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Houzz Kitchen Trends

The kitchen is the most multifunctional area in the house. Remodeling your kitchen gives you the opportunity to design the perfect combination of personal preference and functionality that suits your cooking, eating, and entertainment needs. Houzz recently hosted a...

Summer Survival Guide

By July, the clutter associated with summer activities and school break can begin to be a bit overwhelming.  Soggy towels from the pool, remains of movie snacks, and all the stuff we drop while on the run can easily take over our living spaces this time of...

Stress Free Entertaining Tips

With the Holiday season fast approaching, we at Staged & Styled hope that your home will be filled with love, laughter, joy, comfort, and aromas of "feel good" food. Nothing compares to having friends and family close sharing memories and looking forward to a new...

Mixed Metals – Does That Work?

   I received a call from a client a few weeks ago wanting to know if she could add gold accents to her "glam" kitchen.  This client had fashioned her kitchen after Kris Kardashian's kitchen complete with black and white tile.   The client...

Is Gray On It’s Way Out?

My phone has been ringing off the hook this week with clients wanting to tackle home projects. The kids are back in school and life has returned to a more predictable pattern. Whether you have an upcoming event or just want to jazz things up for the...

Easy Spring Decorating Ideas!

  The weather in Northeast Ohio has been unpredictable this winter.  Did we have winter?  Sort of.  Despite the lack of single digit temperatures, Spring is scheduled to arrive in 19 days!  So let's welcome this glorious season with bright...

The “Traveling” Basket

Baskets are great!  They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can be used in so many functional ways.  Besides being great for holding dirty laundry or junk mail, did you know you can also use them as décor?   I know what you are thinking......

It’s All About LOVE!

    Spring break is right around the corner and my husband and I have spent countless hours looking for the perfect warm and sunny destination.  You see, it's not only that we want to get out of this snowy weather, but it's our last official spring...

The Secret of Joy!

With the cold temperatures last week, we are reminded that winter is on its way.  But before the snow starts of fly, I would like to linger a minute to "sit" with Fall. Fall is a glorious season. Don't you just love it?  I am not sure which element...

SPOOKY Halloween Decorating

Halloween is a great time for dressing up your house!  The décor can range anywhere from family-friendly, cute and fun to spooky, scary and spectacular.  Which is your favorite? We thought it would be fun to interview someone who has a flair for the spooky side.  One...

Fun Idea for Birthday Party Decorating

When my oldest son turned 18, it was such a joy for me to celebrate this milestone birthday with him.  The dilemma came when I was preparing to "decorate" for his party.  How do you decorate for a man who doesn't want too many bright colors and over the top streamers...

Should You Update Your Home?

I ran across an article written by a Realtor from Texas today entitled "Does the Price Always Reflect The Condition?".   Mr. Newman hit the nail on the head when he said,  "It takes a special kind of buyer to take on a major project of completely remodeling a whole...

Tips For Great Curb Appeal

The snow is still flying here in Northeast Ohio. I have to believe that the temperature will start to warm up in the next few weeks.  (I hope, I hope, I hope.)   If you are selling your home, Spring is the perfect time to take a look at the outside of your dwelling...

10 Springtime Tips To Freshen Up Your Home

Spring is here (although you wouldn't know it today ~ it snowed last night here in Ohio). Let's remember those warm temperatures by lightening up our decor.  Here are a few suggestions for a fresh new look! 1.  Take out any dark accessories like velvet pillows, wool...

Are You Seeing Things Clearly?

Did you know that Professionally Staged Homes spend 73% less time on the market than non-staged homes? Professional stagers can “see what the buyer sees”. Buying decisions are made very quickly. Professional stagers know how those decisions are made and create an...

Ready, Set, Stage!

True or False - Vacant homes show better than furnished homes? The answer is FALSE! Research has shown that 95% of people have a difficult time imagining a room's potential. Research goes on to prove you only have about 5-10 seconds to make a great first impression....