Multi-generational living…. ready or not

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We all love our kids and are so proud to see them spread their wings and start their own lives. However, sometimes moving forwards first requires them to take a temporary step backward. Many of us have experienced our kids moving back home for awhile to be able to take that step forward.

This home had a nice open floor plan, which worked great for the family. However, once one of their kids had to move back in for awhile, that open floor plan became a large storage area.

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One of the great things about this home was that it had two staircases. The main staircase was grand and made quite a statement when you first walked into the home. The second staircase, which was in the family room, seemed forgotten and felt like it just took up valuable square footage. It also had these tall 20 foot ceilings that felt a bit cavernous.  Our job was to take advantage of the height while still making the rooms feel cozy and inviting.

We used great artwork to bring our eyes up and to make the forgotten staircase seem part of the family room. Also some great rugs on top of the dated carpeting really made the rooms feel fresh and inviting to all potential buyer’s.

The staging helped the home sell quickly and now the seller’s and their daughter are able to move into their new……..but separate homes.

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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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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.

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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