March 10, 2018

Daylight Saving Time: 6 Home Projects to Embrace the Spring Season

As I watch the snow melt on the ground in my backyard, I can’t help but feel excited to hear we’re springing ahead this weekend– which means spring time is quickly approaching. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, daylight saving time begins setting the clocks forward by one hour, throughout much of the United States. While mornings will stay darker longer for a while, we’ll start enjoying more daylight in the evenings. (Yippie!) Besides setting your clocks forward by an hour, now is the perfect time to wash away old man winter and refresh your home both inside and out. It’s a transitional season of new beginnings. Spring symbolizes the start of new projects, sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth comes to life again after the thaw. I don’t know about you, but when I see the trees finally bloom […]
March 1, 2018

Decorating Mindset: Right Brain Thinking Helps Style a Home

Do you have the right decorating mindset to style a home? No matter where you are in the homeownership process it’s important to focus your perceptions so your home is the most appealing on the block. Every homeowner, especially those selling, must become successful at creating first impressions. This step allows you to develop a good sense of what your audience (buyer or guest) wants, and what it takes to ensure that you stand out in their minds well after visiting your property.  Think of your open house or dinner party as if it’s opening night for your favorite show. The stars would be walking the red carpet, dressed to impress, promoting the show and creating excitement and buzz—that’s what staging does to your home when selling (or staying). The Decorating Mindset A buyer’s gut reaction never goes away, so make sure to critique each area of your home or […]
February 17, 2018

Easy DIY Macramé Wall Art

Have you ever wanted to know how to DIY Macramé wall art? Macramé is all the rage this past year, I’ve seen it in my travels from Mexico to the Hamptons used as art installations in dining areas, statements above a bed, hanging planters, light pendants, dream catchers, napkin rings and even as curtains.     mac·ra·mé (n.) is the art of knotting cord or string into a pattern. This type of art was popular in the Victorian era and again in 1970’s bohemian style. Materials used in macramé include cords made of cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn.    An oversized, handmade macramé piece of wall art can be expensive, but costs a fraction of the price if you take on the project yourself, see the DIY macramé wall art tutorial video below. Here’s what you’ll need:  200 feet of 3/16 white rope   Rit Liquid Dye (optional)  3-foot piece of driftwood (pipe, curtain rod, spindle, etc.)  Scissors  Start by cutting […]
February 8, 2018

Home Staging Tips: How to Stage a Fireplace

Fireplaces are a “hot feature” on a homebuyer’s wish list, that’s why home stagers take the time to probably stage a fireplace before a home sale. Fireplaces have the capability of being a bold focal point within a space or an unattractive nuance dating the room. With so many buyers desiring this property feature, a home seller needs to take time to highlight their fireplace, making it center stage in the room.  According to a National Association of Realtors 2013 Home Features Survey they found that 57-percent purchased a house with a fireplace. What’s even more important then the fireplace itself, is what’s surrounding it. One term widely used is a “mantle scape” which is adding natural elements of various shapes, sizes, textures to set a scene across your fireplace’s mantel. Try these tips when updating your dingy fireplace when staging a home: Update Fireplace Materials Screens. If your fireplace has a brass screen […]
February 3, 2018

[Shop the Look] 7 Trends from Las Vegas Winter Market 2018

With more than 4,200 lines of home decor + gifts, including furniture, lighting, bedding and accessories Interior Designers and Home Stagers span the 40 floors of even space at Las Vegas Winter Market. Why Attend Market Trade shows provide the most comprehensive forward look at what is fresh and new at special prices. Keeping merchandise new and fresh is the responsibility of a buyer not word of mouth or the internet to show off what’s trending. It can help a designer or stager build an inventory, build new vendor relationships and get inspired by all they see around them. Not to mention, you get to regroup with friends from around the globe.  What This Means for a Consumer? When your designer or stager heads to market this tells you they’re not only a serious business owner, but they value continued education and will extend this knowledge onto your property to […]