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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 has been said that plants make people happy, and I can personally guarantee that when you walk into the LoKey Designs studio in the Shaw District, you will most definitely feel happy. Owner Laura started LoKey Designs about 5 years ago out of her love for plants and flowers and her desire to learn how to keep her plants alive and thriving instead of continuously throwing out her short-lived grocery store plant purchases. She started her business growing succulents in her home and has expanded to nurturing and selling numerous house plants and trees in her gorgeous studio. What types of plants does Laura sell? Well, she keeps it simple and follows this important rule: if she can master the plant, she will sell it.

Laura makes it super easy to shop her beautiful plants offering a few ways to get your hands on her beauties. First, you can schedule a 30-minute private appointment to shop in the Shaw studio. Secondly, you can order your goodies online and pick them up at her studio. She also graciously delivers orders in the St. Louis City area for a $5 fee.


HOME PLANT CONSULTATIONS

I was most excited to learn more about Laura’s home plant consultations. Despite my admitted black thumb, I continue to purchase plants over and over and watch them die because I have no clue what plants work in my house nor do I have any idea what each plant requires in terms of lighting, watering and care. Cue Laura’s home plant consultations! For $15, Laura hopped on a 30-minute FaceTime call with me to discuss my plant concerns and created a personalized recommended care plan. We use faux plants in our staging projects and while I have a handful of great fakes, I really want some live plants throughout my house (ones that will thrive).

Laura and I discussed several areas in my home where I'd like to add some live plants. First, I have a large bare corner in my dining room and I want to fill it with a large tree or some potted plants, but the room doesn’t get much light and there are lots of drafty windows in the space (see pic!). Secondly, I want some plants on the dresser in my master bedroom and in the bathroom, which again, both spaces that don't get a ton of natural light. My bedroom and bathroom are super neutral and I want some plants to add a pop of color and life to the space. Essentially, low-light and low maintenance plants fit the bill at my house. I can't wait to see her plan!


BIGGEST PLANT MISTAKES

While her plant consultations will help you identify any specific plant issues in your individual home, Laura says that one of the biggest mistakes that people make with house plants is ignoring your home’s humidity. Particularly in winter months, our homes get super dry and just like our skin, our house plants can suffer. According to Laura, folks tend to overwater when their plants look a little dry which unfortunately is not addressing the humidity problem.


MOST FOOLPROOF HOUSE PLANTS


While no plants are completely foolproof, Laura shared her top picks of houseplants that are easier to maintain (i.e., my kind of house plant). These plants typically require little instruction or excess care. But again, I definitely recommend that you reach out to Laura to schedule a consultation to figure out what plants work best in your home.



Pothos – Pothos plants come in several varieties and do well in a variety of environments. The silver satin pothos is Laura’s favorite house plant, largely because they tell you exactly what they need.


Snake plant - Not only are snake plants (dracaena trifasciata) easy to maintain, they also have the ability to absorb and remove harmful toxins and can act as an effective defense against airborne allergies...win-win!


Philodendron - Philodendrons make for great indoor plants because they can adapt to various lighting and water conditions. With their large green leaves, they are a perfect indoor addition to your house.


And if you need some cute little plant holders, look no further. You can shop these looks here.

I've never been more excited about plants than after spending some time with Laura. I can't wait to fill up my house with her suggested plants and watch them thrive. Be sure to learn more about Laura and all the amazing plants and services offered at LoKey Designs. You won't regret it!


xo,

Anna





When you move into a new home, you tend to spend a ton of time and energy on the internal spaces. And oftentimes, unless there is a huge exterior project, we typically don't touch the existing hardware on our front door and home exterior (I know I haven't!). We talk about curb appeal quite a bit, so apologies f


or being a broken record, but it's true, curb appeal matters when you're selling your home. So making these small, inexpensive updates can really impress your potential buyers and hopefully land you a quicker offer. And even if you're not selling, I can guarantee these changes will give you a renewed love for your front door.




Sources: a// Schoolhouse Electric $198 b // Home Depot $250 c // Schoolhouse Electric $364 d // Home Depot $191 e // Schoolhouse Electric $198 f // Wayfair $134 g // Wayfair $270 h // Build.com $343


Sources: a// Pottery Barn $59 b // Etsy $93 c // Build.com $16 d // Wayfair $26 e // Etsy $30 f // Etsy $60

g // Etsy $24 h // Rejuvenation $49


Sources: a // CB2 $7.95 b // Wayfair $10.38 c // Wayfair $22.14 d // Wayfair $13.32 e // CB2 $24.95 f // Etsy $7.70

g // Home Depot $4.98 h // Etsy $29.99


So try not to neglect your front door. And if it needs a little paint refresh as well, be sure to check out our blog post on our favorite front door colors here.

In a stager's ideal world (at least OUR ideal world), every home we stage would be vacant. Vacant staging is just our jam: we can bring in furnishings to completely change the look of a home, which, if we're being honest, is sometimes what it takes to sell a place!


But we know that most people stay put while their homes are on the market, and that's where we come in with an Occupied Staging Consultation. In a nutshell, we help homeowners who are staying put throughout the selling process pare down, organize, rearrange, and spruce to get their homes looking their best. Read on for the details of this process!


1. The Tour

When we come to your house for your consultation, the first thing we would like to do is take a quick tour of the entire home. This gives us an opportunity to get a feel for the style vibe, assess storage space availability, and quickly check for any major issues that stand out right away. We also note the specs (# of beds and baths), room sizes, and layout.


2. Room by Room

Following the walk-through, the fun starts. We will go room by room to discuss recommendations. We try to give you some reasoning behind what we're telling you as well, but we ask that you listen with an open mind and trust in us! We do this for a living.


There are a few high-level tasks we recommend all homeowners complete before listing, and we can review them here:

- Deep Clean, everywhere. Carpets, trim, cabinets, closets, windows, bathrooms. All of it.

- Make minor repairs, including patching drywall, fixing finicky drawers, aligning slanted cabinets, and replacing burnt-out bulbs.

- De-personalize - we recommend taking away 2/3s of your personal/family stuff like portraits and pictures, vacation memories, diplomas, embroidered blankets, etc.

- De-clutter - organize and hide (or start packing!) your sh*t, you know the stuff. The bills, and papers, and bottles, and boxes, and rubber bands, and single socks, and paper clips, and magazines, the loose little odds'n'ends that we all have piles of everywhere. Why and How do they accumulate? No one knows. Do us and your potential buyers a favor and get rid of them!


It's amazing what a difference these simple tasks alone can make to help get you ready to list. And there's much more in store when we meet in person for your consultation!


Give us a shout at 314.254.5086, or reach out via email at info@oliveandopalinteriors.com, and let's set something up!

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