Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dressing Up Towels in Bathrooms

My favorite rooms to stage are bathrooms.  I love decorating with towels and making them look fabulous and dressing them up.  The best part is that it's easy and it adds something unique and special that makes it memorable.  You can use a variety of things to add to a towel to make them look fabulous.  I find scraps of leaves, faux flowers, shells, raffia, etc. that I can add to decorate a towel.  Here are some of my favorites!  Hope you try some of these ideas in your own stagings or home!  Happy Thrifty Staging Everyone.

Aove Using raffia, a fern leave and some dried wood pieces adds charm

Above using a washcloth folded like a fan some ribbon and a shell adds interest to this towel

Above folding a towel and adding assorted shells on top makes an ordinary towel come to life

Above adding a faux flower to a pocket towel adds that needed pop of color

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How To Stage A Media Room On a Dime!

Here is a great way to stage a media room that is affordable and looks great!  Few years ago I staged a media room in a home that was vacant.  Since I was just starting out I didn't have lots of stuff like the fake TV or for that matter alot of furniture.  The owner wanted the room staged but didn't want to rent furniture so I got creative and used what little I had in my inventory and created a media room on a dime!  This is how we did it!

This is all that was in the room when I started but it was actually a good start - read on!

Then I added a rug to add some color and to define the space 

Then I added a Wicker chair w/pillows and and an ottoman as a table 

Then I added some movie posters I got online for $4.95 and framed them in inexpensive frames I got from the thrift store & added a vase with some sticks to put in the corner 

 Then I created a little movie snack scene on a tray   

Then I put the tray on the chest and added some coordinating pillows to the other corner and some movies on top of the ottoman & VOILA an instant media room on a dime!  Looks pretty good and it didn't cost alot and only took a few minutes to put together.  So if you are a new stager or an experienced stager that needs an idea for a media room or even a tv room/family room this is affordable and memorable!  Happy Thrifty Staging Everyone!  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What's Up With Those Ants?

Ok so I just had to share this great scene with you all that I created for only a few bucks! It all started when I went to an antique shop in Lucketts, VA a few weeks ago.  I saw these adorable looking metal ants, yes I said ants.  So I thought to myself wouldn't these be cool in a staging scene outside! I bought them for $3 a piece.   So that's when my idea started coming into play for the patio in this condo I needed stage. 

I then went to a discount store that has cool home decor stuff.   So I found this cute chair & table there for $20 and I had to grab it because it was the perfect size and scale for the patio.  I then saw the vision in my head on how to create the scene for the patio!  So Voila!!!  Here it is and we think it came out pretty good.  We just added a few extra things we had in our staging inventory like flip flops from the dollar store, a glass with a faux lime/cherry, a pillow & the cute little faux yellow flower pot and OH YEAH THE ANTS!   Adorable dont you think?

What's up with the those Ants?! LOL

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Help I'm a New Home Stager Where Do I get Affordable Inventory??

I hear from many new stager's on a daily basis on a variety of things but the most frequent question that they ask me is where can they get affordable inventory. This is one of the reasons I started a home staging business because for me it was a low start-up cost business in that I purchase most of my inventory at thrift stores, consignment shops, clearance racks and garage sales.  I even sometimes pick up items that my neighbors put on the curb as trash! LOL

All of you who are thrifty shoppers know that thrift stores are a great place to shop for goodies.  I've found everything from comforters to wall art in these places.  I love the thrill of the hunt and finding a bargain!  The key is to find out when your thrift store puts out its new inventory so you can get the good stuff.  Also you have to take your time you can't rush finding a deal you have to scan all of the shelves, then scan again and again.  You never know what's hiding in between and in the back of the shelves!  So all you new stagers get out there and find a deal!  Here are some of my thrift store finds staged in rooms!  Happy Thrifty Staging Everyone!

Everything you see in this photo is from the thrift store total price $10!

Love this scene got everything you see here at the thrift store & the golf set is from the dollar store for $13

Got the chair, rug, vase/flowers, dishes & home sign at Thrift Store for $16!


The wicker chair, pillows, picture and tray I got at the thrift store for $20!  Sweeeet!!