Blog

Cape May

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cape May

If you have the chance, check out this little town and linger long enough to do a wine tasting at the Cape May Winery and Vineyards. They are pet friendly so our wonderful companions Beau and Lucy enjoyed the ferry ride and a walk through the vineyards with us. We love that!!!! Pet friendly environments will always get our business. If you are coming from the Eastern Shore we recommend the ferry ride Lewes/Cape May, http://www.capemaylewesferry.com/ It was a beautiful sunny day and the breeze from the ferry ride was spectacular. We made a stop by the Cape May Winery and Vineyards and enjoyed a wonderful tasting of their wines. Our favorites were the cool crisp Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. http://capemaywinery.com/  I must say we didn’t have enough time and will re-visit. Added a few snapshots for you to enjoy with...

read more

Love it or List it by U&I

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Interior Decorating, interior design, Interior Redesign, Landscape Design, staging | 0 comments

Love it or List it by U&I

Love it or List it project: Our new clients called Judy Boone Realty regarding the decision to list their home or fix it up.  Judy called U&I Home Decorating and Staging because she knows we specialize in several options for staging and remodeling. We discussed options and budget with the client and they decided to go with remodeling to a certain point and then decide if they were going to List it or Love it. Plans began in Oct. 2012, finalized in Dec. 2012 and began in Jan. 2013.  Several completions points where made in the remodeling projects along the way to create a listing option for the client or a re-evaluation point for them. At each point they wanted U&I to continue. THEY LOVE IT.  With the help of our supporting sub contractors, U&I have given the client a beautiful home on their waterfront property to love for many years to come. Projects completed for the client consists of a new HVAC system with all duct work complete with gas lines, weather proofing all over, new siding and gutters, new windows, new kitchen with an open wall concept, custom table top built into cabinetry, custom radiator covers, new flooring throughout downstairs in wood and porcelain tile, new leather furnishings, lighting, art work, accessories, Karastan wool rugs, ancient marble wall color from Sherwin Williams, new Kettle sun room furnishings, Bali faux wood blinds throughout, all new closet system shelving, upholstered dining chairs in a Ikat fabric from Second Yard with matching pillows for sofa, new ceilings, a makeover to the both bathrooms; the downstairs a complete remodel, and a clean up and face lift to the landscaping; which is still in progress. Thank you Judy Boone of Judy Boone Realty for offering U&I the role creating a complete new living environment for the happy owners. U&I like to support LOCAL Hampton Roads employment,  and offer our thanks to all of our supporting Sub Contractors: Construction with Robert Bates Construction with Bobby Bates, Larry Dudack and Michael, PSD with Shawn Ford, Mike Jagow, Mickey and Cindy with MC Bryd Flooring, Dixon Paints with Jason and the Boys, Tile work with Alan Gaskins and Chris, Electrical with Wade Casto and Floyd, WT Anderson (gutters), Sea-thru Windows, Decorum furniture, Mark Gonsenhauser (Diane Samareh), HVAC Warehouse, Lowes, Home Depot, Second Yard, Innerspace Closets, Boo butcher block, The Kellisons for miscellanous labor, and my wonderful and supporting husband Christopher Lutz for all sorts of areas in this process. Thank You Ladies and Gents for all that you have contributed to this project and bringing my Design to life for the client. Deborah Lutz, Owner Before U&I Home Decorating and Staging                         After U&I Home Decorating and Staging Here is a link to the after photos in a...

read more

Paying it forward in the Community

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in community garden, gardening, In the News, Landscape Design, special events | 0 comments

Paying it forward in the Community

We have a community garden here in East Ocean View and yesterday was a clean up day….Thank you to everyone that came out to help…..Suzie and Mike Kellison, Chris Lutz, Dan with Operation Blessing (thanks for the photos), Steve Zollos, JoAnne Merinar of Bon Secours, Dave, lots of neighbors and others from the community. Thanks to those of Operation Blessing that came but their names slip my mind….(forgive me)…You are appreciated.  It truly is a blessing to give back.  Lots of smiles and laughs….It really is what life is all about!  Helping others at U&I Home Decorating and Staging,...

read more

Who says white is boring?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Interior Decorating, interior design | 0 comments

Who says white is boring?

