Why stage in seller's market?

home staging, hamilton on

Question I often hear: Would you explain how staging typically works?  Seems like an expensive proposition for the seller if the buyer doesn’t purchase the furniture and accessories…

Your house stops being “your” house the moment you decide to sell it. It becomes a  merchandise item. Ruthless as it seems, like every other, it requires good marketing if you want to sell it fast (reaching the right buyer’s attention) and for a premium price.

Sometimes you decide you will sell it the moment you buy it. And sometimes that’s where home staging starts…

Smart way to facelift or customize your upholstered furniture

ikea klippan

Everybody knows IKEA. Whether you like it or not you can’t deny chain’s clever openness to hacks and products’ customization. One of such companies is Bemz. Its story starts…in Canada. The founder & CEO, Lesley Pennington, is a graduate of Fine Art and Art History from University of Toronto. With Apple’s work experience in Silicon Valley, and after moving to Sweden and falling in love with the lifestyle, she had a brilliant idea. IKEA market is practically all over the world. But its designs, however stylish and inexpensive, quickly lose unique character. So what do you do to your old sofa to give it second life (and respect the environment at the same time)?

Living room before & after

Ta da! the house is sold. I’m actually shocked this only took one weekend… and my husband is even more shocked;)  I’m torn between being happy and sad (that I have to leave it)…But… I just hope the next house will have as much potential as this one and I will, again, have the opportunity for this much fun in redecorating it!

Bathroom reveal

For this family bathroom I was inspired by my favourite stylist kitchen which I posted a while ago.
Here’s a moodboard.
We decided to DIY the bathroom, so please be merciful in comments:) as we are not pros (meaning me as a decorator and my husband a contractor)
Too bad I don’t have any before photos (I will try to add in due course).Here’s the end result:
For the tiles we went with white marble tiles for the floor and simple subway tiles for the wall. I needed something geometric (I love this trend) so my husband put it with 90 degrees herringbone pattern (I was inspired by Smitten Studio bathroom).DSCN2320 The wall behind the tub was initially just painted (Benjamin Moore Crystaline – awsome greyish mint green), but my two little raccoons love to splash the water all over the place so we needed some protection for the wall.
DSCN2345 DSCN2352The hamper is from West Elm and the stool from Restoration Hardware.
Both type of tiles were bought here and we went with dark grout for subways tiles and no grout for the floor. Initially I wanted black grout, but then I chickened out as some people might not like the look (some say it looks dirty to them). DSCN2356 DSCN2376 DSCN2382I wanted some rustic feel, as I always like to mix old and new so I found this console table on kijiji.ca (it’s an equivalent of the Craigslist in Canada:) and the previous owner was so kind to even bring it my house for free (the total cost=70$). I like the distressed look ala Restoration Hardware, but for a wet space you really need to put a nice top coat so that the wood doesn’t get damaged. I was lucky – he just restored it!:))
DSCN2385 The mirror is from Target:) no longer on sale:(DSCN2392 DSCN2393
 So.. what do you guys think?