Led by internationally recognized Master Stager Joan Inglis, the multi-award-winning Carolina Spaces team provides unmatched quality in luxury home staging, model home merchandising and interior design services.
Carolina Spaces, an interior design, professional home staging, luxury home staging, and model home merchandising firm based in Lake Wylie, SC just south of Charlotte, NC, has won "Best Of Houzz 2019 in Customer Service." Founded in 2004 by Master Accredited Staging Professional®, Joan Inglis, Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design was chosen for this award by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz® community, and was chosen from among more than 2.1 million home building, remodeling and design professionals active on Houzz®. Houzz® is the leading platform for home renovation and design.
"Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design is honored to have been awarded 'Best of Houzz' for the third year in a row. We are humbled and grateful that our commitment to quality and customer service has been recognized again by the Houzz community," said Inglis.
"Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects. We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app," said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz.
The model home design services of Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design were once again featured in the Metro Charlotte New Home Guide magazine. Our merchandising of a builder's model home in Rock Hill, SC was showcased four times in the November 2018 - January 2019 issue, including our merchandisig of the kitchen, dining and outdoor living area of the home. This included the special Builder's Report section of the magazine, as the photo displayed for Lee Lighting's "A Selection of Current Trends in Home Lighting" article was of Carolina Spaces' merchandising of the kitchen and dining area of the Rock Hill model home. The model was also highlighted as having won a Silver Award in the feature on Charlotte HBA's 2018 Parade of Homes winners.
Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design, the Charlotte region's leading interior design, model home merchandising and luxury staging firm, has closed 2018 with the addition of four new awards. These awards, all received during the fourth quarter of 2018, add to the firm's extensive list of accolades received since its inception in 2004.
The Lake Norman Home Builders Association's 15th Annual Best of the Lake Design Competition awarded Carolina Spaces with Best Residential Interior Staging of a Property $500,000 - $999,000 and Best Residential Interior Staging of a Luxury Property over $1,000,000. This is the fourth year in a row that Carolina Spaces has taken home the prize for the luxury staging over $1,000,000 category.
The International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP®) awarded Carolina Spaces with the award for Best Vacant Staging at their 2018 International Convention and Expo in Charlotte. Carolina Spaces also won the award for Best Vacant Staging in 2017. The award was given to Carolina Spaces both years over staging companies from around the world.
Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design merchandised the "Byford" model for Avencia Homes in the Riverwalk community, which was placed in the Fall 2018 Charlotte Parade of Homes. The parade judges honored this home with the Silver Award for its price category.
"We are humbled and honored that our work was recognized on the local, regional and international level in the last three months of 2018. We are excited to add these awards to our long list of accolades, which demonstrate our consistency and commitment to high-quality work with high-quality service that generates high-quality results," said Joan Inglis, Founder, Owner and Lead Designer.
Carolina Spaces was featured in the article "Honoring the Best of the Best" in the January 2019 issue of Lake Norman Currents magazine. The article highlighted the winners of the 2018 Lake Norman Home Builders Association's Best of the Lake Design Competition. Carolina Spaces was awarded Best Residential Interior Staging of a Property $500,000 - $999,000, and Best Residential Interior Staging of a Luxury Property valued over $1,000,000 for the fourth year in a row.
Take one look at the 2019 Colors of the Year and you should know that anything goes!
The calming blues and greens selected by Behr, Kelly-Moore, Cloverdale, Diamond Vogel, Dutch Boy, and Glidden/PPG range from gently saturated to intense, but are tried and true.
Benjamin Moore stands firm with a soft gray - an industry standard and the choice of most new construction and homeowners planning to update with paint.
Pantone gives us a rich coral seen all spring and summer in fashions and fabrics.
Akzonoble, maker of Dulux Paint, choose Spiced Honey - a medium-golden neutral shade safe to use just about anywhere, and which makes me almost smell the spices and honey!
