Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Home Staging or Decorating a Fall Table Scape

So you want to stage or decorate a Fall table scape but don't want to spend alot of money.  Well thrift stores have great Fall items that you can find and then add to your home staging or home decor.  We created this great Fall table setting with thrift store finds.  Everything on the table is from a thrift store with the exception of the wonderful Glass lantern which was a gift from a dear friend.  However, everything else we found at the thrift store and used for our Fall table scape.  This was a home we staged in Alexandria, VA.  As I say another man's trash is truly a home stager's treasure.  Check out this great table display!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Placemats for Wall Art???

Placemats for wall art you may ask?  Absolutely!  I know you have seen those cute placemats that are shaped like fish, butterflies or other critters.  Well you can use them as art in kids rooms!  This is so much more thrifty then buying pieces of art or even posters.  All you have to do is use double-sided tape or some of that tacky putty press it on the back of the placemat and Voila you have instant wall art.  See how I used these placemats as wall art in one of my home staging projects in Vienna, VA

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bear On A Blanket

Wow - have I been busy these past few months.  That's a good thing though but it got me behind in my blogging!  So here goes.  I've staged several houses these past few months which means "LOTS OF SHOPPING" .  So to keep costs down you know that I go to thrift stores.  I got some great deals and I've staged many rooms with thrift store finds and noone knows the difference.  So here is a room I staged with ONLY thrift store finds.  The total cost of accessories for the below room was $10.00!!!  Seriously I don't make this stuff up.  The Thrift Store in our area has 1/2 off on Sundays so guess where I am?  You guessed it I'm there!  Isn't this just the sweetest scene for a kids room?  I think it looks great & I'm happy to say the home has sold!  Thrifty Staging Everyone!  Stay tuned for more thrifty pics!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Picture Speaks a Bargain!

I haven't posted in a while because I've been busy with so many projects. I'm hoping to have a big announcement in the Fall if all goes as planned, but for now I wanted to share my picture bargains.

As a home stager I am constantly shopping for accessories and other items to use in staging projects. I found these two great canvas pictures which are about 24" X 36" in size. If you have looked in regular stores you know these cost a pretty penny but I found these Sunflower Canvas pieces at the thrift store for $20 a piece. These are beautiful and large and colorful and just the pop of color you need when staging with neutral pieces. I love finding bargains! Happy Thrifty Staging Everyone!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Using What You Have to Stage A Home

I have found that I have lots of things that I already have around my house to help with staging props.  For example, using old newspapers or travel books I picked up from our travels abroad are perfect scene setting items that I can use in any staging project.  Also using household items like tea bags adds some interest and makes a scene come to life.  So think thrifty - reuse items you already have in a different way.  Sometimes it is hard to imagine using ordinary items in a certain way but if you just use a little imagination I'm sure you can find things to use without purchasing new ones.  Here are two scenes that I created when staging from items that I had in my home!  I love being thrifty and green at the same time.  Thrifty Staging Everyone!

Monday, February 1, 2010

No Bed??? Make One!

No bed? Then make one!  I had to share this thifty and unique tip for making a bed.  Karen Otto owner of Home Star Staging in Texas provided this thrifty way of creating a bed for a home staging project she did on EnergizedSeller.  So if you are staging a home and you need a bed but the seller doesn't have the money for rental furniture then you can use this easy solution.  Here is the recipe for making a twin size bed (add addtional boxes to make a queen size bed):

6 file size cardboard boxes 
2 twin size inflatable mattresses
1 twin size comforter set
  • Put the boxes together and line up 2 - 2 - 2 from top to bottom of bed (this will be your "frame")
  • Blow up one of the inflatables and place on the "frame"
  • Put bedskirt on first mattress now your "boxspring"
  • Blow up second mattress place on skirted "boxspring"
  • Make bed as usual
Now you have your bed.  Make sure you put a sign on the bed "For Display Only"

Thrifty Staging Everyone!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cheap Home Staging Tip Using Origami Towels

It's been a while since I blogged but I have been busy with staging homes and creating origami towel folding projects.  What is origami towel folding you may ask?  Well, origami is the japanese art of folding paper.  Origami towel folding is the same idea but you fold bath towels instead of paper.  This is a very affordable and fun way to display towels, add interest and add a unique touch to a home staging project.  I've created several which you can check out on my website @ but I am going to share two of my creations that I used in actual home staging projects.  One was a snail in a 1/2 bath and the second was a shirt in a laundry room setting.  Again this is an easy and thrifty way to create "art" with towels that you can display in bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets or baby rooms.  You may even think of a few places yourself.  Enjoy and thrifty staging!


This was a 1/2 bath and the towel snail adds something unique to this small room.

This towel shirt added something extra to this otherwise boring laundry room.  The homeowner loved it!