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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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As home stagers, something we keep top of mind during every project is how our rooms will look in real estate photos! Nine times out of ten folks are looking online at properties before (if ever) seeing them in person, so those pics need to be looking goooood.


To do this, we consider the different angles a room might be photographed from, and then we either choose the obvious (think: fireplace, bay window) or create (with a piece of art or furniture) a focal point that will take center stage in that pic.


Let's go room by room and see how this focal-point emphasis is achieved in different spaces, shall we?


LIVING ROOM

This cozy living room has a natural focal point of the fireplace with surrounding built-in shelving. So we placed furniture in a way that draws the eye towards this feature in a symmetrical manner, and further highlighted it with eye-catching styling like faux-greenery, and wood and brass elements.

Here is another bright living space, this time without a fireplace. So we utilized this bold abstract painting as our visual anchor, balanced with the rich leather chairs. The eye is drawn to the center of this photo by these elements, as well as the pop of green on the coffee table, creating a finished symmetrical look to the space.


KITCHEN

The standout feature of this kitchen is its gorgeous dark island. We further enhanced it with cognac leather counter stools, which contrast so well with the bright white subway tile and white hood. Some countertop styling help to pull the eye around the space, and visually balance it as well.

This gorgeous grey and white kitchen is full of great features, one being the oversized custom hood. We strategically styled the accessories throughout to pull the line of sight straight back to that lovely element.


DINING ROOMS

Although open concept living is definitely a current design trend, a majority of the homes we stage have formal dining rooms. This room is a really fun space to play "dress up" in: we love to play-up the formal in formal dining rooms.

This room is very geometric with the ceiling details, high square chair rail, and black windows. We bring the attention to the center of the room with round tabletop decor mimicking the drum of the chandelier, balancing out all of the right-angles.


Again, use of eye-catching tabletop decor visually directs attention to the center of the room, while bold art on either wall provide balance.


Although the practice of creating a visual focal point is particularly important for real estate pics, it's also a great way to start designing a space in your own home. What's the standout feature of your room that you want to high-light? Or, conversely, might you want to draw attention away from? Utilizing art, furniture, and accessories in a deliberate way allows you to control where one's eye will go. Keep this in mind as you design and decorate!

It's a New Year and we are ready for a fresh start, aren't you? We asked our local Home Organizers about their favorite products and rounded them up for you!


Lizzy from Happy Spaces by Lizzy:

#1 Slim Hangers

Personally, we really love these because they allow you to put more in your closet without the bulk of the plastic hangers. Plus, they look super sleek and give you all of the "I've got my life together feels". LOL.


Kaelin from The Monthly Refresh:

#2 Woven Baskets

All three of the Olive & Opal ladies use these EVERYWHERE in our own homes and in home staging. They are great for hiding ALL of the things. They also work well for styling your #shelfie - to create a repeated pattern by using multiple baskets and to hide things like (ugly) kid toys. ;) You know what we mean- the ones with blinding primary colors.


Kit from Kit Organization:

#3 iDesign Linus Bin

Melinda used these bins in her panty and fridge projects - and they are great! I can see why Kit loves them. So versatile for any type of project, especially when it comes to organizing kid stuff.


Mia & Claire from STL Refresh:

#4 Clear Bins from Container Store

"While we love clear storage bins and trips to the Container Store, we really like to use what you already have." YES! We love it when professionals are looking for ways to get you more value. Personally, I've got into a habit of saving shoeboxes as I've found that they make great dividers in my kids' dresser drawers.


Hadley from Organizing by Hadley:

#5 2 Drawer Mesh Organizer

Hadley shared that she uses this Mesh Drawer in almost every single bathroom organization project! And we can see why- what a brilliant way to actually use the (black hole) storage area under your sink! Love this and currently imagining all the ways I can stock up on my bathroom supplies.






Now that the holiday decorations are down, my house is feeling a bit boring and in desperate need of a refresh. I certainly don't need anything major, especially after all the money spent on the holidays (yikes!), but a few small updates here and there would do the trick. I love shopping on Etsy and have rounded up some of my current favorite items to give me home new life!


NEW THROW PILLOWS


Updating pillows and throws are an easy and inexpensive way to change up a room for a new season, or just when you want a change. I typically don't invest too much in pillows and throws for my living room couch because with young kids and a dog they get pretty abused. One of the best things about Etsy is the wide variety of pillows selections, as well as pillow prices. So whether you are looking for a high-end designer pillow or just an inexpensive, washable pillow, you can find them both on Etsy. I'm obsessed with Amber Interiors (she is a queen) and have felt really inspired by her new book - so I'm trying to recreate a similar vibe with the following pillows:

image via Amber Interiors

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NEW ACCESSORIES


I am always moving things around my house and restyling my shelves and coffee table, so I'm on the hunt for some new fun accessories. Lately I've been searching for vintage pieces that can add some visual interest to my décor and Etsy is the perfect place for unique finds. For my kitchen, I'm really into mixing in cool dishes to compliment my plain white dishes and I'd love some new cutting boards to layer against the white backsplash. And for my office shelves, I'd like some pieces with texture and pops of color. Here's what is currently in my cart.



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What refreshes are you doing around the house to get you excited about your house again?


xo,

Anna

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