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Investor Home Staging

The real estate investment market is still strong in Northern Virginia. We are seeing an increase in the investment “spec” home in addition to smaller, older homes simply being renovated and quickly re-sold. The smaller, less elaborate properties always benefit from staging to incorporate charm and style, regardless of the price point. The larger, luxury home investors often have a greater financial investment in the property. Staging is essential in reducing the days on market, carrying costs and results in a faster sale.                                       Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company.  Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your home can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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Luxury Home Staging

The Northern Virginia market has many levels of “luxury” properties, from the estates in Great Falls and Mclean, to the rolling hills of Beacon Hill and Creighton Farms in Loudoun County. Staged by Design® can meet the demographic of the luxury buyer by incorporating our extensive inventory of high-end furnishings to sell the lifestyle that meets and exceeds the expectation of the buyer.                                     Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company.  Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your home can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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Help with Interior Decorating! Try the new “View In My Room” tool from Houzz

Many new apps and tools are being released that are useful in the Home and Design field. We are excited about the ease of some, including the new “View In My Room” option within the popular Houzz app which is available for download via the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app allows you to preview an item in a room in your house before you make any purchase, then if you like the outcome, you can save it to your shopping cart and even save the preview as an image in an ideabook within Houzz . The app also includes a plethora of decor options that are all available for purchase. We think this app will help immensely in the world of home decorating and interior design. Talk about a worry-free online purchase! Check out the new “View in My Room” tool from Houzz now!   Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company.  Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your home can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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Make Staging Accessories a Part of Your Home Staging Plan

Accessories are an essential part of every home staging plan. They are an easy way to introduce color, personality and character into a room, and an inexpensive way to spark the imagination of potential buyers. Prospective buyers can imagine themselves living in a beautifully appointed home; and this is often the first step to making a sale. The kitchen is a key place in which to showcase color and shine. Often the focal point of family life, a place for entertaining and gathering, the kitchen can benefit from the immediate impact that a bowl of brightly colored fruit, (keeping it to one or two colors), or updated cabinet knobs and handles can make. A beautiful serving dish, something that says, “Come in, stay a while” on a counter can make prospective buyers feel immediately at home. In a family room, using accent cushions in complementary and contrasting colors and a variety of textures is a great way to add visual and tactile interest to a room. And is one of the quickest ways to dramatically change the look of a room. Artwork, whether it’s a print, painting or sculpture, can add personality and can help to highlight the focal points of each room, and create flow from room to room with a cohesive color scheme. Mirrors are also a great way to bring light into a room. Position them in spaces to create the feel of a larger room, or reflect a beautiful view or stylish chandelier. The use of ambient light with on trend lamps is essential in giving a home a bright and happy look, as well as lending an air of sophistication and elegance to the environment. Choosing lamps that are made with quality materials and a striking shape will add a touch of decadence. Plants and flowers are a great addition to any room. Whether it’s potted greenery or a fresh flower arrangement in a beautiful vase, flowers can add a sense of freshness to the room. If you are using live plants, make sure you remember to keep them healthy. We like use succulents as their varying colors provide not only texture, but color. All bathrooms should strive for a spa-like feel. Arrange towels on a counter or a...

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Home Staging – Movable Colors

Staging a Home with Neutral Walls and Color Pops When we stage a Northern Virginia home for sale, we begin with the neutralization process. We don’t believe that neutral is boring – we feel a room full of neutrals can be just as interesting as any colorful space, with the right layers, textures and accents. The shades we think of as neutral — whites, beiges, tans — don’t clash with anything. They are calm, soothing and never go out of style. Neutral rooms give color rich accessories the space to do what they do best – pop. This decorating tip isn’t just for home staging, you can easily bring on-trend color pops into your home through pillows, candles, and small accents that can easily be removed when the color is not longer trending.   We use color, pattern, and texture to create a cohesive style, mood, and feel in the homes we stage. The accent colors, patterns, and textures we use when staging a home are movable; they are present on artwork, decor, textiles, and sometimes furniture. We adhere to these simple decorating guidelines to create an inviting space for potential buyers. Patterns. Throw pillows, small accent pieces, and textiles in a mixture of patterns and sizes add personality and make a bold statement in any room.   Texture. Incorporating a variety of visual and tactile texture adds dimension interest to any room and keeps it from feeling cold and sterile. Metal. Warm gold, bronze, silver, nickel, and copper accents help bring warmth and regality to neutral spaces. Statement Art. Large-scale artwork, photography, and colorful prints add personality and create a strong focal point in a room. Adding “movable” pops of color and texture to a neutral décor make rooms look more interesting and give your eyes something to enjoy, particularly in photos, where potential buyers view your home for the first time. Contact us today to schedule your home staging consultation. We help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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Home Staging – Design Trends for Spring 2015

Our trip to the Design Market at High Point, NC! One of the perks of owning a business based in Home Design is that sourcing inventory is a requirement, which basically means I get to shop for a living. For those who know me, this is not a problem whatsoever, as I have the stamina of a marathon runner when it comes to a good shopping spree.  Armed with my list of favorite vendors as well as my trusted sources, I spent three days literally walking from showroom to showroom, taking note of trends, placing orders and taking in the thoughtfully planned displays and new products. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of any Design Market as there are thousands of manufacturers that cater not only to designers, but furniture retailers and those who purchase only by the container, with minimum quantities in the thousands. I thought I’d share a few design trends I observed that you may see appear at your local retailer in the next few months. Style: Mid-Century Material: Fossilized or Petrified Wood Texture: Feathers and Fur   Mid-Century: What’s old is new again. With the advent of “Mad Men” and the desire for clean lines and hipster sensibility, Mid-Century is holding strong as a prominent trend. This upholstered wing chair from Caracole offers clean lines with a nod to Danish design. I also love these bunching cocktail tables also!             Fossilized/Petrified Wood: The rustic look of a “live edge” for wooden dining and accent tables continues to hold strong, however, a newer incarnation of this type of look is petrified and fossilized wood tables and accents. It’s an eclectic look that pairs well with softer fabrics and textures for contrast.     Feathers and Fur: Faux fur can add either a lighthearted or luxurious touch to your home. We have used it in pillows and throws, but saw many incarnations at High Point such as footstools and seating. Use of feathers has trickled down from fashion into home accents such as sculptures and shelf decor.     The easiest way to incorporate current trends into your home is to start small, with elements of decor such as pillows, throws, accents and artwork. A...

