home staging: Isn't Home Staging and Real Estate Merchandising the same thing? NO it's not! - 03/31/11 10:52 AM
It's all about getting noticed
in a sea of for sale signs. . .

Recently after discussing Home Staging and merchandising techniques with a fellow AR Home Stager. I made a comment that the property we were discussing was actually merchandised and NOT staged which solicited the comment,
Isn't Home Staging and Real Estate Merchandising essentially the same thing?
My reply was an emphatic, NO it's not! 
But isn't the purpose of merchandising to make a property for sale as appealing as possible to buyers which is what Home Staging is doing?
Yes, but there … (17 comments)

home staging: Give Your Yard the Competitive Edge with a Flowering Hedge! - 02/08/10 02:59 PM

Hedge rows can add lots of character to your curb appeal. Giving your yard the competitive edge with a flowering hedge row can make your property for sale stand out in a crowd. Aside from offering privacy, sophistication, and textured greenery, hedge rows can cover unsightly chain link fences and add color, fragrance and protection that buyers can appreciate.
If you live in a semi tropical to tropical environment and have a yard in need of some landscaping, you might consider planting some tropical flowering hedge rows to add some practacle pizazz to your yard. Here are some of my favorite hedges that are fast growing, … (19 comments)

home staging: Do Your Clients... Need a Face Lift? - 11/19/09 08:31 AM
Do Your Clients Bathroom or Kitchen Cabinets Need a Face Lift?
Often times a small remodeling budget precludes any cabinet updating save for a few coats of paint. If you have dowdy laminate cabinets, paint usually doesn't make the grade when trying to give an attractive update to an old kitchen or bathroom, mainly because laminate does not hold the paint very well and can peal off easily and or bubble in humid environments. The steam from your shower or boiling pot of pasta can ruin the paint job faster than you can say spaghetti carbonara.

As most sellers are under a tight budget these … (11 comments)

home staging: Inspirational Books for Designer's: summer's over but the book list continues- - 09/28/09 08:34 AM
Those of you who don't live as close to the equator as I do might be lamenting the end of summer's balmy days and the grasp of fall's chilly nights. Nothing motivates the mind quite like a good read when curling up in the snugness of ones boudoir preparing for that long winter's nap. Even in Hawaii the rainy days of winter can dampen the spirit but here is a book list to help keep the circulation flowing.

For Home Stagers and Real Estate Merchandisers color selection is Primo and Pantone is the science behind color forecasting and selection; this … (12 comments)

home staging: Nu'uanu Hawaii, Virtual Master Suite Make Over: Breakfast in Bed at Tiffany's! - 08/04/09 10:23 AM
Part I: The Master Bedroom - A diamond in the rough.
 The heroine of this master suite makeovers name has been changed for dramatic purposes to "Tiffany"; whose family is in the process of remodeling their Nu'uanu Condo. Tiffany and Co. needed help with design choices and contacted JDS Consulting for some Do It Yourself advice. After our initial consultation we determined that the new diggs would have a Modern, Contemporary Asian design aesthetic with an earth tone color palette to compliment the view. We also needed the space to potentially function as both a second home and or rental, so stylish … (18 comments)

home staging: Dreams Do Come True - Give A Gift of Feng Shui to Brighten Someone's Day! - 07/14/09 08:46 AM

You have perhaps heard about the ancient Chinese tradition of Feng Shui and you may even know that it is a philosophy applied to interior design and it's concepts are utilized by many Real Estate merchandisers and home stagers. But what you might not know is that Feng Shui is a philosophy of creating and optimizing environments to bring about happiness, abundance and harmony for it's inhabitants. This philosophy includes urban and city planning, personal and public architecture, interior and garden design, and the ultimate placement of objects in our personal environments.  


