Hi! I’m Terry McGrew, Owner and Designer of Revitalized Designs. I am a Professional Home Stager offering anyone selling or redesigning their home with tips, tricks and secrets in bringing a fresh and revived look in making their home warm and inviting with a bonus twist of occasional DIY craft ideas.
I have been inspired after watching a few YouTubers online to reorganize, downsize and create a boutique-style closet. What makes it “boutique-style”? It is all in the way you display your clothes and accessories to mimic that of what you see in a boutique. What I love about this style, too, is that you minimize your things down to your favorites – creating a spacious and clear view of everything you own. I wish I could be one of those amazing people who only require ten clothing items in their closet, but I cannot and I don’t think I ever will. Even though I cannot be a minimalist, I am fascinated with the concept and I know that I have more than enough. There are many things in my closet that I haven’t worn in years! My goal is to not only be able to see everything that I have at a glance, but to only have the things that I love and actually wear. As retirement is just around the corner for me, I need to start being budget conscious, so this will not be just a cleaning process but an actual change in my lifestyle. I’m very excited about this change! (I know my husband will be too!). Now, in order to create this boutique look, I have to create some open spaces where I can display things. And to create the open spaces …. you guessed it … I have to purge and declutter! I will admit that downsizing my closet has taken several rounds of purging – I guess, it took me years to get it this way! If minimizing is new to you (as it is to me) just know that it’s not going to happen overnight and it is not easy to do it all in one step! I have many things that are, you know, in the “just in case” pile … just in case I go back to the corporate world, just in case I get skinny again, just in case I gain weight, just in case I travel to Colorado and it’s snowing or Hawaii where it is tropical … oh, I could go on and on for the excuses as to why I hang on to things. But today, it is ….. I am on my third round of downsizing and after sifting through everything (and trying on everything – ugh!), I have successfully purged a significant amount of clothes, purses, belts, scarves and shoes. I will probably still do this a couple more times, but I was very proud of myself to have emptied almost a quarter of my closet! Enough to even put a dresser inside! Once I cleared this amazing space in my closet, my next step was to design the look I wanted to create. Just to let you know, my closet is your typical standard walk-in closet with painted shelves and regular rods for hanging – nothing fancy! I wasn’t looking to renovate or tear anything down. Although I love those beautiful built-in closet units … I’m on a budget and am only looking to reorganize, update and work with what I have. Although my closet is a walk-in closet, it isn’t that big either, AND I also share it with my husband. This is another reason why it was important for me to purge. I needed to remove the things that I no longer wore which was taking up valuable real estate in my closet. With every project, I like to draw out a plan on my sketchpad. This helps me visualize where things will go before I physically move them. Now to get started – I know I want everything out in the open where I can either see it or definitely have easy access to. I used to put everything in baskets, bins and dust bags. While that kept all of my things under control, it also kept everything hidden. I, personally, would end up using the same purse (whether it matched my outfit or not) because I didn’t feel like rummaging through dust bags of purses to find one that went with an outfit I was wearing. This time around, I want to SEE everything. I want to be able to just grab the purse or shoes that goes with my outfit! This post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information. I was always very organized even with the excessive amounts of clothes and the limited amount of closet space, but I want it to look more uniformed this time. I decided to differentiate the categories of clothing by their hangers. I found these clear acrylic hangers on Amazon and although I like the velvet ones in this same style for my tops, I thought these acrylic ones would be so pretty for my dresses. I learned from my mother to meticulously care for my clothes and I have most of my dresses, blouses and jackets protected with clothes protectors. These skirt hangers are great for my shorts and skirts (also from Amazon) and they also don’t leave that metal imprint that some hangers do. I love how the white stands out and it looks so clean and crisp! I used black velvet hangers, that I bought in bulk at Costco for my tops (which I categorized from sleeveless, short-sleeved to long-sleeve tops). I used wooden suit hangers for my jackets and blazers and padded satin hangers for my heavy sweater jackets. I love how everything looks so uniformed. By removing a lot of the excess clothes that I didn’t wear, my closet no longer look crammed and there is actually space between the hangers! I decided to add this sliding clothes rod so I have a place to either hang my outfit for the day or when I am gathering items for a trip. It was super easy to install and I love having it. I’m not sure what I did without it all these years! I have a set of 5 built-in shelves on the left half of my closet space – remember these are those painted shelves. I added this gorgeous gold damask contact paper to the sides and back of each shelf section. It changed the look and made “my side” of the closet look very feminine. After adding my perfume bottles, trays and decor … I absolutely love how it turned out! I know not everyone has a bedroom-sized spacing for their closets, so I wanted to show you how you can make a smaller closet look and feel like a boutique too. For me, a bigger closet would only invite unnecessary spending just to fill it up. My goal was to get a handle of what I owned and actually love and use everything in it. With my closet so organized, I now can see everything and easily access everything! No more rummaging … or worse, using the same 20% of my things because I didn’t want to hunt things down. I hope I gave you some inspiration to reorganize or just clear some closet space! I will end Part 1 of this closet reorganization here. I have more exciting things that I will be adding to this closet and can’t wait to show you the final tour in Part 2! Don’t forget to follow my blog and connect with me on Instagram. I will be posting some sneak peak photos. Look for this closet reorganization coming soon on my YouTube channel!
