For many homeowners, finding ways to boost a home’s value without spending a ton of money can be tricky. There are several small projects you can take on that will improve your house in terms of aesthetic and updates. Though with some of these, there is no guarantee that the value will increase should you decide to sell down the road. Bigger projects require funding, not to mention quite a bit of time and effort, and you might need to hire a contractor. Fortunately, there are some easier ways to boost your home’s value, such as creating curb appeal.
We, at Seattle Staged to Sell, know the importance of designing rooms that will create emotional connections not just for the grown ups, but their kids as well. When you are selling a home, you are not just selling it to the parents but to the whole family.
When you are selling your home, staging outdoor spaces is just as important as staging indoors. Whether you are selling a condo with a small balcony or a house with a spacious yard, staging these spaces creates interest and a lot of value to your home.
The Pantone Color Institute selected Greenery, a lush and vibrant yellow-green, to be the color of the year for 2017.
Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, wrote:
“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political climate. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
While location is key, it does not contribute to the interior’s appeal. This condo is located in Seattle’s hip neighborhood, Capitol Hill. Despite the condo’s prime locale, the condo itself was bland and uninspiring. We made it our mission to stage the condo and make a statement. To do so, we used bold colors in an eclectic design to bring an energy that matched the neighborhood’s spirit.
Thanksgiving has now passed, and for those who celebrate Christmas, it is time to put up a Christmas tree. Christmas trees are a beautiful way to bring the holiday spirit into your home; however they may not be the best fit for everybody. They take up a lot of space, are bad for the environment, and they may be more hassle than what they worth especially for those who travel for the holidays. For those of you who have limited room and time or simply want eco-friendly options, we have put together a list of our 5 favorite ideas to replace a Christmas tree and still deck the halls.
We were recently featured in a Houzz editorial on the importance of home staging!
In Karen Egly-Thompson’s editorial, Houzz guides home sellers on the investment of home staging. Egly-Thompson shares tips and explanations so you can get the most out of your investment:
Staged for Success: The Case for Hiring a Home Stager
“Before listing your home, tap into the talents of a home stager. You may sell your home faster and at a bigger profit. Home staging has become an increasingly formidable force in helping people sell their homes more quickly and for more money. Its overall goal is to help prospective home buyers emotionally connect with a space, hopefully leading to an offer to buy. Home staging isn’t limited to just high-end properties. It has become a norm for homes at all price points. While staging may seem like an additional hassle and expense, the investment can pay off. Here’s a guide to home staging, including the benefits, process and reasons to stage your home if you’re considering a move…”
This traditional home in the Denny Blaine community in Seattle is framed by gorgeous trees all around. Mesmerized by the trees, we decided to take the surrounding nature and incorporate it into our design by using different natural textures to compliment the hardwood wood flooring and trimming.
Of all of the homes we have staged, the entry of this luxury craftsman home is one of our favorites. The details of the stained glass window inspired our color palette and design style. Its soft colors complimented the dark wood trimming and neutrals throughout the house. A stained glass window is classic and timeless, and we wanted to bring these qualities into our design while keeping the style updated.
Recently, I came across a study done by the University Of Florida about the relationship of our happiness with our ability to easily make decisions and feel at peace once we have made them. Basically, the study suggested that people who think too much before making decisions and debating with themselves as to whether they have made the right decision or not, put themselves at risk of suffering from unhappiness. According to this study, people who can make decisions easily by following their guts’ instincts, and being content with their decisions, are more likely to live happy lives and have wonderful careers, not to mention better health. The purpose of this study was to find ways to help these groups of indecisive people who agonize themselves over every decision and feel stuck.
I love scientists and I appreciate all they do to make our lives better. I can understand why severe indecision could cause grief and I am delighted that scientists are working on finding ways to remedy this problem. However, I wonder if these studies included any designers and/or any design decision category. Why? Because, I feel strongly about one area where being indecisive is a good thing and that is in the design arena.
When I work with my design clients, I often tell them “don’t make a rash decision”, “live with it for a while”, or “take different samples and see which one will grow on you.” Making numerous decisions and selecting investment pieces is intimidating for most people. I purposely encourage my clients to take their time in making their decisions.
Being indecisive when it comes to design is something that I believe we all have experienced. We’ve gone to a paint shop and picked up a few paint swatch samples and put them on our walls to see which one we like. We have hung a frame on the wall to only re-hang it again somewhere else at a different height. We have bought several pillows in different colors and shapes to try out and returned the rest.
Indecision can cause stress and dissatisfaction. I agree with this university study and their conclusion, but when it comes to decorating and designing, Ibelievecoming to a design decision slowly, the process of it, is just pure joy. In addition, this way clients have seen the design project evolving and through it, they have also learned some design aspects and their own likes and dislikes. For me, these facts make decorating and design indecisiveness a good and even a necessary thing.
It is easy to go and just buy whatever you see in the first store and exactly as they have displayed their products. But again, where is the JOY in that? If you want to change your home decor or decorate your new home, I advise you to visit many, many stores and look at lots and lots of magazines. Cut out the pictures that you like or take pictures of any displays that inspire you. Then edit them. Soon, you’ll start seeing a pattern. This is the first step – and remember, the process is what makes these type of projects fun.
What projects are you working on? What has been your experience?