September 13, 2018

How to Use a Home Decor Theme In a Room

Not sure how to use a home decor theme in a room? No worries, it’s easy to use a theme to add personality into a space…the hardest part is deciding what theme to show off.  Homeowners have so many themes to choose from. Whether you take a cue from a location, design style, season, or even a beloved kid’s character there are five tips you should follow when working a theme into your home decor. Home Decor Theme Rule #1: Working with Color. One of the easiest ways to bring a theme’s feeling into your home is through color. Take a beach theme for example, the palette echoes the colors of nature: big sky blues, earthy browns, sea kelp greens and turquoise waters. Through the simple use of paint, you can set the stage for other beach touches throughout the home. Home Decor Theme Rule #2: Use Artwork. Displaying artwork is […]
September 6, 2018

5 Kid-Friendly Features Home Sellers Should Showcase When Selling

Selling a property becomes a bit more complex when kids are involved because homebuyers are looking for that perfect combination of size and safety. Family-oriented homebuyers will not settle for less on their buyer wish list when it comes to looking for kid-friendly features. Children influence the biggest purchase their parents are likely to make – according to a 2014 study by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, more than 70 percent of millennial and Generation X parents say their homebuying decisions are largely influenced by their offspring. So what are the biggest features to look for when it comes to buying a family home of their dreams? Here are five things you should think about when putting your home on the market when you expect a lot of family-focused interest. Sizable Structure A family home must offer enough space for both children and adults, so of course it’s one of the […]
August 23, 2018

How to Decorate an Open Layout in a Home

Does your home represent a floor plan with an open layout? It can be a challenging room to furnish if you’re having trouble determining where one area ends and another begins without a wall forcing you to stop.   A layout’s openness usually provides more space than a traditional closed-in room and more light. This is an extremely popular option these days in a home because you can use the space for multiple purposes, for instance combining a living and dining room. Here are a few basic tips that can help you create a stylish, comfortable room with function for all. Open Layout Tip #1: Create Specific Functions in the Area It’s important to distinguish the various areas of the room from one another, since there are no walls dictating your decision. As you can see in the image below, we decided to break up the room based on where the longest wall was located. We […]
July 19, 2018

Where to Start If You Want to Stage a Home on a Budget

So, you’ve made the life altering decision to sell your home and move on. That’s great! But, there is a lot of planning and preparation that has to coincide with this decision before placing the property on the real estate market. What’s your price point? Who’s your home buyer avatar? Where should you start making updates on your home? As a home stager, clients ask all the time, “where should I start staging my property?” There actually is a method to the madness. A qualified home stager will know what areas to focus on to highlight, to downplay and of course to update. For every property our company stages, we have a plan in place. Many times I refer to this plan as a “multipage action plan” which contains everything a home seller needs to complete on the property, broken out by room, before the home is listed on the market. […]
June 28, 2018

Tori’s 2018 Summer Home Goals

Summer is the season that reminds us of vitality, it symbolizes freedom, growth and exudes youthfulness as we take part in fun activities. The days are longer and the nights warmer to spend more time outdoors—gardening in the yard, jumping in the pool, firing up the barbecue, dining al fresco and soaking up the summer sun.  The earlier days in the season provide additional time to take on outdoor maintenance projects you may have come across when you inspected the exterior of your home in spring, but didn’t have time to get to yet. So, take action and sprinkle some of those projects into your schedule along with these tips below to welcome summer—don’t forget to plan a few adventures as well. Over the weekend Sal and I grabbed our new home planner, which highlights common seasonal projects and gives you a place to store all your home ideas. We prioritized which projects […]