3 Tips for Decorating Your Office for Home Staging

The home office: The most cluttered and disorganized room in your house may tempt you to just close the door when showing around potential home buyers. You had the best of intentions when you converted that extra building into your office, but it rarely stayed clean and it was subjected to your ideas of organized chaos. But walk-throughs of your for-sale home are not going to avoid the office space just because it’s messy, they are going to view it anyway, and therefore it is up to you to stage it to best sell your house.

Furniture

Keep the furniture simple and ergonomically designed. Your desk, chair, computer, and keyboard should be positioned to look comfortable, but also functional. Keep the surfaces clutter-free by using organizers and proper storage systems. The craziness may work for your own time, but for your potential buyers it just looks messy and detracts from the overall quality of the room. Simple furniture and clear counters also highlight the size of the room, making a big room look even larger and a small room look spacious.

Lighting

Home buyers always look for sources of natural light, so enhance any windows with decorative window treatments. If the office doesn’t have any windows, install a source of overhead light. Add one or two other light sources such as floor lamps and a desk lamp near the computer.  Stores carry a variety of fixture styles, so make sure that the light fixtures tie in with the style of your furniture.

Wall Art

Filling empty wall space with family photos or artwork will add a personal touch to the office. But as with any wall décor, there is a balance. Arrange one or two pictures in a frame on the desk and then add a few to a long wall to break up any emptiness. Beware of overloading your side surfaces; a wall can become just as cluttered as a desk.

With a coordinating theme and style of decorating used consistently through the room, the home office can be a highlight of a house showing. But neglecting to put the same effort into the office as you put into the rest of the house can be detrimental to your possible offers.

What is your Decorating Personality?

Take the following quiz from Bernhardt Furniture to see if you prefer traditional, country, eclectic, or contemporary furnishings. Do not be surprised if your answers include more than one style.

Which colors do you prefer for the living room or bedroom?

A-    Rich deep reds and greens, berry, carmel, tans

B-    Soft muted reds and blues, earthy browns

C-    Vibrant blues, yellows, reds, greens, white

D-    Off white, black, sienna brown

Your favorite fabrics include:

A-    Damasks, silk brocade, and chintz

B-    Patchwork, gingham, and floral mini- prints

C-    Plaids, prints, and textured colors

D-    Hand Loomed ethnic textiles

Your perfect sofa would be:

A-    A tailored sofa

B-    A plump sofa with lots of pillows

C-    A rolled arm, skirted sofa

D-    A leather modular sofa

What type of rug or carpeting do you prefer?

A-    Oriental rug

B-    Bare floors

C-    Sisal rug

D-    Wall to wall carpeting

What would you most like in your dining room?

A-    A wood sideboard with a carved marble top

B-    A pine hutch with glazed pottery

C-    A contemporary sideboard displaying a Victorian tea set

D-    A sleek buffet with clean lines and minimal hardware

Scoring: Tally your answers to find the letter you picked the most often. If you choose:

Mostly A’s

Traditional style combines period furniture , sumptuous fabrics, and rich colors that reflect good taste. Heirlooms, art and antiques, the hallmarks of traditional style, breathe luxury that defies trends and time. Traditional furniture includes such classic 18th- and 19th- century styles as Queen Anne, Chippendale and Victorian.

Mostly B’s

Country style- American, English or French- is warm, charming and unpretentious. Stripped pine, painted chests, stenciling, needlepoint pillows, and old quilts with soft, muted hues define this relaxed style. Deep, comfortable sofas in natural fabrics or flowery chintz and linen beautifully updated country decors.

Mostly C’s

Eclectic (Which literally means “Borrowing from many sources”) style integrates old and new, mixed prints, and florals, different, different types of wood finishes and also different materials, like iron  and stone. This mixture of textures, colors and patterns creates a vibrant layered look with plenty of warmth, interest and personality.

Mostly D’s

Contemporary style is sleek, stark and spacious, favoring simple uncluttered designs with clean lined and minimal detailing or trim on furniture. Some people add a touch of traditional design with deeply cushioned sofas and chairs in an otherwise spare room. The emphasis: A new vision of luxury based on high-quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship.

