home staging burlington: Extending the 'Shelf Life' of Your Outdoor Living Space - My Latest REALTORĀ® Magazine Article - 10/25/11 01:00 PM
              
The weather may be taking a bit of a turn, but it's not time to put away your outdoor furniture just yet.  Check out my latest article for REALTOR® Magazine's blog Styled, Staged and Sold: Extend the 'Shelf Life' of Your Outdoor Living Space to get a few ideas on how to make your home or listing stand out longer this season amongst the competition.
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Dezigner Digz is Burlington, Ontario's premier home staging and interior decorating firm serving Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Oakville and surrounding areas.  Our work is featured in the book FabJob Guide to Become a Home Stager, 2009 … (10 comments)

home staging burlington: HGTV's Matthew Finlason - His Latest Group of Advanced Home Stager Graduates - Toronto - 10/14/11 01:20 PM
   
 
I'm excited to share with everyone that I'm part of the latest group of graduates from Matthew Finlason's Intensive 2-Day Advanced Design & Marketing Course for Home Stagers.  Matthew brought his bag of tricks and a wealth of information to Toronto recently.  I was thrilled to be one of the few in attendance.  The course is kept to a minimum number of students to allow for special attention to each participant's needs. 
Ready to bring my business to the next level, I've already started implementing some of what I've learned to make Dezigner Digz something truly special.
I love to share and write about what I … (14 comments)

home staging burlington: Have You 'Googled' Your Name Lately? You Might Be Surprised By What You Find. - 03/23/11 07:50 PM
 
 
How often do you 'Google' yourself or your company name?  If you haven't checked for a while, here's your friendly reminder to take a few moments to do so.  Who knows what you'll find! 
I try to make it a habit to check on a monthly basis, but as life gets in the way, that doesn't always happen.  In the past when I've checked, of course my website comes up as well as all of the social media sites that I belong to.  Many times I'll even come across articles that I've written for REALTOR® Magazine that have been posted by REALTORS® across the U.S. and … (96 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 266-270 - 02/07/11 12:51 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  WE'LL BE COMING UP ON TIP #300 THIS WEEK ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER - STAY TUNED...
Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #266
Did you know that Phillipe Starck has designed a limited edition perfume bottle for Nina Ricci?  Check it out!
 
HIP TIPZ #267
Add a little visual warmth to your contemporary kitchen by displaying a few burlwood bowls.
 
HIP TIPZ #268
Upholster a bench in 2 different fabrics.  Cover 1/3 of it in the … (0 comments)

home staging burlington: RESA Home Staging Conference 2011 - Some Familiar Active Rain Faces in Vegas - 01/30/11 08:39 PM

I didn't get back from Vegas until late Friday night, so I'm a little late chiming in with my two cents on the staging conference.  This year's was even better than the previous year (hard to believe, right?).
There were an additional 110 home stagers in attendance over last year, bringing the total to 360.  Just like last year, it was a sold out event.  We even had stagers from the U.K. and the Netherlands - how amazing is that!
I was PROUD AS A PEACOCK to be amongst such amazing people:
 

My first awesome "staging moment" of the conference happened before even … (16 comments)

home staging burlington: New Years' Resolutions For Your Home - My Latest Article for REALTORĀ® Magazine - 01/20/11 07:13 PM
 
It's the start of a brand new year.  Most likely, you have a list of personal items that you want to accomplish in the next 11 months like many others.  What about your home?  Have you prepared a 'to-do' list of things you've been meaning to do?  If you're planning on selling this year, you may want to make some New Years' resolutions for your home.
I decided to create a home resolution list this year even though we're not selling.  You can check it out in my latest article for REALTOR® Magazine's blog Styled, Staged and Sold to get some ideas on what you can add to your list.  Click here … (6 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 261-265 - 01/07/11 12:26 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #261
Look into pivoting doors. They might just be what you're after for your next design project, especially if space is an issue.
 
HIP TIPZ #262
Check out Vieri dimmers. They have an LED display with a sensitive touch bar that lights up.  They're also programmable to store your light settings.
 
HIP TIPZ #263
The Jeroen Verhoeven cinderella table - it's a wooden masterpiece.  Check it out!
 
HIP TIPZ #264
Want something … (4 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 256-260 - 12/06/10 12:14 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #256
Check out Ross Lovegrove's Mercury Suspension Light.  A simply amazing piece for your contemporary space.
 
HIP TIPZ #257
Wall mounted, gel-burning fireplaces are big again this year.  You can install them pretty much anywhere - no chimney required.
 
HIP TIPZ #258
Check out Rust-Oleum stainless steel paint.  It has real stainless steel pigments in it.  I'll be trying it on my basement fridge in the new year for sure!
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home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 251-255 - 11/29/10 12:38 PM



 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #251
Is space tight in your dining area?  Place the table's short side against the wall with the chairs facing each other on the long sides of the table.
 
HIP TIPZ #252
Do you have a log cabin with exposed logs in your living room area?  Use contemporary furnishings and accessories for a dramatic mix of rustic and urban flavours.
 
HIP TIPZ #253
Check out StoneSkin peel and … (6 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 246-250 - 11/24/10 12:04 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #246
For a beach-themed bedroom, create a headboard out of bamboo screen.
 
