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Archive for the ‘Home staging innovations’ Category

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.

Our staging furniture’s even more versatile than I imagined!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I recently worked with an agent who used Chips and Kerry Home staging to sell one of her empty, vacant listings.  We did, of course!!  During this process, relationships develop which is another key to your success for future business.

I was asked to use my home staging skills to stage an “occupied home”, converting a very small upstairs bedroom which contained a double bed.  The agent was obviously familiar with our staging furniture so she thought perhaps we could use a NextStage twin bed so the room would appear larger.

I do not own one of their twin beds so I made my own with the Nextstage fibreboard using four bases, a headboard and a side table to fill in the side!  As you can see in the picture the bedoom looks amazing.

Twin bed created from NextStage

Staging furniture makeover! This did not begin as a twin.

Client was happy & so was I.

Barb Schwarz weighs in on “the actors”

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

We all know Barb Schwarz, a staging pioneer and the author of “Home Staging: The Winning Way To Sell Your House For More Money.”

Here’s what she had to say in the article cited in the previous post.

“The last thing a broker wants to see is people in the house. Home buyers will start talking to the people – and not about the house.   You’re selling the space, not the stuff and certainly not the people. Staging a home is about depersonalizing it. Putting people in it is the ultimate way of personalizing the space.”

How’s this for a home staging innovation?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

If you thought you knew everything about home staging, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.  Check this out:

This company uses real people to stage homes
This company uses real people to stage homes!

Check out the article.

This company doesn’t stop at home staging with furniture and fresh flowers.  They’re bringing in a family of actors to “physically manifest… somebody’s dream.”  If I knew this was happening in my neighbourhood, I would definitely check it out, as it’s so out of the box and extraordinary. The Builder’s budget must have been huge, but from a marketing point of view, I think it’s brilliant.  I wonder if I contacted the Coronation Street producers, would they oblige?

Visiting National Home Show, we discover a great home staging tool – amazingly fast ironing!

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Have to  share with you a great gadget of 2010.. Now I’ve got you wondering whatever  next?!

After visiting the Toronto Home Show in February we were totally gob  smacked with the evolution of the good old iron!  The demonstrator was  presenting to us an iron that steams in a vertical position when smoothing out  hanging clothes – yes that’s right … As well as on the traditional ironing  board.  Very little pressure is required, the steam regulator can be  controlled with very little moisture. The pressure is so intense it can iron  10 napkins at once in less than a minute.

After the demo I thought for $150 this is a remarkable tool for a Homestager since we iron slipcovers, bed linen etc and would take little effort for these creases! So OK another purchase to weigh down the suitecase back to Halifax with “Heavy Bag” label attached .. But no shoes this time!

Like a kid in a candy store couldn’t wait to try out my iron like the demonstrator and I am so pleased that the results are incredible and no real effort.  A good time saving of at least 40 minutes which is like winning an Olympic Gold just like Sydney Crosby – both from Nova Scotia.

Think of the time saved on site at your next Home Staging job.

Powerful things can happen in small packages and pleased to say we found it!

If you’d like to learn more about this great home stager product, drop  me an email, and I can give you the details.  Just hit the “contact” link, and click on me — Kerry Derwent-Robb.