Keep Calm and Organize

 
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Here's a sampling:

  1. Do 'that' project
  2. Create a 'go away' box
  3. Deal with decorations
  4. Create a system for your entryway
  5. Wrangle your pet supplies
  6. Organized your spices!
  7. Pare down your utensils
  8. Reconfigure your pots and pans

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I loved this article (very practical) and I'm guessing everyone can relate to what she's saying.  Follow these steps, spending less than an hour per day (sometimes just a few moments), to a better organized home by September 1st:

 

What Buyers Want

I've included a link to a recent article by Christine Rae, president of Certified Staging Professionals, which outlines today's trend for move-in ready, turn-key properties.  According to Christine, this trend is driven by 3 demographics:  women, millennials and baby boomers.  

Since half of all property buyers are under the age of 36, this new generation (the millennials) are shaping the future of real estate.  They bypass typical 'starter' homes and jump right into higher end properties that are ready to enjoy. This means that all of their money goes towards the purchase price of a move-in ready home (with no desire or intention to renovate).  Retiring baby boomers feel similarly in that they put a higher priority on enjoying life outside of their home as opposed to putting time and money into renovations.

In a nutshell, today's buyers are most interested in:

  1. Updated bathrooms, kitchens, fixtures and appliances
  2. Office space with high speed connectivity
  3. Open plan, good flow and use of space
  4. Laundry rooms
  5. Lots of natural light

The full article can be viewed here:  http://stagingweblog.com/2017/07/what-buyers-want/

Bedroom Makeovers!

Some recent bedroom staging projects ... I find them very hard to do since I want them pristine (which typically means a lot of fussing, steaming, 'fluffing')!!  They definitely take the most time and I've learned some tricks that make life much easier ... for example, quilted coverlets and (quilted) bedskirts significantly reduce wrinkles and the need to steam.  I hate bedskirts, by the way, and sometimes get lucky where the homeowner has wooden bed frames which means ... no bedskirt needed ... always a bonus!

The bottom right picture is a bed that I had to create since the homeowner had moved her furniture out prior to the stage.  Simple to do using boxes and air mattresses.  I can create the illusion of a headboard using pillows and a print above the bed.  

Ribbon Heaven

It goes without saying that our (most) favourite place to shop for ribbons is Mokuba on Queen Street in Toronto and ... we decided to take some time this week to visit and enjoy!  The quality and style of ribbons that we find in this store is mind-boggling.  And, although we have our 'go to' favourites that we use routinely in our handmade designs, there is always something new to discover.

They have every colour and style imaginable so a visit can be overwhelming (to say the least).  Thankfully, they allow you to purchase in smaller quantities as some of their more expensive ribbons run upwards of $60 per metre.  Stripes, polka dots, silk, velvet, lace, organdy, straw and the list goes on.  We love the elegance and uniqueness that these ribbons add to our cards and mixed media items.  And, I can use them staging as well.  Adding ribbon to items in a room is a great way to introduce small amounts of colours here and there (tie them around vases or pillows, use them as visible picture hangers or even create ribbon artwork).  The possibilities are endless!

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Paint Colour Does Matter

Did you know that by using certain paint colours in specific rooms, it can statistically increase your home's value?  

I found the paint colour 'Cheat Sheet' below via the Home Staging Resource website and thought it was really interesting!  Hard to know for sure; however, the Zillow* paint study, which looked at 32,000 homes, seems to confirm the conclusions.   I'll be keeping this in mind as I recommend paint colours for staging purposes (the cheat sheet references Benjamin Moore colours).

The full article can be viewed here:  http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2017-06-01-Homes-with-Blue-Bathrooms-Sell-for-5-400-More-than-Expected 

* Zillow is a real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge.  

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Here are a few before & afters from a home in Meaford that is being updated and staged.  Hollie Poulin & Tom Taylor from THC Total Home Care have been working on the painting and cleaning and I'm coming in behind to do the staging!

Here are a few before & afters from a home in Meaford that is being updated and staged.  Hollie Poulin & Tom Taylor from THC Total Home Care have been working on the painting and cleaning and I'm coming in behind to do the staging!

 
Here's another shot of the bathroom.  The entire house is being redone (inside and out); therefore, more pics will be coming!  The project should be completed end of this week.

Here's another shot of the bathroom.  The entire house is being redone (inside and out); therefore, more pics will be coming!  The project should be completed end of this week.