Pratt & Lambert’s Earthen Trail is a version of the fleshy beige-pink that’s trying to make a big comeback from the 60s. Some dated properties still display this color in wall-to-wall carpeting and paint. Do you dare?
Sherwin Williams’ dark Cavern Clay and Dunn Edwards’ darker Spice of Life are best in small doses, in rooms where there are a lot of windows and natural light.
Valspar’s 2019 selection of a dozen colors ranging from the tried-and-true neutral to pastels and jewel tones gives you a pallet to complement and contrast.
In all things paint - remember that light has a great effect on the color you’ll see. Avoid mistakes by consulting a design professional before making your color selection. Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design provides professional color consultations and offers discounts on your paint purchase. Contact us at 1-855-SPACES-5.
You've decided to sell your luxury property. You've painstakingly interviewed Realtors specializing in luxury listings, and you've carefully selected your listing agent based upon qualifications, statistics, testimonials and performance. As we discussed in a previous blog, luxury real estate requires luxury staging, so now is the time to put just as much effort into choosing a luxury home staging professional.
Do you specialize in marketing luxury listings? Exceptional properties require exceptional home staging and you must partner with a knowledgeable and experienced luxury home staging professional. As you know, home staging is a marketing tool and the quality of the home stager's work (good or bad) will convey to the property and to you! You're the best - you need the best on your team.
So how do you choose a luxury home staging professional? With HGTV and numerous staging books available, anyone can call themselves a stager and most stagers now claim to offer luxury staging services. While there are industry associations that provide training and ethical guidelines, there is no standard or test that measure's a stager's knowledge of core competencies as the staging industry in and of itself is unregulated. It is very common for stagers, even those who have undergone training, to post photos of rooms on social media sites and ask "How do I stage this?" The knowledge and service you receive from Stager A can be completely different from Stager B. You want to select the luxury home staging professional who knows exactly how to stage your property - and not hire the stager who runs to facebook pleading for instructions.
In our previous blog, we explained how luxury staging enters the realm of interior design, so in assessing a luxury staging professional's qualifications, one must look for staging as well as interior design education and affiliations. Do the credentials the stager lists require continuing education? You want someone who is up-to-date on current trends. Is your luxury staging project new construction? Then look for experience with new home sales as well as staging. Also, how many years has the luxury home stager been in business?
A luxury home staging firm that looks good on paper may not actually deliver the quality that you want, so make sure to view current luxury staged homes in person before you make a decision. Are the rooms fully furnished to show lifestyle? Is the quality of furnishings appropriate for the price-point of the home? Is the furniture new, rented, or flea market finds?
Lastly, make sure you evaluate the luxury home stager's statistics. What is their average time on the market for luxury homes in your price point? Improper staging can cause a home to linger on the market unsold. Has the luxury staging firm received any accolades for their successes? As we stated above, luxury staging enters the realm of interior design, so make sure to look for companies that have been honored for interior design as well as staging. And if your luxury staging project is new construction, look for recognition of showcase and model home projects.
Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design - based in Lake Wylie, SC just south of Charlotte, NC - is the only home staging and design firm in the Southeast with advanced knowledge and certifications in the combined industries of Real Estate, Interior Design, Luxury Home Staging, Home Staging, New Home Construction, and New Home Sales. Our name brand and high-end furnishings inventory is unsurpassed. Our list of accolades demonstrates a proven track record of success over our company's 14+ years in business. Let our luxury home staging create the exceptional environment necessary for your property's successful sale!
In all my years of preparing exceptional properties for sale, I can say one thing for certain – luxury homes require exceptional staging! Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design has won many awards for Best Luxury Staging including the 2018 LUX Life Magazine Leading Designers Award for Most Outstanding Luxury Staging – NC, a UK-based international award.
