Hottest Interior Design Trends for 2017

 

This year is poised to be an exciting design year for interiors.  We will be updating long-lasting the trends that have been filling our homes for the past few years such as the all-white kitchens,  monochromatic interiors, barn doors and subway tile.  New designs are starting to pop up in our design magazines that are adding some different textures and colors to our lives.  Here are some of the design trends that will fill our lives in 2017:

1. Greenery and Jewel Tones

Navy and midnight colors will be fading away this year and we will see more dark greens and jewel tones.  Opals and hunter green will be the featured colors of the year.  These rich tones bring warmth to our rooms and can either play a dramatic role on our walls or act as accent colors in our furnishings.

2.  Interrupted floors

Tile and wood flooring will no longer be separated by a transitional piece when two rooms or living areas are connected.  Instead, these flooring materials will meld into one another, creating an artistic, interrupted flooring pattern.

3.  Penny Round Tile

Subway tile has been widely popular during the past 5 years.  This year, we will see tile with a more rounded shape.  Penny round tile will be featured in kitchens and in bathrooms.  It will be featured on walls and on floors, adding a very sophisticated, dressy look to our rooms!

4.  Cork EVERYWHERE

Cork will be a hot material for 2017.  It will be featured on chandeliers, kitchenware, flooring and on walls.  This versatile material is sturdy and a natural material for the indoors.

5.  Upholstered Bed Frames

Upholstered bed frames will be popular this year.  They are a classic look that dresses up any bed.  They are also comfortable, can be bought in many different shapes, and add softness to our rooms.

We specialize in redesigning to live and staging to sell.  Statistics prove that staging a home before listing is far superior than listing a home before staging. Don’t make the mistake of adapting a wait-and-see attitude. You will get the best results when selling your home if you have it professionally staged before listing.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us or visit our website at www.firstimpressioninterior.com.

 

 

5 Resolutions for An Organized Home in 2017

As I was taking down my Christmas decorations last weekend (thankful that my husband was willing to climb up into the attic in 10-degree temps), I thought about how I could re-organize my living areas so that I could create more usable space in my home.

As a professional home stager and interior decorator, the first recommendation that I have for home owners and home sellers is to declutter as much as possible.  However, we still have items that we use regularly and therefore, we need to find space system to make them accessible without creating clutter. Here are 5 EASY tips on how to become better organized in 2017:

1. Work in One Room at a Time

My friend, who is a professional organizer, recommended a great organizational book called, ‘Organizing from the Inside Out’ by Julie Morgenstern.  In this book, she recommends tackling one room at a time instead of trying to reorganize multiple rooms on the same day.  Otherwise, we become distracted. For instance, you might decide to organize your main office and while sorting the built-in shelving unit, you see a book that belongs in another room.  You then take the book to the bookshelf in the other room and notice that it is completely disorganized and begin organizing the bookshelf.  After  hours of organizing, you realize that the room you set out to organize is in even more disarray than when you began.  It is best to put that ‘misplaced book’ in a pile to be moved later into the correct spot and finish the room you started.  When I took down my Christmas decorations, I practiced this technique by stowing items from one room at a time.  Next year, when I open my boxes, every item in each box will go back into the same room and it will make it much easier for me to redecorate in December.

2.  Downsize!

If you are a parent, I’m sure you can relate to an over-abundance of toys and clothing in your house after the holidays.  It is time to decide as a family which items are ready to be donated to those who can use these unused items in your home.  Charities like Purple Heart and the The Salvation Army are easy to contact online and they will gladly pick up your donated items.  If you aren’t sure, ask yourself,  “Have I worn this item of clothing in the past year?”  This year, I gave my kids a couple of bags and asked them to make choices on which toys they still play with each week.  I was surprised at how many of them they were willing to part with and they felt good about giving to charity too.  This is a great way to empower kids to make decisions and in turn, become more charitable and organized adults.

3.  Divide Each Room by ‘Zones’

Another tip that I learned from Julie Morgenstern’s book is to divide each space by zones.  For instance, in a living area, you may have an entertainment zone where you need remote controls, blankets, pillows, space to set food.  You may also have a reading zone where you need storage for books or magazines.  Another zone might be for toys or display.  Each zone should have storage for your necessary items and these storage boxes or baskets, etc. should be nearby so that it is easy to clean up after you are finished using these areas.  If storage is not accessible, it becomes easy to leave things out, creating a cluttered room.

