What does your Entrance Way say about you?

Our home is a reflection of who we are.

What is your Front Door – Entrance Way saying about you?

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Is it tidy, attractive, and inviting?
Is it messy, cluttered, and uninspiring?

When I visit a home, something as simple and practical as a “Welcome Mat” tells me a lot about who lives here.

Sometimes I smile at the joy the space brings. Sometimes, I shake my head and wonder “Don’t they get it?”

Decide for yourself which of these Welcome Mats are more inviting…

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Does Home Staging Make A Difference?

Does Home Staging really make a difference?  You be the judge.  Here is an example of a recent clearing out and staging job.

Client’s office Before…          and After the Staging

         

Does the room look bigger, more inviting,  fresher?

You can use minimal items to enchance the look of a room.  Staging is all about highlighting the rooms best features.  In this case it’s the view from the windows, along with the larg size of the room.

How your surroundings shape you

Duane Cummings – “The Sensational Guy” shared Key # 2 “Understand how your surroundings shape you” while teaching the 7 Keys to a Sensational Life at the Women’s Prosperity Network Un-Convention in Florida.

I’m like going… “YEAH… someone else get’s it!”  I have been living and teaching this philosophy for years, as it relates to our home (and work) environments.

Most people understand that they are personally evolving.  Sure some are more aware of it than others, and some of us are actively and “consciously” involved in the process.  Yet many people don’t yet understand how their physical environments may not be in alignment with who they are now.  While they evolve, their surroundings are stagnant.

Look around you.  Is your physical environment, let’s say your home living room, nurturing who you are now… or what you desire to draw into your life?  For example, maybe you have been in a nesting mode.  Lots of study, reflection, and needing personal along time.  Now, you might be desiring to expand. To begin entertaining more, having gatherings, hosting an intimate event, or even drawing a “mate” into your life.

My point is…

Does your furniture arrangement meet the needs of the new you, or your new desires? 

Is there an easy flow in the room? Are the seating arrangements encouraging conversation or hindering it?  Do you have to yell across the room just to be heard?

Another example is when another person moves into your home.  Are their needs and styles being represented too?   What about when someone moves out.  Have you reclaimed your space?  Is your uniqueness being expressed?

Think of your space as a physical representation of YOU.  Take a closer look.  What does the room say about you?  Is it nurturing who you are now, or hindering you?  Does it represent who you once were… you know, that time warp thing.  Are your surroundings stuck in the past?  Holding you back too.

It is so much easier to shift your surroundings to nurture you, than you might think.  Simply rearranging your existing home furnishings, and often editing down a few items, will do the trick.  You will be amazed at the difference.

So… Release that stagnant energy.  Let the NEW YOU shine through!  If you need some assistance, contact me and I’ll be happy to be of service.

Home Staging Tip – Know Your Audience

A Home Staging tip that you wouldn’t think was necessary to mention, yet it is….. ”
Know Your Audience” and stage accordingly.

Why do I mention this?

Recently I was in a lovely staged model home.  Upon entering the master bedroom my first thought is “This is nice.”  Then looking through my Home Stager eyes, I noticed that the space was very feminine.  The two large pictures were, 1) of flowers and 2) of a women, accessories were flowery and feminine, the colors were soft and muted, there were tons of pillows on the bed.  You get the idea.

What the staging lacked was a “masculine” appeal.

Since it was a 3 bedroom home, I’ll bet they intended to also market it to families too.  With that said… Where is dad?

Know your audience!  Stage for both genders and blend styles that will appeal to each of them.  It’s easier than you think.

In this particular example, here are five easy fixes that would still appeal to both genders.

  • Remove at least half the pillows from the bed.                                                    How many men do you know that like that look?
  • Change the picture of “a women” to a picture of “a loving couple”.                 Include a guy in the room.
  • Use a scenery picture instead of the flower one.                                             Maybe something with mountains or woods.
  • Accessorize one side of the bed with a wooden box.                                         Instead of a flowery vase.
  • Add a dark earthy colored throw on the bed to accent the soft muted colors.  Helps ground the space and balance the energies.

It’s really easier than you think to include both genders when Staging a room.  The trick is… to think about it!

Stage to the audience… not just your taste.

 

5 Surprising Home Buyer Turn-Offs

Home buyers have “turn-offs”… who knew!  Ha Ha.

Keep up with the trends, as well as the standard classic Staging trips and tricks. I am always surprised at how much attitudes about Staging ebb and flow over the years.  

In an article from the website “Ask Tara @ Trulia,” they where they were telling about the importance of depersonalizing the property when Staging…

In Item # 2. Your stuff, They said…  Yes – your taste is immaculate.  But it’s your taste.  What buyers are really looking for when they come to view a home is a palate on which they can envision easily applying their tastes. 

I mostly agree with what they pointed out.  What I want to share is… “You can depersonalize and neutralize without losing the warmth of the home.”  Sure packing up your “family photos, collections, etc.” is important.  Yet, keeping one or two photos of people having fun adds so much warmth and heart to a space.

Remember it’s a home… not just a house.  Help buyers feel good by infusing this type of positive energy in the home.  If the space is too stark, it feels cold and uninviting.

Redesign Tip – Furniture Arrangement

You Talking to Me?… or Just Talking!

Conversations are enhanced when people are facing each other.  The furniture arrangement in a room often encourages, or discourages, people from talking.

You know you have a “discouraging conversation arrangement” when it looks like…  The furniture police came in and said… “Everything up against the wall!”

Bring pieces closer together, angle them towards each other to create a more intimate setting, and invite conversation.

It’s that easy!

Redesign Tip – Lighting

I’m in the Mood for… Love, Reading, Crafts, Games?

Lighting is an essential element that affects the mood and feelings of a room.  In order to accomplish a variety of moods, have an assortment of lights throughout the space.

Often a ceiling light is rarely used, so have a minimum of three lamps, preferably in a triangle arrangement, with various wattages to provide what you need… for when you are in the Mood!

Redesign Tip – Mirrors

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…  What is your mirror telling you? 

When placing a mirror in a room the major determining factor for where to put it is… “What will the mirror be reflecting?”

Think of a mirror as another piece of art.  If it is reflecting a ceiling, as often is the case above a fireplace mantel, then you may have a dull blank piece of art on the wall.

Utilize mirrors where they can reflect a beautiful image, such as across from a window which also adds additional light in the room.

Redesign Tip – Knick Knacks

Knick-Knack Patty Whack… Give My Cup Some Room!

End Tables and coffee tables add to the comfort of a room when you are able set a cup down on them.  Don’t we need a place to rest that book when the phone rings?  Overloading accessories in a room often gives a feeling of clutter and chaos.

Keep knick-knacks to a minimum and select only the best displaying.  Remember… Function First when it comes to all tabletops!