All posts filed under: Home Staging

Is your house having a mid-life crisis?

We often find that people who haven’t updated their homes in a while feel overwhelmed, don’t know where to start and end up doing nothing.  This can lead to a serious mid-life crisis for your home.  The good news is that this kind of mid-life crisis can be relatively inexpensive and easy to fix. I have some suggestions for updates that are actually very wise investments in your home.  Investments, why?  Because these are things that will make your home look not only more beautiful, but also up-to-date and cared for.  And homes that are cared for hold their value.   It’s just common sense. Here are 3 very important things to consider when investing in updates for your home.  Of course there are more, but these will get you off to a great start. 1.  Replace dated brass light fixtures and ceiling fans. Brass is coming back in in a huge way.  The new brass has a softer patina, a more vintage feel and looks something like this gorgeous thing: I’m taking about getting …

Do I really need to Stage my home?

So you plan to put your house on the market this year and think spring is the best time to do it.   Guess what; so does everyone else.   With the Real Estate market on an upswing (finally) don’t you think your house should stand out from the rest?  Of course you do, it just makes sense. Ask yourself this: As a buyer, would you rather buy the house that reeks of strange smells and is so cluttered that you can’t see the floor?  Would you prefer the house that has grungy carpet and dirty bathrooms?  Do you want the house with neon colored bedrooms that you’ll have to repaint as soon as you move in? Or a home that’s clean, decluttered, welcoming and a neutral palette where your furnishings will look beautiful? If you chose the clean, decluttered and welcoming home, you can bet that’s the one that other buyers will choose too. So yes, you really do need to Stage your home before you sell. But where do I start? Now that …

Breaking Rules in the Bedroom

Design rules that is. One huge decision when arranging your bedroom is where to put the bed.  It is almost always the largest piece of furniture in the room and as such everything else really has to work around its placement.   As a general rule, the bed goes on the longest wall that is unbroken by a window or door or other architectural element.  Both sides of the bed should be easily accessible and ideally there is space on each side for a nightstand. In some bedrooms it is really obvious where the bed should go.  Easy-peasy, like this: Image via New England Home A few of the things you want to avoid when placing your bed:  blocking windows with it, putting it in a corner with the long side pushed  against a wall or having it block the flow into other parts of the room. This is all good, however, sometimes we have no choice but to break these rules.  Some bedrooms are really small or have a lot of windows and doors …