Design Love: DIY Design Boards

Redesigning your home can be a daunting task.  Where do you start and how do you get that pulled-together designer look?  

Follow these 9 easy steps to your own designer look. 

We will cover basic measurements in our next post.  Don't forget to measure everything before you make your purchases!  

1) Get a visual on your existing finishes, such as flooring and paint colour. 

2) Find your inspiration.  What do you want the room to be about?  We often start with wallpaper or a piece of furniture we absolutely love. 

3) Select the largest piece of furniture in the room.  It's the piece you will see the most of, so you have to love it.  

4) Add complementary items. There should be repeating materials or styles here.  Don't go too off script, or your room could end up looking like a mish mash of different objects.  

5) Choose your colour theme. Furniture typically comes in wood or neutral colours.  The time to drive home your colour theme is in the decorative accessories, paint colour, or custom upholstered pieces. 

6) Add lighting.  Don't skimp out here.  Lighting can make or break a room and that costco lamp that your mother gave you just won't fly.  Good lighting can be pricy, so prepare yourself for a little sticker shock before you shop. 

7) Add window treatments.  Consider how you will use the space, what your objectives are, and what your maintenance habits are.  If you are planning a bedroom, consider blackout blinds.  If the room gets hot, consider lined cellular blinds for temperature control. 

8) Pull the look together with the perfect rug.  Rugs are the last thing to be purchased.  

Design Love: The Beginning, Middle, and The End

Design Love: The Beginning, Middle, and The End

Have you ever wanted to hire an interior decorator, but not really known what to ask or how to go about?  Don't know what to expect? 

First, we meet with you to determine your needs.  How can we help you?  

Next, we discuss the space.  How is the space used?  Who uses it? Kids? Adults? Entertaining? Homework? Reading? 

We also discuss budget.  How much do you want to spend?  Please don't be typically Canadian, and say, "well, you know. . . we hadn't really thought about it".  

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Design Love: We Need Your Vote!

We had previously worked with this client on home staging for the sale of her condo.  When she came to us for help with her new penthouse in the sky, we were thrilled to take on the project with her.   

The brief was to create a mature, yet cozy space that would be great for the couple to lounge in. They like raw materials and selected barn board flooring as a developer upgrade.  Too much wood can be, well, woody, so we opted for natural materials and shapes to add texture and interest.  

We showed our client the boards last night and she loved them all.  Help her make the right choice: submit your vote in the comments below or tweet to @modernstagingca

Home Staging Check List: Kitchen

Home Staging Check List: Kitchen

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home.  It's where families meet, food is prepared, and conversations happen.  A good kitchen is important to most buyers.  A kitchen should be clean, functional, and if you have the time / budget, stylish.  

We see so many cluttered, tidy kitchens,  Back to our previous post about entrances and clutter, it is important to clear off the counters.  Overflowing counters, crammed with tired appliances and overflowing compost is a sure sign that there isn't enough storage.  This may be the case, but you don't want to advertise this!

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Home Staging Check List: Living Room

Home Staging Check List: Living Room

Living rooms function differently for everyone.  Some families spend time in their living room, watching TV.  For others, it is a formal entertaining space.  You don't know who is going to walk through the door to look at your listing.  You can guess, but you can't know in absolutes.  

So how do you style your living room so that it attracts the widest pool of buyers?  Those who want to lounge, play, read, watch or rest?  

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