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Before: Exit Stage Right
As a follow up to our previous Why Home Staging Works post, we wanted to talk about what doesn’t work in home staging. The last thing you want as a home seller is a potential buyer to go running for the hills when they enter your home. It’s very difficult for current homeowners to detach themselves from their homes during the selling process, but (and we can’t stress this enough) this step is absolutely crucial. You may think you have great taste or that showing off the unique personality of your home is a selling point, but tread very carefully here. Home staging works because it is designed to appeal to the greatest audience possible in order to showcase your home’s strong points – and no one is more suited to help you with this task than a professional home stager. Let’s play a game before we dive in: guess how long the home in the photo above sat on the market.
Themes: You probably love the beach (and so do we!) and want to remind yourself of your honeymoon in Hawaii, but not everyone appreciates beach items and colors plastered all over their future living room. Likewise, your little princess may adore her sparkly pink room, but the childless couple looking for a room to turn into an office will have a hard time looking past the fluffy décor to imagine a desk. It might just be paint and personal objects that will go away, but visuals are everything and when a buyer walks into a room that they intend to have a completely different look, themes make it nearly impossible for them to see what they’re looking for.
Unique Furniture: Let’s face it, some people just have bad taste when it comes to decorating their homes. If you have elected to rent furniture for your home staging, keep it neutral and stay away from eccentric furniture that may scare buyers away. Appeal to the most people possible with clean, contemporary, rented furniture. It’s appealing for a reason!
After: Exit Stage Right
This photo is the same room as the first one, only with way better furniture arranged by a professional home stager. The owner could not be convinced to change the orange accent wall or the maroon carpeting, but with clean modern furniture added it looks refreshing and desirable. Did you guess how long this home sat on the market? Leave a comment if you guessed 30 days!
Remodeling: Remodeling has consistently been a way to achieve a higher selling point and profit during a home sale, but keep in mind that simplicity is the way to go. If you have already remodeled your home to cater towards certain needs, for example a handle bar for assistance into the bathtub, you may want to consider removing these fixtures. Unless you are located in an environment or neighborhood which attracts certain buyers, specific items that aren’t usually found in the average home will cut down on your selling potential drastically because buyers will see the house as “marked” for a purpose they don’t need.
Separation Anxiety: You raised your children in this home, or maybe it was your first purchase with your spouse, and of course it’s hard to let go. The fact of the matter is the next guy just doesn’t care about your history there nor do they want reminders of it – you want them to pay good money for this house and they’re only willing to do so when they view it as theirs. Eliminate all personal possessions such as photos and kids art and replace it with neutral, abstract art. This can be hard if you still have to live in the house while it’s on the market, but this is really where a professional can help you.
There is incredible value in having your home on the market for as little time as possible, especially while obtaining the asking price you wanted. Professional home staging helps so many homeowners make the selling and moving process quick, and when it comes down to it that’s a major stress reducer. Home staging works when it’s done right!
Decorating a new place, or wanting to redecorate a room to bring it to modern times, can be an exciting yet daunting prospect. Deciding what to keep, what to replace, and what to refinish or reupholster is enough of a worry without having to figure out a whole new style. If you’re lucky and you already know the color scheme you want – or you at least know it has to center around the awesome fuschia chair you got – you have a starting off point. Finding furniture inspiration is one of the hardest parts of redecorating, but you never know what might strike your fancy until you look around. Check out these great places for furniture inspiration – you’ll get a little more than you bargained for and might even come up with a whole new home decor plan!
Smart Furniture - These guys are all about the furniture! They have a Pinterest profile full of boards about interior design, furniture and decor (stuff they sell and stuff from around the web), and a Facebook page with deals and sales. Check out their blog for design tips for every room – even the outdoors. Pinterest board to pay attention to: Have a Seat: All about chairs! This board has everything from modern to classic, eclectic to practical; if you can sit your tush in it, it’s here.
Remodelaholic - This is the place to look for inspiration that will make your house a home. This website is great because it’s a real family, really decorating and updating the home they live in. Plus, there’s a lot of DIY inspiration for the crafty among us. Check their Facebook page (and blog) for giveaways and contests – reader questions and comments are always answered, too! Pinterest board to pay attention to: Furniture: Chairs, tables, DIY furniture, and even an old stump of wood that functions as a stool and/or side table. This board is seriously about style and it’s impossible to not get inspired.
