The Academy of Home Staging & Design is Going to Maui!

At The Academy of Home Staging & Design it has always been our mission to Empower, Educate and Motivate our Students to Design the Life they have always dreamed of.
Now we have taken it one step further, with our Brand, New Offering…
Educational, Transformational Retreats in Some of the World’s
Most Beautiful Locations
Our very first event will be on the stunning Island of Maui. Join co-founders Kim Kapellusch and Wanda Colón, for an intensive, life-changing, immersive experience to help you identify and over come the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving the business and the life, you have been dreaming of.
This retreat is perfect for Interior Designers & Home Stagers who are interested in:creating a better life and work balance collaborating with other industry peers voicing your life and business visions creating a plan and getting coaching and mentoring throughout the process (even afterwards, at 30 days, 60 days and 90 days out to make sure you are successfully following your plan) getting motivated to take your business to the next level.
Day 1
What is your vision for your life and your business? If all obstacles were removed from your path where would your dreams and imagination take you? This is the time to Dream BIG!Coaching and specially developed exercises help you discover where your true happiness and passions lie so that you can determine the ideal plan for your business/life. Focus is placed on where the business is and where you would like it to be.In the evening, we gather to celebrate a real Hawaiian tradition. Join us for a big feast, The Luau. This fun, casual setting is a great time to get to know and learn from your mentors and peers.
Day 2
What obstacles are preventing you from growing? Are there things in your past that you need to let go of, to let your new future take root? Discover what aspects need to change to bring about harmony, growth and increased productivity.Business focus is placed on productivity, profits and people. What’s working and what’s not. What needs to change, and more importantly, what’s the route to getting there. Life focus is on what limiting beliefs are you holding on to and what are the things you need to eliminate from your life. Learning how to delegate, detach and design systems and strategies to make your business part of your life and not the center of it, so you have time for yourself and the ones you love.The evening ends with exercises and activities and a guided meditation to start with a fresh canvas to create your new life.
Day 3
We begin to paint the new masterpiece that will be your new life. Uncover all the new possibilities. Breakout sessions will be facilitated followed by private coaching with Kim or Wanda to bring clarity to your new vision.Business sessions will focus on time saving software’s and inventory systems, getting started with trade vendors and inventory, hiring and firing and all the questions in between.Finish the day with wine and cheese with new friends.
Day 4
Develop the road map for your new vision and a strategic plan for your business and your life.Additional exercises help create the step-by-step road map to your new future. Share with your peers to set affirmations in motion. Celebrate new beginnings with a group brunch.
Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals, as you take the next steps to making your dreams a reality, in a gorgeous, inspiring location.
The best thing of all…you can deduct the trip as a business expense.
January 19-22 in Lahaina, Maui. (If staying longer, we recommend the road to Hana – one of the most unforgettable scenic island adventures.) This event is capped at 12 Home Staging and Interior Design Business owners to ensure individualized attention. Event coaching, Luau, continental breakfasts, wine and cheese and meditation event included.
Hotel accommodations and air fare not included.
$2950 EARLY BIRD, $3450 AFTER SEPT 1

What are you waiting for, your new life is a phone call away!
Call Today!

10 Things You Should Never Do When Staging a Home

1)If you have a lot of furniture in a space, it can overwhelm the buyer and make them feel like they can’t decorate the space their way.

2) Not removing personal items from the living room: to sell a place in a timely manner, you need to depersonalize the space so the buyer can picture their things and their family in the space

3) Don’t put furniture in front of windows or mirrors. Clear furniture from all potential pathways so buyers can visualize the space without distractions.

4) Don’t use furniture, if it is looking old or dated, It’ll just make it harder to sell the home.

5) Don’t use too many accessories. It’ll overwhelm potential buyers.

6) Don’t put paintings on a wall unless they are at eye level.

7) Don’t forget to remove any clutter from countertops, closets, rooms and the garage

8) Do not use furniture that is too large for the room

9) Do not use a heavy scent or home fragrance that will drive potential buyers away.

10) Don’t paint walls a bright color. It will wash out the space and make it look smaller.

