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As an Orange County home decorator and stager, my clients always ask how can a room be updated?

In my opinion, high-end style can be achieved by mixing higher end pieces with less expensive pieces. Spending a little more money on a higher-end couch and pairing it with trendy, lower cost accent tables can completely revive a space.

Please check out Kate’s Design Shop for information on how to purchase any of the items you see below:

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If you need help updating your space, contact Kate Case – your affordable home decorator and stager.

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Since Christmas is fast approaching, many home owners are planning their Holiday festivities.  In my house, we always decorate for Christmas as a family and enjoy using both “old” and “new” decorations to complete the look.

Wreaths have always been a favorite Holiday decoration for us because they are so versatile and can be used for many different occasions.  A wreath can vary in size from 10-12 inches to up to 30 inches and can be decorated with anything from pine-cones to silk ribbons.  Smaller wreathes can be used on Holiday tables as centerpieces or even hung on a window for some added festiveness.

Here are some great uses for Holiday wreathes:

 

Love the apples on this wreath. {Bing Image}

Another great use for a wreath.{Zeospot.com}

 

I just want to sip hot chocolate in this room.     {Houzz}

Great holiday decor. {TheInspiredRoom.net}

Where are you planning to place your Holiday wreaths this season?

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

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As you enter a new home for another interior design or interior redesign, how does a designer find inspiration to transform the room?  What is the room does not have a redeeming arhitectural features to work with? What if the room has to be used as a walk through to get to the other side?

Well, this is what differentiates the experienced interior designers from those with less experience. Great interior design can be created in almost any room by manipulating the variables of design and using them to lead the eye to specific objects or areas of the room.

Living Room redesign by Kates Home Staging in Passaic County, New Jersey

A room that is devoid of architectural details can be transformed with the purposeful placement of furnishings and color to help style emerge from the room. A timeless, mahogany wood floor could be installed on a 45 degree angle to create further visual interest and to draw your eye into the room.  Using several textures and fabrics on the furniture in the room can create an sensual look and invite you to investigate the room further.  Furniture must always be in proportion to the size of the overall room or else the room will appear overcrowded.  Window treatments can be prominent and become your focal point.

The addition of wood paneling, wainscoting, crown molding, chair rail molding, ornate corbels, or even shadow boxes can completely dress up a room and create a look and a feel that was not there before. This woodwork can establish a pattern and provide rhythm to a plain surface. The molding can be stained a dark wood stain to allow the grain to show through or painted a high gloss white to reflect the light in the room.

A room that has doors on opposite sides of the room can be setup as two distinct areas but similar colors and styles should be used to help unit the space. In a small living room with a low ceiling, tall thin bookcases can be used to emphasize vertical proportions and be placed at the ends of the wall.  Smaller rooms would be painted in lighter paint colors to reflect light and to make the room size less obvious. Mirrors should be used to provide focus and reflect light, especially in a darker room.  Art and accessory placement can really transform a room.  Symmetry and asymmetry needs to be applied when appropriate when implementing art and accessories.

 

Three types of lighting (ambient, task, accent) must always be used to complete the interior design of any room.  Having lights installed on dimmer switches will allow better control of ambiance in the room.  Three way bulbs are another great option to control the amount of light entering a room. Candle lights screams romance and intimacy and should be implemented when appropriate.

If your home does not inspire you, maybe it is time to call in an interior designer or interior redesigner. A great design will incorporate the home owner’s unique tastes to ensure you as satisfied with the transformation.  By using wall paint colors, different textures and fabrics on your furniture, selecting optimal lighting schemes, deciding on the room layout, selecting wall moldings, your home will be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.

Kate, Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign, serves Rockland County, NY and Orange County, NY and Passaic County, NJ.  We specializes in home staging, interior design, color consultations, custom wood signs, semi-custom window coverings, home decor discounts, and more.  Contact Kate to schedule your design consultation at 845-538-3623 or visit www.kateshomestaging.com .

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Your master bedroom is supposed to be a sanctuary, a place to retreat after a stressful day of work.  A master bedroom‘s design cannot be all flair, we also need to consider the room’s function.  This is a room that can be more personal than most, when it comes to design.  Before you start any design process it is important to measure the space carefully and to document the doorways, windows, closets, baseboard heaters, and any other items that could impact your design. The budget is also important, as it will influence all the steps below…

Here are the basis steps to design a master bedroom (or any bedroom):

When starting to design your master bedroom, the easiest place to start is the bed.  The bed, after all, will be the focal point of the room. There are many options of headboards and beds that you can choose from ~ a four post bed, a sleigh bed, upholstery headboards, to a simple iron headboard. Here again, your unique tastes and style will come into play.