Live Love DIY - Virginia behind this website is such an enjoyable DIYer. Seriously, read the blog. Not only does she take you through step by step with how she succeeds and fails (being hilariously honest along the way), she has great photos and links to the products she uses. This is an especially helpful website for those who are on their own in the decor department. Pinterest board to pay attention to: For the Home: This board is kind of a mish-mosh of different furnitures, colors, accessories, tips and organizers. Not sticking to one particular style, this board collects inspiration from everywhere.
Danielle Oakey Interiors - It’s definitely a good idea to find furniture inspiration from a professional interior designer, and Danielle Oakey Interiors is an excellent place to start. She shows you how you can get the professionally decorated look without necessarily having the price tag – and also provides tips on when might be a good idea to call a professional (just because you really love two things doesn’t mean they go together). Pinterest board to pay attention to: Affordable Furniture: Focusing as much on fabrics as furniture, this board emphasizes the cost (because, let’s face it – you probably can’t splurge on everything). She even tosses in a few images of finished rooms so you can get the look in mind.
Barr’s Furniture - Another furniture company where you can actually buy the stuff you like, but they also have a Pinterest profile chock-full of inspiration from other sources. Their Facebook page is a collection of great ideas, blog posts, and helpful tips to get the home you want and need. Pinterest board to pay attention to: Design Tips: While their entire profile is full of furniture inspiration, this board is designed to get your thinking juices flowing. A picture of a modern sofa or chair is nice, but understanding how it will work in your home is a totally new concept. Easily one of their most populated boards, it has tips for arranging furniture, arranging fabrics, color coordination, and various other design tips.
Poppy Talk - This website isn’t just about interior decor or furniture – it includes inspiration for all things design related. This is a helpful source of inspiration to have because no well decorated home is just furniture – art, accessories, and personal objects are what make a house a home, and having inspiration for and from those items is important. Pinterest board to pay attention to: For the Home: Leaning towards the quirky side of design, this inspiring board is full of furniture items, whole room designs, clever furniture hacks and accessories.
These are all top notch furniture inspiration sources for your next interior design project, but there are also so many more that are also quite excellent. Check out our own Pinterest profile for furniture, home decor, DIY and so much more. Don’t forget to also take a peek at those we follow: we’re constantly amazed by the inspiration we surround ourselves with!
Renting a vacation home is a far better plan than staying in a hotel for an extended vacation and can provide many more amenities and comforts than other options. Owning a vacation home is also a wonderful way to earn a little extra income during the busy season (and then of course take advantage of your prime location yourself!), but furnishing a vacation rental for a range of vacationers can be problematic. Then, there’s the problem of enticing vacationers to rent your vacation home, not your neighbors: clean, luxurious, and up-to-date furnishings can set your vacation home apart from the others, and furniture rental is a great way to accomplish this for the busy season.
These tips for furnishing your vacation rental home with furniture rental will keep your home competitive during vacation season in an affordable way to allow you to maximize your vacation rental profits:
- With new tenants moving in and out on a rotating basis, be it a week, two weeks, or a month, furniture may easily become damaged or worn out. Eliminate the look of drab furniture by replacing the pieces you currently have with quality, high end rented furniture for a shorter period.
- Keep up with the times! Styles change so frequently, and store bought furniture pieces aren’t easily interchangeable. No one likes walking into a vacation rental in 2013 that is still decorated with mod pieces from the 1980’s. Furniture rental ensures each item in your vacation rental home will be contemporary and fresh. Staging your home properly with furniture rental can also go a long way towards a good looking vacation home.
- Stay true to your location. If your property is located beachside, opt for pieces that provide the feel of a beachfront property. For example, go for the lighter headboard rather than a dark wood stained piece. On the other hand, if you have a woodsy property stick to natural hues and stone. Vacation rentals in a city, such as San Diego’s Gaslamp District, can take advantage of minimalist pieces.
