Category Archives: Holiday Decorating Tips

Fall Decor When Selling Your Home

I ran into this situation this week while doing a Home Staging Consultation. The home owner had filled every room with Fall decor. Table tops, baskets of pumpkins on the floor, little scarecrows hanging here and there, towels with leaves hanging in the bath. 

There is a right and wrong way to enjoy the seasons while selling your home.

Wrong Way:

Having Your Seasonal Decor Overwhelm The Features of Your Home:

This can happen even without seasonal decor, it’s called clutter. You don’t want buyers looking at your ‘things’ as they are not buying your things. You want them looking at the architectural features of the home. The high ceilings, the built-ins, the fireplace and so forth. An abundance of things takes away from the house.

This goes for all areas of your home…..the yard included. Halloween may be a fun day for you but creating a scary or creepy setting isn’t the way to go when selling your home. Those decorations need to stay packed away until you are in your new home.

 

 

The other reason this is the ‘wrong’ way is that your home is photographed for MLS. If your home remains on the market longer than you hope, those images are an instant advertisement when a potential buyer opens your listing that your house has been on the market way too long.

 

Right Way:

Small Display of Pumpkins and Gourds:

This can be inside or out. Fun, festive, simple and easy. 

These small vignettes are a great way to enjoy the season without going overboard. One or two pieces outside and the same goes for the inside. Less is more is a very true statement. The nice thing about this type of seasonal decorating is it works all the way through Thanksgiving.

 

No matter the season or time of year, there is a right and wrong way to enjoy your home when it is on the market without overwhelming the buyer.

 

Can I Decorate My Home for Christmas When It’s for Sale?

As a Home Stager I get that question a lot. There is a very short answer….Absolutely!

Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday that most people understand. If it is your tradition I don’t feel that you need to put that aside just for selling your home. The potential buyer will most likely also celebrate and decorate for Christmas and may appreciate seeing the perfect place for the tree and the warmth of the holiday in their future home.

There are a few caveats, however to decorating your home for Christmas while it is for sale. That caveat being, how into Christmas are you?

If you are a person that loves Christmas and it comes out in your home decorations to the tune that you have 53 bins of Christmas decorations then you may need to tone it down and only use 3-4 of those bins. 🙂

 

 

 

The goal is for the architectural features of your home to still be seen through the Christmas decor. If the decorations are so thick and overwhelming, the buyer will not be able to visual what the house looks like without all the extra items.

It may also make the rooms appear smaller and darker.

 

     Putting up a Christmas tree is totally acceptable but be a little more conscience of where you place it. Perhaps the traditional spot isn’t the best place when you have people coming through. You may need to put it in a different room or in the lower level. Keep the traffic flow areas open, don’t cover up a beautiful view and don’t get a tree that is so large it takes up most of a room.

One other suggestion I have is to decorate with as little red and green as possible. I know those are the traditional Christmas colors but the more you can use gold, silver, and white will keep the space more neutral and not clash with your regular color scheme.

 

 

 

I hope that gives you some guidance on how to still enjoy the Christmas season in  your home while having potential buyers taking a look.

Always get professional advice from a trained Home Stager when selling one of your largest assets.

 

Inexpensive and FRESH Centerpieces Ideas for the Holidays

It is a busy time of the year with a lot of entertaining going on and everyone wants their table to look nice. But the time to pull it together is tight and purchasing a centerpiece can be expensive.

Here are a few tips and ideas that are inexpensive and fresh. And when I say fresh I mean FRESH! These can be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas or both!

I love decorating a table with edible items. Nature is full of color and you can eat the items in the centerpiece when you are done.

One easy item is Cranberries.

Cranberries

I just paid $4.00 for two bags of cranberries so they are extremely inexpensive and there are a ton of ways to use them.

Let these pictures be inspiration for you this holiday season.

Cranberries in hollow Candle Holders:

Cranberries inside Candleholders

Cranberries in a simple white tray with teas lights:

Cranberries in Tray

Let’s add in another food item with lots of texture…..mixed nuts! 

Cranberries and Nuts in Silver Tray

And this is one of my favorites that I came up with. Set this on your table for a wonderful centerpiece during your meal but dig in afterwards! 

Cranberries Nuts and Oranges

Place the nut cracker right there as part of the centerpiece. Rather than a heavy dessert, encourage your guests to linger after dinner cracking and munching on nuts, eating fresh tangerines or whatever you add. 

If you need a quick touch of whimsy elsewhere in your home add cranberries to any bowl, vase or candle holder.

Cranberries in Hurricane

And if you will have a beverage or refreshment station when entertaining, make a centerpiece that again will be useful. Take out a lime to add a squirt to a beverage or an orange for the rim of a glass.

Beverage Centerpiece

So  look in your pantry and refrigerator to see what you have! Let your creative juices flow……think outside the box.

And please, share your ideas here or post pictures. We can inspire each other!

And most importantly…..may you all have a very peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. 

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.

CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer

 www.RoomsWithStyle.com

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