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But I Love My Themed House!

What is a ‘themed’ house and is it okay?

A themed house is one that fits a very specific decorating motif. Such as a beach theme, or a desert theme. Is it okay to have one? Absolutely! Unless you are selling your home. Then I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you are selling, the theme has got to go.

A themed house, or even a themed room can turn off any buyer that does not like that theme. They may not like the feel of the house, or they can’t see past the theme to see the architectural detail of the house, or they may get distracted.

Now there are exceptions, if you have a beach theme and you live on the Gulf of Mexico perfect! 

 

Or a Southwest desert theme when you live in Phoenix….also acceptable. If you live in Minnesota or any such similar area then it is not acceptable for selling.

Another exception is a child’s room. Everyone expects a child to have a theme of Dinosaurs or something and it’s perfectly acceptable.

Neutralizing a themed home or room is an easy fix if the theme was created using artwork and nick-knacks. Just take them down and replace with decorative pieces that are more neutral.

 

If you have made some large remodeling choices based on a theme it may be tougher to do.

Wallpaper, although a pain to remove, is still a doable task and you need to remove it. Paint is also a simple fix.

If you have made more permanent fixture choices based on a theme such as cabinets, tile or floor coverings, I am not telling you that you need to rip everything out and start over but just know you have narrowed your potential buyers. 

 

 

 

So my word of caution in advance is to not do large ticket items in your home in a theme! Rather get that themed look that you want with decor that is easily replaced and you can take your theme with you to your new house!

If you have any questions never hesitate to reach out to a professional Home Stager to answer all you questions.

 

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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