January 4, 2018

[VIDEOS] The Truth Behind Living in a Clutter-Free Home Part I

Let me be the first to say, “get-organized” usually tops the a New Year’s resolution list of many, especially if you’re a homeowner — but clutter tends to build back up by the end of January. The truth: living in a clutter-free home takes work, consistency but most importantly a mind shift. As a home stager I never really understood why a home with amazing potential, looked like a cluttered pig sty. Dirty laundry piled high, dishes in the sink, dust bunnies the size of tumbleweeds rolling across the floor, surfaces that have never seen a cleaning cloth and clutter build-up in every room can be a turn off for any potential home buyer or guest alike. I quickly discovered clutter not only has to do with a homeowner’s living habits, but their level of what I like to call “home-pride.”  Pride(n.) 1. their triumphs were a source of pride: self-esteem, dignity, honor, self-respect, self-worth, self-regard, pride in oneself. 2. take pride in a good job […]
December 28, 2017

Best of 2017 Home Staging and Decorating Tips

Well, we’ve reached the end of another year — 2018 is upon us and before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve I’m taking this week to reflect on life to review our successes, failures and where we can improve. I take pride in producing valuable content for a homeowner — no matter if they’re selling or dwelling to help make the home staging and decorating a bit easier for you to create a space that feels at home.  We’ve been teaching home sellers how to embrace home staging since 2009, so it seems fitting that we first share our top six blog posts on the subject matter. If you plan on selling in 2018 — these are a  must read. Home Staging Tips These posts have been derived from your questions or problems when it comes to staging a home. From how to hire a home stager to […]
December 21, 2017

6 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Hosting

While this is arguably the “most wonderful time of the year” the holiday season, it can also be the most stressful — especially those hosting the holiday soiree. It’s important to focus on the things you can control as a holiday hostess to minimize stress and ignore all else that your guests may be faced with like “family bickering.”  What’s your #1 holiday hosting stressor? For me, it’s when the guests arrive and we’re not ready. That’s why, we plan early and get to work at least 48 to 72 hours before guests walk up to our front door. If you’re hosting this holiday season here are six stress-free tips that you should be doing, so that you too enjoy the party. 72 Hours Before Party Starts: Finalize the Plan. We take some time to look through recipes, finalize the menu — which has varying recipes for appetizers, the main […]
December 8, 2017

[Shop the Look] 2017 Holiday Gift Giving Guide for the Home Under $100

It’s that time of year again, have you started your holiday gift shopping yet? If you’re stumped and not sure what to get a family member, friend or client — why not get them something to utilize at home. In this guide, there is over 60-holiday gift ideas for the home. From something soft and furry to tech gadgets to kitchen finds this is a unique budget-friendly guide that will be sure to please even the most difficult person on your gift list.    Gifts Under $25 These inexpensive gifts are on trend to show off in the new year. The best part, the organic materials and mixed metals on these items makes each piece look priceless. Consider gifting this phone storage workout bottle for those in your life who love to hit the gym. Or surprise your work-alcoholic friend with this blinged out desk calendar. You’ll also find several […]
November 30, 2017

8 Holiday Decorating Styles for Your Home

No matter your decorating style it’s easy to bring the spirit of the season into your home for the holidays, if you consider where you live. By embracing your home’s architectural style with it’s design style you can creatively distinguish your holiday decor that tells a unique story. Let me be brutally honest with you, one of my biggest pet peeves during this time of year is a property where mismatched holiday decor has been thrown together on the lawn or exterior of the house — and the homeowner calls it decorated. The same holds true inside the property too. Now, I’m not trying to put anyone down or act like Scrooge, I applaud the effort — but what if I could share with you a few tricks to make your home look seamless this holiday season? Well, in order to deck the halls like the pros, it’s time to […]