home staging tips: Solving a Staging Dilemma - My Latest REALTOR® Magazine Article - 08/19/11 12:18 PM
        
 
Staging with sectional sofas can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if each section doesn't have finished edges.  What if you're dealing with a limited budget and that's all you have to work with?
Read my latest REALTOR® Magazine article How 2 Use a Sectional Sofa to Solve a Staging Dilemma on a Limited Budget to see what we've done with sectionals on a couple of our staging projects.
The property shown in the photos above sold in 6 days.  The fact that we were able to change the furniture layout and create a bonus room out of 'bits and pieces' of … (22 comments)

home staging tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 266-270 - 02/07/11 12:51 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 261-265 - 01/07/11 12:26 PM
 
 
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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 tips: 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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 251-255 - 11/29/10 12:38 PM



 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 246-250 - 11/24/10 12:04 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 241-245 - 11/23/10 12:48 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 236-240 - 11/22/10 12:07 PM

 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 231-235 - 11/19/10 12:46 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 226-230 - 11/18/10 01:01 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 221-225 - 11/17/10 12:11 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 216-220 - 11/16/10 12:46 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 211-215 - 11/15/10 12:48 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 206-210 - 11/12/10 12:56 PM
 
 
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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 tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 201-205 - 11/11/10 12:32 PM
 

 
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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)

home staging tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 196-200 - 11/10/10 12:03 PM
 
 
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HIP TIPZ #196
Custom-built stainless steel wall cabinets: a hot add-on to your garage design plan. 
 
HIP TIPZ #197
Furniture as artwork - Google 'Gerald Summer's armchair'.  It's made from a single sheet of bent birch plywood.  One word: WOW!
 
HIP TIPZ #198
Looking for a different way to display artwork?  Install a large floating shelf and lean your picture against the wall on top of it.
 
HIP TIPZ #199
Do you … (2 comments)

home staging tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 191-195 - 11/09/10 12:58 PM
 
 
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HIP TIPZ #191
Selling your home?  Try to find space to set up a home office if you don't have one already.  It's a great selling feature.
 
HIP TIPZ #192
Bring out one of your tall glass apothecary jars and place french stick loaves in it.  Place it on the kitchen counter when company's coming.  A very elegant display (and cheaper than flowers) ;-)
 
HIP TIPZ #193
Does your hanging light fixture need … (4 comments)

home staging tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 186-190 - 11/08/10 12:27 PM
 
 
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HIP TIPZ #186
Protect your wooden desk by having a piece of custom glass cut for the top.  Slide a few mementos under the glass that will make you smile.
 
HIP TIPZ #187
Five-alarm luxe alert:  For your master suite, have a window valance made from bevelled glass.  Be sure to keep your window treatments plain.
 
HIP TIPZ #188
Can't get enough of Eames' style?  Check out the Eames chair necklace -also a great … (8 comments)

home staging tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 181-185 - 11/05/10 12:34 PM

 
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HIP TIPZ #181
Kick the luxe factor up a notch in your oasis (a.k.a. ensuite).  Add a handwoven persian rug in front of the soaker tub.
 
HIP TIPZ #182
Breathe new life into a tired antique chair by reupholstering it in a faux leather ostrich print.
 
HIP TIPZ #183
For a formal dining room, have custom slipcovers made for your parson chairs.
 
HIP TIPZ #184
While on family vacation, take the … (6 comments)

home staging tips: Dezigner Digz HIP TIPZ: Home Staging, Design & Decor Tips & Nods to the Profession: Tip #'s 176-180 - 11/04/10 12:43 PM

 
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HIP TIPZ #176
Installing hardwood in your condo?  Make sure you check the By-laws of your Condominium Corporation first.  You might need to install a soundproofing barrier underneath it, if in fact wood floors are even allowed.  Check first.
 
HIP TIPZ #177
To help remove carpet dents after moving a heavy piece of furniture, place an ice cube over the area.  Once the ice starts to melt, gently lift the carpet pile with … (0 comments)