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In this blog you’ll find articles with tips for staging on your own. You’ll also find articles that offer reasons why you should hire a professional to stage. This blog also includes articles that offer general advice about selling your home.

We’ve included portions of the articles we posted most recently directly below. To see these articles in the correct format, scroll down and click the “read more” button under the article you want to read. The articles listed on the top right we posted within the last several weeks. The articles listed to your right and roughly in the middle we posted months or even years ago. If you scroll down even further, you’ll find a list of categories (for example, DIY, Home and Garden). Click a category to see articles on that subject.

Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

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Posted in Home Trends, Uncategorized, by Melissa Tracey on August 29, 2016 Glassy subway tile is nothing new, but it’s coming back stronger in kitchens and bathroom remodels in whites or bolder geometric patterns. “It’s classic, and a classic always remains,” says Karen Eubank, an interior designer with Eubank Staging & Design in Dallas. Richard Hoey, president and CEO of Active Renter, a property management company that renovates single-family homes, says he’s noticing a change from simple, white subway tile to the use of more eccentric geometric shapes, such as in the kitchen where the rest of the space has a minimalist design. “The juxtaposition between the overall simplicity of the room and the energy of the tiles really makes them stand out as a centerpiece,” Hoey says. Photo by Wettling Architects – Search beach style bathroom design ideas Photo by Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab – More traditional kitchen photos Photo by Fiorella Design – Look for traditional kitchen pictures...

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Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017

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By Melissa Tracey on September 12, 2016 Originally posted on http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2016/09/12/sneak-peek-the-it-paint-color-for-2017/ Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors. Taupe marks a departure from the company’s mostly cool-toned neutrals it has tended to favor recently. A 2016 industry survey suggests a transition from gray to taupe. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents said they would like to use warmer neutrals – such as warm grays, taupes, or beiges – in their home’s colors. What’s more, about two in five respondents said taupe was the neutral they would most choose. For a perfect pairing, Sherwin-Williams designers recommend combining Poised Taupe with pastels, brights, and jewel tones (such as a faded indigo hue for a French countryside look or combine it with a teal or sunny yellow for a more bold impact). “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking.” Take a look. Photos courtesy:...

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Home Decor Challenge: The Big Blank Wall

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By Kerrie Kelly on 31 Dec 2015 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-big-blank-wall-190134/ Faced with a large expanse of featureless wall, many people draw a blank. It’s a common home decor challenge: that massive featureless wall that just begs to be decorated. Do you go the gallery wall route? How about decals? Or one great big piece of art? Plenty of options exist for filling a large blank space. Here are a few favorites. The gallery wall Gallery walls combine pictures and paintings of different sizes and colors, framed and unframed artwork, and even textiles, wall decals and murals. This choice is popular for a reason: you can fill as much space as you want. Go neutral, bold, sophisticated, or creative with different colors, shapes, and sizes. Courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. Wall coverings Turn your big blank wall into a big accent wall. Select a wall covering that adds a burst of bold color or a fun pattern. Wallpaper with texture and intricate details will inject extra style into your space. A thin vertical stripe looks stunning in a femininely styled living room. Or opt for a punchy red or bold navy printed wall covering to add sophistication. Courtesy of Evelyn Benatar. Statement art Another effective strategy for filling a big blank wall is installing a striking piece of statement art. Hanging one or two large, eye-catching pieces creates interest and adds beautiful visual elements to the room. Use pieces that have different textures, bold colors, or unique framing. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Build a bookshelf If you’re uncomfortable with that much blank space, construct a simple bookshelf to take up real estate. Create a library scene with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a cozy sitting area, and a statement light fixture to bring the look full-circle. If you don’t have enough books to fill your shelves, get creative with art work, framed photos, knickknacks, and candles. Courtesy of Michelle Workman. Don’t be afraid to take calculated design risks when decorating a large blank area, and remember to personalize it along the way.        ...

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3 Color Palettes for a Sophisticated Home

