Eating out in Germany

Eating out in Germany is not normally a quick meal. As Americans, we expect a meal at places like Chuys’ (my favorite Tex Mex) to take about an hour or a little more depending on the crowd. You’re in, you’re out and you move on to the next thing. Not...

Grocery Shopping in Schonaich Germany

If you are new to the Schonaich area, there are a few things you need to know especially when it comes to food shopping. If you are an American, then some of these things may be new to you and I rather you be ready than wonder what you did wrong. Lucky for us, there...

Common German Phrases You Should Know

When I learned we were moving to Germany, my first thought was, oh boy I’m going to have to learn some German. As an American in a foreign country, you should try to learn a few words in the language spoken locally. It will get you farther than you think and...

How to create your own coffee bar

Over 60% of people in the US are coffee drinkers. I personally do not drink coffee and have never gotten into it. I love the smell of coffee but coming from European-born parents, tea was the drink of choice in my household. So when I asked for a Keurig coffee maker...

How to Update Your Guest Room

Do you want to update your guest room but don’t know where to get started? My client had the same issue, but since we worked together on previous projects, she knew I could help her as a Certified Interior Decorator. Guest rooms can be tricky on how much you...

Mid-Century Modern Style Decorating

When it comes your decorating style, we know what we like and what we don’t like. We don’t always fit into one decorating “category” but probably span a few different ones. For example, I am more traditional but prefer modern, classic items...

Blue Diamond Staging News Release

Southern Pines, NC Aug 31, 2018 – Kasia McDaniel, owner of Blue Diamond Staging, LLC , announced this week that the company will officially changed its name to Blue Diamond Staging & Design, LLC as of August 31, 2018. Kasia McDaniel explained that the new name...

Are You Ready to Downsize?

When it comes time downsize to a new space, there are a few things to consider: the size, location and cost. Once you get an idea of your budget, it normally locks you into location and the size of the new home. In the case of my client, he was moving into a senior...

This Little Bathroom Got a Major Makeover

Moving into a new house can be an exciting time especially for a family. But once you live in the new home for a while, you may realize certain spaces don’t work out as well as you thought. Maybe your family grew or maybe you aren’t using the rooms like...

16 tips to prepare for your open house

Open House Checklist So you’ve staged your home and cleaned it from top to bottom. You’ve fixed all the broken lights and now you have an open house. Here are some tips on things you need to do before showing your home to the public. Don’t stick...

How each white is not the same

When it comes to picking out favorite colors, we tend to pick red, blue or something with..well…a color. When it comes to pick a white color for the trim or the ceiling, not all white colors are the same. I had a conversation with a homeowner who was building a...

How to stage gray rooms

My latest home staging project started out with the homeowner and buyers not knowing how to use/stage two rooms in the house. The house was recently renovated and repainted. One room was a dining room and the other was a living room. But we know that dining rooms tend...

How to Stage a Living Room

A living room can come in many different shapes and sizes. Because of that, you need to optimize your layout and create a focal point so that the eye is drawn to the room. You don’t know how many times I have heard from real estate agents that they have an...

Kids Bedroom Makeover Ideas

As your kids grow up, their style and bedroom changes. So why not do a kids bedroom makeover using things you already have? My kids love it when “Mommy the Home Stager” cleans up and updates the look of their room. I don’t do it often but sometimes...

Would you be bold to use pink on your home?

Exterior paint colors You walk around your dream suburban neighborhood, admiring the houses, landscaping and quietness until you run across a pink house. You may think, “Who would ever consider using that color and does it fit in?” As a home owner and a...

Are Your Home Staging Costs Realistic?

What are typical home staging costs when selling a home? As a home stager, I get this question a lot. Homeowners worry they have to spend thousands of dollars to get their home ready. There are a few things to consider and some tips you can do yourself to cut down the...

Confession of an Interior Decorator

As a home stager, I move furniture around or rearrange items and often hear clients say, “Why didn’t I think of that? Of course that looks better over there!” One of the reasons is because you see your room every day. When a fresh set of eyes comes in, they are not...

Add power to these areas in your home

  We never know how much we plug in until we realize a power outlet doesn’t exist where you need it. Perhaps you live in an older home or maybe you built a new one. There are electrical codes that your electrician has to follow but don’t be afraid to add more....

Ready to knock out your front door?

Shut the front door The front door comes in so many options. Color, size, window, no window etc. It can also make or break an entrance. Your budget will dictate whether it is a fiberglass, wood or steel door. However, if you are thinking about replacing your front...

Would Your Home Win An Academy Award?

And the award goes to… you the homeowner! But only if you took the necessary steps to get it sold. Whether you watch the Oscars, Grammys or Country Music Awards or not, you know there is always a winner. Actors or singers put on a show to entertain people and...

Is Blue Your Color?

Blue Ain’t Your Color…or is it? As Keith Urban croons, Blue Ain’t Your Color, it may actually be a color you love in your home. Blue is a soothing and calming color because it makes you feel less agitated. It slows down the heart rate and makes you...