Staging “Magic”

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Two factors contributed to this property flying off the shelf, the first weekend on the market, over asking price.

#1:  The client enthusiastically embraced all staging recommendations:  new paint, pulling out old carpet, removing excess furniture and possessions and renting “current” art and accessories to showcase their home.

#2:  Design Perspectives studied the “Before” photos provided by the client in advance of staging day and loaded what the client affectionately dubbed “The Magical Mary Poppins Van” with exactly the right staging art and accessories needed to accomplish the goal of immediate and multiple offers.

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The Room She Grew Up In

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As our children become young adults, bedroom updates ought to grow with them.  This all purple bedroom with green drapes was toned down with a singular purple accent wall (still the favorite color) and hidden tilt shutters that compliment the handmade quilt that is planned for this room.  The fabric seen in the ‘After’ photo is one of several coordinating prints that will be incorporated into an heirloom quilt planned by a loving mom.  New carpet, ceiling fan and crown mold also contribute to this updated space.

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Outdoor Living: Planning Ahead

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With a new custom home on the horizon with a new color palate, this client chose to update her existing patio furniture ahead of her move with her new home in mind.  Planning cool-toned blues in her great room, she wanted to add some extra punch with fun and bright blues and greens on her adjacent patio.

She chose her rug first which inspired these coordinating outdoor fabrics.  Having invested in quality patio tables years earlier, she elected to replace only her tops versus replace her tables entirely.  We scored big with this leathered remnant of River Blue dolomite which had a fabulous combination of the tones in her rug, fabrics and furniture finish with beautiful veining as a bonus.  Since the material came from the outdoors, it feels right at home on a covered patio.


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Window Dilemma Resolved

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My client’s window dilemma was not only resolved but the look improved.

The problem:  Operational Roman shades had literally shredded from exposure to the sun.  With an investment in two other custom tall window panel treatments with upper borders out of the same silk fabric, my client did not want to start over from scratch.

Our solution:  We scoured Kravet’s extensive line of faux raw silk fabric offerings to find a near-exact color and texture match.  The faux silk would hold up better in the sun, especially when lined with a blackout, protective lining.  We took advantage of the update opportunity to make the new Romans stationary, providing a consistent, crisper and more perfect look.  With pleated shades for privacy hidden behind the Romans, there was no need for dangling cords to tempt playful grandchildren.

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Staging: A Fresh Set of Eyes

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A universal “staging truth”:  sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes.  We can’t see our own stuff.

This Southlake home required only minor tweaking:  removal of some time-stamped window treatments, some fresh paint here and there, a bit of de-cluttering and repositioning and very limited art and accessory rental.  That’s all:  to go quickly under contract.

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Butler’s: Boring to Breathtaking

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This ordinary Butler’s with Tropical Brown countertops, 4″ backsplash and with an obviously fabricated edge was made extraordinary with the triple punch of new limestone floors, “select” Taj Mahal countertops and Walker Zanger’s Tilt Grey Smoke Ottoman mosaic tile adding both color and interesting pattern to the backsplash.

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A Bath with “Allure”

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Somehow, 15 years ago, tile countertops made sense on bathroom countertops?  Not sure why.  They are hard to clean and “busy”.  This client took advantage of “leftovers”, i.e. a remnant of Allure quartzite from my fabricator’s yard to spruce up her pool bath.  With a clean quartzite top, a new undermounted rectangular sink, a taller faucet, and new limestone floors, this 17-year old bathroom looks brand new again.

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