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Comment by DesignStaging: Here’s that opportunity to create that great “impression” and entice the buyer to want to see more! Thanks Imogen for sharing.

homestagingbrisbane

Your entrance hall is the first opportunity buyers will have of seeing inside your house (after their first impressions of the outside) so it’s important to stage it right. The hallway needs to set the tone for the rest of the house in terms of colour, style and feeling. If buyers love your hallway they will want to continue onto the other rooms.  Here are a couple of tips:

  • Daily life needs to be stored away. No evidence of keys, shoes, schoolbags, hats, post, homework or family photos
  • If your hallway is your main entrance then it probably needs a good clean and a coat of paint. Hallways usually take a lot of wear and tear
  • The paint colour that you choose should blend in with the rest of the house and be light yet welcoming. A warm neutral such as Dulux Hogbristle, quarter or half strength is perfect

  • Hallways…

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House Appeal

Every Summer I am overcome with fond memories of Long Island and the beach life style that it encompasses. Growing up within walking distance to the beach off the Long Island Sound, I soon realized that there was nothing quite like the Summer at the beach. Beach front homes with cedar shake shingles, the salt air, sandy dunes, ‘beach’ grasses blowing in the ocean breezes, and the somewhat rocky sand with tidal layers of dried seaweed along with an occasional horseshoe crab washed up with the tide. Life on Long Island….

The waves of inspiration taken from the ocean themed touches that incorporate natural beauty into interiors are indeed, ‘seasonless’. However, the Summertime feel is unmistakeable. Adding the color of the sea and the sky with an injection of subdued nautical details can perhaps emulate the beach-side scene. Whether you live by the beach…

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Garlington Estate II

Amanda's Shabby Chic

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As I mentioned in my previous posting I am crazy about farmhouse chic and love Garlington Estate and the style of the new homes being built on the estate, and it is on my decorating wishlist.  Last year I renovated a really ugly house for a client and turned it into a farmhouse style provence home.  Unfortunately I have struggled to get my client to agree to me taking photo’s of the home, now that its complete, I must say the transformation is amazing, as I did take photo’s of the house when they first bought it before we made all the changes.  Its not offen I got to decorate in this style in Johannesburg, so this project was very refreshing.

Now that I am in the midlands I am excited and looking forward to being able to decorate more in the farmhouse style.  I did recently finish a…

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Buy “House of Windsor,” Veranda’s Designer Showcase

Coldwell Banker Action Realty

by hookedonhouses on July 5, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin own multiple beautiful properties, including a Hamptons estate and a pristine Tribeca penthouse. Now they’ve reportedly snapped up Veranda’s chic “House of Windsor” show home in L.A.’s Mandeville Canyon for around $10 million. Take a look!

 

The 8,000 square-foot “House of Windsor” was built as a concept house by Windsor Smith. The rooms were decorated by different well-known L.A. designers such as Kathryn Ireland and Martyn Lawrence Bullard and featured in Veranda Magazine.

Windsor Smith says “Kitchens are the new living rooms.” I wouldn’t mind living in this one:

The Great Room:

The house has 6 bedrooms and 8 baths.

The master bedroom and bath:

The screening room was designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard:

There’s even a tricked-out stable in the backyard. Smith told the L.A. Times that she “wanted to give the property…

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homestagingbrisbane

Ever wanted to know where I go and what I do when I hire furniture, art and accessories for you?  We are lucky in Brisbane to have a number of companies that hire furniture on a short term basis.  I use Guest Group in Salisbury. Let’s go inside…

After I’ve looked at what you need – anything from a partial staging to a full staging, I send your hire requirements to my contact Matthew at Guest. He then draws up a quote and the required paperwork.  You sign the agreement and make a bank transfer for the full hire amount. I can then get to work choosing your items.

Guest is housed in 2 large warehouses which are boiling hot most of the year.  I get to wear my visitor’s neon yellow vest and enclosed shoes (Good not to dress in your best ‘I’m a stylist’ outfit – you’ll…

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Interiors for Families

As a mother and devotee of family-oriented design, I probably look at dozens of photographs of nurseries online every single day – whether I’m shopping for my own child’s room, or just surfing great design sites and blogs. There is so much creativity out there, and it can be very inspiring. Before my child was born, I spent countless hours on these sites trying to pull together the elements of my son’s nursery. At the same time, I was doing tons of research on caring for infants, parenting, etc. – as a first-time mom, I really wanted to get it right and be super prepared when my son arrived.

These are some pictures that are relatively typical of what I found (note: the photos below are a mix of ‘selling’ images, and ‘design’ images).

Photo sources: 1, 2, 3. Project Nursery. 4. Pinterest via Justine Blakeney. 5. Dwell Studios…

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THE KITCHEN IS THE HEART OF THE HOME

American Country Real Estate

Sellers never get a second chance to make a first impression.  You need to prepare for a showing as if you were preparing for your wedding.  Sounds, smells and what you see are all important.  Especially important is the kitchen.  Home owners spend most of their time in the kitchen.
You can make a good impression with your kitchen without investing a lot of money for remodeling.  In most cases, the seller can stage the space and make it more desirable by using simple, proven techniques.
After I list a home, I visit my client and go over each room and make suggestions for improvements.  I work as a team with my sellers and I am licensed to stage homes and I hold a certificate from American Staging Professionals.
Since the kitchen is the focal point of the home, I start there.  In one home, my client had a tiny kitchen with large furniture.  I suggested…

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Update or Credit?

When planning to sell your home, one thing people consider is if you should update the interior (flooring, appliances, etc) or be ready to provide a credit to a potential buyer. Each situation is different so you have to decide what works best for you, however, here are some reasons to update before listing your property:

1) Replacing things now will allow you to enjoy the upgrades at least for the time your property is listed. You may even change your mind about selling after you've installed the new flooring or upgraded your appliances and cabinetry. Of course you should stay within a budget and also get advice from an expert Realtor or stager prior to selecting your materials and color.

2) Move-in-ready homes are of more interest to most buyers nowadays then fixer-uppers. The potential for your home to sell in an upgraded condition is greater than selling it with a credit…

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