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Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.

Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.
Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md. Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,500. Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Phot...
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Report: The Buyers and the Design Trending in 2018

Report: The Buyers and the Design Trending in 2018
Report: The Buyers and the Design Trending in 2018 Article Submitted by Fixr.com Whether you’re selling your own home or staging a home for your seller, paying attention to industry trends can go a long way toward ensuring a fast and successful sale. Each year, Fixr—a company that creates remodeling cost guides–polls industry influencers to find out what the top trends are within the building industry. Following up on our 2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging post, we’re bringing you the highlights of the full report that includes the complete results from Fixr’s single-family home tre...
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Hot Home Trend: Bringing Back the Brass

Hot Home Trend: Bringing Back the Brass
Hot Home Trend: Bringing Back the Brass By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine We’ve seen brass fixtures gradually coming back over the last few years, and the trend is only getting bigger. Golden brass tones can warm up some of your décor. However, after being inundated with silver finishes–like chrome and stainless steel–over the last few years, some still consider brass as looking dated. You certainly don’t have to go all 1980s and brass the entire house in fixtures to make a statement. Using brass in a few places as an accent is actually more on trend. Mixing metals is on trend. Mi...
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Make the Front Porch a Selling Point

Make the Front Porch a Selling Point
Make the Front Porch a Selling Point By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The front porch is making a comeback. More builders are adding them back into new home designs too. The front porch was once a mainstay in home designs in the early 1900s. But over the years it has gotten swapped out for those street-facing garages. Also, homeowners sought more privacy and started favoring decks in their backyards than expansive front porches facing their neighbors. Now, we’re seeing those iconic front porches coming back. And the younger generation is bringing a different spin to this idea of ...
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Staged to Sell: This Staged Home Sold for 107% Above Asking Price

Staged to Sell: This Staged Home Sold for 107% Above Asking Price
Staged to Sell: This Staged Home Sold for 107% Above Asking Price Home stagers: Amy Burke & Katie Miedler, real estate pros and owners of Ambiance Decorators LLC The home: A single-family home located in Upper Montclair in Essex County, N.J. The home was staged by Amy Burke and Katie Miedler, and sold for 107 percent of the asking price at $1,073,575. Burke and Miedler sought to stage the home with a “fresh, updated, classic, and timeless” look. BEFORE AFTER Photo credit: Amy Burke & Katie Miedler, Ambiance Decorators LLC   Stagers’ tips: Curtains: Sheer curtains ar...
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Hot Home Trend: Geometric Patterns in Décor

Hot Home Trend: Geometric Patterns in Décor
Hot Home Trend: Geometric Patterns in Décor By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Color forecaster Pantone cited geometric patterns as one of the top home design trends to watch in 2018. Shapes and, in particular, circular ones are being showcased in more home decor. Greater use of bold, circular patterns are being infused into everything from accent pillows and rugs to wall art and even tile backsplashes. Photo by Michelle Hinckley – Search bedroom design ideas Photo by Lindsey Lang Design Ltd – Browse kitchen photos Photo by Astro Design Centre – Browse kitchen ...
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How to Make a New House Your Own

How to Make a New House Your Own
How to Make a New House Your Own By Julea Joseph, guest contributor The keys are in your buyer’s hands! They’ve gone through the process … the search, deciding, inspection, stress, closing, and finally, the elation of buying a new home. Now, they have to make it their own. Here’s how. Color –  Paint is the least expensive, easiest way to update a space.  It can individualize a room and put your personal stamp on your home. Pick your color style: From modern farmhouse neutrals to Boho bold colors. Whatever is in your style files (Pinterest, HOUZZ, tear-sheets), co...
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Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulbs

Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulbs
Hot Home Trend: Edison Bulbs By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Does your listing’s lighting need a contemporary makeover? Edison bulbs may be the answer. These clear glass light bulbs, in which the center is exposed, have a nostalgic-like appearance and let out a nice warm glow. They stand out, instead of allowing your lighting to blend in. Edison bulbs may best fit in an industrial décor style, but we’re seeing them weaved more and more into other design styles too. Table lamps, chandeliers, and pendant lights are getting an Edison-bulb upgrade. Not to mention, they’re popular ou...
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Staged to Sell: View Inside This Rosedale, Md. Home

Staged to Sell: View Inside This Rosedale, Md. Home
Staged to Sell: View Inside This Rosedale, Md. Home Have a home you recently staged that you’d like to show off here at Styled Staged & Sold? Submit your staging photos for consideration, along with three to five of your best spruce-up tips. Contact Melissa Dittmann Tracey at mtracey@realtors.org.    Home stager: Cyndi Ryan with Staging Gracefully, Middle River, Md. About the property: A 3-bedroom, 3-full bath single-family home with a 5-car garage and open floor plan in Rosedale, Md. The property was completely restored by Yanni LLC. Photo credit: Cyndi Ryan with Staging Grace...
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What’s the Buzz Behind the Lagom Home Style?

What’s the Buzz Behind the Lagom Home Style?
What’s the Buzz Behind the Lagom Home Style? By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Just when everyone was getting their hygge on—a new staging style has taken hold. Instead of it being all about cozying up your home décor, now it’s all about stripping it down and being minimal. The Scandinavian concept of lagom began taking hold last year and is catching on more in 2018. Case in point, Pinners on Pinterest are searching for “lagom” decorating ideas 905 percent more this year than they were in 2017, according to the 2018 Pinterest Home Report. Lagom is usually described as “not too mu...
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