Reposted from http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2017/04/staging-for-cozy-minimalist-look Real estate agents often have to work with either barren rooms or sloppy, overstuffed spaces. But what’s truly attracting the most buyers right now is a deft balance of tidy austerity and a comfortable, lived-in feel. APRIL 2017 | BY BARBARA BALLINGER While decluttering a listing before putting it on the market will help sellers keep their homes cleaner and get a head start on packing, this practice also helps the product that’s for sale shine through more clearly. “Staging isn’t about decorating, but putting a room and its architecture in the best light,” says Chicago-area designer and stager Paula Winter. But stagers also caution against stripping too much away, which can make a space feel stark and uninviting. The happy medium is instead a modern, minimalist look that permits buyers to imagine how their furnishings may fit in spatially while exuding warmth from some carefully added accessories. Staging, once mostly for vacant homes or high-priced listings, is now more widely used. Meridith Baer, who stages more than 140 properties a month through her eponymous California firm, says the practice can help increase the sales price and decrease the listing time for homes. The Real Estate Staging Association pegs the average time on the market for homes sold after staging at 21 days, an estimated 90 percent less time than unstaged properties. Bear in mind that different generations have slightly different design tastes and tolerance for clutter or spareness, as do buyers in different geographic markets and price points. “Many in the greater Los Angeles area have been asking for a more minimal look, but in Orange County and Northern California, high-end properties still reflect a rich layering that shows a well-lived, well-traveled life,” Baer says. Here are five recommendations to strike the right balance. 1. Set the stage. It’s called staging for a reason. The idea is to set the mood in the same way that a theatrical backdrop does. Think of how to use furnishings and accessories to tell a story about how a buyer may live there. You want the listing to look modern and gender-neutral to show a home’s bones, not to remind buyers of an antiseptic hospital or laboratory, says Winter. Certified stager Susan Batka of Aerie Interiors in suburban Atlanta suggests adding a few textured pillows, a rug, and maybe a large piece of modern, colorful artwork to give the space the necessary warmth so it looks alive but isn’t overwhelming or too personalized. 2. Declutter. This is still the number one mantra for stagers. “The key to the desired Zen feel is to pick interesting but fewer decorative items and...

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Re-Posted From http://www.bethenny.com/bethenny/inside-my-tribeca-loft/?utm_source=TWBF&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_content=Bethenny%20Tribeca%20Loft [Note: Check out Real Housewives of New York, Season 9 Premiere, “Talk of the Town” for more pictures and more information about Bethany Frankel’s staging of her apartment. The apartment was staged and then listed and SOLD on the same day for $5.25 million!] Adios, apartment. The real estate gods were looking out for me, and my Tribeca loft sold last week after just one day on the market. #blessed I’m obsessed with Interior Marketing Group and Cheryl Eisen for their great staging. They made the magic happen, and the apartment never looked better. I mean, can we discuss this decor? Here’s an inside look at their work:   Cheers to moving onward and upward. Bring on the Skinnygirl margaritas! xo...

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Re-Posted from http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2017/04/03/most-popular-bathroom-trends-for-2017/ Posted in Home Trends, Uncategorized, by Melissa Tracey on April 3, 2017 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine   Move over traditional styles. Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms are overtaking traditional in design preferences, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The member survey reveals some of the following bathroom trends this year: Most popular color schemes: Whites, off/whites, and gray Also, young design professionals are showing greater preferences for incorporating violets and purples. Most commonly used bathroom storage solutions: Linen storage cabinets and wood vanities Floating vanities and open shelving are catching on, while the use of toilet topper cabinets are fading. Also, more bathroom remodels are adding in power outlets directly inside drawers or vanity cabinets for powering up hair dryers, curling irons, and shavers. Most popular flooring: Ceramic tile High-quality vinyl flooring also is inching up in popularity. Most popular bathroom sinks: Undermount sinks Requests for vessel sinks are starting to wane, as well as pedestal sinks. Trough sinks are gaining more popularity, NKBA notes. Fixture style on-the-rise: White White fixtures are growing in popularity. Also, watch out for brushed brass and gold as well as designer faucet colors. Bone and bisque colored fixtures, meanwhile, are losing favor with homeowners.   Most popular amenity solutions: Safety and comfort first, such as comfort heights, shower seats, lighting in showers, and no-threshold showers. Water-saving toilets and faucets are becoming more mainstream too. Further, smart toilet, music in the shower, easy maintenance features, and radiant floor heating are growing in demand. Most pronounced fading fad: Tub or whirlpool. More than half of National Kitchen and Bath Association members say they have eliminated a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel over the past year. A freestanding tub, however, seems to be more of homeowners’ preference nowadays. Most popular bathroom style: Contemporary and transitional. Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms have dethroned traditional style preferences. Shaker style is gaining popularity, as well as mid-century modern. Asian Fusion is still a niche design, but also getting more attention in remodels....

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