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When I was a first time home buyer, I was a little aprehensive about purchasing a fixer-upper.

But, since my husband has plumbing, electrical, and other construction skills we decided to go for it back in 2004.

Here is what the outside of my home looked like initially:

Orange County Fixer-Upper Home

Here is how it looked once we were through with the updates:

Same Orange County Home After Renovations

So, how do you know if you should purchase a fixer-upper house? 

This chart from Realty Toast may help you decide:

Should-you-buy-a-fixer-upper-home

As you can see, many factors need to be considered before you purchase a fixer-upper or any home for that matter.

If you recently purchased an older home and need help deciding on what rooms to update, please consider contacting Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign for some honest and cost effective design advice. 

Kate can be reached at (845)538-3623 or by email at kate@kateshomestaging.com.

Good luck with all your home updates.

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Project Decor is running a sweepstakes for the next few weeks.  The winner will receive all the home decor items in the bag they select.

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Project Decor carries home decor items from many manufacturers and shipping is always free.

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As a professional home stager, my client’s are always concerned about the ROI on any home improvements.

Here is an excellent graphic from elocal.com that displays the value of various home renovations:

Renovations with the Best Resale Value
Source: eLocal.com

If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, it is always a great idea to consult with a professional home stager and Realtor who is familiar with the area.

Remember, the best time to have a home staging consultation on your home is 1 to 3 months before your Realtor posts your home’s pictures online.

Call Kate at 845-538-3623 to setup your staging consultation, our prices start at $125 for E-Staging and $150 for an in-home staging consultation.

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One of my favorite things to do it to create updated spaces for a client.  By taking into account each client’s unique design tastes, a room that truly reflects each client can be accomplished.

Here is a recent Dining Room update for a client:

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This client wanted a Dining Room to feel relaxing yet some-what formal.  They were thrilled with the design.

If you are having trouble updating any space in your home and think you cannot afford to hire a designer – think again.

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign offers E-Design services that start at $125.

To learn more about our E-Design services, contact Kate at (845)538-3623 or at kate@kateshomestaging.com.

We work within all budgets to help you achieve your design goals.

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Happy New Year ~ 2013

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New Year’s Eve has always meant a time for reflection for me with good food and family.  Many people try to create a list of New Year’s Resolutions like eating healthy and remembering what is important.

My idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve is enjoying a great meal with my family and starting to organize the house from the Christmas festivities.

Please remember what is important to you this New Year’s – to enjoy family, friends, and have good health are my goals for 2013.  What are your 2013 goals?

I hope you enjoy my New Year’s Eve Holiday Decorating picks.

Holiday Decorating Help in Orange County NY

New Year’s Eve Table Decor from Trendzone.com

New York Holiday Decorators

New Year’s Table Decor from Wayfair.com

Top Orange County New York Home Decorators

New Year’s Party Table from Trendzone.com

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Kate Case, Owner/Designer at Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign located in Orange County, New York.

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How many years in a row can you give one of your friends another bath kit or plain bottle of wine?  As our relationships get longer, I find it harder to find that “perfect” gift and to be creative in the process.

Here are a few of my Holiday Unique Gift ideas:

Hand Painted Wine Glasses with Caddy. via Etsy.  Etsy.com

I really like the idea of the hand painted wine glasses and the display is just wonderful.  Do you even need to wrap this?

Glass Painted Ornaments - www.gumps.com  Gumps.com

These Holiday ornaments are simply beautiful and very unusual.

 

Vintage Tree Card Holder -  HomeDecorators.com  HomeDecorators.com

What a great way to display your Holiday cards this season.

 

Menorah from ReddishStudio.com  reddishstudio.com

What an unusual Menorah, I think this would also make a great gift for a friend.

 

Olivewood Coasters | west elm  WestElm.com

These wooden coasters are very unusual and would look great sitting on most tables.

 

Well, I hope you have pulled some inspiration from my unique gift ideas and finish up that Holiday shopping.

 

Happy Holidays

 

Kate Case, Owner/Designer – Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign.  We serve the Orange County and Rockland County areas of New York.

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With less than 20 days left until Christmas, it is time to catch up on our to do lists.

Creating beautiful Holiday decor should not cost a fortune and should be an enjoyable task to share with family and friends.

Here are some of my favorite DIY Holiday displays:

Felted Acorns {Houzz}

Acorns are hung from some twigs, this ideas is simple but looks great.  It can work almost anywhere in your home.

Handcrafted Holiday Decorations {Houzz}

These home-made Holiday pictures look amazing and were made from small pieces of fabric.

What a simple Holiday idea - pine cones, candles, and pine branches. {Houzz}

I love this idea of placing pinecones and pine branches into an old wooden box.  This could be created from items in your backyard.

Ballard Designs console table and an antique mirror plus home-made paper ornaments. {Houzz}

This simple, White Christmas decor is elegant.  Branches were placed in a clear vase and paper tags were stamped and hung from the branches.

Tie cinnamon sticks around your candles. The heated cinnamon makes your house smell amazing. {Pinterest}

Cinnamon stocks tied with string around a vanilla candle.  This combination just smells amazing and will definitely get you in the Holiday spirit.

 

Happy Holidays!

Kate Case – Owner/Designer – Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign – serving Orange County, New York and Rockland County, New York.  Your affordable home decorator.

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No matter what your Holiday decorating style is, preparing for this time of year is an opportunity to create beautiful décor inside your home.  There is no wrong way to decorate as long as you enjoy yourself and your home.

Whether your style in Traditional, Eclectic, Modern, or Minimalist, the real purpose of this time of year is to engage in the decorating process with your family or friends.   It is a time for sharing and enjoying each other’s company.

I hope you draw some inspiration from these great Holiday shots.

Traditional Holiday Decor {Houzz}

Traditional Holiday Decor

Eclectic Holiday Decor {Houzz}

Eclectic Holiday Decor

 

Contemporary Holiday Decor {Houzz}

Contemporary Holiday Decor

 

Monotone Holiday Color Decor - I love this.    http://www.theresidenceschicago.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Soft-Holiday-Decor.jpg{theresidenceschicago.com}

Monotone Rustic Holiday Decor

 

Kid Inspired Pink Holiday Decor {Houzz}

Funky Pink Holiday Decor

 

Remember to have fun decorating your home this Holiday season!

 

Kate – Owner/Designer at Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign – we serve the Rockland County and Orange County, New York areas.

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#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for us to think beyond Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday shopping sprees.

#GivingTuesday’s goal is to establish a national day of giving and bring our focus back to what Holiday giving is all about.

Over 2,000 charities have partnered with #GivingTuesday to help jump start their first annual event.

To learn more, check out these articles:

“‘#GivingTuesday’ event aims to boost charities,” USA Today, November 15.

Move Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday; “Giving Tuesday” Calls Americans To “Give As Good As They Get,” PRNewswire, November 12.

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Let’s try to spread the word about charity giving this Holiday season.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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Kate – owner/designer at Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign based in Orange County, New York.

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