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.

Decorating with Pillows

Decorating with throw pillows is a great way to add pops of color, pattern or texture to a room. Throw pillows can land on a bed, sofa, chair or any kind of seating. Large floor pillows can be used as additional seating.

How much is too much? During a recent staging of a beautifully decorated home I noticed in one of the rooms an over abundance of pillows. The room had a lovely view to sit and mingle with guests to enjoy the view and each other’s company. The only problem is that there was no place to sit. All of the seating was overloaded with pillows. Unless the party plan involves a pillow fight, there is no point in overloading a room with pillows on each seat.

Pillows should be to scale to the furniture. A large sofa needs larger pillows. A small seat should have a small pillow.

Alternating smooth pillows with a textured pillow can add an interesting look and depth.

Embellished pillows can be fun but can be scratchy. A pillow should provide comfort so if anyone is going to sit in the chair it should be comfortable; some overly embellished pillows are not comfy.

Of course all rules do not apply to a bed. A mixture of sizes, textures, shapes can add depth and visual interest and comfort to a dressed bed. Make sure you have a place to put all the pillows when getting into bed.

Project CARD ONE: Cards for our troops!

For the last few years I had the privilege to spread the word about a special project that sends greeting cards to our troops.

Michelle Wvhs, organizer of Project CARD ONE, says “There are plenty of cards to share and we can always use more to distribute. All of my card angels are fantastic and have been receiving the cards throughout the past year!”

“Their beautiful words of hope, strength and gratitude mean the world to our soldiers. I appreciate all the helping card angels that have supported our project”, says Michelle.

‘Pay it forward’ to honor service men and women by sending and saving this year’s holiday cards. Another benefit, it is going green for such a wonderful cause.

To participate in Project CARD ONE, please donate used or new holiday cards. If sending used cards, tear off the decorative front to create a postcard, then either write a personal message to a service member or leave blank. No envelope is needed.

CKO KICKBOXING of WARWICK HOLIDAY CARD DRIVE for OUR TROOPS Deadline is December 6th

PROJECT CARD ONE is collecting cards this year to support CKO of Warwick’s mission to remember our troops at the holidays.

Cards can be mailed to ML Project Card One 2013, PO Box 68, Greenwood Lake NY 10925 or drop off (*no mail please) please at Warwick Valley Humane Society, 48 Public Works Drive ATTN: Michelle.

Cards will also be accepted after the CKO deadline into 2014 for this ongoing project.

For more information on Project CARD ONE, please contact Michelle Wvhs at mikil43@verizon.net.

Clearing the Energy of your Home!

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Start the New Year fresh by clearing the energy of your home!

Saging, also known as smudging, is something I do a few times a year, especially for the New Year. It clears the energy of the house. Let’s face it; we all have good days and bad days. So does every person who lives in or enters your home and every person you come in contact with. Each person carries energy and leaves a trail that remains in your home.

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Wood Flooring a Popular Trend Throughout House

Q. What type of wood flooring is popular and in what tone (dark, midtone, light)? I am looking to update my home.

A. Hardwood floors are a trend even for kitchen remodels. Lighter shades of wood are making a comeback — natural-colored woods such as ash, aspen, maple and elm.

Beyond shades of brown, the finished colors include whites, browns, blacks, grays and reds. The staining colors for unfinished flooring are endless, but resale should be a consideration. Attractive flooring is a top item a potential buyer is looking for, and wood flooring adds resale value.

Read Claudia’s entire article online on Times Herald Record

Help! We Never Use this Room

One of the most popular requests that motivates picking up the phone to schedule a consultation is “the room that no one uses.” That room is usually the living room.

Next month is my eighth anniversary in business. My very first decorating client was a couple who put a beautiful addition on their house that no one ever sat in. You could see the space from the kitchen, but guests never gravitated to it.

The problem was obvious to me. Although the new addition was beautiful, the seating area was to the right of the open space, tucked away near the fireplace. The open area was empty waiting for their future pool table. There was nothing to draw guests into the space.

My suggestion was to switch the seating area with the pool table spot. The seating area would be a welcoming draw for guests to sit and mingle. They made the switch and loved it.

Read Claudia’s entire article online on Times Herald Record 

The Not-so-Glamorous Side of Staging Homes

“You’re a stager. That must be so much fun!”

Fun? Not usually. Don’t get me wrong — I love what I do, but fun is not the appropriate descriptive. There is a lot of physical labor involved in staging, including transporting accessories and furniture: loading, unloading, staging.

It can get dirty when moving and rearranging furniture. It can also get very personal when it comes to addressing some difficult topics of problems in the home.

Read Claudia’s entire article online on Times Herald Record 

How to Reduce the Clutter in your home!

Spring is finally trying to spring and sometimes it feels like it has sprung. And then it doesn’t. So have my spring-cleaning efforts. Like the weather, I start and stop…sometimes within the same hour.

It is just so overwhelming. Somewhere between motivation and inspiration to purge is the stress of having to deal with all the stuff. Then there is the issue of what to do with all the unwanted stuff.

That’s a lot of stuff.

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Fall Back in Love with Your Home!

Recently featured in the Town Of Montgomery Chamber of Commerce!

Claudia Jacobs of Claudia Jacobs Designs LLC presented “Fall Back in Love with Your Home” at the Hudson Valley Builders Association on Saturday April 6, 2013. The turnout for this event was amazing with a full house and additional seating needing to be pulled out. She spoke about simple changes you could make to your home that are extremely cost efficient such as changing the hardware on your cabinets, replacing your light fixtures, painting your cabinets, etc…

The event was very informative with professionals on hand to talk to you about low cost options they may be able to assist you with if you are not a DIY type of person. On hand were Lisa-Ann LaBue of Wells Fargo Bank, Scott Santarpia of Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, Michael R Berta, AIA Architecture & Planning and Janis Borguetta of Key Properties of the Hudson Valley LLC. All had amazing ideas and offered answers to the many questions that were asked.

Hat’s off to Claudia and congratulations on a very successful event. All who attended took a lot of good information away with them.info@claudiajacobsdesigns.com

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