Educate Sellers How Home Staging Pays Off

By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating This spring has been one of our busiest home staging seasons with many sellers enjoying the benefits of preparing their homes early and marketing to targeted buyers – boosting the value of their property and selling quickly. However, there are sellers who are hesitant and […]
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Insider Tips on Staging a Living Room

By Julea Joseph, guest contributor Make sure you show off the living room in your listings. Here are some simple lessons in staging your living room to give a great impression. Choose an on trend color palette that will appeal to buyers and showcase your home’s amenities. Tone on tone creates flow and space. A […]
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Make That Home Greener: Energy-Efficient Mortgages

By Michele DiGirolamo, Guest Contributor from MoneyGeek.com  If you’re in the market for a new home, there’s a way to save the environment and some cash at the same time: Consider a “green” mortgage. An energy-efficient mortgage (EEM), the umbrella term for these types of loans, allows buyers to fold expenses for energy-saving home improvements […]
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The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Wood paneling is back, but we’re not talking about he 1960s version that you may still be peeling down from some of your listings. Instead, today’s wood paneling trend is being used as an accent wall, instead of a complete cover of an entire room. For example, wood panels in […]
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Showcase Stylish Storage Solutions

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine “The home needs more storage!” It’s a common gripe heard from homeowners and buyers. A home can never have too many shelves or closets. Indeed, a majority of about 1,000 survey respondents said their number-one biggest annoyance about their home: “The lack of storage,” according to the 2015 HSH.com […]
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Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Vinyl can get a bad rap. Often it’s confused with linoleum and conjures up memories of outdated, cheap 1980s flooring rolled out in sheets. But lately, vinyl is showing itself as anything but “cheap” looking. It can be laid out in planks, tiles, and sheets and it’s getting some […]
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Staging Tips for Small Rooms

By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency When selling a house, small rooms can lead to big problems. Staging can be the key to making a small room look functional and help entice buyers to put an offer on your property. Living Rooms – Proving your living room can fit a full size […]
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Revisit Your Listing’s Curb Appeal: Have You Done Enough?

By Caroline M. Carter, guest contributor You’ll want to leave potential buyers with a great impression of your listing’s exterior, that is if you want to motivate them to want to see more. But what do you do if the front entrance to a house looks dated, insubstantial and unwelcoming? Change it. What impression does […]
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Smart Staging Solutions for the Owner Occupied House

By Julea Joseph, guest contributor As a home stager, I hear weekly this song from people getting ready to sell their occupied home: “My closets are stuffed, I hate my living room sofa, Grandma’s old dinette set looks shoddy, and those oak cabinets in the kitchen are not going to fly with the younger buying […]
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Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over traditional styles. Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms are overtaking traditional in design preferences, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The member survey reveals some of the following bathroom trends this year: Most popular color schemes: Whites, off/whites, […]
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It’s Now Cool to Have Mismatched Fixtures

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A home with a mix of chrome, nickel, brass, and bronze fixtures may prompt some home buyers to pause. But such mismatches are actually on trend. (Good news to those remodelers who may not have gotten around quite yet to updating all of those fixtures to the same color!) […]
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25 Awesome DIY Beds for Kids Bringing Comfy and Cozy Together!

1. Triple Bunks 3-in-1 bunk beds having the boards attached to the walls to create a floating in the air look! That pink stain-job is for the girl’s room, while green goes for boys. DIY Details : thehandmadedress 2. Ikea Bunk Bed Hack Transform a MYDAL bunk bed from Ikea into a super elegant girl’s bed. […]

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Make Your Space Brighter and Prettier With this DIY Rustic Floor Mirror

There’s something oh so splendid about full-sized floor mirrors that hits all the right notes when it comes to taking the overall beauty of a space to all new heights. And this DIY Rustic Floor Mirror inspired by the idea of barndoors does that even better. Not only does it grab all the light and […]

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Add a Dash of Comfort to Your Patio With this Gorgeous Rustic Outdoor Sofa

What’s the best section of the house to hang out when those beautiful summers or springs hit? Undoubtedly, the answer is the deck or the patio where you can spend hours of happiness soaking in the sun or cherishing that fresh breeze of air. And this calls for a comfortable outdoor seating, that’s often a […]

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20 Awesome Inspirations for Crafting DIY Curtains All By Yourself!

