Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What is Home Staging?

Selling your home is something you may do only once in our lifetime, and you need to ensure you get the most for your home.  Staging is the process of de-personalizing your home in order to make it appealing for everyone.  The most common methods of staging include re-arranging, de-cluttering and perhaps some basic home repair/improvement.
Additionally, Home Staging is anything that helps a home seller make their home more attractive and appealing to potential buyers.  As a Home Stager, I may bring in furniture, artwork, plants, rugs, and accessories to make your house look its best while on the market.   I may also include choosing paints, tiles, carpets, etc, that would incorporate working directly with a contractor to get the house ready for showing.  The exact definition of what staging encompasses does vary.  Typically, Home Staging provides essential techniques that bring forth all of the positive qualities your home has to offer.  Proper staging of your home helps to ensure top dollar on the sale of your home.
No matter what is happening to the real estate market, when you want to sell  your home, there are two simple rules to follow to assure a quick sale: price  it well, and make it look amazing. Whatever the asking price, its appearance needs to be flawless.  Staging your home is a smart investment and a cost-effective marketing tool. It can be a deal-maker and sell a property for the best price in the shortest  amount of time.    
Stagers help potential buyers become interested in a property when they walk in and feel, “I could live here.” Buyers can then imagine it as their home.  The objective is to have  potential buyers walk in and envision the property as their home. They can see  themselves living and entertaining there. It’s all about creating a space that makes buyers connect emotionally to it. They  should feel as if they were the owner, not a guest.
One of the best, proven  methods to faster sales is a process known as “staging.” It is not a new concept for showing a home, but can be difficult to explain the benefits.  The term originated in California about 15 years ago  by Barbara Schwarz. She realized by prepping a home for sale, it sold faster and frequently for more  than the asking price.  
A good home Stager will emphasize your property’s strengths and minimizes its weak points. It allows your home to be shown at  its maximum potential. It will help your home sell for a better price and often faster.
Are you ready to sell your home?  Let Devonshire Design, Ltd help you.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pssst...Need a Valentine Gift?

Hi everybody! Are your ready for Valentine Day?  You know that holiday right after the Super Bowl?

Well, I am here to help you!  What woman does not love jewelry?  How about some of these?

Or is big and bold a better choice?

Rivera Necklace $44
Chilled Ice Necklace $39
 How about a classic bracelet or earrings?

Over the Moon Earrings $26
Milan $38

All of these are part of the ViVi Jewelry Spring/Summer collection and can be ordered here   All pieces come in a beautiful gift box.

See, I told you I could help with a Valentine gift!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Recipe Organizing ... A Revisit

Revisiting a Classic....

I have been working on my recipe organizing since the day I started this blog...and I had been getting nowhere fast.  As you can see from the picture below, the mess was taking over my 10 foot dining room table! I needed to get this done and I had to determine a system that would work for me and my family.
Too many magazines reap too many recipes!
 This was the book I used for handwritten (passed down) recipes, plus things I had found on the web or from old cookbooks that I did not want to keep.  Why keep a whole cookbook if you only like 3-4 recipes in it?

Well, I finally sat down this weekend and decided to finish this no matter what! So whilst watching the Eagles lose, I spread out on the sofa and entertained my father in law and husband with my organization.

The pictures below are the finished result!

Above are two pictures of the handwritten book, all organized by recipe type and including some detailed directions.  No more scraps of paper in this book!  Note my Mother in law's famous ravioli - very delish!

Below are the three notebooks I created with all of the other keeper recipes.  One for Breakfast/Drinks/Desserts, one for Vegetables/Soups and one for Main Dishes. 

 Each note book has inserts with recipes put together based on type, and there is lots of room to grow in each notebook. 
So, you may be asking?  "Debie, how did you decide what recipes to keep?"  Well, this is where my husband and father in law helped.  I read the title of each recipe to them and if they did not like it - out it went.  If it was something I really liked it stayed - but since I cook for everyone, I did not want to keep something my husband had no interest in eating!

I am really excited - this is a project that had to get done and did.  In an organized thoughtful way!  Yea me - finally done!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Random Thoughts - January Edition

A few of the thoughts running in my head these days....

1) Why do I always run out of cat food right before a snow storm?  I can have everything else we need, but no cat food....I really don't understand.

2) Did you know there is a Clutterers Anonymous?  I had no idea, but it does make sense considering how many homes I have visited as a stager and organizer that have the conversation starter of "Let's work on this clutter."  They have a quiz and more.  Check them out here.

3) Working with a social service agency is both a blessing and a daily grind.  You want to do everything you can to make each person have the kind of life that makes them happy, but you cannot understand how other people don't believe that is the right thing.  So you keep moving forward, while scratching your head in disbelief.

4) I am 3 weeks away from running in a 5K (my real first one) and I am still breathing crazy heavy after 7 minutes.  I am going to do this in under 48 minutes, it just might not be too pretty!

What thoughts are running through your head?  Would love to find out!

Hope those of you who got snow are all okay and cuddly warm!