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Is your home “vanilla” looking? Whether you are staging to sell or simply want to make your home more enjoyable while you live there, I can help. Look at these photos that show you how I can give it that pizazz you are looking for.

Occupied Home Staging

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Vacant Home Staging

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Curb Appeal

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Decluttering/Organizing

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Decorating

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Design/Renovations/Updates

 
   

Colour Consults

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Bright and bold... Added colour using accessories.

So remember, whether it be home staging, designing, decluttering, organizing, decorating, planning room layouts, renovating/updating, colour consulting, or even home decor shopping, Makes Sense Home Staging and Redesign is here to serve all your home decor needs in the Annapolis Valley.  We can take your home from ho-hum to va-voom, drab to fab, boring to beautiful…well, you get the picture.  🙂

Book any service by end of day Nov 4, and get a screaming, spooktacular deal of 20% off, so don’t delay.

 

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I see your true colors shining through

I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

As much as I love colors and rainbows, when you are selling your home, I’m afraid I’d have to advise you against letting your true colors show.  Buyers do not want to have to paint once they have purchased a property and are busy moving in and getting settled.  If they see colors they don’t like when they are browsing online, they are more likely to skip over your listing and move on to the next, especially if it’s more than one room.  Isn’t it worth your while to buy that can of neutral paint and make them stop and take notice?  Even if it’s a color they don’t like, at least they can live with it until they get around to making the change.

Bright and bold...

Bright and bold…

Added colour using accessories.

A relaxing, inviting retreat…

Definitely a girl’s room…

More relaxing and appealing.

Girl, boy, guest…very versatile.

Busy...

Busy…

Less distracting.

Less distracting.

If you are planning on letting your true colors shine through, give a second thought to how your listing would be viewed if all three of these rooms had been left as they were.  Remember that how you live and how you sell your home are two totally different scenarios.

Contact me for your consultation before you list to get the maximum interest from your listing photos.

 

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Everyone’s A Winner Baby

Home Staging is a WIN WIN WIN situation for everyone

  • Maximum value for sellers
  • Quality property for buyers
  • Faster transaction cycle for realtors

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.

For the seller, home staging will give the MLS listing photos the extra boost to make a home stand out above and beyond the competition, creating more interest, getting more viewings, which will lead to a faster sale, at a better price.

By doing necessary repairs and upgrades prior to listing, buyers will gain from a better prepared home.  They will be able to walk in and fall in love with the home, instead of creating that “list” of things to be done.  This can save them valuable time when settling into their new home.

Real estate agents will benefit by faster transactions, higher commissions, increased sales volume, better reputation, and valuable time savings.

How can you lose?  As a home staging professional, I can have you all singing “Everyone’s a winner baby.”

I’m located in the Kingston/Greenwood area, but I’m willing to serve all Annapolis Valley residents.  Contact me right away to get more info and prices.

frumpy

frumpy

fantastic

fantastic

dated and dreary

dated and dreary

dreamy

dreamy

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You’ve got the right stuff baby…

Do you think that hiring a home stager means that you need to rent a lot of high end furniture?  Well, that’s just not so.  I do my best to work with what my client already owns, and, if necessary, enhance the home with accessories that I rent out for a MINIMAL fee.  It’s all about creating as inviting a space as possible with what I have to work with.  Only once have I asked a client to rent furniture and that was because she had beautiful antiques that just weren’t going to create the atmosphere that potential buyers would be looking for in her home.  Let me show you how I can transform your home to appeal to more, get increased showings, leading to a quicker sale at a better price.  A few hundred dollars now will save you thousands in the long run.  The spring market is heating up so don’t delay contacting me.

Here’s a good example of what an amazing transformation I can make…same house, same furniture…you decide which one you’d rather have on MLS to attract potential home buyers to your home.

 

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Canforce Mortgage Inc. – by Canforce Mortgage Inc.

If you are military and looking to buy a home here in the area, who better to turn for financing help than a “Military Mortgage Specialist“?  Jennifer Gaudet at Canforce Mortgage Inc. is your gal.  Take a look at what she has to offer.

http://www.militarymortgage.ca/

 

 

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Whether it’s brand new or many years old, an empty house is cold and uninviting, difficult to imagine how to place furnishings, appears smaller, and the imperfections of the home will be heightened.

Are you trying to sell a vacant home?  This can be a very stressful time.  Even though no one is living in the property, the utilities, taxes, and mortgage still need to be paid.  In many cases the sellers have moved to a different location and quite often have bought another home.  Buyers tend to assume that they can get a deal on vacant homes because they know the owners may be more desperate and motivated to sell.  It is especially important to furnish vacant homes to capitalize on their potential and enhance the perception of their worth.

cold?

No character.

cozy

Cozy and inviting.

Is there room for a living room and dining room?

Is there room for a living room and dining room?

lots of space

Lots of space here.

Purchasing a home is a huge step for most people.  It involves a lot of money and it has to feel like “the right fit.”  A home needs to tap into the buyer’s emotions and motivate them to make an offer.  A vacant home just won’t do that.

