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Show Us Your Best Staging Photos!

Show Us Your Best Staging Photos! Calling all stagers! Realtor Magazine is on the lookout for great examples of staging a space in some of today’s most popular home styles, from farmhouse chic to modern or contemporary. I’m looking for some real estate professionals and stagers who would be willing to show off some of their favorite staging styles. If you have a great example of a home staged in one of the styles listed below, please contact Melissa Dittmann Tracey at mtracey@realtors.org. Share with us a room photo and some of the staging accessories you used to enhance the look. We’ll be sh...
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Hot Home Trend: Double-Pocket Doors That Make a Statement

Hot Home Trend: Double-Pocket Doors That Make a Statement
Hot Home Trend: Double-Pocket Doors That Make a Statement By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Pocket doors are not only getting a chic makeover in recent years, but they really can be key to solving some design challenges in small spaces too. And for the “wow” factor, try a double-pocket door. Pocket doors are those that slide right into the wall when opened. It’s like they were never there. You don’t have to account for a door swing like a normal door, which is a bonus in areas tight on space. Pocket doors are hardly new. They’ve been around for ages. But they did onc...
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Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging

Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging
Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the holidays. You can illuminate your outdoor living areas anytime of year. Stringed bulbs are becoming a “hot” outdoor trend this year. These outdoor clear, vintage lights have big rounded bulbs that can really create a festive flair in a backyard. They’re reminiscent of the lights used at an outdoor street fair. Homeowners are draping them across the top of their pergola, or along their back deck. Some owners may stretch them above and across their yard to crea...
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Hot Home Trend: Bring on the Velvet

Hot Home Trend: Bring on the Velvet
Hot Home Trend: Bring on the Velvet Photo Credit: Pulte Homes By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine We’re seeing a revival of the 1960s love for velvet in home décor. Velvet has been making its way into more fashion and now it’s expected to make a bigger splash in home décor in 2018. This heavier fabric can add some luster to a space through upholstery, drapery, bedding, pillows, and furnishings too. But as in all things, moderation is key. You don’t want to make it look like your home was set for a period drama. Touches of velvet are on-trend. Many of the hottest trends this year are...
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Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging?

Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging?
Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging? By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Pantone selected Ultra Violet as its 2018 Color of the Year. The vibrant color is popping up in more fashion, but when it comes to home design, is it just too bold for staging? After all, no one wants to deal with a purple elephant in the room when trying to stage a home for sale. But designers are showing tasteful ways to weave in shades of purple to brighten otherwise neutral decorated rooms. Purple up against a mostly all-beige or all-white room can be just the colorful statement to welcome in the ...
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2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging

2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging
2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging Article Submitted by Fixr.com Before you’re able to successfully stage a home for sale, you need to understand your target audience, and the kinds of things they’re looking for in a home. Home buyers today are much more savvy than previous generations; they know what they want, and they’re willing to wait to get it. In a recent survey, industry influencers shared what they felt were the top trends in single-family homes for 2018. These trends took a good look at what home buyers were looking for, and what potential sellers and real estate pros can do to ...
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Hot Home Trend: Go Big With Your Tile

Hot Home Trend: Go Big With Your Tile
Hot Home Trend: Go Big With Your Tile By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Supersized tiles are making over more floors, and this may be welcome news to many homeowners. Large format tiles means less grout to clean. The large tile trend may be partially motivated out of function, not just aesthetics. More homeowners are experimenting with larger tile sizes, whether with porcelain, ceramic, or vinyl flooring. Tile squares may be about 12 inches or so in most standard kitchen floors. But now sizes up to 24 inches or more are catching on. Besides the easier-to-clean aspects of this, the...
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Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers

Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers
Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Staging and Interior Decorating The new year and the upcoming spring season brings with it a fresh outlook and new beginnings. What will prospective home buyers be thinking about while searching for their new “happy place”? For sellers preparing their homes to sell this spring, that means engaging buyers by showcasing a warm, welcoming and cheerful property that others can easily envision living in. The following are our spring décor styling tips to help sellers prepare their property to stand out among the sea of new ...
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7 Ways to Add More Romance to a Home’s Decor

7 Ways to Add More Romance to a Home’s Decor
7 Ways to Add More Romance to a Home’s Decor By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day this week. But a romantic flair to warm up your home design may very well be in style year-round. In fact, one-third of homeowners say they intended to renovate their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to a 2015 survey of more than 1,500 homeowners conducted by Houzz, a remodeling website. How do you achieve a more romantic style with your décor? Here are a few ideas. 1. Fluffy pillows The more pillows on the bed, the better. De...
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