Good Curb Appeal!

Good Curb Appeal!

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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: "Get A Goode Start to Sell Your Home!"




Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Curb Appeal - What You Need to Sell Your House!


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When selling your home, the outside is just as important as the inside. Staging is a great way to showcase your home and it really lets buyers see your home at its best. The outside of your home is the first thing that buyers will see, it is so important to make a good first impression. Let’s look at some ways to boost curb appeal and get your home sold quicker:

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-A Fresh Coat: You don’t have to go crazy and paint the whole house but touching up the up the paint on the trim and the door will make a big difference. You can also add some interest by changing the color of your front door. This is also a great way to add a pop of a vibrant or bold color that will not be overpowering. In this picture we see the front door paint in a fresh, spring green. Fresh Apple (P360-6) by Behr makes a strong yet welcoming statement. Make sure to check with your HOA  -- you have one -- before starting to make sure a color change is allowed.  I also love robin's egg blue and bright yellow doors - but it needs to look good with the siding.


-Pops of Color: Adding color to your front porch or yard adds interest. You can add color very easily by adding plants. You can add brightly colored flowers to planting beds or pots. However, if you don’t have a green thumb you can still achieve the same effect. Go with low maintenance leafy plants, like shrubs and ferns and plant them in brightly colored pots. They will look great next to any home.

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-Relaxation Zone: A front porch can be a great opportunity to create interest and warmth. If your home has a porch, think about adding a cozy seating area with an outdoor rug. Creating an inviting outdoor space to relax will make your home feel larger. Make the space even more inviting with a porch swing, accessories and some throw pillows.

-Cleaning up: Just like it is important to clear the clutter on the inside of your home, it is just as important to do it on the outside. Yard equipment, play items and even gardening supplies should be placed neatly in the shed and out of sight.

Even though the outside of your house might look clean it will still benefit from a once over
with the power washer. Siding and brick especially collect dirt and pollen over
the years. While you have the power washer be sure to go over the patio and
walkways. Also be sure to trim any trees or shrubs, pull any weeds and add fresh mulch!

-Update the hardware: This could be anything that’s on your house. All of the light fixtures should either match or be in the same style. The door knob and door knocker may need updating. These may seem like little things, but a buyer is looking at the details. Changing out this hardware can also give your house a more modern updated look.

-House Numbers: Make sure that your house number can clearly be seen. It should be on the mailbox and near the front door. You want the buyer to be able to see the numbers from the road. Black letters are the easiest to see, but if you have a darker house color you may opt to put them on the front door or to use a plaque.

Happy Spring and Happy Decorating!


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Benefits of Home Staging

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The primary goal of home staging is to make your home shine. In 2019 it will become even more important to give your home and edge up on the competition. In 2018 we have seen the housing market mainly favoring sellers, but a survey of industry experts by Zillow sees a change in the market for 2019.

“The housing market has been favoring sellers for the past few years,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell in a press release. 
“Sellers in the current housing landscape often have the luxury of listing their home ‘as-is’ without fixing it up or with only minimal window-dressing since demand for homes has been high and inventory low.”
“It’s common for sellers to receive multiple bids, and in the hottest markets, sell for over asking price, but these conditions will change in the future,” she said. “As the number of homes for sale increases and home value appreciation slows, we expect the market to meaningfully swing in favor of buyers within the next two to three years.”
This means that when selling your home, it will be more important to show your home in the best light. Even if your home is beautifully decorated, it is meant for you and may only appeal to a specific buyer. A professional home stager can help transform your home into something that will appeal to a wider variety of buyers.

A home staging professional is responsible for helping to prepare a home for sale. They will help fix flaws and highlight the positives. 

According to the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), Homes staged before hitting the market sell, on average, 73% faster than their un-staged counterparts.


Some things to focus on when staging your home are:
·       De-Clutter- This is the most important step before listing your home. A home with less stuff will feel bigger. It is important when your home is on the market to live with just the essentials. This includes removing excess furniture and clearing out the closets.
·       Space Planning- A professional can come in and arrange furniture in a way that transforms the space.
·       Maximize natural light- Spaces look best when lit with natural light. A stager will suggest removing heavy curtains to let in as much light as possible.

If you have any questions about home staging and it's benefits, please feel free to contact me or the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).

As always, Happy Decorating!



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Living Art - Baltimore's "Green Wall"

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It's March and Spring is in the air -- well it should be at least. The snow keeps falling outside, and it is hard to look ahead to warmer weather and design possibilities. We have all become indoor people, we spend on average about 90% or our time inside buildings (home or work) or cars- especially in the winter. It is well known that when we interact with nature, we are happier and healthier. Nature is so important to us, but we tend to spend the bulk of our time in the built environment.

I was in downtown Baltimore this past weekend and came across this Green Wall. It is a piece of Living Art that is also acting as advertising for the building. It was really something unexpected, something alive in a concrete environment. I did some research and this wall consists of different plants such as ferns, sedium, carex variegated, and heuchera. The wall will change with the seasons as some plants will change color in the winter or bloom in the spring.

This Living Art installation is an example of Biophilic design. Biophilic design seeks to connect our inherent need to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment. The emphasis is on intentional features that come from nature, so it goes beyond having a park or plants. It is incorporating nature into design so that the end result is seamless. This built environment meets the natural environment in a harmonious fashion.

It is really easy to take the concept of the green wall in Baltimore and incorporate it into your space. You can easily create living art by using certain plants in a vertical installation.

Framed Moss Art:   In the first picture, the main plant used is moss. Moss grows in clumps or mats making it perfect to be used as art. The moss is paired with some ferns, giving a bit of different texture. Moss can be found in several different shades of green, as well as a variety of textures. Using different types creates a visually interesting piece.

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Moss Graffiti:  Graffiti is often associated with negative images related to property damage, however moss graffiti is eco-friendly street art. Artists use bio-degradable ingredients to write messages, create art or enhance architecture.



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Succulent Picture Frame:  The variety of shapes, sizes, texture and color in succulents make them the perfect for the creative individual. These plants also grow slowly and need very little water, making them perfect for use in a vertical garden frame. You can create these by using a shadow box type frame and a little imagination. Follow this link for a how to: https://www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plans-ideas/make-a-living-succulent-picture/#page=1

As always - Happy Decorating and have a great month!

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