Category Archives: Home Staging

Patterned Tile – Is It For You?

Are you looking for a way to add some life to a room? To bring some fun to a otherwise dull space? Then bring on the pattern! With so many choices, there is bound to be a patterned tile that will fit your personality.

One of the best places to add a little flair to an otherwise task oriented room, is the laundry room. Let’s face it, laundry rooms are no longer pushed to the farthest darkest corners of a home but rather placed in the heart of the home. If your’s is down in that corner, then even more reason to add a splash of pattern!

Make this space fun to be in!

 

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Another place to consider using a patterned tile is in a back entrance or maybe even the front foyer if it is small and a bit of excitement is needed to highlight the space.  Small areas are a perfect place for pattern.

 

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The key to using patterned tile is to use it sparingly. I would not consider putting a patterned tile in a large shower, it would become overwhelming and potentially date itself very quickly. I would even caution using it on backsplashes if you have a lot of it.

 

A small backsplash area or a small section to highlight an area is totally cool in my book.

 

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And don’t forget the fireplace! It’s the perfect place to add some pattern. I just finished my lower level and chose a patterned tile to highlight the main focal point of the room.

 

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So what do you think? Can you handle a little pattern in your life? My advice: use it sparingly, wisely and keep it classic. And have some fun!

 

 

Preparing Your Master Bath for Selling Your Home

In my last post I gave some tips on how to prepare your Master Bedroom for sale. Now let’s look at the Master Bath. I once again want you to think of the best 5 star hotel you’ve ever seen and remember it’s bathroom. What did you see? Not much! And that’s how your bathroom should be.

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Be sure to take out:

  • Makeup
  • Jewelry
  • Toothbrushes
  • ALL items from the shower including hanging caddies
  • Plungers and bathroom scales.
  • Toilet bowl  cleaning brushes (why do these sit out by toilets anyway? They are not decorations! That is a pet peeve of mine but I digress, ha)
  • Kleenex and extra toilet paper
  • Rugs, especially by the toilet, but usually everywhere unless  you have an extra large bathroom.

Once you have a much more empty space you can move on to the most important thing …...CLEAN! Squeaky clean. The cleanliness of your bathrooms is a tell tale sign to buyers about the rest of the home. A buyer may overlook something that is outdated if it is clean. So we are talking toilet, tile, grout, vanity tops, floor, tub, must be scrubbed and then scrubbed again.

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Repair cracked tile or grout. If your bathtub has major stains you may need to look at resurfacing it. Outdated or non-working fixtures are usually an inexpensive item to replace. The faucet should be shiny and in working order!

Check out your lighting. Does it need to be updated and is it bright enough? Light and bright in the bathrooms is a must.

Let’s talk color. You won’t find too many top hotels with color in the bathrooms. Light, white and tranquil is the look you are going for. A new fresh light paint color may be needed and the icing on that is fresh white towels. Don’t wash them and hang them out for your photos and showings only. They are your pretend towels for a bit and you can begin to use them in your new home.

 

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Now step back and see how the bathroom makes you feel. Calm and tranquil? Do you need a bit of accessorizing to add a touch of elegance. A small tray with lotions, a piece of greenery?

 

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As with all rooms, a useful tool is your smart phone. Take a picture of the room and look at it with an objective eye of what the buyer will see .

 

Prepping Your Master Bedroom for Sale

So many times when I am working with clients to get their home in top selling condition, they have done updates and upgrades to many areas of their homes but have not touched their master bedroom. The kid’s bedrooms are super cute and decorated but the master looks like they have just moved in.

The truth is, many people put this room on the bottom of the list as “no one sees it” or “it’s just a place to sleep.” Nothing is further from the truth when you go to sell your home. This room is probably the second  most important room in the house after the kitchen. People love nice master suites (the master bath is a part of this).

But let’s concentrate on just the bedroom portion for now. What I tell my Home Staging Consultation clients is “your master bedroom should feel like the best 5 star boutique hotel room you have ever been in.” This means soothing and tranquil.

Here are some tips to get there:

1.COLOR: Monochromatic color schemes set a calming feeling. You often see high end  hotel rooms do this very well. Pick one primary color and stick with it, with a combination of varying tones of that color or one coordinating color.

 

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2. BEDDING: Bedding is so important and you really can achieve a great look without spending a lot of money. Texture and depth are the key on the bed. You want at least 4 bed pillows or large European pillows for height in the back. Throw pillows to bring in the texture. Avoid bold busy bedding. Whites, creams and grays always work nicely but a simple consistent pattern can work if done correctly.

 

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3. BEDROOM SET: A headboard brings a statement to the room and many times creates the focal point in the room. An upholstered head board adds softness and sophistication to a room and can be purchased inexpensively. Nightstands flanking the bed are a must!

 

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4. LIGHTING: The master bedroom is an area that you can bring in a little bling or drama with a large ceiling chandelier making a statement and bedside lamps.

 

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5. READING NOOK: Everyone loves a chair in the master bedroom. If space allows….add a chair! It brings the sense of relaxation, a retreat with a space to grab that book and cup of tea or glass of wine and escape the left over hectic pace of the day. A small accent table and lamp next to the chair will complete the space.

 

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If you have neglected your master bedroom suite to focus on your kids or another living area, now is the time to get going and give your space some attention. Doing it before you get ready to sell will let you enjoy it. On the plus side, most of these tips and items are things that you can take with you to your new home!

If you need assistance with your master suite, whether selling or dwelling, reach out to a professional to guide you through the process.