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Understanding Light Sources
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SOLD in 1 Day!
Which White is Right

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Add Some Glam to Your Christmas Decor



















A quick way to add some (more) sparkle to your holiday décor is to spray paint some pine cones. Natural pine cones are a fantastic add to any décor to bring in a touch of rustic and nature. If you would rather add some glam, then kick things up a notch with a can of spray paint!
 

I took these regular old pine cones that I collected in the fall and sprayed them with a metallic silver. Rustic to glam in under 5 minutes! Antique silver would also work very well on pine cones as it would add a shimmer without the harsh contrast of the silver.

Understanding Light Sources

We feel more comfortable in a space when it is properly lit. Most older homes do not have adequate lighting. It wasn’t until about the mid 1960’s that ceiling light fixtures in each room became more common. Nowadays it is rare to find a room that doesn’t have pot lights and / or a ceiling fixture.
 
In a perfect scenario every room would have 2 to 3 types of lighting; indirect, direct and task lighting. Indirect lighting is general light for the room, usually a ceiling fixture or pot lights, windows would also be considered a source of indirect light.

Area Rug Selection and Placement

The size and location of a rug can make or break your room; wrong size or placement and your room feels awkward or disconnected, correct size and placement and your room feels cozy and inviting.

Selecting a rug that is too small will look disproportionate in your room, creating what I call the "polka dot effect".  
Alternately, selecting a rug that is too large will dwarf your furniture.

Below are some examples of proper size and placement for area rugs in your dining room, bedroom and living room.

SOLD in 1 Day!

SOLD in 1 Day!
 

It is so exciting when a property we’ve had the opportunity to work on is SOLD on the very first day of showings for over the asking price.  This just goes to show how much staging can help.
 
These clients contacted us within a few days of deciding they were going to put their house on the market.  They were very eager for a quick and profitable sale and they were very willing to do whatever it took to make that happen.  Many recommendations were made during the consultation.

Which White is Right


Is White even a color?  This is a much debated topic.  Depending on who you talk to you will get different answers.  One prominent theory is that pure white is the absence of color because you cannot mix any colors to make pure white; therefore it is not a color.  Another theory suggests that white is a color because it reflects all colors back to the eye.  Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, every home can benefit from the addition of white to help highlight or brighten certain areas.

The Art of Hanging Art



This is a tricky task as many people make the mistake of hanging their art too high because they are worried that it will be too low.  There are many scenarios but here are 3 main guidelines to follow when hanging art:

1. When hanging above a sofa: the bottom of the art shouldn't be more then 
6-8 inches from the top of the sofa.

2. When hanging above a console table: the bottom of the art shouldn't be more then 10-12 inches from the table.

3. When hanging in a hallway or where it will be mostly viewed standing up: the centre of the art should be eye level.

5 Reasons to Hire a Decorator

If you are planning to repaint, update your decor or replace your furniture, hiring a decorator can help you save time, money & even a few wrinkles!  Here are 5 reasons to hire a decorator to help with your transformation.
 
1)      A decorator can help reduce the stress often experienced when trying to navigate the many choices on the market by narrowing your options to just the ones that will best suit you
2)      Not everyone has the time to spend days shopping for just  the right piece, a decorator is familiar with what is currently in the stores & can guide you in the right direction

How to Pick Accent Colors

So now that you’ve purchased your new sofa, you want to get new art & accessories to coordinate with it. The question is, “where do you begin?”
 
The easiest place to start is by looking at your accent cushions.  The colors in these accent cushions were specifically chosen to compliment the color of your sofa so they are the perfect jumping-off point.  One thing that will make your shopping trip much more enjoyable (efficient?) is to take an accent cushion with you.  This way you aren’t left guessing if the red in the art you just fell in love with is the same red as in your cushion.

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Stager



Our homes are our single largest investments so it only stands to reason that we would want to get the best return possible when it comes time to sell.  There are a few things that can be done in order to achieve this.  One of them is hiring a Professional Stager to help properly prepare the property to attract the widest range of buyers.  Attracting as many buyers as possible increases the chances of multiple offers which increase the potential for receiving an offer at or over asking price.

Defining a Room`s Purpose

In this small 900 square foot 3 bedroom starter home in Winnipeg, there was no room for an eating area in the kitchen. When it came time to sell, the homeowners knew they were going to have to show buyers that there was space for an eating area but weren’t sure how to achieve that without over stuffing the small kitchen with a table and chairs. During the Staging Consultation we found that the room just off the kitchen (which had become a catch all storage room for the young couple) would make a great eating area.
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