July 24, 2017

Decorating with Color: My Home Color Schemes

How do you make a house flow from one room to another? With color of course. Choosing a color scheme in advance will create a cohesive feel that makes sense but will elevate those stressful decorating choices, especially if you’re planning on selling your home. Ever wonder why a model home feels so good? Yes, they have no clutter and look far from lived in, but the main reason they feel warm and welcoming is the house’s color palette that is carried throughout the property. By using a limited number of colors through the space in different ways, the home will flow from one room to the next by connecting each space with color. So, how do you create a whole color scheme for a home? I followed this method when choosing new colors for our home after Superstorm Sandy. Start by picking 3-5 colors for your palette (this could […]
July 20, 2017


If you’re a shopper, you’ve waited all year long for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, this sale offers amazing markdowns on new to market items — so now is the time to stock up! Now, I know home goods tend to be more of a luxury item than a necessity, but I’ve rounded up my top picks for every category in the home and the best part, everything is under $100!! So, let’s shop… Now, I must confess that I’ve never really paid much attention to this sale until my good friend Erin Busbee turned me onto the event this year. She’s a wardrobe stylist who has her own blog called Busbee Style where she focuses on fashion ideas for busy women juggling life over 40 — if that’s you please go check her out and see her Nordstrom fashion picks too.  How to Shop the Sale If you’re new to the […]
July 17, 2017

Neutral Paint Colors | Choose Color & Sheen for Walls

Neutral paint colors are a fool-proof way to add color and dimension to a room without over powering the space. Neutrals will never go out of style, because they’re timeless, making them a go-to choice when updating your walls and decor. This color palette is especially used in home staging to help highlight the best features in a home without distracting buyers with a bold red or dark blue –maximizing the home’s potential and square footage. We’ve all been there.  We pick a paint color for our home only to find that once we get it on the wall it’s not what we had in mind. Not all neutrals are created equal, where did you go wrong? More on that in a moment. But first, be sure to test a color in the room firs using small swatches to see how the color will interact with the room’s lighting. Paint colors look completely […]
July 13, 2017

New Statistics Prove Home Staging Pays Off When Selling a Property

Home staging gains traction among real estate agents as a secret weapon in the selling process, with 62 percent of Realtors® saying they believe home staging helps decrease the amount of time a property stays on the market according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors. The NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Staging found that while more than half of Realtors® surveyed reveal home staging decreases the amount of time on the market, sixteen percent of agents said staging increases the time on market and 8 percent said it has no real impact, which suggests there is still more work to be done by home stagers to educate agents and sellers on the importance of preparing a property properly. Overcome Objections As a home stager since 2009, I’ve found the resistance of taking the extra step to staging a home — includes misbeliefs on staging costs to a seller’s blindsided reality […]
July 6, 2017

7 Basic Decor Elements That Complete a Vignette

A vignette is that “extra something” that can turn an ordinary room into a special space tugging at the heart strings of buyers. Home stagers use vignettes to emotional connect buyers to a space by grouping small decor together on a surface that tells a story of this home’s potential lifestyle. If you’ve never put together a vignette before, chances are you can easily feel overwhelmed by all the combinations. But, once you know what to look for and the basic decor pieces to use they become easier to put together. Here are seven “must-have” basic decor elements that you can mix and match to spark emotion in a vignette to create a unique look all your own. Wall Statement  Start with a statement piece on the wall (if your vignette flanks the wall of course) with a piece of art, metal work or even a mirror. Use a mirror to […]