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Home Stager with Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC

A new year brings excitement for me; it's much like I remember shopping for school during the hot, lazy days of August when I was a kid.  Anticipation begins building for the upcoming year sometime around Thanksgiving; something about that first big holiday gets me in gear and I start mentally reviewing where I've been and where I'd like to go - if I'm lucky I get to bring along a few for the ride.    

My biggest personal commitment for 2008 is to spend more quality time with family and friends.  It's important to me that our time together be fun, warm, bright, cheerful, sometimes bold and always authentic.  I would like to stay away from the dull, dry and sterile routines of yesterday, but certainly our history together is important so I'm sure we'll be including a few traditions, just as long as they're easy and low maintenance and fairly simple.  I've found we have more fun when we just enjoy each others company, rather than get caught up in the to-do.

Bringing my goal into focus was a whole lot easier this year than previous years, because the design trends for 2008 happen to have perfectly lined up with what I wanted to identify with.  The whole process was interesting really.  Because I'm so visual I see my goal, or what I want, in my minds eye in color.  It was fun to expand that visual goal based on the experts color predictions.  The same with authenticity, it turns out green design could be the biggest design trend of 2008, as long as it's done right and not to fit a trend, according to Claire McGovern of McGovern Design House.  It appears savvy buyers are also looking for authenticity.  I'll include a few predicted design trends for 2008 and you can let me know if you see my goal embedded in that list.

•·         Bye-bye to the minimalist! Colors, textures and layers are in!   And that includes the backyard - we want to enjoy every inch of our living space.  Word has it, according to Architectural Digest that our outdoor living space is becoming increasingly important to us and we want it decorated.

•·         Mixing it up.  Blue pairs with camel and tan, pale green and yellow.  Look for warm red tones, such as watermelon and carrot orange.  Black and white combinations will stay for 2008, but will be combined with yellow, lime orange and fresh green.  Lime yellow, kiwi and tangerine are expected to be popular in the kitchen.  This all according to Janice Simonsen, design team spokeswoman at IKEA. 

•·         An old dog learns new tricks.  Furniture designers have put new looks on old favorites.  Keep your eyes open for restyled wicker chairs and bentwood rockers and expect to see them in modern settings.

So, what do you think?  Do you see my goal?  Can you see any of your own goals in any of those trends?  Actually....now that I think about it, maybe I'll make a few changes around the house too.  How about you?   

Jackie

 

 

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That is great news ~ I say bring on the color!  I love playing with different colors and patterns and textures.  Blue and tan/brown has been a favorite of mine for 3 years and I am still using it.  I also like the splashes of orange that I am seeing with the beige/browns.  Thank you for your post.
January 05, 2008 08:31 AM #5
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Julia Maher
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Happy New Year, Jackie!  I am planning on incorporating some orange in a model unit I'm working on...Julie
January 05, 2008 09:00 AM #6
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
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Jackie ~ Love your post!  I am so with you on the outdoor room/living.  In fact, that is my Spring class for the adult education program this year - basically bringing the indoors out.  I've got lots of little bits I need to put together into a cohesive program.  I think it will go over well.
January 05, 2008 09:04 AM #7
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Gary Woltal
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Jackie, I completely agree with what you say you do with visualization with your mind's eye. If you can see the shot, you can make the shot (a golf aphorism). I'm a big believer in color and diversity of them too.
January 05, 2008 09:53 AM #8
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
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Jackie, thanks for keeping us updated on the design trends.  Yellows, greens, oranges, reds -- all happy colors.  Here's to a very Happy and colorful 2008!

 

 

ooohhh,  wouldn't you know -- my graphic is "Sparkleberry"!!!   :)

January 05, 2008 10:27 AM #9
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Laura Cerrano
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Jackie,  I have been a bit tired of the "safe" colors for a very long time!  And put as much care into my yard as I do the inside.  I love your thoughts and ideas and see many others agree as well! 
January 05, 2008 10:50 AM #10
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
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Hi Lance- Thanks for reading this post and subscribing to my blog, I appreciate it.  If you really want to keep up with staging, check out the Stage it Forward - you'll see a group of over 1600 stagers - true superstars posting on all manner of topics related to the staging and real estate industry.

Concetta - I'm not sure if I've ever met anyone not drawn to a beautiful garden.  As a matter of fact, I'm thinking ahead to spring already and envisioning those beautiful Gerbera Daisy bouquets I'll be purchasing for my home - I'm looking forward to seeing the florist incorporate some of these colors in them. 