Most everyone is aware of what home staging is and how it works. While the principles are the same for staging the high-end luxury market, the process takes off in the direction of design. Luxury home buyers want to see the lifestyle they aspire to in a home - and the luxury stager needs to convey this. One cannot expect a top dollar offer for a multi-million dollar estate when the buyer is left to wander through empty, barren rooms that feel cold and uninviting. Staging is necessary to define the scale and flow of the rooms and luxury staging is needed to inspire those high-end buyers to fall in love with the home and the lifestyle it portrays. Not only must the stager have an eye for updating and details, but they must also have the experience and inventory to execute the project.
The quality of the staging furnishings installed is directly related to the buyer's perception of the home's quality. How would laminate countertops affect a high-end buyer's perception of a luxury home? The same applies for furnishings! Will a discerning buyer with expensive tastes pick up on that poor quality table that is the wrong scale? You bet! Will they notice the cheap sofa that appears to be a nice style but when they sit on it, they sink down into the broken springs on this garage sale find? All of this affects the buyer’s overall perception of the home and does nothing to create that "dream lifestyle.” Inappropriate furnishings are revolting and discourage buyers by weakening the home’s overall luxurious feel.
Lavish fabrics and linens, high-end new furniture, eye-catching new accessories and exceptional new artwork are required for luxury staging. When done correctly, luxury staging seamlessly complements the luxurious finishes within the home. Luxury staging needs to show buyers how they would live in the home if they moved in tomorrow.
At Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design, we have decades of experience providing customized staging for luxury properties. A luxury home may require made to order furnishings in a specific style and finish. We give the house what it needs. We also procure custom upholstery and customized art for our luxury stagings. Our staging helps sell luxury homes faster and for a higher sales price, even those that have languished unsold. Our awards, testimonials and statistics speak for us. Contact us at 1-855-SPACES-5 or visit CarolinaSpaces.com.
How do you choose the right luxury staging professional? Stay tuned for our next blog!
LUX Life Magazine, an international luxury lifestyle magazine, has awarded Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design with the 2018 Leading Designer Award for "Most Outstanding Luxury Staging - North Carolina."
The United Kingdom-based magazine chose the winners based on merit. Their in-house research team analyzed the past 12 months of Carolina Spaces' performance and commitment, as well as their methods, to ensure that the award went to the most deserving.
"We have scoured the design market in search of the very best, and we are proud to showcase their success in this prestigious awards programme," said Nathan Angell, Awards Coordinator.
"This international recognition was totally unexpected with no campaigning involved. We are extremely grateful and humbled to have received this prestigious award," said Joan Inglis, Carolina Spaces' founder, owner and lead designer.
"With the international recognition of our luxury home staging services, combined with inquiries from international luxury real estate firms and property owners, we are pleased to announce publicly that our model home merchandising and design services are available on the international level."
The International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP®) recently awarded Carolina Spaces and founder, owner and lead designer, Joan Inglis with "Best of Home Staging" awards in Staging Excellence and Industry Leadership for 2018. IAHSP® is the world’s largest and longest running Home Staging Industry Association.
"Carolina Spaces, founded in 2004, has a long and proven track-record of superior service and excellence in our stagings, and we are thrilled that the quality of our work has been recognized on an international level.
"It is also such an honor to be acknowledged personally for my contributions to the staging industry. From being the first Accredited Staging Professional® in the state of South Carolina, to four terms as the local Charlotte IAHSP® Chapter President, to being personally selected by The Creator of Home Staging® Barb Schwarz to receive her 2014 Barb Schwarz Staging Excellence Award, to being the current President of the IAHSP® International Board - I am truly grateful," Inglis said.
Joan Inglis, Founder and Lead Designer of Carolina Spaces - the leading home staging, model merchandising and interior design firm in North and South Carolina, was asked to provide her expertise in the August-September-October 2018 issue of the Metro Charlotte New Home Guide. Joan shared her wealth of home staging knowledge by authoring the article "The Importance of Home Staging" as featured in The Builder Report section of the magazine.
In her article, Joan explains the need to stage homes for a faster sale, the importance of using a seasoned professional with verifed references, and the amount to budget for investment in full-service professional home staging.