Category Archives: Design Tips

Trays, trays and more trays!

If I was to say that I own ‘a few’ trays. That would be putting it mildly. Whether I am decorating a home or staging a vacant home trays are always in my game plan.

If I was to come into your home for a Home Staging Consultation or a Redesign Consultation you would probably hear me say “do you have any trays?”

I use them everywhere.

In kitchens:

 

 

 

 

On coffee tables:

 

 

 

 

 

On ottomans:

 

 

 

 

In Offices:

 

 

Even in bathrooms:

 

 

 

 

Trays pull things together so it doesn’t look like random accessorizing. They also add interest and character. If you don’t own any trays keep your eyes open for large ones, small ones, rectangle and round. Wood, metal, wicker it doesn’t matter. Brown, silver, or turquoise…have fun with it and start experimenting.

 

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Re-Purposing to Create Interesting Succulent Arrangements!

 

If you haven’t noticed, succulents are really in right now. There are even stores having succulent parties to pick your containers and plant them right at the store.

I do like them and although it is really tough to kill a succulent, I can do it. This real one sat in my Mom’s condo unattended when she was in the nursing home for over a year and was fine and healthy. When she passed away I took it home and now it looks like this.

 

 

So I went to Plan B. The fake succulents are so incredibly real that I knew they were for me! I wasn’t too crazy about the typical glass terrarium containers I was seeing everywhere so I looked around my house to see what I had that I wasn’t using. I came upon this candle holder and I had a light bulb moment.

 

 

This is what it looks like now and it sits in the window of my sunny porch and it looks so real!

 

 

 

I decided to incorporate the same idea into some of the home staging that I do and here is what I came up with.

This is an aerial view of one that I was experimenting with in my warehouse…the price tags still on. 🙂  I re-purposed a wooden bread bowl as the container.

 

 

Here it is on a foyer table:

 

 

This is another candle holder that I had that I also re-purposed:

 

 

A simple rustic tin with one succulent adds a nice end table accent:

 

 

If you are like me and can kill even a succulent plant, try these options by re-purposing items in your home for the container. They really are eye catching!

 

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Let’s Talk Bedding!

Specifically let’s talk Master Bedroom bedding. When selling your home the master bedroom and bath is the second most important area in the house in my option, the kitchen being the first. If it comes down to your home or your competition’s……the buyer will probably pick the one with the nicest kitchen and master suite.

 

 

The nice thing about it, it’s relatively easy to make the master bedroom special. What’s the focal point of the room in most cases? The bed! Thus let’s talk bedding.

Clean, crisp, pressed/steamed bedding is a given. But many times I recommend to sellers that they purchase new bedding.

I find that most homeowners tend to ignore the Master Bedroom. They will make cute rooms for their kids, fabulous spaces for their guests, but leave their own bedroom untouched for  years because ‘nobody sees it’.

Well you aren’t nobody! (bad grammar I know). 🙂  So if you aren’t selling your home do this now for yourself, treat yourself and enjoy!

Okay back to the bedding. When I advise homeowners to get new bedding I always get the questions, “what color?” “Can it have a pattern?”

First of all buy bedding that you like so you can use it in your new home. Unless you like something very taste specific than nix that.

You want  your Master Bedroom to be the best 5 star boutique hotel room you have ever been in. Soft, soothing, tranquil, inviting, cozy and warm. AAhhhh…….   Camouflage bedding not so much. 🙂 

 

So extreme bold colors, extreme bold patterns, and grandmother’s quilt (even though it is beautifully made) won’t work.

 

 

White, cream, blue, soft teal, and grays will all bring a tranquil feel.

 

 

Bedding can have a pattern just make sure it isn’t real busy (small floral) or is a classic pattern. You are usually safe with a geometric pattern.

The bedding does not have to be expensive unless you want it to be. A bed in a bag (which these photos used) can cost $125 or less for 3-7 pieces.

 

 

Layering your bedding gives the appearance of luxury. Bed pillows, followed by shammed pillows, then two to three layers of throw pillows.

Bring in some bling, texture or whimsy with the throw pillows. Have fun with it!

 

 

 

 

If you aren’t selling I encourage you to make your master bedroom a wonderful sanctuary for yourself. Treat yourself, enjoy it and then it will be ready for when you do go to sell!

As always….if you need assistance in getting your home in top selling condition or want to update it for yourself, hire a professional that can give you the correct guidance.

 

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