4. Keep a Schedule

Keep a weekly cleaning schedule for you and your family.  It helps us stay on task.  Even if you have outside cleaning help, they will not help if your house is cluttered and disorganized.  To make the job easier, first have a schedule of when you do what: For example, laundry is Monday nights; bathrooms are Saturday morning; trash is Sunday nights, etc.

5.  Limit your Organizing Time and Take Care of Yourself

When you have an organized home, you have more time to eat right, exercise, socialize and take care of yourself and your family.  When you decide to begin organizing, limit your project to 2-4 hours and set a timer.  Otherwise you might burn out and decide to quit too early.  These first steps of organizing are the building blocks that create a happier and healthier life.

For more information on improving your home, visit www.firstimpressioninterior.com.

Do you have any organizing tips?  Leave your comments here. 

Are You DYING To Sell Your Home?

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Selling your home during this time of year is both a price war and a beauty contest.  Now that the holidays are approaching, today’s buyers don’t have a lot of time to search for a home.  Recent studies have shown that 98% of buyers search online before calling their real estate agent so your home should be picture perfect BEFORE it goes on the market.

Here are 5 ways to turn your stale real estate listing into a more marketable product.

1.  Hire A Realtor…And here’s why

Be sure to interview a broker who is familiar with your market.  He or she will compare your home with homes that have sold in the area, along with their features and time on the market.  Buyer beware:  Don’t rely on sites like Zillow.com or Tuilia.com to give you accurate values for your home.  An appraiser will not use these websites to appraise your home and you could be undervaluing your property by listing your home based on these online values.  Once you list online by owner, buyers will see that you have tried to sell in the past. Your listing could become stale before it even hits the MLS.  A trusted, knowledgeable realtor in your area will provide you with with the best opportunity to sell your most important investment.

2.  Fix Problems BEFORE You List

The worst mistake a seller can make is the ‘List and See Approach.’  This is when a seller lists their home without taking care of those home maintenance issues. A buyer will either be scared off right away or they will see an opportunity to offer you a lower offer. Or, better yet, they will make an offer on the home but continue to negotiate the asking price after the inspection.  As a home stager, I recommend professionals to my clients who can fix these issues before the home is listed for sale so that it is ready for the market.

3. Perfect the Curb Appeal

Be sure the outside of the home is bright and well maintained. That front porch should be picture perfect.  If you need some help, a stager can ensure that the porch presents well for those MLS pictures.  If your neighbor’s lawn hasn’t been mowed in weeks, it may be worth the investment to hire a mowing company to mow their lawn to improve your showings.

4. Deep Clean

Deep clean your house extensively before your first showing.  Be sure the kitchen and bathrooms are especially clean, as you do not want these areas to be a distraction to potential buyers.  Also, be sure the main living areas of the home (living room, dining room, kitchen, master) are clutter-free so that all of the potential living space can be seen.

5.  Hire a Home Stager

Home stagers help buyers maximize the potential of every space in their home.  We ensure that those MLS pictures are perfect so that the buyer will call their agent for a showing.  Staging is not an expensive service and it can be tailored around your budget.  Keep in mind that home staging will ALWAYS be less expensive than the first price reduction!

Are You Having Trouble Selling Your Home?  

Call First Impression Home Staging to inquire about an in-home consultation: (248) 761-3380

Fall Staging Tips to Make Your Home Unforgettable

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1. Cozy Up the Place

It’s important to make the home feel warm during these cooler months.  Add a soft blanket in the living room, use seasonal flowers or anything that will make the buyer feel as though they want to relax in your home and move right in.

2.  Add Seasonal Scents…but not too much!

Add some scented candles in the room or bake an apple pie before an important showing.  This will evoke the feeling of fall and bring back memories of the season.  Try not to mix too many scents, as it could become overwhelming.

3.  Bring in the Light

The days are becoming shorter so be sure to light all of your lamps  before a showing.  It’s best to have different light sources in a room.  It also might be a good idea to add battery operated candles in these colder months.

4. Add Fall to your Yard but Don’t Overdue it.  

Good Idea:  Add seasonal decor such as pots of mums or pumpkins

Bad idea: Don’t add the large scarecrow display or the extensive spiderweb collection on the front bushes when you are trying to sell your home.   I

Keep it tasteful so that your seasonal decor adds character to your wonderful home & doesn’t distract buyers as they walk up to your front door.