1-800-574-5576

How to mini-flip a Property – Picking Paint

Painting is typically the most cost effective upgrade in showing a home at its best. Outdated paint colors, borders, wallpaper and paint techniques (such as faux finishes) are best updated to reflect the current trends to attract the most buyers. 
HOW DO I PICK THE RIGHT PAINT COLOR? Choosing a paint color that reflects the current trends will help with selling but will also need to match with any existing items the seller is not changing. For instance, if they are keeping existing flooring in the home, you will need to work around the tones in the flooring. If they are warm, you will not want to pick a cool color as it will feel disjointed. 
HOW DO I KNOW TO PICK WARM OR COOL PAINT COLORS? If they will not be keeping any flooring and have white cabinets, you can choose any neutral you like that is in keeping with the current trends. (Google current neutral paint trends if you would like more help. HINT: Swiss coffee is not it). 
If they will be keeping the flooring or non-white cabinetry, you will want to choose something that goes with those tones. If you squint while looking at the existing materials and see an underlying tone of yellow, you have existing warm tones to work around. If you squint and can see blue or gray tones in the underlying tones, you have cool tones work around. 
Here are some examples to get you started:

cool neutral – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52warm neutral – Benjamin Moore Classic Gray OC-23
(Did you know you can get any color mixed at Home Depot or Lowe’s no matter whose paint color it is?)
WHAT AREAS SHOULD I PAINT IF THE SELLER IS ON A BUDGET? While it is nice to have everything painted fresh, sometimes it is not necessary or feasible. If the trim, baseboards and doors are in ok condition, it might be ok to skip but these are definitely front and center when buyers tour. Consider not painting ceilings, closets, and kids rooms if they are in ok condition. Buyers mostly care about the rooms they spend the most time in and what impressions their guest will have so these are the most important areas to consider. Buyers are generally more forgiving when it comes to the kids rooms and may not even notice the closet or ceilings were not painted.

5 Tips for Budget Decorating and Storage in the Kitchen

Possibly because it is one of the most used rooms in a house or apartment, the kitchen always seems to need cleaning, organizing, storing, or decorating. Most people cannot afford to design and build professional-level kitchens with unlimited storage space and the most up to trend décor. But that doesn’t mean that the kitchen is a lost cause. Wanda Colon, the host of TLC’s Home Made Simple, compiled five tips to maximizing the kitchen’s storage and decors, without breaking the bank.

Whether your floors are wood flooring, laminate flooring, carpet, linoleum, or shell stone tile, they should be as clean as possible before showing your home, and you can automate the process with the use of automatic vacuums you can find online. If your home has concrete floors, make sure that they don’t look worn and that there are no cracks and if they do hire the services of polished concrete Gold Coast to fix them.

Storing Pot Lids and More in a Cabinet

The lids of pots and pans can take up a large amount of cabinet room, room that has the potential to be put to better uses. Colon suggests installing a towel rack to the back of the cabinets’ door. The handle of the lid rests on the bar of the towel rack, suspending the lid between the rack and the inside of the door.  Another way to increase storage space is to install S hooks to the backs of cabinet doors for a little extra space.

Use Kitchen Items Creatively

A good budget decorator and organizer is able to come up with new ways to use old kitchen gear. Colon uses the example of a dish rack that one normally places in the sink to drip dry washed dishes. The slots are excellent mail, paper, and note organizers (though obviously don’t put this one in the sink). The cutlery cup can easily store pens. Window shutters are another one of Colon’s ideas; window shutters hung on a wall become files for organizing papers. As a bonus, if painted a bright hue, the shutters also serve as cheap and functional décor. Find more ideas at https://goodfoodblogph.com.

Don’t Forget the Spices of Life

Most spices have a shelf life of six months to a year, but few people use their spices by the printed date. Prevent spices from falling victim to “out of sight, out of mind” by using a tiered spice rack next to the main cooking area to keep the jars visible. One of the messiest cabinets is usually the spice cabinet, Colon points out, but with a metal spice rack and little magnets glued to the base of the spice jars, the jars won’t fall over and the racks will stay clean and organized.

Keep It All Together

Flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking powder are rarely used unless baking is involved. Storing all the baking supplies in the baking pans themselves not only clears up the pantry for items used more frequently, but also keeps everything together. When it is time to bake, simply pull out the baking pan and most of the ingredients and utensils will be right there as well. Less hunting, and less clutter. New Hampshire kitchen remodeling has more useful tips on keeping your kitchen organized.

