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Spring and the Urge to Declutter

As the spring days brighten, natural light streams into our spaces, showing us anew what has been cast in shadow all winter. With that can come a renewed awareness: dust bunnies everywhere! Things out of place! Why are there sixteen loose screws on this windowsill? Suddenly, the urge for a purge can be strong. And lately, it seems that methods …

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Four Tips for Designing with Home Appliances

When choosing appliances, there are a lot of things to consider. Whatever the budget and features you’re looking for, here are a few additional things to add to that list. 1. How are they rated for noise? Kitchen appliances in particular can add a lot of noise to the home. Fridges, fans, and dishwashers can be particularly noisy, and when …

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How to paint a wall

In my role as a colour consultant, I get a lot of questions about the best painting techniques. As an avid DIY painter of my own home, I do have several tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years. Perhaps the most surprising thing to most people is that I don’t use painter’s tape. In this post, I’m going to …

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A quick trick for smooth nail-fills

The most common repairs that walls need before repainting is the fixing of small holes made by pictures or shelves. Whether you’re redecorating or staging, there are some easy DIY steps you can take to make sure that your wall looks smooth and gorgeous when you’re done. To illustrate these steps, I’m using a personal redecorating project I did last …

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Staging and missing pieces

A lot of staging articles focus on how to reduce your stuff. But even if you’re selling an occupied home, it is possible to have the opposite problem: not enough stuff. Staging is about telling a story, which requires the right balance of furniture and household objects. There are several different situations in which you might find yourself without enough …

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Fundamentals of Staging, Part 3

Depersonalizing Once you’ve decluttered and deep cleaned, the final piece of the puzzle is to depersonalize. While the first two are relatively straight forward, I’ve found a lot of bad advice out there on the subject of depersonalizing. Sometimes staging advice articles will announce that you must neutralize your home in order to sell it. Spray it white! Remove all traces …

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Fundamentals of Staging, Part 2

How To Deep Clean One of the first pieces of advice that you’ll get when you’re selling a home is to clean it. But the sort of cleaning you do to sell needs to go a little farther than your regular housework. I call this “deep cleaning,” and it’s one of the best ways to tell the story that your home is …

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Fundamentals of Staging, Part 1

How to Declutter I don’t know about you, but when I’m decluttering my house as part of my general housecleaning, this is usually how it goes: Sort the stacks of papers that seem to accumulate everywhere and put them in a “to file” pile or recycling Put things on desks and countertops away, assuming they have a spot to be …