My Meal Plan this Week!

Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  I know more than just a few of us are glad it’s over 🙂  Now, onto November and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!  Today I’m sharing whats on the menu at our house this week.  As you can tell, we’re trying to be Low Carb.  We were eating so healthy leading up to our wedding and then really fell off the bandwagon after so trying to get back to being healthy 90% of the time.  You know there will be some wine and candy mixed in there for the 10% non-healthy!   Please feel free to share any recipes we should try in the comments section!

Monday: Skinny Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  This is a go to in our house.  It’s SO easy, healthy and super satisfying.  I sometimes serve it as an app if we’re having people over but for just the two of us, it’s dinner.

Skinny Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps! #healthy and #delicious

Tuesday:  Taco Salads.  Nothing too exciting here, just taco beef over salad topped with tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado and black beans.

 

Wednesday: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Best Chicken Stir fry via Designer bag and Dirty Diapers.  Looking forward to trying this one!

Gwyneth Paltrow's Best Chicken Stir Fry! via Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers.  Looks amazing!

Thursday: Steve’s Healthy Spaghetti Squash Casserole!

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Casserole!  Gluten Free and Low Fat but so Delish!

Friday: Out!

Have a great Tuesday!!

Annie

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Friday Five!

Woowoooo!  It’s Friday!  For the first time in a while we are going to be home this weekend without any major plans.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  We’re planning on staying in tonight, making dinner and watching a movie.  Saturday I’m going to a Blast workout class in the am and have dinner plans with my mom and sister.  Steve is going to the Phish concert with some friends (so glad I get to skip this one!).   I hope you have a fun/relaxing/crazy/wild/productive weekend!

Now, on to my Friday Five!

ONE || Has anyone else had the issue of Squirrels eating their pumpkins?? I have never heard of this issue but we are now on our third pumpkin that has been nibbled on by the squirrels.  I put up a snapchat about it earlier this week and a few people commented that squirrels hate the smell of chili powder and mint so I’ve sprayed my newest pumpkin with a mix of water and chili powder and am hopeful that those little rodents (with cuter outfits SATC reference) stay away from my pumpkins!

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TWO || Ponchos.  I’m poncho obsessed right now!  I just wish it would get colder so I don’t look so ridiculous in my long sleeve shirt, poncho, jeans and booties.    Here are a few under $100 that I either own or have my eye on.

THREE || Tradsey.  I might be late to the party on this one but have yall heard of Tradsey? or the RealReal?  They are consignment boutiques online where you can find amazing deals on new and lightly used items.  I’m on the prowl for a new purse for Fall/Winter and refuse to pay the insane price tags for the brands I like which is where these sites come in!  I have already purchased a pair of Brand new with tags driving mocks from the now defunct C. Wonder for $20!  and I loveeee them.

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I’ve also got my eye on this Tory bag..

Multi Season Tory Burch Tote from Tradesy!

FOUR || Something to look forward to!  Two of my best friends are amazing planners and when we all used to live in Charleston I got to benefit from that.  I pretty much always had at least one fun plan during the week and weekend plans made for me because they were so good about thinking ahead and getting everyone together.  Now that we’ve all moved away from Charleston and I don’t benefit from their planning as much, I’m working on becoming more of a planner.  This is mainly because I love to have fun activities to look forward to.  I think at least half the fun of travel is the pre-travel anticipation.  From the shopping for outfits to wear to the research on what to see, eat and drink while you’re there it makes me so happy to think about all the fun we’re going to have.  SO, all of that is to say, I have 2 fun trips booked for the coming months and I’m so excited about it!  We’re going out to Colorado with some friends to Ski for a long weekend in January and then Steve and I are taking our big Honeymoon trip to Paris and Italy in April!  Any and all recommendations welcome!  We are thinking about going to Venice, Tuscany/Florence and Rome 🙂

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Picture from our Ski Trip to Deer Valley Utah 2 years ago

FIVE ||  Our Pizza Stone!  We received a pizza stone from one of my best friends for our wedding and finally go around to using it a couple of weeks ago and let me just say, WOW.  I never really thought twice about a pizza stone because I always liked the pizza we made at home on a regular cookie sheet.  But I was so wrong.   To use it you put it in your oven and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Make the pizza and then transfer it to the stone in the oven and let it do its thing.  Because the stone is hot when you put the pizza on it you get this amazing crunchy crust that makes you feel like you’re eating pizza at one of those places with a wood fire pizza oven.   Seriously everyone needs one of these things!   This is the one we have.