HIP TIPZ #247
Straddle a taller, darker, square end table over top of a rectangular coffee table.  The end table becomes a place to display a decorative item.
 
HIP TIPZ #248
For the audiophile in your life that also has good design taste: how about Zikmu speakers designed by none other than Philippe Starck!
 
HIP TIPZ #249
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home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 241-245 - 11/23/10 12:48 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #241
Do you have a small indented niche in your wall that starts from the floor up?  Want to hide it?  Try filling it in with a cabinet.
 
HIP TIPZ #242
Create a feeling of privacy on your balcony: add a few potted, weighted down cedars.  Check your condo corporation's rules first though.
 
HIP TIPZ #243
Are you out of town a lot and don't want mail piling up outside?  … (4 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 236-240 - 11/22/10 12:07 PM

 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #236
Who says fire stoves are outdated? Check out the new European-styled stoves by Wittus Inc.  Fab for a contemporary application.
 
HIP TIPZ #237
Birch bark candles:  a great fall accessory for your home.
 
HIP TIPZ #238
Want a rustic look for your flooring?  Check out hand scraped hardwoods and laminates.  A perfect solution for a country themed application.
 
HIP TIPZ #239
A day bed can also be used … (4 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 231-235 - 11/19/10 12:46 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #231
For an over-the-top glam look in your contemporary loft, include a wire mesh window treatment.  Check out the ones by Cascade Coil.  What a statement piece for your room.
 
HIP TIPZ #232
Vintage automobile headlights - they make an awesome source of lighting for your man cave.  Just have them retrofitted, wired and you're good to go.  Now that's a recycling design project that's also downright cool too.
 
HIP … (2 comments)

home staging burlington: Winter Curb Appeal: An Interview With One of REALTORĀ® Magazine's Editors - 11/18/10 06:17 PM
 
 
Winter will soon be upon us, but that doesn't mean you should neglect the outside of your home if you are selling.  Even though you are somewhat limited in what you can do over the winter months to enhance curb appeal to your home, it's still very important to make that first impression a good one.
A couple of months ago, I was interviewed by one of the Editors of REALTOR® Magazine for an upcoming article she was writing on winter curb appeal.  She asked me to provide her with some helpful tips for their readers.
The article was published in their November/December hardcopy edition.  If … (12 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 226-230 - 11/18/10 01:01 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #226
Outdoor entertaining on a cool Fall night?  Place a basket outside by your seating area with rolled up throws inside for your guests to grab.  A welcome touch as the thermometer drops.
 
HIP TIPZ #227
Are you stark raving made for Starck?  Check out the Lord Yo chair designed by him.
 
HIP TIPZ #228
Installing new broadloom?  Now's the time to fix those annoying squeaky floorboards while you're at it.  … (0 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 221-225 - 11/17/10 12:11 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #221
We've talked about wall tattoos before.  Ramp up the glam factor even more by adding a few Swarvoski crystal studded decals to your tat design.
 
HIP TIPZ #222
Google 'Taylor Llorente's wingback upholstered bed' - what an AMAZING focal point for your room - love it!
 
HIP TIPZ #223
For the guy who has everything: install a Blue Vision Canada Mirror TV in the bathroom.  You may not see … (0 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 216-220 - 11/16/10 12:46 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #216
If you have an amazing view outside, use minimal furnishings and accessories to draw the eye outdoors.
 
HIP TIPZ #217
Gladiolas - flowers that add drama to any room.
 
HIP TIPZ #218
Tea carts make a handy addition to your outdoor space when entertaining.  If you have a short summer season and don't want the expense of buying an outdoor cart, bring your indoor tea cart out for the … (0 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 211-215 - 11/15/10 12:48 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #211
Do you have a large closet in the basement that isn't being used?  Install pocket doors on it, add cabinets, a counter top and mirrors.  You now have an instant mini-bar.  A creative way to give function to that unused space.
 
HIP TIPZ #212
Choose a favourite saying and purchase the lettering for it.  Affix the letters to decorative paper and have it framed for your bedroom.  Also a fun project for the … (6 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 206-210 - 11/12/10 12:56 PM
 
 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #206
If you move furniture around often, invest in two sets of furniture sliders: one for sliding furniture across hardwood and another for carpeting.  No lifting required - your back will love you for it.  A great item for a home stager's toolbox!
 
HIP TIPZ #207
Do you have a 3-car garage, but only own one or two cars?  If so, what can you do with that extra space other than turn it into … (2 comments)

home staging burlington: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 201-205 - 11/11/10 12:32 PM
 

 
Not sure what HIP TIPZ is?  Please click on Our Introduction to find out more.  Now, let's get down to business -it's time to roll:
 
HIP TIPZ #201
Check out the Triomphe Chair from Holly Hunt's new Studio H line.  Curl up in your own private cocoon and enjoy a favourite book.
 
HIP TIPZ #202
A shortcut for dressing beds when staging: once the bed is made, run a steamer over the areas you see.  It sure beats ironing everything.
 
HIP TIPZ #203
A crystal chandelier makes a luxe addition to your master bedroom.  If you … (2 comments)