Seattle Cape Cod Staging Enhances Beauty True Seattle Cape Cod on a sunny corner lot. Traditional 1928 home maintains original charm and has room for everyone. Updated kitchen, 2 bedrooms on main, 2 up, 2 full baths & lower level rec room, office and room for guests. Entertain on the generous deck. Bicycle parking in light & bright shed off the alley. Coveted Northeast Seattle location close to B-G Trail, Seattle Children’s, UW, UVillage, Top Rated Schools, Link Light Rail UW Station to DT in 8mins starting March 2016. MLS # 885750 Listed: Jan 21, 2016 Asking Price: $700,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 2 Sqft: 2,580 Lot: 3,706 Style: 1 1/2 StoryContinue Reading... No Comments.
Staged in Monroe Escape to your private Mt Forest sanctuary. Stunning custom-built 3 bedroom rambler has been completely updated with an artisan’s touch. Entry opens to bright spacious living room w/ vaulted ceilings, LED lighting & gleaming hardwoods. Entertain from your Pottery Barn-inspired chef’s kitchen w/ slab quartz, soft close cabinets, designer tile & new SS appliances. Relax in generous master suite featuring dbl vanity, quartz & spa-like shower w/ dual rain shower heads. Huge deck for entertaining. MLS # 886747 Listed: Jan 21, 2016 Asking Price: $475,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 2.5 Sqft: 1,948 Lot: 1.51 Acres Style: 1 Story, ContemporaryContinue Reading... No Comments.
Pending Sale in Shoreline This stunning 3 bedroom remodel features, new white modern self closing cabinets, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, gleaming hardwood floors, all new electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water heater & custom tile work in the bathroom. Open concept & two large family rooms downstairs. Situated on a spacious lot, close to schools, freeways, parks & shopping. Will sell fast! MLS # 882986 Listed: Jan 13, 2016 Asking Price: $429,990 Beds: 3 Baths: 1 Sqft: 1,886 Lot: 8,410 Style: 1 Story with BasementContinue Reading... No Comments.
Just as we settle in to fall and start to enjoy visions of oranges, deep purples and olives, Benjamin Moore and Glidden announce their color of the year for 2016 is …. White? Sherwin-Williams and Behr are also showing an off-white in their 2016 color trend forecasts. But wait, isn’t white um boring? I think it’s all in how you use it and of course what you use for accents and accessories. Kitchen cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s’ Simply White contrasted with a black counter top and black pulls create a crisp clean look. Add some primary colored canisters to the counter tops for a pop of color and voila’ you have a kitchen that states, clean and crisp with a side of fun. Appliances can be classic stainless steel or White is becoming a clear star across a broad range of kitchen styles, but do keep in mind for us baby boomers, these new models are not the white appliances you may have grown up with. White cabinets paired with white appliances add to the flow of the space, which is particularly important in a small kitchen. You can also add bright pops of color to your kitchen with some of the smaller appliances, such as a bright red or blue Kitchen Aid or even a toaster, and bright color metal retro bar stools finish the look. For living rooms, Cappuccino White from Glidden is a creamy white that works best with warm hues. Used in a room with a dark floor it will boost the light in the space and help to create the warm glow you get from a sunny day. A creamy white is warmer and friendlier than the grays that are currently popular and can help to keep the chill away during the upcoming gloomy winter days. But for those of you who are just starting to love the grays painting walls with Sherwin Williams Alabaster, and accessorizing with a mix of grays and browns will create a visually interesting, warm and welcoming space. A bonus of a neutral-only room is that you can easily add pops of seasonal colors to keep a room fresh and interesting, adding sunny yellows for spring, bright blues and teals for summer, and olives, burnt oranges and purples for fall. For furniture such as sofas and large chairs, I recommend staying with creams, beiges or grays, rather than whites. Whites work well for formal seldom used living rooms but don’t hold up well for day to day living. I’m not sure that the old real estate advice of painting everything white is on its way back, and even if white stays on as a lasting trend there are a multitude of shades of white to consider. If you would like help we now have a color specialist and interior designer on staff with over 25 years of experience in design that can help you to choose the shade that will be best for you and your project.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Fall is my favorite time of year for staging because I can use more of the deep rich colors I love. Deep purples, burnished oranges, elegant burgundy’s, rich teals and blues make beautiful accents for beiges and grays to create an elegant warm fall look that mirror the colors of the turning leaves. The key to helping a buyer fall in love with your home is to create an emotional connection the minute they walk in the door, then continue building on that connection as they tour each room of the home. I love to include cuddly fur throws, where buyers can see themselves lounging with a book enjoying a chilly fall evening with a cup of tea or cider. Crisp sunny fall days fade quickly into dark cold evenings, making lighting even more important than ever. We use more uplights and make sure to keep all lamps on to create a welcoming ambiance. It’s also important to set your heat to at least 65. Buyers won’t want to stay long in a home where they can see their breath! Outdoor staging in the fall offers lot’s of color choices as well. With the cooler damper weather, bright yellow, orange and burgundy mums are fabulous to add warmth and color to flower beds and pots. Coleus and bright cabbage can also be added to pots placed on back decks to add color. We don’t suggest staging patios and decks in the fall unless there’s a view or the area is well covered. For living, most of us store our outdoor furniture or keep it well covered to protect it from the weather. For staging, it’s very similar. With our blustery rainy days, outdoor furniture gets grimy pretty quickly, and when selling, clean is critical. Colorful fall foliage makes a much better statement than dirt smudged outdoor furniture. Make sure to check pots often and remove any dead or decaying leaves to create a fresh and welcoming appeal.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Fall in the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful times of year and the market is cooking! It seems like we hardly finish staging before we get a call from the Realtor that the home is pending! I just checked our statistics and over 90% of our staged homes are pending within 7 days! We just helped a client who had a condo that had been on the market for over 90 days. The Realtor decided to pull it off the market for two weeks to take care of some minor repairs and during that time we staged the condo. The good news is that once staged with new photos, the condo was pending in 5 days. In a buyer’s market, staging makes the difference between a home that sells in 30 days or less and a home that languishes on the market. In a seller’s market, staging is the key to getting over the asking price and launching bidding wars. Staging is packaging, and according to the latest research on HomeGain.com there’s a 196% return on the investment staging. I wish the stock market did that!Continue Reading... No Comments.
