Home Staging: A Real Transformation

Home Staging: A Real Transformation

When ReMax Hallmark Realty agent, Geoffrey Grace, approached us about a modern home in the west end, we were thrilled.  We love houses.  We love working with Geoffrey, and we especially love modern!

The initial walkthrough was a challenge.  The family was already preparing to move, and their personal items were haphazardly packed, and also not packed.  

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Design Love: A Historical Church Conversion

Design Love: A Historical Church Conversion

When I first met this set of clients, the brief was short and sweet.  They were moving from a large home in Oakville to an open concept loft in a converted church.  We were going to determine what furniture of theirs would work, and what they would need to replace or get rid of. 

Fast forward two years, and we renovated to washrooms, replaced the kitchen, commissioned custom millwork throughout, and brought in furniture for the dining, living, and two bedrooms. 

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Design Love: Quick & Easy Living Room Make-Over

Design Love: Quick & Easy Living Room Make-Over

You just moved.  

You have a couch, which you spent a whole months earnings on when you got your first job.  

That has to stay.  

There's the coffee table you love. . . how do you take these simple peices, and turn them into a dream-worthy living room?

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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: Entrance

Home Staging Check List: Entrance

The Entrance is the introduction to the rest of the space.  How your entrance is decorated (or not) sets the tone for what potential buyers will expect on their walk through.  Here is your opportunity to start off well, with a nice, clean introduction.  Home Staging helps sell.  Don't skimp on the details. 

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Design Love: How to Get That Magazine Look

Design Love: How to Get That Magazine Look

Working on a decorating project for a client, I wanted to find that perfect couch.  Something lush, with diamond tufts.  Maybe feeling like a deco library couch.   I had seen them in magazines, and loved the look.  

So I started shopping.  Wouldn’t you know it, but I could not find the style in the dimensions and colour that I wanted.  Not a single store in the Big Smoke carried just want I wanted.  Decorators can be pretty picky when it comes to the details, and retail stores just weren’t cutting it.

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