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One of the most overlooked areas of the house for home staging is the backyard. When presenting a house for sale, it’s important that the backyard be just as presentable as the rest of the property. It’s a mistake to assume that potential buyers won’t look in the backyard or that they’ll “fix it up later,” after a purchase.

For many shoppers, the backyard is a crucial part of their decision when selecting a house. Thus, it’s important that the backyard be treated with care and staged properly. Here are 5 quick backyard staging concepts and guidelines that will help sell a home:

1) Remove any large unwanted items

The first step you can do is to remove any large junk or trash items from the backyard. This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people try to present a house that has piles of junk, trash bags, and similar items laying around. This creates space for you to use as you set up your staging concept items.

2) Make sure the backyard is properly landscaped and manicured

Once you’ve done the major hauling, make sure the backyard is cleaned and properly landscaped. Again, having the lawn mowed, touching up painting, and fine-tuning similar details might seem obvious, but many home stagers seem to miss this step. In particular, a power washer or pressure washer can come in handy for brightening up concrete, bricks, and other outdoor surfaces.

3) Emphasize usage and activity areas

Here comes the fun part! Now that the backyard space has been properly cleared and cleaned, you can begin filling that space with items that highlight the backyard’s design, purpose, and natural beauty. The backyard is a place meant for activities, so it helps to mentally section off areas according to activity. Then, you can fill them with a few items that suggest what that area will be used for.

For instance, if there’s a swimming pool or spa, you might want to add a few related items nearby, such as a lounge chair or a beach umbrella. If the backyard has a built-in deck, you can add a small, cheap grill. Add some gardening tools near a planting area, and so forth.

4) Consider your clientele base

Be sure to consider your clientele base when adding any decor items or any type of outdoor furniture. Make sure all decorations are neutral and don’t send any messages that might alienate a particular set of buyers. For instance, just because you’re in San Diego doesn’t mean that everyone is a Padres fan, so don’t use any team or brand-specific decor or flags.

Trying to satisfy the needs of all potential buyers can create a disastrous look. For instance, if the backyard is filled with green grass, green shrubs, and fruit trees, don’t add any items that are intended for desert-style southwestern backyards (rocks, cactuses, etc.). Avoid tacky decor and any items that might clash with the overall theme of the backyard. Stick to neutral themes and items.

5) Make it look livable and full of life

Make sure the backyard makes the house look “liveable”. Buyers tend to shy away from homes that have too much of a sterile and empty look about them.

To counteract this, you can use certain staging items to subtly suggest that the place is alive. You can plant some flowers or place some potted plants to add a touch of life. A bird or squirrel feeder, or a bird bath can have a similar effect. Make sure these types of items are well-maintained!

Hopefully, these pointers will help you understand the importance of backyard staging. If you need indoor staging options and packages, be sure to contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have rental options that can dramatically improve indoor staging and rental items for personal use, as well.

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The ceiling and airspace above can be one of the most overlooked aspects of room decor. It’s one of those subtle factors that can be easily missed; yet, when done properly, it can really round out the feeling and theme for the entire room.

The ceiling is similar to flooring in that it covers the entire span of the whole room; however, it’s not as immediately obvious. Thus, it’s important not to overdo it—ceiling decor should serve to accentuate the room rather than distract. Here are some suggestions for quick and easy ceiling decorations that you can implement in no time.

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are great for adding a touch of warm light to the room. This works especially well for situations that call for low-lighting, such as a casual dinner, an intimate dance setting, or an open-mic event. White or off-white lanterns can create a feeling of ethereal spaciousness, while pastel lanterns can add a touch of festivity. The best part is that these are usually cheap and can be replaced or changed without much hassle.

Drapings

These have become very popular for formal events like weddings, cotillions, and balls. When hung from the middle of the room, it feels like you’re inside a breezy tent or beneath a canopy. Experiment with different drape colors and lighting effects behind the drapings to create different moods.

Mini Chandeliers

Full-sized chandeliers can sometimes be gaudy and intrusive. This is less-than-ideal for smaller spaces and rooms. Instead, opt for a mini-chandelier. This is a practical way to enjoy the formality of a chandelier while maintaining a feel of space and openness above. This is especially good for dining areas where a large table is already occupying much of the vertical room space.

Hanging Fans

Similar to paper lanterns, hanging tissue fans are a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the ceiling area. They provide some movement and look really nice when a slight draft or breeze travels through the room. They’re also excellent for nurseries and children’s rooms, as they can provide visual stimulation for babies and toddlers. These can also be changed or removed at a moment’s whim when needed. Try making your own with paper plates or other materials.

Compass Rose

A compass rose is the the figure on a compass or map that is used to display the four cardinal directions. Sometimes called the “Rose of the Winds” or a windrose, this figure can be used in many ways on the ceiling. It works particularly well for a nautical-themed room, such as a nursery or a reading/hobby room. The image conjures up feelings of old-fashioned travel, exploration, and adventure.

You can make the rose functional (i.e., actually lined up with north/south, etc.), so you always know the directions in your home. If the room isn’t exactly lined up, you can also just line it up with the corners or walls. Also, you don’t always need to label it—you can keep it a discreetly painted image, or expand it to look like a highly decorative motif piece.

Ceiling decorations can really tie an entire room together due to the abundance of space involved. It’s an easy way to add some detail in a subtle yet effective manner. For more extensive decor and furnishing ideas, you may wish to explore furniture rental options. Furniture rental has quickly become established as an exciting and efficient option for interior design. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for complete rental packages or to check out individual items.