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Next, the selection of luxurious linens occurs.  This is a logical step after you select which bed to place in your bedroom. The linen you select can be a design inspiration for the remainder of your bedroom. Decorative pillows are the logical next step after the linens are decided upon.  A master bedroom will have a minimum of four pillows and several layers of decorative pillows in similar colors.

Decide on a quality bedroom set that has a classic look. Please remember that you will probably use this set for the next ten years, so verify that the dresser drawers are made of real wood and will stand the test of time.  The color of the furniture should be a neutral wood, nothing outlandish that will be out of style by next season.

To keep a consistant color scheme in your master bedroom, your windows need to either have a blind that matches the bedroom furniture or a soft drapery that matches the lines and decorative pillows. (Remember to order your drapes or roman shades with blackout liners, so you can sleep past 5:00 AM.)  If you go with a wooden blind, you may want to add the two inch fabric swatch on the blinds in a coordinating color to the linens.

The actual design setup:

The master bedroom setup that looks fantastic is when there is a nightstand on each side of the bed with a matching light on each side. There also needs to be some greenery brought in.

To create a warm feelingin your master bedroom, please decorate with beiges, warm browns, and terracottas.

To create a cool feelingin your master bedroom, please decorate with pale colors such as light blue and lavender.

If you want to create a focal wall, choose the wall behind the bed.  The focal wall can be painted a different paint color, fabric, or wallpaper can be used for an even more dramatic look.

Remember to keep your accessories to a minimum as the master bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation.  Once the furniture has been setup with the appropriate linens, you should have no trouble selecting the finishing touches such as artwork, candle sticks for romance, and perhaps a rug to keep your feet warm.

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Remember if you get stuck with your master bedroom design, you can always call your local home stager and interior redesigner!  We are always here to help with all your design needs, from paint color selection to furniture arrangement.

Kate

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign serves the Rockland County and Orange County area of New York, Bergen County and Passaic County of New Jersey. Kate is an affiliate member of the Passaic County of Realtors. Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign is now offering Full Digital Services to sell your home quickly. In other words, we will bring in the accessories, we will stage your home, we will re-take all the digital pictures, and then we will load these pictures into a virtual show to help sell your home. The virtual show is being offered to all our clients FREE of CHARGE to help SELL your home. Contact Kate today to see how a home staging consultation can help sell your home, for more information please visit http://www.kateshomestaging.com or call 845-538-3623.

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Lighting is usually one of the least planned design elements in a home or commercial place but it has a dramatic impact on the atmosphere. Lighting can be used not only for visual comfort, but also to achieve predetermined emotional responses from the lighted environment. By manipulating the illumination levels of lighting and the color of the light in the light source, certain emotional responses can be achieved.  When using light to create a mood, it may be necessary to hide the light source and only show its effect.

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Dimly lit rooms create an atmosphere of relaxation and restfulness, while highly lit rooms are beacons for activity and alertness. A dimly lit room is conducive to warmth and intimacy while concealing architectural flaws.  A master bedroom could be setup with a dimmer to support intimacy and romance. Candlelight is an excellent source of light for a romantic dinner; the flickering flames create an atmosphere for intimacy and relaxation. The red candle light flame even flatters most individuals’ appearances, who would not want to dine by candlelight?  To create a celebratory mood, bright light and the reflection of objects helps to achieve this. A room that has brighter bulbs on, especially during the winter months, is perceived as a warmer room. 

There are basically three types of light bulbs to choose from:

1.  Incandescent light bulbs ~ these are the most common bulbs. This type of light bulb turn on immediately, can be dimmed, come in many shapes and sizes, and are inexpensive to buy. However, incandescent bulbs are usually expensive to operate and give off a warm, yellowish glow.

2.  Halogen light bulbs ~ are a form of incandescent lighting, but are more costly to buy but are more energy efficient to use. Halogen bulbs can cause burns if touched directly. Halogen bulbs do not work in standard light fixtures and require protective housing. A benefit of halogen bulbs is the bright white color they give off is the closest to natural sunlight.

3.  Fluorescent light bulbs~ have been used in homes for decades but have a slower start up than the other bulbs.  Recent improvements in fluorescent bulbs make them more favorable to home owners. This type of bulb is very efficient and uses only 25% – 35% of the energy required for a comparable incandescent bulb, but cost more than incandescent bulbs.  Flourescent light bulbs can be used in most light fixtures but some can not be dimmed.  This bulb also contains mercury, so be careful if you break one.  This bulb gives off a bluish-white light.

Lighting can be “soft” or “hard.” Soft lighting is conducive for a relaxing environment and it also will minimize harsh shadows.  Soft lighting is diffused lighting. Hard lighting is usually used for supplemental lighting and it used for tasks such as reading or working.  Each light bulb has a color temperature and color rendering index. The color temperature is the color shade, however subtle, of the light emanating from the light source. Lamps with lower color temperature will have a warmer tone than those with higher color temperatures. The color rendering index (CRI) is a measurement scale on the light’s ability to render the trueness of colors, as they would appear in natural sunlight. The scale runs from 0-100 (100 is the best). A lamp with a CRI of 80 or better will represent colors the closest to sunlight. Incandescent or halogen lamps typically have very high CRI. Color rendering will influence how you see colors in your home; if the CRI is poor the colors in your home will not be true.

