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What do you think of the color of the year – Honeysuckle?

Announced by Pantone as the color for 2011 its going to be influencing what manufacturers make and what we buy.

Whether you love it or hate it – soon you’ll be seeing it everywhere.

Honeysuckle pillows on Etsy

Honeysuckle pillows on Etsy

 

Here are a few items we’ve found already!

I think these pillows on Etsy are darling!

These pillows would be a pop of color on my black leather club chairs – along with a throw it will add a fun attitude to the room.

shower curtain anthopologie

Bold shower curtain from anthopologie

What do you think of this shower curtain from Anthropology?

Love it?

Hate it?

I’ve seen some boring beige bathrooms that could use some aip and this might be just the ticket!

What a fun wake-up for a bathroom!

(I’ll check with my hubby to see a masculine view of this vibrant ruffled shower curtain — I doubt it’s his fav.)

I’m going to make my own lampshades and highlight honeysuckle in the design.

You can too in seconds – but that’s a whole different post!
(Sorry for the fuzzy pic-but it was so cute I had to include it!)

I paired the honeysuckle color white a chocolate brown here for this lamp.  I think it would be fantastic for a master bedroom – along with chocolate brown bedding and a pop of some ruffled pillows in honeysuckle?  Will look fantastic — can you visualize it?

Ruffled Honeysuckle pillow from Lamps Plus

Ruffled Honeysuckle pillow from Lamps Plus

My favorite is from Lamps Plus!  I’ve bought lighting from them online and been thrilled with the service and quality – who knew they had such cool pillows – going to order it next shipment!  This ruffled honeysuckle pillow is just too cute!

I know my re-design clients will be asking for new color ideas and honeysuckle may be the rosy hue they are looking for.  For home staging, limit it to color pops which will make the home look fresher and up to date.

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Margaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager serving Salem Oregon and surrounding areas who specializing in helping home sellers “stage to sell” or “re-design to live well”.  Moving or improving? Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

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Color Trends – If it isn’t anything you’ve investigated before, color forecasting is a fascinating process and has wide-spread influence.  Did you think you saw a lot of turquoise last year?

Staging by Creative Concepts Home Staging & Contracting Salem Oregon

Staging by Creative Concepts

Turquoise was Pantone’s color for 2010.  Soon we were seeing turquoise everywhere – clothing, accessories and home decor.

Calming, soothing and refreshing – in a troubled economic time it became a hit color and soon crept into most of our closets!

2011 Color of the yearSo what’s the color for 2011?  Honeysuckle – imagine raspberry sherbet or a cross between coral and fuchsia and you’ll have the color nailed.

From the Pantone press release:

“While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

Hmmm – now I’m not much of a pinky person and have never thought of a pink color to be “emboldening”.  While we have designed childrens rooms around pink colors, our staging company has never used this color – even as accents.  But, I think this color will be creeping into our inventory very soon!

This spring we predict we’ll be seeing  Honeysuckle pillows, bedspreads, glass accent pieces are going to be our inventory.

What do you think?  Tickled pink with the new color?

You may not be loving it now, but I’d bet by 2012 you have some of it in your home or clothes closet!

Want some ideas of some ways to use Honeysuckle in your decor? Here’s a link to our home staging blog featuring some cute products we’ve found!

Margaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager serving Salem Oregon and surrounding areas who specializing in helping home sellers “stage to sell” or “re-design to live well”.  Moving or improving? Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

Professional Home Staging – Reliable Contractor Repairs – Beautiful Results!

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Home Decor - Oregon Home StagingWhere do you shop for stylish home decor items?

We get asked that question all the time!  Shopping locally in Salem Oregon and supporting small businesses too is a priority for our company.  Can you find bargains and stylish decor here in Salem?  Yes!

I popped into one of my favorite Salem stores this Saturday – Real Deals on Home Decor.  Not in the heart of shopping territory – but easy to find (corner of Gaines and Liberty) and at 10 a.m. was already bustling with lots of shoppers.  I heard one exclaim – “I want it all”!  As home stagers we shop here all the time, and even with our warehouses, I don’t think that’s possible!  With new items coming in all the time they always have new home decor products I love love love every time I shop!!

What was catching my eye at Real Deals on Home Decor this week?

  • Adorable lamps – great for adding some style and warmth to rooms on winter days!
  • Nice large clocks can fill an empty wall so easily – I bought a attractive one with a large metal frame – $22-you can’t beat the price!
  • Looking for Christmas decorating inspiration? They had several decorated Christmas trees in the shop – all stunning and bound to get compliments!  My fave was the silver and lime tree – stylish and contemporary!
stylish lamps at affordable prices

stylish lamps at affordable prices

I'm crazy over these clocks!

