Tag Archives: Interior design

  • sofa

    Staging with Art, 5 tips for Picture Perfect Ways to Hang Art

    Posted on April 7, 2015 by pamstages in Home Staging.

    There are rules and guidelines around just about everything, and I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that there are some do’s and don’ts around how to hang artwork. How high? How many?   How large? This month I’ll give you 5 tips that I use to hang art without putting huge holes in the walls and to accessorize rather than overwhelm the space. Hang art at about eye level for someone around 5’4’ to 5’6”. Most people hang art too high, which draws the eye up and away from the space and décor in the room. In children’s rooms, art should be hung much lower to accent and create a space that smaller one’s can enjoy. Bigger is better. On a large wall, one large piece is more appealing than several smaller pieces. If you are hanging art over a sofa, art should be centered and about 3 to 6” above the top of the sofa. To hang heavy pieces use Hercules Hooks or Monkey hooks. These little gems hold up to 200 lbs and they just put this teensy weensy hole in the wall. I LOVE them. Not only do they hold a ton of weight but they are easy schmeasy to get into the walls. Even I can do it! Basically, you poke the pointy end into the wall and twist to work the hook in. The hook curves around the inside of the wall board which provides the strength and voile’ you hang the picture. If the artwork isn’t too heavy, you could try 3M Command picture hanging strips. And they don’t damage the wall when removing! I’ve used these in my warehouse to create a purse hanging area, and use them in homes where clients are sensitive about holes in the walls. However, in staged homes I only use them for very light pieces. If you are hanging art work that has multiple frames, hang the art about ½ “apart to create the feeling of one large rather than several small pieces. We also use abstract art when staging that can be hung either horizontally or vertically: If I want to draw attention to a high ceiling, I might choose 2 or 3 pieces and walk them up the wall to draw the eye up towards the ceiling. In this home simple metal bowls from Ikea were used to create a dramatic space. Art like any other accessory can be overused in a staged home. As with anything, when selling less is more. When choosing which walls should have art, always think of the first impression of the room, and the angle that the photo will be shot from. Mirrors are good choices to reflect views and add depth to a room. Most of the time the tips we use for staging are also good rules of thumb to follow when choosing and hanging art in your home. The advantage is that it’s YOUR house! You really can do whatever pleases you, including an entire wall of the family history. But when you are preparing to sell, the “wall of family” will need to come down to help buyers imagine their families creating a new history in your home! If you have a specific question, call me or post it on my Facebook page, and I will feature your question with an answer on my bi-weekly radio show on the Chat with Women Network. Listen in the first and third Wednesday of the month on KKNW 1150 AM radio from 8:00am to 9:00am! Pam Pam Christensen is an Accredited Staging Professional Master who specializes in working with investors to help them maximize their return on investment by providing high quality staging that get results!   Pam Christensen, ASPM

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • 630327_13_0

    Duvall Home Pending Sale in Less than 1 Week!

    Posted on May 8, 2014 by pamstages in Staged & Sold.

    MLS # 630327 Listed: 8-May-14 Asking Price: $499,950 Beds: 5 Baths: 3.5 Sqft: 3,810 Lot: .29 Acres Style: 2 Stories Staged in Duvall Park-like setting backs to green space making this the ideal location for your Duvall home. Boasting 3800 sf, this 5 bedroom 3.5 bath craftsman is ready for the discriminating buyer. Chef’s kitchen w/ granite counters adjoins the over-sized family room & entertainment sized deck. Master suite features 5 piece bath. Daylight basement boasts huge rec room w/ wet bar, additional bedroom & full bath. Tons of storage. 20 min to Redmond or Connector provides easy commute to Eastside employers.

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • 628424_13_0

    Lynnwood Home Pending Sale after 11 days!

    Posted on May 2, 2014 by pamstages in Staged & Sold.

