CENTRAL FLORIDA INTERIOR DESIGN

Katy Hahn Designs, located in Central Florida, specializes in residential interior home decorating and space planning for your home so that everything works well together. Her design consultation services can help clients learn new ways to update, upgrade and enhance the value of their home. Katy will address your unique decorating challenges, assess your needs and give you design advice and ideas. She also offers design specific consultation for clients that may need help in furniture or accessory selections in any area of their home. Katy can assist you in redesigning your space by re-purposing your existing furniture. We can redesign your home in one day without having to replace furniture and sometimes adding new design elements.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Cookies and Family Traditions



Every year at Christmas time I bring out the Christmas cookie recipes from both my family and my husband's.  There is just something about carrying on family traditions that I love.  Sometimes we can't always have our loved ones with us, so this is one way to keep their memories alive and keep them close to our hearts.

Today I am going to share a simple recipe for chocolate, peanut butter and Ritz cracker cookies.  All you need is Ritz crackers, peanut butter and dipping chocolate. Simple and delicious.

What really makes these cookies different is the flaky texture in the cracker.  What makes them stand out is the contrast between the chocolate and the salt.












Start by melting the dipping chocolate in a double boiler.  I use a pyrex bowl set in a pot with a small amount of water.


Next, you make small peanut butter "sandwiches" using the Ritz crackers.

After the chocolate is melted, dip the Ritz cracker sandwiches in the chocolate and set them on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper and let them cool.  The chocolate will harden and, voila!, you have your chocolate peanut butter cookies.


Enjoy your cookies and have a wonderful and happy holiday season with your loved ones.



Katy

Sunday, December 4, 2016

I found Santa's House!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy healthy New Year!

I found Santa's House, perfectly designed to fit Santa's lifestyle.  If you want to see how Santa lives, click on this link.

Santa's house


May we never take anything for granted.  Enjoy your friends and loved ones this holiday season.  I believe that everyone should have a SMALL gift waiting for them under the tree and the REAL gift is in the memories and time we make with one another. It's the smile, the conversation and the festivities that you do as a family that brings us closer. When do you remember the last gift?  It's something that we did together that we remember throughout the years. I haven't always felt this way, but life has shown me otherwise.  God Bless and Merry Christmas!



Katy

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving To All

To all my clients, friends and acquaintances, Happy Thanksgiving!

Life has its twists and turns, but just remember, when you have the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you choose to dance.

Have a thankful and grateful heart because you are blessed.



"I Hope You Dance"
Lee Ann Womack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-Z1YwaOiw

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'
Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'
Don't let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance (Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder)
I hope you dance (Where those years have gone?)
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)

I hope you dance (Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder?)


Katy

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Staging Your Home To Sell

A home is one of the biggest investments you are going to make in your lifetime.  How much money you clear from the sale of your home depends on many factors. How long you have lived in the home and how your home presents itself to the potential buyer.

The US census states that the average person moves approximately 12 times in their lifetime.  Suze Orman suggests following the 5 year rule to make selling worthwhile due to the closing and real estate costs.

Home staging is imperative for all homeowners to do prior to listing their home.  You have only one chance to make the best impression on a potential homebuyer and that is the first time they walk through the front door.  You also have to get them to want to see your home when they drive by.  So, the way the outside presents itself is just as important as how the inside presents itself.

How does your home look to a potential buyer?  Do they see the beautiful architecture and imagine themselves living there?  Or do they feel like they are a visitor in someone else's home?  The goal of home staging is to show the potential buyer the wonderful features of your home, the spacious living areas and all the amenities your home has to offer. You want to make them feel that they want to live there. Many times home staging only takes some minor tweaking with recommendations for problem areas, rearranging some items and some elbow grease to turn your house from "ho-hum" to "I gotta have it!"  A buyer doesn't have to visit your home.  There are plenty of homes on the market.  You invite them in by how your home looks, feels and presents itself.

Benefits
What are the benefits of home staging?  You have heard many times that a picture is worth a thousand words.  A well staged home will show well in online MLS listings and most people will see a home online first before ever setting foot in the house.  When a home is staged correctly, the home shopper can mentally "see" themselves living there.  Also, staged homes will sell faster and at a higher price than those not staged.

Contact Katy Hahn Designs if you want the benefits of a well staged home prior to listing with an agent.  In the home shown in these pictures, I used what the client had, did some minor tweaking and added a few accessories.  It sold 2 days later for $7,500 more than expected.












Katy

Saturday, March 19, 2016

DIY Brass Chandelier

Here is something for all you do it yourself enthusiasts. When I saw this, it brought me back to my childhood.  A time when it was not uncommon for our parents to practice the Three R's of the environment:  Reduce, reuse and recycle.

So, when I saw this article on One Kings Lane, I want to share it with all my followers.  The article has a step-by-step guide on not only how to order the parts, but also how to assemble the lamp.

Here is the link to see the entire article:

http://bit.ly/1pAPVLh



Katy Hahn Designs - Always looking looking for unique design elements to bring out my clients personality and style.


Katy