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I hope everyone has a great weekend! xoxox,

Annie

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Friday Five

Happy Friday everyone! I really needed Friday to come quickly this week. I was having mini- heart racing moments all week. I think it’s because I work in sales and the month is close to the end and I got nothing to show for it. Ugh. But, the weekend is here now and I am ready for some R&R. Today I come to you with my top five things that I am loving right now.

1| Blacklist – This show is sooooo good. Donald and I just finished up watching season 3 on Netflix and the first episode of season 4 was last night on NBC. James Spader is amazing in this show. His character is so on point and fun to watch. If you haven’t seen it and want a new show to binge watch, seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix and season 4 just started so you can DVR!

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2| Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen – This book was gifted to Charlie on her 2nd Birthday. It is such a cute book and is both fun for Charlie and me to read. The illustrations are adorable and the witty writing is just as cute. It should be a definite addition to your child’s bookcase if they don’t already have it. pout pout fish

3| H&M Home – Is it weird that I just recently discovered H&M has a home department? They have some really cute stuff right now that is perfect for Fall – darker colors, fun prints, soft fabrics. I would love to add a couple of these pieces to our home. Plus they are funky and different and inexpensive. Can’t go wrong!

4| Grey Jeans – I know this is so random; but, I am kinda obsessed with grey colored denim right now. I have been on the hunt to find the perfect pair. I want a lighter wash that is mid to high rise and skinny.  After a ton of scouring, here are the pairs I thought were really cute.

5| Trunk Club – I recently learned about this online clothing service for men and women. In short, you get hooked up with a personal stylist who gets to know you and your style. That stylist then puts together a trunk of clothes specifically for you and ships it off to your home for you to try on. Here’s the cool thing about Trunk Club, they have this online app that allows you to see the items that your stylist chose for you before they ship the trunk. At this point you can approve/decline what you want to be included in your trunk before it’s even sent. They put together outfit ideas to help show you how to wear the items. Once you receive your trunk you have 5 days to decide what you want to keep and then use the prepaid return label to send back the rest. Here’s the best part of it all….Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom! And hello! Nordstrom has the absolute best customer service ever. So, you know you are going to get top notch service and well-made clothes. I am getting my first trunk next week; so, be sure to check back for more detail and reviews of the items I received.

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Photo courtesy of Trunk Club                            

 

That’s all I have for you today folks! I hope you all have a great weekend!

victoria

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Review Of My New Linen Bedding

Linen bedding review

Hey there! I don’t know about you all, but I feel like the one area on our house that gets neglected is our bedroom. No one sees it but us and we aren’t picky! Well, before having this baby, Matt and I decided we wanted to splurge on some really luxurious bedding. It is crazy that we hadn’t upgraded to something nice yet, because when you think about it you spend a ton of your life in bed. And crawling into bed is the treat you look forward to after a long day, so it should definitely be a splurge, not a save.

Review of my linen bedding

I researched a ton on what the best thing to get was and kept coming across linen. It has many benefits, but one that drew me in was it’s durability. It gets better and better with age, so it’s a purchase that you can feel good about – like an investment. I also just love that relaxed, crinkly linen look. Well, as one would expect linen can cost a fortune! After some diligent research, I came across this amazing Etsy shop called VilendaLinen that has handmade linen bedding for half the cost of what it normally is at like West Elm for example. So I snagged a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and pillow cases in the creamy white linen. We don’t use a top sheet, as I strongly feel it’s a distraction from good sleep and unnecessary. Come to find out this is a very European thing…so fancy us.

Review of my linen bedding

Many of you might be thinking, “argghh white???.” Yes, white! We have had the bedding for about a month as I write this with 2 dogs and a gross 2 year old and no accidents so far. The white washed very easily and though it’s not recommended, my plan is that I lightly spot clean with bleach should anything stain. You can’t do that with any other color! Linen Bedding Review

So what did I think of the super affordable linen from the Etsy shop? Amazing! So it takes 4 weeks to make and hen about 2 to ship (because she is in Belarus) . So be patient. When we pulled it out of the packaging, it was pretty tough to the touch. After about a week of sleeping on it and a wash, it feels like a million bucks. It’s amazing how soft it has gotten in a month! I highly recommend this linen. Its cool and crisp and has this amazing inviting crumpled look that I adore.I would recommend getting her to add a zipper and ties so that you can secure the duvet insert.