 

Home Staging Tips for 2012

Home staging in 2012 is going to be both exciting and challenging.  Customers are becoming increasingly design savvy and are looking for more out of their own homes and potential buyers are expecting a lot from new purchases.  Respondents of a recent Better Homes & Gardens survey revealed that there is more emphasis being placed on the style of lighting, design contrasts and a preference for the utility look expanding from kitchens through to bathroom designs.  Home buyers are looking for energy efficient properties with smart design and outdoor-indoor flow.   Discerning buyers are recognizing that outdoor spaces as equally as important as the interior design.  Check out three of my staging tips and tricks for 2012.

Making the most of furnishings- 2012 interior design trends will favor seating that is much lower to the ground.  Home furniture manufactures are debuting chairs and sofas that offer lower seating arrangements than standard products.  Whilst this trend is growing, it’s also important to recognize that this is for all markets, especially not senior citizens.

There is also a growing trend to incorporate the industrial look into furnishings, not just kitchen and bathroom spaces.  With all shades of grey remaining favorable within interior design, it can be expected to see more yellow integrated into furniture to enhance this color pairing.  Also, rustic wooden furnishings will be popular this year.

Adding a splash of color- The accent color of 2012 is bright, bold and orange.  The Pantone Color Institute recommends the reddish orange Tangerine Tango to replace last year’s pink Honeysuckle.  This color has a lot of depth, being dramatic and simultaneously seductive and sophisticated.  It’s important to be conservative in the use of a vibrant color like this; otherwise it can overpower the surroundings.  Selecting patterned trimmings that incorporate this color will give an edge to pillows, bedspreads, or tabletop accessories.  For a more bold approach, painting an accent wall in a hallway, kitchen or entrance can create a dynamic burst of energy.

Enhancing the outdoor environment- While summer may seem far away, it isn’t too early to consider accentuating the outdoor environment.  More frequently buyers are looking for attractive outdoors spaces that can be used for relaxing and entertaining.  Staging with weatherized outdoor furniture is particularly appealing for 2012.  It’s also very import to set the scene.  For example, add wine glasses or coffee mugs to an attractive throw rug next to a lit outdoor fireplace; or strategically place outdoor plants and accent light to give a lush, welcome atmosphere.

These are just a few of the many ideas to consider for home staging in 2012. Enjoy the year and be creative with your style.

Ancient Furniture History

History

After the retreat of the last ice age, the hunter-gatherer communities of the Stone Age gradually began to acquire the skills of agriculture, and civilizations were born. No longer perpetually on the move in an endless search for food, families were able to build homes and acquire possessions. Division of labor was possible, and skilled craftsmen began to develop their trades in producing articles such as jewelry, pottery and furniture.

Ancient Furniture

Although much ancient art such as pottery and jewelry survives from the earliest civilizations, ancient furniture was mostly wooden, and has long since rotted away. Our knowledge of ancient furniture is mainly derived from scenes depicted in early art forms, such as pottery decorations and frescos. Perhaps the earliest furniture in existence is that found at Catal Huyuk in Turkey that dates from around 3000 BC.


Evidence

A valuable contribution to our knowledge of ancient furniture came from the excavation site at Akrotiri, where the Minoan city of Thera was preserved by lava from a volcanic eruption. Although the actual furniture has long since perished, it has left cavities in the larval rock. By using these cavities as moulds, archaeologists have been able to reproduce the furniture that stood in these ancient Minoan homes.

Examples

The best examples of ancient furniture still in existence are those found in the tombs of Egyptian noblemen. Egyptian furniture was placed in tombs for the use of the deceased in the afterlife, and many items are still in good condition due to the hot, dry climate and the fact that they were sealed inside the burial chambers.

Chinese

Many items of ancient Chinese furniture have also been preserved, since Chinese civilization has continued uninterrupted for thousands of years, and works of art have been treasured through the centuries.

