Here are six everyday items to use for fall decorating that can take you through each season, each holiday, and will make decorating easier and ultimately less expensive. Do you have items in your house that are similar to these? You’ll be amazed how you can decorate with things that you already own! Get ready to read more!!
Let’s go through each one, one at a time to see how you can decorate for Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving. Next time, I’m going to use some of these same everyday items to decorate for Christmas in the blog. Just wait and see!
If you don’t have items like these and want some, I’ll link a few at the bottom of this post. I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase, at no extra cost to you.
1. Cake Pedestals
Cake pedestals are great for fall decorating – with or without a lid! Here I’ve chosen two in varying sizes that I purchased last year. These are wood and metal, but glass or ceramic are perfect as well! I stacked fake pumpkins that I’ve had for years and just added a fall-themed towel and a cute little sign that I think I bought at Canton Trade Days years ago. Remember to choose pumpkins of different sizes so that you add some interest with the layers. This happens to sit at my coffee bar area- my favorite spot in the house, but it could also work as a centerpiece for your dining or coffee table. It would be so welcoming in an entryway too!
2. Bowls and Trays
I used the dough bowl that was in my first picture and again, just filled it with a little greenery (and orange leaves) and some pumpkins of various sizes. This can take me straight through Thanksgiving easily! The trick here is that your bowl or tray needs to be LARGE. Mine measures about 10 inches x 20 inches. Don’t try it with small trays or soup bowls. Think BIGGER! Lay the greenery in first, so that the pumpkins will cover up the stems.
3. Hurricane or Apothecary Jars
This is everyday living here – no professional photos! But you get the idea! Large vases, even iced tea dispensers can be used for your fall decorating. Just find something large and clear. Pop in some greenery, pine cones, pumpkins, moss balls, Halloween candy, whatever! I have one piece of faux greenery here combined with some dried branches from the yard. Keep it simple and you won’t mind changing it out for the next holiday.
4. Candlesticks & Candles
I found these three candlesticks at a thrift store this week. Originally, they were purchased from World Market, but I got them for a steal! I have battery-operated candles on top and yes, one candle is a little more off-white because I was determined to use what I already had on hand. This little plate was at Hobby Lobby last year. So cute on my sideboard table. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge candlestick person. Why? Because I really like the scented large candles that stand alone. This brings me to another point though – you can really change the feel of a room based on the aroma that’s in it! Fall is a time for pumpkin spice, vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh-baked apple, or cookie scents.
5. Tiered trays or Stacked Pie Plates
My tip for this type of decor is to use leaves or greenery for some filler. Pop in a few larger pieces like the shiny candle, ghost, Spooky sign, and bird. Make sure the other side has larger things also. Then fill in with small pumpkins, berries, pinecones, small votives, etc. I’m looking forward (already) to seeing what this becomes for Christmas. Tiered trays don’t have to be a centerpiece. You can use them anywhere! Even your bathroom vanity could hold towels, soaps, and fun seasonal items.
6. Greenery or Faux Leaves/Garland/Sprays/Flowers
Depending on the season and the look you’re going for, “greenery” can be used almost anywhere! Unless it’s in a pot, I hardly use it on its own anywhere. Think of it as a filler and a way to add an organic touch to the decor. Go back to all of the previous pictures and count the number of ways that I used some sort of greenery. It’s an essential decorating item that most people forget about.
Shopping for the Classic Everyday Pieces
If you’re in need of some basic decor items, here are some links for you. 🙂
For help with Thanksgiving Table Decorating, click here to see post. You’ll notice how I used some of the same items for the table last year!:)
Happy decorating for fall and every season!
If you're like many people working from home, I'm sure you've had a deeper look into your decor pieces - or maybe realized that you're lacking in that area. While accessories are not essential items in life, they sure can complete a look in a room. Here are some great finds for less than $100.
