Upcoming trends for 2014

Hello everyone!

There are many exciting upcoming trends to keep your eyes on for 2014.

1. Texture and layering.

Textures and layering are key for 2013. Quilting, woven jacquards, linen weaves and washed-out finishes create this look in the bedroom. This look is quite eclectic.

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2. Luxurious material and raw natural material.

Keep an eye out for this modern rustic look. Mixing luxurious materials like velvet with raw, natural wood, will create this look. Look for theses trends at Ikea.

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3. Modern organization

With the New Year upon us, many home owners want to organize everything with a fresh look in mind. We are seeing open closets with no doors. They are taking pride in current wardrobes.

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Zones

Hello everyone!

The best way to help potential buyers picture themselves in your home is to create zones. Potential buyers like to imagine their lifes in your space. You may be wondering what kind of zones you should create. Here is a guideline to help you start.

1. Eating zone

Eating zones are generally in the kitchen; create an appealing zone by removing anything that does not belong in this specific eating zone. Mail and children’s colouring books should be removed. You do not want to mix zones together.

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2. Relaxing

Everyone needs a place to relax after a long work day. You can create many different areas within this zone. Depending on the size of your home or the layout, pick one or two areas to create a relaxing zone. This can be a spa like bathroom or a reading nook.

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3. Working

Create a distinct work area to place all your mail, bills and other work. This could be a computer desk. Make sure to keep this area clutter free.

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4. Playing

If you have kids or the potential buyers have kids, make sure to make this play area appealing to all. The living room, also known as the family room, is an area in the home where everyone can relax, have fun and play. Books toys and board games should be visible

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To Stage or Not to Stage?

Hello Everyone!

It’s a new year and you may be thinking you want to sell your home for something bigger and better, or change locations. To stage or not to stage? If you think you can do everything yourself, then great! But many of us don’t know where to start. Here are a few tips to help you get on the right track.

1. Declutter and get organized

The number one rule of home staging is to get rid of all clutter. The best way to do that is to have a designated place for everything, whether it’s file boxes in the office or storage jars in the kitchen. Tackle one room per weekend and you could have a well-organized and downloadclutter-free home in a few months.

2. Freshen up with paint

Paint colour trends are always changing. The best way to see what’s on-trend is by visiting show homes. If you haven’t painted in a few years (or even decades!) you might want to consider a touch-up. you’ll be amazed at what a difference a little paint can make.

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3. Rearrange furniture

Often all it takes to revitalize your home is a simple reshuffling of existing furniture. Don’t be surprised if your home stager tells you to move some of your items into storage and distribute what’s left around the house. This step is important in creating a flow around your home.

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4. Create zones

Potential home buyers like to imagine their life in your space. By creating distinct zones of eating, relaxing, studying, playing and working, you allow them to envision a harmonious day-to-day routine in their new digs. Take the time to walk around your house to see if there are any spaces that are not being used to their full potential. Try to think as a stager: what would bother you if you weren’t already totally used to it?

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Get ready to sell

Hello Everyone!

It’s a new year and you may be thinking you want to sell your home for something bigger and better or change locations.

To stage or not to stage? if you think you can do everything yourself then great but many of us don’t know where to start. Here are a few tips to help you get on the right track.

1. Declutter and get organized.

The number one rule of home staging is to get rid of all clutter. The best way to do that is to have a designated place for everything whether its file boxes in the office or storage jars in the kitchen. Tackle one room per weekend and you could have a well organized and clutter free home in a few months.

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2. Freshen up with paint

Paint colour trends are always changing. The best way to see what’s on trend is visiting show homes. If you haven’t painted in a few years of even decades you might want to consider a touch up. You’ll be amazed at what a difference a little paint can make.

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3. Rearrange furniture.

Oftentimes, all it takes to revitalize your home is a simple reshuffling of existing furniture. Don’t be surprised if your home stager tells your to move some of your items into storage and distribute what’s left around the house. This step is important in creating a flow around your home.

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4. Create Zones

Potential home buyers like to imagine their life in your space. By creating distinct zones of eating, relaxing, studying, playing and working , you allow them to envision a harmonious day-to-day routine in their new digs. Take the time to walk around your house to see if there is any spaces that are not being used to their full potential. Try to think as a stager-what would bother you if you weren’t already totally used to it?

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