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Styling Your Home With Art

Trying to think of ways to create a style & personality for your home? There is no better way to do this than through the use of art. With all of the great cost effective art available through places like Home Goods or on the Internet, the choices are endless. Get creative with some of these ideas!

  • Utilize old books or calendars to get pictures that are alike in color & style to create a grouping. Cut pictures out, utilize identical colored mat board and frame with identical frames. Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s or IKEA all have excellent varieties to choose from. Hang in stacked rows of 6 or 9 or 3-5 in a line.

  • Frame a collection of items with floating frames & group them. Mementos from trips, dried flowers, feathers, leaves, wine labels or even love letters or notes will work. Use your imagination!

  • Enlarge family photos or scenic photos on canvas through all of the various stores that have the capability to do this. Walmart, Costco & loads of online sites make it easy to create your own canvas art. These can be hung framed or unframed, alone or in

  • Find a lovely piece of fabric or fabrics that coordinate with your décor to stretch & staple onto a wooden frame. Frames are available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s. Hang 1 or a grouping of  coordinating fabrics that complement your décor.

  • Create your own masterpiece! Michael’s, Meijer’s and art supply stores sell stretched canvas that you can paint yourself. Choose 3 colors that are part of your home’s palette & paint each canvas a separate color to be hung as a threesome…voila ART!

  • Art.com, icanvas.com, greatbigcanvas.com & posters.com are all great sources of framed & unframed art & prints. You can specify size, mat, frame color & frame type to individualize your art.

Once you are ready to hang your art, don’t forget the following guidelines:

  • Art above the sofa should be 1/2 to 2/3 the length of the sofa & 6-8 inches above the sofa
  • Keep in mind the subject matter of the art that you hang in each room. “Food” art would be excellent in a kitchen but not in a bedroom!
  • Hang art at eye level, which is considered on the average, to be 63” from the floor to the center of the piece of art.
Happy Styling!

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Impact Home Staging Experts began in 2004 and has since staged over 1,500 homes!  We service Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  We own all our staging inventory and have it housed in our 5,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Troy.  Staging packages range from budget to luxury homes.  Contact us today at 248-591-4290.

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Staging a bed for maximum appeal- why this neglected detail is so important

Bedrooms are often overlooked in MLS photos. Why? Two reasons:  they’re difficult to photograph if they’re on the smaller side, and many homeowners neglect to give them the attention they deserve. A lot of time and effort goes into grooming the public spaces; living room, kitchen, family room, to make sure they look their best for photos and showings. They play their part in bringing buyers in- but don’t forget who makes the decision for an offer…. the masters of the house.

It’s important for buyers to know they will have a comfortable, tranquil, sophisticated grown-up retreat; whether it’s 10×12 or 20×30 with a fireplace and balcony. Staging a bedroom doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. As in all staging, keeping things clean, open and simple goes a long way. Make sure the room is free of clutter and has a soothing color. There is no need to have the room overly-stuffed with furniture; but small or large, with a chaise lounge or only nightstands, the bed is always the focal point, and it needs to look great.

Think of the master bed and bath like a hotel suite. Upon entering, you expect something fresh and relaxing… you don’t want to think about the person who slept there before you. To achieve this:

  • Neatness counts! The bed and headboard need to be in good condition with a mattress that fits properly. You may want to consider adding a fluffy topper if it looks a bit saggy.
  • This is a good time to invest in bedding you want to take with you to your next home. If you are showing the home you still live in, put the new bed skirt on (if there is one,) have pillows in the new shams and store them in the closet. On showing days just throw the new comforter and pillows on your bed, right over your current sheets. (You can remove them at night, using your own bedding.) Having crisp new bedding makes a world of difference and gives that hotel feel.
  • In the master bath (and all bathrooms,) it’s a good idea to purchase a stack of fresh towels, to only set out for showing days. This aids in that fresh, hotel feel; and as an added bonus, you have new towels for your next place!
  • For the finishing touch- pillows! Use full, firm pillows. Nothing makes a bed sadder than limp pillows that don’t fill the shams. Be sure to iron or steam the shams and pillow cases. Don’t use too many pillows. More than 4 full sized pillows on a bed make the bed look small and too crowded for photos. 2-3 decorative throw pillows coordinating with your bedding complete the look. See below for pillow placement suggestions,

Impact Home Staging Experts can help, too!  Click here to request a consultation.

