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In this slower market, sellers must endure the marketing of their home for longer periods of time, which is not especially convenient, I know. The added responsibility of maintaining a show ready home and yard is a lot. We are all busy with life, and sometimes it can be overwhelming to fit everything in. Sometimes I need a reminder about what and why staging is and does (that is a verb, folks, staging does sell homes more quickly)! Here it is: Staging is de-personalizing a space to make a property offend the least, appeal to the greatest and feature the (26 comments)
I have said it before and I am saying it again (and most likely again, and then, again after a bit): Rules, though helpful, are meant to be broken. I can think of very few "rules" that always, always hold true...most rules are great guidelines to help us more smoothly navigate a potentially chaotic and overwhelming area. There are almost always exceptions to rules, cases where the square peg just doesn't fit, and times when there is more to the story than black and white. To be more specific, lets talk about staging's Paramount Rules of de-clutter and de-personalize...I (3 comments)
Tricky Taupe...what color are you...what time is it? - 06/20/08 02:11 PM
Have you ever noticed that some "neutral" paint colors seem to change like a chameleon depending on the light...In afternoon sunlight, a "neutral" paint color's base becomes the prominent color. This means that your paint choice can really change a room from clean, sharp and neutral in artificial light to greeny, yellowy or pinky in bright sunlight. To ensure that your taupe stays true, take these steps:1. determine the base color of your paint prior to painting the entire room;2. test paint in all types of light (morning and afternoon natural, and artificial); and3. stick with a true-brown undertone for that (5 comments)
My husband and I were watching an episode of Dress My Nest (HGTV), when its host Thom said, "that hurts my eye" regarding a design dilemma. My husband Bob said, "hey, that's what you say...does it really hurt your eye?" My answer is yes. Certain things hurt my eye, or are uncomfortable for me to look at. Its not just a preference for prettiness or neatness, it is actually a physiological response to chaos that makes me uneasy. My definition of chaos is too much of anything without any organizing force...too much color, too much stuff, too big, too (3 comments)
No matter what state you live in, it is nearly the middle of June...my guess is that there is not snow on the ground at your listings so update those photos....and Happy Fathers Day! Annie and Bob Pacieznik...your Edina & Minneapolis neighborhood experts. PACIEZNIK: "a name in real estate you might not be (8 comments)
The world is a stage...dont forget the out of doors - 06/13/08 11:11 AM
I've included photos of several different properties in several different seasons to make a few points about outdoor staging. First and foremost, it doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive. I remain a true believer in less is more, and use what you got to make it work. The point of staging is to give prospective buyers a sense of scale (can I fit my table and chairs there?); to illustrate possibilities (oh, a dining area, a sitting area, a garden); and to sell the space not the stuff(wow, that's a big yard, the deck is nice...). So hint at what (3 comments)
Entryways, mud rooms, breeze ways, foyers...whatever door you come in is right where you need the most help in organization and de-cluttering. Personally I could spend all day moving shoes around my front hall...which tells me that my system isn't working. In any organizational project, storing things where they are used is key to the maintenance of order. If its easy to put away and retrieve, chances are more likely that tidiness will reign. I have decided that my front closet needs more easy access shoe storage than it does hanging coat storage. I am hoping that this will ease (3 comments)
Life Goes On...grow garden grow - 06/11/08 05:06 PM
Life can be a whirlwind of milestones, some joyous and some tragic, some anticipated others shocking, and yet one thing is for sure...Life goes on. Over the course of the last month our little family has seen a lot and behind the scenes our garden continues to grow and thrive...for that I am grateful! Thanks to the new and improved garden fence, our back forty is safe from all the furry critters that love to nibble our veggies. When the corn gets tall enough, we'll have to remove the lid, but until then, grow garden grow. Annie and Bob Pacieznik...your Edina (0 comments)
I often tout the power of three, whether it be in flower arrangement, knick-knack design, color schemes, heights, depths, photographs, furniture scenarios...You get the picture. Three is a magic number. Here is a simple threesome: three low vases with fresh cut flowers and/or greens to really bring the table to life. Garden greens last even longer than flowers for inexpensive centerpieces that say fresh, clean and simple, that is three!
Annie and Bob Pacieznik...your Edina & Minneapolis neighborhood experts. PACIEZNIK: "a name in real estate you might not be able to pronounce but can certainly trust" Watch this (4 comments)
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