Decent kitchen.

Decent kitchen…

Amazing kitchen!!

Amazing kitchen!!

ho hum...

ho hum…

visually pleasing

Nice bathroom.

Don’t let your home sit empty any longer.  Let me help you make arrangements to rent quality furniture and accessories to make your home come alive in photos for your online listing.  Act now and get it sold so you can move on with your life.  The short term investment in home staging is less than a price reduction and will be a great return on investment for you the seller.

Is this the Master bedroom?

Is this the Master bedroom?

Spacious Master bedroom.

Spacious Master bedroom.

dull and boring

Dull and boring.

lively and inviting

Lively and appealing.

If you are a property developer, you will understand that a home sitting on the market for an extended time will severely impact your bottom line.  Let us stage your property and help you get top dollar from your investment.  Buyers are not looking for a house; they are looking for a home.  It just makes sense to use furnishings and accessories to provide them with that vision and get that emotional response when they walk in the door.

Hmmm, would a queen size bed fit in here?

Hmmm, would a queen size bed fit in here?

Wow, queen size bed with room to spare.

Wow, queen size bed with room to spare.

Very uninteresting.

Very uninteresting.

Visually pleasing.

Visually pleasing.

The home does not have to be completely furnished but we recommend that the main areas (at least) look “lived in”.  Staging can create that emotional connection and make potential home buyers fall in love.  And don’t forget the curb appeal.  If they aren’t attracted to the outside, you will have a much harder time selling the inside.

Lacking curb appeal.

Lacking curb appeal.

"I love the outside and can't wait to see the inside."

“I love the outside and can’t wait to see the inside.”

Don’t leave your potential buyers COLD.  Be sure you’re making the best first impression…you most likely won’t get a second chance!  Staging with Makes Sense Home Staging and Redesign is the way to go from the start.  Don’t wait until your house sits on the market for months.  Contact me now to get the most out of your sale and move on with your life.

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Oh, oh, oh…It’s magic, you know

Never believe it’s not so.

I’m a believer…in Marie Kondo’s “the life-changing magic of tidying up.”  As a follow up to my blog from a few weeks ago, I’ve been delving into de-cluttering and organizing my own home following the KonMari method outlined in this book.

Tidying has to be done in an order (by category) and you must discard completely from each before beginning to put things away.  The criterion for deciding what to keep is that you should feel a thrill of joy when you touch it.  And so it all begins with “clothing” – further broken down into subcategories which I won’t elaborate on.  You are supposed to put everything on the floor (but I put mine on the bed) and go through them one by one, touching each and every item.

Where did all these clothes come from?

Where did all these clothes come from?

For me, some things were a breeze to let go and others more difficult.  Anything that wrinkled easily was discarded without a second thought because the only thing that would bring me less joy than wrinkles is ironing.  🙁  If I had owned something for a long time, I got rid of it.  If I hadn’t worn it in a long time, away it went.

I started with a full closet (1 long rod and a shorter one), a 7 drawer dresser, plus a cabinet in my closet full of summer clothes and was able to comfortably fit everything in the closet and the dresser with room to spare.  I would guess I have about 1/3 of the clothes that I originally started with.  Even some things that had initially made the cut have since been removed.

full closet

full closet

pared down

pared down

bottom rack is mine

bottom rack is mine

top rod belongs to hubby and wasn't touched

top rod belongs to hubby and wasn’t touched

my summer clothes cabinet

my summer clothes cabinet

poof poof...it's almost empty

abra cadabra…it’s almost empty

Once you have discarded, the folding and organizing begins.  Instead of piling clothes in drawers, she tells you how to fold them compactly and stand them up so that they take up less space and every piece is more visible and accessible.

My old way.

My old way.

KonMari method.

KonMari method…folded or rolled.

Clothes piled in drawer.

Neatly folded and stood on edge. :)

Neatly folded and stood on edge. 🙂

After clothing comes books.  This was a bit of a challenge for me since I’ve been saving all my home decor magazines for years.  Even though I have hardly ever gone back to look at them again, it still hurts to throw them out so I’m trying to find a home for them to go to.  Marie Kondo tells you to keep only those books that fall into your personal “Hall of Fame.”

“Kimono” is the next category.  This would be all the miscellaneous items such as CDs, DVDs, makeup, accessories, household equipment, appliances, and other various items too numerous to mention.

“Papers” are the next chore.  Her rule of thumb: discard everything.  I cleaned out my filing cabinet and jammed the shredder so many times that I had a large bag of papers taken to the neighbour’s burn barrel to get rid of.  I was inspired to get rid of my recipe collection.  I went from two large 2″ binders, plus a recipe box, and several recipe books, to just a 1.5″ binder.

Recipes, recipes, recipes!!!

Recipes, recipes, recipes!!!  So overwhelming.

Much more manageable now.

Much more manageable now.