Do More than Eat Greens

Even if someone can’t seem to keep a plant alive for more than a week, he or she can probably tend to succulents. These plants are low maintenance and come in a variety of shapes and colors that can add a little something extra to the kitchen. Colon—ever the one to find new uses for common items—uses wooden drawer organizers as decorative planters instead of purchasing new and expensive planters for the succulents.

Creativity and innovation prove that big results don’t require a big budget. Using everyday items in new ways help to maximize the kitchen’s storage space, to increase the cleanliness and organization, and to bring that little something extra to set the savvy person’s kitchen apart from the rest.

New Bilingual/Spanish Hybrid Courses

In my many years of being an Interior Designer, I have felt my culture has influenced my design work. My designs are beautiful, elegant and vibrant. As one of the few Hispanic Designers on Television, I always wanted to make Interior Design and Home Staging accessible to the Hispanic Community. I have now done this by creating our New Bilingual Hispanic Home Staging Certification & Design Classes.

The Academy of Home Staging & Design’s New Hybrid Bilingual-Spanish Courses combine two weeks of online study followed by three days of intensive hands-on training.

Our new format allows you to take our exclusive hands-on training in the safety and comfort of your own home and at a reduced cost
The two weeks of online education in Spanish, includes reading, exercises, activities, video instruction and quizzes followed by three intense days of hands-on bilingual Spanish instruction with guest speakers to help you start and launch your business.

The Hands-on training includes virtual home staging exercise, accessories exercise, mock presentation to owner, room redesign, 5-minute sales pitch, mission statement exercise, and much more. Guest speakers include a marketing expert alongside other specialized speakers in their area for each course.

We are one of the only Schools to offer Bilingual Courses in Spanish. Call us for more information 1-800-574-5576

Wanda Colón Former HGTV/TLC Design Show Host and Co-Founder of The Academy

The Three F’s of Home Staging, Function, Focal Point and Flow

Do you ever walk into a room and something just doesn’t feel right? How the furniture is arranged can immediately determine the mood and impression the space has on the person entering it.

Here are some easy ways to make sure a space functions well and is also pleasing to look at.

FUNCTION:

Always start with a plan. Ask yourself the following questions:

    • What is the purpose of the room?
    • How much space do I need?
    • How big is the room?
    • How big is my furniture? (take out a measuring tape).

The smaller the space the more you need to make sure you have a good plan. Pick small scale pieces that offer a lot of seating space. Transitional or modern pieces with small arms and low backs work well in small spaces. For instance, a Realspace Magellan Performance 71inW Hutch Cherry is perfect for a home office. Just because a room is small, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. Don’t be afraid of color because the room is small. If you want to go neutral, add blasts of color in your accessories. A fun patterned occasional chair or rug adds vibrancy and a splash of color to a room without being distracting or overpowering.

FOCAL POINT:

Does your room have a fabulous sliding glass door, or bay window with a beautiful view? Maybe you have a beautiful fireplace, you want to accent these focal points of the home, to make sure any would be buyers take note of them. Add a large piece of art over the fireplace. A large mirror will brighten up and enlarge any space. Looking for a reliable window installer? Get your velux windows done by professionals. Hey offer quality velux window installations in dublin.

FLOW:

Place your larger pieces of furniture first. Avoid placing these large pieces in the natural line of traffic. Keep in mind how you will enter and exit the room. You want to leave 3 feet of open space for your primary traffic areas – anything else will feel small and cramped. I always say, expansive feels expensive.

If your home needs certain upgrades to be able to achieve what we have mentioned above, you can hire a handyman to perform the require duties.

Call to register for one of these upcoming courses before May 1 and receive a $500 grant (based on availability).

      • Jun 7 – Jun 12, 2021, Virtual Hands-on Home Staging Certification course
      • Jun 21 – 26, 2021, Virtual Hands-on Interior Design Course
      • Sep 20-25, New Bilingual Spanish Virtual Hands-on Home Staging Certification course
      • Oct 18 – Oct 23, East Coast In-person Home Staging Certification Course in New York
      • Nov 1-6, New Bilingual Spanish Virtual Hands-on Interior Design Course
      • Nov 8 – 13, 2021 – Hands-on live, in-person class in Northern Los Angeles County from 9-5pm

Ready to Live the Life You Have Been Dreaming of?