Maggie

 

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Maggie’s Favorite Things

This week is all about favorites on the Lush Break blog. Everyone has those things in their life that you use often and they sometimes get overlooked or under appreciated. If someone asked you to name the 5 items that were the best money you’ve ever spent, what would you say? Well, when us Lush Break gals were talking about this the items that came to my mind were those that improved my everyday  life from the start. So here they are….

Favorite every day purchases I've made. What you need in your home.

ONE | Apple TV. We literally use this thing every.single.night. We watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Lifetime, HBO GO, and rent movies off iTunes all on this little guy. I think that no home is complete without one. The best $150 you will spend!

TWO | Lemon Squeezer. My mom got me this lemon squeezer about a year ago and I will never not have one again. It’s the simplest thing, but I get so much use out of it. I never purchased one for myself because I just didn’t think it was necessary. Instead, I’d hand squeeze my lemons, make a sticky mess, burn my cuticles from the lemon juice and most likely get a couple of seeds in the dish. If you don’t have one of these, just get one immediately!! Trust me!

THREE | Plastic Cutting Mats. My mom also got these for me and to be honest, when I first saw them I was like…”eh cool I guess.” Oh my gosh, I literally use them every night that I cook now. I have a big nice cutting board, but on a weeknight when you are making a simple meal, you don’t want to lug that thing out and then have to worry about cleaning it properly afterward. I lay these plastic cutting boards either on top of my wooden one, or just on the counter top. When I’m done, I just throw it in the dishwasher and I’m done. Love!

FOUR | Curved Shower Curtain Rod. In our current house, we don’t have a fancy walk in, glass door, master shower. We just have a standard porcelain step-in tub. I splurged and got a curved shower curtain rod on a whim and it really makes the biggest difference. It gives you so much more room in the shower and just makes it feel like more of luxury shower, rather than a dorm shower.

FIVE | Hookless Shower Curtain. Also in an effort to make our simple master bath more luxurious, I purchased a Hookless shower curtain after staying in a hotel that had one and I LOVE IT! Mostly because it makes keeping the shower curtain clean oh so easy. I like a white shower curtain and we all know that no matter how much you clean it, mildew builds up. With this hookless option, you can just snap off the liner and wash it, or toss it and replace it. No more dealing with the stupid hooks. It takes a job I really used to dread doing and makes it so much better!

These may have not been particularly interesting, but I can assure you, these are all things that make my life easier and better. Stay tuned for some more of our favorites this week!

Maggie 

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Friday Five!

One || Nordstrom Sale!  If you at all like to shop you’ve probably heard about the annual Nordstrom Sale where new fall items are marked down for a short period and then go back up for the upcoming season.  It’s a great chance to get those Tory Burch Riding boots you’ve been coveting.  The great thing about this sale is that things that never go on sale go on sale.  You can go ahead and shop now here if you have a Nordstrom Card.  Otherwise you have to wait until the 21st.

Two ||  Young House Love has a Podcast!  I used to love the blog YoungHouselove.com before they took a break from blogging about a year or two ago.  The couple behind the blog, Sherry and John have just started a podcast and I love it!  It’s really lighthearted and fun to listen to.  They talk about design, new home items they’ve found and love and often have HGTV type celebs on for interviews.

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Three || Making some progress on the house!  I will put up a post in the next couple week with lost of pictures of the progress we’re making but its really starting to come together and feel like a home!

Four || Hair Vitamins.   I’ve been taking hair vitamins for the past couple months and have really noticed a difference in the shine and body in my hair.  I also feel like its been growing a lot faster than usual.  These vitamins also just taste delish!

Five ||  The cutest Bachelorette decorations!  We are in Sea Island this weekend for my bachelorette and already having the best time.  My sister rented the most beautiful house and has it so cutely decorated.

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xoxo – Annie

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Friday Five

Hey there! Time to wrap up this short week with a little Friday Five action. We have no real concrete plans this weekend, which I am pumped about. I’m sure we will pass the time with oodles and oodles of baby prep. For all you pregnant ladies out there, don’t be like me and wait until you are almost 36 weeks pregnant and HUGE to get ready for your baby. Everything is soooo much harder with this giant belly. I really wish I would have knocked all my to-dos out when I had that great second trimester high. Anyway, enough focusing on my misery, here are five of my favorite things from this week. Enjoy!

