You know what they say about first impressions! You only get one chance to make one! The first impression you create for your home sets the scene and gives your buyer a taste of what’s to come as they enter your home. Symmetry is inviting and pleasing to the eye. If you have a grand entryway,
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When selling your home and creating photographs for your real estate listing, never underestimate the power of the ‘vignette’. A vignette is essentially a grouping together of objects that tell a story, that create a scene … …. a scene that says a little bit about the life lived in the home … or the lifestyle on
Most of the time I tend to stick to a formula (that I have just made up now for the purpose of this post!) when I style up a coffee table, in a home that I am taking to market. T + F + B + 2P = CTM Tray + Foliage + Books + a minimum of
After we’ve styled up a storm, the beautiful photos have been taken, and your home has shone like a jewel for it’s magical evening photoshoot, reality will kick in and the first thing that will often come to mind is … ‘how on earth do I keep my home looking this nice while it is on the
I’m deliberating! This poor old blog is 9 years old now, takes ages to load and has a myriad of errors upon errors behind the scenes. Do I start up a new one for the next house I am building or do I add on here and cope with this old clunker? I have had
Pensive greetings from ‘The Shed’! I have had my Pandora ‘Bosa Nova’ music on, and have been pottering about sorting and packing and scheming all day. Lots of time to think and sort out my week too. I have been thinking a lot about the concept of ‘Skin In The Game’. Definition: ’Skin In The Game’
One of the most challenging issues I have when staging and styling my client’s homes, is choosing furniture and accessories that work well with the pieces that I have available in my inventory at the time and also pieces that my sellers leave in their property during the sale. It is no secret that I
A ‘REAL’ review of Haus Hörnligrat in Zermatt If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed my prolific Instagram #zermattspam, when we were in Zermatt over the New Year period. I am not ashamed to say that it was our third trip to Zermatt in 37 months (calculated by my youngest to the
My heart literally stops at the beauty of the Christmas Advent Windows in Switzerland. Advent (the 4th Sunday before Christmas Eve) marks the start of the Christmas celebrations, here in Switzerland. I have been told that in the more traditional villages, they celebrate ‘real advent calendars’, when each night leading up to Christmas, the village
I have been in my element, styling up my latest property for sale. It’s a pretty little white cottage with a big breezy deck, so it was just perfect for dreamy, soothing, cool blues and whites! You can see the full listing HERE. It is open this evening at 6pm and tomorrow (Saturday 21st) at 10am.
I am drawn to sophisticated home office spaces … furnished with bold, detailed pieces, antiques, pieces with elegant lines … and topped off with accents of leather, metallics, textured fabrics, cushions and rugs. When styling up a desk, start with a decor piece that you love …. something special from your travels, a motivational quote in a frame
1. Start with the background. Add paint, fabric, wallpaper, VJ’s or even get your stencils out! This stunning bookcase makes a great statement with it’s stencilled background and, as a result, is the aesthetically pleasing focal point of the room. 2. Zig-zag your vignettes. For example, above, see how the vertical books on either side of
This beautiful home, in Watermill in the Hamptons, belongs to Couture Fashion Designer, Dennis Basso. The interior designer was Kenneth Alpert, from NYC. Look at this custom ceramic table, set with stunning Royal Copenhagen plates and Tiffany chargers. Oh my heart! I love the way bold blue and white fabrics and ceramics are blended with rich timbers and neutrals.
Time to retire my beloved vintage rattan chairs! They have been so handy. I have used them wherever I could and whenever they have not been on rotation elsewhere, or on my own front porch! I spy …. those chairs! Although, looking through these photos, I feel the need to explore beyond the colour green