Beyond Paint: Decorating Walls With Stencils

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Painting walls in various colors is a quick and easy way to decorate any room in your home. But when you're looking for something a bit more artistic and unique, you might try your hand at stenciling.

Stencils come in a variety of forms: Simple geometric shapes to elaborate scenery. Really good stencils can actually reproduce famous paintings and designs too.

A simple room decoration stencil pattern to start with is borders. Stenciling borders can be done in addition to existing wallpaper, or as a replacement. Stenciled borders can be repeated geometric designs, or more detailed repeating patterns such as vines, flowers or leaves. Borders can also be placed atrepparttar top of a wall,repparttar 100027 bottom, or in dead center for variating effects and design influences.

Stencils allow you to create friezes as well. This is done simply by starting with a strong contrasting color atrepparttar 100028 top, and carried downward through gradually fading tints until they are lost inrepparttar 100029 general color ofrepparttar 100030 wall

There once was a pink and silver room belonging to a young girl, whererepparttar 100031 salmon-pink walls were deepened in color atrepparttar 100032 top into almost a tint of vermilion which had in it a trace of green. It was, in fact, an addition of spring green dropped intorepparttar 100033 vermilion and carelessly stirred, so that it should be mixed but not incorporated. Over this shaded and mixed color forrepparttar 100034 space of three feet was stencilled a fountain-like pattern in cream-white,repparttar 100035 arches ofrepparttar 100036 pattern rilled in with almost a lace-work of design. The whole upper part had an effect like carved alabaster and was indescribably light and graceful.

The Surest Way to Happy Customers!

Written by Wally Conway

Happy New Year!

Here I sit onrepparttar first workday ofrepparttar 100026 year. The office is not yet open andrepparttar 100027 phone has not yet rung. I love this time of year. Nothing yet accomplished, and no mistakes yet made. It is a wonderful time to reflect onrepparttar 100028 year that was, and look ahead towardrepparttar 100029 year that is yet to be.

The idea that comes to mind is that it will be a fantastic year if we can inspect another 3000 homes and do it without a single complaint! A lofty goal indeed, but one worth working towards!

Imagine a year without a single complaint! I reason that goal is good for real estate professionals, good for me, and great for our mutual customers. Just how would we work toward a year without an unhappy customer?

First and foremost, we must always remain customer-focused. There is a very easy test of every decision we make with or on behalf of our customer. Simply ask "if I were doing this for my mother, how would I do it"? Works like a charm every time! It seems that when we have a deep personal interest in puttingrepparttar 100030 best interest of another individual first, things always work out better.

Long ago I worked for a fellow who often said "want it bad, get it bad". He was a commanding officer of a Navy squadron, not a realtor, but his point was this - sometimes we want a particular outcome so bad that we do bad things to get there. Some deals just don't need to be done, or done inrepparttar 100031 manner that they are preceding, when not inrepparttar 100032 best interest ofrepparttar 100033 customer. If we stay centered on their best interest it is likely they will end up happy with their home, happy with their real estate professional, and have a low probability of complaint. Maybe even become a referral source!

Second, we must educate our customers on how good choices are made. Using home inspection asrepparttar 100034 example, it is not enough to simply refer a particular inspector or inspection company, or, worst of all, put our head inrepparttar 100035 sand by sending them torepparttar 100036 yellow pages. We need to be able to articulate how and why sound choices are make. Have them compare companies onrepparttar 100037 web. Even if we make specific recommendations, we owe it to ourselves and to our customers to explainrepparttar 100038 process by which we maderepparttar 100039 recommendation.

When people lack a well-articulated case for recommendations it has numerous risks. Customer confidence is reduced with an answers such as "be surerepparttar 100040 inspector is licensed", or my favorite from agents, "he has never killed a deal in my office". As all should know, there is no license requirement in Florida for home inspectors (a subject for another column), andrepparttar 100041 deal killing statement is hardly customer-focused. A more compelling case might be something such as a description of our own Chris Brown, "Chris has been a state licensed contractor for over twenty years, an ASHI certified home inspector since 1997 and has performed more than 3,000 home inspections. I would recommend Chris to my mother". Now THAT is compelling!

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