Monthly Archives: October 2014

Why Stage a House?

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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!

Before Living Room

Before Living Room


After Living Room

Before Kitchen

Before Kitchen


After Kitchen

Before Bedroom

Before Bedroom

After Bedroom

After Bedroom

To get more ideas or inspiration on staging please “like” or “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Houzz. And, if you are in need of a staging services, we are here to help you.  So, please,  contact us today!
Ready to begin you staging or design project?  Contact INSTYLE by Colbi today to turn your dreams into a reality! (641)226-1990 or

Have Yourself a Tasteful Decorated House this Halloween

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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!

No candy screams the word “Halloween”  more than candy corn.  Put candy corn in a glass jar and place it in any area of your home.  This decorating technique serves two purposes: (1) it serves as decoration; and (2) it provides guests something to enjoy and eat.  It does this, while encompassing a more simple and tasteful Halloween look.
Create a vignette in any area of your  home by using only black and white colors.  This will give your home a Halloween look, without all the ghouls and goblins.  You  may have some black and white accessories already in your home which you could use to create your Halloween vignette.
And, you don’t want to forget about your tablescape.  Adding some simple black, white, and autumn colored dishes to your kitchen or dining room table will dress it up and still give you a Halloween look without spooking your family and guests.  Also, place a centerpiece in the middle of your table that accents the color of your dishes and napkins.
Try adding a pop of color to your bathroom to give it a Halloween feel.  Place orange towels in any area of your bathroom to give it a simple Halloween look.
A great way to give your living room a Halloween trick or treat is by adding some orange and black throw pillows to your furniture.  And, make your fireplace mantel the focal point of the room by placing some non-spooky decorations on it, such as pumpkins and black candlestick holders. Then, to really tie the whole look of your living room together, place some pictures on the wall that encompass the Halloween colors!

 To get more ideas or inspiration on Halloween decorating please “like” or “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Houzz. And, if you are in need of Halloween decorating help, we are here for you.  So, please,  contact us today!

Ready to begin you staging or design project?  Contact INSTYLE by Colbi today to turn your dreams into a reality! (641)226-1990 or

Fall Decorating Ideas: It’s Not Too Late To Decorate!

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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!

Here are a few other fall decorating must-haves to have on hand in your home:
1. Fall Pillows & Throws: Change the look of your home for every season.
2. Candles, Plug-ins, & Sprays in warm fall scents.
3. Fall Dishes: Change your dishes out to go with the season.
4. Fall Veggies like sweet potatoes, squash, and pears to decorate your kitchen.
5. Acorns: Use them to scatter on your table or to fill up a jar.

To get more ideas or inspiration on fall decorating please “like” or “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Houzz.  And, if you are in need of fall decorating help, we are here for you.  So, please,  contact us today!

Ready to begin you staging or design project?  Contact INSTYLE by Colbi today to turn your dreams into a reality! (641)226-1990 or

All About Paint

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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.

Ready to begin your Design or Staging Project? Contact INSTYLE by Colbi today!