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cozy for bedroom, living space, or even out on the patio
great as part of a gallery wall
a touch of fun for a bed or chair
holds your books in style or just use as cool art
hide away essentials in a foyer, living room, kid space, anywhere
artwork in the form of a functional tray for the kitchen, bar, dining room...
extra spot to hold your drink, books, or a plant
stash remotes, photos, lip balm, loose change...so useful
stylish clock for any room - so classic-looking
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Any of these would be special gift items also, because who wouldn't love a cool plant, or a beautiful soap dispenser? It would be a great time to get Dad some cool book-ends and a classy clock for his desk. Use containers to corral bathroom or bedroom small things. So stylish! A beautiful kitchen makes cooking fun again, and goodness know, we've been doing a lot of that lately!
great on a bookcase or next to some candlesticks on a mantel or table
layer in front of your backsplash for an organic touch in the kitchen
soap or lotion from here would feel luxurious
pedestals to add height to your buffet spread, or display some fun cupcakes
Bee happy while in your kitchen
popular succulents that need no water - use on a shelf or as part of a table centerpiece
I hope you have fun shopping and find something you love.
Stay safe and have a wonderful week!
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Many of these great finds would be beautiful in your entryway. Click to see that post. https://cloverlanedesign.com/7-simple-tips-to-design-your-entryway/
If you're putting your house on the market, get it staged with neutral decor. Check out this post for more great staging ideas, or call me to help you get it ready. https://cloverlanedesign.com/top-10-must-haves-to-stage-your-house-to-sell/
I'm in hundreds of homes a year and I see the same home staging mistakes over and over, which of course I don't mind since I am there to help the homeowner get the house ready for the photos and for showings.
However, I know many homeowners like to get their houses ready without the help of a professional home stager. With that in mind, I've compiled seven out of the twenty staging mistakes that I see all of the time.
1. Bringing in too many trendy items. For example, displaying distressed items and furniture everywhere for that farmhouse look. Yes, it's popular. No, not everyone likes it. The take-away is to use some of this in a small dose. The goal is that your house is "Transitional." Transitional = trendy + traditional. Another trend is displaying plants. A good rule of thumb is to have one real or faux plant in every room. It's a sign of life, something organic that appeals to everyone. This does not mean seven or eight large plants should be in the kitchen nook alone. Spread the love, or use some of the plants outside. Or, since you'll be moving you might want to give away a few if you're afraid they might die being outside.
2. Neutral Overload. Neutral paint, floors, and big furniture pieces are awesome because you can do so much with them. If everything that you own is also neutral (think brown, tan, gray, beige, etc.) nothing will draw the buyers eye around the room. Stagers use contrast such as blue pillows, blue art, and a blue throw so that the visitor will notice the blue around the room and look from place to place. A local estate sale professional told me that "brown is down." Very few people are attracted to brown things - people are tired of it. So, add some contrast with color - but do it in moderation!
3. Rooms like dark dungeons. Okay, maybe not really dungeons, but the point is...people are drawn to rooms that have a lot of natural light. Take down heavy drapes and make sure the windows are sparkling clean. Make sure all of your lightbulbs are working and that they match. You want people to feel energized and cheerful when they tour your home.
4. Poor furniture placement. Sometimes a few furniture pieces need to be removed in order for the room to feel spacious. Make sure sofas and chairs are close enough together to promote conversation. Don't line up furniture along the walls because it will look like a waiting room. In the bedroom, the bed is the focal point, so try to put the headboard on the largest far wall. Walkways should be about 3 feet wide throughout the home, so eliminate pieces that don't really fit. You want your rooms to feel s p a c i o u s.
5. Neglecting to put away personal items. Buyers don't want to see your dirty laundry, shampoo, razor, toothbrush, picture of Grandma, certificate of CPR training, or your toilet plunger, just to name a few. Pack away any personal photos, and tuck away your toiletry and cleaning products into your cabinets or garage.
6. Neglecting important improvements. Are your wood blinds in working order? Does that molding piece need to be nailed back into place? Is your a/c or heater doing a good job? Does that bold red wall in the entryway need a lighter color of paint? There are a hundred little things that need to be considered when selling your home. You don't want any problem (big or small) to become a price-eroding factor. Go ahead and make your repairs and improvements before you list the house. If you have questions about renovations and return on investment, ask your realtor, or visit my blog post Renovation Projects to Add Value when Selling.
