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Is it just me or did this year fly by?  2018 is almost over but before we wrap it up, let’s look back and revisit the year that was packed with beautiful home transformations! Here are six of my favourite projects in and around Toronto for 2018.

OAKVILLE INTERIOR DECORATING PROJECT

We started 2018 with our biggest and most extensive interior decorating project to date. Located at Lakeshore and Dorval Road in Oakville, this 7000 sq ft newly built luxury home is everybody’s dream home. It was a great privilege to help the homeowners design the whole house from top to bottom for them to live in and enjoy. The end result was fabulous!

HOLLYWOOD AVENUE HOME STAGING

Listed at the beginning of Spring this home had sold at a whopping $200,000 over it’s asking on the first week of listing. Once again proving the power of home staging.

NEWMARKET HOME STAGING

From stale to sold! This property was on the market for six months with no serious offers at all. After a site visit and a consultation with the homeowners, we showcased and styled it to its full potential. The result was incredible and the house was sold in one month at its full asking price with no conditions. Mission accomplished!

BROADVIEW AVENUE STAGING

Home staging is not a one size fits all kind of business because every property has its own vibe and ‘feel’ to it if you know what I mean. You have to listen to it so you can achieve an effective styling that sells. A cookie cutter staging just won’t cut it in a tough market like Toronto.

DISTILLERY LANE CONDO STAGING

Living in a small space does not necessarily mean you have to sacrifice style and function. The key here is the proper layout and the right size pieces for the space.  This condo has less than 650 sq ft of living space which can look teeny-tiny with the wrong pieces (or showcased as vacant) but with the right staging and styling, you can visually double its square footage.

ETOBICOKE HOME STAGING

The best part of being a property stylist in Toronto is the opportunity to work with some of the best houses in and around the city like this Lakeshore property. Listed at almost $3M  and situated by the water, this property calls for a more precise presentation to appeal to its target demographics; so that’s what we did.  It sold in 72 hours at full asking price.

Well, that’s my round up for the year.  Designing, decorating and staging some wonderful spaces for wonderful people. Enjoy the rest of your 2018 and we look forward to working with and serving you better in 2019! Let us help you maximize your home’s full potential and enhance the way you live; because coming home is one of the most beautiful things.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know more about Red and Redesign4more.

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As a professional interior stylist and decorator, believe me when I say details really do matter when it comes to decorating and styling.  Some people may have a great eye for decorating and design, but this is more on the side of those who can’t do anything without consulting on Pinterest boards before making any decorating changes.

I’ve compiled some of my decorating and styling secrets to help you with all your decorating needs. Use these tips in your own home and make it just as impressive as your favorite HGTV home reveals.

1. MEASURE 

When furniture shopping, measure your space. Twice. Furniture pieces always look small in the stores because of its wide open space and high ceiling. Always measure first to avoid surprises and the hassle of returning it.

2. THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE

Start your living room furniture plan with the best seat in the room and work from there. You might want to create one or several conversation areas in the large living room for example.

3. THE HANG-UP

Artwork hung over a mantel should have the same or similar width as the fireplace opening but not wider. For artwork behind the sofa, the general rule is at least 75% of the size of the furniture.  I’ve found that 63″ from the floor is the perfect viewing height.

4. YOU NEED BLACK

Every room needs a little touch of black whether it be a lamp, a cushion, your mantel or rug pattern. In combination with other hues, it can provide weight, definition relief, great style, and sophistication.  It’s like a hint of horseradish in a bland sauce – it adds the right amount of life without anyone noticing it.

5. MANTEL TALK

The guideline for galleries is to place them at 60 inches from the floor to the center of the mirror or painting. I found that the perfect amount of space between a mirror and the top of the mantle is 4″- 7″.

6. DISPLAYING COLLECTIONS

Displaying any collection, small or large, call for ruthless editing. Always ask yourself, ‘Do I love it, does it enhance my life, and can I live without it?’ Restrain calms the eye and gives everything a sense of purpose.

