Summer Movie Giveaway!

Summer is known for blockbuster movie hits.  With the heat settling in, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon as a family than sitting in an air-conditioned movie theater.  SO, we decided to do a fun summer movie giveaway.  In addition to the amazing homes we have the privelege of staging throughout Northern Virginia, we started thinking about all the great houses we have seen in movies.  Have you ever dreamed of living in something you have seen on the silver screen?  If so, what house got your attention?  Here’s a few of our favorites: LEIGH – Practical Magic Leigh fell in love with the conservatory in this lovely house featured in the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.  Being an avid gardener, Leigh would kill to have a room like that in her house. KIM – Father of the Bride Kim really liked the traditional, nostalgic home of the Banks family in this 1991 movie.  The exterior of the home exuded charm and resonated family time. She loved the time spent between father and daughter with that courtyard and basketball hoop! WENDY – Twilight Wendy adored the sleek contemporary house of the Cullen clan in the 2008 Twilight movie. The architecture on this house is AH-MAZING! TRACY – Something’s Gotta Give Tracy was drawn to Diane Keaton’s Hampton beach house in this 2003 movie with Jack Nicholson. Just look at that wall of french doors with a view of the beach (swoon!) LAUREN – It’s Complicated Our California gal, Lauren, liked Jane’s Spanish style hacienda in this 2009 romantic comedy. With the classic terra cotta tile roof, interior arches and cozy kitchen it’s no wonder Lauren fell in love with it. What’s your favorite house from a movie?  Tell us and be entered for a chance to win a $25 Fandango giftcard for you and your family to enjoy! Also, be sure to follow and share on Facebook and Instagram. Winner will be chosen on July 17th!...

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Why Stage in a Hot Market?

You may wonder why it would be beneficial to stage your home or listing in a HOT market. Statistics show us that the average Days on Market for Loudoun County was 22 as of May 2019. Reduced inventory has continued to increase demand over the past year, and sales prices along with it. Many sellers may feel that their house will sell even if they are in need of cosmetic repairs and/or updates. While your home may still sell in a strong market, proper preparation and presentation increases demand by providing compelling online photos and can often create a bidding war. Staging is truly targeted marketing. We utilize photo styling tacticts to create compelling online photos. Over 90% of buyers shop online before stepping foot inside the door of the house. With polished professional photos, a well-designed, de-cluttered home creates that online interest needed to urge buyers to see the home in person. Staging also allows a buyer to visualize themselves and their family in the home. Most people have a hard time arranging and designing their homes. By having it staged, they can instantly see how spaces are used, gain ideas, and acquire a sense of home when they walk in the door. Appealing to the emotion of the buyer is one of the most important benefits of staging your home for sale. Realtors have a fiduciary responsibility to help their clients sell their homes for the most amount of money. The National Association of Realtors cites that staged homes can increase sales prices by 5-10%. In any kind of market, consider sharing one tool they can use to get more money for their home – STAGING! Staged by Design offers consultations for occupied homes, as well as full staging for vacant homes. Feel free to contact us for your staging...

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Leigh Newport in Sterling, VA on Houzz
Best of Houzz 2017

Many of you already know and love the popular home design website, Houzz.com. We at Staged by Design share your enthusiasm and addiction to the site that enables us to search, dream and design our homes using literally millions of photos for inspiration. Houzz has been a platform of communication between clients, source for referrals and testimonials and best of all, a wonderful supplement to our website to be able to showcase the large body of work our company has created throughout the years. We are so pleased to be chosen as one of the “Best of Houzz” for 2017, an honor we have held each year consecutively since 2013. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check it out, we suggest you do so immediately. That is, if you have several hours to...

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Home Staging – Levis Hill House in Middleburg, VA

We recently had the pleasure of donating a full home’s-worth of furniture and decor to a very deserving resident of Levis Hill House in Middleburg, VA. Watch her reaction here. Thanks to the Windy Hill Foundation and My Guys Moving for their much appreciated help and coordination to change someone’s life! 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 property 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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How to Fix Awkward Spaces

Creating both a dining or entry area where neither are clearly defined is essential when showcasing awkward spaces for sale. The entry table in the living room becomes the “foyer”, with the back of the loveseat defining the space and creating a cozy seating area. Integrating a dining table in a kitchen to create an eat in space is best done by using a glass topped table and small scaled chairs to provide purpose, but not overwhelm the space. Buyers only know what they see, not the way it will be. Staged by Design provides purpose to unique rooms and takes awkward to amazing. 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 property 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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Professional Home Stager for Oakridge Communities