We are registering for our Summer Virtual Interior Design and Home Staging Programs and Fall In-person Home Staging Courses. We only offer 9 spots per class and they fill up fast. Don’t let someone else take your opportunity, Call today.

Call to register or for more information

Alumni of the Month, January Alexis Peters

The Academy of Home Staging & Design Alumni of the Month January

The Academy of Home Staging & Design Alumni of the Month January

Alexis Peters, 2020 Home Staging and Interior Design Graduate 

Owner of Reimagining Spaces

Alexis took our Virtual Home Staging Course and Virtual Interior Design Course, During the Pandemic and Her Business has taken off. There were many reasons why Alexis was chosen as our January Alumni of the Month, besides the success she has had with her business. Alexis has a passion for Design. She was able to envision a prosperous future for her business, in spite of the lockdowns and limitations to her business. Attitude and a drive to succeed, are key attributes to success and Alexis showed this to us from the moment, she registered for our course. After taking the Virtual Home Staging Course, she immediately continued her education by taking the Virtual Interior Design Course. She is now doing the continued Coaching program and in record time has her business not only up and running, but has many projects under her belt, including the improving of houses with the improving of roofing with services online. They’re literally one of the best flat roofing services in dublin. Contact the best flat roof repair specialists today for this.

Interior Design Education

The Beauty of Our Program and The Continued Coaching, is Creating a Business that encompasses what our Students envision. A business that represents their skills, experience and passions. Besides Interior Design & Home Staging Alexis Also added Home Organization to Her Business. Alexis told us on her initial phone call, that Design and Home Staging was something she had always wanted to do, now she’s living her Dream. We couldn’t be prouder!!!

Organization & Design

If You are looking for a Designer, Home Stager, or Organizer in the Los Angeles Area, Contact Alexis at Alexis@re-imagining.space or check out her website  at https://www.re-imagining.space/.

We, at The Academy of Home Staging & Design can’t wait to see what other amazing things Alexis will do. Our motto for 2021 is Be Bold, Design Your Life and Alexis is definitely doing this, how about you?

Be Bold! Design Your Life!

 

Riding the Waves of Uncertain Times in Your Business

It’s such an uncertain time, this all has been unprecedented in our lifetimes. We are worried about our families, our businesses and our world. We are all under extreme amounts of stress. A young businesswoman is looking stressed as she works at her computer

As business owners, it is easy to get pulled down by all this, to not know what the right way is to turn, to get stuck in a feeling of inertia.  We have found that it helps to take a step back, pause and look at the market, future trends and reinvent your business for the future. It is what has kept us in business all these years.

As a home stager and interior designer, who has had a successful business for almost two decades, I have learned how to navigate the ups and downs of the economy, to keep my business going strong. I have found that the combination of Home Staging and Interior Design can balance each other out, depending on what the clients economy. In slow economies I have found that people have to get as much money as they can, in a highly competitive buyer’s market, so Home Staging is mandatory. In a booming economy, both Home Staging and Interior Design flourish, as people buy new homes and put money into redecorating their current homes.   Now we are faced with lockdowns, an election year and an uncertain economy, so how do we prepare for what might be coming next?

Wintery Mood Board

During uncertain times people become more unpredictable and less decisive​, they seek leadership. Do whatever you can to provide them with certainty. ​To create more certainty, take your presentation and materials to the next level. Organize your photos for quick sending​. Create a document that details your process and fees, why choose you in a beautiful document with photos of your work.  Customers want more proof you are the right person for the job, give them the proof. If you are new to the business and don’t have a portfolio, create one with photos of your own space. Go to a friend’s house and redesign their space and take before and after photos. You don’t have to disclose it’s from your own home or your friend’s, you just say here is a living room I did.  If you have been in the business, get testimonials, from past clients, put them in your marketing pieces.