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One of the best ways to gain knowledge and information about interior design is to attend a craft show. Craft shows and expos are great ways to gather materials, meet people with similar interests, and harvest new ideas for your place. There are tons of craft gatherings going on in San Diego all year-round. Here are some pointers to maximize your time while attending craft shows in San Diego.

Sign Up Early

It helps to sign up for tickets early—some of the more popular shows and conventions can sell out quickly. Some larger San Diego craft shows are recurring and happen every year. These ones tend to post information about their events sooner. An example of this is the Harvest Festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds, one of San Diego’s biggest craft shows.

Signing up early is especially important if you plan to have your own exhibit or display at an event. You can also visit online calendars to see schedules of shows throughout the year.

Do Some Networking

Sure, we all love shopping online and buying goods that we normally don’t have access to in our neighborhoods. But one thing that’s missing from those transaction is the human element. Craft shows are an excellent opportunity to network and meet other crafters. Be sure to take down contact info from any vendors or attendees that might be of interest to you. If you have one, bring your own business card and introduce yourself to potential colleagues or clients.

Ask Lots of Questions

Along those same lines, craft shows are an excellent time to ask any specific questions you might have. These can be about anything—specific materials used, design techniques, project ideas—it’s really up to you. Vendors tend to be open and willing to give advice while you’re at their station. Other attendees might also have some good tips and personal stories to share.

Have a Plan or Itinerary to Maximize Your Time

With craft shows and expos, one comment that many people have is, “I didn’t get to see all visit all the vendors that I wanted to.”  You can avoid this by planning your day and forming an itinerary. That way, you can at least have a loose idea of the main displays that you want to see.

If possible, try and call ahead or visit the website and see which vendors and craft displays will be present. You can also find out the times and locations for instructional classes and seminars. At the very least, there should be a map of all the vendors and the floor layout provided by the host when you get to the event. You can circle or number your “plan of attack” and draw out a route for your day.

Bring a Friend or Go in a Group

When it comes to arts and crafts shows, the more the merrier! Bringing friends is a great way to introduce them to your hobbies if they aren’t already fans. Also, you can split the group up and cover more ground that way. Later on, you can regather and report back on your findings. Also, some shows might offer group discounts.

When it comes to crafts and interior design, being more active in the community can really boost your skill set and knowledge base. If you’re looking for more extensive options in terms of home decor and furniture, be sure to visit Signature Furniture Rental. We love providing feedback and suggestions for your home, and can suggest various furniture rental options to round out your inner home life.

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DIY Christmas Decor That Won’t Break the Bank

One of the best parts of Christmastime holidays is the decorating. Warm Christmas decor can help your guests feel welcome and at home at your place. This is your opportunity to showcase your creativity and to create an inviting atmosphere for friends and family.

This year, you don’t have to let Christmas decor be a drain on your resources. Here’s a list of 7 DIY Christmas decor ideas that won’t break the bank. These involve a minimum of materials which you probably already have in your house.

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Staging With The Seasons: Six Winter Home Staging Tips | Signature Furniture Rental

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Make no mistake, winter home staging is a challenge. There are more factors that stagers must keep in mind to avoid having potential buyers leave feeling cold, both figuratively and literally. More than the warmer months, winter home staging requires stagers to combat the elements to make a home feel attractive to potential buyers even when the weather outside isn’t ideal.

That’s why we thought it was important to make this guide for winter home staging so your sales can surge while the temperatures plummet. Read on to see our six best winter home staging tips.

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DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Give thanks because it’s Thanksgiving time yet again. While we all love sitting around and stuffing our face silly with Thanksgiving dinner, it takes some work to get your home ready for the festivities this fall. But don’t worry, a little work goes a long way when it comes to DIY Thanksgiving decorations, because just a little love and time will transform your home into a Thanksgiving paradise. See our six favorite DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas right here.

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Like it or not, holiday season is coming. You’ve already made it through Halloween, but now Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And while everybody loves getting together with loved ones and stuffing their face silly with turkey, it’s not quite as relaxing for the person in charge of actually entertaining everybody on Thanksgiving day.

With so much to do and prepare for Thanksgiving, it’s no wonder why some people get stressed during the holidays. That’s why we’ve made a list of our favorite Thanksgiving entertaining tips to help you have the most stress-free Thanksgiving ever, even if you are the one hosting.

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The Six Best Craft Stores in San Diego

San Diego is a great place to be a crafter and DIYer. Perpetually beautiful scenery in all directions, from the beaches to the mountains to the desert, means that San Diegans can find inspiration almost everywhere. Plus, once you’ve been inspired, San Diego is also full of truly fantastic craft stores where you can turn your inspiration into a reality. So whatever your chosen craft is, (quilting, painting, scrapbooking, upcycling, etc.) there are craft stores in San Diego ready for you. Read on to see our six favorite craft stores in San Diego.

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Although we’d like to think that we know everything there is to know about home staging, home staging is always changing. That’s why we here at Signature Furniture Rental like to keep our finger on the pulse of the latest home staging news, tips, and trends. One of the best ways to do this is follow some of the many great home staging blogs that are out there.  Read on to find out the 5 home staging blogs we love and couldn’t do without.

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Creepy DIY Halloween Decor

We’re only 10 days away from Halloween, is your home ready to be the creepiest one on the block? Go beyond the standard store-bought decorations that aren’t actually creepy at all and DIY your Halloween decor this year to create some actually scary decorations that are super fun to make. Read on to see our 5 most creepy DIY Halloween decor ideas that are sure put a fright into your guests or trick or treaters.

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