7. Forgetting the little things. Fresh fruit or a plant in the kitchen gives an organic touch and everyone loves that. Set up a minimal looking coffee station with some mugs. Stack some books on nightstands coffee table, or open shelving to warm up the space. Hang fresh towels in the bathroom and don't use them! Sometimes owners pack everything away and then the house feels cold and boring. Don't forget the little things!
What do homeowners want the most when they are trying to sell their houses? Every property owner who sells their home wants to sell it fast and at the highest price possible. And anything that can help them achieve those objectives is welcomed by most owners.
This is why home staging is quickly becoming a standard part of the process of selling a home. As Granite Foundation Repair in Arlington points out, houses that are staged sell faster and for a higher price than homes that are not staged.
Home staging is the strategic use of interior design principles as a tool for marketing houses. Professional home stagers use color, furnishings, layout, and lighting as instruments for enhancing a home to make it more enticing to buyers.
The specific goal in home staging is to transform the space into buyers' idea of their dream home. This is because buyers are more likely to buy a house if they fall in love with it.
One of the ways home stagers make a home more alluring is through the intentional use of colors. A room's colors can make people in that room happy or sad, energetic or lethargic, compassionate, or aggressive. This effect of color is natural and subtle.
People rarely understand that the emotions they feel within a space can be engendered by that room's colors. Most professional home stagers recognize this and know how to use color as a real estate marketing tool.
Why color is powerful
Why do colors affect people? Because light affects people, and color is light. Although we think of color as a tangible attribute of objects around us, color is really the light that is reflected by those objects.
There are several wavelengths or colors of light in white light or sunlight. And those different light colors become visible when they are separated in a rainbow. When white light, composed of different wavelengths, falls on an object, that object does one of three things.
The object may reflect all of the white light back; it may absorb all of the light, or it may reflect one wavelength and absorb the others. When an object reflects a particular wavelength, that object appears to our eyes to take on the reflected wavelength's color.
Like white or dim light, which can make people alert or sleepy, that particular wavelength of light also has its specific effect on the human mind. This is why colors affect people's moods.
Strategic use of colors in home staging
When staging any room, the mood that the stager wants should dictate the specific colors they use in the space. Doing this requires the stager to have a firm grasp of the psychological effect of different colors.
The goal may be to invoke feelings of security, romance, or comfort. Below is a primer on how to use colors when staging a home.
Make the home inviting and create feelings of serenity
Most people find neutral colors appealing; a higher number of buyers will find them reassuring. Using neutral colors - beige, cream, ivory, taupe, gray, or white - is a rule of thumb when staging a home.
Neutrals make the home feel fresh, brightens up its rooms, and creates a sense of spaciousness. Moreover, if buyers want to change the colors, neutrals are easier to paint over. Also, they are easy to match to other colors.
Make the room lively and friendly
Cool colors infuse a sense of peace; they are soothing to the mind and friendly. Using shades of green creates a similar effect to being surrounded by green plants.
It is calming and life-giving because green is the color of nature. Shades of blue produce feelings of strength, stability, and trust. They are calming on the emotions and ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms. Incorporating blue in children's rooms will make the children more creative.
Grab attention with warm colors
Warm colors are rousing to the emotions and should rarely be used in large quantities when selling a home. Stagers will use "pops" of these colors to add interest and to help guide the buyers' eyes around the room.
If you're redecorating or refreshing a room and NOT putting your house on the market to sell, you can go all out and choose the colors you love!
Red is intense and energizing; it is highly stimulating and arrests the attention. Using red in entryways makes them eye-catching.
Red in kitchens sharpens the appetite. Yellow, orange, and pink also stimulate the mind, but to a lesser degree than red. Yellow lifts the mood makes people cheerful and more vocal. To get an effect midway between the energy of red and the mood-lifting qualities of yellow, use orange.
In conclusion, to get the most from colors, one color is rarely enough inside a room. Instead, different colors should be used to complement and balance the effect of others. And one color might also have undertones of other colors.
