Style your home on any budget

first_img IMPROVE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME ON ANY BUDGET New York bidder secures inner Brisbane investment FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK New carpets and rugs always add value. Photo: supplied Brass handles, pendant lights and tapware give a cool space a touch of warmth. Photo: supplied This house at 34 White St, Graceville has been styled for sale by Cape Cod Residential. Photo: suppliedEvery house deserves its wedding day and professional staging may help pay for a honeymoon as well.But former Housing Industry of Australia property stylist of the year, Anne-Maree Russell, says there’s some simple things a seller can do to improve the perceived value of their home before the final dressing. The main living zones at 34 White St, Graceville.“Paint, paint, paint,” Ms Russell said. $100 — paint Try neutral paint tones to brighten smaller rooms. Photo: supplied $5000 — paint, landscaping and new carpets MORE PROPERTY STORIES Give the garden a makeover and don’t forget street appeal. Photo: supplied “Paint is magic. It’s the most important thing.“If we’re talking to sellers six months in advance, our advice is there’s no need to put on a deck, but freshen up the paint, replace the carpets, put some plants at the front door and create a better first impression.”Working with a brand new Hamptons-style home like 34 White Street at Graceville from Sabdia Constructions, the challenge has been to accentuate the possibilities.“Ninety per cent of people cannot visualise furniture in a home,” she said.“So we want to show people scale and what furniture fits in what rooms and we also want to sell them a dream of what it would be like to live there.” The outdoor entertainment area and pool at 34 White St, Graceville. Photo: suppliedMuhammad Sabdia builds between 15-20 homes a year mainly in Brisbane’s inner south east but in the south western suburb of Graceville he found a 582sq m corner block that gave him a 40m street frontage.“I spend a lot of time on design, the layout for that corner blook in general is what works the best,” Mr Sabdia said.“And then you have the really large living, dining and kitchen area with a grand void and the connection between the kitchen, pantry, scullery, mud room and garage, that really flows well.” The functional layout includes ample shelving in the pantry. Photo: suppliedMs Russell has given the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home a coastal luxe theme, starting with brushed brass accents to match the tapware, chandeliers and wall sconces. The bathroom at 34 White St, Graceville. Photo: suppliedCool whites and greys, underscored by the light Herringbone oak floors, are complemented with soft blue accessories with navy velvet as a centrepiece. Navy velvet highlights accentuate the home’s high end finishes. Photo:Anne-Maree Russell has invested five years’ worth of real estate profits into exquisite designer furniture and accessories to style the properties she sells through Cape Cod Residential.Currently her warehouse has enough stock to style up to 25 homes, from luxury pads to the humble first home, and she says a properly styled home could add between $5000 to 25 per cent to the sale price of a property.“Our sweet spot is those family homes around the $800,000 to $1.5 million. That’s where the majority of the buyers are.”She said an average home can be fully staged using between $30,000 to $50,000 worth of furniture and additional props.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours ago $10,000 — paint, landscaping, new carpets, and rejuvenate the kitchen and bathrooms with new handles, fresh tiles and a splashback $1000 — paint and rejuvenate the landscaping Wednesday deadline for Skate Bowl Houselast_img read more

South Regional Broward County Library hosts Anancy Festival

first_imgThe South Regional Broward County Library will host their annual Anancy Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1”00 PM.The program will feature Caribbean and African cultural experiences including a drumming fingers demonstration, games, songs, arts & crafts, face painting, storytelling, refreshments and more.The Anancy Festival, named for Anansi the Spider, the West African trickster of folklore, is a celebration of Caribbean-American culture that’s geared toward children and teens. The festival provides a unique way for youngsters to learn about their cultural heritage and experience a rich collection of stories, music and dance.The South Regional – BC Library is located at 7300 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines,last_img read more