7. PILE ON PILLOWS

One pair of pillows always looks skimpy, use two pairs, in contrasting patterns, colors, and textures.  As a stylist and a decorator, I personally don’t do dinky accents… small pillows look like something that came with the furniture.

8. TV TALK

As a general rule, the ideal height to hang your TV screen is at the eye level when you are in viewing position. The ideal viewing distance is one and half times the size of your flat screen.

9. ON LIGHTING

Lighting is everything. It creates atmosphere, drama, and intrigue in a room. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use dimmers and to layer your lighting by using different light sources around the room.

10. MIX METALLICS

Metallic finishes already add plenty of sparkles, but the sheen will make a bigger impact in a variety of colors. I don’t know why people don’t mix gold with silver more often — they look so smart together, the key is to use a lot of both; you can’t be shy with one or the other.

11. FLOAT FURNITURE PIECES

Sofas and chairs work better if you distance them from the wall to create a greater sense of space. By pulling your seating arrangement in (even just a few inches), you instantly warm up space and create flow.

12. DIVIDE AND CONQUER

A decorative folding screen can change an entire room. Standing behind a sofa, a bed, filing an awkward corner, or dividing living-dining area– it adds instant impact.

13. PERFECT HEIGHT

The ideal height for dining room chandeliers should hang 60″to 66″ above the floor or 30″ to 35″ above the dining table.  This is the height that is perfect for function and a visual feast.

14. DINING TABLE DILEMMA

Don’t ever put a round dining table in a long, skinny, rectangular room, and vice versa- never a rectangular dining table in a square room.  Make sure you allow a minimum of 36″ of space around your dining room table to give your chairs enough room to pull back.

15. ODD NUMBERS

Another go-to trick is to arrange accessories in odd numbers. Don’t ask why this works, it just does. There is something visually pleasing about groupings of 3 or 5. To add more interest, use coffee table books or stacked magazines to vary height.

16. KEEP DISTANCE

Keep a minimum of 15″ between coffee tables and sofas.

17. PLAY WITH PATTERNS AND TEXTURE

Use texture and pattern to create areas of interest to guide the eye to particular focal points. Use bold patterns on your cushions, combine it with a similar coloured highly textured cushions, see what happens in your space. You can have a lot of fun by playing around with texture and pattern.

18. BEDROOM RULES

As a decorator, I found that a comfortable height for a bed is 23″ off the floor. And the bench at the foot of the bed should be no less than 4″ to 6″ less than the mattress width.

19. LOOK DOWN

Stylist typically use rugs to highlight a room, increase visual impact, or to create division and definition within an open-concept layout.  With that said, resist the urge to overuse rugs. It’s a fine line between just enough to over-the-top.  For pet owners, cowhide is your best floor covering- you can’t beat it, cannot hurt it.

20. A TOUCH OF COLOUR

Personally, I get bored without a touch of colour in a room.  Interesting, strong, clear colours are easier to live with in the long run than pale colours. People always think its the opposite, but in actuality, soft colours get boring quicker. Artwork is a great way to incorporate colour without commitment!

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc. Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.

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Fall is here, which means that if you’re about to put your home on the market (or if it’s still on the market since summer) then you’ll have to add an extra special touch to your property to get buyers ready to move in.  Fall is a busy season for Toronto real estate and a great time to start fresh with some inspired action and to spruce up your listing to get more buyer interest through the door!

ONLINE LISTING PHOTOS ARE A MUST

Prospective buyers start their initial search online that’s why clear and appealing photos of every room is a must to spark interest and motivate buyers to your doorstep. If your listing photos are showing poorly online or worse – you don’t have any photos at all, it’s game over. Buyers will click away to the next available listing. Hiring a professional real estate photographer is a great investment. You should also have a clear, professional and concise listing description.

SET THE STAGE

Effective staging and showcasing of a property is not just about furnishing a space, it is more than that.  Every piece of furniture and accessories should help enhance and elevate the room’s aesthetics, it should tell a story and should sell a lifestyle the buyers are looking for. Each piece of furniture or accessory should be used to motivate buyers to place an offer. Showcase every room in the house with intention, know your buyers, and use the right pieces for the right home.

