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This year started off with a bang and we staged some beautiful properties all around town. Below are some pictures and the property details of our January projects and let me tell you, these listings went FAST! If you have an upcoming project, make sure to call or email to get on our calendar. We can't wait to help you get your property staged and hopefully, under contract in days, like these amazing houses!


42 Fair Oaks, Ladue, 63124

Agent/Brokerage: Jill Azar, Laura McCarthy

Details: 4 bedroom, 2.5+ bath

Status: Under contract 1 day after listing


41 Aberdeen Place, Clayton, 63105

Agent/Brokerage: Jill Malley, Laura McCarthy

Details: 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath

Status: Under contract 3 days after listing


711 Sherwood Drive, Webster Groves, 63119

Agent/Brokerage: Jill Azar, Laura McCarthy

Details: 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath

Status: Under contract 2 days after listing


9808 Madison Avenue, St. Louis, 63119

Agent/Brokerage: Joe LoPiccolo, American Realty

Details: 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath

Status: Under contract 3 days after listing


311 Croyden Lane, Ballwin, 63021

Agent/Brokerage: Susie O. Johnson

Details: 4 bedroom, 3 bath

Status: Under contract 4 days after listing




We always recommend that homeowners have a fresh coat of neutral paint on their interiors walls, but it's important that you also pay attention to your exterior painted surfaces as well. We are typically pretty rough on our front doors - they definitely take a beating with the constant opening and shutting, even more so if you have little ones! So if your front door isn't in tip top shape, a fresh coat of paint can definitely make a world of difference and step up your curb appeal. Remember, buyers are inspecting and judging your home from the second they pull up.


It's important to keep in mind the other materials and colors of your exterior when selecting a front door color. Just because red is your favorite color doesn't mean that red is appropriate for your front door, particularly if you have a red brick exterior. You also want to consider the door frame, trim and shutter colors, as well as your hardware and lighting on your front porch. Definitely grab a paint swatch or sample and compare your choices against the other exterior surfaces. Finally, the paint sheen is an important consideration when selecting your paint so keep durability and lighting in mind when you select.


Here are Olive + Opal's favorite paint front door colors:


CLASSIC BLACKS

Like the classic little black dress, a classic black front door is super versatile and works well with almost all exterior surfaces and colors. A black door definitely pops against white and other light colored exteriors, but also stands out against brick and stone exterior surfaces. According to Zillow, the best color to paint your front door when selling is charcoal gray or black.


OUR TOP BLACK PICKS:

Benjamin Moore Black Beauty

Benjamin Moore Jet Black

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Sherwin Williams Black Magic


GRAYS


Gray is another super versatile front door color consideration. Like black, it works well with many exterior colors and surfaces, particularly with white exteriors or darker exterior colors, like navy or dark gray. Because gray is a cool color, we suggest you really pay attention to the shade of gray you select so that it feels cohesive with the rest of the house.


OUR TOP GRAY PICKS:

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal


BLUES


We love a deep, dark blue for the front door, particularly a navy, which definitely pops against a white or light gray exterior. Blue is fabulous because it can work with both warm and cool colors, so it also works great with those creamy whites and beiges too. While a light or baby blue can work in specific instances, we shy away from light blue front doors, particularly when selling your home.


OUR TOP BLUE PICKS:

Sherwin Williams Naval

Olympic Dragonfly

Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy


REDS


Like a good lipstick, finding a good red is pretty tricky. A bold red door definitely makes a statement, but again like the lipstick, isn't appropriate for all homes. We think a bright red door is fabulous against white siding, particularly in a traditional colonial home with black shutters.


OUR TOP RED PICKS:

Benjamin Moore Caliente

Benjamin Moore Red

Sherwin Williams Real Red


OTHER


As long as you consider your other exterior surfaces, the sky is the limit for front door colors. If you're selling your home, we recommend that you stick with classic colors like black or gray. But if you're sticking around a want to get a little wild, below are some examples of bold colors that absolutely work!


Images via: black1, black2, gray, blue, red, green, orange, yellow




Here's a recap of some of the latest Olive + Opal round ups on liketoknow.it. Be sure to click on the round ups below to shop the products!


VALENTINE'S DAY HOME DECOR

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we love to throw in little pops of holiday décor both inside and outside the home. Check out these Valentine's Day picks that are affordable and sweet.

AMAZING AMAZON HOME FINDS

Pandemic or not, it's hard not to find an Amazon box at my doorstep every day and especially when they have such amazing home décor items. I'm swooning over the selections below, all of which are less than $200. That gray throw blanket should be arriving tomorrow!

DOUGH BOWL ROUND UP

We use dough bowls in our staging projects and definitely at home! They give that perfect rustic feel and can be left empty or filled with seasonal items. Over the holidays I displayed my dough bowl with tons of seasonal greenery and berries and pine cones, but as we head towards spring I'll be switching it up and filling the bowl with tons of bright green apples. An easy and affordable way to add a pop of color to your kitchen!

H&M HOME IS KILLING IT

Obviously my selections below highlight my love of neutrals, but I must say, the selection of home items at H&M is unbelievable! I used to only think of H&M for clothing, but once I found the home selection there was no going back. That vase in the bottom left of the board needs to be mine stat!

GOLD ACCENT TABLE DECOR

We love to style with these gold little accent pieces in our staging projects! They are a great addition to a stack of books and add some shine and personality to your shelves. So buy them in bulk because you can use them everywhere.



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