Friday Five: Where'd You Go Bernadette

ONE | Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. This book was recommended to me by my best friend Chesney, and that girl knows just what I like. I read this in a matter of a couple of nights. It’s a quirky book about a 15 year old girl that is recapping the last few months of her families lives through letters and documents to try and determine where her crazy/amazing mother has disappeared to. The style of writing reminds me of The Blogess – one of my favorite blogs. (Tell me you’ve read the Beyonce story). So needless to say the writing style is right up my alley; I was hooked from the start. I felt kindred with both Bernadette and Bee. Great easy summertime read!

Friday Five: WOW by Beck

TWO | WOW by Beck. I just heard this song for the first time and was immediately a fan. So this is random, but one of the things I love most about Matt (my husband) is that he is dependable but not predictable. You know how you can say “oh so and so will love this” or “so and so will definitely not like this.” Well, Matt is not that way. He totally just feels his raw feelings about things and it makes life with him fun. Anyway, that is what draws me to certain music too. Beck, and this song in particular are so unpredictable in a great way.  Really mixing genres, and stepping outside stereotypes. Check it out and go ahead and add it to your house playlist!

Friday Five: Maternity Dresses Bodycon

THEE | These bodycon maternity dresses. I am not one to wear tight clothes, especially while pregnant. That being said, I have reached a whole new level of pregnant over the last week. I never felt like my belly was this big during my first pregnancy. I feel like I’m wearing a fat suit that I should just be able to pop off when I’m over it. So strange! But, I’m finding that the only things that look normal on me are bodycon dresses. If it’s not bodycon, I look like i’m giant everywhere else. This dress from Asos (you can wear it off shoulder or not) and this one from Old Navy have been on major repeat and both are super affordable, because who wants to spend a lot on a dress you’ll wear for a month.

Friday Five: Target Throw Pillows

Velvet Blush Throw Pillow | Black and White Stripe Throw Pillow

FOUR | My new throw pillows from Target. As you may have seen if you follow our Instagram account, I just got this amazing new rug for our living room. The rug with our white couches, and grey/white walls makes everything very neutral, so I needed to revamp our throw pillows to add some fun colors. As I’ve mentioned before, getting new throws and throw pillows is one of my favorite affordable ways to change the look of any room. Target has these on major sale and I am obsessed!

Friday Five: eMeals

FIVE | eMeals. Matt and I just started using eMeals to help our weekly meal planning. Based on the plan you are on (we are on clean eating), it gives you a weekly menu with recipes. So far everything we have made has been easy an delicious! The best part is you get to download the app, select the meals you know you want to make (we only did four of the 7 this week) and then it creates the grocery list for you organized by section of the grocery store. It’s awesome and only $10/month. I highly recommend giving it a try!

See ya back here on Monday!

Maggie

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Tips For Hosting Guests Overnight

With a baby just a few weeks away, we are about to get into “the busy season” of hosting friends and family overnight. Most of my family lives out of town, so hosting is something we are very familiar with and love doing. It’s really important to me that everyone feels very comfortable in our home, so there are a few things I have learned from hosting and from being a guest that I like to do in preparation.

Have plenty of pillows on the bed. There is nothing worse then not having enough pillows, or having uncomfortable ones. I always like to have a few on the bed that are different supports – firm and soft.

Make sure there is a fan and/or noise maker in the room. Some people (including me) can not sleep without a fan. I think it’s really nice as a guest to have something that cancels out noise, so that you don’t feel like every move you make in bed is loud and waking everyone up.

Leave a note with the wifi password on it. I don’t know how many times I would be over at someones house and we all go to bed, but I want to get some things done on the computer and forgot to ask the wifi password. It can just be on a simple sticky note, or a cute framed note card.

Tips for hosting overnight weekend guests

Visible toilet paper, and plunger in the bathroom. I have a basket with toilet paper in it behind the toilet so that guests know exactly where to find it. I also make sure to pull the plunger out and put it in a discrete, yet obvious place. There is noting more embarrassing then having to ask your host for these items. Don’t put your guests through that!

Tips for hosting overnight weekend guests

Snacks and entertainment readily available. I always tell my guests to dive into the cabinets and fridge, but people don’t want to be rummaging through your house at night if they are hungry or thirsty. This is why it’s a great idea to have a cute little basket in the room with snacks and waters. I also like to throw in some magazines or books just in case they can’t sleep.

