Our New Podcast, The Design Rules is LIVE!

Do you wish you had a mentor, someone who can help you

with how all of this really works?

New Designers and Home Stagers often struggle with trying to learn everything they need to know to get their new businesses up and running. There’s so much to learn — not only about design — but about the business of Design.

Join me on The Design Rules podcast and let me help you navigate your way through the complex and creative design landscape. My bi-weekly podcasts will give you insights and advice that I used to not only establish a successful design business, but as a Design Show Host on HGTV and TLC, and as one of the premier educators in the industry.

Design is more than a career it’s a calling, it is something that will change your Life… it did mine.

— Wanda Colón

In these Podcasts we will cover

Design Tips & Tricks

You can’t have a career like mine, without having some amazing design, marketing and business tips and tricks, up your sleeve. I will share them with you and so will my special guest hosts.

Mentoring & Motivation

You know you can do this…you have the eye, you have the talent, you have the desire to do it. All you need is the support, the experience, the knowledge and the motivation… You will find it all Here!

Love of Design

Whether you want a career in design or you just want to design your own dream space, join us and share our love of Design!

Follow Our Podcast!

 https://thedesignrules.podbean.com/

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.

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)

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 old oil cans, 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 and more if you have the chance to stage is the best way possible and with RKC Construction you can do really amazing upgrades like patio covers.

Furniture

Keep the office furniture simple and ergonomically designed. Your desk, chair, computer, and keyboard should be positioned to look comfortable, but also functional. Look for a list of ergonomic office chairs, and lists of ergo-friendly tables, keyboards and mouse-pads. Keep the surfaces clutter-free by using organizers and proper storage systems like for example a storage units boise. 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 such as shutters and blinds. 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.  For installation, you can visit sites like https://callbigfamily.com/lighting-installation/ and have them do it for you. Exotic lighting fixtures like black Moroccan birdcage lantern can add character to your office. Stores carry a variety of fixture styles, so make sure that the light fixtures tie in with the style of your furniture, adding a fuze bug to the back yard can be a good idea.

You should also read the importance of repairing old windows as explained online by Maverick Windows.

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.

Not everyone sees the same things in an open house – you just need to visit with a partner or friend to notice this.

Some people like to open all the cupboards, while others are content to stand back and get the bigger picture.

One of my friends likes to look at the family photos and certificates on the walls, and yes, more often than not she works out who they are, what schools the kids go to and maybe even how well they did. This is not six degrees of separation – more like one or two.

And another couple of my acquaintance had the most amazing art collection, but some of it was seriously disturbing. One painting, above the bed in the master bedroom, included images of women in various states of severe distress. This paintings came all together safely thanks to a pick and pack service Sydney has.

What do all these have in common? They’re all examples of what not to have on show when you put your home on the market, GTRWallet.com will let you know if it is worth it or not the financial management of your project.

The Chinese agent selling the home with the disturbing art collection muttered “bad feng shui” before demanding the art came down.

Most of us have read tips on how to present a home for sale, but would we be better off getting some professional home staging advice?

Real estate agent Donna Watts of Ray White Kohimarama is convinced it is a good idea, because not everyone has a natural talent when it comes to interior design.

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.

When looking for the tilers of your home, you have to get a quote with tiling dublin, they offer high quality residential and commercial tiling solutions for every kind of property.

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 and you can find the best decoration resources for your home Here at this site which specialize in interior design and decoration. 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 carpentry 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.

Now with a full service roofing company you can count on everything you need to have a roof that is extremely safe and prepared for any inclement weather. Hire the services of this company so that your family can feel safe in their own home, Visit their website for more details about what emergency roofing services they offer. They have the best professionals and they work with the best products and at a fair price. Do not hesitate, click now!

Home Staging Tips

Home staging 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 and ideas from hot tubs columbia sc.  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 for the senior citizens market, as many come specially with for special needs care thinking, as it works great with maters of functionality and easy usage.

There is also a growing trend to incorporate the industrial look into furnishings, according to https://www.bathroomsandmorestore.co.uk/ 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.

Upgrade Your HVAC system – According to a company like Ally Heating and Air Conditioning, rерlасіng your HVAC system with a new air conditioning installation, affordable Furnace Repair, or even a gas heater repair dоеѕ come with ѕоmе bеnеfіtѕ which can make thе соѕt worth іt. If уоur hоuѕе іѕ аrоund 10 years оld оr mоrе, уоu аrе nееdіng an upgrade anyways or at least an air duct cleaning service. This саn bе a grеаt wау tо іnсеntіvіzе ѕоmеоnе tо buy уоur hоmе bесаuѕе thеу’ll knоw thе gas heating Melbourne unit wоn’t need an upgrade fоr a lоng tіmе. There are lots of reliable hvac services like this one on https://abrahamac.com/weston that can assist you with your hvac concerns. If you’re looking for an established HVAC contractor company, then view website here.

It is exactly the same for commercial buildings, commercial hvac also plays a big role when trying to sell a property. You may consider to use Total System Services in Tacoma, WA for your commercial HVAC needs. You can also visit their website to know more or visit sites like airnowhvac.com/repair-and-maintenance/heating-repairs/ to directly hire a professional. Learn more here.

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. Safety is also a criteria especially for buyers with kids. Therefore, if you a deck in your yard, installing a sturdy Aluminum Deck Railing Kits would add a sense of safety and security to your outdoor space.

Staging with weatherized outdoor furniture is particularly appealing this year. 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 this year. More you can find at the list of services from Kwikey Locksmith Services, INC. Everything for your house or apartment – install new locks, rekey locks, change locks, install keypad door locks or touchpad door locks, smart locks, or even if you’re locked out of the house. I recommend you visit locksmiths365.ie, they will come and unlock your home quickly. If you are looking for an emergency locksmith services, Brooklyn Locksmith is the best option for your emergency. If you need a competent locksmith service in the Sarasota area, i can recommend Suncoast 247 locksmith professional people, good reviews at 247locksmiths.io and resonable pricing for their locksmith services.

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.