Furthermore, the right use of colors is not limited to wall colors only. Using colors to create the right ambiance and evoke the desired emotions should be extended to the colors of furnishings, appliances, and fixtures. The idea when using colors should be to immerse the space so that their effect is inescapable.
Discover other staging tips by jumping over to my blog post called "Top 10 Must-Haves to Stage Your House to Sell."
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We're celebrating all of the Dads out there on Sunday, June 21st!
What dad doesn't love to receive hand-written cards, a game of his choice, a nap in a hammock, or a favorite dinner out? Fathers should be celebrated for their hard work everyday, but once a year we like to show them how special they really are!
Would you like to honor your dad with a gift without having to get out and face the crowd? I came across this list of ideas from Rachel Sipe, and then I added some of my own ideas too. I'm really curious about how the Salt Block works and the spiciness of the Truff hot sauce. Has anyone ever bought these before?
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Gifts for the Cool Pops!
For all of the dads who like to cook, or barbecue, or just eat!
For Dad's who are Stylin'!
Sporting Dads or Just "Hard-to-Please" Pops
So Dad can just CHILL!
Dads will like these Gadgets!
Always a GOOD READ for Dad!
Hope you found these gift ideas helpful! If you know of a great Father's Day gift, I'd love to hear about it! If you have questions or need additional help, let me know.
Happy Father's Day!
Recently Lexi contacted me to see if I'd like to share her post. Since "sharing is caring," I thought I would post it here. These are some really great tips - even when it's NOT a time of COVID-19. You always want to have your house looking its best when selling whether you're giving someone a virtual tour, or an in-person tour. Chances are in our DFW metroplex, the online photos will drive the traffic to your listing for a face-to-face tour.
Hope you enjoy her article, and reach out to me if you need anything. 🙂 -Shana
April 16, 2020 - By Lexi Klinkenberg
The real estate industry has been shifting to a digital landscape over the years, but no one expected the digital revolution to happen so quickly. We’re seeing the effects of COVID-19 on the US housing market, stay-at-home orders have brought most traditional open houses to a temporary halt, and in-person showings few and far between. But if you’re looking to sell your house, don’t worry, you can still make your home shine online and reach potential buyers without face-to-face contact. With virtual home touring options such as 3D walkthroughs and live video chat
tourstours, potential buyers can still interact with agents and explore every nook and cranny of your home, almost as if they were touring in-person. With virtual tours, you can also attract homebuyers no matter where they reside. Maybe a potential buyer is currently living in Atlanta, GA and wants to buy a home in Portland, OR – they can still virtually tour your home, no matter the distance.
Here are 8 tips to make your home stand out against the competition during a virtual tour and impress potential homebuyers.
1. Enhance your space with the right lighting Lighting is an essential component when it comes to creating an eye-catching and camera-ready atmosphere, and this is especially true with a virtual tour. “Your home will look its best on camera if you film in the middle of the day. Keep your window shades open and bring in as much natural light as possible to help the room feel larger and look brighter” says Makayla Zurn, the Creative Production Manager at Redfin. “You can even try layering light by turning on lamps and accent lights to create a warm and cozy atmosphere”, says Zurn. “Just be sure to avoid artificial lighting that overpowers the space too much. “
2. Transform rooms with the perfect paint color Whether you have faded and scuffed walls in the living room, or a bright orange accent wall in your kid’s room, take this opportunity to repaint the interior walls and opt for a camera-friendly shade. This is an easy and inexpensive fix that 68 percent of realtors recommend. “Lighter, neutral paint colors show best in video while darker colors tend to make spaces look smaller than they actually are,” says Zurn. “If you’re showcasing a room with darker paint it would be helpful to note the measurements of that particular space in the description.”
3. Clear your home of clutter During a virtual tour, potential homebuyers will try to imagine your home as their own. This can be difficult if you have areas in your home where things have slowly piled up over the years. “Personal items can take a buyer’s attention away from what you really want them to focus on, the features of your home!” says Zurn, “So clear off your kitchen and bathroom countertops, make the beds, and tidy up.” Maybe you have a pile of paperwork in the kitchen, excessive cords in your home office, or perhaps a box filled with board games in the living room.