    MLS # 628424 Listed: 2-May-14 Asking Price: $424,950 Beds: 5 Baths: 2.75 Sqft: 2,832 Lot: 0.28 Acres Style: Split Level Staged in Lynnwood Beautiful remodeled 2800+asf house featuring 5 bdrms and 3 baths. Open kitchen with new maple cabinets, granite countertops and stainless appliances. New solid hardwood floors on main level, tile bathroom surrounds, all new white millwork, flooring, paint and windows. Mater bath has dual vanities and large closet. Lower level has 2 bedrooms and 2 living rooms. Site features dead end street and private large yard. 2 car garage with a 2 car high bay carport. Any offers will be reviewed May 12.

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • 620799_4_1

    Magnolia Home Staged to Sell

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by pamstages in Listing Removed.

    MLS # 620799 Listed: 16-Apr-14 Asking Price: $764,900 Beds: 3 Baths: 1.75 Sqft: 2,300 Lot: 6,054 Sq. Ft. Style: 1 Story Staged in Seattle Spectacularly remodeled 3 bed, 1¾ home on coveted street in Magnolia w/ fabulous views. Brand new kitchen & baths w/ modern finishes including stainless steel appliances, granite counters & tile floors. The home has been updated with true craftsmanship & attention to detail including gorgeous refinished hardwoods, new windows, new carpet, new interior & exterior paint, new front deck & rear patio, newly sodded front and back yard, newly rewired electrical system. Newer roof and sewer line.

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • Another Elegant Ending, Staged from tip to sold!

    Posted on October 13, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    This has been a “staged today and sold tomorrow” week!  Last Tuesday I staged a lovely Redmond townhouse. We brought in a few (very few) accessories and added a dining room set.  Then we “shopped” in the garage for a few accent pieces and artwork.  I left the home owner with an EcoJoe (check out my website products page if you aren’t familiar with him).  After giving her detailed instructions on how to bury him we were on our way.  On Saturday while I was helping my brother move I received the loveliest text! “Pam I sold my condo today!  I buried the statue just like you said and the first person to look at it bought it!  I love what you did with my home and I’ll refer you to anyone I know who is selling.  I really appreciate that you used my things to stage it!  Thank you Pam!” That my friends is what happens when you do what you were meant to do in the world and I am so grateful that I gave myself the gift of following my passion!

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • Staging for Fall, Spice it up!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    Days are getting shorter, leaves are turning, and there is a definite chill in the morning air.  Sundays are now dedicated to football, and chili and stews are replacing hamburgers on the grill.  Sweaters and jeans are in, shorts and tanks are out!  Why not add a little fall color and spice to your home?  Fall colors are fabulous! Rich oranges, brilliant yellows and luxurious burgundy’s abound in nature, bringing them into your home will make it warm, cozy and inviting, and best of all it’s easy and inexpensive! In the living room, add a rich burgundy throw casually tossed on a sofa or comfortable chair.  Simply add a cup of tea and a good book and voila’ a rich and warm fall retreat.  Replace the centerpiece on the coffee table with a vase filled with greenery and fall leaves.  Add some heavy candle sticks with spice scented candles and not only will your room feel rich it will be filled with the comforting aroma of cinnamon or pumpkin spice. In the dining room, simply adding a rich brown, orange or golden-yellow runner, and a bowl or basket filled with deep olive faux pears.  Your grocery store is filled with sqaush, pumpkins and colorful fall corn create an arrangement from veggies’ or again simply take a walk and collect leafs and branches that delight your eye.  Arrange them in a vase add candle sticks and your stage is set for intimate dinners of rich soups and stews. And don’t forget the bedroom!  Replace the light summer quilt with a rich down comforter, or simply add a fun faux fur throw to the end of the bed!  A vase filled with rich yellow or orange mums either fresh or silk add a pop of fall color to your night stand that will delight you when you cuddle up in your blanky during crisp fall evenings. I think the most important thing is to let your home change with the seasons, and follow natures with flare!