I'm crazy over these clocks!

silver and lime green Christmas tree

silver and lime green Christmas tree

Perfect mantle decor

Perfect mantle decor

Floral, metal art and more!

Floral, metal art and more!

Real Deal Salem Oregon

Real Deal Salem Oregon

While you are there – take a peak at their artificial floral.  I know – no one prefers fake plants – but these are the next best thing to real!

Everything from furniture to candles – you never know what you’ll find that you can’t live without!

Expect a warm greeting from Sherlai or Maggie when you enter – and if you want special deals find them on Facebook at REAL DEALS SALEM.

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1320 Liberty St NE, Salem, OR 97301  |   (503) 385-1174

Favorite Decor Item from Real Deals

We Love shopping at Real Deals on Home Decor!

Sometimes finding cute home decor is the easy part – having it look great when you get it home can be a challenge.

Wondering what items you need to pull together a room or get a stylish look you love?  Maybe it’s time for a Re-design Consultation!  Using what you have, we can achieve a fresh new look and help you stretch your decorating budget! Our clients always rave that a consultation with us actually saves them money – no wrong paint colors or decor purchases that don’t get used!

Margaret Oscilia is partner and a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting which offers home staging and interior design services throughout the Salem, Albany and Corvallis areas. Creating beautiful spaces to come home to, and winning strategies for home sellers is their specialty! 503-881-0886

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I’ll be getting in trouble with some real estate agents over this one, but I have strong opinions on the “carpet allowance” question! What does “carpet allowance” say to me?

  • The seller doesn’t have the time or money to get new carpeting, so maybe I can negotiate the lower selling price.
  • There may be other items that need repair or replacing that haven’t been done.
  • If I’m not a handy or visual person, I’ll probably not be impressed by this home.  You’ve lost the “fall in love factor” – which is key to getting an offer.

Giving an allowance doesn’t change the first impression, gives another items to negotiate, and buyers ALWAYS overestimate the cost of potential repairs.

  • Would you get married in a tuxedo that needed pressing and cleaning?
  • Would you sell a truck that had been four-wheeling and not washed?
  • Does that old carpet give the impression that you have meticulously cared for your home?

Here’s a perfect example!

Recently we were hired for a home staging consultation for a darling South Salem Oregon home.  It had been on the market for some time, was getting showings but no offers.  The owner wanted to know what else they could do to make it more desirable.

Living Room - old carpet

Do you get a "wow" feeling walking into a home with old carpet?

We rearranged some furniture, made some recommendations.

The the biggest problem was the carpeting.

It had traffic wear and was a blue-gray that looked anything but contemporary.

The owner said they were giving a carpet allowance of $3300.

Neutral stylish carpet makes rooms feel fresh and new

Neutral stylish carpet makes rooms feel fresh and new

Hmmm –

I knew that replacing the carpeting would cost far less than that –

plus give them a wow when potential buyers walk in the door!

We called Jerry Havlinek of JK Carpet Center and this beautiful new carpeting was installed for about HALF of the offered carpet allowance!  These photos don’t do justice for the change in the ambiance of the home — and that speaks volumes to buyers!

What color of carpeting is good for home selling?

What color of carpeting is good for home selling?

The bedroom before looked good compared to many listings online.

The carpeting would not appear neutral to someone that doesn’t love with the color blue however!

When choosing your carpeting, stick to a medium neutral beige in a warm tone for a broad buyer appeal.

Warm beige carpeting for home selling

Warm beige carpeting for home selling

(Or, just call Jerry of JK Carpets and ask him to bring samples that Creative Concepts would approve of!  Our clients get discounts too!)

By changing the carpet this home seller now has that “WOW!  This home is really nice!” feeling when everyone looks at it – online and in person. Not only was the carpet almost half the allowance, but the home now shows it is contemporary and move in ready – not almost perfect!

When selling YOUR home – make sure it says WOW – not fix me!  When selling your home you are selling so much more than just a structure – you’re selling a lifestyle and dream!  My dream home doesn’t include worn out carpet – does yours?

Can’t wait to hear that this house has sold soon – because we know it will!

