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Tuesday Tips: Doilies

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Don’t use lacy doilies and tablecloths unless you are a grandmother.

Tuesday Tips: About Those Scatter Rugs

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Small scatter rugs chop up the flow of the floor. Don’t use them.

The Home Stylist Before and After: Staging the Dining Room While Staging Your Home to Sell

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The dining room tends to be a catchall room in most houses, a table for bills, crafts, and homework. This is understandable...unless you are staging your home to sell. In which case, you need to focus on staging your dining room so that it can shine, as opposed to merely storing clutter. I recommended that this client remove the folding card table as well as the box and storage items. We swapped the light fixture out for a chandelier and added a dining set with place settings and a centerpiece. My client had the right idea with having a plant in the room (just make sure that it is well-maintained), but we opted for someting different on a plant stand in the corner. The original plant demanded too much attention. We wanted potential buyers to notice the beautiful windows in this room instead. Always accentuate the architectural strengths in a space. Finally, I added an area rug (to tie in the wall and curtain colors) and opened the blinds. This is a big tip...you want to have as much natural light in a room as possible when showing your house to buyers. It always makes the room appear larger than it is.        

The Home Stylist: Before and After- The Benefits of Decluttering

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Decluttering a space makes a huge difference. It can give a room the illusion of more space and square footage, and also makes a room look newer. For this staging client, I recommended that personal items on the counters and fridge be removed. We also upgraded the counter to match the flooring. The blue countertop and the blue walls were just too much all together. This change added some depth to the room! We also removed the items on top of the cupboards, giving the edges a cleaner and sharper look.

Once you declutter, it allows a potential buyer to picture themselves in your home, gives the appearance of a bigger area, and makes the room seem newer. You can't go wrong!

The Home Stylist: Throwback Thursday- Updating Wood Paneling

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Maybe you are a renter "stuck" with paneling, or you bought a house that has it and you don't want to go through the hassle of ripping it down and repairing the dry wall (or whatever else might be hiding underneath!).

Updating wood paneling with paint gives it a more updated look, and also brings more light into the room. Wood paneling can make a room feel like a cave. There are other options, like "gluing" fabric with a paste that you can make yourself and then just wash off of the paneling when you decide to take the cloth down.

If you don't want to paint or "paper" your paneling, simply bringing lighter or warmer colors into the color scheme works wonders. One client rented an apartment that was mostly wood paneling. So we ordered new furniture (a warm, red sectional) along with a large, white, modern lamp (she was very into contemporary style) as well as white roman shades for her windows. These two colors--the deep red and bright white added a homey feel to her dark walls while also brightening the apartment.

The Home Stylist: Pin of the Week- Home Staging Tips For a Kid’s Room

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It can be hard to stage a home when you have small children. As fast as you clean, they manage to pull more toys out! Since the number one key to home staging is clutter control (and keeping personal items to a minimum) this week's Pin of the Week Tip manages to kill two birds with one stone.

You can buy a bean bag cover anywhere pretty much (using a coupon at Bed Beth and Beyond!) Simply purchase one that matches your child's decor, place their stuffed animals inside, and zip it up. Not only will it keep the room organized, it will also keep dust from settling on the stuffed animals as easily. It serves as a convenient way to move stuffed animals from room to room for your child, and even double as a seat!

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Tips for Creating a Stylish Bookcase

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Styling a bookcase is easy if you keep my advice for all home staging project: Get a plan and make it work! Instead of allowing clutter to accumulate on your shelves, make your bookcases an expression of your home’s style with these simple tips –

  •  Bookcases aren’t just for books! They are the perfect place to display your favorite collections, whether it’s art, teapots or whatever.
  •  Mixing books in with other pieces adds interest to a display. Trying displaying books lined up traditionally or stacked horizontally for even more visual interest.
  •  Avoid making things too symmetrical, mix it up with objects in different heights.
  •  Style by theme: group items by color or function for the best organization.

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