The house that listed and closed within 13 days

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Yes, it’s true that this home was listed and went under contract in one day before closing on day 13. What you don’t know is that the seller spent weeks getting their home ready for market prior to listing. Centerpiece Home Staging did a home staging consultation for them back in August that addressed five key areas including exterior and curb appeal, painting, cleaning of carpeting and tile, new dining room chandelier, and staging with furniture and decor. The clients were skeptical at first but once the home was staged, they were sold! (literally) Here are some before and after photos of this staging project in northeast Charlotte that was listed by Hendrix Properties:

Foyer Before

Foyer Before

Foyer After Staging

Foyer After Staging

Dining Room Before Staging - Wallpaper was removed and new chandelier was installed

Dining Room Before Staging – Wallpaper was removed and new chandelier was installed

Dining Room After Staging

Dining Room After Staging

Front Office Before Staging

Front Office Before Staging

Front Office After Staging

Front Office After Staging

Living Room Before Staging

Living Room Before Staging

Living Room After Staging

Living Room After Staging

Breakfast Area Before Staging - Wallpaper was removed

Breakfast Area Before Staging – Wallpaper was removed

Breakfast Area After Staging

Breakfast Area After Staging

Kitchen Before Staging - due to budget, backsplash remained in tact and was not updated

Kitchen Before Staging – due to budget, backsplash remained in tact and was not updated

Kitchen After Staging

Kitchen After Staging

Half Bath Before Staging

Half Bath Before Staging

Half Bath After Staging

Half Bath After Staging

Upper Hall Bath Before Staging

Upper Hall Bath Before Staging

Upper Hall Bath After Staging

Upper Hall Bath After Staging

Master Bedroom After Staging

Master Bedroom After Staging

Master Bath Before Staging

Master Bath Before Staging

Master Bath After Staging

Master Bath After Staging

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Bathroom Makeover featuring Cambria Jewel Collection

As you may be aware, staging is our primary line of business. But every now and then we get the opportunity to work on a great interior design project. We recently renovated a second master suite currently being used by the family’s teenage daughter. The former bathroom in this project was completely stripped while the overall floor plan remained intact. Most drywall was able to be reused in the new bathroom as well. The lower bead board wall was removed and modernized.

Tile Selections for this project are as follows:
Fronda Perla 20x60cm was used for floor tile. In the shower pan Tempesta Neve 2” Carrara Pol Hex tile was installed. Glass accent tile was installed inside shampoo niche and also as back splash at sink bowl (Glass Water Amalfi). Lastly Hall Blanco 20x50cm was installed for the shower surround.

New Shower Enclosure and Claw Foot Tub

New Shower Enclosure and Claw Foot Tub

Bath tub and shower enclosure "Before"

Bath tub and shower enclosure “Before”

Solid Surface Selections: Whitney Quartz in the Jewel Collection by Cambria with white oval porcelain sink installed.

Whitney Quartz in the Jewel Collection by Cambria

Whitney Quartz in the Jewel Collection by Cambria

Bathroom vanity "Before"

Bathroom vanity “Before”

Cabinets/Vanity: Semi-custom cabinetry was designed with upper linen cabinet and bun feet using the Timberlake New Haven collection with dovetail hardwood drawers and quiet close drawers. These cabinets are ESP-Certified Cabinets (an environmental certification program). A new “upper” linen cabinet provides much needed additional storage.

A refurbished antique claw foot tub was purchased in lieu of newly manufactured tub. Semi-custom plumbing needed to be installed. Plumbing, lighting, and cabinet hardware were purchased using our trade account at WAYFAIR.com. Lastly our paint color selected for this project was Sherwin Williams Rain. New window coverings are on order.

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New Vanity with Upper Linen Cabinet

New Vanity with Upper Linen Cabinet

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What to do when the lowest priced home in a very popular and desirable neighborhood isn’t selling

Staged Living Room

Staged Living Room


We’ve been very busy staging this year and haven’t had a lot of extra time to post on our blog so we’re going to work to post a blog series on overcoming difficult listings. The home featured here was already active in MLS this spring in the midst of a hot spring selling season. The home didn’t sell right away so the listing agent called us for ballpark pricing to stage this home. The home had several rooms with bright red walls and we let her know that neutralizing those rooms would be higher priority than staging at that point in time. The realtor said the sellers loved the red color and used it in their new house that they just moved into. The realtor further explained that she had indeed discussed neutralizing and repainting and so far the sellers had not been receptive to that idea. So we fulfilled the request and provided “Ball Park” pricing for staging and moved on. Fast forward…The realtor called us again a couple months later for a formal bid to stage the house. By that time the home had been neutralized to all one color and all red elements had been removed.