The best gutter guards aren’t always the most expensive in cost. Identifying the best gutter protection type for your home can be a daunting task, contact Gutter Guard Installation in Burlington NC. Furthermore, we can’t get the ideal answer to the question as every house has its unique style. When deciding what to go for, some factors to consider include; the roofing material, roof pitch, rainfall level, and gutter type, read the article here to have the perfect gutter guards that offer protection not only to the gutters but also to the entire house.

Hiring commercial roofing experts or roofing contractors will not only give you the quality work you are looking for but will also leave you stress free. Look for a commercial/industrial roofing experts that offers residential or commercial roofing services, such as roof replacement or expert roof ventilation.

​​

How can you meet your market where it’s at?

The fastest way to close a client is to know their budget and needs and develop a plan of what can be included to meet it if possible.

How can you meet your client where they’re at if you can’t go out? Think how you can turn your business virtual. Virtual consultations are easy to do on Zoom or Facetime. Vacant staging can still be done if handled in a safe way, following restrictions.

Hand Drawing Creative Kitchen Interior. Architecture And Design

Who will be your likely Clients and what types of projects will they need. (Here are our predictions on what might be ahead.)

  • Investors who want design boards for their flip​  project management for their flips
  • Homeowners wanting to redo an area or two
  • ​Information source – Emergency Roofers
  • Redesign/ New furniture purchases
  • Color consults including exterior
  •  Seasonal decorating
  • Virtual design boards based off photos
  • Will see a trend in Home offices and new, smaller commercial offices
  • Will see a trend in needing autonomous room design for family members (and roommates!) who need to move back in to get back on their feet. Live, work, sleep spaces.
  • Air Bnb’s will recover and return as people need more affordable housing and homeowners need more cash​​
  • agents (likely paying for consults)
  • Sellers wanting minimum rooms and less is more (over the last years design has shifted to adding layers. With people wanting more budget friendly, design will likely shift back to less is more)
  • Investors – flippers will have more opportunities and come back into the market space. They will want easy to work with designers and stagers, predictable costs they can work into their spreadsheets, perks, volume discounts, hands off
  • Developers will need a model staged for new residential communities and new apartment complexes
  • Mini flip partner for agents wanting an out of the box listing approach. Many agents do this already

1911991

The most important thing is to stay calm and moving forward. Please, if you have been part of our program, reach out to your coach for a chat, to help you get the support you need. Think outside the box for new ideas to get your business out there and most importantly, don’t give up hope. In the most extreme circumstances, I have found, that hope can see you through, also if you need some roofing repairs, roofing dublin is the best choice.

The Academy of Home Staging & Design (1)

7 Amazing Accessorizing Tips

 kitchen 2

A good residential interior designer can make a room look polished, comfortable, and well-styled using accessories. Taking care to arrange a home’s accessories is an essential part of interior design, giving a room an exclamation point, or finished look. Here are seven principles for arranging home accessories to add style, design elements, and a finishing touch to any room. 

“ has not conducted a study to determine the remaining useful lives of building systems & current estimates of costs of major repairs & replacements that may be required in the future.  When replacement funds are needed to meet future needs for repair & replacement, [the building] has the right to use available funds, to increase regular assessments, to make special assessments, or to delay major repairs & replacements until funds are available.  The effect on future assessments has not been determined at this time.”

In plain language, here’s what Boards that avoid studies are telling their owners:

“We’ve decided NOT to plan for major capital expenditures.  We choose NOT to have experts review our physical plant & infrastructure in order to advise us what necessary work we should expect, when it will likely be needed, and what it will likely cost.

1. Color

Accessories can be any number of objects in a room. From accent pillows, a vase, or trio of vases, sculpture or architectural pieces, many items qualify as accessories, so there needs to be some unifying element to prevent the space from looking random or haphazard. A common color scheme can help group all the varying elements together. Choose up to three complementary colors and use them to tie in all of the accessories. Resin is a great material for crafting when you want something special: it’s sheer and allows seeing what’s inside and make it part of decorResin is ideal for showing off flowers, plants and faux insects and stuff like that for home decorating, if you will like to buy some, shop at their website.

