17821 Coltallen Drive, Carlinville, IL 62626 ~ (217) 854-7247 ~ (217) 899-7136 ~ firmfoundation@frontiernet.net


Redesign to Sell

... a service I offer all clients that list their property with my office. Curb appeal sells houses on the outside and character and style sell them on the inside. God gave me the ability to look and see what needs done to make a place appealing to most eyes and I love to do this. Sometimes, I have walls moved to open space up - or make curtains to spruce it up and add some color - or move furniture around to make a room more usable - painting in warm color tones can changes the atmosphere - flooring updates make it look like new - new cabinet hardware, light fixtures or a simple flower arrangement put in the right place can make a huge difference. Check out some of the before and after photos and the remarks from my Sellers to see if you would like for me to list your home... so you can see SOLD on your sign!

~ Brenda

Here are some Before and After...
My home was on the market for over year. It was a good home, but in need of many repairs. It was difficult for me to oversee these repairs as I lived 2 hours away and had a demanding schedule. I have known Brenda for years. I called her and she at once put my home as a priority to sell. She suggested a redesign and I consented. After a few thousand dollars of repairs, my home sold for more than I purchased it. Brenda oversaw all the repairs and management of my money. I did little and she did the rest. She personally made curtains and decorated the house to give it the lived in look.  I will always remember the time Brenda and I trimmed bushes at my house together in order to make the home presentable. Brenda was more than my Realtor. She became a good friend, who was obviously interested in my well being more than making money off of the sale of house.  I am forever grateful to God and Brenda for the sale of my home.  (John Airsman)

Pics of the home below:



               BEFORE                                  AFTER
The Living Room in this home definitely needed some upgrades. I painted the walls a nice warm tone and put one accent wall at the end that was a bit darker. New carpet was put down to  match my color scheme. Curtains were hung that were a heavier cotton, I put a striped material across the top that had both wall colors in it as well as a stripe with a blue/green tone so I could bring that same curtain into the dining room which was open to the kitchen that had blue counter tops. REALLY went well together when it was all finished.

                 BEFORE                                              AFTER
The Dining Room had dated curtains and blue mini blinds  (that you don't see in the pic). I knew they had to go! I painted this room the same as the Living Room and put a darker color on the end wall for accent. I made the curtains match the living room since the rooms were pretty much opened up together. This made the color scheme flow. I white washed an old chair I had that didn't have a complete seat in it, put a piece of the striped fabric from the curtains I had made in the seat, sat a bowl in it and then put flowers in it. I place a picture above the chair with a whitewashed frame, and the colors in the picture were the same that were in the striped material I used: caramel colors, khakis, cream, and the blue/green. This was now transforming into a 'cottage feel' and I was liking it more and more" 


        AFTER                                 AFTER                          AFTER
The Kitchen brought more challenges. I found a leak under the sink and a major leak where the refrigerator had been removed and the water line left. The floor was wood parkay. The water damaged the floor badly so we had to make major changes here. We started with the floor and removed it. I chose a neutral color vinyl that would go with my color scheme to replace it. The kitchen got painted the same color as the Living room and dining room. All trim was painted the same color as the walls so we got a even color flow with no interruptions. I had those dated blue counter-tops to deal with , BUT - I pulled off the Cottage Look real well. I made curtains  out of a small blue and white check and put the striped material across the top of them that I had put on the Dining Room curtains. This brought the two rooms right together AND with the help of that cute sink the kitchen now had that same Cottage Feel - especially when I added one place mat of the blue checked material, one place mat of the striped material, and a solid brown place mat - sat a matching plate, saucer and cup on them , put a napkin made out of the solid color next to the plate as well as a few greeting cards that fit well AND a small blue flower pot with flower seeds in it! I sat out a few small baskets with blueish green potpourri in them, put out new towels and we were ready to show! Of course, we had to fix the leak under the sink, we added a new garbage disposal, electric switches and faucet. New light fixtures were put up in several of our rooms, too. I like it, don't you?

