Holiday Candles Display

Holiday Candles Display


Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a passion for decorating! And, as a decorator and home stager who's helped many people transform their homes, I wanted to share my ideas and tips with others. Enjoy! My company's motto is: "Home Staging for Selling or Staying!"

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sell Your House - Even During the Holidays!

It’s that time of the year when we open up our houses to family and friends. Our calendars are packed, and our budgets are strained. But the Holidays don’t have to mean that you can’t put your house on the market.

Typically, there are fewer house hunters during the holidays, but the ones you get tend to be more motivated. Here are some ways to make your home appealing to those Holiday Buyers:

1. Stage First: The most obvious first step to having an appealing home is to get it staged prior to decorating. Having a stager come in to create a warm and welcoming environment will create the perfect start to your Holiday Home. A stager can transform your home and make the best use of the space by de-cluttering and rearranging furniture.

2. Pick the perfect tree (or not): A Christmas tree in the right space can really show off a room, but in smaller spaces it might be better to skip it. You do not want to eat up precious floor space with a large tree. I know in my home I am always moving furniture to fit my tree and sometimes it can create a cramped space.

3. Decorate for your Décor: It is important to keep your space and your design style in mind when decorating your home. Having a cohesive design will help to accentuate your homes features. If you have a traditional style, then going with the classic red and green elements will work well. In a modern space, sleek white and cooler tones would be better.
4. Keep it Neutral:  It is important to decorate your home to appeal to a variety of different people. You can do this with color, or seasonal accents, but it is important to keep religion out of it.

5. Lights: Don’t go overboard with the lights when decorating your home. Using white lights is better than using colored lights, the whites will give your home a simple, classic look. It is important that when decorating with lights to keep in mind the overall look. Make sure to hide extension cords or hooks.

6. De-Personalize: The number one rule for staging is to de-personalize, the same goes for decorating for the Holidays. Box up the greeting cards and the heirloom ornaments. It is also important to not overload the bottom of the tree with presents, keep it simple and uncluttered.    

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fall Decorating Ideas

--> Fall Decorating Ideas

This weekend I spent time around a campfire, snuggled in my sweater and enjoyed the crisp autumn air.  Fall has made it appearance; the leaves are changing color and it is time to start decorating your home for the season.
Painted Pumpkins- One of the most iconic symbols of fall is the pumpkin. While it is traditional to use orange pumpkins to decorate your porch, they may not go with your interior décor. If this is the case, you can choose to paint them in a variety of colors from gold to chalkboard. A hot trend this year is to use metallic paint or foil to decorate your painted pumpkin.
Buffalo Check- Plaid patterns are perfect for decorating for the fall. Buffalo check is a large bold block of color, usually in black and white. It is easy to layer this pattern because of the color scheme and visually simple pattern. Add this pattern in cozy pillows and throws. These pillows from Pier One Imports are fun and inviting and would look perfect on your couch.

Unexpected Florals- You can’t go wrong with flowers when decorating your holiday table. While the typical fall flowers consist of mums and sunflowers, why not go with something a little less expected. In this centerpiece, you can see the pumpkin used as a vase for the variety of succulents. Use this as the start of a fabulous table-scape for your Thanksgiving celebration.
Natural Elements- One of my favorite ways to decorate for fall is to use natural elements.  I love to string up pinecones and acorns in a pretty garland for my table and mantle. I found this paper oak leaf garland and Crate and Barrel that creates a great look that can last through many seasons. Drape this on your mantel or banister for a natural, but more stylized look.
Muted Tones- One of my favorite colors of the fall season is Pantone’s Red Pear. It is described as a, “deliciously, deep red, whose luscious depth entices,” it is a rich and decadent burgundy with cool undertones.

Happy Decorating, everyone!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Decorating Ideas for a Dorm Room

Whether it’s your first year of college or you’re moving back to campus, it’s time to put on your decorator’s cap and get to work. Your dorm room is the perfect place to put your personality and interests on display. You will spend lots of time in your room so it should be a comfy and inviting space. Your space will be working overtime, serving as a study area, living space, kitchen and bedroom. That’s a lot of activity in such a small space. Most dorm rooms are small, plain and utilitarian. Here are some easy, budget friendly ways to add style to your space:

--> Storage- So with any small space, storage is a must. Most Dorm rooms include bookcases and desks as well as a bed that is higher off the floor to allow for storage. You will have a lot of stuff and investing in some storage bins is a good idea to make all your odds and ends look good. For the desk, you can get small bins to keep all of your office supplies. Rubbermaid bins under the bed are a good choice for larger items or extra clothing. For the bookcases or shelves, I suggest storage bins. The good thing about these items is that they come in a variety of colors to help match your décor. You can even transform plain bins/ boxes with contact paper to create a look that blends with your style. In this picture, we can see larger bins mixed with smaller decorative boxes. The storage boxes are used as décor items and add pattern and visual interest, while providing a space for your items.

Decorate your walls/ door- Unfortunately you won’t be able to paint your dorm room, so to add interest to your space you need to get creative. Create a photo collage with those hundreds of selfies you have stored on your phone. You can hang posters or several pictures to create a gallery wall. You can try washi tape (see photo on right) to make shapes or words and create a statement. If that’s not your thing, think about hanging up a large tapestry, to create a focal point for your space.

In the picture, you can see the graphic text created with turquoise washi tape to create a statement. It is on the outside of the dorm room and will surely make your guest feel welcome.

Pillows- Pillows are a great opportunity to go crazy with color and pattern -- and the best part is that they are easy changed. I have couch pillows that I have purchased covers for to change up the look of my living area, the covers are easy to change out and clean. And remember that pillows are not only for your bed, invest in some larger ones for the floor to accommodate guests.

Rug- So with a dorm room you are limited with your decorating but that doesn’t mean you have to be boring.  While most dorm rooms might already have carpet, adding an area rug can help define your space and add some color and pattern. It is probably better to go with a darker color with an abstract pattern that could help camouflage any spills or stains. But if you must absolutely have a lighter color rug, like the one pictured on the left, then investing in some scotch guard is a sure to help your purchase hold up better.

As always, Happy Decorating, everyone!