Every time I think of Thanksgiving my mind goes to the table. A table where family and friends gather to enjoy one another’s company and reflect on what each is grateful for. In this blog, I wanted to talk about the center of that activity, the table. So many have moved away from the “formal” dining room these days because of our busy lives and the need to have a more casual setting for a comfortable and enjoyable dinner. Well, let’s pull out all the stops and dress that table for the holiday. I’ve set my table with neutrals for a calming candlelit dinner to elevate the everyday, but not feel so over the top, you won’t feel like you’re sitting at the wrong table in the wrong home.
I have chosen to set the scene with dinnerware I purchased from Sur la Table a few years ago (Don’t worry, I got the sets just after that Thanksgiving for a screaming deal) that are a cream tone with harvest pumpkin embellished rims. Just below the dinnerware, I’ve added an inexpensive galvanized charger to keep that casually elegant look (Kirkland’s). I picked natural fiber linen napkins and a ruffled (French inspired) runner. These elements have a richer feel and texture that will leave your guests feeling like you’ve added that extra touch to their setting. Flatware was selected again from my love of “antiqued” utensils with a stone washed surface. I found these from H&M and bought what may have been a truckload (nice weight and feel to them). Add a Water goblet and wine glass to the setting and you’ve got the start to a wonderful gathering.
Let’s talk about the centerstage now. Pick a centerpiece that you feel pulls the package together. Some want minimal clutter and “things” out of the way during dinner. That’s okay, you can scale back when it comes down to serving or leave as is since it’s the bow on the gift! I used ceramic pumpkins to weave through the centerpiece as well as a few lanterns for the candlelight, placing them to not encroach on everyone’s space, but to set the scene. I added some garland woven through the items and stepped back, adjusted a little, and walked away happy.
I am sure I will adjust things again and possibly start all over, but that’s the beauty in setting your table, it’s like trying on a different outfit until you’ve found the perfect one.
Tell me what you think. What are your go-to’s when you create a tablescape?
Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want. People usually use wall art, painting, accessories, lights, greenery, and carpet to stage the home, to give potential buyers a more attractive first impression of the property.
Home staging is one of the most powerful and effective marketing strategies to sell your home fast and for top dollar. Depending on your needs, there are multiple ways for a Certified Home Stager to help you. From completely staging a vacant property to accessorizing and fluffing your existing furnishings to improve the overall look of the rooms. Home staging doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you just hire a certified home stager to give you detailed advice on what to do on your own. This is what’s known as a Home Staging Consultation. Once you’ve decided to invest in staging your home, it all starts with a consultation. But what exactly does that mean?
Maison de Campagne as an HSR Certified Home Stager and Redesigner offers what is known as the “Walk and Talk” Consultation as well as a variety of additional staging packages to help homeowners maximize the appeal of their home to potential buyers.
It all starts with a phone call or by filling out our contact form to schedule an initial discussion with our certified stager/designer (a.k.a ME!). During this initial phone conversation, I will gather some basic information about the property you’re trying to sell:
Size of the home?
Is there any furniture present?
Has it been listed already and if not how much time before going to market?
Other pertinent information
Once I have all the general information gathered and answer all the potential customer’s questions a date will be set for an in-house visit.
Prior to the in-house visit, I will perform thorough research of the neighborhood where the property is located and make notes on initial impressions of the house and any architectural features that stand out. I also look into the demographics of the area and look at comparable homes and recent sales in the area. This will help me better prepare for the in-house consultation and start developing a plan before I even set a foot on the property.
Upon arrival to the property we’ll go through friendly introductions and afterwards I like doing a quick initial walk-through of the home just to have a better idea of the layout of the house. After that quick walk-through I will sit down with the homeowner to discuss the rest of the process and get a signed release to take photos of the property for incorporation into either a written Staging Report or for inclusion into our portfolio. Once all of that is out of the way, we perform the formal walk-through with the homeowner.
During this walk-through, the owner and I will go through each room in the home, taking notes along the way. This is our chance to take a walk in the buyer’s shoes to see what kind of first impression the home would give them and observe what changes need to be made to make it more appealing to a critical buyer. I will also ask the seller questions along the way. The whole process should take about 1 ½ to 2-hour during which we address the following:
Curb Appeal – Remember first impressions mean everything and the curb appeal will be the first impressions the buyers have of your home.
