10 Home Staging Tips

  • Clean down the bathroom: Buyers are extremely turned off when they seem grimy bathroom walls. So it’s a good idea to clean them down and make them look new again. Mixing half bleach and half water together in a spray bottle makes a good solvent to help clean grime from bathroom walls. Also, for shower doors, you can mix one part muriatic acid to 10 parts water. This is also a good cleaner that can be used to increase the appearance of the shower door.
  • Paint the old bathroom tiles: Replacing bathroom tiles can be costly. However, you can save a lot of money by simply painting them. First coat them with a high-adhesion primer, then brush paint ceramic epoxy covering on top of it. This a great alternative to increasing the appearance of dated tiles.
  • Use Pedestal Sinks: Pedestal sinks are a big hit when it comes to selling a home. They increase the look of floor space in the bathroom thus increasing the bathrooms overall appeal to potential buyers.
  • Make master bedroom appealing to both sexes: This might be tricky, but you should try to ensure that the master bedroom appeals to both sexes so get rid of all the gender specific features. Give the walls a neutral color and ensure that the bedding and accessories in the room all match and coordinate with each other.
  • Stain Old Kitchen Cabinets: Old kitchen cabinets can turn off potential buyers. However, you don’t have to pay a lot of money to replace them. It’s a good idea to just stain them to give them more vibrant, modern colors, while saving money.
  • Use Stainless Steel Appliance: Stainless steel appliances are definitely in right now. However, instead of replacing old appliances with new ones that are stainless steel, just simply resurface the old ones. You can apply stick-on coverings for a fraction of the cost.
  • Use Bookshelves: Bookshelves are definitely a plus when it comes to staging. However, there is a thin line between cluttering them and staging them for a house being put up for sale. A good trick to getting the perfect balance is arranging neutral items in clusters, while making sure that no single item stands out too much.
  • Restore worn patios: If you have an old patio that can use some restoration, here’s an easy way to give it some new life with paint. First, you want to roll on a light layer of paint. After, lightly spray it with water, then dab it before it dries. This will give it a nice outdoor look that’s appealing and brings in more potential buyers.
  • Restore furniture: If you have any old furniture that might have a dull and aged look to it, you should pick up an upholstery cleaner. This will help you remove any discoloring or aged look to a furniture while saving you a ton of money.
  • Freshen up the air: Bad odors are a huge turn off to buyers. Make sure that you use an air fresher, or scented candle to remove any bad odors in the house. However, make sure the scents aren’t too strong, because that can also be a turn off to a buyer, especially if they are allergic to strong smells.

5 great inspirational ideas for Attic conversions (just watch out for bats!)

Plenty of people have often found themselves wishing they had more space in their homes. After all, growing into a house can take up a lot of space. What a lot of people don’t realize is that they have a world of potential just above their heads – the attic!

The attic is typically thought of as the place where everything that you ought to get rid of, but just can’t seem to, gets tossed to sit and collect dust among the spiders. The truth is, the attic is actually a really great space that can be utilised in a number of ways.

Planning is everything! before you start ripping into your attic conversion project, sit down with your design pad and have a good think about what your ideal attic space will be used for. Here are some ideas for inspiration:

 

Home Office/Design studioattic office

The attic is a great place to set up a home office, and we are assuming that since you are here, your home office will be your design studio!

It’s quiet, it’s private, and it’s got plenty of space to spread out and work the way you want. You won’t have to worry about trying to cram all of your work related papers and files into whatever little bit of space you’ve carved out for yourself in the main part of the house. It can be difficult to focus on work with a bustling household surrounding you, but setting up in the attic allows for the seclusion you need.

The attic is the perfect design studio for the budding designer going at it alone. Just make sure you get internet coverage up there!

This website is great for attic-office inspiration, so be sure to check it out before you design yours (or get your interior designer to have a look)

 

 

 

You Private Media Room

The attic is great for work, but it can also be a great place to get away from work. An attic is a prime location to set up a media/entertainment room – Put in a nice big screen TV and some comfy seating, and you’ve got a place to watch movies with friends and family, without worrying about having to be quiet because someone’s bedroom is on the other side of the wall (this may come in especially handy for homes with sports fanatics).

 

An Extra Bedroom perhaps?

One of the most obvious ways to put your attic to good use, is to simply transform it into an extra bedroom -whether you’re planning on growing your family, or just want some extra space for when guests come to stay, it doesn’t matter.

Even better, since the attic is generally a quite roomy space, it can make a gorgeous master bedroom, perhaps even with an en-suite master bath, and it leaves the now unoccupied bedroom downstairs open for guests or children.

 

The Kids Playroomattic media room

Speaking of children, the attic can also be turned into a fantastic play space for any little ones you may have running about. Maybe your design studio is downstairs and the kids can bother you too easily? This can be easily solved- lure them to the attic by converting it into a fun playroom!

It gives kids a space all their own where they can play and explore, and it helps keep the rest of the house free from the inevitable toy tornados. Less clutter means more fun for everyone. It should, however, be noted that the way the attic is accessed is important, as pull down ladders can be dangerous for little ones.

 

A More Efficient Storage Space

Storage is becoming increasingly important in todays society, especially with the emergence of new, small house design trends.

The final new use for your attic, isn’t exactly a new one at all. The attic is an ideal space for what you’re most likely already using it for: storage. The ‘new’ aspect comes from how you organize the storage space. Consider installing a simple shelving unit, or a series of storage bins, to make storing, and later finding, your items an easier and more efficient affair.