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • Staging to Sell, The Art of furniture placement

    Posted on August 25, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    Staging is not just pulling grandma’s couch out of the basement and putting it in the living room so the room isn’t empty.  “Of course, I know that” you say, but it’s surprising how many times I have been called to look at a home that has been on the market for 30 days or more and amazingly enough there is grandma’s couch!  Okay so it isn’t really grandma’s but you get the picture.  Furniture placement is critical and can make or break the appearance and feel of a room.  Selecting the right furniture, artwork and accessories is the beginning of creating a design that will showcase the home it’s best advantage.  The next and most critical step is the process of arranging the furniture so the room flows well.  Anyone who watches me stage will see me stand at the door way and study the room.  I’ll then arrange the furniture, walk back to the door way and study the room again.  In a difficult floor plan I’ll do this sometimes 3 or 4 times before I find the arrangement that shows the room to its best advantage.  With the right furnishings and the right arrangement a small room can be made to feel larger, and a large room can go from a cavernous bowling alley to a spacious and elegant living room. When creating a look that will sell a home there are several factors to consider: 1.  The features to high light or de-emphasize . What is the focal point of the room?  What is there about the room that they buyer might find challenging or unappealing? 2.  The flow of the room.  Don’t block pathways and doorways.  Arrange furnishings so they create a flow that leads the buyer through the room. 3. The eye of the camera.  What will the camera see?  The internet is the first impression of the home, if it doesn’t show well in the picture, the buyer won’t waste their time and gas to come in to the home. The formal living room is often the first room the buyers will see when they walk in the door, and the last room they see as they leave.  In this example the large book-case on the far wall made the room feel heavy and created the “titanic” effect.  Replacing the heavy book-case with a sofa, and facing the sofa towards the door created a look that said, “come in and sit down” .   Bedrooms left vacant appear smaller than they really are.  If the bedroom is small, the worst thing that you can do is to leave it vacant, the second worse thing is to put only one thing in the room.   It is important to put the right size bed, in the right place in the room with the right accessories to show how really spacious and functional the bedroom actually is.  A common mistake is to angle the bed in a small bedroom.  Occasionally this is the right place for the bed, but most of the time it will create the illusion in the buyer’s mind that there isn’t enough space for a dresser even in a large room! This tiny bedroom looked no bigger than a closet when it was vacant.  Once staged it was clearly large enough for a kids room.  By not filling the room the buyer is left with the impression that they could easily add their dresser to the room and move right in. Selecting the right furniture is only half the battle, to create a look that captures the buyers heart and makes a sale the furnishings have to be  arranged to truly showcase the home.

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • The Glamour of Staging LOL!

    Posted on August 11, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    Here’s the scenario:  I’m in Target, it’s 8:30 they close in a half an hour and I need 12 bed pillows, bedding for a queen bed that will go with the artwork and lamps I have in the warehouse, towels for 3 bathrooms, rugs oh and I’m out of faux fruit.  I’m figuring out how to stuff all of it into one cart and get out before they turn the lights off around me. I race to the check stand, pillows flying, hair on fire and the person working at the register looks at my cart and casually asks “Redecorating?” “No” I reply. “I’m a Home stager and we are staging a large home tomorrow.”  “Oh, how cool!” they gush.  “I’ve always wanted to do that it sounds SO fun!”  My inside grumbly voice says “Oh yeah, this is fun.  I’ve been up since 5am so I could get contracts written, banking figured out and bills sent out.  I started packing the truck at 8, staging by 10 and by 5 had the luxury of walking around the beautifully staged home covered in sweat and starving BUT admiring our work.  Took pictures, gave the team a hug said thanks see you tomorrow  and headed out to shop.  How glamorous.” My outside voice however says “It is fun! I love creating beautiful rooms for my clients and helping them sell their homes.” Then my inside voice thinks, “I was in the corporate world for close to 30 years.  When we stage a home and the seller walks through with shining eyes thanking us for the beautiful job, then calls me excitedly the next day and says “hey we got a full price offer in one day!  Thank you so much!!”  I know that I love what I do, the good and the not so good, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • Home Staging Tips to Sell! B is for Bathrooms

    Posted on June 29, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging, Social Networking, Uncategorized.

