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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Simple Lessons in Home Staging - Living Room Tips

Home Staging is a the art of styling a home to accomplish two goals.

  1. To showcase the quality and amenities of the home itself.
  2. To offer a window to the possibilities of how a buyer could live in the home.
Home staging is packaging your home so the potential buyer gets a glimpse of how wonderful it would be to live in your home. We all know the old adage about 1st Impressions - let it ring, because you need to make them want what you have! Here are some simple lessons in staging your living room to give a great impression.

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Choose an on trend color palette that will appeal to buyers and showcases your home's amenities. Tone on tone creates flow and space.


A simple, opened room arrangement explains the room's purpose, yet sells square footage.  



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Add lifestyle defining accessories to create a story of how one could use the room. Create layers to give the space warmth and character.



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Make sure to update, uncomplicate and unify interior decorating selections, such as window treatments and hardware.
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These simple lessons in home staging should inspire your vision of the art of home staging.  There is always the option of hiring a  Home Staging professional who can provide you with expert vision, those desired on trend ideas and proper packaging of your home. 



Chicago home staging and interior styling expert Julea Joseph has been helping homeowners, builders and real estate professionals since 1999. Whether you're selling a home, moving in, or in need of a change - She creates the home you imagined.  


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Style Your Patio - From Slab to Sensational!


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Don’t let your back sliding door be the end of your living spaces.  Now that a warmer season is upon us - your patio is the perfect muse for your decorating creativity, and a wonderful expansion to your home’s entertaining square footage. Give your patio a room makeover! There is a bevy of outdoor furnishings, textiles, accessories and lighting to create an ideal outdoor oasis.   With a little professional direction, a bit of creativity and shopping, and clues from your existing “inside” space, the incarnation of your new “living room” is easily fashioned.
  • Start with color. Whether a new palette or a twist from your interior hues – a designated set of colors will help you set a direction for your space, and make gathering your goods a breeze.
  • Anchor the space with a great outdoor rug. Create “walls” by using footed lanterns, screens, large potted plants, or benches. The walls will further help you define your space.
  • Set-up your outdoor room much like you would inside your home, using the same guidelines for flow, function and focal points.  Include all the comforts of home, such as throw pillows, ottomans, candles, art, and of course accessories.
  • Hang a mirror on one of your walls to reflect the beauty of your garden, fountain or focal point. Or use the mirror to mimic a doorway to another space.
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  • Introduce a water feature.  The fountain will add an element of calm with its sound, refresh the senses with its movement, and mask unwanted noise from nearby traffic or neighbors.
  • If your city code allows, add the element of fire with a chimenea, fire pit or fireplace. A fire element can be a hypnotic focal point to a patio space.
  • Add an array of exterior lighting.  From accent, chandeliers or floor lamps to strings of clear outdoor lights – lighting creates mood, and adds a festive feeling.

The use of stylish details can take a plain concrete outdoor space to a whole new level, transforming your patio from slab to sensational!

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Julea's Home Stylist Lessons - Decorating Workshops for Homeowners

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We are excited to now offer a new series of workshops - 'Julea's Stylist Lessons'. Do you love to decorate, just can't get enough of HGTV, and wish you could get a how-to guide to styling your home? Get ready for a home decorating and staging educational series, created specifically to cater to the design passionate homeowner – YOU!



Home Accessory Workshop

If you love to decorate and want the inside scoop on styling your home - Join Interior Stylist Julea Joseph as she addresses accessorizing your home. Let’s kick off the summer season with an informative and fun workshop on creating fresh updates for your home using accessories - Both inside and out. From making a mantle fabulous, dressing your el fresco table, to Julea’s top 10 accessory ‘musts’ for every abode. This workshop will not only inspire, but show you the fundamental rules of good design.


FEE: $25.00. (Light refreshments served).
Date: Wednesday, June 5th 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Location: ‘Mitchell’s Flowers & Events’ 14309 Beacon Ave - Located in the lovely Orland Park Historical District. Shop in their designer studio and receive an event discount. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. 708.448.7500 Julea@Julea.com. To register click on my EVENTS link: 
 
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