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About Us:

Impact Home Staging Experts began in 2004 and has since staged over 1,500 homes!  We service Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  We own all our staging inventory and have it housed in our 3,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Troy.  Staging packages range from Budget to Premier homes.  Contact us today at 248-591-4290!

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It’s Not All About the Inside

How do you get buyers interested in your home?  There has to be a positive emotional connection on some level when a buyer sees your home for the first time, whether it is driving by or seeing the MLS photos online.  This tool is called curb appeal.

You must make the outside of your home look the best it possibly can, as this will pull potential buyers into your home.  This is vital in the selling process.  If you can’t get the buyer into the home, how can you sell it?  What says “welcome to my home” more than an attractive and inviting outside?

All of these items need to be addressed with respect to making a home look outstanding before one even goes inside of it.

  • The grass must be green and void of weeds.  It must be cut and edged.
  • The trees must be alive and trimmed (not hanging over or touching the roof).
  • Bushes should be neat and trimmed with all dead brush removed.
  • Flowers should be watered and in neat rows or in baskets giving the home a pop of color and texture.
  • The dirt or mulch should be on the newer side and not look tired.
  • If there is room on the porch or the steps near the porch a few pots of bright flowers will look very inviting.
  • The driveway and areas leading up to the home should be stable and crack free.
  • If there are bricks or pavers they need to be power washed along with a deck if there is one.
  • The gutters should be cleaned and attached to the house.
  • Leaves and branches should be discarded from walkways and the roof.
  • Make sure you clean the windows and remove any cobwebs from the corners.
  • Make sure the front door is clean and painted if need be.
  • The address on the home should be in a visible location and the mailbox needs to be in good working condition.
  • If you do have outdoor furniture make sure it is clean and to scale for the intended area.

All of these “to dos” will pay off and help get your home sold!

Impact Home Staging Experts can help, too!  Click here to request a consultation.

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About Us:

Impact Home Staging Experts began in 2004 and has since staged over 1,500 homes!  We service Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  We own all our staging inventory and have it housed in our 3,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Troy.  Staging packages range from Budget to Premier homes.  Contact us today at 248-591-4290!

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Interior Design vs. Staging

What is Interior Design?

Interior Design involves the creation of a highly personal space that revolves around the unique needs, wants and tastes of those who live there.

What is Staging?

Staging is merchandising a product for sale and the goal is to create an impersonal atmosphere that attracts many potential buyers and doesn’t deter anyone.  It is transforming a home into something potential buyers like and want to live in.

Merchandising is an intent to please multiple taste levels and demographic profiles.  It is a communication tool that creates a lifestyle that buyers aspire to and creates an emotional connection to a house.  This helps buyers fall in love with a home.  It ultimately creates moments in the home that people respond and relate to, creating ‘future memories’ for the potential buyer.  Lastly, it creates a distraction from things in the home that need to be downplayed and keeps people moving through a house.

Each home is viewed as product available for sale.  Then the furnishings are displayed in such a way that it stimulates interest and entices ‘customers’ to make a purchase.  Similar to a retail store.

The scale and amount of furniture displayed will make small spaces look larger and large spaces warm and inviting.

When Merchandising a home here are some things to consider:

  • Demographic Assessment (Location/Price Pointe)
  • Who is the targeted buyer?
  • What are the architectural components of the property?
  • Room configuration and space planning

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About Us:

Impact Home Staging Experts began in 2004 and has since staged over 1,500 homes!  We service Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  We own all our staging inventory and have it housed in our 5,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Troy.  Staging packages range from budget to luxury homes.  Contact us today at 248-591-4290!

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Setting Up A Bar Cart

Bar carts have recognized a resurgence as a “go-to” styling & entertainment piece. Stored in the Dining Room, Living Room or Kitchen, this very versatile piece has the ability to simply be relocated into the area where the party has started. Follow the styling tips below to get your bar cart up & rolling!

The Essentials

The Bar Cart

  • Check Target, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, World Market & online for a range of styles & pricing…they are everywhere!
  • Scout out local flea markets & antique stores for vintage bar carts…add a fresh coat of gold spray paint or other metallic color to complete the update.
  • Get creative & create your own bar cart by utilizing steel or wood utility carts…anything with wheels will work.

 Glassware

  • Think sets of 4, such as 4 wine glasses, 4 champagne glasses, 4 pilsner glasses, 4 martini glasses. 2 sets are even better if you have the room. Line them up in similar groups.

