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  • Decorators Tend to Walk the Walk

    A friend told me lately that I am an exception to the rule. You know the cliché that painters’ houses never get painted, handy-mans’ houses are in need of repair, and electricians’ houses have burnt out light bulbs? I don’t know if that is...

    Posted on Jan 14, 2014 | Read Full Post

  • The Power of Rugs

    I love rugs. Rugs can be the inspiration and starting point for a whole room. They can also be the last item to be chosen to tie together all the other elements. Rugs define an area and complete a space; they can bring calm or excitement. Rugs can be problem solvers to...

    Posted on Jan 12, 2014 | Read Full Post

  • Holiday Decorating for the Home-for-Sale

    Is your house going to be on the market over the holidays? Don't despair. As a Realtor I sold many homes during the holiday season, including one on Christmas eve and one on New Years Day. Anyone out looking this time of year is likely to be a ...

    Posted on Nov 20, 2013 | Read Full Post

  • Light Up Your Life, Choosing the Right Lamps for Home Decor

    How do you choose the right lamps for your space? Step 1: Identify where you need added lighting for functional reasons.      Different rooms benefit from different types of lighting. Depending on how the space is used and how much natural light there is,...

    Posted on Nov 20, 2013 | Read Full Post

  • Is Staging Expensive?

    I hear sometimes that staging must be so expensive. You might be surprised by how affordable it really is. Not only that, when a return is greater than an expenditure, then definately no it is not expensive whether it is minor or more substantial changes which are required. Home staging is...

    Posted on Oct 29, 2013 | Read Full Post

  • Tip #4 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Post a To-Do List

    In a client's home last week I noticed a list on the fridge which had four groups of chores for her four kids. The names rotated on a weekly basis. Brilliant! That's a busy household with six people;...

    Posted on Oct 23, 2013 | Read Full Post

  • Tip #3 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Use less

    I often tell clients that the kitchen and bathrooms are going to be the most work to keep ready for showings. These busy, personal spaces may need a significant transition from their normal lived condition to a ready-to-show condition. Your stager...

    Posted on Oct 14, 2013 | Read Full Post

  • Tip #2 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Purge First

    Last week we covered the use of portable bins to hold the necessary small stuff of life so that you can easliy tuck them away for showings. A second valuable strategy to make your life easier while selling is to remove from the...

    Posted on Oct 23, 2013 | Read Full Post

  • Tip #1 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: The Joy of Baskets

    Let's face it, living in a house that is on the market for sale is not fun. Presenting a clean, orderly, tidy home is a big component of selling for top dollar. Family life can make this a challenge. This is the...

    Posted on Oct 23, 2013 | Read Full Post

  • Selling? What to do with the family pets

    You are getting ready to sell and doing everything you need to do to ensure that you show your property at its best. Cleaning, fixing, painting, rearranging, purging, and bringing in the key pieces to enhance the house. If you are still living in the house, and you have pets,...

    Posted on Jul 29, 2013 | Read Full Post

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    Lise Lamothe