Happy Halloween, Y'all!
You goblins, enjoy your Halloween.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Yowzer, that is one colossal nude painting. I do get it! You enjoy a sexy, provocative painting in your boudoir. She is lovely. But here is the deal sellers, buyers will only be in your bedroom a few minutes. We want them concentrating on the size of the space--not checking out the muscles (or whatever) of The Poser in the Painting.
And, speaking of, it appears you do some posing of your own and enjoy checkin' it out in that big ole leaning mirror facing the bed. I get that too! But, let's move that mirror for selling, eh?
You've got lots of furniture in this small room. All the furniture lines the four walls. We call that "wall flowers" in stager-talk. Something's gotta give: the huge console in front of the bed, the full size sofa, the mirror, the 2 large bedside tables, the chair, or the chest of drawers next to it. This room needs breathing space.
"It's the space between the notes that makes the music."
Of course, we have to leave that pretty bed. But it does need to be tidied up. Those wanky comforters and covers aren't the impression we want to make for selling. (And, straighten that pretty bed skirt while you are at it.)
If you are familiar with Feng Shui, you will understand when I say the dried hydrangeas have to go.
Dry = Dead. Dead stuff is bad Feng Shui.
Dead is definitely not sexy in a master bedroom.
Ring, text, or email me dear sellers. I'll be more than happy to help you staged your $2M master bedroom.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|Lauren by Ralph Lauren|
I was watching an old Oprah and Ralph Lauren interview. She mentioned that one of the first big purchases she made when she started making money was buying Ralph Lauren towels. "NOW I have made it!" To Oprah, Ralph Lauren towels represented "the ideal" of what it meant to be successful.
Yes! Yes! Yes! I shouted to no one. That is exactly my philosophy!
I, too, endeavor to create the dream for people of how they will live in a house. And, yes, while if sounds perfectly OK for Ralph Lauren to say he puts love in his products, it probably sounds pretty cra-cra for me to go around saying it. (I just had a vision of me telling realtors that I am different than other stagers because I put love in my staging. HA! I can see their eyes rolling.)
There is a lot of competition for products and services. I think Ralph has hit 'it' on the head.
The following quote has been pinned on my bulletin board for 20+ years. I am so sorry that I do not know who wrote it. I wish I knew who to give credit to.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
|Worthing Court Blog|
I was reading blogs one night and stumbled onto Worthing Court Blog. Suzy bought two chairs from Pier 1 for her living room redesign. I fell in love with these chairs! I am a big girl and like a chair that is ample for curling up in. The upholstery print was divine! All the colors I use in our house. Oh! I had to have it!
I hit Pier 1's website. This Chas Armchair in Blue Meadow was priced at $499. Errrr.....I lusted this chair but that price was waaaay out of my league.
I am a Craigslist junkie. I scour it constantly for staging, clients, friends, and, of course, moi. (You know where this is going, right?) I did my last CL scan before bed -- that same day. Thar She Blows! MY CHAIR! It was listed on CL for $150. I mean, what are the odds? I emailed the owner immediately.
She only lived a few miles away. Kismet! Off I drove to make the fetch. Ms. owner of the Chas Arm Chair, Angie, works a Pier 1. Angie explained that she had purchased lots of furniture from the store and Hubs was putting the squeeze on her to start weeding some of it out. Allow me to help you, Angie!
I got her for only $100! Yippee Skippee.
Thank you, Chair Fairy!
PS-- She is on sale at Pier 1 for $429. right now!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Isn't this a pretty house? Theses sellers requested my Consultation Report for their house going on the market. Thought I would show you with their Living Room before and after.
Living Room After
This is the only 'after' picture that I have of the living room. It may look sparse but the changes make a much better impression than the original arrangement. The sellers had a large brown leather sofa and club chair. Nothing against leather, but it is considered casual furniture. The occasional chairs and small table are great for 'living' but not for 'selling'. (I continue repeating, 'staging isn't decorating'.) The bay windows are the selling feature of this room and they must to be featured.
You will also notice the seller exchanged their brass lamps for a lighter (in color and size) pair. Love, love, love the extra large painting they placed over the sofa. I suggested a large picture and boy did they deliver! The painting balances the windows and the cathedral ceilings. It will make a dramatic statement me from the adjoining foyer and front door. I always use books for staging. The sellers used two on the end table (closest to the windows) to tie in the colors from the picture.
If I were staging, I would have put a small glass coffee table in front of the sofa. Glass coffee tables are great for selling because the create the illusion of more space.
When I write a report, I give the sellers my recommendations of items to add, edit or rearrange. Of course, it is their discretion how to use that advice. I've received many questions about using my reports to self-stage.
I will continue to show examples for the DIY crowd!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I am forgiving of small offensives. Small offenses being things that happen (or are said) with no intention or awareness of hurt or wrongdoing.
But have a difficult time with the reprehensible: molestation, animal and child cruelty, adultery, murder,-- you know the MAJOR sins. I've seen all the shows with the mother who forgives the drunk driver that killed her baby. The forgiving man sent to prison for years then released after DNA tests prove his innocence.
I salute these folks! These people have super-human powers in my book. Forgiving folks are evolved souls. They are angels walking on earth.
I think there needs to be a different vernacular for mere mortals who grapple with the whole forgiveness thing. Here's my deal: I believe in release. I release people of their wrong doings. Release beats allowing their actions to invade my thoughts and distract me from all of the wonderful things to experience in life.
How easy is forgiveness for you?
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I've received questions about how my e-consultations work. The seller sends me pictures of the rooms in their house. I write a detailed report give suggestions of how it should be staged. As with my all my consultations, it us up the the sellers to take my advice. (More details are under "Services",)
Here is a dining room that has been self-staged.
Dining Room Before
The sellers did not want to go to the expense of replacing the wallpaper. See how removing the center leaf and positioning the table on diagonal makes all the difference. They also added a live fern as a centerpiece, per my instructions.
Family Room Before
This room had too much furniture in it. The sellers edited the furniture. I also asked them to make an unobstructed path from the French Doors to the back door.
Master Bedroom Before
I recommended new bedding, a large picture over the bed (moved from another room) and remove the window valance and treadmill. The other night stand (under the window) was added to the right side of the bed with a matching lamp.