GE has put together a great page on which light bulb to choose based on the room and mood you want to create, click here to take a look.

Most incandescent light bulbs can give off a yellowish glow which can seem depressing at times. By changing to daylight style light bulbs, the light in the room will be closer to that of actual sunlight. However, some people may not like these daylight bulbs as they are brighter than the incandescent bulbs.  If you want to create a cozy feeling in a room, than use an incandescent bulb. To further enhance the mood, you can go with a lower wattage bulb to keep the room a little bit darker or use a dimmer.

Bedside lighting for interior design in new york by kates home staging

Colored lighting may also be used to influence the atmosphere.  To create a warm atmosphere, use colors such as red, yellow, and orange. To create a warm atmosphere, use colors such as violet, blue, and green.  Just keep in mind, that the colors blue and blue-green are not very flattering on a person’s complexion. It is better to use a bulb that is not too rich in color as you can achieve the opposite effect that you were trying to achieve. Yellow and red can be used to create a romantic effect while white and yellow light are appropriate for formal occasions.

Using floor lamps in each room with three way bulbs can help to create intimacy when additional lighting is required. Overhead lighting will spread throughout a room and should be used to create an active mood.  To create an intimate mood, it is better to use a table or floor lamp.  The kitchen and bathroom are two rooms within the home that always requires bright lights.

 A successful lighting design will employ dimmers on various light switches so light can be adjusted for optimal mood enhancement.  It also contains ambient lighting for general illuminations with task lighting for specific activities. To achieve your desired lighting scheme in your home, lighting may need to be done in layers. With the large selection of lights available today at low costs, it is easier than ever to create the mood you are looking for.

Kate

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign, serves the Rockland County and Orange County areas of New York and Passaic County, New Jersey.  We specialize in home staging, interior decorating, home decorating, color consultations, semi-custom window coverings, and home decor discounts.  Call Kate at 845-538-3623 for your design consultation or visit www.kateshomestaging.com.

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Picking the right paint color for your walls is never an easy choice.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I paint my home’s walls once every five to ten years.  So, before I start painting a room there are a few simple steps I like to go through first:

1.)  Evaluate all the natural light sources that are available in a room.  Sunlight can change the look of the color scheme selection used on your walls.  For example, a lighter colored paint will reflect more sunlight than a darken one.

2.)  Evaluate all of the homes architectural features.  For example, in a living room you would want to pay close attention to a fireplace with a mantle, windows with custom molding, hardwood flooring, and heating system.  These are the features of the home that you cannot change easily and will most likely be working around.

3.)  Take into account the overall size of the room.  To make a small room appear larger, you would want to paint the walls a lighter color.  A lighter paint color will make the walls appear to recede.  Of course, you would do the opposite in an extremely large room.  You could paint a huge bedroom, a dark blue paint color with crisp white molding on the ceiling and the floor.

4.)  Evaluate the furnishing and accent pieces in the room.  Since we are staging this home to sell, any extra furniture (that do not serve a purpose) should be removed from the home.  A chair’s fabric can be used to help determine a color scheme for your room’s walls. 

I would even recommend taking a piece of fabric with you to the paint store to help in your paint selection process.  I am drawn toward warmer paint colors and like to recommend sage greens and tans to my clients.  These colors are “safer” choices for a home that is going to be placed on the market. All window moldings should be painted a high gloss white to draw your eye to them.  All ceilings over 9 feet tall should have some sort of crown molding painted a high gloss white paint as well. Of course, the paint color scheme of one room of your home needs to compliment the rest of your home.  For example, your living room should not be a warm terracota paint color and run into your kitchen that is a bright violet shade of purple.

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign offer color consultations as a service.  If you are having a difficult time picking out your wall colors, we can help.  We will bring our Benjamin Moore Color Kits to your home and help you decide on the correct wall color choices.

– Kate

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign servers the Rockland County and Orange County areas of New York and Passaic County and Bergen County areas of New Jersey, please visit http://www.kateshomestaging.com or call 845-538-3623 for more information.  We also offer home staging, home decorating, interior design, redesign, custom wood signs, window coverings, virtual shows, and home designs.

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Homes for sale that have 20 or more pictures on the Internet get the most traffic from potential buyers. Virtual shows are also very attractive to potential buyers. The Internet is how we attract the buyers into your home in today’s technology driven market. 