REEVALUATE YOUR FURNITURE PLACEMENT

Should you have a TV in your living room? As a professional stager and interior stylist, I strongly recommend removing the TV in the living room if you can live without it for the time being. Yep, big black screens are an eyesore, especially if they’re blocking the light or detracting from a beautiful mantel, replace it with an artwork instead. It will immediately change the look and the feel of the room.  Take another look at how the furniture is positioned now that the TV isn’t there. Consider rearranging to maximize the functionality of the space. It might not be how your family uses the room, but it’ll present really well.

WHEN IN DOUBT, WORK WITH A PRO

Selling a home is not the time to experiment with your decorating skills. Some things are best left to the professionals. Styling and staging a home – particularly if you are selling in a tough market – is one of those things. Granted you can completely do a satisfactory job staging your home yourself, but especially in a competitive housing market, “satisfactory” won’t get you the best offer out there. Remember: you only have one chance to make a great first impression, so make it count.

 
RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know about Red and REDESIGN4MORE. 

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Styling and selling a home is a big job – two full-time jobs, actually. While I can certainly respect those who make every effort to do it themselves, it’s no easy task. With that said, I give props to those who know when it’s time to call a pro.

Here are six signs you need to have your stylist on speed-dial.

1. You barely have time to do your daily chores.

It’s a common scenario: you’re swamped with chores, work, and family. Now you’ve added selling a home to your to-do list. Preparing a home for resale can take days or weeks, depending on its condition. A professional stylist comes at a cost, but it’s worth the price and you’ll likely see a return on your investment – not to mention a quicker sale.

2. You have no idea that furniture rental companies exist.

You’ve opted to “make do” with your slightly outdated, somewhat worn furniture, which isn’t doing you any favours. While some existing furnishings can be used, stagers have access to a large inventory of beautiful pieces that will make your house look like a million bucks. The right furniture will highlight your home’s best features, making it an easier sale.

3. The term “vignette,” “rule of three,” or colour repetition doesn’t ring a bell.

Successful styling creates a connection between your home and potential buyers. The stylist’s job is to make them “fall in love” through decorating techniques like key furniture placement, small vignettes, and complementary colour schemes. They leave the buyer wanting more. If you don’t have a flair for this, call a stylist.

4. You have no idea who your target buyers are.

Staging your home without knowing who your potential buyer is, is like driving without knowing your destination. It’s easy to get lost. Knowing your target demographic is job one. Aside from a professional’s knowledge of the latest decorating trends, home stylists do their research before taking on any project.  They will investigate comparable homes on the market, what the housing market trends are, and how to set your home apart from the rest.

5. Your competition outshines you.

If other houses in your area are selling while yours sits on the market, call a stylist. The resale market is like a beauty contest for houses. The better the presentation, the greater its appeal to the judges – home hunters. Think of home stylists as fashion consultants for homes, who will dress it up and give it an edge.

6. Your project-management skills are lacking.

If managing many moving parts feels like juggling, call a stylist. At times, home staging requires help from third-party contractors like painters, movers, cleaners, organizers, and refinishers, depending on its condition. The process can get hectic and stressful because everybody has their own agenda, schedule and deadline to follow. And don’t forget your already hectic lifestyle. Call a professional to manage the process from start to finish.

Think of a professional stylist not as an expense, but an investment to improve your chances of a higher offer, and a faster sale.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc. Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.

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Fall is here, which means that if you’re about to put your home on the market (or if it’s still on the market since summer) then you’ll have to add an extra special touch to your property to get buyers ready to move in.  Fall is a busy season for Toronto real estate and a great time to start fresh with some inspired action and to spruce up your listing to get more buyer interest through the door!

ONLINE LISTING PHOTOS ARE A MUST

Prospective buyers start their initial search online that’s why clear and appealing photos of every room is a must to spark interest and motivate buyers to your doorstep. If your listing photos are showing poorly online or worse – you don’t have any photos at all, it’s game over. Buyers will click away to the next available listing. Hiring a professional real estate photographer is a great investment. You should also have a clear, professional and concise listing description.

