My name is Jaculin Dodson and in late 2015 I started Peony Property Staging. I am a mother of two, currently a FIFO wife and along with a love of interiors, architecture and real estate I really love helping people when they are selling the biggest asset they own, their home.
As the temperature drops outside, it is even more important to create warmth in your home when it goes onto the property market. There are a couple of different things you can do to ensure that your visitors are welcomed with some winter warmth!
On a day when it is a bit grey outside, make sure that you have all your lights on. Use strategically placed lamps to increase the light in your property and open all of the window coverings. Consider changing your light globes as well – winter is a great time to switch out the cool globes to warm ones.
If you have a working fireplace, it is a great idea to light it up! Not only will it physically warm the property up, it also creates a wonderful ambience and feeling within home, while showing that it is more than a feature piece. There is nothing better than a cozy fireplace on a dreary winter day. Don’t despair if you don’t have a fire, just make sure you put the heaters on for your real estate agent before the open house. Remember to turn them off once your agent arrives.
A great way to add some warmth in a house is by layering textures. We have mentioned it before, heavy knit throws, faux fur and velvets are a wonderful way to add cosiness to your property this time of the year. Use these textures in your living spaces and bedrooms.
Take a leaf from the Scandinavians this time of year and inject some cosiness into your home. Try a beautiful reading nook. Use items like textured throws, cushions, a side table and some greenery. In fact the Danes are so good at this that they have a name for it, Hygge. If you want to read more on the Danish concept of Hygge check out our blog from last year. They really understand the need to cosy things up when the weather outside is cold. Click here – http://www.peonystaging.com.au/2017/08/hygge-what-is-it-and-how-to-embrace-it/
Decluttering is the first step in creating a beautifully staged space. Not only does clearing out space minimise your visual ‘margin of error’ and reduce the amount of maintenance that your space needs, there are a number of psychological benefits to streamlining what you have in your home.
An organised space will boost your energy levels, increase your productivity and cultivate a feel-good vibe for not only your guests, but you as well. You know what they say – Calm attracts calm.
So where to begin? Usually when we think of decluttering our home, we start with the visible, communal areas of the home. However, in the quest to make these areas picture perfect, we often neglect our personal, private spaces (i.e. the bedroom).
With clothes strewn around after every outfit change and a wardrobe stuffed full to bursting, it’s a little less than picture perfect in there. Which leads us to the first part to our decluttering series: The Wardrobe.
Here’s what to look out for when decluttering the Wardrobe:
1. Clothes that don’t fit.
If you’re holding on to clothes that are too small for you, especially in the hope that they will be aspirational and fit you ‘one day’, you’re really holding on to shame and judgement about your body. Let’s have some real talk. Clothing that’s too big for you won’t flatter your body and is just taking up space. You deserve clothing that fits you, flatters you and makes you feel like a million bucks!
2. Clothes that are damaged.
Say bye to clothing with holes, are out of shape or that are faded. Ask yourself why you would allow yourself to wear clothes that are in such a state? Love yourself, treat yourself, you deserve better. Throw it in the bin or repurpose as an old rag for the next car wash.
3. New clothes that you don’t wear.
Cupboard stocked full of clothes with tags still on it? Can’t throw it out because it’s never even been worn? Sure you’ll eventually find an occasion for that skin tight leopard print maxi you bought on a whim? You’re clinging to guilt for buying something that doesn’t suit you, so instead of throwing these out, donate it to charity or hand pick a friend or family member who will LOVE it and change that money mindset!
4. Stretched out, holey, granny undies.
Underwear you’ve had since the 10th grade has no place in your grown up, adult wardrobe. Confidence starts from the inside out and you deserve your whole wardrobe (including the bits that nobody sees) to be a reflection of your self image.
Marie Kondo’s (author of the cult favourite ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’) ‘KonMarie’ method of decluttering focuses on only keeping things that bring you joy. Be aware of the emotions attached to the contents of your wardrobe, throw out anything that brings you feelings of shame, guilt or sadness. Give yourself a fashion show, try things on and have fun revisiting the joy that clothes that fit, flatter and that you love bring in to your space.
It doesn’t have to be daunting to de-clutter, breaking it down into manageable steps can keep you sane and on track to a beautifully tidy home.
Stay tuned for our next blog under 101 to Decluttering: to sell or to donate, and good luck tackling your wardrobe!
As surely as the trends change, so does the weather, and the transition from Winter to Spring is no exception.
A slight contrast to our previous blog of all things Hygge, where we introduced elements to combat those cold, long, rainy days; this blog will explore how you can welcome the opportunity to bring the serenity, beauty and tranquillity of the outside into your home, in one of our most favourite seasons, Spring.
2017 Colour of the Year: Greenery
The global authority of colour, also known as Pantone announced at the beginning of this year, that the “2017 Colour of the Year” is ‘Greenery’ – also described as a “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew”.
Well – there is simply no better time than to incorporate this soothing colour of the year than now.
Introducing this soft-toned green into some accent pieces in your room is a sure-fire way to chase away the winter blues. The colour signifies nature, is a shade that lifts your spirits while bringing a sense of revitalisation at the same time. Read more about our post earlier this year about this colour here.
A pop of colour
Pinks and pastels
Soft hues, soothing tones and pastels continue to be relevant this season. But for those of you looking for a little something extra, try incorporating pastel pink! The contrasting accents of blends of pastel pink intertwined with plants or greenery will instantly make a room lively, charming and tasteful.
The season of Spring is a celebration of nature’s candy, also known as flowers. So if you’re reluctant to let go of your winter velvets and textures, try incorporating a dash of floral into the home. A cushion or piece of artwork can introduce some interest and texture into any room. Get creative. Instead of a cushion with a flower detail, why not find your favourite flower, and display it pressed in a small photo frame?
Artwork, paintings or photo frames are a great way to keep on trend without the need to replace larger furnishings. It adds a lively and vibrant touch to the home, personality and character, and is also the perfect fix to bringing your house up-to-date for the season, especially if it’s on the market.
This Spring, take full control over your room’s colour story, and invite nature, character, and welcome a vibrant change into your house or home through adopting some of our tips.
When it comes to selling a home, small rooms in a house can be a big problem for a buyer when determining whether a home is right for them. While you can’t easily change the actual square footage of a small room, applying the below tips will be key to helping you maximize your room’s potential, making it look functional, appear bigger and more appealing.
Use Proportional Furniture
A small room doesn’t mean small furniture, but it does mean that you need to be more aware of proportions. Limit the bed size (if in doubt, go one size down) to not dominate the bedroom. We want to have the illusion that the room is roomy, not crowded and swings freely. Remove any excess furniture in the room, and ensure there is enough space for people to be able to walk around the room.
When dealing with a smaller room, you are limited to the amount of area you get to work with. To make up for it, use vertical space to draw attention upwards. Tall pieces of furniture with long high legs and built-in shelves allow the eye to be drawn up without wasting floor space. We want to see as much of the flooring as possible, so avoid floor covering if possible.
Cut the Clutter
Clutter is a small room’s worst enemy. Limit objects in small rooms to the essentials, either removing or storing personal items into hidden storage areas, and limit unnecessary decorations.
Use a Light Palette
Lighter colours, like pastels, neutrals, and shades of white, provide a more open and airy sense, which all collectively help to enlarge a space. Limit bold colours or large prints as they do tend to absorb and deflect light.
Mirror Mirror, On The Wall
Mirrors are one the ultimate antidote when decorating a small bedroom for it evokes a feeling of spaciousness. Use them to reflect light, natural or otherwise, and create the illusion of more space.