- Don’t forget accent pieces! If your place is already furnished but there are a few missing odds and ends that would really complete the home, furniture rental is a great option to see what fits. By simply placing trimmings around the home, you’ll notice a drastic change in its appearance. Often times it’s the little things that make big impressions.
- Switch things up a bit. Rearrange the furniture in a room or swap pieces from one room to another. This elementary step keeps things from getting boring. And furniture rental allows you to exchange just a few pieces, rather than the whole arrangement.
- Keep it clean! Furniture rental services do have agreements you must adhere to about stains and damage, but at the end of the day a small fee for an unruly tenant (which you can charge them for) is nothing compared to having your own furniture damaged. Just swap out the offending item for a new one.
The value of the property stays high when renters find it to be pleasing to the eye. Instead of charging $215 a night, you could increase your price to $300 by creating an upscale feel with the proper furniture that you’re sure is always clean, fresh and modern. The low cost of furniture rental can be entirely offset in many situations with vacation home rental. And then when it’s time for you and your family and friends to take advantage of your prime vacation rental home, rent furniture pieces you personally admire for a truly home-away-from-home setting.
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The purchase of a new home (or relocating temporarily) is a stressful situation in and of itself, but add the pressure of selling your old place and the uneasiness of a quick sale can lead to anxiety and unease.
No doubt homeowners have heard time and again that proper home staging is crucial for a solid sale, but this can be a confusing prospect for a busy individual with little or no decorating experience. This leads to home staging getting overlooked or flat out ignored, and houses can sit on the market for longer or sell for less than their potential. While a professional is always going to provide the best results (and usually at a flat fee that pays off big time), there are some homeowners who are so into DIY that hiring out is almost taboo. And these home staging tips from the professionals are for just that kind of person.
The biggest hurdle to getting a well-cared for home sold is very often its status as a “home.” While distancing yourself from your home and looking at it as just a house can be emotional and difficult, it’s just as hard for a potential buyer to enter your “home” and see it as theirs if personal belongings and decor items are visible. All relators and professional home stagers will insist on de-cluttering, removing personal items (including photos and papers on the refrigerator), and minimizing to the extreme. Since the goal is to present a fresher, cleaner look, furniture rental is always highly recommended. You may have a great living room, but if the leather couch has cat scratch marks all over it and the rug has a stain from where the toddler spilled grape juice it’s just not going to be appealing to outsiders.
Here are some more specific professional home staging tips:
Remove personal photos: This is one of the most important strategies when consolidating your home for sale. We know you love your family, but the fact of the matter is that strangers don’t even know your family and don’t want to see photos of the kids everywhere. Furthermore, it makes it hard for the prospective buyer to identify themselves as future owners in a home that is covered with someone else’s photos. Don’t forget the refrigerator! It should be clean and barren. A cluttered refrigerator can make the whole kitchen seem smaller and less clean, especially in smaller spaces.
De-clutter: Seriously. This is not just a fancy word for cleaning up! It’s all amount getting down to the bare minimum. Clear off kitchen countertops and bathroom knickknacks, pack up all those shoes and reduce your closet to the bare necessities, pack up toys and get the garage clean as a whistle. When personal objects are spread throughout the house, it becomes a distraction to those that are touring your home. This also goes for any outdoor spaces. Those old pots from last spring’s vegetable garden don’t exactly inspire. Weed lawns, trim back dead leaves and branches and make the outsides – even if just a balcony – inviting.
- Remove dated and worn out furnishings: Seeing old used furniture may suggest that the home is in the same condition. This can often scream, “buyer beware” even though you’ll be taking those items along with you. Now’s the time to get rid of anything you won’t be taking with you to your new location. Replace necessary items, like couches and tables, with modern rented items – they’ll be in top condition and will make the room seem updated and with the times. If your furnishings are in need of some updating, but you aren’t quite ready to part with them, put them in storage until you move. Furniture rental allows you to choose pieces that will work cohesively with your recent home updates. This way you may selectively choose items that work well together and provide the buyer with the feeling of “new” rather than worn out and lived in.
- Stay versatile: You might have been using the spare bedroom as a home office, but that doesn’t mean the next family will need that. Rooms that aren’t being frequently used should be kept as basic as possible to give a potential buyer the ability to imagine the space as exactly what they need. Give a spare room a versatile table, a day bed, and minimalist, neutral colored linens and decor.