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Staging a Vacant Home

Staging a vacant home is different than staging a home that is occupied. Often times, inside vacant homes there are merely white walls, making the home feel stark and unloved. There are numerous reasons a home could be on the market and vacant: the home is newly constructed or a spec home; the sellers have already moved; or the space could have been a rental property that is now on the market for sale. Creating a warm and inviting home is important, especially in a competitive real estate market. To stage a vacant home effectively, without breaking the bank, paint the walls a neutral color such as a soft gray or pale beige, update your light fixtures and cabinet hardware, and fix up the floors. Instead of staging each room, focus on the main living areas like the living room, dining room, kitchen, and Master Suite. Add an appropriate amount of furniture to each space, as well as a few pieces of art to create focal points throughout the room. Add accessories, including a couple faux florals that complement the art to create a cohesive look. Doing this will breathe new life into what was once a blank canvas. Ideally, a home should look “lived‐in” so buyers can judge the size of each room and envision their belongings in the home. Without furniture, a vacant home looks smaller, uninviting and gives potential buyers a difficult time in deciding if the home is an adequate size for their family. If a home is shown while vacant, buyers also tend to notice every imperfection, instead of focusing on the positive aspects of the home and how they can use the space. Home staging helps to hide imperfections such as drywall nail pops, floor scratches and other small flaws throughout the home. We at Staged by Design® understand the importance of giving life to a vacant property. Creating an inviting home out of an empty space will encourage buyers to stay longer, feel more comfortable and scale the home to ensure it fits their needs. When a home is vacant, buyers often assume the sellers are eager to sell and offer lower prices. With simple touches incorporated into a vacant space, a home can easily sell in...

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Curb Appeal – Staging Your Home Inside and Out

The spring real estate market is heating up in Northern Virginia, and more so than the temperatures! To ensure your home stands out from the rest of the neighborhood, stage the exterior of the home to create curb appeal. It’s just as important as staging the interior! A potential buyer will decide in the first few steps they take towards your home if they see themselves living there. If you have an overgrown lawn, cracked steps and weathered paint, rest assured your potential buyer will be running back to the car before they even step inside. Staging the exterior can make your home look bigger, fresher, and can positively influence the purchase price. Making these few simple changes can mean the difference between seeing a “Sold” or “Reduced Price” in your yard. First, make a “To Do” list and start with the simple things first. Remove children’s toys and lawn ornaments from the front yard, sweep the lead walkway and steps up to the front door, and take down anything that may be covering up your house numbers. If you have bushes and shrubs encroaching on the front stoop, trim them back and add pops of color by planting fragrant flowers in window boxes. Stage your front porch by adding a rocking chair or other seating to lend an inviting feel. If your home looks weathered, revive your exterior by power washing and painting; paying special attention to trim, shutters and front door. Make your home easy to find by replacing your house numbers, with a simple, yet modern style that is legible from far away. Don’t forget the backyard! Make sure to mow both the front and backyards before your open house and cut them regularly. Clean off lawn furniture and stage the backyard patio with a fun dining set and barbeque grill. Repair your fence and paint or stain your deck. Make sure to secure any loose boards and replace them as necessary. Most people need help envisioning their things inside and outside the home.  Making an investment in the exterior of your home can significantly influence the sale price of your home. Staged by Design® can not only create a staging plan for the inside of your home, but create curb...

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A Day in the Life of: Staging a Custom Home in North Arlington, VA

Some say you have to walk a mile in someone’s shoes to truly understand who they are and what they do. I have to agree. When you walk with my team, you must have comfortable shoes; otherwise you will have trouble keeping pace with these incredible home staging professionals I am so proud to work with. Staged by Design® was chosen to select décor for this remarkable home in the heart of North Arlington, Virginia, listed at over $2 million. Our first step in the home staging process beings with a preview of the home with one of the listing agents, Beth Sheehy of Sotheby’s International. As we walk through the home, we discuss the audience for this sophisticated home and determine the demographic of the buyer.  My team uses this information to create an overall staging concept, with individual ideas for each room to be staged. Once the initial design meeting is completed, inventory begins at the Staged by Design® warehouse in Loudoun County. Every piece is noted on the design sheet for each room with notations of accessories and art that will complement the selections.  Upon completion of the staging plan for this chic home, we start the “pulling” process. We gather furniture neatly tucked away in shelves while pulling accent pieces that make the space feel like a home.  The rooms come together, one by one, to create a cohesive feel from room to room.     All items are tagged as to their location in the home, packed and segmented into the loading area of our warehouse, awaiting loading onto the truck. This process can take anywhere from two to four hour depending upon the size of the home. On the day of the home staging, the items pulled the previous day are loaded onto the truck and delivered to the home.  Our team divides up into sections and styles each room according to the staging plan, ensuring the original vision is coming to life with each piece perfectly placed. When the last pillow has been placed, we leave the home in perfect order, with our signature or calling card; placing robust art work throughout the home to add warmth to the once empty space. With the job complete, this...

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