Nashville stagers

Staging…You Want Me to Do What!

I want you to buy new bedding. I cannot remember how many times I have said this. It seems one of the most important rooms in the house keeps getting neglected. This is where you go to relax. Should this room be messy, mismatched and cluttered? NO, absolutely not.

One of the new introductions in my Bedding Line

One of the new introductions in my Bedding Line

It really doesn’t take much to have a wonderful retreat in the master suite. There are fabulous bedding sets for under $100 that will create the foundation for the remainder of the room.

 

JBHirsch Home Design Bedding 250Tell me why do you have such small lamps?  Get table lamps that will enhance the space. Add window treatments….and please make sure they go from the ceiling to the floor!!
The bedrooms in your house should show beautifully, as well as they baths!!! These rooms need to look like they came out of a catalog. Not expensive, they just need to look like “$$”

 

If you want to live in your home….take great pride in the appearance.  It doesn’t take much time nor much money to have beautiful rooms.Sula_ccomforterSet from Ollix

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Art it’s For Color

Art it's For Color

Art it’s For Color

Color, It Speaks to Us

Color tugs at our emotions in a lot of ways. Color speaks volumes; energy, solitude, beauty, freshness, passion, purity, life. The colors of the rainbow always make us happy. They represent fresh air after the storm.

Do the colors in your home speak to you?

Oranges and ambers what a range; from pumpkins to fireside flame. Warm, spicy, these perk us up and keep us warm.

Light greens and blues speak to our sense of rest; a need to escape. These shades are soft, peaceful, quiet. Beautiful shades of aqua to the crystal blues of the ocean. Our love for solitude reflected in color.

Romance, who doesn’t love it? A beautiful rose garden, the blush of a child’s cheeks. Playful and feminine, coral or cotton candy, pink or purple, they all lift the spirit and leave us feeling…so….

Tranquility, gems, uplifting describe turquoise. Turquoise is a wonderfully spirited. This color is said to enhance your creativity, yet is fresh as the morning dew.

Who can resist a bit of red. Passionate, warm and the heart of the home. Red can add drama, or spark a bit of heat in a room.

Purity. We all loves the different shades of white. Comforting to the spirit and the soul. It is simple, it is pure and it is natural.

Nature. Green, brown, growth, rebirth. The grass is always greener. Nature speaks to us in all of it’s glorious color, but the foundation is green.

Take a look at the colors in your home. Do they speak to you? Are you happy with them?

Simply Elegant

Entry traditional entry
I love the simplicity of this sofa, the greenery and an elegant chandelier.  Note there is no rug to hide the beautiful floors. Nicely done.

Traditional No Gender Nursery

Murals for a Childs Room

Nursery Design

My client wanted a design that would be suitable for boy or girl and could grown with them.

The bed makes into a queen bed and will be great when the baby is ready for a more mature room.

The murals can be removed from the walls when the child is older.

This was a fun project and the results are really stunning.

Pictures Never Lie

I spent about thirty minutes today looking at listing in three different neighborhoods of Nashville today. Of over 60 listings I looked at there were six that looked good in pictures. All of the others had fatal flaws in presentation. I don’t think buyers want to see the front door from the inside of the home, maybe they do. If you are going to show it make sure it is warm and inviting, not bare with a rug to make sure you don’t get the floor dirty. The other thing I noticed is a lot of brass knobs, brass lighting, brass fans, brass faucets and handles….. brass, brass.

Fans, light fixtures, sink hardware, and knobs are so inexpensive and make a world of difference when a buyer looks at the pictures. They aren’t thinking….oh no complete remodel. White cabinets are also easily fixed with a bit of paint and glaze.

Cats, clutter and crowded bookcases; they are everywhere. Take the cat away when the pictures are taken. Pack up some of those books and arrange the bookshelves attractively, declutter for goodness sakes. Get rid of some of that stuff so we can see the house and the space in the house for the buyers stuff.

Toilets, now really, do I want to see a bunch of toilets, maybe the master, maybe the sink, but commodes…no thanks.

Pictures of your children and their names…..aren’t you a bit worried about security. Take the pictures down, and for the love of the children, take their names off the walls. Let’s clear out their rooms to show the space.

One of the rules of staging is to remove religious icons from the home. I know this offends some, but we are not selling our religion we are selling the house. Thanks for being so understanding.

In closing, 85% of the homes I looked at today could have been presented so much better with little investment and the assistance of a professional stager. One of the staged homes had a contract offer and was only on the market 5 days. Staging pays off and pays up!

The Staged Breakfast Rooom

The "Staged" Breakfast Room

Here is an example of a well staged room:

Staged Great Room

A Well Staged Room

Staging vs. Decorating

Decorating creates an environment according to the homeowner’s taste. Staging creates an environment that appeal to future buyers, applies a universal style and is necessary for the homeowner to secure the most equity in the sale of their home.

More people come through a new listing in the first ten days it is on the market than any other period of the listing. The power of a first impression is critical. Do not place your home on the market without staging. Why risk one dollar in equity by creating a first impression that is less than favorable to a single potential buyer.

You can fly solo, or you can call the pros. You can do a lot of the clearing and cleaning yourself but when it comes to the final showcase of your house and the styling of your rooms, trust a pro to do the work.

Here are your benefits:

  • Staged properties attract more potential buyers.
  • You will experience less stress after the house sells.
  • All the sorting, organizing, and purging you promised yourself you would do is now done.
  • A faster sale, for more money=less stress.

The price of a staging consultation and a professional staged house is far less expensive than your first price reduction.

Later I will post the steps to a successful sale.  Stay tuned.