    Nothing sends a buyer packing faster than a dirty, outdated bathroom.  Well, almost nothing, you can beat a dirty bathroom with a home that wafts an aroma of stale cigarette smoke or animal urine, but a bathroom that isn’t spotlessly clean will turn them off every time.  I’ve heard stories of buyers that love a home, but when they see just a little soap residue on a shower door, or those bright and shiny outdated brass faucets walk out with out so much as a “maybe we could fix it”.  The comment is “If they didn’t take care of the bathroom, what else didn’t they take care of?”  Okay you got it right?  Clean and update the bathrooms.  Here’s seven tips for inexpensive must do’s for the bath: 1. Replace the shiny chrome or brass faucets with brushed nickel.  You can get a nice modern Glacier Bay brushed nickel faucet at home depot for $34.00. 2.  If the bathroom mirror is cracked or the silver is failing, replace the mirror.  I find nice framed mirrors for under $50 at Ross, Marshals, TJ Max or Tuesday morning all the time.  Make sure and inspect them carefully though especially the corners.  Shoppers can be rough on the edges in bargain stores. 3.  Update the light fixtures.  I’ve seen bathrooms where the seller has gone to the trouble and expense to replace the counter tops with granite or tile and left the outdated shiny brass light fixture with the round glass bulbs.  ICK!  A brushed nickel fixture will make a world of difference!  Call me for suggestions, or to find out about discounts I can offer my clients. I’ll pause here for a moment.  I have staged bathrooms, where all that the sellers did were those top three things.  The bathrooms were spotlessly clean and after staging they looked very nice.  But, if you really want the home to sell quickly and the Master Bath has 80’s blue counter tops, or worse a nice rose pink toilet, I strongly recommend going on to number 4. 4.  Replace cracked, colored or dingy toilets and sinks with new white fixtures.  At a minimum, if you have one of those old spongy toilet seats, TOSS it!  Ewww.  And yes, the 1980 oak seat with matching toilet paper holder really has to go. 5.  Reface or replace the tub if its stained cracked or damaged.  In an entry level home replacing the tub and outdated tile with a nice tub surround is perfectly fine.  In a higher end home, I recommend tile. 6. Replace the blue, pink or otherwise outdated laminate counter tops with tile or granite.  Especially in the master bath. 7. New vinyl flooring can do wonders in a guest bath and powder room, however, if there is just one bathroom or in higher end homes I recommend tile.  In a master bath with a soaking tub, I think tile is a must. It goes without saying that the bathroom should be freshly painted a nice designer neutral like Benjamin Moore Practical Beige or Sherwin Williams Urban Beige or Relaxed Khaki.  Staging the bathroom with a new cloth shower curtain, plush towels, and art work add the frosting to the cake.  If you would like personalized advice for choosing colors, fixtures or finishes for your bathroom call to schedule an appointment for a walk through consultation.  Or if you are out of the Seattle area, I offer online consultations, using your pictures and a Webex meeting tool we can virtually walk through any room of your home together.

    Continue Reading...
    No Comments.
  • Spring time staging

    Posted on April 25, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging, Social Networking.

    I’m sitting in my office looking out at the brilliant yellow and orange tulips that are the only sunshine in an otherwise gray and rain soaked landscape.  With the weather we have had this year I think we need some color, whether it’s bright tulips, daffodils or annuals on the outside, or swapping out those dark and rich winter colored accent pillows for some bright yellow, lime green or honeysuckle pink pillows inside.  Colors especially bright cheerful spring colors can help to lift your spirits!  It doesn’t matter if you are staging to sell, or staging to give yourself and your home a lift I think adding some bright color spots is the easiest and least expensive change you can make that will make the biggest impact.  In my April newsletter I have articles on how to add pizazz to the outside of your home for instant curb appeal and accents to the inside of your home to make you and your potential buyers smile.  Just because we’re having one of the coldest wettest Aprils in years doesn’t mean you have to give up on spring:)  I hope these tips help brighten your day!

    Continue Reading...
    1 Comment.