Tools

  • Martini shakers, a stylish ice bucket & an interesting corkscrew add to the credibility.

Decanters & Bottles

  • 2 or 3 decorative glass decanters add sophistication. A grouping of glass decorative bottles & a row of identical mixers, i.e. Bottled Pellagrino, are a nice touch.

Add one “green” item

  • You can never go wrong with a vase of fresh flowers
  • A medium sized live plant or succulent arrangement will also add that “living element”

 Decorative pieces

  • Complementary decorative pieces that blend with the style of the bar cart will pull the entire look together.
  • Table clocks, a framed piece of art or books on mixology can all work to complete the look

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About Us:

Impact Home Staging Experts began in 2004 and has since staged over 1,500 homes!  We service Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  We own all our staging inventory and have it housed in our 3,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Troy.  Staging packages range from Budget to Premier homes.  Contact us today at 248-591-4290!

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If Lower Priced Homes Are Selling, Why Stage?

The housing market is finally healthy again, and sellers are competing for buyers so getting an “edge” matters.  Staging shows the property in the best possible light and sellers can get top dollar and get several offers.  Even in a strong market, deals fall apart but when you are fortunate enough to have multiple offers, there is another opportunity.  There are at least 15 reasons to stage, regardless of the status of the market:

  1. You will increase the likelihood of a sale.
  2. Gives the impression of a well-maintained home.
  3. You get a head start on packing.
  4. Helps justify the asking price. (Still have to determine market value.)
  5. Will make your home feel larger and there will be a flow to the home which makes sense.
  6. Suddenly, every room has a purpose.  With the trend on “open concept” buyers often times have a difficult time defining the space.
  7. Helps buyers see themselves living in the space.
  8. It puts your house above the competition; it helps create a buyer’s market.
  9. Buyers will have a good first impression.
  10. Staging reduces out of pocket costs for cash-strapped buyers.
  11. Buyers can have their housewarming party earlier.
  12. You get the buyer’s agent on your side.
  13. A must-see home will bring in more buyers.  Word travels quickly amongst realtors, good and bad.
  14. You will enjoy living in your home.
  15. You get great ideas for how to arrange your furniture in the space.

It is a win/win for all involved in the selling process.  Chances are likely that your staged home will sell quicker than if it is not staged.

Impact Home Staging Experts will preview your property, decide what and how furniture will be used, choose a color scheme, pick the merchandise, deliver and place it in your home, and leave it on site.  Call us at (248) 591-429 for a staging quote.

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About Us:

Impact Home Staging Experts began in 2004 and has since staged over 1,500 homes!  We service Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  We own all our staging inventory and have it housed in our 3,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Troy.  Staging packages range from Budget to Premier homes.  Contact us today at 248-591-4290!

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Impact Home Staging Experts by Darla Rowley - 11M ago
Kitchen Trends

We know that a majority of our time at home is spent in the kitchen.  It is the hub, if you will, in the house.  When friends and families visit, the kitchen is usually the gathering spot.  Having said that it’s important to keep it current and comfortable.

The white kitchen is still very trendy and desirable. Let us share some new looks to add to it.

  • As it pertains to paint choices, the grays are the new white, even blue tones are hot.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix up the hardware: use golds, copper and pewters.
  • Large islands are still very in and practical.  Often, they have a sink and enough eating space for 3 to 4 bar stools if there is an overhang.
  • Countertops are not just speckled granite but rather quartz and concrete.
  • The lighting is anywhere from huge pendants over the islands to smaller vintage glass pendants.  These make a huge impact and are considered to be statement pieces.
  • The backsplash choices are extensive and include the following: patterned subway tiles, reclaimed wood, embossed concrete, marble mosaic, metallic, volcanic rock and etched glass.
  • There are many options for flooring including bamboo wood floors, which are much more cost-effective than other hardwoods.  Because it grows so quickly, bamboo is one of the most renewable wood materials on the planet.  In addition, there is a rubber-cork floor which is not only comfortable to stand on but also easy to clean and is not slippery.  There is also a luxury vinyl, which looks very similar to real wood and comes in a variety of colors and variations.
  • Use colorful art even if it is not kitchen themed.  It is important to make this area enjoyable and welcoming.

We would love to be a part of your project!

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Impact Home Staging Experts began in 2004 and has since staged over 1,500 homes!  We service Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  We own all our staging inventory and have it housed in our 3,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Troy.  Staging packages range from Budget to Premier homes.  Contact us today at 248-591-4290!

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