staging seminar was great!

Last Thursday, I hosted a home staging seminar for home sellers and local realtors. Church Street Flooring & Design in downtown Franklin, TN was our site, and I asked 3 other area stagers to join me in teaching about the “nuts & bolts” of staging. We talked about paint colors, light fixtures, countertops, flooring, and more. Nice crowd turned out and everyone had questions and ideas to share. I feel that we were able to have everyone go away with some great information, and all seemed to have a nice time as well.

What I loved is that we all worked so well together – it was fun to bounce staging tips and ideas off of one another – and the audience benefitted as a result!

That’s me on the right, and, going to the left, Karen Jones, Anthea Click, and “B” Lucas Thrower.

If you missed the event, email me directly and I’ll be happy to send you our handouts – we have one on specific tips and one with a list of great professionals who can do the work you need such as painters, flooring people, handymen, etc.

Here’s some of the tips we gave:

  • use neutral paint colors throughout the house – and make sure that the shade of paint is deep enough to show off the trim and moldings. Spiced Vinegar by Porter Paints, and Latte by Sherwin Williams are two favorites.
  • front doors and entryways are crucial – a fresh coat of paint in black or deep brown along with a new door handle set, repairing trim work and fresh paint, along with pressure washing surfaces and fresh landscaping can make someone want to go inside
  • swap out shiny brass light fixtures and door handles to brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze
  • fresh carpet is a must – and a frise (short shag) is a current favorite – in a darker beige or taupe color – not the really light stuff the builders use
  • granite countertops and stainless steel appliances can make a kitchen, but on a budget, paint cabinetry and swap out the knobs & hinges for brushed nickel – a new sink and faucet can make a huge difference
  • get rid of skinny plastic mini-blinds and vertical blinds – clean and neutral windows are best – for blinds the 2″ wood or wood-look blinds are good as are plantation shutters

The next session is on May 28th and the subject is: Staging For Your Life :: Redesigning Spaces

I’ll be talking about de-cluttering and organizing tips, and other stagers will discuss how to make the most out of the spaces you have using what you’ve got. See you there!