1. Easy-Sew Curtains Flaunting an adorable text print on a light cotton fabric from Ikea, these sets call for no more than 5 straight sewn lines to put each of the curtains together. You’ll need coordinating thread, a ruler, scissors, disappearing ink marker and pins. DIY Details : heyletsmakestuff 2. Ruffled Curtains Even the most simple […]

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25 Amazing Outdoor Playhouse Ideas to Keep Your Kids Occupied!

1. Farmhouse-Themed Playhouse Brittany York (@brittanyork) által megosztott bejegyzés, 2015. Dec 22., 11:55 PST Perfectly-sized for a backyard installation, this adorable hut-shaped playhouse inspired by a farmhouse appeal goes for a minimalistic design. Surrounded by little bushes, it has got a rustic roof decorated with bright string lights. DIY Details : instagram 2. Playhouse Makeover A […]

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29 Mind Blowing Disney Crafts The Kiddos Would Fall In Love With!

1. Mickey Mouse Bath Bombs Toss a Mickey-inspired bath bomb into the water for a soothing pink-hued fizz. The shape is brought by silicone Mickey Mouse muffin pan moulds. DIY Details : thefarmgirlgabs 2. Beauty And The Beast Enchanted Rose Ornament Straight out of the classic fairytale, this gorgeous enchanted piece features a miniature rose and […]

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25 Gorgeous DIY Bath Bombs Letting You Cherish a Relaxing Spa at Home!

1. Lush Inspired Bath Bombs The option to customize the scents and hues of these bath bombs with so much ease using different essential oils and food colors makes them turn out absolutely vibrant in the first attempt itself. DIY Details : muffinchanel 2. Custom-Shaped Bath Bombs Combine a few household ingredients with your favorite essential […]

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25 Awe-Inspiring DIY Sandbox Ideas for a Fun-Filled Summer Playtime

1. Repurposed Tent Sandbox A shady spot to play! Repurpose a tent into a cool zip-and-close sandbox that can keep the pets out. Throw in lots of sand, plus bright-colored buckets and shovels. DIY Details : coconutxoxo 2. Tire Sandbox Planning to build a medium-sized sandbox at a shoestring budget? Put an old tractor tire to […]

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15 Super Easy Homemade Teeth Whitening Remedies to Get those Pearly Whites Back!

1. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice One of the major ingredients of most commercial toothpastes is baking soda – thanks to its teeth whitening action. Plus, it acts as an abrasive that scrubs away teeth stains and prevents bacterial growth. Whereas lemon features amazing bleaching properties that eliminate the yellow discoloration of your teeth. That’s […]

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25 DIY Play Kitchen Ideas Apt and Appropriate For Your Little One’s Personality!

1. Play Kitchen From $10 Piece of Furniture It’s almost impossible to figure out that this white-painted play kitchen with an oven door and stainless steel bowl for the sink is built out of a repurposed entertainment center. DIY Details : athomewithashley 2. Old Cabinet into a Kid’s Diner A retro kid’s diner goes magically well […]

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25 Breathtaking DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas Adding a Dash of Life to Your Home

1. Outdoor Furniture Build Plans Brighten up your patio with the furniture of your dreams, that too with an element of absolutely personalization brought by a handful of furniture build plans for constructing a mesmerizing curtain-adorned sofa and a coffee table. DIY Details : homemadebycarmona 2. DIY Rope Ottomans What an incredible way of recycling old […]

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15 DIY Knitted Blankets That Are All About Comfort and Coziness

1. How To Arm Knit A Blanket in 45 Minutes Why always go the conventional route when you can bring incredible results to life with your arm knitting capabilities using some of the most easiest knits and knots? Calling for no more than 45 minutes to build a gorgeous blanket, this one is a project […]

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Buying and Selling: All the home’s a stage

Work with what you have to save money, sell your home for more By Alison Gowans, The Cedar Rapids Gazette Reprinted with permission from http://thegazette.com/subject/life/buying-and-selling-all-the-homes-a-stage-20150328 Don’t confuse decorating with home staging. That’s the mantra home staging expert Lori Matzke repeats … Continue reading
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How a Good Real Estate Photographer can Help Sell Your House!

We’ve all seen them. The crooked. The dark. The grainy. The close-up of a well-meaning Realtor’s well-manicured (or sometimes not-so-well manicured) toes in an attempt to take a close-up of the flooring. The random cat hiding out under the bed. … Continue reading
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The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Home Staging

Home Staging has been around for years now, and though almost considered a standard practice when it comes time to sell your home, there is still a lot of misinformation floating around out there. Here are a few of the … Continue reading
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