Alex Wood, Dodgers bullpen combine to shut out Cubs, 4-0

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Your rose bushes might not be doing that well. But Alex Wood has really blossomed in May.A capable starter at times in the past (mostly with the Atlanta Braves), the 26-year-old Wood has cleared that bar by a wide margin recently. He held the Chicago Cubs scoreless for five innings Friday night and combined with relievers Pedro Baez and Chris Hatcher on a two-hitter in a 4-0 Dodgers win.Wood has not allowed a run in his past 25-1/3 innings, the longest scoreless streak by a pitcher in the major leagues this season, or five of his past six starts. Over that time, he has a 1.05 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while holding opposing batters to a .189 batting average with 46 strikeouts in 34-1/3 innings.“You talk about confidence in a player. He’s as confident as any player I’ve been around,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Wood. “He prepares. He works hard and he’s confident. Now when you’ve got that and he’s healthy – in spring training he told me he’s as healthy as he’s been in recent memory – that obviously lends itself to confidence. “Right now, yeah, you can look at him as a 1-A.”Dodgers starters have more often qualified as 4-F in the two years since Zack Greinke left Clayton Kershaw without a partner at the front of the rotation. It’s a long way to October and Roberts’ elevation of Wood to wingman status might be premature. But Cubs starter Jake Arrieta offered similar praise after coming up short in the matchup with Wood.“Alex pitched really good for five innings. He’s been throwing it well all year,” Arrieta said. “The guy who goes against Kershaw has to be lights out and now Alex has added another dominant starter for them. I was shocked to see him come out after the fifth.”Arrieta must not have noticed Wood’s pitch count racking up along with the zeroes. His Cubs teammates hit just one ball out of the infield in the first five innings (Jason Heyward’s two-out single in the second inning) and struck out eight times against Wood. But they also drew two walks and took the left-hander deep in counts. Wood needed 91 pitches to get through five innings.“They had some deep counts on me like they did my first start against them in Chicago when I walked five guys,” Wood said referring to a loss at Wrigley Field on the opening trip of the season. “They’ve got some guys who know the strike zone pretty well so you have to throw them competitive pitches throughout the at-bat to keep them from walking or getting quality hits.” Pedro Baez and Hatcher must have thrown almost nothing but competitive pitches then. Baez walked Ben Zobrist to start the sixth inning, but he and Hatcher retired the final 12 Cubs in order. Wood, Baez and Hatcher held the Cubs without a hit after the second inning.Arrieta couldn’t keep up. He only allowed five hits in his six innings but three of them were very loud.Chase Utley put the Dodgers on the board first with a solo home run in the third inning. He has homers in each of the past two games and is hitting .326 (14 for 43) since May 10. An inning later, Yasmani Grandal scorched a double to the wall in left-center field that drove in Corey Seager from first base.And in the sixth inning, Adrian Gonzalez drove a 92-mph sinker from Arrieta over the wall in center field for a two-run home run – something the 35-year-old veteran seemed incapable of doing while dealing with elbow and back issues during the first month of the season.Since returning from the first DL trip of his career, Gonzalez has begun to hit the ball with more familiar authority. He had four doubles in his first six games back and took it a step further Friday with his first home run since Game 2 of last year’s NLCS. The ball went out faster than it came in (an exit velocity of 103 mph) and it ended a string of 138 regular-season plate appearances without a home run, stretching to last Sept. 28 in San Diego.“Well, I knew I’d hit a home run before the season ended,” Gonzalez joked. “My body feels good so my swing can do things where I can drive the ball. I’ve been working on my mechanics to get rid of the bad habits from when I wasn’t good. It’s a work in progress. But it’s trending in the right direction.”Gonzalez’s matter-of-fact answers after the game contradicted the wide smile he took to the dugout after the home run.“I really haven’t seen him get into a ball like that in a couple years,” Roberts said. “You don’t expect a guy who has as many career homers as he does to hit his first homer of the year and be so relieved. But I think there’s a huge weight off his shoulders.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more