We have been working with different Home Builder’s, Realtors, & Homeowners on their staging projects. One of our more recent staging projects consisted of staging a spec house for a home builder. We selected furniture pieces for this house and brought in accessories and artwork for the house. Staging vacant spec houses can really make a big difference in the visual appearance of the house and improve its prospects for sale. Some people walk into a new home that is for sale that has no furniture or accessories in it and can’t visualize what the space would look like with furniture and accessories. To them it just looks blank and bare, and not worth the money being asked. I have heard this time and time again from home builders and realtors. If you are Home Builder, Realtor, or homeowner that has a home that is vacant you may really want to consider staging the house to get it sold more quickly. Here are a few before and after photos of the spec house we staged to help give you an idea of how staging can really make all the difference in the world!
Monthly Archives: October 2014
Decorating for Halloween can be quite challenging at times with all of the spooky inspired decor and accessories out there. If you are not wanting to turn your home into a Haunted House or if you are not the Adams Family, but you till want to deccorate for Halloween, then maybe less is better. You could try taking a more minimalist approach to Halloween decorating. Here are few decorating ideas to help you turn your house into a beautifully decorated space this Halloween, rather than a spooky one!
Fall is such a beautiful time of year. It is one of my favorite seasons, especially one of my favorite seasons to decorate for. Have you gotten all of your fall decorating done? If not, here are a few fall ideas you might just “fall” in love with. There is still time to decorate before the cold winter months are upon us.
This beautifully decorated front porch is a great fall look. It may not be the most simple look, but it sure is eye-catching. I love how cornstalks were used to tie around the pillars, the tower of pumpkins in different colors, the large and small mums to give some varying degrees of heighth, and of course the fall wreath! This is a very sophisticated look all while encompassing the beautiful colors of fall.
I have been seen a lot of white pumpkins this season. White pumpkins can give you a new and different look than just the traditional orange pumpkins. These white pumpkins are chic, fun, and sophisticated. Try lining all of the same size pumpkins on your staircase or arranging them on your buffet or dinner table. Any way you use them, you will create a statement at your fall event!
Another great way to decorate outside your home is by lining your driveway with fall decor. Try placing mums, pumpkins, and hay bales in varying sizes and colors in small vignettes to create a beautiful entry to your home!
A fun way to get away from the traditional orange pumpkins is by using metallic paint to paint your pumpkins. This will give your pumpkins a shiny finish and highlight their ridges and curves. Then, place these pumpkins inside or outside your home to create a fun, fresh, and new look!
Currently we are working with a client in Des Moines on selecting paint colors for the interior and exterior of her home and getting those areas painted. So, what better thing to blog on than paint! Have you ever wondered what the difference is between paints and paint finishes? Well, I am here to explain!
Painting can change the whole look of a room from it’s dreary usual to something new and exciting. There are 2 common types of paint: latex paints and oil based paints. Latex paints work best when painting walls and ceilings. It dries more quickly than an oil based paint and adheres better because it contains acrylic. Latex paints can be cleaned up with soap and water. Oil-based paints are more durable and provide a smoother finish than latex paints. It is best used when painting trim work, cabinets and furniture. Oil based paints can crack and yellow overtime. And, a paint thinner is needed to clean up any oil based paint drippings.
Before painting unfinished, previously painted, or spackled walls, a primer needs to be used. Typically, if you are going to use a latex-based paint you will want to use a latex-based primer and if you are using an oil-based paint you will want to use an oil based primer. Priming the walls will help seal them and provide a base for the paint to adhere too.
When selecting what sheen of paint to be used you need to consider the practicality and aesthetics of each type:
Flat: Has little or no sheen. It will help hide imperfections but can be damaged more easily when compared to other types of paint finishes. It has a smooth finish and should be used in areas where there is not a lot of traffic.
Eggshell: Has a velvety sheen and is more durable than a flat sheen. It is also a lot easier to clean than a flat sheen.
Satin: Has a pearl-like finish and is stain resistant. It is a popular paint finish. It is good to use for bathrooms, kitchens, and high-traffic areas.
Semigloss: Is very sleek and durable. It is stain resistant and very easy to clean. It is good for doors, windows, and trim.
Gloss: Is the most durable and is the easiest to clean. It is good for trim, cabinets, and molding.
It is also important to select the right tools when painting. The primer or first coat should be done with a brush, roller, or pad. If painting with a flat paint, a brush, roller, pad, or sprayer should be used. If painting with an eggshell paint, a brush, roller, or pad should be used. If painting with a gloss finish, it is best to use a brush. When selecting the brush type, be sure to choose a nylon-bristle brush for latex paint and a brush with natural bristles for oil-based paint. Soap and water can be used to clean brushes used for latex paint. Paint thinner is needed to clean brushes that have been used for an oil based paint.