Home Frosting is Tampa Bay’s premier luxury home staging and interior design company. Karen Post is the Founder, President, and Chief Creative Officer of Home Frosting. In this blog you will find Our top luxury home staging tips which can help you do the same.
Most creatives, interior designers, home stagers and entrepreneurs have their go-to places for inspiration. These tools of the trade feed our minds with fresh ideas and resources to create not only beautiful spaces, but places that add to the quality of our lives.
Inspiration at Home Frosting comes from everything around us, what we experience and what we see. We also depend on the writers and design experts from our favorite publications. These diverse point of views on home style, decoration, home furnishings, art and design trends keep us current and challenging the status quo to create in the best design solution for the project.
Whether we are home staging for home seller or planning an interior for a home dweller, here’s our list of favorites design magazines. We didn’t number or rank them, because we are equal fans to all.
Expand your knowledge of home design and decor, check them out, and start to follow them in your social media channels. You will love the energy, talent and take-a-ways.
Check out Part 2 of Home decor trends on Daytime TV with Cyndi Edwards The Home Frosting team had another fun adventure at NBC studio in Tampa. We shared more hot trends straight from High Point Furniture Market.
If you missed the first segment, check out “In the News” to see all TV and print coverage on Tampa’s premier home staging and home design company. In this segment we covered three great looks for your home decor.
The curves have it.
Feminine influence is everywhere in today’s well appointed, on trend homes. Big circles in patterns, soft and round edges are important trend in furnishings, accessories and accent pieces.
Room salad – delicious!
Green is fresh, happy and living in all the best dressed rooms. From Art to rugs and sofas, you’ll see all tones and shades from lime to emerald to sage.
How your room looks impacts how you feel. This season comfy fabrics, calm colors and feel good textures are found in every corner. Rich leather, velvet and suede can transform even a stressful day into your feel good sanctuary.
Our new favorite product is a line of removable and re positionable wall paper. It’s call Tempaper. These dramatic interior wall statements don’t demand a long-term commitment. The self-adhesive temporary modern wallpapers are easy to remove as to apply, reposition, or replace, Tempaper temporary wallpapers comprise an extensive range of contemporary motifs that includes exquisitely detailed florals and striking geometrics and are available through Home Frosting Shop (coming soon).
REALITY – Current buyer expectations are higher than ever
As consumers and home buyers we are exposed to so many more beautiful home decor and design images than ever before. This elevated design sensibility come from social media to magazines to home improvement shows on HGTV. Dated, listings with bad photos and unstaged homes get less showings than professionally prepped listings. Here are a few simple tips from the Home Frosting’s Tampa team of home stagers.
* Cap dated light fixtures: chandeliers and ceiling fans
* Use glass tables to make any room feel larger
* Layer mirrors & accessories to fill space, add style and make space feel larger
* Add greenery to add life to a space
* Install light colored area rugs and furniture to tone down red/orange tinted floors
Augmenting some of the home seller’s furniture, Home Frosting staged this traditional home with an on-trend transitional decor style ultimately transforming the style and function of this space. Thank you Lynn Richey of Sotheby’s International for adding Home Frosting to the team. To see more detail on this gorgeous lakeview home watch the video here.
As an interior designers and home stagers, the Tampa-based Home Frosting team finds inspiration and stays current on the home decor trends and new materials by attending the High Point furniture market in High North Carolina. It’s always an exciting time.
As a regular guest on Daytime, the nationally syndicated TV show, Karen Post, design expert and her team were invited to share the top take aways from our recent trip. Big thanks to Home Frosting’s Lyndsey, Suzanne and Candace for their help in making this segment possible.
Watch the segment (part 1) with Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli, click here. To see previous segments go to our Home Frosting Youtube channel or click here.
Interested in purchasing any items you see, email Karen. Below you find more detail on products featured too.
