Staging your home for it’s new family

Many of us have home’s that reflect our personal style and interests. In fact, our homes many times provide a glimpse into our very souls. However, when it comes time to sell your home, those styles and interests can limit the possible buyer’s and even the amount you can sell your home for. So that’s when editing, restyling and/or staging becomes so important.
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This home had an incredibly fun and outgoing family. However, the home was so personalized to their passions that potential buyer’s would have had a hard time seeing themselves living there.

These before photos show the home after the seller’s had moved to their new home. The walls were painted a beautiful color that really showcased the plantation shuttered windows and gorgeous dark hardwood floors. We then brought in a style that played up the beauty of the home without losing the joyful spirit the home had.

Now the home is ready for it’s new family and the many years of happiness it will surely bring to them.

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Modern Farmhouse

This late 1800’s home had once been the carriage home to a Dutch Colonial Craftsman home. With horse and buggies no longer needed, the carriage house was converted to a home in the 1920’s. The last updates done to the home had been in the 1960’s and the home felt disjointed and at odds with itself. When we first saw the home, it looked sorely outdated and any charm it once had was sadly lost to time.

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Palm Springs Style

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This home is Palm Springs wasn’t horrible when the contractor started the remodel, but there was nothing special about it either. It was just the “same old same old”. The contractor updated the home’s style and really designed the home to incorporate the contemporary feel that you find so often in Palm Springs. In my staging I was able to showcase the new contemporary style  and decorate in a fun and flirty style that really shows off the beauty and new “vibe” of the home. Living in Palm Springs really blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living and this home now enjoys both to the fullest.

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Rustic Elegance

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As soon as you drive up to this home you notice it’s mountain like setting. The family selling this home just loved the trees because it reminded them so much of Germany. As with many older homes, the floor plan was a bit challenging. So defining the living areas became my first job. Then I wanted to incorporate the beautiful scenery outside into my design. Many times I decorate for a builder so I only have the house to work with. With this home I got to work with the seller. Many of my design choices were made with her style and personality in mind. She was delightful and I think the home now captures not only the beauty of the home but also the beauty and style of “S”.

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Delicious Chandeliers

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Photo courtesy of VillaPaprika

In my humble opinion, the chandeliers of a home don’t always get the recognition they deserve. They not only bring light to a home but can also help set the tone and style of a home.  The beauty great chandeliers bring cannot be overstated. They can take a room from reserved to dramatic or from contemporary to glamorous. It all depends on you.

Many people will spend a lot of time finding the perfect flooring, furniture, drapes etc. But chandeliers are often overlooked. They are viewed as utilitarian. Lighting over the dining room – check. Lighting over the kitchen island – check, check.  Oh, but there’s so much more.

Today we are seeing chandeliers used in so many different rooms and in so many fun ways. From the kitchen and dining room to the bedroom and bathroom. Guest bedroom, absolutely. Over the bathtub, how could you not! Library, yes please.  Dollar for dollar these beacon’s of light can really pack a punch.   In working on many remodeling jobs over the years we have seen the difference great chandeliers can make not only in the beauty of a room but how it is viewed by others. Nothing can create excitement in a room as much as a beautiful chandelier.

You don’t have to break the bank. It isn’t how much you spend on your chandelier but how much you love it.  As for me, well I have five, six, ok seven, and am always looking for that next delicious chandelier to bring home.

It’s only Rock and Roll, but I like it!

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We are all looking for those great, one of a kind ideas, that help us put our own unique stamp on our home.  I recently encountered a room which had a curved wall, that left little room for furniture. It was also a high traffic area, so it really cut down on my design options. Many considered it a “throw away” wall.

Since the people flipping this home were involved in the music industry, I started looking at design ideas with that in mind.

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Give your bedroom a little ‘zhush’

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Putting together an attractive and inviting bedroom isn’t as hard as you think. It all starts with what should be your focal point, the bed. From iron to upholstered or contemporary to architectural, you need a great bed. Just remember, a great bed doesn’t have to be expensive, it just needs to express your personality.  Next you want to make sure your bed is positioned correctly. I can’t tell you how many times I go into a bedroom and the bed is placed so that it cuts the room in half, or, makes the room feel off balance.

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Redlands Hilltop Estate

As soon as you step into this home you can’t help noticing the breath taking views of the majestic Southern California mountains. In fact an entire wall of windows takes in those incredible views. For a home that was once dark and stuck in the 1970’s,  this home now feels open, modern, and ready for it’s first cocktail party. With over 4,000 square feet, this house has enough room for everyone but never feels overwhelming or impersonal.

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From Kid heaven to Family Haven

This mid-century home had great bones, wonderful views and an incredible “Secret Garden” backyard. However it wasn’t until the home was de-cluttered that you could see the true beauty of the home.The home now feels more contemporary yet hasn’t lost it’s mid-century charm and appeal. Mid-century homes have really gained in popularity because of their unique blending of inside and outside living. The combination of Mid-century and contemporary in this home has played to the strengths of each style.

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