Is Your Trey Ceiling Giving Away Your Age?

There are few things that can give away the age of your home, or the date of your decorating, like how you paint out that trey ceiling.  I recently did a Staging Consultation for a Nashville Realtor who was about to list a home to sell.  This was the first thing you saw upon entry into the home:

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Dining Room Before

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How I Reclaimed a Bunch of Hours a Week

Over the last week, something amazing happened.  Because of this amazing thing, I went to a hot yoga class (not once, but twice) after not working out in over a year.  I also got my hair cut, which I also haven’t done in over a year.  

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The Project That Won It for Me: 2013 RESA Staging of the Year

As many of you who follow The Decorologist on Facebook or Twitter may know, it was a big week for me!  I was thrilled to be notified that I had received the 2013 Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) award for Best Staging of North America!  I waited until my award arrived in the mail to write this post:

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Home Staging Advice from 10 Experts

When the design board website, Olioboard, asked me to participate in a bloghop with nine other home staging experts, I said heck yeah!  As a Nashville-based home stager, I’m ALL ABOUT befores-and-afters (in case you haven’t noticed).  I pulled an actual “before” photo of a vacant room that I staged a few years ago.  At the time I actually staged it, I had to rent a houseful of furnishings.  I was limited to what was available from this particular rental company, but I’m not limited as to how I can stage it virtually on Olioboard!  It’s such a great tool to use with clients when trying to visualize a design plan.  So here’s a shot of the “before” of this neutral living room.  

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 Vacant Property Before

 

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How to Make Your Listing Look Like a Million

I know lots of ways to make a real estate listing look like a million bucks, without spending a ton.  After staging over a hundred homes in the Nashville area, I’ve learned lots of tricks and budget-friendly ways to make a dated space feel fresh and fabulous.  Here’s a look at my latest staging project:

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 Staged Dining Room

 

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Balancing Your Living Room Furniture Arrangement

Do you ever walk into a room and feel as though things are off-balance?  I do – all the time.  It’s a curse.  As an Interior Decorator and Home Stager, it’s my mission to balance out every room I am asked to design or stage.  Last week, I speed-staged a formal home in Brentwood, TN.  This was the living room arrangement in its “before” state:

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Living Room Before Staging

 

Can you guess what was bugging me?  The rug was off-center from the fireplace and bookcases, the sofa was off the rug, the coffee table wasn’t centered on the rug, and the chairs were too far away from the sofa and fireplace.  With a few adjustments, the room felt a lot better to me:

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After Speed Staging by The Decorologist

 

Here is a view of the “before” from above – sometimes viewing from above gives you a different perspective as to whether or not the furniture arrangement works.  Notice that you can’t even see the two chairs in this photo because they are so far separated from the rest of the seating.

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Aerial View of Living Room Before Staging

 

Now doesn’t this just feel more “right?”  The listing photography looks much better because of it – and we all know how important that is!  If you don’t know, you should read this.

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Staged Living Room by The Decorologist

 

Try it yourself in your own living room and see what a difference a little balance can make!

Photography Tips that Can Sell Your Home

As a Nashville Home Stager, I know that one of the most powerful tools you have when marketing your home for sale is amazing listing photography.  No matter how fabulous your home is, it won’t sell if the listing photos don’t do their job.  Your photos should be strategic and should highlight the positives so that potential buyers run to their phone schedule a showing.  Here are my tips for getting the most out of these incredibly important home photos. 
 
 
1. Include only photos of your most attractive rooms in your online listing.  Include the description and dimensions of the other rooms in the home, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors by including bad photos or poorly-staged rooms.  Lure potential buyers in with lovely spaces but don’t show them anything that might keep them from scheduling a showing, like your less-than-lovely recreation room or an outdated bathroom.
 
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