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  • This Ravenna Tutor House Got 2 Offers & Was Sold In 4 Days

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    The home sellers of this beautiful Ravenna home were moving to San Francisco and they asked us to help them stage their home for the market. These motivated home sellers were excited about the new chapeter of their lives and wanted to move on.

    • The house got a new coat of paint inside and out
    • The carpets were cleaned professionally
    • The garden got a new makeover with the help of newly laid sod, seasonal flowers and mulch
    • Necessary repairs in the kitchen were completed
    • Added two new shelves above the stove to create a function for an otherwise “dead space”
    • The entire house, including the windows, was professionally cleaned
    We introduced some orange and red accent colors for the entire house to create a cohesive and inviting look.
    ravenna house in seattle wa for sale
    This Ravenna house got two offers and was SOLD in four days!

    When the home sellers walked into their house after being staged, this is what they said:  “We absolutely LOVE what you have done with our home. We just wish you could have come in and staged it when we were living here since you made much better use of the space!”  And this is why we love what we do!

    You can review our Testimonial Page.

    Here is the video of the house by HD Estates: http://hd-estates.com/tudorinravenna.

     

     

  • A Seattle Home In Ravenna Neighborhood Staged & SOLD!

     We recently received a call from one of our dear clients, Ron Waxman, from SeattleResults.com team, asking us to stage one of their listings on the upcoming Saturday. The challange was not so much about working on a Saturday, something that we don’t often do, but it was more the fact that it was now Wednesday night and the home sellers had only two days to prepare their home for us to come in and stage it.

    What made this even more of a challange was the fact that the home seller’s husband was out of country for business, she had a toddler, the interior walls of several rooms needed to be painted, several big pieces needed to be taken to storage and lots of little items needed to be packed and put away.  And all this needed to be accomplished in just two days!

    seattle home stager prepares a ravenna house for sale
    This Ravenna Craftsman home looked like a fairy tale house.

    Sometimes it takes a village to to prepare homes for the market successfully. This was certainly true in this situation. Both Ron Waxman and his partner, Ricklie Stone, pitched in to help the home seller get all these jobs done and helped us on the staging day as well. 

    This house looked beautiful and showed well. And most important, it was ready to welcome the potential home buyers in. The house SOLD less than a week and the home sellers knew that they will be spending their Christmas in their new home in Redmond. 

     

     

     

     

  • White Paint For The Walls

    White paint!  It seems that many people have a love – hate relationship with white paint.  Frequently, when I meet with my interior design clients OR home sellers, I hear comments like those listed below over and over. So I thought it would be helpful to discuss some of these issues related to white paint.

    tips on choosing white paint for your home.
    Is white paint a right choice for your home or not?
    • “I have lived with white walls because I am afraid of choosing the wrong colors.”  This is a common comment that we hear from of our clients. If you are afraid of choosing a color, that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with white.  You should live with white walls only because this is something that you love to live with and white walls in the right homes can be stunning. You can overcome this problem by either finding a professional who can provide color consultations (and this is small investment with big impact) or purchasing small paint samples yourself and paint 2’x2′ white boards and pin them on your wall. This way you can live with the colors that are considering for awhile and see how it changes with the natural light throughout day. This is a very effective exercise. 
    • “I hate white! It’s boring and makes the rooms feel cold.”  Not all white colors are created equally.  I think the generic contractor white is to blame for this misunderstanding. There are so many beautiful shades of white to choose from and it works well in any style of home. Many different elements like wood, texture, and accessories can be brought into an all white room to make it inviting and cozy.
     
     
    • How to choose white paint for your home.
      White walls in a modern and country style home. Source: Elle Decor & Sweet Savannah Rooms
    • “This room needs to be painted in white since it is small and I want to make it look bigger.”  This is another myth and it doesn’t hold true all the time. Some of the smaller rooms look more inviting and energized with the help of some BOLD color like this powder room that belonged to a house that we staged for one of our clients. 
      tips on choosing bold colors for small rooms
      This bold orange powder room is stunning.
    • “Ceilings always have to be white.” Again, not always. You should think of your ceiling as your fifth wall. Elements of fun, elegance and surprise can be brought into to a room by being creative with the ceiling colors or patterns.
    • tips on Painting the ceilings of your rooms
      Remember your ceiling is your FIFTH wall. Source: House Beautiful and MyIdealHome.com
    • “White is the best color when it comes to selling homes.”  Again, this is a myth. Warm neutral colors are the best choices for homes for sale and not all neutrals are white.  In addition, some rooms look lovely with bold colors. If you read this previous blog you will see that I said YES to all different colors for this home for sale since it was done tastefully and thoughtfully.  Whereas the sellers of this home for sale   should have had followed our advice and painted the walls in Jute by Benjamin Moore, which is a warm neutral.
    • “All white paints are the same.”  Another myth busted.  There are many many white colors both in warm and cool tones. If you just look at a fan deck, you will see all sorts of white colors. “White walls will showcase my art pieces better.”   It is true that most museums and art galleries use white walls to showcase their pieces. But this is because they rotate many many pieces around all the time and white walls are easier to deal with.  However, when it comes to your own home, you can use different wall colors not only to showcase your art pieces, but even to enhance a feature about them that you love.How to choose paint color for your walls
    • Colors on walls can actually showcase your wall art in a stronger way. Source: Decorati

      Don’t be afraid to experiment. This is the only way for you to find out what is it that your really love and want.  Go Ahead and start painting!