Hanging Out with Houzz at Nashville Event

Last night I attended a debut Houzz.com event, along with a standing-room only group of Nashville design professionals at Kenny & Company in the ultra-hip Gulch area of downtown.  

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Nashville Houzz Event at Kenny & Company 

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Creating Homework Areas That Make Back-To-School Rock

It’s hard to believe school is back in session. Now is the time to set aside a special place for the kiddos to get their homework done in peace. Here are some ideas for making homework less of a chore, more of a joy.
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by Lisa Wilson via Houzz.com
The breakfast table or dining table is a great place to designate as your official homework area. You can prepare dinner and keep your eyes on your little workers at the same time.  Click here to see the rest of the article I wrote for Houzz.com.  Looks like it will be the last one I do for awhile – something had to give in my busy schedule, so I told my editor at Houzz I needed to take a break and focus on this blog and my design clients.  So please stop over and “like” or comment on my article!

Home Projects to Tackle Now That the Kids are Back In School

The new school year has begun for most folks. Whether you are glad or sad about seeing your kids head back to school, this just might be the best time of year for getting some important home projects started.  My youngest has already finished her first project of the school year, as you can see:

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Check out my latest article published on Houzz.com for 9 ideal projects for this time of year!


Is Staging an Historic House Different than Staging a Contemporary One?

Staging a home to sell is a somewhat different animal when you are dealing with a historic or period home.  While you want to make it appeal to the widest audience possible, you have to realize that most of the people interested in buying that type of home are attracted to historically decorated interiors.  Most historic homes sell to a specific kind of buyer who is looking for character and architectural details that will make them fall head over heels.
1. Choose classic wall colors. If you need to paint the walls, choose a color from a period-inspired palette. Use fresher, cleaner historic options, such as Benjamin Moore’s Palladian BlueAdams Gold or Georgian Green.  I love the way the homeowner painted the undersides of the sink and bathtub in this vintage bathroom!  This kind of color placement draws attention to the unique selling points of the home.  For the rest of my tips, please check out the last in my Home Staging series on Houzz.com by clicking here.  Make sure you “like” it if you visit – thanks!

Nashville Stager Explains How You May Need to Spend Money to Make Money

No one wants to spend money on the home they are getting ready to sell, but it can be crucial if you want to sell the house quickly and for the price you want.  Beyond basic  decluttering and cleaning, there are areas where you may need to spend a little cash in order to get your property sold.  Here’s a few things you may need to spend $$ on:
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Painting the walls in updated neutrals and on-trend colors will set your home apart and help home buyers remember each room. Open areas should all be painted the same color — maybe a light griege or muted-down color. You’ll want to skip the dark or intense colors in these areas. Master and guest bedrooms are best painted in muted but distinct colors. Muted versions of blues, greens and yellows are good bets.
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Read the rest of my latest article on Houzz.com to find out the other things you probably need to spend a little money on if you want to get your home sold quickly and for more money.  Again, I did not choose the title of the article (am I a control-freak, or what?)  Just for the record, I’m not a fan of the word “savvy.”
In case you don’t follow me on Facebook, here are links to my articles in the Style section of The Tennessean from the last two Saturdays:

So Really, What’s the Difference Between Decorating & Staging?

As a Nashville Home Stager, I know that selling your home means selling a lifestyle – but not necessarily your own.  In home staging, you’re striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific.  If you don’t understand the difference between decorating your home and staging it to sell, you might not sell your house as quickly as you like.
I give you the specifics in my latest article on Houzz.com.  Go check it out and “like” it, share it on Facebook, or leave a comment if you have a moment!

Staging Your Home for Young Buyers Is Apparently a Controversial Subject!

Educating my clients about the audience they will be marketing to is one of the most important things I do as a Home Stager.  When you put your home on the market to sell, you should know that the next owner will likely be younger than you are.  That’s why you should stop thinking about what you like or want in a home and start thinking about what your most likely buyer will want.  In my most recent Houzz article, this is exactly what I address.  And it seems like I touched on a nerve with many who don’t agree with my advice!
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Surprisingly, Home Staging is something that many homeowners are passionately opposed to.  I experienced this about 2 years ago when one of my blogposts was featured on the infamous Ugly House Photos – one dude was so very offended about what I said in the post that you would have thought I was standing in his home and personally criticizing him.  If you want to  see what everyone’s so up in arms about, click here to read my article on Houzz.com.  And if you have some time to spare, do yourself a favor a spend some time on Ugly House Photos.  Believe me, it’s jaw-dropping fun over there.
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