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By Kerrie Kelly on 23 Mar 2016 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/ Shades of white, crisp navy and earthy neutrals create a calming and versatile backdrop. Trendy color pairings  are not for everyone. But even if you prefer timeless paint palettes, the decision to update your home decor with new hues still comes with a lot of choices. Glossy or matte? Warm or cool tones? Pretty patterns or bare necessities? Here are three favorite palettes and pairings to help you gain a fresh perspective on your home. Navy and white If you’re lucky enough to call a beautiful coastline your home, a navy-and-white color palette is a perfect pick for your space. Its nautical roots and fresh, crisp look are a natural fit for a beach house or residence inspired by the shore. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Navy helps bring dramatic dimension to a room when paired with white trim or wainscoting. Keep the rest of the room’s colors and accessories simple and natural, adding texture throughout with jute and other natural fibers for a fresh-off-the-beach feel. Crisp white and warm gray A truly timeless color palette, white and gray have the ability to turn a room completely contemporary or settle it into a totally traditional space. The shades of white and gray you select will determine the personality of the room, and change how light reflects off the walls, textiles, and flooring. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Try a warm greenish-gray paired with a crisp white for a transitionally styled space. The beige undertones help balance the coolness of the white, giving off an inviting vibe, perfect for pairing with vibrantly colored cushions, textiles, or accessories like rugs or ottomans. Natural tan and warm white Breathe life into a contemporary space with neutral tones like gray, brown, white, and beige. While this isn’t a new idea, it’s a luxurious take on a signature color palette, especially for a home transitioning into a modern style. (It’s also great for renters, because many rental homes already have white walls.) Courtesy of Zillow Digs. If you have high ceilings to work with, paint the walls and ceilings the same bright white to draw the eye upward and create visual space. Next, opt for soft natural tones in your flooring, carpeting, and upholstery. Finally, choose furnishings with texture like braided accents, woven designs, and wooded elements. If you’re dying for color, touches of red help warm up a cool and contemporary color palette like this. For more design inspiration, check out Zillow...

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Interior Design Trend Report: 3 Hot Looks

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By Kerrie Kelly on 18 May 2016 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/3-big-trends-in-interior-design-197361/ What were the pros getting excited about at this spring’s High Point Market? This time of the year is always exciting for the interior design industry because it brings everyone’s favorite home style symposium: High Point Market. Located in High Point, NC, High Point Market comes alive twice a year for the design world to show off the latest and greatest furnishings, lighting, and details for the upcoming season. We keep our eyes peeled for trends that transcend home design — those that can be applied to fashion and art and food. At this spring’s High Point Market, we noted a few mega-trends that we’ll implement into our client projects — and our homes, too. Here’s what got our designer minds whirling. High-performance hues Inspired by the latest fashion trend known as athleisure, this look features energetic color and pattern pairings, unique silhouettes, and high-quality materials. The athleisure style has become the new norm for everyone from workout junkies and busy moms to college students and anyone running errands over the weekend. The interior design world has taken the look and spun it on its head, giving it an upbeat twist that transcends gender and cultural norms. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. One of our favorite aspects of this trend is the lack of boundary when it comes to color. Interior designers should note its vibrancy when adding it to client projects — this trend truly packs a punch! We loved how New Pacific Direct’s bright orange mid-century chair silhouettes and Worlds Away’s powder blue table lamp embodied this look and showed off its high-intensity color and subtle style all at once. Feminine finishes We are all partial to a beautiful brushed nickel finish, but in High Point we saw a few new looks we can’t wait to start using. Rose gold, copper, and cool and warm white finishes took top honors in nearly every showroom we visited. These hues offer a cozier vibe than most metals. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Seen in lighting, furnishings, and accessories, this reimagined trend lends a soft, ethereal tone to any room it’s placed in, and pairs well with luxurious materials like marble or our favorite everyday looks like Lucite and wood. Look for this trend to pop up as a small detail like the nail heads on an arm chair, or as the main ingredient in overhead pendants or chandeliers. Our favorite ways to style? Check out Jaipur Living’s lush pillows or Selamat Designs’ chicly scalloped accent chair. City living Urban living takes on a life of its own in one of our favorite trends at High Point this year. Highlighting the rise of small-scale living with upscale design, this look focuses on tech-savvy and wellness-oriented furnishings and accessories — a must-have when occupying a sleek and chic high-rise or apartment in the big city. This trend takes the modern looks we love (such as elegant dining tables, writing desks, overhead lighting) and shrinks them to meet the needs of those with a little less square footage. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. To achieve this look, use colors and materials that will transcend the normal lifespan of trends, like graphic patterns, upcycled materials, and sleek finishes. Refer to Pacific Coast Lighting’s reimagined floor lamp or Regina Andrew Design’s multifunctional side tables for city chic style cues. As always, High...

