Appealing to the HGTV Generation

Many of today’s buyer’s are much more sophisticated, not only in technology, but also in what they are looking for in a new home. Most buyer’s view the online photo’s before they ever go out to see the home. They have also seen the shows on HGTV showcasing homes that have not only been updated utilizing current trends, but have been decorated by professionals. This sets the bar pretty high for most normal sellers. That’s where staging can really help.

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This home had a wonderful floor plan and beautiful yards with a pool. So what could be missing you ask??  The home felt a little dated and color palate needed an infusion of color. A color most popular with buyer’s today is blue, which worked beautifully with the tan’s and brown’s currently in the home.

So working in a gorgeous blue color along with restyling the existing furniture and adding in some fun pieces really changed the feel of the home. In fact, the entire energy of the home changed! When the seller’s got to see their newly staged home for the first time, the wife actually cried as she felt her home was now so beautiful. That always a good feeling.

Well not only did the home sell quickly, they had a bidding war and the home ended up selling for $20,000 above asking price. Now that would make even make the HGTV generation stand up and take notice!!

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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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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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