Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging Posted in Home Trends, Staging Tips, by Melissa Tracey on April 2, 2018 48 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the holidays. You can illuminate your outdoor living areas anytime of year. Stringed bulbs are becoming a “hot” outdoor trend this year. These outdoor clear, vintage lights have big rounded bulbs that can really create a festive flair in a backyard. They’re reminiscent of the lights used at an outdoor street fair. Homeowners are draping them across the top of their pergola, or along their back deck. Some owners may stretch them above and across their yard to create a canopy of lights. Watch out that they don’t become an eyesore during the daytime. The glow at night are when these lights shine. Tuck them into the top of a pergola. Or, for a photo op, drape them temporarily across a courtyard. Take a picture of it at dusk for a listing photo that shows off the entertainment space of a backyard. Or, string the lights to illuminate the backyard during a twilight open house. Check out how these designers used them....

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Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers Posted in Staging Tips, by Blog Contributor on February 19, 2018 365 By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Staging and Interior Decorating The new year and the upcoming spring season brings with it a fresh outlook and new beginnings. What will prospective home buyers be thinking about while searching for their new “happy place”? For sellers preparing their homes to sell this spring, that means engaging buyers by showcasing a warm, welcoming and cheerful property that others can easily envision living in. The following are our spring décor styling tips to help sellers prepare their property to stand out among the sea of new listings. Natural Elements Paired with Metallics One of our favorite trends is plants of all shapes and sizes–succulents, trees or plants in baskets and colorful planters, and fresh or synthetic garden flowers in vases and wreaths. Since metallic accents continue to be on-trend, we love pairing the two together for an elegant touch to appeal to today’s buyers who like to feel close to nature. Pops of Bright Accents Pair bold pops of colorful accessories such as accent pillows, throws, artwork, glass bowls filled with fruit, and fluffy bathroom towels against a neutral backdrop to give any room a boost of energy and warmth. Mix and match different textures and patterns for added depth and a modern style.   Update Paint Colors Whether you repaint an entire room or an accent wall, a fresh coat of paint works wonders to instantly brighten and open a space to make it appear larger. To spruce up your curb appeal, try a fresh coat of a trending spring color such as Benjamin Moore’s Caliente for your front door to create a welcoming first impression. Fresh Bedding To create a spring-like oasis in the bedroom, switch out winter bedding and replace it with fluffy duvets in white, or on-trend floral patterns paired with a soft, cozy throw and accent pillows in different sizes, colors, and textures.  To complete the look, add soothing nature-inspired wall art in complementary colors. For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visit www.pjstagingdecorating.com. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Stern is principal, interior decorator, and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating. She has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full-service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. She also developed an award-winning staging program for the luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. Her company received the Houzz 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Awards for Customer...

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Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on January 22, 2018 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Black is getting popular in home design. Black fixtures, appliances, and even black furniture are emerging as one of the hottest trends in the new year. Black fixtures are replacing brass or rubbed bronze as a trendy home hardware in 2018. Black makes a great finish because it goes with anything. In matted finishes, it can also be easier to clean than your lighter, polished metals–so that’s definitely an added perk for homeowners too.              Photo by – Look for bathroom design inspiration Black cabinets in the kitchen are getting trendy too. To offset the darkness, some homeowners are mixing the black cabinets with lighter cabinets. Check out this one from Weston Lodge… Photo by Woodale – Look for kitchen design inspiration Black stainless appliances are also gradually gaining more momentum in the kitchen. Black stainless was once again being showed in the newest appliance models at CES 2018, the consumer electronics show this year. As  more smudge proof, black stainless is proving itself as a trendy alternative to traditional stainless....

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2014/07/21/pillow-talk-how-to-use-pillows-in-staging/. By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource I gotta say it, I LOVE pillows! I’ve seen so many spaces transformed with the simple addition of pillows that I had to share some of my favorite photos of pillow inspired spaces, as well as my top six tips to styling and staging with pillows! My friend HSR Certified Gregg Churchill, an amazingly talented Australian Home Stager and Designer knows the art of pillow placement, so I’m using some of my favorite photos of his work exclusively to give you my top tips and to conclude with some of my favorite places to buy pillows … Tip #1 – You Can NEVER Have Enough Pillows, so Go Big!   Can you imagine if this furniture were not dialed in with pillows? This is a perfect example of how the right placement and selection of pillows can transform couches. Tip #2 – Don’t Get “Matchy Matchy.” Mix It Up! As a designer, there are things you want to “match” to add calm and symmetry to a space (like the tables and lamps above). BUT when it comes to pillows, have fun and get a little crazy! I love how Gregg completely breaks the rules here with his color and pattern choices to make this otherwise boring, white space…POP! Tip #3 – Use Pillows to Guide the Eye in Staging Okay, imagine this room without the pillows. Again, Gregg breaks some rules beautifully by drawing the eye up and away from the dated terracotta tiled floors to the colorful, selection of pillows contrasted against the white couches. Not only does he distract but he connects the floors with the space through the choice of two similarly colored pillows….love it! Tip #4 – A Square for Every Chair I have to say, I love the on-trend, coral pillows on the end chairs of this dining room as a way to connect the art with the space. By using a clean, bright, color palette of similar tones it all just flows well together, so add those pillow squares to the chairs when it works like this. Tip #5 – Add Drama and Go “Colorless” This is probably my favorite photo because Gregg removes all the color from the space for dramatic effect, so the buyers walk in and go…whoa! The reason this works so well is because he cleverly inserts plenty of textures and pattern (fuzzy rug, platinum lamps, geometric throw and pillows). Gregg deleted the color from the space, which allows a buyer to notice the architectural elements they are buying that are special in this room, i.e. the wainscoting and hardwood...

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Re-posted from https://www.nobiggie.net/25-valentines-day-home-decor-ideas/ [Editor’s Note: I’ve included only 12 of the 25 ideas in the original article on nobiggie.net. For all 25, visit the link above.] Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, but there’s still plenty of time for you to spice up your home with the spirit of LOVE! Check out these fun and loveable Valentine’s Day home decor ideas. Get your creativity on by making it yourself or buy it pre-made straight from the handmade artist. Either way, you’re going to love this list of ideas. These are sure to bring some of that lovin’ feelin’ into your home this Valentine’s Day! 1. Valentine’s Day Countdown 2. Heart day Vignette  3. Love Me Do lyrics in a heart shape 4. Conversation Heart Candy 5. Spray Paint a vintage phone PINK! 6. DIY string heart  7. DIY Kiss Artwork 8. Painted mason jar via Kelly’s Creative Outlet (Etsy) 9. Easy, string-art heart via Crafts n’ Coffee 10. The Giving Tree via Wine & Glue 11. Two little lovers sitting in a tree décor via The Dating Divas 12. Valentine door decoration via Tiny...

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