Turn down service. So this comes from a recent weekend trip I took to my friends house. When I got there she had a little gift bag waiting on my bed, which made me feel so welcome. Then, when I showered that evening she went in my room and lit a candle, shut the curtains, and hung up my purse. It was such a thoughtful gesture and made me feel really welcome and at home.

Tips for hosting overnight weekend guests

Upgrade your towels. This is something Matt and I did when we bought our house and started hosting friends and family as “real adults.” We went and bought some really plush white towels. I think this is as must as it makes your guests feel clean and cozy.

There are a lot of other more obvious things like make sure your guests know how to use your remote control, know where extra blankets are, and have plenty of basic items available like Tylenol and feminine products. Hopefully these tips will give you some ideas you haven’t thought of that will make your guest feel super at home.

Maggie

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Friday Five!

Happy Friday Everyone!  Today is the last day of work standing between me and a Jamaican Vacation.   My family is hopping on planes tomorrow to all meet in Jamaica for a little get away.  I’m looking forward to lots of family time, reading, sun bathing, tropical drinks and family game nights!  Steve and I already got upgraded to First Class on the way there!  Thanks Delta 🙂

One ||  Shopbop Sale

I spent a good hour or two perusing the Shopbop sale and here is what is sitting in my cart currently.  I am OBSESSED with the white and blue tassel dress.  It also comes in blue/pink.  Also, how perfect is that TB tote to take to the pool/beach??  I love my black Marysia suit and always get compliments on it.

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TWO ||  KoffieStraw

Steve makes fun of me but I just ordered these straws a couple of weeks ago and I love them!!  I’m trying to make sure my teethies are as white as possible for our wedding but I am not willing to sacrifice my 3-4 cups of coffee every morning.  Hence why these KoffieStraws are perfect.  You can use a regular straw BUT the coffee starts to melt the plastic and so you’re ingesting chemicals and stuff you don’t want.  These are non BPA, reusable and fit in any to-go coffee because they are flat ish.

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THREE || Gray Malin Prints

I want one of these so badly!  I love the colors and composition of these and think one would look amazing in our guest bathroom.  They aren’t cheap but I feel like they make a big impact!

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FOUR || Lindt Sea salt Chocolate

This stuff is the BOMB.  The chocolate is perfectly dark and the salt adds such a good flavor and dimension.  I’ve been having 1 or 2 squares after dinner every night because apparently  I can’t handle not having dessert.   Treat yo self!

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FIVE || Skimm Ahead

Hopefully everyone at this point is aware of the Skimm but if not, its a free daily email that gives you a quick skim of what is going on in the news.  It’s always witty and interesting and I enjoy reading it every morning.  They recently came out with a paid service call Skimm Ahead that integrates with your phone/gmail calendar to remind you of events that are coming up.  My favorite feature is they remind you to make plans for upcoming holidays.  For example, about a month before Memorial day, I got a notification reminding me to make plans for the holiday.  As someone who is not great at planning but someone who also loves having plans, this feature is awesome.  Is $3/month and worth every penny to me.

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Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!! xoxo,

Annie

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What You Need To Know About Staging Your House

Did you know one of the simplest things you can do to get more money out of your home is stage it for showing? Victoria and Annie have recently bought a new house and I have been looking for a new house for the past 6 months. So we have all been through our fair share of walk-troughs and we all agree that staging is crucial! We saw some great houses, but in many cases could not get past the terrible decor, or clutter to envision ourselves in them. Matt and I have actually opted to build, so that means we are getting close to putting our house on the market. In order to get the most money out of our house,  I know that one of the most important things will be staging it properly. I think this can be more impactful than repainting or doing other “fixer-upper” things here and there. So, we went to Nancy Hull of Signature Staging in Charlotte for some advice. She is a total expert and It’s amazing what differences they can make in a house.

If you are selling your house, you must read this. Tips on staging your home. The best way to sell a house and get the most money possible.


For those who aren’t’ familiar (aka aren’t addicted to HGTV), what exactly is staging

Staging is the process of creating spaces that appeal to the majority of buyers, in this sense it is different from decorating which really focuses on designing taste specific rooms/houses for one client.  However, we strongly believe staging requires design knowledge and experience in order to be successful. The main purpose of staging is to highlight the positive features of each listing!

When should someone consider staging their house before listing it?