She recommends that you do all your tidying all at once but I was unable to do it in that manner, so it’s been a couple weeks of random jobs and I’m still plugging away at it.  I really like the new look of my closets, cabinets, and drawers so far and I can feel the weight being lifted off as I proceed.  I still have to tackle the sentimental items and photos, which are the most difficult task, but I’m determined to carry on.  So far this is what I’ve collected to get rid of, minus the papers that went to the burn barrel and some garbage that went out in the last pick up.

For garbage, donations, sale, etc.

For garbage, donations, sale, etc.

I probably have less “things” than the average person might have, so imagine what this pile could be.  I’m going to extend my January special until the 14th of February.  The deal is: book me for 4 hours and get the 5th hour free, plus I will give you one of Marie Kondo’s books.  It really is life-changing so contact me soonest to help get your home and life in order.

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Simplify, simplify, simplify…Henry David Thoreau

Here we are…beginning another new year.  It’s a clean slate and we all want to make the best of it.  Whether or not we are into making resolutions, we all tend to start the year off with lots of good intentions.  One of the first things people like to do in January is to de-clutter and try to get organized.  Who doesn’t want to simplify their lives?  Who really enjoys being surrounded with clutter and stuff?  The internet and magazines are promoting de-cluttering/organizing methods and the store flyers are full of organizing supplies.  Whether you are preparing to sell your home in the near future or live there for many years, it’s never a bad thing to be tidy.  Where does one start?  How can we find that motivation?  How can we keep it organized once we complete it?

Because of my profession and wanting to help my clients get their homes and lives in order, I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Although I may not necessarily agree with everything she suggests (such as emptying your purse out at the end of every day and putting things away – that might be a tad extreme for me, but my purse, also known as my “luggage” due to it’s weight, could use a good clearing out lol), she makes a strong case about the benefits of her method (known as the KonMari Method) of tidying up.

Early in the book she quotes “A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective.  It is life transforming.”  “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too.  As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.”

Her criterion is to only keep items that inspire joy in you.  If an item doesn’t bring you joy when you touch it, discard it.  In the end you will be surrounded only by things that you cherish and make you happy.  Sounds simple enough…right?  lol

She tells you to tidy everything in your home at once, following a particular order.  There’s even a special way of folding, displaying, and even hanging clothes, all geared towards creating energy and happiness.  You must discard from each category first and store later.  Everything will have a designated spot, and when you are finished with an item, it is to be returned to it’s place.  She swears that once this is done, you won’t relapse back to old habits.

Any of you who know me will say that I’m a fairly organized person.  Yet since reading this book, I am inspired to remove all kinds of things that aren’t required, no longer have a purpose, or don’t bring me joy.  Therefore, I am going to put the KonMari Method to it’s test in my own home in the near future.  I will keep you updated on my progress and provide more details on the process along with photos to show the difference.

I’m also basing my first special of the year on de-cluttering and organizing your home.  Anyone who hires me for this service in the next two months will get a bonus – pay for 4 hours service and get the 5th hour free.  On top of that, I’m also going to give you a copy of Marie Kondo’s book – either paper copy or download – for you to read prior to our session.

What are you waiting for?  There’s no better time to get organized than right now.  I look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to help you simplify your life.

I also look forward to anyone’s comments, information, and/or photos on their adventures and experience in organizing.  Remember to pass on any usable items to charity groups to help others in the process.

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot…and never brought to mind?

Happy New Year everyone. Be safe and be happy tonight however you choose to spend your evening. I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2016, meeting and helping to improve the lives of my clients.  Contact me for assistance whether it be for home staging, design work for renos/updates, home/seasonal decorating, room layouts, de-cluttering/organizing, or colour consultation.  Peace, happiness, and love to all.
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Let it go, let it go, let it go!!!

I got this advice in a recent email and thought it was worth sharing with you all.  I’ve heard it before, and you have probably heard it before, but sometimes we need a little reminder to keep us focused on what is important.

“This is a busy time of year for everyone and can be very stressful.  One way to try to reduce that stress is to look at whatever you are worrying about. Then ask yourself,  “Will this still be important in 10 minutes?” Clearly if the answer is no, let it go.

Then you gradually expand the time frame to help you decide how much energy and importance you should continue to give to what was stressing you out.

Will it be important in 10 hours?

How about 10 days, or 10 weeks, or 10 months?

The idea is to only give as much attention and problem solving as something is really worth in the bigger scheme of your life goals.

Helpful for anyone who has a tendency to get stuck in an obsessive thought loop that’s
not moving you forward.

I know that happens to me, even more so when I’m already stressed. Can you relate?

I hope this tip helps you too!”

Another good tip is “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

If there is anything I can do to help you feel less stressed, such as getting your home de-cluttered and organized, having it staged so it sells faster for a better price, design work for major repairs or updates, everyday decorating to suit your lifestyle and taste, or even just picking out a paint color that will help you enjoy your space more, I can do it all.  Contact me and you will feel the relief immediately.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy, healthy holiday.  All the best to everyone going into the new year.

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