Who ever said white is boring, has never thought of it as a background for all other colors. My completed project in Newport News is a success.  The client wanted everything modern and slick with color added through furniture, art and accessories….. She wanted to surprise her son with a makeover for his new condo. We met in November while she was visiting Virginia, to discuss design and budget. I sent many suggestions from November to January until we had it complete, down to the light fixtures all being changed out with new modern style shades. January to March was filled with on-line shopping, e-mails and phone calls.  U&I Home Decorating and Staging had everything delivered to their office and stored all the items awaiting the day of install in March. My client is thrilled and I couldn’t be happier for her and her son.  I think we all need a Mama like her don’t you...

read more

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Home Staging, Interior Decorating, interior design, Landscape Design, redesign | 1 comment

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator….. When people ask me what I do I will say “I’m an Interior Decorator”   “I’m a Landscape Designer” I also do Home Staging with Custom Art thrown in              I hear “How exciting, I always wanted to do that for a career” It is a rewarding career choice for me and I have to change constantly to stay up with all the new styles and ideas. Which I like that about my job. There are some aspects of my job that people do not know and that is the Project Management side.    It is tedious, meticulous, constant, 24-7, hands on, different types of sub-contractors in one day, several location and car travel daily. Changes to the designs never fail. It’s good thing that I am the Decorating Designer on the job to quickly approve the changes and keep the ball rolling. The job sites must be touched in some way each day via hands on visit or phone calls to Subs, making sure everyone is showing up for work and if they are not call them to find why when and where????? I have great set of guys that Sub Contract for me (I refer to them as THE BOYS) and even then there are always delays that can not be helped from UNFORESEENS (always).  Schedules get pushed back, jobs then get pushed back, and before you know it one small cabinet not being hinged correctly has put a kink in the whole month’s schedule. BUT that is why clients hire me….I am paid to be the calm one that presents to them solutions instead of problems, answers instead of questions, time schedules instead of delays…it’s what I do and I love it. To my own demise at times being up all hours of the night figuring out jobs and what else needs to be done that may have slipped by me. I am a huge note taker and have sticky notes everywhere, voice mails to myself to stay on top. All in all it is about the client and I do my very best to give them their home back as soon as possible. All polished and new just as they imagined it           Sometimes that is not the easiest part of my job…but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Loving’ my career choice and I’m getting paid to do what I love!!!!  Dream big and work hard…that is the way to have success in your life....

read more

5 Important Staging Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Helpful Staging Tips, Home Staging | 0 comments

5 Important Staging Do’s and Don’ts

You only have a few seconds to make a positive impression on potential buyers.  This mean you need to make sure that the interior and exterior are spectacular.   The process of taking a lived-in home and converting it to a show-worthy house is called home staging. Here are some do’s and don’ts that you can apply to any staging project. 1.    Don’t Leave a Personal Touch The hardest part of home staging for the home owners is removing personal items. By removing your personal items, this lets buyers imagine themselves living in the house. There should be no evidence of pets in the home. 2.    Do Update Don’t do major renovations, just do minor updates. Look for areas that make your home look older. Make sure your furniture is not worn looking.  Focus on the kitchen; this is the room that buyers are interested in. Change the hardware on the cabinets and drawers. 3.    Do Go With Neutrals A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference in a room. The one rule is to go with neutrals; such as creams and beiges. The goal of home staging is to create an attractive living area.  Choosing bold colors may deter buyers and too much color contrast can distract them. 4.    Don’t Forgo Curb Appeal The exterior of the home needs as much attention as the interior.  This is the first thing buyers notice and you need to think like a buyer.  Try using mulch and trim your hedges. Flowers add colors. Check for cracks in the paint, broken shutters and damaged gutters.  Make sure to wash the exterior of the home. 5.    Do Clean Everything The first thing you must do is clear out the clutter.  Most have lived at the house for a long time and have collected things. Go through these things.  Then clean everything until it...

read more

The Art of Selling

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Home Staging | 0 comments

The Art of Selling

Recently U&I had the pleasure of joining a local team of Artists and Realtors to get a home ready for the market. U&I entered in with Judy Boone Realty, Judy Boone and Rob Principe, and the Homeowner to get the home ready for market. U&I discussed curb appeal with the Owners and with assistance from Man vs. Tree, Matt we were able to create a beautiful backdrop for the home. U&I worked with the homeowners to get things packed and stored before we came in and Staged the property. We worked for several days setting up the home and I must say the homeowners were gem clients. Motivated and ready….a stagers dream. Judy Boone introduced in several local artists, Cathy Dixson, Linda House, Dollner Johnson, and Paul Wineman, Virtual Tour. I must say it was a pleasure to work with other professionals with the same goal in mind….Sell that house. Looking forward to our next adventure as a team of the ART OF...

read more