Nothing warms up a room on a cold winter’s day quite like a welcoming fireplace. However, it isn’t always possible to have a wood burning or gas fireplace installed where you would like to have one. That doesn’t mean that you have to do without though. Today, fireplace manufacturers are very creative and are designing faux fireplaces that rival many of their traditional counterparts . Today’s faux fireplaces are beautiful and functional and there are models to suit all design styles.
Working The Room Design
Working The Room Design is a full service staging and design company founded by Shelagh Seadon. Though Shelagh has been staging and decorating for many years, it has only been this past year that Shelagh finally decided to get serious and commit to staging full time. In less than a year, Shelagh got her staging certification from PRES Staging, put up her new website and hung out her shingle as a professional
stager and decorator with her new business, Working The Room Design.
Shelagh’s design philosophy is to “use what you have” first. This is something her client’s really appreciate. Designers often get a bad rap for being too free with money that is not their own. Shelagh feels that most homes have too much “stuff” and that effective staging is more of a process of editing rather than simply adding new furnishings. Clients find it reassuring to know that their money is being carefully spent where it matters most.
Like a true professional in the design field, Shelagh is very passionate about her work. She loves to transform uninspiring spaces that seem to hold no promise into spaces that draw people in and make them want to stay.
Here are a few before and after photos showing some of Shelagh’s recent work. You can find out more about Shelagh and Working The Room Design by going to her website.
Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday season and can be the perfect opportunity to dress up your home for the sale. With some thoughtful preparation and a “less is more” attitude, decorating your home for the holidays should be a cinch. Here are a few tips to get you through the holiday selling season:
Keep decorations simple. Too many decorations or ones that are too garish will turn many buyers away. A bowl of glass ornaments and a small decorated tree will be enough to help potential buyers imagine their own holidays in the house. A tree that’s too big or a room littered with decorations will make a house feel crowded – the opposite effect you are trying to achieve.
Limit outdoor ornaments. A wreath and a festive urn or two beside the front door is a tasteful way to dress up a house. Inflatable snowmen and blinking reindeer have no place in selling your home during the holidays.
Be mindful not to decorate with overtly religious ornaments. You don’t want to exclude buyers from other countries and faiths.
Scent your home lightly. Birch bark, fir trees and cinnamon are welcoming scents in small doses. You don’t want it to appear that you are masking an unwanted odour. Also, many people have allergies and can be sensitive to overpowering fragrances.
We all know the importance of knowing the “right people”. People who are connected to your potential clients who can personally use your services and/or refer others to you. A network is the quickest and most efficient way to make these connections.
There are many different groups out there. There are women’s groups, industry specific groups as well as groups for home stagers and designers. It is important to go to several of these groups first as a guest to see which ones are worth your investment of both time and money.
Here are a few benefits of joining a business network:
- A network is like an unpaid sales team working for you when you are busy doing other things.
- A network generates referrals which will eventually lead to increased sales.
- It expands the number of individuals who know about you and your business.
- It is a great way to keep you motivated in your business. Talking to other business owners inspires new ideas and provides a wealth of experience to draw from.
- It helps you to define your business more clearly as you are continually practicing your pitch to other members.
- You are able to gain valuable business advice from other more experienced business owners.
- On a more personal level, networking forms friendships. One of the perks of frequently attending networking groups is that some of your contacts will actually become your friends and it is always nice to see a friendly face in the crowd when you attend networking events.
Wallpaper is one of those design trends that come and go. In recent years, wallpaper has really made a come back with more choices and broader applications than we have ever seen in the past.
Many people are reluctant to try wallpaper, especially if they have ever had to remove old wallpaper. However, unlike the papers of the past, today’s wallpapers are much easier to remove. Also, trendy applications are generally limited to one wall instead of an entire room. So, today there are no excuses not to liven up your rooms with a pop of pattern!
Here are a few inspiring ways to use wallpaper:
1) As drawer liners.
2) A mural as a statement piece.
3) A single wall application as a backdrop for a gallery wall.
4) A modern powder room.
5) A pretty storage display.