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Our business is home staging, but we get to wear many hats in our work and personal lives.  We are boss babes, moms, and home decor enthusiasts.  On this blog you'll get to read a little bit about all of the above! 

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It should be said that despite my best efforts, I cannot keep real plants alive at my house. I'd like to blame the lighting or draftiness of my house, but I think it has more to do with the homeowner, not the home. We use faux plants in home staging and in the four short years we've been in business, faux plants have come a LONG way. I used to turn my nose up to faux plants, but now I use them all over my house. So if you can't commit to real plants, or you are putting your home on the market, faux plants are a great way to add a pop of color, as well as bring some life to your indoor spaces.


FAUX TREES

We typically bring at least one faux tree to each staging project. They look so good tucked into the corner of a dining room and serve as an anchor to any room. We buy a lot of faux fiddle leaf fig trees for our inventory. With the large glossy leaves and voluminous stature, they are a lot of bang for the buck. We also love a good faux olive tree. They are a little more delicate than the fig, but give great visual interest and there are some really good faux olive trees out there.

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FAUX PLANTS & BRANCHES


We can't even count the number of stems and vases that we take to each project. We truly believe that plants add so much to a staged property and our use of plants is definitely something that sets us apart from other staging companies. You can add faux stems just about anywhere in the house. We love to use stems on console tables, coffee table and in bathrooms - really, the sky is the limit. Like with real stems, it's important to consider the season when you select your faux stems. However, some faux plants and stems, like zz plants and eucalyptus, can typically work all year round.

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Whether you are staging your home to sell or styling your home to stay, we think you can't go wrong with some pops of greenery - faux or real! But if you have a black thumb like I do, faux might be the way to go.


The holiday decorations are down and the snow is finally melting, so spring must be around the corner, right? Fingers crossed, I'm over this cold weather!


We primarily focus on the interior spaces in our home staging projects; however, we always advise our homeowners to pay specific attention to their exterior spaces as well. Buyers form an impression of a home very quickly, so it's important to maintain excellent curb appeal when your home is on the market.


And even if your home is not on the market, it's a good reminder to pay attention to your home's exterior, particularly the front porch. I know at my house it's often a space that gets a little neglected. The fall and winter leaves have blown into the porch, the door mat has seen better days, and full disclosure, my now very-dead wreath is still hanging from Christmas. Yikes!


Updating the front porch curb appeal is pretty easy and affordable. First, we often recommend that a homeowner invest in a new door mat - they get pretty gross rather quickly, especially after the winter months. Below are some great options. Typically for sellers, we suggest that you keep it simple and neutral and steer clear of anything too specific or pun-y.

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Another easy way to add a pop of color and some instant curb appeal is to change up your wreath. There are awesome live plant options in your local nurseries, but if you're looking for a faux option to withstand the elements, below are some great choices. We suggest that you keep the wreath simple and if you're listing your house, steer clear of hanging anything too holiday-specific.



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Lastly, some chic planters filled with real or faux plants is another amazing way to enhance your curb appeal. If you have a hard time keeping plants alive (hand way up!) then perhaps some faux plants (i.e., boxwoods) are the way to go. Or reach out to a local landscaper or nursery to find out what plants will work best on your porch.


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Hopefully this helps you get your front porch spring-ready! Remember, that first impression counts, so don't neglect those outdoor spaces and impress your buyers the moment they pull up.


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Something that I definitely stressed about when I was pregnant with my daughter was what we would do with all of her sh*t at home. In my humble opinion, baby gear and toys are just kindof fugly, and they realllllly interfere with my design aesthetic. Call me loony, I'm just saying what you're all thinking.


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Fast forward a couple years, and we were in the process of moving. I KNEW I would need to hide all of her brightly colored tents and blocks and rocking horses for real estate photos and showings. Where to begin? I followed these simple steps to get ready for showings AND get organized and a jump-start on packing.


1. Store or Donate everything that kiddos aren't using RIGHT NOW.


It's so hard to part with that beloved dolly that your little one once carried around everywhere, and you're CERTAIN baby #3 will just LOVE the play gym from baby #1. That's all fine and well, but for now, get rid of it. If your brood is done expanding, consider donating baby gear/toys/clothing to a child-centric charity, or pass it along to friends and family. Or if you'll need it later on, invest in a bunch of Large clear storage bins and pack everything away. Be sure to label!



2. Store out of season items.


To further pare down, put away clothing/gear that is clearly out of season. Listing your home in early spring? Pool toys, water tables, and other summer goodies are certainly not needed right now. Listing in the dead of summer? Snow gear, sleds, and all those large indoor play-things you rely on to get you through winter inside need to go. Again, large clear storage bins, labeled, are your best friend.


3. Creatively camouflage what's left.


After you have mercilessly combed through everything and hopefully donated or stored A LOT of it, we must deal with the items your kids use every day.


First, make space for your children's toys and gear in cabinets, shelves, and closets. This means storing and donating YOUR stuff so that your kids have some hidden space for their every-day things too.


Next, invest in a BUNCH of matching tasteful baskets/bins in which to put the leftovers that must remain "out." This strategy takes clutter from chaotic to clean and organized. We like ones from The Container Store, Target, and Wayfair. Just make sure to get more than you think you need (you can always return those you don't), we can almost guarantee you will use all of them.



And that's it! Quickly tidy up by replacing items in their respective "hiding place" - closets, cabinets, and storage baskets - before showings. And who knows, maybe you'll bring this organized habit to your new home! *A girl can dream*



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