You may think I’m crazy, but to me each house has its own personality. Sometimes it isn’t always easy for me to figure out what it is. I was recently asked to consult on a home in the Bluffs. I felt like the home had good energy but the kitchen was outdated, the carpet was old and all the furnishings were very dated. I loved the high ceilings and the actual location of the property but I wasn’t feeling it. I couldn’t figure out how it was supposed to look. When I talk about a house having a personality, what I really mean is, “how is this house meant to look, to show its true self so every person who walks through the door falls in love?”
This house screamed bohemian lady in a long tie dyed skirt with pinks and purples. I knew this house needed pink but pink isn’t really a color I use in staging. I like to use blues and greens because they are calming colors and most everyone likes them, but pink, not so much. To be honest, I was hoping I wouldn’t get hired to stage this home. I was super busy at the time and I couldn’t wrap my brain around how to make the house look great. I gave the homeowner a bid, he wasn’t happy with the price, said no and I backed away. The problem is the agent is a friend and has given me lots of work over the past few months. She needed me to stage the home or it wouldn’t sell, we both knew this. After a very long week of negotiating whether or not I was going to stage and the cost, I was given the job but the budget wasn’t what I needed to make the house perfect. I decided not to worry about the money and get the job done. The story of my life.
I walked around my sun room, which houses all my accessories and looked through all my pillows, bedding, accessories and art. Nothing was calling out to me. Then I saw them. The 3 floral vintage looking napkins I had bought on sale at World Market the week before. They were a perfect mix of colors. Blues, yellows, greens and a bit of pink. This napkin became my inspiration for the entire house. I would start this look in the kitchen and carry it throughout the house.
I then remembered the picture I had seen at Living Spaces on sale the day before. I was obsessed with this picture. I picked it up and put it back several times and then finally left the store without it. It was on sale for $175 and I loved it but didn’t have a house to use it in, so I decided not to buy it. It was the perfect piece for the living room. I don’t know how most stagers work because I don’t know any other stagers but if I don’t have what I need in my inventory to make a home look fabulous, I go find it and buy it. I have learned what pieces I can use over and over again in most homes, but when it comes to the art, you need that great statement piece to center the room.
As you can tell from my portfolio, I love to use big, bright, modern looking pieces of art for the living/family room. They help make a dated or traditional styled home look modern and fresh. Most buyers are looking for white or gray walls, white marble in the kitchen with gray or white cabinets, open concept floor plans, wide plank wood floors, updated bathrooms and pretty much everything to be move in ready. Well, most homes don’t look like this, so my job is to pull your eye away from the dated unattractive features of the home and draw your eye to all the good features. It’s like finding that perfect outfit that makes you look 10 pounds skinnier than you actually are.
You can barely see them, but there are the napkins that inspired this whole house. You barely notice them, yet I wouldn’t have been able to get this house done without them. So the story ends well. This house was on the market for 7 months with another agent. A new agent, my friend, Laurie Eastman was hired to take over the listing. She forced them to paint, had me stage, did her magic negotiating skills and the house sold in 2 weeks.
So the take away from this post is that if you are trying to redecorate a room, your backyard or your entire house find an inspiration piece it may help you figure out how to achieve the look you want.
FYI: I wrote this post months ago but then realized it wouldn’t be appropriate to post anything about this transaction until it was long over so this deal happened last summer. But right now I am in the process of making all the decorating decisions for a condo with best view in Newport Beach. This is new territory for me. Choosing all the flooring, paint, finishes, hardware and finally staging. This is my inspiration piece.
Very different from the other napkin. Calming colors, modern yet classic and the perfect feel for a million dollar view.
Happy decorating and I hope my little bit of insight is helpful to you in some way.
peace and a smile
owner of twig DECOR