Top home decor trends recap 1) Cosmic chic –Astronomic influence lands in homes this season Look for high-tech, contemporary, smart homes and spaces
Out-of-this-world home decor elements are a common style in new home decor products. From iridescent surfaces, stones, mixed metals, starburst shapes. Important colors are celestial blue and violets. This futuristic vibe is reflected with orbital lighting, night sky accent walls and a totally intergalactic look.
Black modern Jetson chair – $99
47x 30 Navy and black abstract art -$437
Velvet and iridescent throw pillows- $25 each
Orbit decor table trees-$20 each
Navy leather and gold tray-$35
Silver hammered round coffee table-$200
Gray and white carpet tiles- call for pricing
Navy vase and single stem tropical-$35
Navy and gold vase-$26
Silver and brass floor lamp -$160
2) Living Coral is the 2019 color of the year Pantone is the international color authority. Every year they name a special color that reflects culture, fashion and home decor. This year’s color, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral, is an animating shade of orange with a golden undertone, which symbols the warmth, nourishment, and shelter of coral reefs to sea life. Pantone notes that this year’s selection symbolizes an “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits”.
How you will see living coral in all the right spaces this year
BOHO bold- It’s fun, eclectic, hippy and happy. Anything goes, mix chunky woven fibers, wicker accents, fringe and all shades of coral color. Expand your BOHO style kaleidoscope with pops of purple, ballerina blush and orange.
Coral floral original art – $499
Woven accent rug-$20
Color accent vase-$25
White rolling cart-$49
Coral- place mats-$6 each
Boho coral pillow-$35
Distressed accent table-$
Navy and brass large vase- $43
Green foliage spheres-$10 each
Dress it up Framed modern art print – $303
Navy velvet square ottoman -$85
Gold square tray-$30
Coral velvet and stripped throw pillows- $30 each
Coral vase and white floral-$20 each
3) Metal mash up Mix silver, brass, gold and copper to give your space just the right sparkle. Tone is down with white accents or intensify the edge with dark rich black and gray accents.
36×36 original art- $600
28×28 Gold mirror-$100
Silver scoop vase-$37
Gold and faux sheep skin bar stools-$173
Black velvet stool-$129
Look for part 2 of Top home decor trend for 2019 soon. Need help updating your living space, or need to stage your home, give Karen a call.
REALITY – Showing ideal room function and layout is key
Just because the former home owner had rooms used and set up for one function, does not mean that way is the best way to present the space to stage and sell a home.
* Create lifestyle-appealing areas that leverage the home’s best features
* Show the prospect where TVs and art work can be placed
* Remove small dated and old TVs – outdated technology sends a signal that everything in the home dated
* Add greenery to add life to a space
* Never place big furniture in a natural walk way or close to a doorway
Home Frosting transformed this 10,000 square foot home not only in decor, but in room function. Formal dining rooms used to be popular in older homes with sectioned off space. Today’s popularity of the open floor concept, large entertainment spaces with a great view of the lake are more appealing to the modern day buyer. In our next success tip, we will show you how we transformed the formal dining room into a functional cozy family TV room.
Do you have a home than needs some fresh ideas to get it ready to sell? We’d love learn more about it. Email Karen@homefrosting.com.
Home Frosting had an extra special Halloween celebration this year with James and Connie Ramos’ REMAX team. There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with a group of high producing Realtors and some sweet home staging cupcakes. Thank you Candace, Lyndsey, Suzanne for all you do.
Taylor Trayner, marketing manager and her Remax colleague did a great job of playing James and Connie in their super styling way.
Home Frosting, Tampa’s premier luxury home staging and interior design company hosted Remax Bay to Bay Halloween party. What a wonderful day! Met the awesome 7-office operation and the 50 agents that sell homes throughout Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. A very impressive and fun group.
James and Kristina from the Riverview office talk shop, the booming economy and all the hats a Realtor wears.
Days before the party, we taped James Ramos’ Move with Me Podcast on itunes – The Secret to Successful Staging listen to it here
REALITY – Today’s buyers want an aspirational, new home
For all price points, this means a listing needs to feel as upscale and luxurious as possible which can be achieved by using some simple design secrets in the home preparation. Watch the video below for ideas.