Cynthia - Aren't those colors the best?  Everything taken straight out of a garden!  You're on - let me know when! :)

Fran - I am so glad to hear of outdoor living space gaining popularity around these parts - it's one of the biggest differences we've noticed with properties since moving from the south.  I'm planning on making changes around my own home in that vein too!

Jackie 

January 05, 2008 10:51 AM #11
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Jackie Peraza
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Tracy - I'm particularly fond of blue/brown or blue/tan as well and have been for the last couple of years.  I find I use it quite a bit in my own home.  Yellow ...now there's a color I am really looking forward to seeing more of. 

Julia- Hey stranger!  Happy New Year!!  Orange.  Mmmmmm.  I purchased the coolest large orange floor vase from shopgoodwill.com several months ago.  I thought it was incredible in the photo, but when I received it I was like a kid in a candy store - the color is ....alive and will work with lots of things.

Kathy - Well, what do you think?  Will we be staging more outdoor living areas as well as indoor? 

Gary - Oh yeah...bring those goals right up close and personal. 

Judi- To a happy and colorful 2008!  "sparkleberry"...you couldn't pay for a better graphic, LOL!

Jackie

 

January 05, 2008 11:10 AM #12
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
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Carole - I wish I could take credit for the idea's, they're not mine though - that's what the "experts" tell us.  I can already envision lots of ways I'll be incorporating these ideas though.  I agree with you and then some!  We need more vibrancy and color in our lives!!

Jackie

January 05, 2008 04:22 PM #13
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Jackie ~ Oh definitely.  Especially to play up the backyard.  Those of us in the Northeast already know that we practically live outside once we get some nice weather, I think we need to incorporate outdoor living into staging as well.
January 05, 2008 05:32 PM #14
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Jackie, coming from the land of outdoor living, I know what you mean.  My outside spaces are living spaces, and decorated to reflect the tranquility, well almost, of nature.  Living in a neighborhood does have its untranquil moments.  But I still need to stick to the minimalist look in staging.  Because thats what my inventory reflects and because its easy.  I do agree with all your points though BFF.
January 05, 2008 07:47 PM #15
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Terrylynn Fisher
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What is BFF?  Nice post Jackie, as always, on the cutting edge. 
January 05, 2008 07:54 PM #16
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
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Kathy - my thoughts exactly.  Thanks for checking back!

Terry - Of course.  With staging we still want to highlight space, but do we ever want to leave it looking sparse?  I think many stagers are already using textures, color and layering - some of us might use different colors this year and personally, I'm looking forward to learning a few new tricks of the designing trade, but overall I haven't seen anyone stick to a monochromatic staging theme (and yes, I know - monochromatic themes CAN be rich, IF they're done well...question is, how many can really pull it off and more importantly, how many buyers connect with it?) 

Terrylynn- Did you never receive a note signed BFF in school?  It's initialism for Best Friends Forever :o)  You would know Terry 'has been here' in various places on AR by those 3 simple little letters, even if she never bothered to sign in.  It's her trademark, so to speak.  

Glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping in to comment.  I appreciate it.

Jackie

 

January 05, 2008 11:15 PM #17
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Jackie,

This is good news. I love orange for an accent color. It photographs beautifully too. Thanks for the update!

January 06, 2008 01:43 AM #18
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Renee Pratta
Renewed Rooms - North Myrtle Beach, SC
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Jackie:

I say yes to the experts...yes to you...I love  all they are proposing.  I usually feel like the odd man out because my opinion can sometimes be the opposite of the experts...I'm so happy to be part of the crowd this time!

January 06, 2008 08:36 AM #19
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Susan - I agree with you, orange can be a terrific accent color.  Thanks for stopping in!

Renee - It is nice when everything lines up, isn't it?  I appreciate you stopping in to comment.

Jackie

January 06, 2008 12:36 PM #20
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
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JACKIE-  I LOVE those color trends...absolutely LOVE them. YES...I can see how these design trends line up with your personal and family goals. Isn't it wonderful when your world comes into allignment? GBU!
January 07, 2008 08:58 AM #21
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Julianna Hind
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Jackie - your 2008 sounds absolutely fabulous! Hope you are doing well! Julianna
January 10, 2008 07:06 PM #22
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Julia Fedak
Platinum Home Designs - Burlington, ON
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Happy 2008, Jackie. Glad I came across this blog.

Great goals...wishing you a fantastic year.

Julia

January 10, 2008 07:52 PM #23
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
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Elizabeth - They are terrific colors, aren't they?  So fun and light hearted!

Julianna - I'm doing well :)  Happy 2008 to YOU!  

Julia - Thank you for the well wishes for the year

BEST WISHES TO YOU FOR 2008 - Hoping the Year brings you much Joy!

Jackie 

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