Sunday, January 20, 2013

Storing Bedding for Home Staging or Home Storage

I just wanted to share my idea for storing bedding. I've been home staging for several years now and I've been trying to figure out how to carry loose bedding that doesn't come in one of those fancy bed-in-a-bag packages. So one day I was at the thrift store and I saw these cloth storage bags with see through tops that people use to store clothing or blankets. So I thought this would be great to store some of my loose queen and twin size bedding that doesn't have a package. Well there were 12 of them each for only $2.90 so I bought them all!

These worked really great! So for the Queen size bedding I was able to place Queen sheet set, bed skirt, shams and the comforter. (see below)

For the Twin I was able to place Twin sheet set, bed skirt, sham, quilt/comforter, pillow and decorative pillow! (see below)

The cool thing about these bags is that they have handles on both sides of the bag and you can just carry them easily to home staging projects but even if you were storing your items at home this would be a great and easy way to do it.  They also fit snuggly under the bed or can be stacked.

These particular storage bags have cedar bars that fit in a slot inside the bag to keep out moths!  I love this and am so happy I found these great bags to store all of my bedding!  I hope this has helped give you some ideas for your storage needs!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Staging a Livable Space

One of the things that I always try to do when I do stagings is stage livable spaces. You may ask what does that mean? Well, it means I stage rooms so they look livable and lived in to some extend. I like to stage rooms so if a buyer walks in they can imagine themselves or one of their family members living there. It is important to set a scene that says home and that identifies a room for what it could be. Staging to me is ensuring that I am attracting the right buyer to the home that walks into a home and says I want to live here. Home buyers buy homes that gives them a good feeling. It is emotional so I just try to stage my rooms to emote certain feelings and emotions that a buyer can relate to. I staged a home in Maryland that was in a family oriented community so I staged one of the rooms as a young girls room. However, I wanted to stage a livable space so I started with a twin size bed and used some fun bedding and a very colorful rug. Since this was during the school year I added a book bag and laid some folders and composition books on the bed like someone was studying or doing homework. I also added to the side table some fun things like a sock monkey, some corn chips to munch on, an alarm clock and some of those popular rubber bracelets! On the floor I placed some fuzzy slippers just for an added touch and Voila an instant livable scene that is memorable, inviting and just plain fun! Check out the photos below and I hope this gives you some inspiration for your staging projects! Oh and BTW this home sold in less than 20 days!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hotel Room Inspiration

People ask me all the time where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when I stage a client's home.  I tell them that I get them from everywhere I go whether it's a clothing store, a department store or a boutique or even when I stay in a hotel!   When I went to San Jose, CA a few years back, I stayed at the Toll House Hotel and when I walked in I loved how they had dressed the bed.  First off the bed had lots of pillows, then the blankets and sheets were nicely tucked all around the bed for a more modern feel but what I loved is how they folded down the top part of the bed.  It looked like an envelope!  I loved it and I felt as though I was tucking myself inside a luxurious envelope at night!  LOL  Anyway I absolutely loved this idea and I put it in my idea box so I can use it in one of my home stagings one day.  I have yet to use it but I will in 2013 because now that I look at it again it is simply different but chic!  I hope you like my hotel room inspiration and I've attached a picture of it for you to see!  Would love to hear where you get your inspirations from whether its for staging or decorating! 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

How to Stage Bookshelves

I think one of the hardest things to stage properly are bookshelves.  Clients tend to overstuff them with books and small items that end up making them look cluttered, overcrowded and unattractive.  When I'm staging bookshelves for my clients my goal is to make them an asset not an eye sore.   I start with varying the items that I place on the shelves with a mixture of books and accessories alike.  Our goal is to add minimal items to each shelf, leave some of them empty and create symmetry to make them appealing to the eye.  Less is more when it comes to staging bookshelves.  Here are some after photos of bookshelves we staged. We believe the after photos really show the beauty of the bookshelves and the added value without overpowering the room.  Happy Staging Everyone.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thrifty Home Staging Scene

We recently staged a very cute occupied home in Stafford, VA.  The owners Joanne & Brad are just the cutest couple and I was thrilled to be able to stage their home.  We staged the first level of their home only but it was the main area and it looked fabulous when we finished.  We staged one of their bedrooms as a very luxurious guest bedroom.  So on the bed we created a "Breakfast for one" scene.  The scene was staged in a tray that the homeowner bought but the rest of the items came from our inventory and were all found at the thrift store!  We loved how this scene came together and it really set the stage for this lovely guest room.  The total cost for the "Breakfast for One"  - $5 buckeroos!   The homeowner loved it and so did the buyers because the home got a contract after 5 days on market!  Happy Thrifty Home Staging Everyone! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ice Cream Anyone?

Wow it's been hot the past couple weeks here in the Washington, DC area and all I can think about is cooling down with cool drinks and ice cream!  So I thought why not incorporate an ice cream scene into one of my home staging projects!  So I was on a mission to find some ice cream sundae containers.  So off I went to my favorite Thrift Store, The Village.  Well as luck had it I found two of them and a great orange tray that cost $3.80 and my creativity started spinning.  So I put together an ice cream Sundae scene that I incorporated into a staging I did in Centreville, VA.  It came out exactly the way I wanted it to and it looked fabulous and I think it will make the home memorable!  Check it out and see what you think!