Category Archives: Home Staging

Add Season Warmth to Your Home

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Here are some tips on how to add season warth to your home:

Pick the Right Pillows

A room isn’t done without pillows.  Choose pillows in warm colors made of a soft down mix so they’re comfortable to
lean into.

pillows on living room sofa

Add a Layer of Texture

Anything with texture adds dimension. Nubby fabrics and textured wool area rugs make a room cozy.

couch with pillows in front of a hutch

Sprinkle on Spicy Colors

Reds, burgundies, or golds instantly transform a plain room. You don’t haveto paint the walls; you can add these tones in the drapes, furniture, pillows, rugs, or art.

red and yellow throw pillows on a beige sofa

Create a Hide-a-Way

I always tell clients that you can’t control the outside world but you can create a world on the inside of your home that is good to you. In the fall,  when you’ll be spending more time indoors, it’s important to carve out a corner for yourself. Maybe it’s a tabletop in the corner of your living room  or in your bedroom.  Fill a bulletin board with images of things you love: photos and mementos from trips, ticket stubs from a great show, cherished letters. Small collections of shells, rocks, and candles are simple things that are good for your soul.

Living Room, chair, window seat

Go the Extra Mile

Place a luxurious throw over a chair or a couch.  I always include a high-quality throw in all my clients’ family rooms.

woman in brown shirt and skirt holding three blankets

Light Up

Candles bring mood and character to a space. To avoid the risk of fire, try battery-operated flameless candles (look for versions made with real wax); they emit a nice warm glow.

candle centerpiece

Think Accessories

It’s all in the accessories. If a room is empty, it’s going to feel cold and unwelcoming. Style every table with personalized vignettes: Choose a few special items, keeping in mind that contrasts in shape and texture work best. I always look for funky, slightly off-the-wall pieces at antiques stores and flea markets. These have the most personality and are conversation-starters when put on display.

bird nest and butterfly paper

Cover Those Windows

Drapes warm up a space. If you currently have wood blinds or mini-blinds, consider changing those for a fabric Roman shade, or even better, add floor-to-ceiling drapes. The fabric softens the room and adds glamour.

detail of curtains

Pile on the Rugs

An area rug is an instant color and pattern makeover and grounds a room. I throw them right on top of carpets or summer’s sea-grass rugs.

detail of floor

Make it Your Own

Warmth can also come from personalization. Displaying a collection or hanging family photos in unusual frames — anything that gives a room your personal touch — is meaningful.

detail fireplace

Source of Information:  Better Homes & Gardens

Staging Your Home to Sell

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A potential buyer knows within 15 seconds of walking into a home whether they want to continue the tour or not.  That is why staging your home is so important!  Statistics show that staging your home sells it more quickly than if you did not stage your home.  Here are some DIY tips on staging your home prior to putting it on the market:

Get Rid of Clutter: It’s hard to see the charm of a house if there is clutter everywhere.  A truly lived-in look is not a plus when it comes to selling a home, so clear away everyday clutter including paperwork, collections and personal photos. The buyer needs to be able to visualize themselves in the space, and they won’t be able to do that with constant reminders that you’re still very much in residence.

Make the Space Feel Bigger: The objective of home staging is to leave potential buyers with the impression that a home is spacious.   This may mean removing some of the furniture in a room or rearranging so that the space does not feel cramped.

Minimize the Flaws: Potential buyers may see minor flaws which detour them from looking any further.   Find the flaws and fix them or pay someone to fix them.

Paint if Necessary:  Dirty walls or brightly colored walls may detour potential buyers, so you might want to consider paining.  Neutral tones are best because they appeal to the masses and they make the room look larger.

Spring Cleaning:  Every inch of your home should sparkle with the kind of clean that tells buyers the property is cared for and in tip-top shape. Remove corner cobwebs, keep windows squeaky clean and banish any odors resulting from pets, cooking, smoking and the like.

Clean  & Organize Garage:  Believe it or not, potential buyers also want to see a clean garage!  Get rid of all the things you don’t need anymore and organize your garage.  The most inexpensive way to get organized is to buy the large plastic bins and categorize the things you keep in your garage like Christmas decorations, camping gear, etc.

Less is More:  After you’ve cleaned, painted and repositioned furniture, carefully select the art and accessories you choose to replace in every room of the home. Remember the rule of threes to create pleasing, uncluttered groupings of items, and add welcoming vitality with a few thoughtfully placed plants. Stow away all personal items and limit wall decorations to fewer and larger pieces, including strategically placed mirrors that expand spaces and reflect your best assets.

Curb Appeal: Get potential buyers in the door by creating a grand entry. A front door that’s energy efficient as well as beautiful makes a great impression, and polished hardware, a tidy new doormat and planters overflowing with colorful blooms complete the look. And don’t forget to trim the lawn and tend to landscape plantings, because these chores can bring you a different kind of green: according to the Professional Landcare Network, lush landscaping adds as much as 15 percent to the property value of a home.  Don’t forget about the backyard as well!

Posted by:  Sheri Negri
www.loveforhomessac.com