2. Asymmetrical Balance

Asymmetrical balance can create more interest, especially if there are only a few items or pairs of accessories, like candlesticks, to work with. Artwork is a common complement to a room’s focal point (think a painting over a fireplace mantle with a Elite Finishing noted of professional painters), but it doesn’t always have to be centered. Offsetting an appropriate sized piece of artwork to one side opens up the opposite side for other elements like tall candlesticks or tall vases of flowers to create an asymmetrical vignette. 

3. Accessorizing in Layers

Layering multiple groupings of the same element creates depth. Multiple vases of different heights in the same color scheme, multiple heights of decorative candlesticks, and multiple sizes of framed black and white photos are just some examples of layering elements. Once you’ve created a layered focal point or space, adding smaller complimentary elements among the layered pieces can achieve even more depth.

4. Vary Heights

A great SPACE PLANNING will create a flow the eye will follow. If elements are too similar or symmetrical, the eye will gloss right over them, not seeing the added interest they bring to an area. Create movement by varying the heights and sizes as well as the arrangement and flow of all designer pieces in a vignette.

5. Group Accessories

Accessories that are similar in style can be grouped together to increase impact. An example of grouped accessories might include a vase of fall colored flowers, a bowl of pine cones, and a dark bronze wall sconce or a collection of vintage leather bound books.

6. Mix Textures and Materials

Using accessories that are too similar, or are made from the same materials, such as all wood, or all crystal, or all rustic metals, diminishes their impact. Mix and match metals, solid fabrics, patterns, textures, and finishes to keep a space interesting but cohesive. Pair opposites such as soft with hard, round with angles, color with neutrals and smooth with textured for more impact.

7. Spotlighting

Literally spotlighting an element enhances a room’s focal point. Adding directed overhead lighting over a painting would draw more attention to your carefully designed vignette.

Accessorizing a room is one of the most important aspects of a great interior design. If you need to install some kind of lighting or any electrical device to accessorize a room, make sure that you hire a residential or commercial electrician to handle the electrical part of the task. If you implement these seven principles, you will design a beautiful and unique space and create a polished and finished space.

Have a flair for design? Wish you could be designing interiors for a living?

Click here to learn more about how you can be professionally designing interiors in a marketplace with an abundance of clients. Our course is fast, affordable and the most hands-on in the industry.

The Academy of Home Staging and Design

“In Less Than a Week,

We Can Change Your Life”

What’s Hot and What’s Not in 2020

chastity-cortijo-98WE9hWWjiQ-unsplash

We are always excited to see predictions for the new design trends for the coming year.  Everyone from magazines, to paint companies, have an opinion as to what will be in vogue. Some trends from the preceding years, turn out to be impractical (white kitchens) and we are glad to see their demise. Here are some trends that seemed to be agreed on:

As we become more and more aware of preserving the world around us, many experts are predicting sustainability will becoming a focus with natural woods, bringing the outdoors in as design elements,  Recycled materials will be used everywhere from furniture, floor covering, even artwork. We will also see a design trend towards reuse as vintage pieces see a resurge in popularity.

taylor-simpson-Z8s3PRQVuUk-unsplash

Homes will be going from hard edge lines to soft and welcoming with soft feminine colors such as pinks and soft cozy fabrics. Floral wall paper is also predicted to be popular as well as geometric designs. Sherwin Williams has announced their paint color of the year as Naval. Benjamin Moore announced their choice of color as First Light, a pale blush pink. Sherwin Williams also offered “Romance” , a dusty shade of pink as one of 2020 colors. 

interior design

Architecthural Digest is predicting Japaneese Influences that speak to minimalism and eco friendly design.

Good Housekeeping is predicting high-contrast decor, black and white to add boldness in a space.  Many sites suggested black was going to be making a comeback in design.

alberto-castillo-q-mx4mSkK9zeo-unsplash

While the design trends are always interesting and fun to follow, a good rule of thumb is to buy quality pieces that will stand the design test of time and to allow trends and fads to be implemented in paint colors and accessories, unless there’s a piece you fall in love with. If you want to paint your house with this shades as well, try to call the house painting dublin experts to help you on this. You can also ask any real estate agent who has tried to sell a house with avocado green sinks and orange countertops and they will advise be cautious when making big changes with trends. They will lead you in the right direction which is investing in tristone seamless worktops.