What to Do When You Get Designer’s Block

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With any creative venture, sometimes you just get stuck. You know the answer is within reach, but you seem blocked and can’t seem to figure out exactly how to resolve a problem area or what to do next. Writers call it “writer’s block” when the words and story just don’t flow. Everything seems off. It can be the same with designing. Luckily, there are some things you can try to break through and make that room design come together like you know it can!

#1 Go Back to Your Inspiration

Your design was inspired by something, whether it was ideas on a Pinterest board, a magazine photo spread, or even something simple you came across in nature. When you can’t figure out how to move forward, it can help to move back and revisit what inspired you in the first place. Look at what inspired you and then look to see what is lacking in the room. Is there anything in the room that fights against the inspiration – like a sleek and shiny vase in a rustic country living room? If so, remove it. Edit your work. Find the right balance and harmony between all elements to complete the desired look.

#2 Remove a Big Element

Yes, a big element, like the curtains or a piece of furniture. A significant element in the room may be blocking the full realization of the design; removing it and stepping back to take a second to look at the room’s potential can add a whole new perspective on how the room needs to come together.

#3 Expand What You Love

Pick a part of the room you are designing, such as a corner or an arrangement on a wall that you really love and use that part to transform the rest of the design. Note what works and what makes you love it and try to spread that idea throughout the rest of the room. Expanding upon this idea may help you add the cohesive look the room needs.

#4 Throw a Curveball

Add something that obviously doesn’t go with the room and see what happens. You may end up with several realizations, and all of them can inform you as to which direction you need to take. For example, either it will be so wrong for the room that it shows you how to make it right, or it will surprise you and be exactly what the space needed! Just take a chance.

#5 Take Pictures and Walk Away

Staring at the walls, while struggling to break through a designer’s block is not only frustrating, but it probably won’t stop you from feeling stuck. Instead, take a few pictures of the room and leave. Go do something else for a little while to clear your mind and then go to a neutral environment like a coffee shop and look at the pictures in thumbnail size, like you would see them if they were on Pinterest or some other website. Getting that distance and a different perspective may give you the ability to see the whole picture (literally), and inform you about what’s missing or not working.

#6 Doodle (Yes, Doodle)

Those pictures you took? Print them out and bust out the Sharpie. Doing something tactile, like drawing, can unlock that creative part of your brain. Drawing allows you to try out ideas that aren’t feasible or financially possible when it comes to working with real items. Doodle fun patterns, furniture pieces, places for artwork, etc. You may get a spark.

Don’t let Designer’s Block get in the way of achieving a perfectly designed room. Just try something new and you’ll break through the block!

Have you been thinking about a career in Home Staging?

Have you been thinking about making a career change lately?

Maybe you would like to be in charge of your own schedule doing something you love and being paid good money in exchange for your talents?

That’s how I felt a few years when two of my biggest clients announced they were moving on and I was to lose over 70% of my current income! Yikes - I needed to do something quick and whatever that was going to be, I knew it had to meet certain criteria:

1. It needed to be a business that took very little time and money to get up and running

2. In order to replace 70% of my income, it needed to be a lucrative choice

3. As long as I was starting over, I was hoping to find something I could be passionate about.

Pretty tough criteria to meet on all levels. I had always thought that the easy to train for, fun and desirable high paying fields were already saturated. Then I was introduced to home staging.

I must admit, when I was first considering home staging, there were some things that had me worried. I knew from watching all the televisions shows that I would love directing a design project from start to finish and watching the incredible difference in the before and afters. But I still wondered how much work would be out there and if I could really make a go of it. What if I put myself out there and no one ever called?

To my great relief – I had my first staging client within a couple weeks. Turns out, home staging has been around for over 30 years and is the #1 career poised for growth according to CNN and Career Builder.

Now I look forward to my work. Gone are the days that I yearned for something different or better. For me, the best part about being a home stager is solving a creative challenge that results in a complete visual transformation. It was easy to master this design skill set but I am always excited to realize that every project is different and I never get bored! As a side benefit,  I have helped hundreds of people sell their home faster and for more money and they are truly grateful for my services. (I also happen to be very fond of my boss for the first time in my life!)

If you have any questions about becoming a home stager, or certified training, I would like to invite you to mortgage brokers MN team!

Fast 5 Tips for the Spring Season

Spring is definitely in the air. Need some quick and easy spring staging tips?  Keep this checklist in hand for your staged properties and utilize it to the fullest potential of this season to show and sell houses.


1. Refresh your flower pots.  Do you have left over flowers from winter?  Do you have empty flower pots lying around?  Fill these empty pots with potting soil and blooming flowers from your local gardening store.  Also, utilize some mobile pots, so you can fill empty spots around the front door, back decks, or yard to brighten up your spaces.


2. Tidy up your yard, the weather is nice so why not. Consider it morning exercise to tackle your yard with a rake and do a once-over walk through to make sure there is no clutter.  Having clean lines can make a yard seem larger.  Update your mulch and fill in spots where winter has not been kind.

3. Purchase a new “WELCOME’ mat for the front door.  This is so simple and welcoming, you would be surprised how this one message changes a buyers feel as they enter the homes.

4)  Fake it.  You do not want to put fresh flowers out, especially this time of year. Specialty stores are brimming with beautiful silk greenery and spring flowers.  Having these adds a lively touch to dark or empty corners throughout the home.

5. Utilize colors around the front door, entrance way, and any other places where a splash of color can brighten the room. Use different bright colors to liven up the space.

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.

How much do home stagers make?

How much do Home Stagers make?

Have you ever wondered about entering a design field but thought it would take too long or cost too much money? Typical design schools take 2-4 years and can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Many people who dreamed of doing something creative for a living have discovered a lucrative and rewarding career in the field home staging. Home Staging is a design marketing tool that has been utilized by home owners and real estate professionals for over 30 years. With multiple t.v. shows featuring home staging these days, it is now becoming the fastest growing real estate marketing tool.

Home Stagers around the country average anywhere from $50 – $150 per hour for their talents which include redesigning interiors to facilitate a faster sale, design consultations for staging, redesign or new design, and staging of vacant and model homes including furniture and accessory selection and design installation.

How can I become a Home Stager?

Home Staging is best learned from experience in the field. Because Home Staging is so specific in nature, there is little training available that teaches all the aspects necessary to excel in this exclusive industry. When comparing, you will want to find a certification program that covers the following areas that affect your success:

  • Design skills such as space planning, color theory and accessorizing
  • Home Staging tips, secrets and how to’s
  • Marketing and advertising your staging business
  • Insurance, contracts and forms
  • Pricing your business and how to make additional streams of income utilizing your new Home Staging design knowledge.

For more information on becoming a home stager, visit http://www.homestagingcourses.net

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!