Since Molly created such beautiful staging for our parade homes, we asked her to share some of her decorating tips.
How long have you been decorating homes?
It's my passion in life! I have been doing it for C&M for nine years, but even in college I had some retail jobs at home furnishing stores and I got to do the displays.
When do you begin the decorating process on a home?
I'm already looking at the plans before construction begins and getting ideas on different areas I would want to accent or to have as focal points in the home.
Then I help the customers in the building process while they are making their selections. We make sure the flooring coordinates with the trim color, and with cabinets, countertops and tiles to make sure that the whole home is coordinated when it's done.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I watch a lot of HGTV. I am on Pinterest and Houzz every day. Houzz is like Pinterest, but just for the home. It has lighting, exterior colors, flooring materials. Products for the home, home styling.
Where do you begin with a concept?
When you're starting from a blank canvas, its much easier if you have some sort of picture or inspiration for what you want. I save screenshots and pictures of ideas in my iPad and pull those out when I begin a project.
What makes the industrial and rustic look modern?
Combining rustic elements like reclaimed wood and shiplap siding with industrial items becomes modern when you mix it with really clean lines and light paint colors. This is aso style that most men can women can agree on-not too specifically masculine or feminine-which makes it even more appealing.
C&M Home Builders and Real Estate is a family-owned Eau Claire real estate agency. Cody and Molly, the founders of C&M Real Estate, started their first business, C&M Home Builders, in 2005 and began building homes in the Eau Claire area. In 2011, they expanded their services to include Eau Claire realty and began C&M Real Estate.