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Friday, October 29, 2010

BOO! It's a Giveaway by Michelle Lynne

Alrighty y' we go!  It's another giveaway (it's been a while, hasn't it?) and just in time to kick off the holiday shopping season!  Next week we will be giving away to one of our lucky (public) followers a $35 shopping spree to CSN Stores.  CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from stylish handbags, to modern bar furniture or great cookware!

Here are some ideas of what you could buy if YOU were the lucky winner:

(click on the caption to be directed to the CSN store site)
Tiffany Spruce Wreath
Inchworm 11" Vase

Sophia Throw Pillow
This is such a great price - I could afford to kick in $1.00 and get TWO!

So if you're not a public follower, sign up now and early next week we will have a random drawing!

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Home Staging Start to Finish (Part III)

Are you ready?!!  Were you lying awake in bed awaiting the final reveal of this gorgeous property?!!  Probably not but that's okay, neither was I.  But I can promise you it was worth the wait...check it out:

Here is the entry BEFORE.

Here is the entry AFTER.
Is this screen glamorous our what?
The goal is to evoke emotion upon the first impression.

Dining room BEFORE.

Dining room AFTER.
Notice the centerpiece is pretty simple.
We are not wanting to distract but rather highlight the beauty of the room
and it's beautiful, large windows.

Dana opted for a gallery style with the art in the hall.
This leads your eye nicely, doesn't it?

This was the office BEFORE.

And this was our original design plan.

But this is the office AFTER.

This is a workspace in the office BEFORE.

We staged it as a scrap booking space to appeal to the lady of the house.

Kitchen BEFORE.

Kitchen AFTER.
(With a shot of the fabulous ghost chair!)

Bedroom BEFORE

Bedroom AFTER

Another view of the bedroom AFTER

Living room BEFORE

Living room AFTER

The rest of the living room BEFORE

The rest of the living room AFTER.
Do you see the barstools?  There is a cool wet bar easily accessible.
This house is hot for entertaining.

Do you love this property?  Please check it out and of course feel free to forward.  The entire listing information is HERE.  Thanks for sharing in the home staging "journey" with us....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Home Staging Start to Finish (Part II)

So in the last posting, you saw the original "product" we started with - a vacant investor property in the process of being renovated.  Doors were off the hinges and leaning against walls, the floor was still cement and awaiting carpeting, kitchen backsplash & the sink was yet to be installed...along with miscellaneous other details.  We rescheduled for the following week.  No problem - we are always prepared for that possibility.

So we arrive and start unpacking:

Here are some of the accessories...unpacked on the dining table.
The rug was unrolled and table placement confirmed before we unpacked the accessories. 
Lora setting up the bed.  
Headboard and general bedroom set up....
We get the living room furniture's initial set up confirmed.
The office initial set up is not exactly what we imagined on paper.
We might have to re-work this design....
We purchased a table specifically for this project and are assembling on site.
Dana & Sharon say "cheese".
They are gonna kill me...I told them these pictures wouldn't be on the internet or anything.
The assembled table fits perfectly AND can you see the 2 Ghost Chairs we got for the space?
Dana & I both want to find a place for some in our own homes!
The miscellaneous wall art we will put up last.
The final "reveal" of this gorgeous property will be the next posting and will also include the listing information in case you or someone you know might be interested!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Home Staging Start to Finish (Part I)

So, what goes into a staging project you wonder?  Well, maybe you haven't lain awake in bed wondering but if you're reading this post, you must have SOME interest in what staging is about.  (Or, you are my mom whose job description includes reading random musings of her children.  ha ha!)

Here is a brief blog-peek into a recent staging:

Original walk through is done while construction is still going on so we can get an idea of style, even if it's just the architecture.  We visited this property when it was still "bones" so we knew that it was going to be soft contemporary (I didn't take pictures at that time) and I usually have to figure out a design plan based on a semi-finished product.  The house was originally scheduled to be done on the date the photos were taken with installation a couple of days later.  We usually leave some "buffer time" before installation because most projects are NOT completed exactly on schedule....

This is the dining room...with the bedroom door leaning against the wall.
Another unidentified leaning door in the entry.
Kitchen.  Still no backsplash, sink or faucets?
Living room.  No carpet yet.
Oh oh - we're supposed to install in 2 days.... 
Another view of the living room.
Right now I'm thinking we'll have to re-work the calendar. 
Office.  No carpet here either...still painting?
Work still going on here too.
Yep.  I need to reschedule my crew....

Stay tuned...the next posting will include the installation and then the final reveal!  And the final "reveal" of this gorgeous property will also include the listing information in case you or someone you know might be interested!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Curb Appeal

I wasn't sure if my flowerbeds (much less the rest of my yard) were going to survive the heat of the summer but sure enough, they are thriving with these gorgeous autumn temperatures!  

When selling your house, and whether it be vacant or occupied, it is imperative to keep up the curb appeal.  Buyers will be driving through neighborhoods they want to live in possibly even before they log on to the internet to search for homes on the market.  And neighborhoods with nicely manicured yards generally have a higher value and are more desirable...which will in turn help you justify the best (read:  highest) price possible.

I believe that even if you aren't selling your place, it is important to drive up to a beautiful home, especially after a long day at's the first thing you see when arriving at what should be your sanctuary.  Wouldn't you or your potential buyers like to see this when you walk up?

Jungle dog.
I think he needs some doggles to shield his eyes.
And I must give credit where credit is due and thank Elizabeth at Splendid Gardens for her & her team's amazing work on my landscaping.  If you need it done right, on time, and for a very reasonable price, call Elizabeth and ask her to work her magic...whether you are staying or selling!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Investor Special

Here is a little property going on the market next week....  It will be listed for less than $150k but the investor still wanted to showcase the home in order to maximize the offer amount and minimize the days on market.  

We got it done with short notice and "on the cheap".  Check it out:

For more short videos of our work, check us out HERE on YouTube.