Staging Tip: The entry view

When you walk through your front door, what is in the immediate line of sight? This is the first impression, a glimpse into the interior of the home. It sets the tone for the rest of the experience when selling a home.

If it opens into an entry way keep it uncluttered. If you have a coat closet, use it. Coat racks and hooks give the message that there is either not enough or no closet storage. If you don’t have one, relocate the landing area for your coats and shoes.

If you have an open concept floor plan, the peek into each room should be a welcoming and attractive visual. Keep the less attractive items on the other side of the room out of view out of sight. Remove whatever is not needed to set the stage for sale.

Just walk through your front door, do a visual panoramic sweep of your view, make changes to create a positive first impression.

 

Inspiring inspiration

For the past year I was told I could not do something. As frustrating as it was, I was too busy to do anything about it.  My goal for the new year was to make a big change.  I found someone who told me I can do it. It was a lot of work but the beauty of this change is now I can do what I wanted to do all along. When I got to the point when the end was near and the change was going to take place, it was exhilarating!

Frustrating situations can lead to growth, strength and inspiration. I put the following quote on Facebook…

Original artwork by Julie Saltzberg inspired by Claudia Jacobs's quote.
Art by xo Julissie  inspired by Claudia Jacobs’ quote.

“When someone keeps telling you you can’t do it, find someone who believes you can & shows you how.”

Later that day I had a lovely surprise appear on my Facebook wall. Artist xo Julisse was inspired by my quote and created an art piece and turned me into a winged caricature.

Always listen to your inner voice instead of someone else’s limited point of view. Magical things can happen, including a winged messenger showing up to lead the way.

Best of Houzz 2014 Award!!!

Claudia Jacobs Designs of Goshen Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

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Claudia Jacobs of Claudia Jacobs Designs has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. She was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Read more

A Mini Home Show

A Mini Home Show – Get Your Home in Shape with Claudia Jacobs Design – “Fall Back in Love with Your Home”

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The Builders Association of the Hudson Valley held a Mini Home Show on Saturday. A full house of homeowners joined in as Claudia Jacobs presented “Fall Back in Love with Your Home”. Charming and knowledgeable, Claudia gave an hour presentation of tips on how to get your home to look and feel special and new again. Have you ever felt that you were loved by your home? Claudia revisited this concept with some simple changes to rekindle the love again, like when you first moved in. Read more

How We Live Now Can Define our Living Space!

How we live now can define our living space: Time and time again after meeting with clients in their home whether for decorating or staging I hear the same comment when it comes to one room, “We never use the dining room. What a waste of space.”

The formal dining room is probably the most underutilized room of the home. If one were to take a poll, majority would probably say they use it maybe once or twice a year. That is a lot of equity in a room that is hardly used. Read more

Uncover those Hardwood Floors

Real Estate Home Staging Tip: Uncover your Hardwood Floors

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A great selling feature of a home for sale are beautiful hardwood floors. Many beautiful hardwood floors end up being covered with area rugs which hide the floors.

Take a look at this before and after photo of a bedroom. While walking through this home during a staging consultation I suggested removing the area rug in the room for the listing photos. The seller told me how much she likes the rug. Although it is a very nice rug, we are not decorating the room but staging it. Once the rug was removed the hardwood floors shine for the photos which can be an online attention grabber for the potential buyer.