With Signature Furniture Rental, you can choose from entire room packages or piece by piece. If you just need to swap out that old couch that your favorite pet has been using as a bed, Signature’s got you covered.
It’s no secret that when service members receive orders for relocation they may have only a few short weeks (or months, if they’re lucky) to move. To make matters more confusing, because PCS doesn’t always mean permanent you may be relocated multiple times and to very different parts of the country all within the same short span of a few years. While this can understandably wreck havoc on your family life, it’s less well known that family belongings take a hit, too. All families like to have items of their own, but in military life it can be challenging; constantly packing up and moving takes a toll on every part of the home. While the military will ship items to their future homes, consistently relocating furniture becomes tedious and draining and can wear down furniture rather quickly.
Additionally, while in transit items may become damaged or even lost. This can cause families to go days, weeks or even months without their furniture and be left in a bind. After filing the inconvenience claim and getting covered for those surprise out-of-pocket expenses, you’re still left in quite the pickle, especially if items arrive damaged. A separate claim must be filed, the moving company inspects the damaged property, and then chooses to approve or deny the claim. Best case scenario is an approval, which still results in a time-consuming repair (or payment, if you’re really lucky), while a denial results in total loss. These situations happen, unfortunately, and the family is the one that suffers.
Many military families face the dilemma of whether to start over in each new city by selling their used furniture and buying fresh (or even buying used), or dealing with the hassle and expense of shipping pieces the family has grown to love, risks and all. A great alternative to these problems is furniture rental. The dilemma of what to do about furniture is entirely removed and the flexibility to select the right pieces for your home and return all or some at will is a huge weight off the stressed and busy military family. Signature Furniture Rental offers package deals for the whole home or room by room, or you can choose piece by piece if you like for maximum customization. Select from a variety of couches, dining tables, bedroom pieces, and accessories in a variety of colors and sizes. With the many options of furniture rental you are sure to find something to fit into your personal décor.
As a military member, it’s understood that relocation is always a possibility. Furniture rental services offer easy return – including pick up – making your move an easier process and creating a smooth transition for your family. Moving is hard for anyone, but relocating a military family is even harder. Consider furniture rental as an option to make it even just a little bit easier on your family.
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Magnets are one of those little touches we don’t realize how much we miss when they aren’t there. Over time, magnets have become much more purposeful than the mere refrigerator decoration to uphold family photos and schoolwork. Some of the first refrigerator magnets came in the basic rectangular or cylinder shape and have since transformed into small works of art accentuating your kitchen. We really like these DIY magnets to adorn your fridge in a temporary location and provide a respite from impersonal accessories.
Go eco with these mini gardens made using wine corks. A simple and quick creation will add beauty and life to your kitchen with just a few items; corks, a knife, glue, magnets, and a screwdriver. You can even make these once you’re in your new location and store them in an empty travel mug when it’s time to go back home. Start by carefully carving out the center with a knife and finish creating the hole using the screwdriver. Glue the magnet to the back of the cork. Fill the hole with dirt and a small plant. Use plants that don’t require a lot of care and have a long life.
Sticking to the “green” theme, we found these unique tree branch magnets. Using a small branch (preferably found on the ground), you can add an earthy theme to your décor. Customize the branches by painting patterns or initials on them. Short inspirational quotes would be a good way to start your day each morning. We think there would make great coasters too! (If you missed our DIY coaster post, check it out.)
The blog How About Orange has created mini mod clocks using bottle caps. Of course, you can paint the caps in any design you prefer. Add a theme or mix it up. Due to the depth of the caps, it is important to glue something thick to the inside, such as a piece of cardboard, prior to adding the magnet. This way the magnet can effectively attach to the refrigerator or magnet board.
Magnets have moved beyond the kitchen and into the office or living areas. Create a personalized board for the office using a large sheet of metal, some fabric or patterned paper, and a large wood frame. Supplies may be purchased from craft stores, found around the house, or for a unique find, check out yard sales and thrift stores.