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Industrial Style for Any Home

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By Kerrie Kelly on 30 Jun 2016 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/industrial-style-home-200118/ You don’t have to live in a renovated loft to get this ultra-hip look. Modern, raw, and super stylish, the industrial look is totally in. Whether your home is traditional and tailored or sleek and minimalist, you can integrate elements of industrial style into any design to create a look that is all you. Here are some of the ways you can work this stripped-down style into your space. Functional furnishings Industrial style is hardworking and durable, making it ideal for furnishings that are in high-traffic areas like the kitchen and living room. Minimalist bar stools and no-nonsense storage cubbies can easily tuck into a home that is on the transitional side, offering a touch of masculinity. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Do you like your space more buttoned-up? Opt for cushions on your furnishings, but make sure they aren’t fussy. Industrial style is all about strong, clean lines and to-the-point design. Curated accents This look is really all about finding the beauty in everyday things, from salvaged signage to wooden crates, and turning them on their head to create an eclectic but simple staple piece. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. If you find one large piece, like an overstuffed wing chair or tufted ottoman, display it with pride. Did you fall in love with a set of typewriter-inspired trinkets or a series of old-fashioned milk bottles? Scoop ‘em up and dot them on a shelf or on top of a tray. It’s hard to go wrong with industrial accessories, as they are meant to look broken-in and totally antique. No-frills flooring A hallmark of industrial style is its under-the-radar aesthetic, and surfaces can really accentuate this look. If you’re looking for flooring that will take your space from boring to beautiful, consider going with concrete. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Whether honed or polished, concrete flooring offers low-maintenance durability and a chic look. To warm it up, add an area rug or two in a natural fiber or neutral tone. Be open It doesn’t matter if your home has a craftsman exterior or if its bones are more Spanish colonial than renovated loft space, an open floor plan translates any home into an industrial haven. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Open space with elements like high ceilings and wide hallways are the hallmark of the industrial look. These features create a blank canvas in which you can add and subtract furnishings of different sizes and scales to create a unique look that is all your own. Break up a too-big space with thoughtfully placed furniture and area rugs, like an extra-large island in the kitchen or dramatic lighting in the living room. Get more design inspiration on Zillow Digs.     ...

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House of the Week: A Floating Home in Seattle

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By Melissa Allison on 8 Jul 2016 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/house-week-floating-home-seattle-200944/ He describes the 2-bedroom, 2-bath home as “kind of a man cave.” But it’s full of light and wood, as well as other natural materials. “I wanted to make it feel more like a house than a boat, and a lot of the elements are green,” Pontious said. Take, for instance, the blue-jean scraps he used for insulation. “It’s great insultation, and really quiet and environmentally friendly,” he said. A shipyard nearby welded together the aluminum  hull. He’s asking $950,000 for the home, which is listed with Jonathan Villalobos of RE/MAX Eastside Brokers. Pontious’ favorite part about the home is how its view changes throughout the day. “You never know what’s going to drift by your house,” he said. “It could be kayaks going by, or ducks, or a giant ship. Instead of watching TV, you can just stare out the window all day.” Aerial photos by Clarity Northwest Photography. Other photos by Exposio.      ...

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Why Home Staging Works

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Reposted from sixelements.com. The pictures and their captions were changed as was the client review. Thursday, May 12, 2016 When it comes to buying real estate, house hunters imagine they can look past ugly decor or empty rooms and see “potential”, but they rarely can! That’s why successful builders use Model Homes and Model Suites to sell their projects. They make it easy for a potential buyer to imagine how they will live in the property, they suggest the lifestyle that the buyer will aspire to. Why home staging or house fluffing will help get you top dollar when you sell your home Savvy home sellers realize that the same principals that work when showing a model home apply in the resale market and turn to Professional Home Stagers or House Fluffers to ensure they sell quickly and for top dollar. One look at this dining room staged by Nicole Rorem of Su Casa Staging and you know you’re in a well-maintained modern home. Real estate buyers start house hunting with a logical list of criteria, but the home they actually buy is chosen largely for emotional reasons (unless of course they are buying an investment property that they have no intention of living in). The principal aim in a house fluffing or home staging project is to allow potential buyers to walk into the house and have that “this is it, this is home” feeling. Once a potential buyer can say, “I love it,” they are willing to look past some of the criteria they had on their “must have in my next house list” before they walked in the door. That’s why it is critical to pay attention to even the smallest detail when staging a home to sell. Little things like over crowded rooms, personal memorabilia, dripping taps or doors that stick, all help the buyer emotionally disengage from the house. The annoyances or problems they will have to deal with later build up in their minds, and their thoughts turn to the next listing appointment they have with their agent as they mentally tick your house off their list of possibilities. To sell your home fast, for top dollar, you want buyers to lose their hearts. Falling in love with your home is what motivates someone to actually make an offer instead of just continuing their search for the perfect property. You want them to worry that if they don’t make a decision on your house, someone else will. Then the competition doesn’t stand a chance! What will your “listing” look like online? Another often overlooked aspect of why home staging works is that most potential buyers search online before ever contacting a real estate agent. Studies have shown that 90% of buyers in Canada and 70% in the US look for their next dream home on the Internet. Your listing photos need to captivate them enough to want to take the trouble of seeing your house in person. Otherwise, you’re just another piece of real estate competing with hundreds of other listings in your area and price range. Afraid to spend hundreds to save tens of thousands of dollars? After staging by Su Casa, this home sold on the first day that it was on the market for $8,000 over asking. Many similar homes in the neighborhood were...