home staging: And Now a Word From Our Sponsors: Real Estate Merchandising Works Wonders! - 07/09/09 09:22 AM
JDS Consulting- Staging Hawaii nei! Providing Real Estate Merchandising services including: Home Staging, Interior Decor, Turn Key, Landscaping, Remodeling, & Open House Hosting. Visit our Blog: Questions for Kimo: Decor Design & all things Hawaiian- www.RealEstateDesignOnLine.com tel.+1.808.344.1264 Kimo Stowell Copyright ©2009 … (2 comments)

home staging: Move over Modernity it's Moooi! - 06/11/09 09:25 AM

As some of you already know I'm a big Dutch Modern fan and love the modern design aesthetic of Marcel Wanders and Moooi. Unfortunately when I was in Amsterdam this past winter the Moooi gallery had yet to open it's doors to the public. Finally the highly anticipated moment has arrived and the gallery is poised to release it's new collection in it's new diggs on June 12th 2009. Here's a little peak of what's inside.
Blog Entry: Mod Tips for Home Stagers...Modern News for Modern Styles...

Moooi Gallery Opened June 1st this year and anticipating the release of it's … (6 comments)

home staging: Accessory Quest: If your INTO accessories, theirs are on sale. - 06/08/09 08:56 PM
In the perpetual pursuit of the perfect accessories...
One of my favorite accessories and fine furnishings store INTO is having a 25% to 50% off sale now until the end of June. INTO is located at 40 North Hotel Street near the intersection of Smith and Hotel in Honolulu's historic Chinatown.
INTO offers an abundant assortment of furnishings including traditional and contemporary home accessories, furnishings and lighting together with a selection of specialty books from publishers including Assouline, Taschen and teNeues.
Owner Alan Carrell offers eco-friendly, socially conscious products from around the world and will be happy to assist you in finding that exceptional conversation … (7 comments)

home staging: Developing An Editors Eye! - 06/04/09 08:58 PM

edit  - (!e-dut): to prepare (as literary material) for publication or public presentation b. b to assemble (as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging c. c to alter, adapt, or refine especially to bring about conformity to a standard or to suit a particular purpose - carefully edited the speech - edit a data file -Webster Online Dictionary
As active bloggers we are usually acutely aware of our editing skills or lack there of when it comes to writing but developing an editors eye for ones own occupation can be applied successfully to almost every profession with … (9 comments)

home staging: Before and After Condo Makeover in Waikiki Hawaii! - 05/20/09 08:48 PM

Here is our latest Real Estate merchandising project in the heart of Waikiki, Hawaii. We replaced most of the lighting, installed Berber carpeting, laminate floors(bamboo), replaced the kitchen counter-top, replaced the kitchen sink, repainted the cabinets, inside and out, replaced bathroom vanity, refurbished the furniture, and staged the property.


JDS Consulting- Staging Hawaii nei! Providing Real Estate Merchandising services including: Home Staging, Interior Decor, Turn Key, Landscaping, Remodeling, & Open House Hosting. Visit our Blog: Questions for Kimo: Decor Design & all things Hawaiian- www.RealEstateDesignOnLine.com  tel.+1.808.344.1264  Kimo Stowell Copyright ©2009

home staging: The TOP TEN Differences Between Real Estate Merchandising and Home Staging:Comparing Golden Delicious to Granny Smith. - 05/19/09 01:31 PM
The TOP TEN Differences Between Real Estate Merchandising and Home Staging:Comparing Golden Delicious to Granny Smith:  
Knowing whether you need a Home Stager or a Real Estate Merchandiser can save you money, time, and aggravation when it comes to preparing your property for sale. Both professions prep properties for sale but there are subtle and not so subtle differences between the two design denominations that might make one more helpful in your specific selling situation than the other.

Below is my Top Ten Differences Between Real Estate Merchandising and Home Staging, hopefully, you may use it as a guide to determine who might serve you … (20 comments)

home staging: Questions for Kimo: Where can I find examples of the art you use in your staging? - 04/21/09 11:29 AM