Staging Challenges…In addition to the initial bright red paint, this home had complaints of a quirky floor plan due to some former renovations. The home also had three separate living room areas that needed to be defined. The window panels throughout the home were dated. The owners requested a queen bed with one nightstand so the master floor plan wouldn’t look so awkward and there were no walls that would accommodate two nightstands due to door frames for two different closets and the master bath. Even though this typically isn’t recommended, we installed a king size bed with two nightstands on the only window wall. We felt it was the best use of this space and the window had plantation shutters where different sections of shutters could be opened and closed. We staged the awkward space off the garage as a home office, and staged a formal living room and family room as well to define those spaces. Additionally we staged the foyer, dining room, kitchen, and all bathrooms. We invested in new more modern window panels to stage this property and we will be able to use these in future staging projects as well.

Results…
This home had 24 showings before it was staged. Once staging was completed, it went under contract within 24 hours of being staged and sold for $395,000 which was 97.5% of list price. Check out before and after staging photos of this project below:

Foyer Before

Foyer Before

Foyer After

Foyer After

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Living Room After

Dining Room Before

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Dining Room After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Flex Room Before

Flex Room Before

Flex Room After - Staged as Office

Flex Room After – Staged as Office

Flex Room After - Staged as Office

Flex Room After – Staged as Office

Family Room Before

Family Room Before

Family Room After

Family Room After

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

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2016 Kitchen Backsplash Trends – Adhesive Kitchen Backsplashes

When I first started my staging and design business in 2007, travertine backsplashes and Venetian gold granite was all the rage. New products and styles are constantly emerging with the latest being peel and stick kitchen backsplashes! Now I wouldn’t recommend this product to everyone, but they are very easy to install and anyone can do it. It’s also a great way to save money, time, and frustration.

Internet blogger “Landee” recently shared a project in her own home where she used vinyl adhesive for her kitchen backsplash for a total cost of $98 for her entire kitchen and she now sells the product on her ETSY store online. This product is great for those currently leasing or renting their home because it is also easy to remove.

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Lowes Home Improvement offers a variety of peel and stick “mosaics” now including this Mountain Terrain Composite Vinyl Mosaic Scale wall tile. The product requires no grout or tools for installation and is resistant to water damage and can even be used on shower walls. Check out this application in the kitchen featured here…it looks real, doesn’t it?!

Lowes Mountain Terrain Composite Vinyl Mosaic

Lastly I wanted to feature a less traditional looking adhesive backsplash. Home Depot sells these decorative backsplash panels online in a brushed aluminum finish made to mimic old tin ceiling tiles. Another internet blogger Joanna Goddard shared this project on her blog A Cup of Jo. The tin looking backsplash was installed in this Brooklyn, New York apartment by cutting the plastic sheets to size and using a very strong adhesive tape.

Decorative Backsplash Panel in Brushed Aluminum

Depending on the price point of your home these adhesive backsplashes may or may not be for you but they are a fun and easy way to get creative in your home with relatively little money spent. Adhesive backsplashes can also be a great and easy fix for those trying to sell homes that may be dated or lack upgrades compared to other homes in your market. Do your research first and see if these products are the right choice for your next home improvement project.

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Bookshelf Styling

Styled Bookshelf by aweldressedhome.com

Styled Bookshelf by aweldressedhome.com

Yes, it is a thing! I’d say over 90% of the clients homes that I consult on need help in this area of their home when it comes time to sell. Bookshelves often are over stuffed, cluttered, and disorganized. The same holds true with glass door display cabinets and china cabinets. It is okay when there are doors on cabinets to conceal this clutter, but when you have beautiful built-in shelving or standalone bookcases, you should style these pieces to create an attractive display in your home.

To style your shelves, you’ll want to start with a clean slate and remove all existing personal property in the shelves and clean them thoroughly before you begin. I recommend having a combination of hardcover books, framed family photos, silk plants, and home décor accessories on hand to style your shelves. Feel free to include souvenirs and personal momentos from trips you’ve taken over the years as part of your accessory collection. You might have some beer steins from your trip to Germany or an Eifel tower statue from that trip to France to complement your display and give it a personal touch.

Start by creating both horizontal and vertical groupings of books on various shelves. Mingle in your accessories and greenery. As you start to fill your shelves, strive for a balanced and symmetrical presentation in your display. If your shelves need to be truly functional, for example in your office, there are many stores (including regular office supply stores) that sell decorative file and storage boxes that you can use in place of the books. Lastly, if you want to take it up a notch, consider adding an accent color on the back wall of your shelves or install wallpaper to add texture and warmth. I am providing some photos here to illustrate some of these suggestions and inspire you.

