2018 April blog

2018 April  blog
Weathered or Washed Grey Wood Table

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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!"




Friday, May 4, 2018

The Difference between "Decorating" and "Staging"


“Over 81% of Buyers find it easier to visualize the property as their future home when it’s staged.” Whether you use a professional or do it yourself, staging is such an important part of selling your home.

The most common mistake that home owners tend to make is assuming that decorating a home is the same as staging a home. As a designer and a home stager, I can tell you that the two are very different, from the beginning stages to the end result.

“Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines. It’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul,” states Albert Hadley. This quote pretty much sums it up, Decorating is about creating a space that you can live comfortably and happy in, while staging is about creating a space that a buyer can imagine living in. It is about showing off a home or space in the best way so that the buyer can see it and how it works for them.

The hardest thing that a seller has to do when prepping their home for sale is to de-personalize their home. Our homes are a reflection of us and our experiences, so we collect items that remind us of memories and people. When putting a house on the market, all that needs to be taken out and the space needs to be neutralized. If a potential buyer is walking through your space and seeing pictures of you and your family, it makes it harder for them to visualize themselves in the space.  You need to create is a neutral space that warm and inviting.

When I meet with a design client, I really try to get to know them, get to know the ins and outs of their lives and the way they will interact within a space. I focus on the people that will be living in the space. But when I look at a home to stage,  I have to think about a broader client base and the many different scenarios.   Then, I try to present the space so that it appeals to a wider range of people -- so staging the space and the home become the focus.

Our advice – hire a professional to give you impartial and objective advice on staging your home to sell.  They can help you sell your property quickly and for the most money possible!

As always, Happy Decorating (and Staging) 😊

Saturday, April 7, 2018

New Trends in Furniture Finishes


Looking at trying something new in your space but don’t really want to spend a fortune? There are a ton of furniture finishes that are hot for 2018. You can spruce up your current wood furniture or go hunting for potential pieces at the thrift store. I find that old furniture is usually built well and can really be made into something special. I have taken several pieces and transformed them so that they would fit with my personal design style. But don’t worry if you are not into DIY-- these finishes can be found in most furniture stores.


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Cerused Wood Finished:  A technique that has been around for centuries is becoming popular again. This finish uses white pigment to fill in and reveal the unique grain lines of wood. Ceruse was a white lead derivative used as a cosmetic in the Victorian Era. It was highly toxic on human skin but cabinet makers used it to fill the porous open grain of oak planks. In Great Britain, it is known as “Limed Oak."  These days nontoxic colored waxes are used to create the same effect.

In the example that I found on Houzz.com, you can see the white wax really showcases the beauty of the wood grain. The technique really adds a lot of depth and contrast to the space. This piece would work well. Because of the style of this dresser, this piece would work well in a modern or contemporary space. This type of finish could look great in a lot of different design styles.

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Metallic Painted Furniture:  I love the look of a mirrored piece of furniture, but with kids I always stayed away. I am in love with this new metallic paint that is coming out, you can add a little bling to your space without going full on glam. This finish can really change the look of an outdated piece of furniture. The metallic paint has a sheen that will accent any texture or accents your furniture piece already has.

This piece found at Horchow is a stunning chest. The lines are classic and the cabriole legs add extra interest. This piece would work well in a Shabby chic or Hollywood regency spaces. But the finish could add some interest in an Industrial or contemporary space.


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Weathered Wood: Grey is such a hot color in design right now. The weathered or "washed grey" wood is really a great finish to go along with the cooler grey tones that are trending now. The wood can be “aged” with stain or paint. This finish works well in a variety of different setting from casual to classy. The table I found at all ZGallerie, could work in a coastal beach house or in an industrial setting, all depending what you pair with it.

As always, enjoy your month and Happy Decorting!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spring Cleaning Tips

We all have a list of chores for Spring Cleaning, the once a year projects for your home. The difference between Spring Cleaning and everyday cleaning is in the details. Spring is the time to really focus on the details and the things that go overlooked throughout the year.

Here is a list of 5 things to add that will make your worn out furniture and décor look and feel like new.

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1. Pillows: This can be for your functional pillows or the decorative pillows -- but be sure to read the instructions on each pillow before cleaning. For pillows that can be washed in the washing machine, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your regular detergent. Cover 2 tennis balls with socks and put in the dryer with your pillows to fluff and dry.

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2. Walls- Your walls collect finger prints, grime, dust and dirt but we often don’t spend a lot of time cleaning them. But if you clean them, your house will feel like it was just painted and new. First you want to make sure to dust the walls and ceilings. You can wrap your broom with a towel and run it along the walls to do this easier. Once this is done it you can use a floor mop that is flat with a removable cloth attached to it. Do one wall at a time, working from ceiling to floor. It might be easier to move furniture away from the walls. Then wipe down trim and light switches and outlets

To get rid of marks or stubborn dirt use a magic eraser. These things are amazing, but be sure to test your walls in an inconspicuous spot. On some paint it can take the gloss out of your glossy or semi-gloss paint.

3. Stainless Steel: I love the look of my stainless steel appliances, but over the year they take quite the beating. Regular cleansers might remove dirt but can leave behind streaks and spots that are very difficult to remove, not to mention the tons of fingerprints! To give these surfaces a good clean and shine combine ¼ cup vinegar, ½ cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil to form a paste. Use a soft cloth to rub the paste into your stainless steel appliance, using small circles to really get the mixture in. Let the paste sit for about 10 minutes before wiping off with a clean cloth.

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4. Leather Furniture: Leather is timeless and can be quite beautiful, but if you have kids and pets, then your leather probably looks worn and scratched. Leather can be conditioned and made to look almost new with just a little elbow grease and olive oil. There are couple different recipes for refreshing your leather but I have used straight olive oil and gotten great results. Always, always test a spot that will not be seen to see how your leather will react, this is so important.


5. Wood furniture:  If you have wood furniture with scratches you can give them a makeover and make it look like new. Use ½ cup of vinegar with a ½ cup of olive oil. Rub it on, leave for a  minute and then wipe off. The finish will look like new.

As always, Happy Decorating!
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