Top 10 Stupid Staging Ideas

By Justin Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency Not all home staging is created equally. Staging Darwinism is real and only the smart survive. Below we countdown the top 10 “stoopidest” home staging ideas. #10. “Bake cookies right before...
October 5, 2015

Add Some Romance to the Master Bedroom, Survey Says

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey It’s time to add more romance into your designs. One-third of home owners say they’re renovating their master bedrooms to create a more romantic or intimate space, according to the 2015 U.S. Houzz Bedroom Trends...
September 28, 2015

HGTV Star Shares Chic Solutions for Empty Walls

By Christina El Moussa, HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” When I look at blank walls, I see a fun opportunity to brighten up a room and make it all yours. Of course, if you aren’t super experienced with interior design...
September 21, 2015

6 Tips for Planning Ahead for an Eye-Popping Spring Bulb Garden

Contributed by Longfield Gardens Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and alliums. Before ordering your bulbs, here are a few tips to guarantee great results come spring. 1. Pick a color theme....
September 14, 2015

Move Over Man Caves, the ‘She-Shed’ Is Gaining Popularity

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Men have their man caves, but how about a space just for females? Welcome, the “she shed.” These backyard retreats are becoming the latest buzzword in interior design — emerging as the perfectly...
September 7, 2015

Why You Need to Learn More About Feng Shui

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine The ancient design philosophy of feng shui is gaining more traction in real estate as the number of Chinese home buyers are taking a bigger liking to U.S. real estate. Eighty-six percent of...
August 31, 2015

Match the Curb Appeal to the Home’s Style

Does your listing’s curb appeal match it’s architecture? A new guide provides tips on how to achieve curb appeal that compliments a home’s architecture. The Fypon Style Guide, created with Duket Architects Planners in Toledo, Ohio, provides tips on...
August 24, 2015

‘Heavy Metal’ is Rocking Home Design Accessories

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Mixed metals are growing in popularity in home design, adding some bling and modernizing spaces. Warm metallic — such as in burnished gold, bronze, and copper – are among the most popular, but...
August 17, 2015

The Hottest Color for Home Interiors in 2015

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Gray interiors are growing in popularity, holding the edge on most popular hue for the second year for home interiors, according to the Paint Quality Institute. “It’s understated and sophisticated,” according to the...
August 10, 2015

How to Accentuate the Home’s Positive Features in Staging

The following section has been reprinted with permission from stager Tori Toth’s new book, “Feel at Home: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick and Easy Sell” (Morgan James Publishing, 2015). Toth is the owner of Stylish Stagers Inc. in...
August 3, 2015