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East Coast Living has inspiring ideas for home stagers

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I love East Coast Living!  Both the actual living — and Atlantic Canada’s exclusive homes magazine. It’s got lush photography and great articles on home-life improvement topics.

East Coast Living Magazine

Great mag!

Each issue, I get in-depth profiles of incredible Atlantic Canadian homes, practical information on building, renovating, gardening and decorating—all from a unique East Coast point of view.

It’s inspiring ideas for home stagers, too.  Have a look.


A versatile 99 cent home staging accessory

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

What’s one of the easiest (and most economical) home staging or home décor accessories you can use?  Tissue (Kleenex) boxes.  All brands (even no-name) have created the most amazing designs and colours for every room and season.  My tissue box is always on my marble in the kitchen, blending with the décor and within easy reach for all — especially when I’m watching Oprah and her favourite things!

Dimmer switches and lighting tricks for home staging

Friday, January 7th, 2011

You can dim lights just slightly to extend lamp life and save energy, without the change in light level being noticeable.

When we stage a home we use a low-watt bulb which enables the Realtor to switch on the lamps to create an appealing glow in each room. Most homes work with a combination of warm and cool tones to provide what is normal to the eye. Balance and layering are the two keys to success. Now what wattage would I need to read the latest Billy Connolly’s novel? LOL!

Christmas decorating tips

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Concentrate your decorating in one area.  If you have a fireplace, then the mantle is a good place to start.

Choose a colour scheme to complement your room, but the look should always be festive, and decorate using two or three colours only.

Don’t overdo it! Too many ornaments and greenery look nasty.  You just need enough decoration to give the room a pleasant, polished, festive look.

Take command when staging or decorating your own house!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Amazing product just recently advertised on the TV & various décor publications which eliminates a hammer, nails & plugs.  By using the Command, their  hooks or picture hanging strips make things so much easier – all you do is pull on the strip & remove the hook.  Even better there’s no damage & no repairs to the walls.

It’s perfect for home stagers and what a fantastic tool for Christmas to hang up all your decorations & a stocking filler for the other time of the year.


Which reminds me … need to get my list of to Father Christmas or Santa as my boys say !! wall.

Homes without furniture need sprucing up

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Prior to any job we always go to the property for our consultation to check-out colour schemes for accessories & the layout of the rooms for furniture placement.  One thing we have noticed with some older vacant homes is that they all need a spruce up.

Window are dirty, window casings laced with dead flies & cobwebs holding the masterful spider.  Dirt bunnies in corners hiding from the stagers, & the bathrooms  OMG no toilet roll & squeegee soap on the side – not a pump insight!

Rest assured the Dirt Devil is always in the pimped out van for quick fixes & once staged the Agent makes sure everything is checked before the Agents Open House & Open House.

A staged bathroom

Smart Tips

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I was just going through notes I’d jotted down on various jobs, and I compiled a few home staging tips…

Bedroom Home Staging Smart Tip

Whites, neutrals, blues, greens or pinks create a restful ambiance in the bedroom making a restful sleep.

 Kitchen Home Staging Smart Tip

 Don’t choose  trendy cabinetry for the kitchen – it can quickly look dated.   With a little effort replacing backsplashes, countertops, sinks, faucets and wall coverings would be a better choice.

 Smart Tip for staging Family Rooms for TV viewing

 Select window treatments that open & close easily to block out glare causing sunlight…. Then you can focus on the nachos & the Man U game!

Home staging furniture recycling Tip

 Use an old painted painted bench as a coffee table – how easy is that an a talking point over a latte !?