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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...

How does a home stager get inspired?

As a home stager, I get this question a lot. While a home stager tends to stay away from trends, you want the home to appeal to the target buyer whether it is a home for a family of kids, a retired couple or a single person. Each home is unique and you want to show...

Holiday Home Staging Secrets

Staging your home for the holidays Is your home on the market during the holiday season? Are you tempted to decorate the home one last time before you have to move? This is totally normal and of course you want to make one last memory in your home before you move out....

The TV Takeover in Today’s Home

Too many TVs in your home? In a scene from the movie, “Back to the Future”, Marty McFly goes back in time to 1955 and finds himself eating dinner with his mother (Lorraine) and her family. Lorraine’s father rolls in their new TV set and Lorraine...

Home remodeling design tips

  Wish you can take a page out of a lessons learned book on home remodeling? Some lessons are hard to learn and can be costly when you are remodeling.  If you are remodeling a whole home or just a room, there are a few design tips to keep in mind to save your...

How to pick the right lamp

Let there be light! Lighting in a room can sometimes be challenging. There are 3 types of lighting you need in each room; general, task and decorative. We are going to cover task lighting and learn how to choose the right kind of lamp for the task at hand. Whether you...

How to Decorate with Industrial Décor

Bring industrial pieces into your home Notice a new trend entering your latest trip to the home décor store? You may have seen more metal mixed in with the wood furniture or saw some different looking light bulbs. Those are part of what is called the Industrial style...

Garage: To Stage or Not to Stage?

Seriously, it’s a garage! We all need a space to get away. Some Moms would love to retreat into a spa tub and kids love to play in a dedicated playroom. But for Dads, sometimes, the only place they can retreat to is the garage or if they are lucky, a man cave....

4 Homeowner Staging Tricks to Avoid

  As a homeowner, moving can be quite a stressful event. And when it comes to selling their homes, a homeowner might do some staging on their own to get it ready. However, when home staging is done correctly, a buyer should not be able to tell the home was...

How to Create An Easy Landscape Plan

Landscape your way with a simple plan You love your home but the landscape is something to be desired. You have all of these ideas yet never have time or energy to implement them. You don’t want to spend money on plants that may or may not survive. I get it. But...

Staging your Airbnb

How Airbnb can be an additional source of income Airbnb is a unique way to enjoy a major city without having to go to a hotel.  This can especially be important when you are trying to attend a major event and find that all the hotels are booked. President Obama’s...

Empty Nesters and Spare Bedrooms

Tips for empty nesters moving out Do you have grown children who have “left the nest” and repurposed those rooms into an office or a gym? After a few years, you realize your home is too big for you and you want to downsize to a smaller home and possibly...

Open floor plan – plus or minus?

  As a home stager and someone who lives in a home that has a partially open floor plan I understand the pros and cons when tackling this kind of space. However, this setup is not for everyone. Some homeowners want an open concept but don’t know how to...

Easy bathroom updates

Bathroom changes you can do over a weekend Whether you want to update your bathroom for a move or just for yourself, there are some easy things you can do. Updating a bathroom may seem like a daunting task but small changes in a small bathroom can make a world of...

How to Find a Home Stager

Need to hire a home stager? Homeowners are starting to learn they need to stage their homes if they want to get it sold quickly. But how do you find a home stager? There are a number of ways to find one. You just have to know where to look. Google “home...

14 Savvy Ways to Decorate on a Budget

Decorate Your Home on a Budget Ever wonder how some people get some really good deals on their home décor? Some people rely on coupons or wait for those sales, but sometimes you just want to get your project done. I found several ways you can save money and still...

16 Creative Ways to Use Mason Jars In Your Home

Do you have mason jars lying around? Put them to work!   I was getting ready to host a party at my home and wanted to find something to store the utensils other than a large bulky bin. I ran across this cute mason jar caddy at Kirkland’s and loved how it could be used...

How hard can it be to sell your home?

4 ways to make home selling easier on you A few years ago, it used to be easier to sell your home. You cleaned it up a bit, hid the dirty dishes, vacuumed and stuck a “For Sale” sign on the front lawn. However, with the influx of designer shows on channels...

6 Things to Save You Money During Your PCS

A PCS can be expensive, but not if you use these money-saving tips According to MilitaryFamily.com, moving is the third stressful thing that happens in a person’s life and on average a person moves 12 times in their lifetime. As a military member, I moved 5...

40 Fun Facts About Kasia McDaniel

Getting to know Kasia McDaniel It’s hard to get to know people until you meet them in person. And even then you wonder what makes them tick. Well here are a few fun facts about me, Kasia McDaniel, that you may or may not know already. Some may surprise you and...