Monday, December 27, 2010
Your home, your stage! If you’re meaning to sell your house in the Austin area, there is one hot way to do it: home staging.
Just as an actor or actress gets all made up and pampered before going onstage, your home needs that subtle makeover, too, if ever it is to land in the ‘sold’ list. Bringing class and appeal to a different level is the primary purpose for staging your house. Introducing repairs, refurbishing, new furniture or furniture re-arrangement, even a little more landscaping, can add value to the house you are selling. Even if the house is presently vacant, adding a few rented furniture or fixtures can spell the difference: a bare room will definitely look more becoming and more salable with a few highlights.
Highlighting the architectural features can be staged; subtly making over the flaws even. You do not need to hire a decorator for a complete make-over. Besides, if you’re selling, you need to make the appeal hit at the buyer. Neutral furniture arrangements, flexible décor placement, will enable the buyer to better picture himself or his family in the living room or the master bedroom and thus come to a buying decision more easily.
The how and why of it
Home staging makes the sale a quicker process. That’s because the personal touch of the previous owner is neutralized by experts so that a potential buyer is not alienated by the hominess that reflects the character of the previous homeowner.
Having an expert do the home staging makes Austin houses more ‘buyer-friendly’. Your eyes may be too familiar or too used already to the furniture or the décor that it is easy to miss the sorry details. An objective third eye can help you see that moving that sofa to another spot may be more inviting, and discarding that sordid rug may even do wonders to highlighting the wooden floor parquet. Just as you will want a licensed engineer or architect do the planning and building for you, you will want a professional home staging service do the ‘make-up’ and basic ‘make-over’ for your house you want to sell.
With a few hundred dollars worth of investment in professional home staging, you get your money’s worth in terms of quicker sales, less negotiation time, less broker’s fees, even higher sale price. If you are on a tight budget, the home stager can plan and work with you within that budget.
If you need help in home staging in the Austin area
There is an impressive list of home staging companies in the Austin area. With years of proven track record in making sales happen quicker, these home staging companies help you get top dollar for your house. With their own inventory of furniture and fixtures and accessories, a dull room may be transformed into a lively den! A drab kitchen may look like a chef’s dream with a little touch of home staging.
Finding the ideal home staging consultants in the Austin area is easy and they can help you in furniture re-arrangement, appeal highlighting, vignette staging, a little re-decorating, even furniture or artwork rental if need be. Go online or check local Austin real estate associations for a list of professional, reliable home staging services.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Shopping for Vestibule and Wardrobe Furniture can be a bit confusing as there are different kinds of leather, different levels of quality and, of course, different price points. And buying the most expensive furniture doesn't necessarily mean you're going to get the best and longest lasting piece. By being a knowledgeable shopper you can get the best deal possible and find a quality piece of furniture that will always look good, feel comfortable and last forever.
Unfortunately many furniture stores hire people who don't know that much about the furniture or they're working on commission and will throw a lot of jargon your way to confuse you. The best way to combat this is by educating yourself and learning something about the terms used when referring to these types furniture.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
As a follow up to my previous post The importance of lights and shadows the way we illuminate the space can create atmosphere or ruin the whole interior decoration, no matter how carefully color, style andSeating furniture are chosen; lighting can bring a room together or make a room uninviting, unappealing and non-functional. There are three categories of lighting: General, Task, and Accent or Ambient, a room should blend all types of lighting for optimal use and style.
Accent lighting, as the one above serve to bring attention to a particular object, highlighting a collection, art and architecture and in this particular case the color for the shade of the lamp was also chosen to relate to a beautiful bunch of violets, below the explosion of mimosa; this type of illumination can soften the mood or brighten dark corners.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Our taste has evolved over the year. As we watch decorating trends come and go, we've concluded that certain styles just stand the test of time better than others--especially if they are updated.
Recently we have gradually gravitated toward softer, prettier decorating scheme. We find it more relaxing; and not so trendy that you have to change out your stuff every three to five years.
Here are some of our latest favorite things:
There has been news lately regarding organic food--as to whether it actually makes you healthier. A major study by the London School of Hygiene and & Tropical Medicine concluded that consumers were paying more for the "perceived" health benefits. To read more about the study, click here.
But this blog is about decorating, not eating, so let's focus on organic decorating instead. By organic decorating, we are talking about products that use natural materials vs synthetic, and styles that are hand-made vs manufactured.
But we're not the DYI kind of people, we're more like do-it-for-me kinda people, so we rather buy the "perceived" hand-made part.
Here are some that we really like from DK Living:
This is a fantastic rockstone bowl that's great for display fruit and can be used indoor/outdoor. It' retails for $200.
One of our biggest complaints about American furniture manufacturers is how BORING their furniture can be. Year after year you see this same old stuff--they call it classic but we think they are just unimaginative. We're talking about brown, dark wood furniture, heavy upholstery in taupe and cream, plain styling. The sad thing is, 80% of households have this stuff. Why? Because we don't have lots of choices.
So we were really happy to see some colors this seasons from some of the old-school uphoslterers. They are finally getting it! Who wants to be surrounded by drab all the time! Give us some vibrancy and happiness! Give us colors!
Here are some from CR Laine that we kinda like. This company makes great upholstery furniture. Most of their stuff is fairly standard (as you will see from the web site), but here are some jewels:
Here are a few upholstered beds that we just love. It is made by Pepper Berry, a small boutique manufacturer based out of Los Angeles. Run by the nicest couple we ever met, Matt and Michelle Cicero, Pepper Berry sells to furniture stores and interiors designers. The company makes beautiful Furniture that are well-made and well-priced।
As with any upholstery products, you can customize the beds with different fabrics. You can also make slip covers for them if you feel like changing the look according to the season. These beds are relatively inexpensive (roughly $2000 for a king size not including fabric).For a complete catalog on Pepper Berry products, send us an email . In addition to upholstered beds, they also do beautiful chairs, ottoman, sofas and chaises.
The bedroom, in a way, is the easiest room to decorate , yet it could be the hardest. It's easy because the furniture required are so simple. Basically you will need a bed, nighstands, an ottoman maybe, a couple of chairs if your room is of a decent size. Yet the range of the choices are huge-it's hard to know where to start!
Here are a few pretty ones we found on Metropolitan Home:
This is tranquil and harmonious. It feels like a boutique hotel...
Interior decorating is done professionally by interior decorators. It is considered a design field.
There is a distinct difference between interior decorating and interior design. Interior decorating is a trade, generally focused on finishes, such as wallpaper, paint, window coverings, and furnishings. Interior design, on the other hand, involves manipulating the architectural integrity of the interior space as well as the creation of a lifestyle experience through the study of environmental psychology or human behavior.