Find permanent homes for items that are sitting out, or donate things you no longer need. To create a more open and calming atmosphere, try removing an item or two before taking photos and filming. One trick is to clear off any surfaces, and then add items back one-by-one until the desired look is achieved.
4. Get your home looking spotless Cleaning is one of the simplest ways to create an appealing interior. Potential homebuyers will be able to detect a clean home from a dirty one, even over a virtual tour. Washing mirrors and windows, vacuuming hardwood floors, deep-cleaning carpets, and organizing your closets are just a few tasks that will make your home look more attractive. Furthermore, the potential homebuyer may even ask the agent to describe what they’re experiencing on the property, including certain smells and the cleanliness of the home. So make every inch of your home shine, from floor to ceiling.
5. Stage for a picture-perfect home Staging is now more important than ever. Begin staging rooms that could influence the buyer’s decision, including the entryway, living room, main bathroom, master bedroom, and kitchen. Remove or rearrange furniture to
make the space appear larger, add flowers to the kitchen table for a splash of color, and arrange decor in odd numbers to achieve balance. To help potential buyers picture themselves calling your house home, remove any family photos or keepsakes. Look online for inspiration and tips, chat with a professional stager over video, or consider a virtual staging service. This is a cost-effective service where home stagers use photo-editing software to transform rooms by adding furniture and decor into the photos of your home.
6. Have professional photos taken Although additional safety measures are being taken during the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of you and the professional photographers, photo and video shoots are still being offered. Now, it is especially important to have your home staged and “showing ready” for the shooting, as photographers will not be touching or moving anything inside the homes. The listing photos will be the first thing a potential homebuyer sees of your home and may determine whether they request a virtual tour. So make sure your home stands out against the competition with professional photos. Real estate photographers know the correct lighting, angles, and minor details that give a much better depiction of the home, capture it’s selling points, and attract the attention of potential homebuyers. If you’d want to showcase your entire property, capture a bit of the neighborhood, or highlight the breathtaking view, consider having aerial photos taken to offer a unique angle of your home.
7. Highlight your home’s best features What characteristics of your home attracted you to it in the first place? Is it the new kitchen appliances, extensive breakfast bar, large outdoor space, or simply the open floor plan? Whatever it may be, it’s likely that your favorite features of the home will be what attracts potential homebuyers as well. So, be sure to give special attention to these features in photos and during a virtual home tour.
8. Spruce up the exterior Enhancing your curb appeal is just as important as sprucing up the interior of your home. A well-maintained landscape, lawn, and porch can make a great impression on potential homebuyers and can add perceived value to your home. Remove any dead debris, mow your lawn, and trim the plants or shrubs lining your property. Consider re-staining your front porch, pressure washing the siding of your home, and adding flowerpots to enhance the entryway. And if you have any outdoor furniture, be sure to stage it as you would with your furniture inside.
Virtual tours are now more important than ever. Be sure to take time and prepare your home for showing just as you would for an in-person tour, and show your home in the best light.
Originally Published on Redfin
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Coffee tables are an essential piece of furniture for the living room because living rooms get a lot of love. The coffee table can be used for a homework spot, casual dining, a gathering for remote controls, and places to hold books and other collectables. I've gathered 6 Simple Tips to help you decorate your coffee table, no matter what your design aesthetic is. You definitely don't have to use all of the ideas, but I'd suggest not doing anything more than this.
Tip 1 - Use a tray
Use a tray to corral some of your things. It can be wicker, silver, wood, or whatever you like. The photo above has a very mono-chromatic look, and its small tray holds a special candle and a mini floral arrangement. Sometimes, even using two trays can be really helpful. Clear the table quickly for something such as game night.
Tip 2 - Greenery or Flowers
Add a beautiful green plant or some fresh flowers. I love fresh flowers, but of course you have to maintain them and make sure the vase of water doesn't get tipped over by an enegetic kiddo (or adult). There are some really nice green faux plants that you can choose from, or another idea is to go outside and clip some greenery from a shrub or tree in your yard, and place them in a decorative pot or vase. Look how interesting the white and wheat-colored blossoms and grasses look in the above photo. Below, the size of the branch that overhangs is a great scale for this chunky table.