Egyptian & Graeco Roman

Although surviving Egyptian furniture, Greek furniture and Roman furniture is rare, a lot of information is available regarding the ancient design of homes and furniture in these cultures. This is because ancient Egyptian art, Greek art, and ancient Roman art, artifacts and literature are plentiful, giving us a good idea of how these ancient people lived.

Classical Revival

Greek, Roman and Egyptian decor was the inspiration for the neoclassical furniture styles popular in Europe and America in the 18th and 19th centuries particularly the neoclassical furniture of the late Georgian era in England and also Regency Furniture.

Home Staging Training Myths Uncovered

So many people ask me what the best type of Home Staging training is and if they can really learn all they need to know in a Home Staging Training program to start a successful Home Staging business.

As a Home Staging educator, I have compiled the differences for easy evaluation between the different types of trainings available:

  • Online
  • 3 day Workshops
  • 5 Day Hands-On Private Training

Online Training is available for those who feel confident in their design aptitude and learn better from audio and visual, rather than by doing. Although many of these programs may be more affordable than a hands-on training experience, the trade off is this type of training has the least hands-on and instructor interaction. If you are a self starter, committed to finishing this type of program, this may be for you. We rate this type of training a Bronze.

Three day Workshops (24 hour trainings). You will likely learn a good amount about starting your business however, there is typically not enough time for much experiential learning and you will have little or no personal instructor interaction as these events can be quite large with upwards of 30 or 40 people. These workshops are great for people who like condensed, fast paced, hands-on learning but are not concerned about having an experiential journey, design training or personal coaching. We rate this type of training a Silver.

Five Day Courses (40 hour trainings) receive the Gold in terms of Home Staging Training. These types of courses generally produce the most skilled Home Staging Designers as they typically cover everything from business and marketing, to hands on design exercises that allow you to experience and learn the skill while receiving personal coaching and mentoring from the instructor along the way. Be sure to find a program that only accepts a handful of students to ensure your personal success. Speaking with the instructor by telephone prior to registering, will give you a good sense of how personal a journey the trainer will deliver.

In all cases, be sure to investigate thoroughly before making a decision. For more information, including the 8 things you must know before choosing a Home Staging Training Program, visit http://www.theacademyofhomestaging.com/8qs.html

Have a prosperous and joyous 2010.

Kim Kapellusch

818.726.6429

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- In field practice (over 10 hours and 3 homes)

- Personalized and individual attention (class size limited to four)
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A Home Stager works with home sellers to design an environment that buyers aspire to own. Home Stager’s can work with existing furniture or stage vacant homes, or a combination. An additional 25 design-related services that home stager’s can offer are also revealed in the Academy’s Home Staging Course.
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Our 40-hour, hands-on program is a business start-up course in which you will learn how to market and grow your own home staging business. Our experiential training caters to creative people who prefer to learn by doing, with 10 hands-on design exercises including 3 in-field staging projects. We are one of the only training companies in the country to offer field training covering the 3 key areas that are essential to effectively staging homes. This experience gives you working knowledge that just can’t be duplicated in the classroom.

 

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800.574.5576

 

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Staging Tips- Getting the sellers on board

From Everyday to Showcase –

How to Motivate your Clients to make changes

It’s no surprise that many people are feeling a bit overwhelmed by today’s Real Estate market. It’s up; it’s down, with foreclosures all around.  This is a confusing time for home sellers because a couple years ago, a good percentage of homes were selling in as little as a few weeks, some with multiple offers. In today’s market we have more inventory and ever changing interest rates.  On one hand, buyers have more choices when seeking to purchase.  On the other hand, home sellers have more competition in attracting a buyer for their home.

In both circumstances, it comes down to the home owner delivering a product that buyers are seeking. Clean, well balanced, neutral and inviting spaces that showcase all the features the home has to offer.

With so many homes having the same floor plan as the next, it is imperative that homes be designed in a manner that differentiates them from their competition. Hiring a Professional Stager works because many homeowners are not able to look at their home objectively with “buyer’s eyes”. People live in their home the way that works best for them but this is typically not the “look” buyers get excited about or make higher offers for. Staged homes statistically receive 3-10% higher offers than homes that are not staged.

So, what do I say to motivate my clients to make the needed changes?

