The Notebook

Every time I watch The Notebook I can’t get enough of the scenery.  Here is a treat for fellow Notebook lovers c/o Hooked on Houses and some interesting movie mistake Bloopers as well.

Hooked on Houses

The Notebook - Noah's House


Uppercase Living & The Home Staging Source


Uppercase Living The Home Staging Source

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve become an Uppercase Living demonstrator.  The thing is, I’m constantly telling clients they should remove their Uppercase Living sentiments and paint.  Staging your home to sell is depersonalizing so your home appeals to the broadest amount of potential buyers.  Uppercase Living is clearly personalizing.  I now can immediately offer the sentiment replacement for your new home…… or perhaps add to your collection during Redesign projects.

Case in point:  I am working on six open projects right now.  Two of the owners are Uppercase Living fans. One is devastated that the wall should be painted to sell the house as it symbolizes great personal feelings and memories.  A replacement for the new home can be ordered while the old is being removed. As I help clients move in and personalize the new space(s), several new sentiments can be added to reflect a new beginning.  An Uppercase Living customer is a true & loyal fan.  Adding UL to my Home Staging & Redesign business is a natural fit and a perfect way to make a new home a reflection of your unique personality.

Whether you identify with a deeply motivational thought, a beautiful embellishment, a bold image, or a combination of these, Uppercase Living® expressions let you be who you are and let you express that uniqueness in your surroundings.  Orders can be placed directly on my UL website from anywhere in the country.

Redesign a room, add passion and thought-provoking reminders to your current surroundings, or make your new home a reflection of your personality with one of the hottest trends in home decor………. Uppercase Living®


Getting Ready for Market: To Pay or Not to Pay for Staging

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, by Curbed Staff

Curbed University delivers insider tips and non-boring advice on how to buy, sell, or rent a home or apartment. Additional questions welcomed to Up now, does it make sense to pay for staging?

curbedU_3_2012.jpgA picture is worth a thousand words, and since most people start their apartment search online nowadays, it better be a damn good picture. There are many companies in NYC that“stage” apartments for sellers and real estate brokers, meaning that they bring in furniture and accessories to make an apartment feel more like a home, and therefore appeal to a wider range of buyers. It also helps focus on the best features of the apartment byneutralizing a palette and using furniture and accessories that give each room a purpose and work with the room’s dimensions.

“An overwhelming majority of buyers cannot visualize  how the home will work for their furniture and needs when they first walk into a property,” says Kathryn Swift of Swift Solutions Home. This can apply to different sized couches, tables, and most importantly, knowing if you’ll be sweetly dreaming in a queen or king sized bed, which can be hard to see without that representation already there.

So why stage? “Homes that are staged sell more quickly and for more money than empty properties,” says Swift, “And many agents agree that the investment for staging is less than the cost of the first price reduction.” Though you might consider yourself an amateur designer, it might be difficult to separate yourself from your home. “When it’s your home, you place things where they make sense for you. When you’re selling your home, furniture may need to be rearranged or replaced to allow buyers to walk through easily and to get a sense of flow and space,” says Swift.

Any cons? It’s definitely an extra cost which grows depending on the size of your apartment. Also, if you’re staging, it means you have to live with this neutralized home while your place is on the market. If you have another place to crash, it usually makes it easier on everyone. Knowing the basics of how staging works will hopefully give you a better perspective on whether it’s right for you when selling your home.  Curbed University

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Spring Valley Landscaping

Take Advantage of the Early Spring & Update Your Staged Curb Appeal With SPRING VALLEY LANDSCAPING

The aesthetic charm of a house when first seen from the road aka curb appeal is such an important factor in the staging of your house.  Replace your web pictures of a snowy lawn with clean and current snapshots of Spring.  This year, we have such such an early start on cleaning out beds, raking the lawn, pressure-washing, and planning the planting of insanely gorgeous garden vignettes! I can’t stress enough the importance of purging spent shrubs (see portfolio).  If you’re home is vacant it is especially important to maintain a mowed, clean and well cared for exterior look.

In the Southtowns we are fortunate to have one of the best in the business for curb appeal help just a phone call or email away. Spring Valley Landscaping, located in East Concord, has been providing Western New York with quality landscaping since 1997.  From consultation to execution and maintenance, you’ll receive professional support for all phases of your project.

Their service area is focused on:  Springville, East Concord, Colden, Boston, Eden, Hamburg, East Aurora, Orchard Park, and the surrounding areas. They cater to both residential and commercial clients. Spring Valley Landscaping will help you create the beautiful yard you have always desired.  One that will make people want to see more!

Do your vacant listing or your occupied home a favor.  Call and schedule your consultation, 716-560-8079; or send an email to  

Since we don’t want buyers to do a drive-by and keep driving….. put curb appeal at the top of your Spring to-do list.

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Home Staging Video – ABC 20/20

The Benefits of Home Staging


The Importance of Home Staging in Today’s Market

by Jason Shapiro, Broker/Principal at Rising Realty in Chicago; (847) 910-0567

A great looking and staged home can give a seller a leg up on their competition.

Staging has become such a hot button these days that some sellers are now hiring a home stager before a Realtor. Read the full article here.

A staged room using a small budget that was spent on paint, one brown sheet and a throw pillow. Major difference.



Home Staging Video – NBC Weekend Today


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If you’re like me, you’re an addict.  If you haven’t jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet, you’re missing out.  Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on the web.  This board is a collection of interesting rooms I’ve pinned.  Join and follow me for inspirational pins.  You can browse and pin from boards created by other people, plan events and share your interests with friends and strangers.  You need to be invited to participate or you can request an invitation here.  Happy Pinning.


Buffalo Home Staging and Redesign

"You exceeded my expectations!".... Bill D. Hamburg, NY

Your house is probably your largest asset. Selling it can be one of the most important decisions in your life. Do you want to ensure your house sells fast and for top dollar? Then consider “Home Staging” or preparing a home for sale.   The ultimate goal in Home Staging is to place the home in the best “showcase” condition, so it sells at the best possible price in the shortest possible time.

The feeling to convey is de-personalized and de-cluttered, so the potential buyer can see the house and its features, not the current homeowners’ “stuff.” They see the best view of each room, the best traffic pattern through the home and the best curb appeal. Real estate agents will tell you there are times when a potential buyer will not even get out of the car just because of the impression made by the outside.

Do yourself a favor and Stage it!  Be a savvy seller.