If you have visited a high end model home recently, I'm sure you were impressed by how nice it looked. 

That good looking home did not happen by accident - it was staged to sell homes, not for someone to live in. 

There are several techniques used by model home merchandisers to make a home look very appealing. 

Some techniques some can be translated to a home that people actually live in while others are not reasonable. 

Here are a few reasons why model homes look so good.

Why Model Homes Look So GoodInterior design by Ashton Woods, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

Anyone who has ever used painter's tape has quickly realized that it is not as perfect as the commercials lead you to believe. 

Painter's tape can bubble, causing paint to seep underneath and get everywhere. 

Painting stripes on a wall requires that painter's tape be perfect, else the stripes will look sloppy. 

Here are a few tips for painting stripes on a wall to get a professional result.

How to Paint Stripes on a WallInterior design by Ashton Woods, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

There is a new-ish catch phrase going around - "aging in place". 

Aging in place basically means that older adults are taking measures to stay in their homes as long as possible to avoid or delay having to go to a nursing home or assisted care facility. 

It allows for a better quality of life and reduced cost, since nursing and assisted care facilities are very pricey. 

For someone to be able to age in place, they must consider the structure and function of their home before problems arise. 

Try to modify your home at least 5 years before you think modifications might be required. 

Today's blog post concerns remodeling a bathroom to accommodate future needs and allow aging in place. 

Here are a few things to consider. 

Aging in Place - BathroomsInterior design by Houston area home builder, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

Since Houston has such a warm climate, we tend to have ceiling fans in most every room of our homes. 

Typical ceiling fans that I see 90% of the time have either oak or white blades and four light bulbs covered with glass shades or a glass bowl. 

Basic and very boring. 

A friend of mine insists that all ceiling fans should be white in an attempt to blend in with the ceiling, but I disagree. 

I believe that ceiling fans can be interesting and beautiful enough to be a focal point in a room. 

Here are a few ceiling fans for you to consider when decorating your home.

Ceiling Fans to Consider

Animal print is a very polarizing pattern when decorating - people tend to love it or hate it. 

Those who love it often have a tendency to overdo it so their home looks like a tacky zoo gift shop. 

Animal print can be used as a neutral that coordinates with most anything, as long as you don't overdo it. 

Here are a few ways to use animal print in your home without looking like you just came back from a safari.

Decorating with Animal PrintInterior design by Houston area home builder, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

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