Make a Big Impact in a Small Way: Simple Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Facelift Without Breaking the Bank!

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Renovating a kitchen is no easy task.  It can be time consuming and expensive!  But, with the right information and your imagination, you can position yourself to save a lot of money for when that big day arrives.

Here are a few quick tips on how to make the most out of your kitchen renovations:

Re-stain, re-face or re-finish your cabinets

Give your kitchen a simple facelift!  Changing the look without having to replace them entirely is a great way to save money and still give your kitchen that new feel. It is best that you hire a professional to do this for you to ensure that it is done correctly.

Update your cabinetry hardware

Updating your cabinetry hardware is a simple and inexpensive way to liven up your kitchen.  For chic, modern cabinets, try a long pull handle to give your kitchen a sleek look. For a traditional kitchen, try to select hardware with a bronze or nickel finish to maintain it’s overall look and feel.

Add or change your outdated light fixtures

Lighting is a great way to accentuate the ambience in a space. Lighting adds warmth and creates a welcoming environment for guests and a wonderful workspace for the whole family to enjoy. Pendant lights over top of an island are a great way to add that extra little twinkle.

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Modernize your kitchen backsplash

Changing your kitchen backsplash from the drab plain white builder’s grade tiles will definitely give your kitchen new life.  For a modern kitchen, mosaic glass tiles are a popular choice.  For a traditional style kitchen, try a tumbled marble or travertine to give your kitchen the texture and warmth to create an elegant space.

Add new window treatments

Window treatments are a great way to dress up a kitchen and can add texture, pattern and colour. Custom Home Interiors works with the extensive line of Hunter Douglas products to offer beautiful window treatments that are functional and a great addition.

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These few tips will help you save on cash and have your friends envying your gorgeous new space!

Custom Home Interiors Showroom & Design Centre is a great place to start whether you’re just at the “getting ideas” stage or you’re ready to place the order for your new cabinet doors.  We’re here to help by giving you the right information for your kitchen renovation which will make all the difference in cost, style and overall satisfaction.  Come visit us at 2202 Thurston Drive or at 855 Industrial Rd, Ottawa, where our team of representatives will help you tackle that kitchen renovation you’ve always wanted to do!

Kayla Yenson
Custom Home Interiors
Kayla@customhomeinteriors.ca

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De-Decorating Your Home: Setting the Stage for Success!

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You have heard of it. Friends have told you about it. But you still remain skeptical about the very application of it!  It’s Home Staging!

DID YOU KNOW? Research shows that a staged home will not only sell faster, but for more money.

“Home staging is preparing a home for the real estate market by making all necessary repairs and creating a neutral environment that anyone can visualize living in”.  – HGTV

One of the most important things to remember when thinking about staging is – Staging is NOT decorating.  It is the exact opposite of decorating (or de-decorating as I like to call it).  A professional stager will come into your home with an objective eye and inform you what appeals to the current market.  If you’re still living in the space, they will make suggestions as to what needs to be removed from the room and what pictures need to come down.

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Property Stylist and CEO of Capital Home Staging and Design, Kristy Morrison, is an expert in helping her clients get their homes ready to go on the market.  Kristy shared some pretty interesting facts with me:

  • 90% of buyers can NOT envision the potential of the space
  • 86% of buyers are willing to spend a little more money on a home that is “move in ready”
  • Staged homes sell 50% faster and typically for 6-30% MORE money!

Which living room would you rather be in?

Before

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After

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So, what does home staging and Custom Home Interiors have in common?  This is for all you stagers, real estate agents and home owners looking to put their place on the market…

Custom Home Interiors is developing a Home Staging Program!

The best part is, we are going to have tonnes of items for RENT!  What do you need to finish off the living room?  Artwork?  Table Lamps?  You don’t need to go and buy those things.  Just use ours until your home is sold!  We have rows upon rows of accessories, walls full of artwork and even some fibreboard furniture… more about that really cool product in my next blog post.

From the very basics where you’re staging a home and need an artificial plant or a bar height table, we will guide you through every step of the process and ensure that your home looks it’s best for a sale.

By Mandalyn Goodall

Mandalyn@customhomeinteriors.ca

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GOHBA Recognizes CHI for Exceptional Customer Service & Marketing!

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Outstanding customer service is what Custom Home Interiors is all about.  So, being recognized for this by our industry peers is one of the best compliments we could get!

Every year the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association holds awards ceremonies to acknowledge their industry partners who stand out in terms of sales, marketing and customer service.  This year, CHI was at the forefront of award recipients.
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At the GOHBA Sammy Awards on Wednesday, September 8th at the Centurion Conference & Event Centre, CHI took away 3 trophies.

CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans was the first to receive his award from the judging panel for Best Industry Partner Representative.

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Andrew Emmans, CHI Director of Sales & Marketing

“We’ve been members of GOHBA for the past 3 years and have been trying to get as involved as possible, so to win an award like this is an absolute honour.  CHI will strive to go above and beyond this expectation for years to come,” says Emmans.

Andrew barely had a chance to sit down before he was called up to the stage twice more.  CHI was presented the awards for Best Industry Partner Print Ad and Best Industry Partner Brochure.

“These achievements are a team effort,” he says.  “Everyone at CHI is involved with our marketing and certainly we need to point out Timothy Das for his work with our marketing initiatives.  These materials reflect exactly what CHI is providing to our customers.  We look at our marketing  materials as our CV  so it’s important that it sets a bar for what our clients can expect when they walk into Custom Home Interiors.”

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Timothy Das, CHI Sales & Marketing Co-Ordinator

The GOHBA Customer Service Awards were the next night at the Sala San Marco Banquet Hall and we we’re ready to recognize our customer service superstars!

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Our 2010 Customer Service Superstars! (Left to right) Andrew Emmans, Amy Carter, CHI Sales & Design Representative and Kiersten Lowden, CHI Sales & Corporate Services Representative

Three CHI family members were in the running for the GOHBA Customer Service Awards and it was Amy Carter who placed as the 2nd runner up in the Trade/Supplier category.

“I feel honoured and appreciated,” Carter says.  “I’m so pleased that my customers are happy and that I was acknowledged for it.  To me, customer service is about building relationships.  It’s not just about selling.  Being friendly and taking time to get to know my clients so that I can meet their needs and wants is key.”

Congratulations team!

By Suzy Kendrick

Commercial Sales Representative

Custom Commercial Interiors

suzy@customhomeinteriors.ca

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