5557 SW Campbell Place, Seattle from Bitlogic Productions on Vimeo. Views + Privacy! My-oh-my! This century-old beauty has been lovingly cared for and thoughtfully updated/remodeled. An integration of old and new creates a space that is simply magical. The 3,502 SF home offers three bedrooms and four baths on three living levels. A wall of windows and huge main-floor deck offer breath-taking views. The stunning custom kitchen fuses art and utility with bamboo floors and cabinetry, granite and glass counters, and high-end stainless appliances. A charming master has a dressing room that could double as a nursery. Updated baths. Storage galore: secret rooms and closets at every turn. An extra-long garage can house three cars tandem-style, or becomes play space for ping pong, hop scotch or whatever your imagination can dream. The garage has water views, too! Property borders Schmitz Park: 70 acres of old-growth timber, walking trails to Alki. Welcome home!Continue Reading... No Comments.
This Beautiful Snoqualmie Town-home Sold After 2 Days for more than asking. Look at the Before and After photos of this stage and you know that the Staging helped to sell his home quickly! Immaculate resale in Ridgestone! Bright & spacious end unit w/ large lot, private yard, & beautiful views. Open great room design, plus formal dining/flex rm. Main flr bdrm/den & 3/4 bath great for guests. Functional 2-story layout means fewer stairs! Kitchen w/ slab granite, SS appls, maple cabs, island w/ seating. Gracious master suite w/ walk-in closet, 5-pc bath, & mtn views. 2-car garage & bonus alley parking. Outdoor recreation at your doorstep, yet just 20 min to Bellevue & 30 to Seattle. HOA Dues $190/month Style Townhouse Community Snoqualmie Ridge MLS# 740908Continue Reading... No Comments.
This stunning remodeled home sold quickly with the help of Staging. This stunning remodeled home features 4 beds 2.5 baths, an open and functional floor plan, wood floors, quartz counters, stainless steel appliances all on a large and private lot. Adorned with many elegant touches including shadow box trim, crown molding, high end fixtures vaulted ceilings, jetted tub and much more. Three car garage and a long driveway have plenty of room for boat or RV and the 1.23 acre lot on a quiet dead end street offer privacy. Property Type Residential Community Redmond MLS# 736036Continue Reading... No Comments.
Whether you have an amazing view of the sound or just a back deck ready for entertaining, this is the time of year to stage for outdoor living. We might not always have the best weather, but hey we in the Northwest, don’t let a little rain, or gray sky interfere with our outdoor living. We like to be outside year round, which is what makes creating an outdoor space that is family and weather friendly so important when selling a home. In fact this time of year the right outdoor staging can make the sale. In the fall and winter, I don’t stage decks or patios, as furniture can get dirty and dingy quickly, and some year’s summer doesn’t start until August, but I think this year the weather is co-operating early. When staging the inside of a home, I create a design that will appeal to the type of family I imagine will be living in the home, as well as the style and location of the home. The same concepts apply when choosing an outdoor design. It isn’t necessary to fully stage the deck especially if it’s a large area, but if there’s a view it is important to create a seating vignette that highlights the view. I’ve had more than one client tell me that they wrote the offer for the home while sitting in my Adirondack chairs facing the sound in the sunset. Staging is important but landscaping is even more so. Even a home with a small back yard can be attractive and be a strong selling point. Here are a few ideas that I provided last year for creating an appealing back yard whether it’s large or small: If there isn’t a deck, pave or tile an area for outside dining. You can’t control the neighbors, but you can create a privacy screen. Adding a trellis to screen a sitting area creates a feeling of beauty and privacy even in a tiny back yard. Use curves instead of angles. Every yard your buyers look at will have the traditional back yard with a square or rectangular lawn bordered with bark flower beds. If you are re-landscaping the back yard anyway, create curves instead of angles. It makes the yard stand out from the rest and costs about the same as standard landscaping. Add planter boxes and/or built in benches to decks and patios. Even in winter months you can create attractive planter boxes, using plants such as grasses, flowering Kale and cabbage, small evergreens and ivy that are hardy enough to withstand the weather. While the front of the home may be the first impression, the back yard is where the family will see themselves spending time once they have moved into the home. The curb appeal of the front of the home will get them in the door. Touring the interior that is staged to match their lifestyle will create the all important emotional connection, and the backyard design will seal the deal.Continue Reading... No Comments.