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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 …

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Getting rid of stuff in Waterloo Region

***Updated for 2018! Clients often want to know what to do with old furniture, appliances, or electronics that they need to clear out. When decluttering (or renovating!), sometimes we have to get rid of old paint or cleaning supplies as well—what can go on the curb, what has to be taken to the dump, what other options are there for …

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What is staging?

The other day, I told a new acquaintance I was a home stager and heard a horror story: their friend had hired a stager who insisted that they buy new furniture for every room! I don’t know about you, but moving is stressful enough without having to contemplate a complete overhaul of some of the most expensive items in your …