* Lose the clutter, create an art gallery feel, not a flea market
* Repurpose items with spray paint: lamps, picture frames and accent pieces
* Introduce pops of color to add energy to any room
* Bring in metallics: gold, silver and copper in furniture and accessories
* Use larger, but fewer, pieces of art and accessories
WFLA 10118 Karen Post, Home Frosting Luxury on a budget - YouTube
September – October is a great time to list your home.
Conventional thinking suggests the spring or summer is the best time to list your home. To the contrary, the fall is an excellent time to list your home for sale. According GTAR, https://tamparealtors.orgin December 2017, 1200 homes priced over $300,000 sold.
In Tampa Bay market actual statistics show listings are at an annual low in September, this can mean fewer choices for buyers, giving home seller more buyer interest.
With 75 to 80 days of normalcy, before the holidays, September – October is a great time to list your home. People sell homes in every month of the year.
Vacations are done, kids are back in school, the weather starts cooling down and interest rates are still attractive. All making it a ripe environment to sell a home. Should you want to sell your home and need a Realtor referral, please Home Frosting works with top Realtors and will be happy to provide you names and contact info. As you get ready to list your home, consider these ways to get your home sold fast and for the highest price.
5 tips to get a home sold fast and for the highest price Critical secrets from a home staging pro who has seen these simple actions make huge difference
Painting will boost your home’s value Painting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways that can help to increase a home’s value. Painting the interior results in a 107 percent on the return on investment (ROI), and painting the exterior leads to a 55 percent ROI, according to aHomeGain Top DIY Home Improvements for Seller survey.
De cluttering makes a home feel larger Less is more when presenting a home to new buyers. Removing excess furniture, décor, capping ceiling fans and eliminating small items will make a home feel more spacious and upscale. Many non profit organizations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army will come pick up your stuff too.
Well-lit and bright homes put prospects in a happier, relaxed mood Adding light and white elements (from pillows to towels to window panels) to a home’s presentation makes a difference. Ensuring there is adequate lighting in all rooms is also key. If rooms feel dark, add table and floor lamps to brighten them and remove heavy window treatments.
Staging a few rooms makes helps prospects visualize the full potential of a home and they can see themselves living there New home buyers often can’t get past the current owner’s style and belongings. Staging a few rooms is an effective way to make a listing feel more aspirational and show a lifestyle. National Realtors Associations found that over half of all seller’s agents believe staging increased the value of home by 3-20% and staged verses un staged homes. Staged homes verses un staged homes sell 88% faster.
Online photos are your listing’s first impression and best friend, make them great Today’s consumers shop online first and have much higher visual expectations due to the digital marketing world and the popularity of home improvement TV shows and magazines. Bad photos won’t get your home noticed. Professional photos will increase your opportunities to showcase the homes and its best features.
Still not sure when to list?
Advantages to listing your home in September
The highest volume closing month for six months is December.
December closings typically go Under Contract between Mid-September thru Late-October.
New Listings historically dip in September, so there are fewer fresh looks on-line than normal.
Buy listing in September, you will be flagged as a new listing and will catch the peak showings just as more additional buyers are entering the market than usual.
REALITY – Older homes compete with new construction alternatives.
Home staging can be the solution. Many buyers see major renovations as a more expensive and stressful process than they want. Making a home feel as move in ready as possible, with professional home staging can be a game changer.
Home Staging TIPS
* Paint or remove excess ceiling fans – makes rooms feel larger
* Paint a neutral color – projects a bright and fresh impression
* Add light colored area rugs – distracts from floors
* Stage with on-trend furnishings – feels updated
* Make sure the house smells clean and fresh – bad scents sends a negative message
Another sweet success story
This Clearwater waterfront home, pictured above, was listed and de-listed multiple times over the course of a couple years with no offers. Once improvements were made and it was staged by Home Frosting, the listings showings increased, and it’s now SOLD!