Tag Archives: Vacant Home Staging

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.

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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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Bring the Farmhouse Style into Your Home

On my last post I showed photos of a farmhouse that I designed from the ground up. Not everyone has the luxury to buy or build a new home but they like the farmhouse look that has been made popular by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper”. If that’s you, know that you can achieve the look in your home.

I really think the reason this look has become so popular is that it is a throwback to a simpler time. The home is warm, inviting, and looks like it has been put together over time. Items don’t match but look like they have a story behind them.

I too love the style and wanted to bring it into my home even though it is far from the farmhouse look architecturally.  I got the chance to visit Joanna’s store “Magnolia” in Waco, TX for inspiration and of course brought home a few pieces!

 

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Here are suggestions on how you can achieve the look.

1) Trays. Use them on an island, a buffet, a coffee table or a bar. Use a tray that has a farm house look or use any tray you have and place a few farm house accent pieces on it.

Here is a  great farm house tray that also serves a purpose on my island. Plus it is a great place to showcase my Grandma’s owl cookie jar! A mixture of modern and vintage.

 

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Vintage iron trays have so much character and can be filled with any items you like.

 

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Use eclectic pieces in trays or other containers that may be a throw back to the farm house days of old. Old keys, spools of twine…get your creative juices flowing! These types of pieces can be great conversation starters especially if they hold a personal story. Use pieces that have meaning to you, perhaps something handed down from your Grandma or Grandpa or reminds you of a special time spent with them.

 

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2) Wood of any kind is always a great way to bring the farm house style into your home but it also adds texture, warmth and a natural element. Both of these pieces I purchased at Magnolia and can be bought online however look at your local flea markets and antique stores. You will more than likely find unique pieces there too!

A large butcher cutting board which can be used different places and different ways:

 

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Large carved wood slabs can be used to hold or showcase many things. In this photo I used a large wood piece as part of centerpiece on a dining room table.

 

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3) Reclaimed wood, texture, vintage pieces and soft floral will bring that chic rustic look to your home.

 

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To create a chic farmhouse look of your own hit all those flea markets and get pieces with character. Remember the words vintage, wood, texture, character and whimsical. Think outside the box and most importantly have fun! It’s all about creating a warm environment for your guests with a flair of your personal style so it doesn’t look like something straight from the floor of a furniture store.

 

As always, I can help you achieve the farmhouse look or any style that speaks to you. If you want to see all the photos of the farm house I designed check out my last blog at “Farmhouse Chic Hits Suburban Minneapolis!”

 

 

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer
www.RoomsWithStyle.com
952-567-1124

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New hope in New Hope, MN

Houses are just tired sometimes and need some new life. That was the case at this property in New Hope, MN.

Most of the changes were very light cosmetic things. Paint, flooring and new lighting. The kitchen and bathrooms did however get a full makeover bringing them into the current decade.

Take a look!

 

First impressions are key and this is the room you see right inside the front door. Yes the room was painted but the key to this room was exposing the original hardwood floors under the carpet. Having them refinished added extra glam and shine.

 

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Paint and light fixtures are huge when updating a  house. What I want to point out here too is the lack of carpet in the Dining Room. Carpet in a dining area is a dated look and no one wants carpet under a dining room table anymore. Worth changing if you can.

 

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The kitchen is THE most important room in the house and will make or break any sale. Having an updated kitchen is so important and the Return on Investment is high. Always bring in a professional though so you make the right choices for your investment.

 

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Amazing what paint can do!

 

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Even if a bath is small it can be functional and feel luxurious!

 

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This full bath got a new vanity and the dated wall tiles were removed. Paint and a new light of course!

 

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My favorite part of the update was the fireplace. I mean really….look at those beautiful beams around it as well as on the ceiling. They were lost in the dark brick and paneling before but now they are showcased.

 

 

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All houses need new hope once is awhile. What in your house may need a little sprucing up?

 

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Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer
www.RoomsWithStyle.com
952-567-1124

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