Tip 3 - Use books
If you have great hardback books with photos, these are called "coffee table books". They look amazing when stacked alone or when other objects sit on them. Book topics that look best are of art, design, architecture, landscape, travel, and nature. However, if you love hot-air balloons, sailing, or bicycling then by all means, use those! It's your house and your style! By stacking books, you can elevate some objects to be higher than others.
Tip 4 - High, Medium & Low
When adding decorative objects to your coffee table, think High, Medium, and Low. This pyramid or triangle pattern is very pleasing to the eye. When styling a smaller table, use your plant or flowers as one of these three objects, maybe books as your second item, and a third object could be a candle or special figurine. Bonus: All three items might fit on the tray, or possibly you may not need a tray at all if you have a small table or ottoman. Use your best judgment. For a large table, these objects could be three pieces totally separate from your florals and books. Notice how the books in the photo above hold small boxes which gives them more of a presence on the large table.
Tip 5 - Boxes
Find a decorative box to hide essential, but not-so-pretty things such as remote controls, coasters, lotion, eye-glass cleaner, lip balm, etc. It'll look great, and all of your necessities will have a place to live. If your table is really small, like the round ottoman above, this may be an item that you want to skip. By the way, isn't it cool how an ottoman can become a table just by adding a tray? Multi-purpose at its finest!
Tip 6 - Personal Objects
It's always fun to add something personal. That could be a fun elephant like I've included on my table below, or maybe one of your books is a special, collected item for you. Maybe your son created a clay pot like the one above that you still treasure, or you want to display your favorite scented candle. My wooden beads(below) are my fun, personal piece just because I made them. I've seen an antique camera or magnifying glass sit on a book, and that always looks interesting. Whatever you have that is meaningful should be included to make your table special to you.
If you're selling your house, can you use these same tips to stage your coffee table? Yes, but I would suggest removing about half of your items so that your decor doesn't distract the buyer. To see some other suggestions about home staging items, read my Top 10 Must-Haves to Stage Your House to Sell blog post.
Hopefully you've found these 6 tips simple and helpful. Below, I've included some links to products if you're in the mood to purchase something new for your coffee table styling. I may receive a small commission on some of these, but at no extra cost to you. If you need some console or entryway table ideas, read my blog post called 7 Simple Tips to Design Your Entryway. As always, I'm here if you have questions or need help.
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I published on Facebook a while back a post about rooms most critical for staging according to the 2019 Profile of Home Staging. You may remember it. It's no surprise that a living room ranked first. And the kitchen? Well, it's the heart of the home. Why is the master bedroom so important? Buyers need to know if the bedroom can handle a king-size bed, or just a queen-size. And will there be room for nightstands, or maybe even a lounge chair? Buyers want to know, and they don't carry furniture dimensions and a measuring tape around with them. At least 99% of the people don't anyway. (My own statistic!)
What the report did not tell you is this. When a potential buyer walks into a house, the most important areas to have staged are all of the rooms one can see from the entry - including the entryway! Isn't this where guests are first greeted and made to feel welcome?? That's why I wrote an entire blogpost called 7 Simple Tips to Design Your Entryway. Click here to jump on over and read all about it.
The entryway above has a clean look, a new neutral rug (which is optional when staging because buyers want to see the floors), a beautiful greenery/floral arrangement, great lighting, and art peaking around the corner which pulls the eye in to see what's next. These are all good things! What if this room was vacant, and buyers walked straight into a white wall? It's a nice white wall, but with the decor, it's a WOW wall!
If the buyer can see the living room, dining room, a staircase, and an office from just a few steps inside the house, we recommend staging all of those areas. If you're looking to save money and not stage everything, the secondary bedrooms are the ones to write off. Parents understand that small bedrooms should be able to work for a twin bed and a small dresser. They'll want to check it out, but it's not nearly as important. Check out those percentages above again. The other place that I would recommend staging is the back patio IF there's a large space and IF the backyard is amazing. A typical concrete patio with a small grassy backyard does not need any furniture for sure. Maybe just a pot or two of colorful flowers would be nice.
