March 10, 2016

Scare-Free Neutrals: Staging a Home with Contemporary Design that will Entice Buyers

Most people in the market for a new home with a contemporary design style are looking for a space that is both homey and inviting. Buyers are typically not interested in a home that is cluttered, disorganized or represents an abundance of the previous homeowner’s aesthetic. Typically, buyers seek a well decorated home which offers a clean slate for their own lifestyle and accompanying furnishings, décor and artwork. Staging a home with modern flair that won’t scare off buyers can feel like a challenge, but in reality, it’s simply a matter of employing a few tactics for beautifying without cluttering or personalizing. A neutral palette (with a little panache) allows buyers to envision their future in a home. Here are a few ways to incorporate modern décor that won’t garner disapproval from buyers who might be drawn to a different aesthetic.   Contemporary Design Idea #1: Pops of Color While interested […]
March 7, 2016

#FEELATHOME Gets Rave Reviews

It seems like a distant memory, just two short years ago sitting down to write my first book “Feel at Home: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick and Easy Sell.” I wrote the book, not for fame or fortune, but to be able to help homeowners fall in love their spaces and feel at home, regardless of if they were planning to move or stay put. As a kid I always knew someday I’d write a book, although I didn’t know that someday would be now and the subject would be home staging. For those of you who don’t know my story I became a home stager back in 2009, opening up a NYC-based home staging company called Stylish Stagers, Inc. As I honed in on my skills and sold homes in record time I continued to always come across potential clients and agents that just didn’t get it – they couldn’t […]
March 2, 2016

Real Estate Advice: How to Hire a Real Estate Agent

One of the most important decisions a home seller has to make is to decide who will best represent their home on the market. Need some real estate advice? If you plan on using a real estate agent the question then becomes which one do you choose? We recently had Facebook Fan, Tara N. ask for some real estate advice on this very topic. She says, they didn’t know how to pick a real estate agent and they didn’t have any referrals to narrow down the search. Tara was looking for someone who would understand her unique property and for agent that would work quickly to find the best deal. Here is her entire Facebook message:   Well, as I always say, I’m here to help my Facebook community and I certainly don’t want her to feel overwhelmed with this process. Without doing a lot of research it is pretty easy to see […]
February 29, 2016

Decorate with Pantone Colors of the Year 2016

When Pantone, the color authority expert, released their Pantone Colors of the Year – Rose Quartz & Serenity the choice was met by mixed reviews. The past few years the company has highlighted brights and jewel tone colors, so this decision to showcase the pastel duo was a huge shift. Not to mention it was the first time Pantone has announced two colors as their color of the  year. The two colors are so often seen together that they are a natural pairing, explains Pantone, so why not show them off together?  These shades, which reminds many of  “baby colors” Pantone says, were chosen to convey rosy warmth and tranquility. So, how do you use these colors properly in your home, especially if you’re thinking of selling? Check out the latest article we wrote for For Sale By Owner click here or on the image below. Want to see some […]
February 27, 2016

Home Sellers Take a Cue from Donald Trump Rhetoric

Fixated to this year’s election coverage, it’s hard not to be fascinated by Donald Trump.The American business man and real estate mogul says “out loud” what nearly everybody thinks, but is too fearful or polite to actually say. Now, why I am by no means endorsing Mr. Trump, as a home stager I can understand the value behind the truth and the secret to his political success.     Like him or not, Mr. Trump continues to lead in the polls – winning the last three consecutive races as the Republican GOP Nominee heads into Super Tuesday. He’s made a name for himself, continues to dominate the media and seems to have a record-breaking number of people interested in the election. But, why? How is he doing this?  He’s not the most qualified, most conservative or even the most Republican, but he has seized on every opportunity that heads his way. “Every […]