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2016 Colors of the Year: Soften Up Your Staging Hues

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2016 Colors of the Year: Soften Up Your Staging Hues

Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on February 15, 2016 128 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Think pink for 2016. Pantone voted two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity — as this year’s colors of the year, a nod to softer color tones that are expected to gain popularity all yearlong. It’s the first time Pantone has voted two colors of the year. “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Rose Quartz and Serenity replace the earthy red wine of Marsala, voted the 2015 Color of the Year by Pantone. This year’s colors dare you to get in touch with a softer side in your staging. “Whether on their own or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment,” Pantone notes in its release. “Like a serene sunset, Rose Quartz encourages reflection on one’s surroundings while Serenity, a transcendent blue, provides a naturally connected sense of space.” Pantone says the colors can be used in rugs and upholstery or also work in decorative accessories, everything from kitchen tableware to candles, decorative bowls, vases, and florals. “Coupling solid and patterned fabrics, throws, pillows and bedding in these shades provides a comforting respite and feeling of well-being in the home,” according to Pantone. “Incorporating texture enhances the duality and kinship of these hues.” So could these colors have a place in your staging this year? At Houzz, designers have been showing off how they’ve incorporated the color trends. Take a peek at a few examples. Bringing in the pink Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Contemporary Bedroom by Omaha Furniture & Accessories Hayneedle Shabby-chic Style Dining Room Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Shabby-chic Style Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Andrea Brooks Interiors   Channeling more Serenity: Contemporary Porch by Freeport Design-Build Firms Taggart Construction Contemporary Living Room by Quogue Architects & Building Designers Austin Patterson Disston Architects Traditional Bathroom by Southport Architects & Building Designers Austin Patterson Disston Architects Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators ComfyDwelling.com Melissa Tracey More Posts –...

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Design Trends to Watch in 2016

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Design Trends to Watch in 2016

Posted in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey on February 22, 2016 685 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine What are the hot trends to look out for in 2016 in home design? Here are a few predictions from the remodeling and design site Houzz on some of the big trends to expect. Contemporary Kitchen by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Maletz Design 1. Two shades of kitchen cabinets. The upper cabinets may be a white or neutral but then more designers are trying out deeper colors or wood tones for the lower cabinets.   Mediterranean Dining Room by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators CDA Interior Design 2. Formal dining rooms are back. More home owners are opting to keep the dining room and not turn it into an office. The formal dining room is expected to get more attention this year. Mediterranean Dining Room by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators CDA Interior Design Mediterranean Kitchen by Geneva Kitchen & Bath Designers Past Basket Design 3. Multi-purpose kitchen islands. The “workhorse” kitchen island is about more than just adding workspace in the kitchen, but also for adding more storage, prep sinks, and a way to add extra seating.   Beach Style Powder Room by Austin Photographers Kailey J. Flynn Photography 4. Mirrors that make a statement. Medicine cabinets are heading out and now wood-framed, modern, or vintage mirrors are adding more style to bathrooms.   Rustic Kitchen 5. “Barely there” kitchens. Kitchens are fading into the backdrop as the open layouts infuse more seamlessly into the living room or other spaces in the home. Aiding that trend, more kitchens are featuring open shelves to add to that openness. Transitional Sunroom by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Tom Stringer Design Partners 6. Sunrooms are hot. Houzz identified this as one of the top dream spaces for home owners. Some home owners are finding ways to even transform tucked away corners in their home into a sunroom with a few chairs to relax near windows. Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Sutro Architects 7. White kitchens dominate. White kitchen walls and cabinets and even countertops is a trend with staying power, Houzz predicts. To add some splash to the all-white kitchen, designers are adding touches of color through the tile floors or floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Transitional Powder Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Chango & Co. 8. Powder rooms get more bold. Wall coverings are getting punched up in powder room, that include everything from custom graphics to textured walls. Also, designers are mixing in ornate chandeliers or furniture-like pieces to add some more pizzazz to these spaces.   Farmhouse Entry by Roxbury Architects & Building Designers Haver & Skolnick LLC Architects 9. Farmhouse style guides the entryway. Farmhouse style is catching on, particularly for the mudroom. Simplicity in the storage solutions and durable materials are taking charge. View the full 25 list of trends to watch in 2016 at Houzz. Melissa Tracey More Posts –...

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