If your home has a backyard that has a selling feature like this amazing fireplace and pergola, then you'd better stage it. This is critical if you want to get the most for your property. Overall, just put yourself in your buyer's shoes and think about what they'd really like to have staged. If your kitchen nook is your absolute favorite place in your house because of the awesome view, then by all means, get it staged!
Now if the home is occupied by the sellers, then every room in the house should be staged. Absolutely! There is already furniture and decor. Occupied staging is JUST AS IMPORTANT as vacant staging. Buyers cannot see past personal items, outdated decor, clutter, dog bowls, and cleaning products. Occupied staging is really my specialty. It takes a certain kind of stager that can help the seller understand this and buy in to the staging process. This is why I love it!
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There is one place in your home that guaranteed, everyone will see. The entryway! It's where you greet your guests, welcome in new friends, and say hello to your family on special days. It's the first impression into your home - a glance into your style, personality, and family life. Here's how to make sure it's speaking the language you want others to hear! In designing and "tweaking" entryways for sellers, I have found at least 7 Common Elements to every well-designed entryway. Hopefully some of these will inspire you in your home!
The first thing to address is lighting the space. Sometimes, you already have great natural light, and with a fresh color of paint on the walls, the entryway is bright enough. However you may have guests at night, and you don't want a dark room to be their first impression of your home. Correct that by installing a light fixture from your ceiling, add a sconce or two on the walls, or choose a great table or floor lamp to put with a table or bench that complements your decor.
Secondly, I suggest choosing something bold that becomes the focal point. This can consist of a great piece of art - something that adds color, texture, or just something you love! Or, consider a large mirror to fill the wall. This is great for reflecting light, and it's also a bonus when you want to check your smile right before walking out the door. So, grab a great piece of art or a mirror and hang it so that the middle of it is about 60 inches from the floor. This varies slightly depending on the height of the furniture that may be below it, but it's a good starting point.
The third tip for designing a lovely entry is to find a great rug to establish the space. For function, we all like small doormats for wet, dirty shoes. However, this is not the way to DESIGN your room. I only like those out when it's raining or snowy outside. My suggestion is to keep one of these in a closet nearby, and choose a beautiful rug to have on display when possible. Check out this House of Jade-designed entryway below. Notice how the rug is the same shape as the entryway, and gives a great pop of color to the space. The darker colors here could even camouflage some small amounts of dirt. Also keep in mind that the rug should be a foot or two from the walls. This gives room for furniture to sit nicely beside it.
House of Jade
My fourth tip is to have a great basket or two to corral backpacks, shoes, scarves, jackets, or whatever else comes in with you. Extra blankets are a nice textural item to have peaking out. You'll have to choose baskets according to the space you have. There's only a small basket hanging on this ladder in the image below, but notice a large basket also tucked behind the coat rack for larger pieces. Plan ahead and get one (or a couple) that fits the space.
The fifth entryway tip is to create a drop zone. A beautiful tray, shallow bowl, or even a small basket can hold keys, cell phones, stamps, mail, lipstick, loose change, or any other small everyday object that you have. Keeping these items contained in a spot creates order and calms the surface.
Now for tip #6. Keep your entryway natural and "alive" by adding something organic. My suggestion is a nice plant that has some height. This could be in the form of branch cuttings from your yard arranged in a vase, beautiful flowers, or an apothecary jar of green moss balls. If you choose art instead of a mirror, make sure the flowers coordinate with the colors in it. You can't go wrong with white flowers, an orchid, or simple greenery.
The last tip, number 7, for a well-design entryway is to add your personality to the room. Check out the art in this photo above. Clearly these owners love big, bold art. Some like geometrical patterns (like below), others love family photos. Readers sometimes stack books on their entry table - always a good thing, because you can use them to layer items on top and give some of the pieces height, when needed.
