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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pushing all the Right Buttons When Staging a Living Room

Tales of an Interior Stylist
Pushing all the Right Buttons when Staging a Living Room



I'm your personal Home Elevator Operator, educated on every level of all your decorative needs no matter which floor you may require. Whether you wish the 1st floor - "Moving In," or top floor -"Moving Out," I'm there to help push all the right buttons (I also have the talent to stop in between floors, but that's another tale...)If requiring a trip to the top floor "Moving Out -" I've got some helpful tips on which buttons to push to get that Living Room in top shelf condition.


The Home's 1st Impression - One of the two rooms that flag the foyer, this space needs to set the collective tone for the whole home and impress the potential buyer.



A Whole Lot of P's - Once you've reached this floor, there may be packing, depersonalizing, pulling (as in wallpaper,) and painting in this space. May I suggest a calming, classic & reserved tone such as SW-7694 Dromedary Camel.


Give the Space a Spa Day - Refresh that Space! Clean the carpet or buff the floors, touch up the trim, vacuum the cushions, polish the wood, and Windex the glass. A bit of spit and polish will make everything shine. You get a 578% return on your investment.


Fixate on a Focal Point - Every space has a great feature, it could be a beautiful picture window or fantastic fireplace. Showcase this wonderful selling feature by arranging seating and furniture accordingly.
Queue Home's Style & Stature - Make sure that your furnishings and accents are in tune to your home's style and stature. There's nothing worse than the wrong shoes with a great dress.



Selling Square Footage - Keep in mind when creating your seating arrangement - you're selling square footage. Keep your HGTV angles and furniture to a practical minimum.
Corral your Collections - Although you may love acres of family photos, Thomas Kincaid's, or candles, when selling a home the collections must be minimized. Too many multiples are distracting, take up space, and may trigger personal opinions.



Making Positive Sense - Push the emotion button by evoking the senses. Try a large vase brimming with bright seasonal blooms either store bought or from your own back yard. (A personal favorite is simple fresh hosta leaves in a clear vase. ) Open the windows and let a gentle breeze stir, and try some tactile accents such as knobby throws or bamboo containers as a foil to smooth fabrics or shiny woods.

Set the stage for your home by presenting the Living Room in its best light. By showcasing the room's selling features, creating an emotional connection, and setting the style and stature of the home - You'll be pushing all the right buttons for a successful sale of your home.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Treasuring Your Living Room


Tales of an Interior Stylist
"The Quest for Purposeful Space - Treasuring Your Living Room"

As an interior stylist and decorator that uses what my clients already own; I get giddy at the great horizontal planes of a bare cocktail table and ecstatic at the sight of a long forgotten closet filled with your Aunt Millie's inherited treasures. Much like Indiana Jones, with treasure map in hand, and trusty whip fixed at hip, bound for another adventure, I look at ill used spaces of your home and forgotten accessories with the same gusto and zest as Indy. Instead of a treasure map or whip, I've got furniture sliders and a hammer.
The quest for a purposeful living room - one that guests and family to actually walk into seems to be a desired treasure just out of reach. Looking for clues to help create a space that beckons your guests to enter, has purpose and reflects your personal style? - Here are some tips to help with your quest for a treasured Living Room.
•·Make a Map: Any good adventure requires a map. Whether drawn, written, scrap booked, or all the above - Map out architectural elements, create an inventory of the current or needed furnishings and accessories, and define the function and purpose of the room.
•·Keep Your Lifestyle Compass Handy: Although you may have a perfect vision of the space - be realistic. Your three boys under 10 and a rambunctious golden retriever may curtail your dream room and undermine your family happiness. Understand your lifestyle first before committing to the vision. Remember, the days of fussy formal living rooms are passé. Seek a space readied for lively conversations, music, reading or games.
•·Hunt & Seek: With map and lifestyle compass in hand, if you don't have it - find it. Seeking a curl-up-cozy living room for your book club reads? That languishing French settee in the spare room may be prized booty. Looking for themed accessories for your space styled for musical endeavors? Captured second-hand sheet music may be perfect wall art once creatively framed and hung. Want a large cocktail table to display collections? Could a second-hand dining table be repurposed by cutting the legs to a shorter length?
•·Forge your Path: Don't like the fabric on the settee, or the dull color on the walls? Don't let an obstacles defer your quest. Break new ground with a fresh coat of paint, or have that settee professionally reupholstered in a comfy and cleanable chenille that will satisfy your style yet will hold up to kids and pets.
•·Be Careful of Quick Sand: Don't get mired in tiny details such as making sure a vase, art or pillow will match perfectly. Rather, release yourself from perfection and gather pieces that you're just drawn to, have a special sentimental meaning or will unexpectedly evoke conversation. These are finds that will do the same for family and visitors too.
•·Stay on the Trail: If you stay true to your vision and refer to the map, your fortune will be within reach. In the end you'll have a room that beckons visitors to enter, family will have a purposeful space that can be a haven to enjoy, and you'll reap the bounty of a happy home - The true golden treasure.
 
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