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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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This year started off with a bang and we staged some beautiful properties all around town. Below are some pictures and the property details of our January projects and let me tell you, these listings went FAST! If you have an upcoming project, make sure to call or email to get on our calendar. We can't wait to help you get your property staged and hopefully, under contract in days, like these amazing houses!

42 Fair Oaks, Ladue, 63124

Agent/Brokerage: Jill Azar, Laura McCarthy

Details: 4 bedroom, 2.5+ bath

Status: Under contract 1 day after listing

41 Aberdeen Place, Clayton, 63105

Agent/Brokerage: Jill Malley, Laura McCarthy

Details: 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath

Status: Under contract 3 days after listing

711 Sherwood Drive, Webster Groves, 63119

Agent/Brokerage: Jill Azar, Laura McCarthy

Details: 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath

Status: Under contract 2 days after listing

9808 Madison Avenue, St. Louis, 63119

Agent/Brokerage: Joe LoPiccolo, American Realty

Details: 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath

Status: Under contract 3 days after listing

311 Croyden Lane, Ballwin, 63021

Agent/Brokerage: Susie O. Johnson

Details: 4 bedroom, 3 bath

Status: Under contract 4 days after listing

We always recommend that homeowners have a fresh coat of neutral paint on their interiors walls, but it's important that you also pay attention to your exterior painted surfaces as well. We are typically pretty rough on our front doors - they definitely take a beating with the constant opening and shutting, even more so if you have little ones! So if your front door isn't in tip top shape, a fresh coat of paint can definitely make a world of difference and step up your curb appeal. Remember, buyers are inspecting and judging your home from the second they pull up.

It's important to keep in mind the other materials and colors of your exterior when selecting a front door color. Just because red is your favorite color doesn't mean that red is appropriate for your front door, particularly if you have a red brick exterior. You also want to consider the door frame, trim and shutter colors, as well as your hardware and lighting on your front porch. Definitely grab a paint swatch or sample and compare your choices against the other exterior surfaces. Finally, the paint sheen is an important consideration when selecting your paint so keep durability and lighting in mind when you select.

Here are Olive + Opal's favorite paint front door colors:


Like the classic little black dress, a classic black front door is super versatile and works well with almost all exterior surfaces and colors. A black door definitely pops against white and other light colored exteriors, but also stands out against brick and stone exterior surfaces. According to Zillow, the best color to paint your front door when selling is charcoal gray or black.


Benjamin Moore Black Beauty

Benjamin Moore Jet Black

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Sherwin Williams Black Magic


Gray is another super versatile front door color consideration. Like black, it works well with many exterior colors and surfaces, particularly with white exteriors or darker exterior colors, like navy or dark gray. Because gray is a cool color, we suggest you really pay attention to the shade of gray you select so that it feels cohesive with the rest of the house.


Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal


We love a deep, dark blue for the front door, particularly a navy, which definitely pops against a white or light gray exterior. Blue is fabulous because it can work with both warm and cool colors, so it also works great with those creamy whites and beiges too. While a light or baby blue can work in specific instances, we shy away from light blue front doors, particularly when selling your home.


Sherwin Williams Naval

Olympic Dragonfly

Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy


Like a good lipstick, finding a good red is pretty tricky. A bold red door definitely makes a statement, but again like the lipstick, isn't appropriate for all homes. We think a bright red door is fabulous against white siding, particularly in a traditional colonial home with black shutters.


Benjamin Moore Caliente

Benjamin Moore Red

Sherwin Williams Real Red


As long as you consider your other exterior surfaces, the sky is the limit for front door colors. If you're selling your home, we recommend that you stick with classic colors like black or gray. But if you're sticking around a want to get a little wild, below are some examples of bold colors that absolutely work!

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