Where can I find examples of the art you use in your staging?   
They say a picture speaks a thousand words and in some cases can cost you just as much if not more in cash. Find the right art to stage a property for sale and you can transform a room with four walls into an inspiring treasure worth buying.
As simple as that statement might sound, finding the right art for a design project is not that easy. An art piece can make a stage or ruin it depending on many factors in addition to the fickle aesthetic of the viewer. Subject matter, composition, size, … (6 comments)

home staging: One Little Red Wagon Thats NOT Tied to Other Sinking Ships in the Industry! - 04/07/09 03:56 PM
Home Staging is One Little Red Wagon Thats NOT Tied to Other Sinking Ships in the Industry!
Inspired by Benita Gottfried's post:  Is Real Estate Staging A Bubble Profession? I thought I would post a rebuttal to Benita's thought provoking question.  
It is true that staging evolved into a full flung profession during the glory days of the most recent Real Estate Bonanza. It has also been postulated that home staging perhaps will pop out of existence just like the investment banks and sub-prime mortgages, whose fortunes rose and fell during those rollicking days of double digit appreciation and it's subsequent collapse. However, it would be erroneous to … (28 comments)

home staging: Get a Grip and Make it Shine! don't get floored by your floors! - 03/30/09 02:02 PM
One of the first things potential buyers take notice of when they visit a property for sale are the floors. Paying attention to the condition of the flooring is an important step when staging a home and this post features two products that I depend on and might help you Get a Grip and Make it Shine. When it comes to flooring in a staged home it's important that the floors are not only clean but sparkle. Not every staging budget has new flooring in mind and working with what you have should not mean settling for dull and worn-out looking floors.  


home staging: Knowing your Banana from your Lauhala: - 03/18/09 12:33 PM
Knowing your Banana from your Lauhala: Not all tropical matting is created equal-
When it comes to Hawaiiana or tropical decor, natural matting (matting created from the weaving of palm or plant leaves) is a warm, eco friendly, and sustainable product found in many homes here in Hawaii.
From the multimillion dollar estates in Diamond Head and Kahala to the country cottages of Makaha this all natural matting can be utilized in many ways from flooring to veneers to wall coverings, to ceiling treatments.


Before Western contact, Hawaiian homes typically would have several layers of matting on the … (17 comments)

home staging: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...no, it's not Christmas it's Clearance! - 02/25/09 10:13 AM
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...no, it's not Christmas it's Clearance as in Pier One Imports Winter Clearance Sale!
With visions of plum colored wine goblets and imported cane furniture dancing in my head it's time to head to Pier One for their winter clearance sale. If you're a Home Stager or Designer now is the time to find great bargains on those must have accessories.
Here is a collection of interesting artifacts from Pier One Imports for under $12.
This Coconut Bark Bowl makes one howl of a statement as a table centerpiece.
sale price $11.18Orig.tag $15


home staging: Pillow Talk: The artful placement of pillows vol II. piling practicum - 10/24/08 11:20 PM
Pillow talk: The artful placement of pillows...
don't go overboard or over the Head board when piling pillows on the bed

Arranging pillows on a sofa or bed is a fairly mundane activity that in itself does not necessarily require instruction. However, if your home is on the market and your looking to give your property it's best face possible, here are some simple pointers to give your pillowed furniture practical pizazz.  

Less is more, more or less: regardless of how passionate you are for pillows, the old adage that less is more applies when it comes to staging the bedroom. The … (57 comments)

home staging: Selling an Unfinished Property and the Adventures of a Real Estate Investor! - 09/07/08 02:41 PM
Real Estate Merchandising, it's more than just staging?

The majority of my clients are Real Estate Investors, who for one reason or another want to sell their investment properties and need someone to prepare their properties for sale. Sometimes staging is involved, especially in turn key investments, but most of the time it is simply painting and replacing dated fixtures and carpet.
Sometimes investors have a small budget for improvements and they are anxious to sell but the property is unfinished or in very poor condition. The sellers agent knows it's going to be a difficult sell but with a … (18 comments)

home staging: Impatiens are a virtue... when it comes to curb appeal! - 05/17/08 10:51 AM
Impatiens are a virtue... when it comes to curb appeal!  

A little flower can go along way in sprucing up your curb appeal. In this case the little flower is the impatien.
This hardy part sun, part shade annual comes in many colors, and grows quickly. I like them because they take minimal care and produce vibrant and beautiful blossoms.
Whether you plant them in beds or pots these little flowers create a big impact on your curb appeal at little cost and little effort.

photos by Kimo
Here is example of one of our colorful curb … (4 comments)

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