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Archive for March, 2010

Our home staging furniture featured at the Spring Ideal Home Show, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 26 to 28

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Yes, you realize that something is cooking with gas when your home staging business can share a booth with Royal Le Page Atlantic for the home show. 

Our choice of colours complemented the Royal Le Page logo – as did our homemade shredded cocktail. Their booth hosts a couple of screens showing their listings with barstool seating, and then you have an area we’ve staged with a lounge feel to the side using our NextStage home staging furniture.

What I’m so pleased about is I chose this white denim fabric from a company recommended to me by NextStage furniture.  In a turnaround of only six days my fabric was sent to NextStage and my slip covers were made.  Each deluxe slip cover is padded, just like Sue Ellen in Dynasty!  And once over the structures, you would never imagine that underneath this was cardboard!

Looking forward to taking lots of pictures with people sitting on the furniture which everyone gets a thrill out of – but, sorry folks, we have to draw the line with hotdogs and ketchup!

NextStage Furniture on Royal Le Page colours

NextStage Furniture in Royal Le Page colours

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?

Home staging furniture – rental furniture and NextStage furniture pricing comparison

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Here’s a quick rundown comparing the process using rental furniture for home staging and using NextStage furniture for real estate home staging — and how it affects your pricing to your client.

Home staging Furniture Rental store

1. You tour the home and make a list of the items you would need to rent from the store and from your own inventory
2. You pay furniture rental fee
3. You may pay transportation costs – truck, gas etc.
4. You may pay an hourly rate for assistants for set-up & take-down
5. And you add your personal fee and miscellaneous expenses

Home staging with Nextstage Furniture

1. You tour the home and make a list of furniture that you require from your Nextstage inventory.
2. Your fee to the Agent/Client is already known as you have a set price for a 1 bedroom or a 2 bedroom option to include dining room and lounge furniture.  You can do this because you won’t have any pricing surprises from your suppliers.

Norman The Doorman Door Stop

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Architectural Digest – what an amazing publication this is.  Are there any subscribers out there?  Many pages on “Before & After”, “Home spaces”, “Architects & Design”, to name a few.

This is not a publication that you will find in the magazine rack that you grab to kill time while in a line-up at Sobeys!

Once I was introduced to this publication my subscription was paid online, and in my opinion its the best thing since Noka chocolate!

Now that may or may not be a home staging tool, but I went online to www.architecturalDigest.com and found this amazing wee man for $20. “Norman The Doorman Door Stop”

Norman the Doorman

Check it out here.

“SF MoMA unveils the most innovative version of a common object we’ve seen in a while. Designed by Ramon Middlekoop and Chris Koens,Norman brings whimsy to a mundane task. Wedge his legs under the door and he’ll keep it propped open. Available in black, green, or orange. 4.25″h x 8.5″w x 6″d”

You can now say you saw it here first!  However, like most things I fancy these days, it is currently out of stock due to the demand!  When I eventually am able to buy a wee Norman I’ll tell you.. Which brings me to think of another wee Norman, Norman Wisdom… Carry On then !!

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.

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 !?

Car Decor

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I decided to trade in my Wrangler Jeep much to the disgust of my pre-teen twin boys – sorry lads for a Stow ‘n’ Go Caravan.  My rational was to have a rolling billboard so I could tell everyone about my home staging business.

With various concepts in my head and a strict budget I went to a local sign writing Company and realised very soon that my Caravan was going to be the talk of the neighbourhood! The owner gave me all the statistics, fully briefed me on vehicle wrapping and sign writing and most importantly that the vinyl materials are weather resistant to UV, cold and heat.

I was  totally sold on this concept so I am proud to announce that my van has also received some Homestaginghints – is now decluttered, clean, and has digitally printed logos and images.

Can I now have a sneaky 6 pack of nuggets with dipping sauce without anyone knowing where I am !!  Mmmmm do Caravans have different exterior slipcovers!?

My New Arrival

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I was so excited when my first shipment of Nextstage furniture arrived.  I was hoping  that the neighbours would be peeping behind their curtains to see what the Courier was delivering!  A pallet of cardboard how strange?

Delving into my pallet there was my Over sized chair and an ottoman all flat packed, three weather resistant Nextstage black Tote bags, slip covers for the respective furniture, plastic bag tags to label my products for easy identification and product assembly instructions.

With my cardboard furniture arranged on the floor I read the assembly instructions and started to build. The instructions were so easy to follow, each part was numbered and in less than 10 minutes I had a beautifully formed Over sized chair & ottoman.

My neighbours were invited over to toast my new addition !


Tote bags hold up to horizontal Halifax rain

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Despite a rainfall warning in Halifax of 30mm  & 80 mph winds on Friday, we ventured into Halifax to uplift our cardboard furniture from a house that had recently sold.  At the back of my mind was “Waterproof NextSTage Tote Bags”  - I hope so, since this was going to be a true test of durability.  After 3 hours of packing up the house and the cardboard placed in their respective Tote Bags, I ventured out to load the van.  I can now confirm that the contents remained absolutely dry – but a bad hair day for me!

Thank you, NextStage Furniture!