Oakridge Communities is a locally owned and operated home-building company in Northern Virginia. We have had the pleasure of working with Mike Gorman of Oakridge Communities over the last year. Catering to the millennial generations, Oakridge has recently built new homes in up-and-coming neighborhoods of Hamilton and Haymarket, Virginia. We have also had the opportunity to stage these homes and have enjoyed implementing the projects immensely. Thanks Oakridge Communities! 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 property 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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The Elements of Home Staging – Lansdowne Woods Article

    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 property 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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Loudoun Times-Mirror Article on Decluttering

We were honored to be asked for our advice on de-cluttering and preparing your home for sale. This is our first time Staged by Design® has been featured in various local newspapers and we are so happy to be able to contribute! The fall guide of the Loudoun Times-Mirror, September 22 edition featured the following article, Selling your home?  First take time to declutter.  Take a look at what we had to say!   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 property 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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Most Saved Image on Houzz

For those of you who know and love Houzz, it provides endless opportunities for home ideas, decor inspiration and renovation updates. We recently received the 1,000 saves badge as a result, meaning our photos have been saved over 1,000 times! The photo below which has received the most saves overall continues to be popular, we think due to the fun color and soothing aspects of the decor we chose for this model home. Hope you like it too!                               As Northern Virginia’s premier professional home stager we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less time!  Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your property can...

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Home Staging Dilemma – What do I do with all my books?

Rooms with wall to wall, or built in bookcases are prime candidates for editing or removing altogether if possible. Don’t get me wrong, we hold no personal grudge against the written word, rather it’s the weight they can create in a room when assembled en masse. Much of what we do as professional home stagers is create additional visual space in each room. Our general recommendation is to remove at least 1/3 of the books if the bookcases remain in the room. Do take care to remove any political, religious or controversial titles as a rule.   I realize that those of you who are voracious readers and book collectors will be horrified or at least slightly offended to read this. To make you feel better, in this age of e-readers, Kindle’s and book apps, I may be one of the few home owners actually adding a library in lieu of a living room. (Note: I’m also not selling my house). I personally delight in the feel of a book and the promise that the pages hold. For me, reading and appreciating a good book is a tactile experience that even the best well-lit Kindle device cannot offer.   As for staging, although we typically recommend removing books in their overflowing state, books are a wonderful tool to backfill areas where overly personal items may have been placed. They can lightly fill built-in shelves, as well as add interest and speak to the demographic of the buyer. For example, we always add a golf book when staging in the communities of Creighton Farms, Belmont Country Club and River Creek, placed on the coffee table in a prominent arrangement. Professional home stagers never adhere heavily to a theme of any sort, however our goal is to let the staging speak to the mindset of the type of person that would choose that home. Books help to convey that sentiment. Another example is adding books on Virginia Hunt Country when staging in such locales as Delaplane, Middleburg and Western Loudoun.   The photos illustrate some of our favorite ways we incorporate books as accessories and decor, not just for staging but for interior redesign as well.   We often use stacks of books that provide height, color...

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The Politics of Staging Your Home for Sale

As the incumbent homeowner, your goal is to no longer think of your house as a home, but as a product to market and sell. Your platform is the demographic of the buyer. Who are they? Where are they moving from? How old are they? Is this a dual market?(new home buyers AND downsizers). Ensure that the visual presentation of your home matches the expectation of the buyer. Your photo-op is ongoing, not just a one-time event. Be sure to leave your home in show-ready condition every day. When your caucus convenes, (open house) or primaries take place (broker’s open) ensure your home is extraordinarily clean. You may be able to get away with stashing a few items in a closet before photos were taken, but showings and public events are time to shine. Don’t let the other parties expose the skeletons in your closet. Be conservative in the display of your collections. Group items in arrangements of three, in heights tall, medium and small. Apply pops of color liberally. Create a palette of no more than three colors and incorporate it throughout the home, in artwork, pillows and accents. Rugs are the moderates of home decor when staging. Neutral is best overall. High contrast rugs overpower a room in photos. Don’t let there be any debate over the condition of your home. Proactively address all deferred maintenance issues before listing, or your offers will reflect the poor upkeep of your home. Seek the assistance of your professional stager for help before you list your home. Don’t be forced to lose your funding by incurring a price reduction.   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 property can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less time!  ...

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From Staged to Sold in…

Staging works for all property types as seen in our recent successes in this info-graphic.   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 property can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less time!  ...

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