November 28, 2016

Get the Lifestyle & Home You Want

If you’re like me, you may be spending some time this last part of the year reviewing home projects, weekly tasks and the habits you’d like to change in the upcoming year to create a space that not only feels at home, but can be show-ready at a moments notice. I believe that we all have a style that each and everyone of us can embrace inspiration from our senses, knowledge and desires we’ve experienced. That what we’ve learned in our lifetime, our struggles, challenges and triumphs actually affects the lifestyle we lead and how our homes are showcased. So, it’s my job as a home stager and lifestyle expert to create a home buyers or anyone for that matter will find irresistible. Irresistible meaning, to allow someone to fall in love with their surroundings and tempting them to possess a lifestyle they’ve only dreamed about by keeping track of the […]
November 21, 2016

Ideas for a Stress-Free Feast

Host your Thanksgiving guests with ease this year by setting a stylish table, make a centerpiece that wows and be prepared before dinner time. Here is a quick guide to reference to make the most out of Thanksgiving day as the countdown begins. Think being a hostess with the mostest means stressing in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party? Think again. Your guests are there to spend time with you! With a little advanced preparation, you can unlock the secrets of pulling off an amazing dinner, spend more time chatting and be the center of attention without breaking a sweat. The following time-saving tips will give you more time outside the kitchen, and less stress while you’re in it! Plan Ahead Test out new recipes in advance and choose dishes that don’t have to be served piping hot. Once you’ve got the menu figured out, prepare what you can […]
November 17, 2016

How to Make Your Open Floor Plan Functional

Homebuyer’s dream of an open floor plan these days when it comes to  buying a new home. An open layout refrains from using walls between common spaces to define each function of a room. This helps embrace a room’s flow to promote sociability, traffic patterns and to enhance open, airy, light and bright spaces. The problem with an open layout is that the large, unstructured space can feel endless, less personable and even a bit cold. That’s why it’s important to visually section off a large room to create intimate functional zones that have their own identity, while incorporating a cohesive feel throughout the entire floor plan. Remember these tips to help you organize and define these popular spaces without propping up walls. Public versus private space. Think about whether you want some of the space to be private. A bedroom in an open floor plan should have some privacy, and office space […]
November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Centerpieces: Ideas Using Seasonal Flowers

Fall is in full swing and it’s time to start planning your Thanksgiving tablescape! Flowers are essential for any holiday table, which is why FTD came up with these floral Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas to inspire your table decor.  Each centerpiece includes the richest colors of fall, including the season’s most stunning florals including dahlias, chrysanthemums, and amaranth. They even created custom moodboards of each centerpiece idea, which highlight the most unique elements of each arrangement including harvest-inspired elements like wild blackberry branches, pomegranates, and persimmons. Checkout the centerpieces below and get inspired to make your holiday table this year a truly memorable experience! Photography by: Tory Williams for Matthew Robbins Design This creative arrangement showcases the color orange, which is one of the most iconic colors of fall and makes it perfect as a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Bold ranunculuses create the focal point, and are perfectly accented by kumquat branches. Adding […]
November 7, 2016

Avoid Turning Buyers Off During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, when your neighborhood, maybe even your home turns into a festive display of holiday decor, but there is a fine line between tasteful and cluttered. Welcoming buyers into a home for sale covered in holiday decor with a life-size santa or an overload of string lights in the front yard isn’t something most buyers want to necessarily come home to. Sometimes it’s hard enough to get sellers to agree to remove certain objects or tone down accessories in their home or front yard. So when it comes time to decorate with ghosts and goblins around Halloween, gourds at Thanksgiving, or put out the menorah or Christmas lights and trees in December, how can you show off your holiday spirit without going overboard or offending buyers? In many cases a buyer will get distracted with the holiday decor and overlook the curb appeal. While holidays like Thanksgiving and […]