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Kortney and Dave Wilson, country singers turned house flippers turned authors, highlight how simple details can make all the difference when turning your house into a home. It’s not always easy going into a home renovation with anybody, but Dave and Kortney seem to have mastered the feat. The duo has been flipping houses since 2008 when the economy bottomed out and they swapped their microphones for hammers.

The couples new book Live Happy is centred around making your home your haven; a place away from the world where you can celebrate life’s big moments and also recuperate from a stressful day.

Here are some of their tips for surviving a home renovation.

EMBRACE THE RENOVATION

If you can make it through a renovation, you can make it through anything. Some advice for couples who are trying to attempt one on their own?

“Get some wine,” Dave jokes. “And turn to your spouse and say, ‘Whatever you want’.”

The reality is, living through a renovation can be tough. Try not to take it too seriously.

COMBINE YOUR STYLE

When you have a very specific taste and you’re living with someone who shares a different taste, compromise is key. You have to respect one another.

DEAL WITH CLUTTER

Tackle the tiniest tasks first. Cleaning out the medicine cabinet, or decluttering the hall closet. By checking off those items from your to-do lists, the more things you accomplish the more motivated you’ll be to master bigger and better tasks around the house, like that one that was weighing you down and keeping you from doing anything at all.

GIVE YOUR SPACE A MINI MAKEOVER

Sometimes a mini makeover is all you need to maximize the enjoyment of a space. To give a space a makeover on a budget, use the power of paint. Even a fresh coat of white on the baseboards can work wonders. Try on a new shade on your walls that coordinates with your existing furniture too!

You can also stage or rearrange your furniture. Cast a critical eye over your current setup and consider what would happen if you rotated the whole thing a quarter turn clockwise. This forces you to envision every element from a different location. Moving that one lamp or swapping those side tables could breathe new life into the room and lets you experience it in a new way.

Be sure to accessorize – never underestimate the power of a blanket, some throw pillows and a pretty potted plant.

 

For more tips from Kortney and Dave, watch the video clip above.