Our final DIY magnet project is created in a similar fashion to the memo board, but on a smaller scale – a magnet photo frame. What a perfect way to switch out photos quickly without all the fuss of removing the layers from the back of the frame and constantly checking to make sure if the photo is straight prior to sticking the cardboard back in. Plus, this way, you don’t injure your fingers trying to pull up on those little metal tabs every time.
Vases are one of those items that make a room feel more warm and inviting, but sometimes a vase just isn’t available when it’s needed. Vases are sometimes left out of basic furniture packages because renters view them as unnecessary. We beg to differ! Using items that you’ll already have or can purchase for a fairly low price can turn all sorts of objects into a vase.
With a little creativity and a few tools you can create an elegant and personalized set of vases.
If you have some natural talent of your own, you can go above and beyond by trying your hand at a project like this one. Individuals under the name of Custom Bottle Art by Celano Painting & Design, have created their business in which they sell their masterpieces. Using empty liquor bottles, the company paints just about any sports teams’ logo or player onto the glass. With lights added inside, you have a truly unique lamp that your friends are sure to envy.
A vase in a vase? Now that’s original, such a simple yet unique idea. This is the perfect solution to any odd numbered sets you have due to one breaking or getting misplaced or wanting to display a certain flower in a wide mouthed vase. Mix up colors and shapes for a variety of options. Fill in the empty space of the large jar with Christmas lights, marbles or colored glass, shredded magazine pages, or whatever you may have around that you aren’t using for some added personalization.
It’s easy to remake a crystal bottle or vase that you’re not too fond of with paint. Choose a glass paint that matches your decor, pour it inside and turn the bottle until all sides are covered. If you intend on using water inside the vase, make sure to choose a paint that is waterproof. Reusing cans create the ability to up cycle in a similar way: slightly squeeze an empty and cleaned soda can to create a unique shape. Spray paint the cans and use for smaller, single flowers for an artistic look. Leftover food cans can also be artfully repurposed by gluing ribbon or rope around the can, covering it completely and adding a small jar of water in the middle.
Let your imagination run wild and don’t forget to share your ideas with us!
One of the great things about corporate housing is the modern, upscale furniture rentals you’ll enjoy. But one of the down sides is being away from the things that make your house your home. With Earth Day quickly approaching we’ve decided to celebrate our environment with some upcycled DIY projects. The kicker is that these ideas are also perfect additions to temporary housing decor because they add personal touches to your home away from home.
When staying in a temporary corporate apartment it is important to keep furniture rental items in the condition in which they were found, thus avoiding any additional fees. We’ve found some fun coaster projects to help protect tables from unwanted rings and stains. Plus, coasters take up almost no space in your luggage and are easy to transport!
The quickest and easiest coaster we found involves just a little cardboard and patterned duct tape. This idea is inexpensive, fun and creative, and if you leave one of these guys behind, you won’t be too disappointed.
We just love these wine bottle cork coasters. Save the corks from your next wine and cheese night, cut them in half, and glue together in any shape of your choosing and glue a ribbon around the edge. This is a simple, yet classy addition to your coffee table.
Martha Stewart is always coming up with creative ideas and this one easy as pie with an elegant flare. Buy plain white tiles, lace, and spray paint. The possibilities are endless and the project is completed within minutes. Other lace options include using decoupage to adhere the lace to a tile for a 3D textile feel.
The next coaster project brings fun to the table. Utilizing pieces of the classic board game Scrabble, glue letter squares onto a cork board and add felt to the bottom. Letters can be placed randomly, with words hidden, or personalized with names. Create a theme amongst your coaster set and make a game of it when guests arrive!
The ultimate in coaster personalization comes with the addition of your favorite photos, wrapping paper, images from magazines, or your most memorable travels; that’s right, use a map! Using print outs or any type of paper, decoupage and tile, you can personalize to your heart’s content.
Alternatively, stamps may be used.
Drum roll please……we have found the most creative, Earth friendly, simplistic DIY coaster project for you. Are you ready for it? A cinnamon stick coaster! Just glue some cinnamon sticks together and trim with yarn or ribbon. Not only do you have a beautiful addition to your table which protects it, this crafty piece will make your place smell delightful. And it will certainly be an interesting conversation piece!
