Confession of an Interior Decorator

As a home stager, I move furniture around or rearrange items and often hear clients say, “Why didn’t I think of that? Of course that looks better over there!” One of the reasons is because you see your room every day. When a fresh set of eyes comes in, they are not...

Add power to these areas in your home

  We never know how much we plug in until we realize a power outlet doesn’t exist where you need it. Perhaps you live in an older home or maybe you built a new one. There are electrical codes that your electrician has to follow but don’t be afraid to add more....

Ready to knock out your front door?

Shut the front door The front door comes in so many options. Color, size, window, no window etc. It can also make or break an entrance. Your budget will dictate whether it is a fiberglass, wood or steel door. However, if you are thinking about replacing your front...

Would Your Home Win An Academy Award?

And the award goes to… you the homeowner! But only if you took the necessary steps to get it sold. Whether you watch the Oscars, Grammys or Country Music Awards or not, you know there is always a winner. Actors or singers put on a show to entertain people and...

Is Blue Your Color?

Blue Ain’t Your Color…or is it? As Keith Urban croons, Blue Ain’t Your Color, it may actually be a color you love in your home. Blue is a soothing and calming color because it makes you feel less agitated. It slows down the heart rate and makes you...

How does a home stager get inspired?

As a home stager, I get this question a lot. While a home stager tends to stay away from trends, you want the home to appeal to the target buyer whether it is a home for a family of kids, a retired couple or a single person. Each home is unique and you want to show...

Holiday Home Staging Secrets

Staging your home for the holidays Is your home on the market during the holiday season? Are you tempted to decorate the home one last time before you have to move? This is totally normal and of course you want to make one last memory in your home before you move out....

The TV Takeover in Today’s Home

Too many TVs in your home? In a scene from the movie, “Back to the Future”, Marty McFly goes back in time to 1955 and finds himself eating dinner with his mother (Lorraine) and her family. Lorraine’s father rolls in their new TV set and Lorraine...

Home remodeling design tips

  Wish you can take a page out of a lessons learned book on home remodeling? Some lessons are hard to learn and can be costly when you are remodeling.  If you are remodeling a whole home or just a room, there are a few design tips to keep in mind to save your...

How to pick the right lamp

Let there be light! Lighting in a room can sometimes be challenging. There are 3 types of lighting you need in each room; general, task and decorative. We are going to cover task lighting and learn how to choose the right kind of lamp for the task at hand. Whether you...

How to Decorate with Industrial Décor

Bring industrial pieces into your home Notice a new trend entering your latest trip to the home décor store? You may have seen more metal mixed in with the wood furniture or saw some different looking light bulbs. Those are part of what is called the Industrial style...

Garage: To Stage or Not to Stage?

Seriously, it’s a garage! We all need a space to get away. Some Moms would love to retreat into a spa tub and kids love to play in a dedicated playroom. But for Dads, sometimes, the only place they can retreat to is the garage or if they are lucky, a man cave....

4 Homeowner Staging Tricks to Avoid

  As a homeowner, moving can be quite a stressful event. And when it comes to selling their homes, a homeowner might do some staging on their own to get it ready. However, when home staging is done correctly, a buyer should not be able to tell the home was...

How to Create An Easy Landscape Plan

Landscape your way with a simple plan You love your home but the landscape is something to be desired. You have all of these ideas yet never have time or energy to implement them. You don’t want to spend money on plants that may or may not survive. I get it. But...

Staging your Airbnb

How Airbnb can be an additional source of income Airbnb is a unique way to enjoy a major city without having to go to a hotel.  This can especially be important when you are trying to attend a major event and find that all the hotels are booked. President Obama’s...

Empty Nesters and Spare Bedrooms

Tips for empty nesters moving out Do you have grown children who have “left the nest” and repurposed those rooms into an office or a gym? After a few years, you realize your home is too big for you and you want to downsize to a smaller home and possibly...

Open floor plan – plus or minus?

  As a home stager and someone who lives in a home that has a partially open floor plan I understand the pros and cons when tackling this kind of space. However, this setup is not for everyone. Some homeowners want an open concept but don’t know how to...