Why You Need to Stage Your Home Before You Sell It

People have asked me many times whether the value of home staging is duly justified or not. I share two stories of different homeowners to help them see how valuable staging can be: 1. Homeowner #1 – I’ve worked with homeowner# 1 three times now. I asked her why she kept coming back to me and […]

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What to Look for in a Designer or a General Contractor

Competence & experience – Before you even interview your designer or general contractor, do a bit of research. Check out their website and out their online portfolio. You’ll see what kind of work they do and how much of it they’ve done. You’ll also get to read about their business and design philosophy – these […]

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How To Survive A Renovation

Planning to upgrade your bathroom or kitchen? Although you may have been shown a lovely vision by your interior designer of what your improved space will look like, the road to getting there can get a little rough at times. It can also test your patience and even your relationship with you loved ones. Here’s […]

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ENHANCE YOUR HOME’S RESALE VALUE

Getting your home sold in a week or less versus a few months boils down to how well you present your home. (1) Choosing the right wall colors, (2) Selecting materials with universal appeal, (3) Doing a proper kitchen and bathroom renovation and (4) Staging your home properly are four of the most critical things […]

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CHOOSING COLORS FOR YOUR HOME

Summer is a mere 3 weeks away and most of us can’t wait for it to happen fast enough. Not only can we get to store our thick winter clothes, which have been getting a bit of extra mileage due to the chilly morning and evening weather, we get to wear cheerful and happy colors […]

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MAKE YOUR SPACE LOOK AND FEEL BIGGER

Interior designers employ many visual tricks to make small space seem much larger. Here are a few techniques that  my professional peers and I often use that work really well to seemingly add more volume and height and bring out the best in your space: Choose correctly-scaled furniture – Keep in mind that if you live […]

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Fabulous Interiors & Clothing from The Great Gatsby Movie (2013)

"The Great Gatsby" is a book by F. Scott Fitzgerland set in the midst of the roaring 20s. It's the story about the rise and fall of James Gatz, who is born a poor Midwesterner and falls in love with a woman who marries someone else while he is in Europe during the war.  Determined to reinvent

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Design Lessons From the Most Expensive House in the U.S.

The most expensive house in the U.S. is currently the Crespi/Hicks estate on #5555 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas. Currently valued at $ 135 million USD,  it’s a 29,000 square foot home built on a 25-acre lot owned by Tom and Cinda Hicks. This couple spent almost a decade and nearly $ 100

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Prepare For Your First Meeting

So you’ve finally taken the first step and called an Interior Designer to discuss your needs and wants. Here’s what you should do to get ready for that first meeting: (1) Gather images of what you’d like your home to look like – An interior designer is not a mind reader and will not

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