When I am preparing a customized staging plan for home owners, I typically refer to the trends of buyers when trying to motivate a home seller that is unsure about committing to my suggestions. I am not the reason they need to make changes – the consumer who is demanding a certain level of standards is.

So here are a couple of statements that help sellers understand why they might benefit from improving the showing condition of their home:

-         Buyers are seeking move-in condition homes and willing to pay more money for them. By addressing these things now, you will appeal to a broader audience of buyers.

-         Neutralizing so buyers can envision their belongings in the space will help them form emotional attachments to your home. Emotional connections procure offers.

-         Buyers find the space easier to relate to and more valuable and relevant to their wants and needs when rooms are staged in the manner in which they are meant to be used. For example a dining room should be staged as a dining room rather than an office or play room.

-         I am here to help you sell your home faster and for more money. All of the advice I am giving you is based on increasing your bottom line.

-         By following through on these suggestions, you improve your chances for a quicker sale. If by selling faster you save at least one price reduction, you will retain several more thousand dollars of equity in this home.

-         Staging every room in your home creates a consistent look and feel. The more attractive your home is, the higher the offers people will make. Why? Because in our society, people expect that highly attractive things usually cost more and we tend to “bargain” less when something is just what we have been looking for.

For more information on staging, please visit our website at www.preparedtosellstaging.com.

Former real estate agent Kim Kapellusch has over 10 years experience staging interiors for commercial advertising, vacant and lived-in homes, model homes and personal residences.

Call Kim today with your project details and get an over-the-phone estimate.

Serving Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas - 800.574.5576
Specializing in staging lived-in and vacant homes.
A Staged Home is a Sold Home!

How to Become a Home Stager in 5 days?!

Have you always dreamed of having an exciting career in design but didn’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars and years in training?

 

Are you like me? Watching all the design shows on tv and wondering, how can I do something that is rewarding, challenging, fun, creative, and here’s the big one……….get paid for it? Preferably, enough money to make a good living…..

 

How I discovered Home Staging

 

One day, my Mom was telling me how my cousin had hired a stager to come in and stage her home for sale. She said it sold in less than 2 weeks while others in the area had been sitting for months. Many of her neighbors had taken price reductions of ten to fifteen thousand dollars per adjustment while my cousin had only spent 2,000 getting her home ready and sold in 12 days for almost full price. I was happy for my cousin, but why all the talk about home staging?

 

Then the conversation took an interesting twist. My Mom told me that my cousin was thinking about becoming a home stager and that anyone could become a stager in just 5 days of training!!!

 

Could this be true? 5 days?? I could hardly believe my ears. Could I really become a designer of homes in 5 days? Sure enough, after researching, I discovered many “schools” delivering a complete ‘business in a box’ program for home staging and never looked back.

 

Today I am a successful home stager with a school of my own located in the beautiful town of Valencia, located in northern Los Angeles County in California. I have incorporated all of the things I thought were missing from other training programs and have what I consider to be the most comprehensive home staging program available. For a fraction of the time and cost of traditional design schools, you too, can learn the craft of home staging and be paid handsomely for your professional skills that help homeowners retain as much profit for their home as possible.

 

What can you expect to learn in a Home Staging Program?

 

The investment in home staging training can save you thousands in costly business mistakes. In a good home staging program, you will learn trade secrets that take years to learn and develop, along with staging specific business and marketing essentials that enable you to start a staging business immediately upon graduation. In addition, some programs teach space planning, color theory, design essentials, and have multiple in-field exercises where you will gain invaluable design and critical thinking skills. Small class size, and a format that allows you to ask questions, is also a plus.

 

Research is the key. Many programs are 3 days instead of 5, or only have 1 in-field exercise or assume you already have a design background and gloss over this area. There are online programs as well but if you are a person that learns by doing, then reading a book or watching a video about how to be creative, rather than experiencing the actual creative process, may not be for you.

 

Click here for more information about choosing the right home staging design course for you. http://www.theacademyofhomestaging.com/8qs.html.

 

Awaken the inner designer in you and start a new career in 5 days!  

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