Staging is really for everyone! While most people think about staging for a vacant home because 90% of people do not have the vision to be able to see their furniture fitting in spaces, we also offer consultations for people who might have a beautiful home but we come in with a totally new perspective and make recommendations on how to make the rooms feel bigger, how to depersonalize a bit (although we are not big on making people remove all family pics), and also bring in new accessories to fluff it up if needed.  As a result of a consultation, we will create a plan for the buyer with instructions on what is recommended to be removed and stored and if needed, we will outline what we will bring.

A great example is this house (shown below) that we recently completed – the house was great and in a sought after neighborhood, but the owner’s furniture was not to scale for the rooms, making them feel darker and smaller than they actually were.  Here are some before and after pictures so you can see what I mean.

If you are selling your house, you must read this. Tips on staging your home. The best way to sell a house and get the most money possible.

If you are selling your house, you must read this. Tips on staging your home. The best way to sell a house and get the most money possible.

Do staged houses sell faster, or for higher dollar amounts in your experience?

Not only do houses sell faster and with higher dollar amounts, the cost of staging is always cheaper than that first price reduction, a lot of people are willing to drop a house by $10-$25k after it sits on the market for a few weeks but, if they had spent a few thousand up front, they might not be doing that price reduction! Staged homes typically spend half the amount of time on the market than those that are not staged and a 1-3% investment in the staging yields about 8-10% return. Say you have a $1M property and you spend $10k on staging- you can expect to see a return between $80-$100k in your offers….not too shabby!

Do you own a ton a furniture and pick from it as you stage a house?

We own a ton of furniture, lamps, pillows, accessories AND we have been using stuff from our own houses!  We are growing really fast and have been super busy since we launched in May.  We have a storage unit that has really stayed empty because of our back-to-back jobs, so we can’t complain!

So, if the seller is still living in the house, do you use their furniture?

Yes!  Most of the time…unless it is super buyer specific, then we will recommend removal and pull in our own inventory. Sometimes we use things like beds and tables and chairs but will ask the home owner to put away/store their pillows, lamps etc. and bring our accessories in.

Do you only stage certain rooms, or every room in the house?

We recommend staging all of the rooms but sometimes that just isn’t in a seller’s budget.  The most important rooms are living room, den, kitchen, dining, master bed and bathrooms.  We always try to create a dedicated office space as well.

If you are selling your house, you must read this. Tips on staging your home. The best way to sell a house and get the most money possible.

If you could only do 5 things to a house to prepare it for showing, what would they be?

To prepare a house for sale, look at each room and think- less is really more.  We recommend determining what is necessary in each room for most buyers- say a living room for example, sofa makes sense, two chairs and a coffee table but things like kids toys, dog toys, DVDs, wires from TVs, etc. should all be hidden and put away. Each space should have a purpose, so if you have an empty room- make it an office!  Fresh flowers in kitchen and bathroom are great for pictures and if you live in the house- keep them up and fresh for showings. Decluttering is the biggest challenge for sellers but, it is a MUST throughout the entire house.  Finally, organize your closets- take half of your clothes out and store them/hide them under your bed, otherwise buyers will think you are moving because you are busting at seams of your house and let’s face it, that might be true but you don’t want the buyer to automatically think your house is too small for them too!

If you are selling your house, you must read this. Tips on staging your home. The best way to sell a house and get the most money possible.

What do you recommend people with dogs do when prepping their house for sale?

This is a big one, potential buyers don’t want to smell dog odor or see dog supplies when they look at a house- a lot of buyers are not dog people and this can turn them off!  I actually personally looked at a house one time and opened the master bedroom and these sellers’ two small white fluffy dogs had pooped on the floor!! Needless to say, I didn’t buy that house. Our recommendation would be to ask a friend or relative to keep the dog for the first week or two on the market and whenever possible- get the dog out of the house for showings. I can say this because I have two dogs and still feel like they should not be in the house for showings 🙂

Do you have any other tips in general? 

Yes! Some things we love to use to make a room look bigger- acrylic furniture (consoles, coffee tables and end tables) and mirrors!  Acrylic makes the room feel open and mirrors really help to reflect light.  Also, we like to get basic solid furniture but spend more on designer pillows, lamps and accessories.

If you are selling your house, you must read this. Tips on staging your home. The best way to sell a house and get the most money possible.

 

Thank you so much Nancy and Signature Staging for the tips! If you are considering staging your house, reach out to the Signature Staging team here and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Inspired by Nancy’s pictures and suggestions, I have included some similar decor items below. Enjoy! – Maggie

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