                         BEFORE                                AFTER
I had fun with the Master Bathroom! As you can see the striped shower curtain didn't do much. I had the walls painted the same color as I used in the other parts of the house. I took down the old medicine cabinet and put up a new mirror, made a shower curtain with a white sheet, put a dark green checked piece across the top and cut out little sunflowers from other material and put them on the checked material. I used the checked material to tie the curtain to the rod. But the room still didn't 'pop' the way I wanted it to. So, I made a wall hanging out of the same material I used on the shower curtain and put it next to the sink so you could see it when you entered; hung a towel bar and put dark green and cream towels on it, put the same colored towels on the sink, and put down the same colored rugs. The bathroom tub needed a new faucet and new caulk around the sink area. By the time I got this room done, I wanted this house!  ~   ~   ~
~ ~ ~The owner of this home, John Airsman, was very easy to work with. He was so open to my ideas which made my job a lot easier. The house had been listed a year with no interest. I made a list of things I wanted to do and told him I was sure he would make that cost back and maybe double it when we got ready to sell. John was 2 hours away and he trusted me to do what I told him I would, be thorough and change this house into one that would sell quickly. I had the whole inside painted the same color, put new carpet down in all the bedrooms and living room, put new flooring down in the kitchen, put up all new curtains, had new light fixtures put up, changed out any switches or plug ins that didn't work. The house was certainly transformed! When we put the house back on the market, it was sold in one week. John got back what he paid in cost PLUS! If you are having a hard time getting something sold, give me a call and I can give you my options of service along with pricing. Of course your property has to be listed with me to get the Redesign service IF you are trying to sell. If you just need a change, I can come in and make suggestions, price the job and let you decide. I can take what you have and simply move it around and make it look like you have a new home! Call me - you won't be sorry you did!
     ~  _____________________________________  ~

327 N. High gets redesigned to sell by painting with color to coordinate rooms  for flow and making the dated kitchen flooring that had pink in it look burgundy by adding a burgundy color to a kitchen wall;  adding window treatments and room accents made this home show off it's original bungalow character!

This Living Room was light blue. The blue carpet had specs of burgundy in it
so to warm it up 'Paper Bag Brown' went on the walls with all the trim getting a fresh coat of white paint. Second pic is the finished results. I like!!!

This was a house you would of had to seen to believe the difference. I didn't get before pics of this one, but the colors changed the whole flow here an gave the dated flooring a real upgraded look. It was amazingly being transformed.

 I pulled off giving a pink bathroom a new upgraded look AND look at the how the front porch transformed into a sunroom!  I was very pleased! ~ and so was the owner :

'Brenda, Thanks so much for all your time and effort that you and your team have invested in getting my house ready to sell. Your attention to detail and communication have been wonderful"  (
Paul Schmitz)

     ~   ____________________________________   ~

 16753  Beachwood Lane, Lake Williamson was one of my favorites and probably one of the most extensive work done. This house really needed help!
I had very good owners to work with on this one too. They listened to my suggestions and have been excellent to work with. This home got a new roof, a wall removed between the Kitchen and Living Room to open it up, the furnace moved out of the Kitchen into a new room I made in the back of the garage where the washer and dryer were; quality vinyl on the Kitchen/Living Room, tile in the bathroom, carpets all professionally cleaned, new fixtures, new door knobs, new counter tops, cabinets rearranged, all painted from top to bottom including cabinets; new vanity, new curtains, and lots of sprucing up inside and outside,too! This house is a Cottage Style transformation that will make someone a very nice, economical home! Check it out - you might want it!


~  _________________________________________  ~

110 Hoehn Redesign

                               A little bit of red paint on the front brightened up this home.


  Painting the fireplace white with a red hearth brightened the room. You can't tell in these pics but all rooms were painted buttercream with red and lime green accents.


    Dining Room got a coat of paint and lighter curtains.


Kitchen got the buttercream paint on walls, red door, lime green accents! These Sellers had gotten a job transfer and had to get out of town! I watched  over the property and had a few women help me personally do all the painting throughout. This one wasn't a major change, but what we did gave it a fresh look. I think adding the red to the outside was it's biggest change up!

     ~  ______________________________________  ~

Brenda S. Campbell, Managing Broker/Owner
17821 Coltallen Drive
Carlinville, Il. 62626
All licensed in Illinois