 

Before you start your conversion, here are some considerations:

  • Calculate the ceiling height and allow for reduction once a floor and been installed and once the ceilings have been lined.
  • Ventilation is key: without ventilation your attic space will become very humid, hot and unpleasant
  • Ensure there are no house pests living up in your attic which is one of their favourite hiding spots! They can spread disease and damage your hard work. A common situation to be weary of is bats in attic, visit www.atticpestauthority.com for more information and control tips!
  • if going down to D.I.Y conversion route, get approval from your local council beforehand!

 

We hope that you remembered about your poor neglected attic when reading this article, and begun brewing plans for its conversion. Our favourite choice is number 1: your own design studio – seriously, we are blogging from our attic right now and its great!

WordPress themes: Blogging your thing…with a zing!

The next time you start composing a blog post about your favorite topic, or if you have decided to create a blog for your interior design career, just stop a while and ask yourself:

  • Are the WordPress themes you are using really appropriate for the subject at hand?
  • Do your themes really inspire you when you need creativity the most?
  • Will your themes make your readers come back for more?

If you answered “no”, or are unsure about the answer to any of these questions, then it’s time for a change.

Why not experiment with these top 5 WordPress themes and see if that makes a difference.

Best of all, they’re ALL FREE!

Surely you can do better than this, right?


 

PROFESSIONAL

Or maybe you’d like to keep things all Professional? Great for commercial blogs and E-commerce stores, this theme can be used if you plan on making your blogs about topics such as:

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Sports
  • Community events

This theme features rich animation capabilities throughout the site, and that will rivet your readers and keep them coming back for more! It is fully “translation ready” too, which will extend the range of your posts to other languages as well. A favourite blog choice by E-commerce and product related blogs makes it a great general all-rounder no matter what type of site you are using. Check out The Water Softener Critics Website here, which is a water softener comparison website using this blog theme to their advantage.


 

SPARKLING

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Become an interior designer and Let your creative juices flow!

Put your hands up if you’ve ever thought as a career as an interior designer? I know I sure have. This article is all about the wonderful world of interior design (as a career).

As an Interior Designer, you’ll primarily be responsible for making the insides of homes, buildings, offices and other residential and commercial places beautiful. And for that, you’ll need more than just a creative streak in you (especially with all the crazy emerging home trends which we are seeing) You’ll also need to back that up with some formal education and, preferably, some work experience.

Let’s take a look at what it takes to join this select band of individuals who make the world around us beautiful!

MAKING THE CUT

Interior Designers are, by nature, artistic, creative, imaginative and detailed oriented. The job also requires you to have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to think out of the box. Most importantly though, the profession is best suited for individuals with a flair for creating beauty out of the ordinary.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you need a Bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior designing to make the cut into this exciting field. But usually, your chances of breaking into the profession are greatly enhanced if:

  • You have some additional profession-related courses or a diploma to your resume
  • You’ve got some related work experience, even if it is offering your time designing booths and stalls at charitable events
  • You have an impressive portfolio to showcase your talents, both online as well as in hard copy

The BLS estimates that the median pay (based on 2012 figures) for Interior Designers is around $47,600 per year. However, if you excel at your job, professional firms (Engineers, Architects, and Landscapers) will be scrambling to hire you at higher rates.

You can enhance your street-value by being proficient in drawing, visualising and becoming an expert in the tools of the trade, including Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and other online designing tools.

You will also increase your market value tremendously if you have industry certification from organizations like the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). You’ll need to pass their examination first though, and prove that you are worthy of your profession.

Some states may also have licensing and certification requirements before you are allowed to practice independently as an Interior Designer. Being licensed will automatically enhance your market value too.

 

SPECIALITIES

If you were under the impression that all that Interior Designers do is make homes pretty, you’ve got another thing coming! While most in the profession do work for home developers and renovation companies, those are not the only extent of choice in this field. Other related options include:

  • Working with real estate companies as a home stager
  • Getting a job with engineering and architectural companies to design the interiors of homes and offices (be warned however, if you decided to go down this path, regulations will stipulate that you need to wear personal protective equipment on some work sites, especially industrial. You will have to supply your own work boots, so make sure that you choose the most comfortable work boots, such as the ones featured on The Work-Boot-Critic This will ensure your prepared no matter what your industry throws at you)
  • Teaming up with event planners to set up commercial, personal and charitable events
  • Designing interiors of workplaces and offices
  • Creatively designing layouts and showcases for clothiers and other retailers

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Trendy house designs for 2014/2015: From down-to-earth to bursting your bubble!

First-time visitors to populous cities like Manhattan or Singapore may strain their necks trying to look all the way up to the skyscrapers that dot the city landscape. To their minds, the sight is like something from out of this world!

Well, you’d better tell them to hold onto their hats! “They ain’t seen nuthin yet!”, because what futuristic architects have in mind for home designs will certainly look “out of the earth” to us by today’s standards!

Here are 4 home design trends that will unfold in the rest of 2014, 2015 and beyond.

Shipping Container Homes

Yep, those discarded shipping containers that would normally be sent to smelters or landfills, are now being repurposed. Where once they were destined to be scrapped, their new purpose in life is to act as dorm rooms and multi-story apartment homes for thousands of people in the future.

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