All posts tagged: home staging

Since you asked…staircase transformation instructions

We received a lot of feedback on our recent  foyer transformation post.  Thank you! Some of you even asked for instructions.  So here you go… First off, this is not a project for the faint of heart. My husband and I went into it thinking that with a long, four day weekend ahead we should have plenty of time to knock it out. Three months later, I realized we were so very wrong. What was I thinking taking on this project with a very active family and a new puppy?! That said, I am thrilled with the outcome and my husband was even more excited that we saved so much money doing it ourselves. Though it took us a few months, you can’t beat a transformation like this for less than $200. Here is a list of tools and materials we used: plastic drop cloths safety goggles dust masks ear plugs latex gloves painter’s tape stripper gel (we used a half gallon of Citristrip) cheap paintbrushes for stripper disposable rags metal scraper metal 5 in 1 tool small brass …


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 …