Hi Guys! I am so excited to show you another beautiful home staging project we recently did here in Phoenix, Arizona. A big “Thank You” to my client Pam (Realtor) and Reed (Owner) for asking Revitalized Designs to stage this beautiful home! As I show you the Before and After photos of this home staging project, I am also hoping to demonstrate the significance of staging a home and its true effects on the Buyers who view staged homes either online or in person. I’m sure you have all heard the saying that a Buyer makes their first impression within the first 10 seconds that they step into a home. That’s not a whole lot of time! I will have to say, though, the 10 seconds also applies when they are viewing your home or listing online too. These days we are all pretty internet saavy and most of the time the Buyer will look online BEFORE they even go to see the home. So, wouldn’t you want to make it count?! Let’s take a look at some of the Before and After photos of our recent staging. I’d love to hear your opinion …. Do you feel that the staging made a difference? So here is the living room. As gorgeous at it is, most Buyers would be intimidated with the shelving and not know how they would fill up all that space. Of course, with the electrical outlet in the center, you are to assume that a television will occupy that space, but what goes on all those shelves? Having this room staged has now helped the Buyer with ideas of what they could put on the shelves should the home become theirs. As you can see, by adding furnishings and decor to this room, we have also brought it to life with a little bit of personality. Now granted, the photo taken of the “Before” of this master bathroom was while the home was still under construction … so the mirrors were not yet in place at the time. Again, you can see that this is still a beautiful bathroom with the glass enclosed shower and that gorgeous contemporary bathtub. But it still needed more …. By adding some color with mint green towels, elegance of the flowers and light touches of decor, the once empty and cold bathroom transformed into an inviting and spa-like getaway that every Buyer would dream to own. At the front of the entrance there were two rooms. On one side was this room with double doors. While the other side had an open area which made it ideal for the dining room. I pictured this room to be the perfect place to create and stage a private office space. I added a desk, a small rug, a large wall clock and a tall tree with desk accessories and … BOOM! A lovely home office space that any Buyer could see themselves utilizing. If you would like to see the video of this home staging, please visit my YouTube Channel by searching Revitalized Designs or follow this link. Remember, if you want to see more home stagings, interior decorating, reorganizing or DIY tips, make sure you subscribe and click on the notification bell! I hope you enjoy the video! So you see, home staging plays an important role in selling a home. Even the most beautiful home presents a cold and empty feeling when it is vacant with no furnishings. Staging a home will: Provide beautiful photographs for the MLS (which, remember, will be the first place that your Buyers will look); Create a warm and inviting feeling for your Buyer’s first impression; and Provide your Buyers ideas in decor or design, should they decide to buy it! Of course, in addition to all of the above … more importantly, staging a home will justify your asking price, increase the value of the home and get it sold faster! What do you think? Does staging a home matter? Do you see the difference? Are you attracted to the homes that have great photos on MLS? I’d love to hear from you – Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube!
Hi Friends! With the industry recognizing the value of home staging, I am thankful every day that I have this opportunity to do what I am most passionate about … home staging and interior decorating! Today, let me take you on one of my home staging tours! Thank you Karen and Joe for asking me to stage your lovely home in Phoenix, AZ. It is a beautiful home all on its own, but since Karen and Joe moved their furnishings out, they needed to bring in some “warmth” to the home – and that, my friends, is where home staging comes into play. It had a grand entrance with beautiful marble floors as you walk directly in the living room. My first thought was to create an open feel as you walked into the entrance. I didn’t want anything to obstruct the view from the double front doors through to the French doors that went directly into the back of the home. The marble floors were accented with small black granite squares that matched the counters throughout the home. In this AFTER photo, we are facing the back of the home. I wanted to incorporate hues of blues, grays and creams into the furnishings and décor. I started with an 8’x10’ floor rug that was accented with a filigree design in gray, black, cream and blue. I used these beautiful blue velvet nailhead accent chairs in front of the French doors – this allowed a clear view from the front door into the back of the home. I placed a large cream linen nailhead sofa with throw pillows in creams and navy adjacent to the fireplace. In the center is this large square glass coffee table accented with silver and gold to keep the view open and clear. For the coffee table centerpiece, I created a vignette on a leather tray accented with nailheads to tie everything together. We staged the kitchen with small accents throughout and set place settings at the island. By staging the island with place settings and two bar stools, it shows the Buyer that there is additional seating in the kitchen. Had this not been staged this way, it would just look like a working island that everyone would have to stand around. The magic of what home staging can demonstrate! My favorite part of this home is the circular dining room. It screamed a round dining table! I absolutely love glass round dining tables as a focal point in dining rooms. They create such an elegance to a room. I chose these gray Regent Upholstered dining chairs to tie in with the black chandelier in the center. A classic and large orchid as a centerpiece is all that is needed here. To see more of this home staging tour – check out this short video of the before and after of this staging on my YouTube channel by following this link. What do you think? Do you think Home Staging matters? Have you ever had your home staged? I hope you enjoyed this home staging tour! I have another home staging tour coming up next week of a newly renovated home that is just as beautiful. Be sure to follow us on YouTube and Instagram to see the amazing transformation!