Which Backsplash Tile Goes With Granite?

Even though Quartz and solid surface counters are making a strong showing, granite is still the counter that I see installed most often when people upgrade their kitchens.  Also, since granite has become one of the more affordable options for countertops, a lot of my investors use them in their rehabs and a lot of […]

My Favorite Brass Hardware Under $10

Photo by Ashlee Hall of PA Real Estate Photography Have I told you lately that I am completely obsessed with brass?  Aged brass to be more precise.  If I never set eyes on another faux polished brass anything for the rest of my life, I will be super content.  But aged brass is a whole […]

Should We Paint The Paneling To Sell The House?

Sheila reached out to me in a panic.  Her house had been on the market for 60 days and they had no offers. “Everyone says it’s dated and dark.  Everyone wants open concept and light and bright.  If I hear those two things one more time, I don’t know what I’ll do.” When I got […]

How Do You Know If A House Should Be Staged?

I just recently gave a presentation to a real estate office and one of the REALTORS® asked a great question. How do you know if a house should be staged? I think that his real question is really about value.  How do I know if it is worth the investment to stage a house?  I think […]

Buy This, Not That: TV Stands

For those of you who read this blog, you know I am a chipper, enthusiastic sort.  And, in my staging, I love to work with what my clients already own as much as possible. I don’t like to ever go negative unless I feel it in service to you all.  So, in the spirit of […]

3 Trends For 2015 To Stage Your House To Sell Fast

I have to admit,  I love all of the design trend predictions that happen at this time of year.  Not all are great for staging but some are so I wanted to highlight my favorites so that you can get a jump start on styling your house to sell super fast or making it a […]

4 Ways To Stage A Mantle and 1 Way Not To

Focal points are HUGE when staging a room!  When you think about your online listing, you have to go BIG when it comes to accessorizing your focal points because big is what jumps off the page in those itty bitty online listing photos. One of the best focal points in many rooms–and easiest to identify–is […]

Save Money with These Pro Staging Tips

I’m not sure if I told you yet, but a HUGE thing for me is how to stage a house on a budget.  Staging can be an investment, but I get a sense from my clients that they or their friends and family watch HGTV–which I love, by the way!–and have a reality tv image of staging and stagers […]

How to Stage a House 101: Declutter for Quick Sale

“Do I really have to take down Great Aunt Mildred’s portrait?”  Um…yes…  Actually, I get asked about this–well, not exactly this–all the time.  That said, when it comes to how to stage a house, it is the most important staging question I have to answer.  So, what exactly is decluttering and depersonalizing and how far should […]

How to Stage a House 101: Sell Your Property Faster With These 5 Important Steps

A Property Restylist, or Home Stager, can often make simple changes to your property that lead to dramatic results—a faster sale for the most money possible.  As a Real Estate Stager, I have learned that there are five things that you absolutely must do to stage your house to get it in its most marketable […]