March 24, 2016

Refresh Home Decor This Spring

Spring has sprung, which can only mean it’s time to refresh your home decor this spring by brightening up your home with fresh flowers, welcoming spring colors and whimsical Easter-themed touches. Once you’ve done a clean sweep of your home before guests arrive, it’s time to infuse new decor into your entertaining spaces. You can of course refresh your home decor in two ways. First, shop your home to use items you already have. Try placing the items in a new arrangement or location in a room. You can also get creative and use the item in a new or unusual way. The second way you can refresh your home decor is by purchasing some new pieces from your favorite home decor shop. Many of the items that you’ll see in this post are from Pier 1 Imports. Welcome Guests Into Your Home Start at the curb by incorporating spring into […]
March 14, 2016

5 Trends Displayed at International Home + Housewares Show

More than 2,100 exhibitors at the International Home & Housewares Show, were on display in Chicago at McCormick Place Exposition Center last weekend to show off their products. Some were popular staples in the home, while others were innovative and brand spanking new to the industry.  No matter where you were on the product spectrum old, new, cooking, cleaning, organizing or decor we definitely spotted some common trends. Here are five trends to look for when it comes to purchasing your next home product. Make a Sparkling Statement Everywhere you turned the common household products were going glam. Mixed metal, especially rose gold and copper are being used on pots and pans, a fondue set, dinnerware, office supplies, even picture frames.   An old staple, turns a new leaf! Check out Correlle Market Street NY new designs. This office set is by Three by Three These photo frames in geometric shapes are by […]
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 […]