Better Homes and Gardens Bookshelf Makeover

Better Homes and Gardens Bookshelf Makeover

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Simply White

Going into 2016 consumers should expect to see “less is more” color palettes with more neutral color tones and less color. Benjamin Moore’s 2016 color of the year is Simply White while Sherwin Williams named Alabaster, another flattering natural white, its color of the year. What is funny is that we’ve been using Alabaster for years now. Alabaster has been a great classic color for our clients who want to update worn cabinetry and tired brick fireplaces.

2013 Staging Project: We updated this fireplace with Sherwin Alabaster.

2013 Staging Project: We updated this fireplace with Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

With white as a backdrop, the room designs featured here use neutral colors, mixed metals, and natural looking products to create a look that will be very popular this year. Neutral back drops are layered and warmed with natural products including wood furniture, metal accent pieces, natural fiber area rugs, and textiles. There are a variety of resources available for consumers and homeowners to create this look at home. Online resources include Overstock.com, Joss&Main, One Kings Lane, and Wayfair.com. For those who like to touch and feel products before they buy them, there are many national chain décor stores such as Home Goods, Kirkland’s, Pier1 Imports, SteinMart, and even Target!

Modern Globe Floor Lamp in Brassy Gold metallic finish by Threshold at TARGET

Going into 2016, you may or may not decide to de-color your world and simply go white. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of color, but this year, neutral tones and white color backdrops are in. You can’t go wrong with this look and while it is the trend, white is a decorating trend that never goes out of style.  Home owners and home buyers alike will appreciate the calming and relaxing environment that a neutral backdrop offers.

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Over the Tabletop 2015

The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club recently held their 7th annual Over the Tabletop & Sip and Shop at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius. Over the last 100 years, this organization has brought together women to promote and support social, educational and civic progress in our community. Members believe that in creating a better life for people in our communities, we create a better life for each other. The club spends all year long raising funds only to give it all away at the end of the year and then start all over again.

Over the Tabletop is just one of many fundraising events and it showcases the talent of many local interior designers and small business owners. In addition to their design contest, there was also a very well attended silent auction and Sip and Shop consisting of thirty local vendors and artisans selling their merchandise in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. This was our first time participating in the event and I must say I was impressed! All tabletop designs by professionals and amateurs alike were amazing and I want to feature several designs and winners here to inspire you this holiday season.

“An Evening with Christian” – This play on Fifty Shades of Grey design by Keith Johnson at Blacklion won the President’s Award for Best Overall Design. This one set the scene with some not so obvious risque props incorporated into the design.

"An Evening with Christian"

“An Evening with Christian”

“Christmas at the Lake” by stager and designer Lisa McCoy at Centerpiece Home Staging won the Over the Top award for extreme design excellence. McCoy’s design was all about layering and incorporated a multitude of textures within her overall design. She also handmade and decorated the cake and small desserts herself which were an inspiration from Pinterest.com

"Christmas at the Lake"

“Christmas at the Lake”

Handmade desserts and cake decorated by designer Lisa McCoy

Handmade desserts and cake decorated by designer Lisa McCoy

“Mele Kalikamaka” by Starr Miller Interior Design, Inc. in Cornelius won A Theme Come True Award for her best execution of her Hawaiian Christmas song theme. We loved the dripping Hawaiian flowers backdrop.

"Mele Kalikamaka"

“Mele Kalikamaka”

“There’s No Business Like Snow Business” by Realtor and amateur designer Dana Greshko at Wilson Realty Co. won the Holiday Spirit Award for Holiday Design Excellence. The snowman place settings were so adorable!

"There's No Business Like Snow Business"

“There’s No Business Like Snow Business”

Snowman Place Setting

Snowman Place Setting

“Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas” was created by woman’s club volunteer and event coordinator Barbara Kasprzak.

"Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas"

“Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas”

“Christmas in Fairy Land” was a mantle and hearth entry created by Maureen Fitzpatrick Collins at The White Azaelia where her booth is showcased inside Blacklion, Huntersville NC.

Hearth Design

“Thanksgiving” side board and buffet design by Kelly George at Centerpiece Home Staging was one of two Thanksgiving themed designs this year at Over the Top. George handmade her pumpkin topiaries and set the mood with candle lighting and leopard buffet lamps.

"Thanksgiving"

“Thanksgiving”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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