Monday, April 23, 2018

Staging: Painting Furniture

I spent Saturday working on some furniture. I recently cleaned out my childhood bedroom and instead of throwing out the bookcase, I decided to paint it so I can use it for staging. The stenciled hearts were a bit too specific (and dated) and I may need to use this bookcase in a bedroom or an office or a den. So I chose a neutral color - Benjamin Moore's Ol' Blue Eyes (yeah, I like blue).

I did two coats and since it was outside it didn't take very long to dry and now I can't wait to use it for future staging. 

I also was thinking about flowers. When you stage a house you go into it planning that the furniture may sit there for a month or two. It'd be great if the house has an offer inside of a week but often times it's longer. So using live flowers doesn't make sense. Fake flowers have come a long way and can look really lovely. But the problem is that they have metal stems and obviously you don't use water. So if you're using a clear vase people can tell they aren't real. So I painted some glass vases with a metallic spray paint. Super simple and they were dry within five minutes. 

A new coat of paint can make pretty much anything look new again. And now I can't wait to get some new artificial flowers and stage a house!

~ Stephanie


Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring Sales

It doesn't feel like Spring in Boston. In fact, there's snow predicted for this afternoon. I KNOW. But I am so ready for Spring, even if that means my seasonal allergies flare up. I just want to shed my winter wear and open my apartment windows and feel that sun on my skin. With Spring will come (hopefully) another home to renovate and as such I am always looking for sales on home decor. So I have compiled some of my current obsessions. You're welcome.

Hillsby Saffron Area Rug
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If you don't love an antique rug then I'm not sure what to do with you. Kidding. Sort of. You're allowed to love whatever decor you love. But I LOVE an antique rug. This one is from Wayfair and I need it. I know what you're thinking - But Stephanie hates color! There are some exceptions, and this rug is one of them. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Chalet: One Last Look

It's that time, where I prepare myself to say goodbye to the house. She was a beaut (that bubble window was weird), and I loved her well. She is a thousand times better than she once was, so much cleaner, brighter, more open. I hope she will be loved for the amazing house she is. Man, I wish I could see her dressed up for the holidays.

But it's time to move on, find another house in dire need of renovating. And in other news, once the house hit the market, my writer's block suddenly broke and I've been obsessively working on a new project since (eeee!). So I'm glad to have the mental space now that I'm no longer stressing about The Chalet. But I will miss this house. It was our best design yet. 

More to come.
~ Stephanie


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Chalet: Kitchen Reveal

A dark cave is how I would describe the kitchen before demo. It wasn't small, there was tons of cabinet space, but it was cut off from the rest of the house and so dark. So so dark.


Monday, January 29, 2018

The Chalet: Living Room Reveal

The thing about the living room in these pictures is that it doesn't look awful. The fireplace was in great condition and the flooring doesn't look cheap in this photo. But it was and the smell in this house was enough for Nemo not to want to come inside. 

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