As the years go by, the majority of people tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. As a result of not enough space to store it all, people will just leave it there where it doesn't have a purpose or utility. With time, we get so used to having it sitting in the corner that we don't even see it anymore. Other times, we get motivated, buy the super cute shelving unit and completely overload it with items that have nowhere to go. Sound familiar?
The first thing a home stager or decorator will do in a space is recommend to purge it of all the extra stuff that doesn't 'belong' or can't be put away. When that task is significant, a professional organizer may be called in to lend a hand. Let's be honest, most of us need help with deciding between what should go and what should stay. To that end, a professional organizer will present some ideas as to how to make the hard and sometimes painful decisions.
Once the space is free of the clutter, the fun begins. It is time to decorate!
We understand that the process can be overwhelming. Sometimes, you just don't know where or how to start. We are here to help, whichever stage you are stuck in at the moment.
We have done this before and are happy to take away some of that stress for you and give you advice. We meet online, so no need to be worried or anxious about a stranger walking through your home. We can even do this via photos and/or videos.
It's great to spend time staging the interior of your home but, word to the wise, don't forget to look at the exterior of your home as well. Remember it is the first thing that your potential buyers will see.
Ask yourself: Does your home have curb appeal? In other words, does it look inviting, is the landscaping appropriate, is the overall exterior clean and in proper shape? Does your garage door need a good coat of paint? If there is anything that needs repair, tend to it BEFORE putting your home on the market because some people may not even want to go inside.
Broken items or an overgrown and out-of-control landscaping can be very off-putting for buyers who are looking for a move-in ready home. Those things that need to be addressed also mean additional cost and buyers can use those items to negotiate your asking price down. So it is in your best interest to make sure that your exterior matches your interior.
One of the questions we often get is: Where should I hang my artwork?!
Before we can answer that question, we need to determine the size of the artwork in relation to the wall and space where it's going to go. Because, what we need to ensure is that the piece of artwork is to scale. In other words, a piece that is too small for a room will look out of place, lost in wall and, honestly, probably a bit silly. On the other hand, a piece that is too big will overpower the space and scream at you when you walk into the room. I am all for big pieces of art but, again, they have to be to scale with the room to look like they belong.
One of the things we can do to bypass the issue of a piece that is too small for a particular location is to add to it so as to create a group of 2 or more pieces. Then we can treat the group, or gallery, as one piece. One thing to keep in mind is that it is important to leave some space between the pieces, 2 to 3 inches on average.
As for the location on the wall, it is best to hang the one piece - or centre of the gallery - at eye level. We know what you will ask next: who's eye level? Again, on average, it is best to hang the piece at eye level for a person who is 5'8". This, of course, is a 'rule' that can be broken. Sometimes the artwork just looks its best when hung a little lower. Or, in a room with very high ceilings, it may look a lot better if hung much higher. Artwork is beautiful for this: you can use it to give the illusion of height or emphasize height. It always depends on what look you are trying to achieve.
You have a great piece of artwork but you're not sure where to place it?
We can help you figure out the perfect location for your treasured piece.
Is there such a thing as too much lighting in a space? The answer is almost always NO! Lighting is one of the most important ingredients in decorating recipes. In fact, that is THE first thing that we like to address when decorating or staging a space. Buyers today look for bright homes. Well, that's great BUT not every house has a ton of windows or south-facing rooms. As a matter of fact, most homes are dark specifically because they lack light, whether it is natural or artificial.
As an example, think of basements. They will often have one or two tiny windows so why is it that some basements look amazingly bright? It is most likely because it has sufficient lighting. It's not always just a question of a colour on a wall. True that some colours will help in making a room brighter but it is often a combination of the two.
Does your home need more light? If it does and you can't afford adding windows to exterior walls, think of adding lamps, task and undermount lighting options.
Lighting also contributes to creating a mood, lift your spirits and draw attention to a particular location in a space or a piece of artwork.So don't hesitate to add more!
Do you feel like your living room is an awkward space and you really don't know how to place the furniture? You are not alone! Some homes really feel like they were built by people who didn't think of furniture at all.
The first step is to determine which wall will house your focal point. In a living room, a focal point is where your eye will go to first. It can be a fireplace, a window that has an amazing view or it could simply be where the TV is located. On the other hand, some rooms have multiple focal points. The rule of thumb is the following: you want to place the furniture around each focal point. This will create two separate spaces within the room while still being connected.
The space between the different pieces is also very important. You want your seating area to allow for conversation. This means that your 2-seater sofa may face the fireplace and 2 individual chairs are on either side so as to create a square in the middle of which will be a coffee table. What you want to do is have all your pieces talk to each other, not yell to each other because they are too far apart.
Simply put, the distance between a sofa and a coffee table should be about 18 inches to allow for enough leg room but also to ensure that guests can put their cocktail on the table without having to get up from their seat.
No space is a lost cause. Don't worry, we can help you figure out how to place your furniture so it makes sense and it looks great in your space.
Wait no more, check out our services and choose the one that best suits your needs.
There are a lot of different opinions when considering where a rug should be placed in relation to the furniture. In my opinion, bigger is almost always better when it comes to rugs, giving the space an appearance of grandeur. On the other hand, if it is too small for a room, it will shrink it in a second. Read on for my thoughts on each room, which can be applied in every house - no exception - and are super easy to remember.
In a living room, the front legs of all pieces should be ON the rug. The idea here is that the rug ties the space together and defines it. What you absolutely want to avoid is a situation where there are NO legs on the rug. That is a big No-No. It will feel like it doesn't belong or it's floating with no real purpose.
In a dining room, the rug should be as large as when all chairs are pulled back and they still sit on the rug. It can be rectangular, square or circular. The rug will inevitably be quite large and that is actually why a lot of people opt to skip a rug underneath a dining room table. It can be pricey and can quickly get dirty from food falling on it. Parents will certainly sympathize and even wonder why I'm even suggesting a rug for the dining room!
In a bedroom, the rug belongs half way underneath the bed and halfway sticking out at the end of the bed. On the sides, you should at least be able to put your feet on it when getting off the bed with another foot or 2 in front of you. How cozy would it feel when you get up in the morning and not have to put your feet on a freezing floor?
Bathrooms are little bit different. You don't want a rug to cover your entire floor because of the water that often gets spilled, combined with creams and other random things that can fall on the floor which makes vacuuming or mopping difficult. So, when it comes to bathrooms, we typically recommend the practicality of mats that are smaller and serve as a warmer and softer landing for your feet, for example, as you get out of the shower.
In a front foyer, rugs should always always, always be bigger than the door (especially if it's a double door!) and side window panel(s) that may be adjacent to it. You want your door and your entryway to feel grand. A rug that is too small first off will psychologically force people to stay on it as they walk into your home and will make it feel cramped.
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