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What Is Your Focal Point?

I was thinking back to when I had my Home Staging Academy to train and certify new home stagers. What I taught them applies really to anyone who is a DIY person and wants to work on their space.

Some concepts that I taught were very specific for staging a home to sell, totally different in many ways than designing to live in a space. Some concepts overlap however and I want to talk about those over the next few weeks.

First lets talk about Focal Point. The focal point is: the area in each room that immediately captures the attention. Also defined as the location in each room where the eye lands first.

In many cases the focal point is easy to see, the fireplace, a stunning vintage built-in buffet, or it can even be the view.

You want to play up the focal point and not distract from it.

What do you do if you don’t have a focal point? Create one! A large light fixture, a large piece of artwork or a large piece of furniture can become your focal point.

What happens if you have too many focal points? You basically don’t have one as your eye is bouncing to all the focal points and doesn’t know where to land.

Photo credit Spacecrafting

If you are having trouble determining the focal point in one of your rooms, have friends stop by and ask them where their eye was first drawn. Another tool is snapping a photo of the room with your phone and seeing where your eye lands when you open the photo.

Remember….try to make your focal point clear. Play around with it by adding and deleting until you have it defined.

Stay tuned for my next blog post about Balance!

 

Crazy for Tile!

I love, love, love picking out tile. So many choices and  not enough rooms. HA! Have you seen the tile available these days? The textures, the patterns the colors!

Whether  you are renovating to live or updating to sell, tile can add a touch of whimsy, make a bold statement or create a sense of luxury.

The tile on the right is one of my latest selections for the back wall of a double sized walk-in shower. You just want to touch it to see what it is. The patina finish, along with the modern yet classic subway tile that will go around it, is the perfect combination.

 

The printed black and white tile in this photo is going on a kitchen backsplash. It will give the feel of having been around a while in an otherwise very sleek white kitchen. It’s the unexpected.

 

Check out some of these patterns and textures:

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Photo Credit: The Tile Shop

 

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Photo Credit: The Tile Shop

 

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Photo Credit: The Tile Shop

Subway tile, like you see in the tub area above,  is timeless and classic. It is a good balance with  almost any patterned tile to keep it from getting too busy.

No matter your project or purpose, take the time to check out all the great tiles out there and have fun!

 

 

 

Baskets – For Selling or Dwelling

I love baskets! When I am assisting sellers in getting their home ready to go on the market, baskets are a suggestion I bring up many times. The same is true if I am on a Redesign Consultation. There are so many different kinds of baskets and so many places they can be used.  

 

 

A perfect place for baskets is your closets. You know that stack of T-shirts that sits on a shelf and they always look messy? Line your shelves with baskets and put those messy items in them. That way it is easy to slide the basket out, grab your garment and go. This is a perfect solution for making your closet tidy when selling.

I recommend the collapsible bins a lot. When you are packing up to move to your new home they fold flat so they do not take up space and you will always use them in your new home. I love using mine in my walk in pantry to hold the little items that are always falling over like rice packets and chocolate chips.

 

 

Another common problem area whether selling or dwelling is children’s toys. You would like to have the toys handy for your children in your family room but not strung all over making it feel chaotic. Baskets again are a great solution.  

 

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And of course……a must in a child’s room.  

 

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The best part is there are so many cute baskets out there now! Many times I suggest adding a basket by a fireplace or in a corner of a room to add texture. It is such an easy accent piece.  

 

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What trouble spots do you have in your home that a basket may be just what you need? Here is one of mine.

 

 

  But…..easy fix! And so cute!  

 

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Take a look around and see where baskets can be your solution.