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What is Interior Design?

"Interior Design is defined as the art or process of designing the interior, often including the exterior, of a room or building. An interior designer is someone who coordinates and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, communicating with the stakeholders of a project and the management and execution of the design. Interior design is the process of shaping the experience of interior space, through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment." -Wikipedia

Why should you hire a decorator?

Interior decorators have the ability and know how to envision the final product. They can see the entire picture and they have the means to get it done. Designers will make building or renovating a much smoother process for you and in the end they will actually save you money, be it through their discounts or by avoiding costly mistakes that tend to arise without a trained eye. They also have the resources that you may not have and if not, they will save you time by doing the research to find what you need. A decorator can keep you on budget and help keep you on time. They are a liaison between you and the contractors so you don't have to worry about the headaches that can arise during the project. They will take care of any minor issues that come up on your behalf and they will run by you any major ones and advise you on what to do. Check out this article on 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Interior Decorator by

What is Redesign?

When to consider Redesign over Design?

  • You love your large living room, but find the current arrangement lacks a 'homey' feel.
  • You think your space is too small and feel there is nothing you can do about it.
  • You constantly flip through decor magazines or watch home makeover shows, hoping to get inspired.
  • You buy new things, but find that they just don't seem to fit in.
  • You just have trouble pulling it all together for a cohesive look.
  • You have champagne taste with a beer budget.
  • You are blending families and unsure of how to fit everything together.
  • You are downsizing.
  • You just don't like you rooms and don't know what to do about it.

If any of these statements are true for you, then you may want to consider a consultation for redesign.

Interior Redesign is a budget-conscious approach that breathes new life into any space and produces stunning results by applying design principles to existing furnishings. Giving a room a complete makeover doesn't always require expensive new furniture and accessories. Most rooms already have the ingredients needed for a good design...they just need the trained eye of a professional to unlock their potential! Think of redesign as a make-over or face-lift of the space in your home. It's an affordable way to transform any room.

Redesign involves an in depth look at the current space...likes, dislikes, wants needs, desires, etc. Your home should make you feel at ease and should reflect your lifestyle all while being functional. When you're living in your home day to day you may begin to overlook its true potential. Redesign is a way to think 'outside the box' and re-purpose the things in your home to create brand new rooms. The low cost of redesign is possible because the majority of things being used are your existing furnishings.

What is Home Staging?

Home Staging is the process of preparing a home for sale in the real estate market. Contrary to popular belief, staging goes beyond cleaning, decluttering and addressing minor repairs. It's about preparing the home in a way that will appeal to the highest number of buyers. By adding small details and creating dramatic scenery throughout the home you are appealing to all five senses. And you only get once chance to make a first impression, so why not make it the best it can be.

Decorated Interiors offers Vacant Home Staging which involves using rental items to furnish and decorate an empty home. When potential buyers enter a vacant home it is often hard for them to visualize how the space is suppose to work and see it as a functional home. By staging we help the potential buyers to imaging themselves living in the space.

We also offer Occupied Home Staging. This type of staging utilizes your own furnishings and brings in a few pieces of art and decor to enhance you home's natural beauty. The goal is to depersonalize your home and show it in a way that the potential buyer can imaging themselves living there, and not be thinking about the current owners. Occupied staging may require that excess furniture and belongings be put in storage during the time the home is on the market.

Why should you stage your home?

Many have now heard of Home Staging but do you really understand WHY it is so important to actually do it? Here are a few reasons that you need to get off your butt and shape up your house before you put it on the market...

  1. Because professionally staged listings "STAND-OUT" in prospective buyers' minds. If you want to make an impression when a buyer walks into your home you need to stand-out.
  2. It only takes 3-6 mins to walk-through your home & a buyer will know within the 1st 6-10 secs if its right for them. Think about when you were looking for the home you are in right now...home many places did you walk into and almost immediately thought 'no way'. You need to make a good first impression.
  3. The goal is to get the buyer to mentally picture themselves living-in and enjoying your home. If they can't see themselves living there then they won't buy.
  4. You want to appeal to the greatest # of targeted buyers. The more people you have that are interested the greater chance you have of selling (and maybe even higher than what you were asking for).
  5. To sell faster! '86% of staged properties sell within the 1st month of listing.' (RESA). How long do you want to sit on the market? I'm thinking that you want to get this move over and done with.
  6. To sell for top dollar! 63% of buyers will pay more money for a house that is move-in ready (RESA). Who doesn't want to get the most out of their sale?!
  7. When you sell “as is”, you attract bargain hunters. You don't want offers that are less than what your home is worth.
  8. You have to sell your home to a buyer 3 times: online, the drive-by, and the viewing. Each one leads to the next, so you must start with professionally staged photos. Most people start their search online, so if your home looks like crap in the photos then they are less likely to want to come and view it.
  9. To have buyers perceive your house as “well maintained”. If a buyer sees perceives your home as run-down, they automatically assume that the place hasn't been taken care of properly and then they will try to low-ball you.
  10. Less reasons for buyers to ask for concessions. If you stage your home properly then there shouldn't be any concerns for buyers, which means less of a chance that the deal will fall through.