Monday, September 28, 2009

• Remix • Reuse • Rejoice •

In addition to traditional design focuses, there have been new avenues emerging that are getting a lot of attention these days thanks to the rough housing market and tightly fastened purse strings.

A new branch of interior decorating is the art of home redesign. This novel field uses a client's readily available furniture and accessories to redesign the space. Before placing the furnishings in their new spots, home redesigners take into account each room's focal point, functionality, and comfort. It usually take less than one day for a home redesigner to complete their speedy makeovers.

Another emerging branch of interior decorating is home staging. loosely tied to the real estate industry, home staging involves prepping houses for mass appeal and faster, higher ales. Home stagers start by clearing clutter from the property and making recommendations for minor repairs. Then, the home stager strategically places the furniture and accessories to show off the highlights of a room while downplaying any flaws.

Home Staging vs. Decorating
Staging is not decorating. Here are some differences:

• Decorating is a luxury
• Staging is a necessity

• Decorating is for the homeowner's enjoyment
• Staging is for the future buyer

• Decorating is personal style
• Staging is universal style - profile that is coming through the house, any recommendations are
to secure an offer.

• Decorating Involves (generally) larger budgets
• Staging is always about budget and is time sensitive

• Decorating means you have a loner time line
• Staging - you work with a tighter deadline

• Decorating is optional
• Staging is Mandatory (especially in today's market)