Remember! It only takes buyers LESS THAN 5 MINUTES to form an opinion on your home!

First Impression Home Staging helps homeowners maximize the potential of their home so that they are ready for their first showing.

Call us for information on our custom in-home consultations

(248) 761-3380. www.firstimpressioninterior.com

Hottest Patio Trends for 2016

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As we gear up for the busy summer months, many of us are thinking about how to plan our outdoor spaces.  Here are some of the hottest outdoor trends for 2016.

Industrial Clean Lines

A contemporary style is making a comeback for outdoor furniture.  This space, which serves as an extension of our indoor living areas, focuses on a simplified look with a mixture of textures and colors.  The weather washed look (gray) furniture, mixed with other textures such as cement, teak, metal and woven materials, gives the 2016 outdoor patio a very industrial, clean look.

Neon Colors and Navy

Neon colors are here to stay.  Neutrals provide a great base color for larger seat cushions but the neon pillows, umbrellas and outdoor rugs add fun accents to our outdoor living areas.  Bright blue is popular, as it gives us a feeling of enlightenment and a welcoming vibe.  Navy has become the new neutral color, creating a beachy, nautical feel.  Add some metallic, such as gold and silver to planters and hangers, and it creates a nautical accessory that  mimics the inside of seashells.

Outdoor Kitchens

Are you a grill master or the king or queen of the margarita mixer? When planning an outdoor space, narrow down what you’ll use when entertaining.  Outdoor refrigerators, bar carts, fun string lights and torches are popular this year to create a festive look outdoors.  Barstools and a built-in bar create a fun outdoor entertaining area for those who want their guests to enjoy refreshments and food from the grill in one location.

Fire Elements

Outdoor fire pits are becoming very popular in recent years.  They provide a focal point to  your backyard and ad a cozy, warmth feeling.  These spaces encourage visiting, eating and a gathering space when the weather is too chilly for sitting on the back patio.  Stores are now showing tables with fire pits built into them for a more economical and space saving feature.

Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens create another type of focal point for the outdoors.  They can either draw attention to an area or disguise unattractive views.  These creations are popular because they are made for the apartment dwellers, urban gardeners or the large, traditional garden homes.  Climbing plants can be places on trellises or simple houseplants can be planted inside of decorative structures and attached to the wall.

If you are looking for help dressing up your living space, contact First Impression Home Staging & Interior Design, LLC (248) 761-3380 for a consultation.

What Changes are you planning to make to your outdoor space this year?  

Please share your thoughts here. 

 

 

Must-haves to Attract Young Home Buyers

‘Must-Haves’ to Attract Young Home Buyers

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Today, those born between 1980 – 2000 (Millennials) comprise the largest segment of home buyers. The average age of today’s homebuyer, according to the National Association of Realtors, is 33 years old.  Their list of requirements are different from their parents because they are looking for turnkey, move-in ready homes that require little or no work.

This HGTV-watching generation is more likely to comment whether or not a home is staged properly because they are looking to buy a lifestyle.   Homes that are staged to target the buyer’s lifestyle are proven to sell 75% faster and for 8%-10% more than homes that are not stage-ready.

Here are common ‘must have’ features for young buyers:

Updated Kitchen and Bath

Today’s young buyer is on limited budget, spending their money on interest rates, the downpayment and furnishings. The kitchen and bath are the most expensive rooms to update so they will value a home that does not require them to update these areas.

Home Office and Technology

As technology improves, many more young professionals will have the ability to work from home and space for a home office is valuable.  This generation doesn’t believe in cable or landlines. However, internet, cell phone access, or any technological features of a home are very important to these buyers.

Open Kitchen

Dining rooms are becoming a room of past generations.  Younger buyers are looking for an open-concept floor plan with a kitchen that opens up to a living space.  The kitchen is a gathering area where people cook and socialize in a less formal setting.

Walkable Location

Homes that are located in areas where transportation, stores and shops are within walking distance are very attractive to young buyers.  They are not the generation looking to take care of acreage or drive an hour to the local grocery store.  They want accessibility and convenience.

Are you looking to prepare your home for the market? Call First Impression Home Staging for a consultation (248)761-3380.

What are your top ‘must-have’ features when looking at a home?  

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