SET THE STAGE

Effective staging and showcasing of a property is not just about furnishing a space, it is more than that.  Every piece of furniture and accessories should help enhance and elevate the room’s aesthetics, it should tell a story and should sell a lifestyle the buyers are looking for. Each piece of furniture or accessory should be used to motivate buyers to place an offer. Stage the house with intention, know your buyers and use the right pieces for the right home.

REEVALUATE YOUR FURNITURE PLACEMENT

As a professional stager and interior stylist, I strongly recommend removing the TV in the living room if you can live without it for the time being. Yep, big black screens are an eyesore, especially if they’re blocking the light or detracting from a beautiful mantel. Take another look at how the furniture is positioned now that the TV isn’t there. Consider rearranging to maximize the functionality of the space. It might not be how your family uses the room, but it’ll present really well.

WHEN IN DOUBT, WORK WITH A PRO

Did you work with a professional stager or did you stage it yourself? Some things are best left to the professionals. Styling and staging a home – particularly if you are selling in a tough market – is one of those things. Granted you can completely do a satisfactory job staging your home yourself, but especially in a competitive housing market, “satisfactory” won’t get you the best offer out there. Remember: you only have one chance to make a great first impression, so make it count.

MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS BETWEEN SHOWINGS

Dry mop to remove dust and dirt that you track in every evening. Vacuum area rugs and entryway mats daily, and keep toys at bay.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know about Red and REDESIGN4MORE. 

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Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON

From September 28 – 30, 2018 at the Toronto Fall home Show, visit RENO & DECOR booth # 1319 to have all of your Design, Decor and Renovation concerns put to rest.

As part of the Design Intervention team of RENO & DECOR, I will answer all your questions on how to showcase and merchandise your home for sale, the trend in home decor, and the things you can do to boost your home’s value when it is time to sell.

Design Intervention runs every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.

See you there!

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

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As the saying goes, it’s not just the tools in your toolbox that get the job done, it’s how you use them. Think of your furnishings as tools that, when used correctly, serve a functional, spatial and aesthetic purpose.

As a stylist and “redesigner,” I often find that the furnishings themselves aren’t the problem. Rather, it’s their arrangement that can make a home feel cramped, inefficient or just plain awkward. So, what’s the trick to proper furniture placement in your space?

Step one is to measure, then measure again. The size of your space will define the type of furnishings you’ll incorporate and how many pieces you’ll need. Time to hit the showroom? Not so fast. More measuring is essential. Furniture tends to look smaller in the store because it’s in a wide open space with a high ceiling. When you bring that L-shaped sofa home, it may take up your whole living area. Measuring before buying will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises and the hassle of returns.

Once you have an idea of size, think about function. In today’s modern, open-concept homes, a single space will need to serve many purposes. An open-concept main floor might be used as a foyer, dining area, living area, family room, and workspace. With a solid plan and the right furniture selections, this is all possible in a single space.

This is where zoning comes into play. Think about creating several intimate conversation areas, achieved through colour and some strategic elements. One or two chairs, a side table, a great lamp and a midsize rug underfoot are all you need. As you plan the zones in your space, think about your traffic patterns. How do you walk through the room to get to an adjoining space or another zone within the room?

TIP: In a dining area, you’ll need at least three feet of space between your wall and the dining chair to allow room to pull the chair out without bumping into the wall. That said, intimacy is, of course, key to a good conversation zone. Don’t be afraid to place a couple of chairs close together and tell someone your story.

Finally, look up. Having a high ceiling makes a big difference in the overall feel of the room. If your living room is blessed with high ceilings, take full advantage of that extra space. It doesn’t give you extra seating, but it does draw the eye upward, making the room seem bigger and grander. Fill in vertical space with gallery photos or a beautiful gallery wall.

Beautiful furniture that’s improperly placed will fall flat. Redesigning a room to get that wow factor often involves a few new furniture finds coupled with your existing pieces and a well-planned perspective on how to place them.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know more about REDESIGN4MORE and Red Barrinuevo.

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