April 14, 2016

What Smells in Your Home? Having Scents and Sensibility

Have you ever come across a home that smells? Where you just want to hold your nose and run out the door screaming. Who can blame you the sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses, especially when selling a home. The scents and odors in a home can connect or disconnect buyers or even guests to a house with just one sniff. There is a reason why a home owner isn’t aware of the woozy urine smell or last night’s dinner odor haunting the air; they’re immune to the odor. It’s too familiar to their nose. As a home stager, I’ve seen our share of “stinky homes” from pets, food, clothes or shoes, smoking, mold, appliances and air vents. When showcasing a home we recommend clients get rid of the sources of bad odor, rather than simply mask the smell with a scent. But, what if your listing stinks? […]
April 11, 2016

Staging a Vacant Home in NYC

Our New York City based home staging company, Stylish Stagers, Inc. recently had the opportunity staging a vacant home in Tudor City Historic District. This distinguished, 10-story, cooperative apartment building was built in 1927 just steps away from the United Nations. When staging a vacant home, you want to setup a layout that appeals to the highest number of potential buyers.  The home will be staged with furniture, decorations, paintings, and other home décor to complete the look. One of the most important benefits to staging a home is the ability to allow a buyer to envision themselves in the home. By creating a warm, welcoming feel you’ll help make a potential buyer feel more comfortable in an empty home. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this before and after photo, which one would you prefer? Which one creates an emotional connection? A room before staging, looks dark, small and uninviting. […]
April 7, 2016

Our Favorite Decorating Trends of 2016

Following a year as fun and stylish as 2015 can be hard to do. As we progress further into the social media era, interior design is creating a monumental name for itself. No longer is it just for designers, but for all creative minds looking to have a beautiful home. Now anyone can look on Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media site and be inspired by thousands of pictures of stunning interiors. While many trends from the past can flow into the future, and with already so much talk of the many trends we will see, we think it’s important to note our favorite decorating trends of 2016. Decorating Trends #1: Outdoor Fabric Used Indoors Outdoor fabric simply makes your home livable. Whether you have children or pets-outdoor fabric is more durable, highly cleanable, and won’t pill or lighten with sun damage like typical indoor fabrics. With this trend growing more each year, textile companies have worked hard to make […]
March 28, 2016

Spring Cleaning Your Home in 5 Steps

As the seasons begin to change, so does your cleaning style. Spring cleaning is when someone deep cleans their house or a room, typically undertaken in spring.  It’s important to take part of a spring cleaning ritual to remove allergens, germs and bacteria from the home so you can feel healthier, especially at the height of allergy season. But, spring cleaning doesn’t only make you feel better it can also reduce stress, increase productivity and help the brain to focus on more important things than the clutter and dirt lingering around the home. Here are five areas of the home you should add to cleaning routine to improve those surrounding your body and mind. Spring Cleaning Tip # 1: Wipe Down Walls You may not notice with the naked eye, but the walls providing you shelter usually hold a ton of dirt on them. What’s in the air is also on the walls […]
March 26, 2016

How to Pair Spring Flowers With 2016 Pantone Colors

This year was the first year Pantone named two colors of the year instead of one — rose quartz and serenity. They’re softer tones than in years past and are meant to channel mindfulness and well-being. For their Spring 2016 palette, they added eight more colors, both vibrant and subtle, to create a balanced combination that aims to transcend cultural and gender norms and signify both excitement and stability. These colors are great inspiration to use when sprucing up your home. The vibrant colors like fiesta and buttercup would work great for statement pieces to brighten up a space, while the softer hues are good for complementing existing design elements.  When integrating colors into decor, many follow the 60-30-10 rule where 60% of the room is a dominant color, 30% is a secondary color, and 10% is an accent color. This helps to tie together both neutral and bright colors, […]