All of these ideas are a wonderful way to spruce up that coffee table, whether it’s rented or owned. Not only are these ideas great for your home, they make great personalized gifts for the people in your life. Sometimes do-it-yourself projects may seem overwhelming, but with a little imagination and some inspiration, DIY can provide you with a sense of accomplishment. Earth Day is almost here, get started now and share with your friends.
Check our blog often to find out about more projects from our DIY Series! We’ve already shown you our favorite DIY pallet furniture ideas.
Finding that unique piece of furniture can sometimes be difficult, but if you’re up for a DIY challenge, anything is possible. With the rise in eco-awareness, individuals are in constant search of the newest “green” project they can find, and there’s one that has caught our eye.
Pallet furniture has been popping up all around, with creations that go further than the mind may have imagined. From couches to tables, shelving units, and even entire houses have been made from pallets! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite pallet designs to share with you along with some fun tips and tricks.
Use two pallets to create a moveable table. Stack the pallets and add wheels for easy moving. Stain the wood and weatherproof it to have a great addition to your outdoor furniture.
Looking to update your garden? Dismantle a pallet, stain the wood, and lay pieces in your garden to create an elegant walking path. This is especially helpful if the pallet you’re using isn’t stable enough for other projects.
Shelving can come at a hefty price, but using a pallet is a cost effective way to update the look of any room. Add pallet shelving to the bathroom, use it in the kitchen as a spice rack, or hang in the dining room to display beautiful china. Paint the pallet and add personal touches of your own.
Simple projects go a long way with the right designs. Start your own DIY with the change in seasons to add variety to your household. Just be sure to select pallets that haven’t been treated with harmful chemicals and are free of any dangerous issues.
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Did you know that Pinterest is the third most popular social networking site out there? The site has become so popular we suspect people have imprints on their fingers from clicking the “pin it” button so often.
Part of this popularity may stem from how easy it is to use Pinterest for fun and exciting things, like planning a vacation. When planning a trip, the first step is figuring out where to go. The Earth is covered with land and sights to be marveled at and Pinterest allows the user an attractive way to discover them. Take a look around at what your pinning friends have posted and see if any of their favorites strike your fancy.
Still looking for a destination? Choose from the variety of categories that Pinterest offers from the menu at the top of the page. Some of the following topics that may help to get the vacay planning on its way:
Travel: this category will give you ideas from all over the world. From anything your heart may desire, to the fully unknown. One click on this link and you’re sure to dedicate hours of cyber-traveling bliss.
Architecture: is a great topic for those that have a passion for unique buildings and history. This link will show you amazing sites around the globe and can ignite the urge to visit places you’ve never imagined.
Art: if you have an eye for art or are intrigued to learn more about it, view this category for ideas of where you favorite art/artists are located. Get inspired to visit your newest favorite art works.
Outdoors: allows you to feel out what you want the most. Is it a botanical garden you want to visit or are you more interested in basking on the sandy beaches of an exotic destination?
Sports: utilize this Pinterest category as a way to find new and involved sporting events around the globe.
Once you’ve narrowed down an idea of where you would like to go, create a board for your top location. Create a different board for each city to compare and organize. Additionally, create separate boards for activities and different things to do and visit in those cities. What would you like to do while on your trip? Use Pinterest to put together a variety of fun things to do and start planning out an agenda.
It’s also helpful to have an idea of what’s to eat locally while on vacation, especially for those with special diets and allergies. Search the restaurants close to where you will be staying and create a board for “eats”. You can link directly to the places you are interested in checking out and include their direct contact info within the pin. Do the same for your lodging options: have some hotels or home stay options pinned.
Be prepared! Pin important and useful information that you will need while on vacation. Include your flight info, local travel info (i.e.-bus lines, etc,), resort information, and maps of the town you will be staying in. This is all especially useful if you are traveling abroad and don’t speak the native language.
The best thing about all of this pre-pinning? If you have the Pinterest app on your phone, you will have immediate access to all necessary information! It’s never been easier to plan your vacation with Pinterest.
Once you have arrived to your destination and are ready for some fun, snap a bunch of pictures and – you guessed it – start pinning! Maybe you can help another Pinterest user to help plan their next vacation.