home, an inexpensive way to prepare your home for the market is to clean- carpets, counters and even ceilings.

 

stainless dishwasher

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Stainless- Steel Appliances

Rather than going out and purchasing a new dishwasher, here is a low- cost way to refurbish an old. Apply a stainless- steel stick-on covering for just $20 and your old dishwasher instantly becomes a modern appliance.

Home Stage Neutral Paint

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Paint with Neutrals

First; remove all wallpaper, buyer’s associate wallpaper with being outdated.  Next, add a fresh coat of paint, be sure to use neutral colors which are most attractive to potential buyers.

Home Staging Curb Appeal

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Curb Appeal

Having a positive curb appeal will be sure to get buyers interested on what‘s inside. Cut back any overgrown bushes or trees, and keep your lawn and garden well groomed to give off a good first impression.

Home Stage 3 Day Blinds

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Replace Window Treatments

Potential buyers are attracted to homes with lots of natural sunlight. Upgrade to new window treatments that filter sunlight into the space. For rooms with high sun exposure, consider treatments that prevent glare or secure privacy.

 

Home Stage Group Furniture

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Grouping Furniture

Contrary to common belief, furniture should be freestanding away from walls. Grouping furniture this way makes the room appear larger and is actually more user friendly.

Home Stage Furnish Room

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Don’t Leave a Room Empty

Having rooms furnished is important so that potential buyers can visualize themselves living in the home.

Home Stage DIY

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Repurpose Your Resources

Salvage old materials and use them to create new household items. There are tons of DIY projects that can help you save money and polish off your homes look.

Home Stage Fresh Flowers

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Fresh Flowers

Catch interested buyer’s eyes with a vase of fresh flowers. You can also use potted flowering plants that are in season for a low-cost solution.