To sum it up, an entryway may be last on your mind when setting up your home. That's totally understandable from a functional point of view, but when you're ready, it can really be a fun space to jazz up. As some designers like to say, it really "creates a moment" for your guests. It's also a great way to welcome yourself home each night. Writing about all of this has inspired me to update my own entryway. When finished I'll be sure to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram. My space is teeny-tiny, so it'll be an adventure!
Happy decorating! If you need help, you know where to find me! -Shana
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"What kinds of things should I have on hand to help my house look amazing when I'm selling it?" I get this question all of the time. So to make it easy, I'm providing my Top 10 Must-Haves to Stage Your House to Sell right here. These items can be merely inspiration for you, or this can be a one-stop shopping experience which should save you time (since you're not going anywhere) and probably money (especially if you're getting free shipping). Now, styling with all of things can still be a challenge, so I recommend that you hire a certified Home Stager who is a member of RESA - Real Estate Staging Association to arrange things perfectly. You'll be ahead of the game if you have some of these items on hand.
Enough explanation. Let's dig right in.
Let's start with the LIVING ROOM. Often, it's one of the first areas buyers see. I'd suggest #1 some new colorful pillows and # 2 a textured throw that coordinates. This will really ramp up your sofa and chairs, especially if your sofa is dark or a little outdated. Here are a few examples/links to get you going. (By the way, I may receive a small commission on some of these items at no extra cost to you. Just want to be transparent, and helpful at the same time!)
Great start! #3 Now, ya' need some art - art that is large and either is colorful and matches your pillow pops of color, or very neutral that provides something calm on a bare wall.
Here are a few selections I suggest. Remember LARGE is better than small. Maybe one of these would look great, or find something similar in your color scheme.
Next, let's tackle the kitchen. After clearing almost everything away, I think it's important to have #4 a tray. It can corral either the coffee maker "stuff", or maybe use it to ground some accessories and/or plants to create a focal area. Also #5 Grab some nice coffee mugs and maybe some limes, green apples, or lemons to add a pop of color in the kitchen. Purchase real fruit from the grocery store or find some faux lemons at places like Hobby Lobby or Tuesday Morning.
Now let's tackle the master bedroom. Many homes have flat pillows, random-sized pillows and bedding that's either outdated, too small, or almost non-existing. So, let's ramp up the bed which is the focal point of the bedroom. #6 Get a king-size white/light comforter or coverlet with matching shams if you have a king bed. Buy a queen if you have a queen-size bed. Invest in one you'll take with you to the next house!
Here are a couple of choices that I like.
Time for #7- Get new big, thick fluffy pillows to put those shams on. Your regular sleeping pillows can hide behind those. Remember items #1 and #2? Add some colorful pillows and a throw blanket to the bed to make it even better.
Lighting is Everything in your House!
Finally, in the bedroom add #8 two matching lamps for each side of the bed. I'd suggest tall ones for a night stand. If you don't have nightstands, no worries...get 2 matching floor lamps or 2 tall vases with cut greenery. I do believe lamps are better because they brighten the room, but Hey, sometimes you have to go with what you have. Look at this great idea below!
Alright, here are a couple of nice lamps. Remember to buy two!
Then there's the bathroom...every bathroom in your house. Buy some new #9 towels. White fluffy towels work great in any room. If you must have a color, I suggest something that coordinates with a shower curtain or any art in your bathroom. Hang them in 1/3s and DON'T USE THEM! We want them to look like they're in a model home!
Now you may have noticed one item that repeats in all of these beautiful rooms. What could it be? Bright lighting, yes of course. Clean surfaces, oh yes. But something that's common that you may not have noticed is #10 PLANTS! Plants appeal to everyone and bring a sense of life into the room. So, if you have a green thumb, let's get a plant in almost every room. If you're like me and you forget to take care of them, then I've put a few faux plants here for you to choose from.
I hope you've enjoyed these tips on home staging. Preparing your home to sell takes work, but when it's time to move, many sellers are glad that they've already packed away a lot of their items and gone through what they want to carry with them to their new home. Happy shopping and staging! If you need help, you know where to find me!