Hilary Farr of WNetwork ‘ Love It or List It’at the BC Home & Garden Show

Any woman who loves decorating, design and/or home staging watches lots of television shows of the experts showing us the latest trends, what’s in – what’s out, and they keep us up-to-date with the industry. You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy watching these shows – they’re fun, educational and entertaining. None more so for me than WNetwork’s Love It or List It! with Hilary Farr and David Visentin. One of my serious pet peeves with David’s listings is that they are almost NEVER STAGED and they look terrible! Hilary’s work is so remarkably incredible – tasteful, stylish, functional and with special touches of added value to the home seller/owner.

We all have our favourite television personalities and favourite shows and over the years I have enjoyed designers like Debbie Travis, Steven & Chris, Jane Lockhart, Candice Olsen, Sarah Richardson, etc. It’s such a treat when these tv personalities come to town and present at Home & Garden and design shows. It’s even more of a treat when you get to meet them in person.

Last week I spent several minutes hogging time with Hilary Farr because I admire her design ability, her people skills, her determination, her confidence and the fact as she says ” she loves giving her clients the ‘home’ that speaks to them and meets their needs.” I can relate to that. We are fortunate to have such talented women designers creating more beautiful spaces one home at a time.

Hilary Farr & Dana J. Smithers at the Vancouver Sun booth at the BC Home & Garden Show…

Hilary Farr of Love It of List It! Fame

Are you taking advantage of ‘free’ on-going home staging learning?

If you live in an urban city and you are a home stager chances are you have access to networking groups that support home stagers and related-industry professionals. In the Vancouver area we are fortunate to have a company like Fluff Rentals host breakfast meetings once a month now. Patti Houston owner, likes to bring in speakers who can provide on-going learning in the ever changing growing world of home staging. Today Aura McKay a professional photographer was the guest speaker today and she shared some great tips with us. I even learned how to lighten my photos in my camera instead of in photoshop!

Fluff attendees learning about photography at Fluff Breakfast Meeting

Aura McKay captivatingly entertaining!

The Fluffians provided the hospitality, a great meeting area and some fantastic networking with fellow stagers, decorators and designers. I’ll be doing a breakfast meeting and setting up some workshops in the near future.

Great deal on a staging sofa – home owner bought it & sold in one day

A home owner contacted me about a brand new sofa, white leather (?), small 3 seat sofa that is less than one week old (never even sat on). Was purchased to “stage” her condo and the condo sold the same day it went on the market. She wants to sell it so if you are interested here is her contact information:

Original shipping box was kept for transporting to your next staging job.
PAID: $975.00 + 12% HST ASKING: $650.00
Anne Kennedy 604-646-4044 – queenanne2000@hotmail.com or go to this Craiglist Vancouver posting to contact her.

I did let her know that renting from a PRES home stager would have been less expensive in terms of time, money and energy! She’s elated she sold it so that’s good.

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Home Seller Doesn’t See Why We Staged a Room They Don’t Use. Find out why…

One of my tag lines is ‘the way you live in your home is not the way you sell your house’ and this point needed to be understood by the home seller. Not all (and in fact not many) potential buyers can visualize what a room ‘should’ look like. As home stagers we know that ‘function’ is first but it took some convincing for the home seller to understand why we were doing what we were doing.

Let me explain…this home seller lives in a very spacious 5,000 square foot home and like many people with a home this size, the family doesn’t use every room. However, when it comes to preparing your property for selling – which includes home staging – you don’t want to rely on an empty space not making sense to potential buyers.

In this downstairs area – which could be a nanny’s suite, an in-laws suite, a bed & breakfast guest area etc. we wanted it to have some appeal to potential buyers. Keeping it the way it was, to us, was going to be a lost opportunity for the seller.There is a nice size kitchen in this area along with a bathroom and bedroom!

Kitchen area with opportunity for eating and living

So by just using some of his home furnishings from other rooms, we created a nice eating area with 2 comfortable chairs to create a small living room-type space. Now potential buyers can ‘see’ what the possibilities are for this room!

By creating a nice eating and living area it's more inviting!

Home Staging Tips for DIY Home Sellers!

Home staging expert – trainer and author Dana J. Smithers appeared on the CTV Morning News February 1st. It’s a great way to kick of February as it’s a busy time for home sellers and home stagers. Preparing your home is a very BIG JOB and starts with decluttering, depersonalizing and cleaning…and then the staging.

This clip (show) won’t stay up forever but for a few days you can go to CTV Morning News site and watch the show.

Dana's Tips for Neutral Paint Colours - Accent in brights!

On the set of CTV Morning News

Want to know where to buy inexpensive gorgeous drapery panels?

Whether you need some great looking & inexpensive drapery panels for staging or to brighten up your home Fabricland offers some terrific buys. As a member for $15 – $20 you can always get at least 25% off draperies and fabrics. Right now they have a fantastic sale with 50% off! Their panels give any home an updated look.

As a home stager we recommend using a hard window treatment such as a 2″ faux wood blind (white to match the trim) and just add side drapery panels to soften the look, and to pull the room together. This is an inexpensive and attractive way to get a more updated look in your room. For a really modern look choose the ones with grommets and purchase a new brushed nickel or black rod iron rod; or go for the simpler version with a rod pocket which slips into standard curtain rods. I don’t recommend spending much money on full draperies because the new owner may not like them! Be smart – stage with less.

Gorgeous Drapery Panels

50% Off - Lots to choose from!