Improving the flow and function of all rooms
Eliminating excess clutter and unnecessary furniture pieces
Recommended or Deferred maintenance needed
Paint color recommendations (if needed)
After Consultation and Follow-Up
Once we have completed our walk through, I will verbally review our findings with the homeowner before leaving. Depending on the findings and whether any repairs are needed I can provide a list of trade workers either we or previous customers have used in the past.
A comprehensive Home Staging Report will be issued electronically the following day summarizing everything discussed during the “Walk and Talk”. This report contains photos, recommendations for items needing attention, specific paint colors, best furniture layout for each room, items to remove or “hide” for staging purposes, along with suggestions for items to be purchased. This may include bedding or towels which will, of course, go to your new location once your house is sold. With this report, the homeowner will be able to follow the recommendations provided and stage their home successfully.
If after the “Walk and Talk”, the homeowner decides that they can’t or don’t want to stage the home themselves and need additional staging services; we can prepare a proposal based upon your home’s needs, your budget, and your time constraints. At this time, we may decide to make a more thorough examination of the home and take additional photos that will help with further staging plans. Our additional Occupied Staging package descriptions can be found here.
In addition, we offer accessory rentals to our clients who need to supplement decor items throughout their home. We will create a customized rental package based on your home’s needs with easy rental terms.
Our proposals are broken out by the staging fee or labor costs, the monthly rental accessory fee, which allows you to rent accessories from our company. If additional pieces of furniture are needed to complement or complete the staging, we will include a rental fee for these pieces as well in the proposal.
Remember home staging is a necessity when it comes to showcasing your home properly. Stand out among your competition on the market and schedule a home staging consultation with us today.
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Hello again! It’s been a bit since I posted my last blog so I will do better at keeping you in the loop on what’s going on.
I have received many inquiries as to where I purchased an art collection of botanicals showcased in a recent staging project. Here’s the great news, I did it myself, and I will walk you through the steps of creating your own collection for around $60 and a little manual labor.
My inspiration came from a beautiful collection of 6 made by Uttermost as found here on Amazon priced for well over $200.
While I loved these, I was not about to pay that much money for six framed pictures when I knew I could achieve the perfect look I wanted for much less.
Here are the Items you will need for this project with the links if you wish to shop them.
Oak Wall Frames (Only buy them when they’re half off, which is every other week) 12 x $2.99 = $35.88
Matte Frames from Amazon (Yes they’re Prime!) $19.96 for 25 mattes (you could probably hunt for less, but I found these to be of good quality)
Heavyweight Cardstock (for Printouts) at Michael’s. Don’t forget to use the 40% off one item coupon to get the cost down to $2.99
Total Shopping List Cost = $59.29 plus applicable taxes in your area
Now tell me where are you going to find a set of 12 11×14 Botanical Prints for around $60?
Once you’ve gathered all the supplies, go to this website and download the prints for an 8×10 format. I used some prints from two of her collections (links here and here). There are many others on her website to choose – so look around and find what you like best…
Select your 12 prints and print them onto the Cardstock you purchased
2. Take your frames apart, grab a damp handful of paper towels and apply a bit of the white acrylic paint to the towel and rub it in a bit. Apply the towel over the frame until you’ve reached desired washing (if the paint is too thick simply take a wet cloth and rub off excess paint) – My approach was an aged white washing effect. Once desired look is achieved set frames aside to dry and clean the glass surfaces well and carefully (those edges are not forgiving)
3. Insert glass back into frames
4. Take printout and place a piece of scotch tape on the top of the back of printout leaving a strip of the sticky tape side exposed above the printout
5. Place matte over printout slightly elevated as to not allow tape to adhere yet. Align the printout as you’d want it to appear within the matte and press the matte down allowing the tape to adhere. Gently turn the matte and attached printout over and apply another piece of tape at the bottom to ensure no movement once placed into frame
6. Place the matte and print in the frame and insert cardboard backing, press down pins to secure it within frame and install included frame mounting hardware
7. Follow steps 4 through 6 again 11 times and you’ve just created a beautiful art collection that will receive plenty of compliments and it didn’t break the bank!
This is the finished look!
I really enjoy making these types of projects and they’re perfect to stage homes since you can achieve a higher end look by a fraction of the cost. They will also look fabulous on your own home.
Let me know how yours turned out if you try them or if you have any questions along the way.
If you need a little help getting your home picture perfect or if you’ve been thinking about putting your home on the market, give us a call to see how we can help!
I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tune for more.