home staging: Make It Work: What Home Staging and Project Runway Share - 02/11/10 12:00 PM
 I love Project Runway. I love watching the fashion. I love mentor Tim Gunn. And I love his mantra: "Make it work." That got me thinking about the many ways Project Runway and home staging are similar.
If you're not familiar with the show, they start with 16 fashion designers. Each week they get a crazy project and one or two days to complete a garment, usually within a limited budget. The designer with the worst style as determined by a panel of judges goes home. At the end, the final three go to Fashion Week in New York and the lucky winner … (17 comments)

home staging: This Home Stager is on Border Patrol! - 02/06/10 06:07 AM
It seems like I've been seeing a lot of wallpaper borders lately. Sometimes they are part of a wallpaper decorating scheme and other times they are flying solo near the ceiling or at chair rail height. I have yet to see one that I think enhances a space. It's a trend from a past decade and it dates the home like brass fixtures or avocado appliances. Therefore, this home stager is on border patrol!
Like any design choices you make when you live in a home, if you love them, you should keep them and enjoy. But if you are putting … (26 comments)

home staging: Putting Your House on the Market Soon? Here Are 6 Ways to Begin Home Staging Now! - 01/29/10 09:05 AM
You've decided to put your house on the market and you're planning to do so in a month or two. Now you must decide how to prepare your home for sale. To make that task easier, here are six ways to begin the home staging process now.
1. Decide what needs to go
Check each room and remove furniture and accessories that are not necessary, are visually distracting or block the views of architectural details. This includes family photos, collectibles, accent furniture or maybe even large pieces such as a buffet or TV.  Look for too much pattern in a space. When … (14 comments)

home staging: Shopping Tips From a Thrift Store Aficionado - 01/05/10 11:57 AM
As a home stager, I'm always concerned about budget. The first time I walked into a thrift store was when my husband and I rehabbed a home a few years ago and I was looking for window treatments. Over the years, I have continued the search for treasures and I now consider myself a thrift store aficionado. 
Here are some of my favorite tips to get the most from thrift store shopping:
Get acquainted with several stores. You have to visit a variety of stores a few times to figure out which ones have the treasures you're hunting. Remember, people are … (12 comments)

home staging: A Bathroom is a Terrible Thing to Waste! - 09/13/09 08:35 AM

The bathroom is one of the most overlooked rooms in the home. Really. And as a home stager, I see a lot of wasted bathrooms in homes on the market.
First things first: bathrooms have to be clean. Sparkling, dirt-free and stain-free clean. Strangers are looking at a seller's bathroom, wondering if they will feel good about brushing their teeth in that sink. Some elbow grease goes a long way to make it a well-received space.
What I really mean, though, is the stuff. Many of us don't live with decorative accessories in our bathrooms. But staging a home for sale means … (26 comments)

home staging: With Pattern, Bold is Not Always Beautiful When You Are Selling Your Home! - 06/24/09 12:21 PM
When I looked up “neutralize” in the dictionary, I found “counterbalance.” What a great concept!  It suggests that neutralizing is just resetting the scale, balancing the weight between what the seller has and what the buyer wants. Balancing that weight goes beyond choosing beige or cream paint for walls, it also applies to pattern. Pattern is distracting to potential home buyers and can keep them from seeing the best features of a house. It’s a very personal choice. A bright plaid sofa and loveseat, an entire room in leopard print or the cottage rose window treatments may be favorites of … (22 comments)

home staging: Sellers: Home Staging Isn’t About You, It’s All About the Buyers! - 06/10/09 09:19 AM
Homeowners today must feel really vulnerable when they decide to put their homes on the market. There’s a lot of competition and their house may be worth less than it was three years ago. Perhaps they even tried selling their home last year and pulled it off the market when they didn’t get the right offer. Then in comes a home stager like me, who may ask them to remove, update, rearrange and paint--all for the benefit of the new potential owner. Let’s face it, buyers are looking for their new home--not a home that looks like it belongs to … (10 comments)

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