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This blog post courtesy of Kristine Ginsburg (New Jersey).  Thanks for saying it like it is.  HGTV is both a blessing and a curse.  It brought much awareness of staging to the public but on the other hand ... it has created these misconceptions.First, we stagers have to thank HGTV for getting the...
01/29/2011
If you have dark shelving - built in or free standing - a quick way to freshen and brighten the look of it is to paint the back boards in a lighter colour (or your wall colour).  This will help showcase the items displayed on them.  Add lighting for more drama.
01/29/2011
If your favorite sitting room was stripped down to only the furniture and you had to choose just one type of accessory to use, what would it be?For me, it would be BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS.  They really are versatile and can also make your house feel like a home.  They provide so much insight into who y...
01/29/2011
Valerie Zinger of Ottawa makes a very good point here, regarding light fixtures.  These types of updates are so affordable, you can't afford not to change them.  Bedroom and bathoom fixtures should also be done, particularly if they are still the standard builders' nightmare pieces.  Almost every...
01/25/2011
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Here's a quick fix for tired old bookcases: If you have dark shelving - built in or free standing - a quick way to freshen and brighten the look of it is to paint the back boards in a lighter colour (or your wall colour).  This will help showcase the items displayed on them.  Add lighting for mor...
01/25/2011
If your favorite sitting room was stripped down to only the furniture and you had to choose just one type of accessory to use, what would it be?  For me, it would be BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS.  They really are versatile and can also make your house feel like a home.  They provide so much insight into who...
01/25/2011
This is an excellent point on staging.  So many sellers take it too far and the house does indeed become forgettable.  That is not at all what we want to achieve as stagers.The word seems to be spreading regarding the merits of home staging. Sellers and real estate agents are getting the idea, bu...
01/12/2011
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This is a fun piece posted by my respected colleague, Kym Tarr of Kelowna, BC.  Hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your feedback on how accurately it describes YOU !  Cute little image, too.  Thanks for blogging it, Kym.Which Room are You?  Do you have a favorite room in your house?  What th...
01/09/2011
These before and after photos clearly demonstrate the difference between an empty and lifeless kitchen and a warm gathering place for a family.  As with a recipe, there are always a few key ingredients that really make the dish !I recently had the good fortune of mentoring a couple of home stager...
01/09/2011
Michelle has made an excellent point here, and if you go back to her original post you'll see more sample illustrations in her comments section.  The "staggered" hanging also looks very dated in my opinion.  There is a time and a place for everything, and in my line of work I see a lot of people ...
12/20/2010
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