It is extremely important the you prepare your home before you take your MLS pictures that will get posted on the Internet for everyone to see.  The home with the best Internet pictures will most likely get the most buyer traffic to its’ front door.

Here is a quick list of what you should do:

1.   Clean each room. Get rid of any clutter and make sure all the counters sparkle and look fanstastic.

2.   Bathroom.  Please close the toilet lids and put in fresh towels.  Put your personal items and toothbrushes away please. Absolutely no medications on the sink.

3.   Outside your home.  Pick up all your yard debris and remove the cars from your driveway, this will make the picture look even better.

4.    Bring in some fresh flowers for your tables.  I always love fresh flowers, besides the smell they also look great in pictures.

5.   Garbage cans.  Please remove them from the room prior to taking your picture, a potential buyer does not want to see your over-flowing kitchen garbage can or your bathroom garbage.

6.   Lighting.  Take pictures with your lights turned on and off and with your blinds opened and closed.  This way you can post the pictures that look the best online.

 

Preparing your home before you take your MLS pictures is very important since over 85% of potential home buyers are starting their home searches on the Internet.  We cannot ignore the importance of technology when marketing your homes today!

Also, do not forget to crop those digital pictures after you take them.  If the picture is very dark, please use the photo light adjustment feature and lighten those photos up. You can also try the “auto-adjust” feature to see if this helps your pictures. If a potential buyer cannot see what the picture actually is, they may more on the the next online listing that has clear, bright pictures.

If you need help with this process please contact a local Realtor or home stager for help.  Remember, if a potential buyer does not like how your pictures look on the Internet chances are they will not come to your house to look at it. 

Remember, if you are planning on selling your home also make sure you leave your light on during the evening hours and that your house number is clearly marked.  A potential buyer may try to drive buy your home after work to take a look at your external curb appeal!  This is why it is important to keep those yards clean and neat.

Which bedroom do you think looks better?

Bedroom Before Staging.

Bedroom Before Staging.

                                                                                        

Bedroom After Staging, Painting, & Cleaning.

Bedroom After Staging, Painting, & Cleaning.

 

 What a difference some simple preparation can make!  Which room do you think a potential buyer will want to visit?

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck with your Home Sale.

-Kate

 

Contact Kate today to see how a home staging consultation can help sell your home, for more information please visit http://www.kateshomestaging.com or call 845-538-3623.

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign serves the Rockland County and Orange County area of New York, Bergen County and Passaic County of New Jersey. Kate is an affiliate member of the Passaic County of Realtors.  Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign is now offering Full Digital Styling Services to sell your home quickly. In other words, we will bring in the accessories, we will stage your home, we will re-take all the digital pictures, and then we will load these pictures into a virtual show to help sell your home.  The virtual show is being offered to all our clients FREE of CHARGE to help SELL your home. 

 

 

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Well, I figured I would post my journey as a start up Home Staging Company online for other to enjoy.  I completed an online Home Staging Certification course and then took a second hands on course to ensure my skillset was ready for any potential clients.  I really enjoyed taking both of these courses and design has always been one of my passions.  I am a home based business, so networking with other businesses and clients is my main goal for my business during its first year.

I created a great portfolio for my clients to look through which consists mostly of friends and neighbor’s homes.  Everyone was thrilled with the free design help and I am sure I could still be giving my services away for free.  I have even spent a substantial amount of time working on a vacant staging project for a Realtor.   It was a great learning experience and forced me to grow my accessory inventory to a much larger selection.

All my marketing materials have been ready since June.  My web site has been up and running since early June and I also created business cards, brochures, and postcards.  I joined every local staging society I could find, but apparently there aren’t any local staging groups interested in meeting and exchanging ideas. This was disheartening to say the least.

The local Association of Realtors newletter seems to be endorsing staging as a must do for anyone selling a home but in my limited experience I have not found any realtors willing to pay for this service out of their commission.  I did find one realtor office interested in my services, I only had to pay $1,500 to join their team for one year.  I did consider their offer, but as a small business startup I felt this money could go to a better purpose this year.

In desperation for face-to-face networking opportunities, I just joined the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.  I think I found what I was looking for.  They seem to have a networking event every other week.  I have even joined a committee in my first 2 weeks as a member.  Last Friday, I drove up to the Chamber offices and met all the staff.  Cheryl was absolutely great, she signed me up for the Chamber and spent over an hour with me just going over different networking activities I may like.  I signed up for their Casino Night in New Windor on September 25th, and the third place prize is a Kate’s Home Staging Redesign Consultation.  Free Publicity for the event from the Chamber and a night of gambling and networking, this is what I have been looking for.

As the summer winds down and I am approaching the half way mark of myHome Staging and Interior Redesign business, I am hopeful to grow my connections and client base.  I will keep you posted on how my new networking endeavours work out.

-Kate (www.kateshomestaging.com)  Making every home better through redesign.

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