Margaret Oscilia is partner and a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting which offers home staging and interior design services throughout the Salem, Albany and Corvallis areas. Creating beautiful spaces to come home to, and winning strategies for home sellers is their specialty! 503-881-0886

At our warehouse, we have a wall of pillows  — sorted usually by color and crammed into our racking by our skilled associate, Judy Klassen.  Judy is organizer extraordinnaire and I would post a photo, but I made a mess of them yesterday pulling inventory for a job and she would not be happy to have you see it!

But back to my point!  I LOVE pillows and the magic they bring to your couch! Since we have a WALL of them in every color imaginable, I should limit myself from buying any more – but I just couldn’t resist these cuties I bought this week!

Isn’t it SO CUTE!  Got it for only $15 too!

Now why, is this woman getting so excited over a pillow?

A few great pillows can make magic happen on your sofa! A few super pillows and presto — great sofas look even better, and if your sofa isn’t new–they can look great! Pillows add warmth, texture and atmosphere to a room – and so inexpensively!  We love great looks on the cheap – don’t you?

These pillows were $50 on Neublack.com — love them too –

but not the price tag!

When shopping for pillows, you need at least 3 for the couch and some coordinating ones for your chairs.  Less than 3 looks  s-k-i-m-p-y —  trust me.

Pillows with a bold pattern, geometric or a kick of color can make the most neutral and dull sofa come to life!

I work with clients every day who are preparing their homes for sale — often who have VERY sorry sofas!  Here’s my secret for a stylish look.

  • Add color (or hide problems) with a neatly folded, nicely contrasting throw.  The “flung over the back or arm” look is out – neatly folded only please!  (I love the nubby ones with lots of texture and don’t do this is the heat of summer.)
  • Have up to five darling pillows on the sofa — I know some interior designers like them squared off like little soldiers . . . I like them angled into the corners.  To me looks a little more comfy. I usually use three or four.

Sounds too easy?  Wonder which pillows to combine or how to buy the perfect ones?  That’s why you need to call me!

About the Author:  Margaret Oscilia, RESA-PRO home stager of Creative Concepts and Contracting specializes in creating “Va-voom” for rooms! Her team provides home staging and interior re-design services throughout Salem Oregon and surrounding cities with two warehouses of decor and furniture available for home staging rental.

Creating spaces everyone loves to come home to!

Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.  Contact us at 503-881-0886!

Professional Home Staging – Reliable Contractor Repairs – Beautiful Results!

I’m thinking about painting my home office a trendy purple. Do you have any advice of a paint color?

Thanks for asking this GREAT questions!  I have to confess . . . I have a eggplant colored wall in my living room, a lighter purple bathroom and   –L-O-V-E–  so many shades of purple!

When choosing paint colors for your home it’s so important to get some large samples and put them up onto your walls.  Following are some scenes I’ve created with different colors of purple:

I’ve got my favorite picked out — how about you?

These are Sherwin-William colors and the color numbers are on the lower left of the photo.

The right paint color has incredible power – it has the ability to make your room “sing”! We love  helping home owners choose options that create an environment they love!

Moving or improving? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

Yes – this is a real question we’ve received!  If you have a question, please send us an email at stagingoregon@gmail.com or give us a call at 503-881-0886.

Professional Home Staging – Reliable Contractor Repairs – Beautiful Results!

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Update for my peeps!

Spring is here and we’ve been working nonstop to keep up with home owners wanting a fresh look for spring and with home sellers needing the competitive edge when putting their house on the market!

I’ve got a dozen blogs in my head and some great things to share — but we’re having growing pains! We’ve purchased a ton of inventory and are in the process of moving warehouses, reorganizing and whew!  It’s a lot of work!

Last week we staged a beautiful home on the Oregon coast –

Master bathroom with great view

This master bath was spectacular — it was light and bright and a the view was incredible.  The finishes were very nice, but rather ordinary.

Add some color and decor to neutral bathrooms and make them "WOW"!

Master bathroom with turquoise decor

Master bathroom with turquoise decor

Turquoise is a fresh and popular color this spring so by adding some color to this room it now has as much “WOW” as the view does!

Looking for some fresh ideas on how to make a space beautiful?

Sometimes simple additions of art or decor can make all the difference!

Here’s a quick peak at my job for this week!

Master bathroom before photo -- what would you do to give this space the wow it deserves?

This new flooring choice looks great with the cabinets, but not with the counters and dated colors in the backsplash!

This bathroom also has a great view and is light, bright and spacious!

How would you decorate this space to bring these colors together?

We’ll be working on this room to give it lots of “WOW” too!

Now we’re off to get our tennies on and move more warehouse items!

Moving or improving? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

Professional Home Staging – Reliable Contractor Repairs – Beautiful Results!

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