This town house in the heart of Melrose, MA just got under contract. Please take a tour to see how we staged and styled this vacant property.
I get a lot of people thinking that staging is is this easy decorating gig. It’s actually a lot less glamorous and involves hard work behind the scenes. So what happens between before and after pics? For one, there is a lot of planning and logistics involved… When I book a job, I review myContinue reading “A Peek Behind the Scenes”
Knowing which pieces are worth splurging and which you should save on, can take your budget much farther when furnishing a home. Also, mixing high end pieces with bargain finds, when done right, will create a unique stylish look for your home. Combining hi/low priced items with old and new finds is one of myContinue reading “Which Furniture Pieces to Save on and Which to Invest In When Decorating Your Home”
Whether you live by the coast, or just dreaming of a perfect beach vacation, coastal style brings that easy-breezy vibe to your space. Hallmark color story is that of the sea, sky and sand, usually in lighter tones. Pair it with natural materials like seagrass, jute and whitewashed wood or driftwood. Add woven textures likeContinue reading “How to Get the Perfect Costal Relaxed Look”
I frequently encounter confusion between style and theme. Some homeowners get locked within a theme and struggle to expand on it, while not getting the results they hoped for. Then they give me a call. So what is the difference? Style is an overarching concept, and while it can have some sub-themes, it’s much broader.Continue reading “Style Vs Theme – What is the Difference?”
Whether you’re welcoming potential buyers, vacation rental guests, or just friends & family, the first impression is really important – and it starts with the front door. The entrance sets the tone and expectations for the whole property. It’s also an opportunity to add some character and create curb appeal. Here’s how to do it:Continue reading “How to Stage the Entryway to Impress Buyers and Guests”
There is a lot that happens in-between before and after photos… One of my favorite things to do is consultations / on-site assessments. It’s always an adventure discovering a new property and coming up with solutions to improve it. A big part of my day is dealing with people: clients, suppliers, contractors – and IContinue reading “A Day in a Life of a Designer”
This is a great time to get some inspo from the Americana Style, which evolved from US heritage, and nowadays has a more modern take. The color palette features patriotic hues such as Brick Red, and faded blues, like Old Blue Jeans by Benjamin Moore, mixed with vintage off-whites and gray. Stars and stripes patternsContinue reading “Style Focus: Americana”
When creating a vacation rental, you have to keep in mind several key factors such as appeal for listing and social media photos, hospitality elements, as well as functionality from both guest’s and host’s perspective. Here’s how to accomplish this is 7 simple steps: Know your target guest and what their preferences and needs are.Continue reading “Creating a Vacation Rental in 7 Steps”
I recently designed this kitchen for a client in Westford, MA who wanted something modern and timeless. It was a complete tear down that included a different layout and all new updated finishes and fixtures, as well as opening the space up to the dining room and adjoining living area that were also refurnished. AsContinue reading “Project Spotlight: Kitchen Remodel”
Whether you’re getting ready to sell your house, or just preparing to enjoy the warm weather months, this is a good time to freshen up your home. You may have delayed the spring cleaning, but as the weather gets more promising, it’s time to tackle it and it doesn’t have to be daunting. Here areContinue reading “Spring Cleaning Tips: Refresh your home to sell or enjoy this season”
Spring is in the air! It’s the perfect time to add some seasonal decor to your home. Bring in lots of natural blonde wood with light greens, cream and a pop of yellow to set the mood. Start the outdoor season with adding some flowers, like the French Spring wreath, or colorful centerpieces with fruitContinue reading “Spring Decor”
The Metro Modern look unifies new traditional and contemporary styles by blending chic pieces with streamlined, clean lines, to create the overall casual mood. This esthetics is sophisticated without being pretentious. Color palette is neutral and calm, almost monochromatic, with soft warm grays and cool muted blues, and play on dark/light contrast. The color isContinue reading “Style Focus: Metro Modern”
Over the past two years our studio has grown and evolved a lot. Our new look represents where we are now and how we serve our clients. Our new logo’s modern, polished and unique look truly represents our style, work and philosophy. The space we live in has a major influence on how we liveContinue reading “Brand ReFresh”
Here are some of the products I’ve incorporated in my recent design projects. In some cases, I saved my clients a considerable amount, while in others, we decided it was well worth to splurge! Can you guess which products are steals and which are more high end? Which option do you prefer? Shop this High-LowContinue reading “Splurge or Save”
There is so much to look forward to in 2022! Here are the emerging trends, styles that are continuing to go strong, and others that are on their way out. Emerging: Green Color will have a major presence. It naturally lends itself to the trend of bringing the outside in to introduce tranquility into ourContinue reading “2022 Style Forecast”
While general view is that both home staging and interior design simply involve decorating, they are actually completely different. Their purpose, process and outcome are almost the opposites.
Besides their obvious function, shelves are a great way to elevate your space and add some visual interest. It may be daunting looking at an empty built in, or perhaps a messy bookcase, but you can style it like a pro by following these 5 steps: Consider scale of the shelf to the objects you’llContinue reading “How to Style a Shelf”
Here’s how to make your Thanksgiving table festive and stylish: 1. Pick a centerpiece – best to go with grouping of several curated items. Candles, seasonal flowers and decorative gourds are an easy go-to decor. 2. Add layers – whether it’s a more formal affair, or a casual family dinner, add some combination of tablecloth,Continue reading “How to Create a Fall Tablescape”
Here’s how this accent wall came together: I’ve used my go-to neutral Gray Mist by Benjamin Moore and painted the geo motif inspired by the bed frame in Gentle Gray. I’ve added the base strip to anchor the room at bed level in almost velvety shade In The Midnight Hour. I’ve used Scotch Painters TapeContinue reading “Creating The Accent Wall”
Finally I can reveal the room I’ve designed for the Talented Designer Challenge using South Shore furniture and accessories. I was inspired by the shape of the headboard and carried the geometric pattern throughout the room. I also love the leather handle detail on the dresser which influenced my style direction. The result is theContinue reading “Talented Designer Challenge Room Reveal”
Abode to Adore has been selected as one of the four US interior designers to take part the Talented Designers Challenge. The designers are asked to create a room decor using South Shore furniture and accessories. The designs will be showcased on social media where public can vote for their favorite room and the winningContinue reading “The Battle of the Designers – It’s On!”
Benjamin Moore recently announced their color trends for 2022. The overall palette is calming and inspired by botanical hues, bringing in several shades of green. One of them is October Mist, named as the Color of the Year 2022. This color palette is fantastic for staging since it can create an inviting, soothing mood thatContinue reading “Perfect Hues for Your 2022 Home ReFresh”
Japandi is a fusion of two distinct styles: Japanese and Scandinavian. It’s a combination of the Nordic concept of Hygge (a feeling of warmth and well-being in a home) and the ancient Buddhist concept of wabi-sabi(the acceptance of imperfection). Modern Japanese (Zen) interior design is anchored in minimalist principles, clean lines, and natural materials. RoomsContinue reading “Style Focus: Japandi”
Frequently Asked Questions Q: What goes into preparing a property for sale? A: The art of preparing and showcasing a home for sale involves many steps and is usually referred to as home staging. The scope of staging goes far beyond what some people see as decorating: an experienced home stager will determine necessary repairs,Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Home for a Top $ Sale without any Upfront Costs “
Fall is the perfect time to draw inspiration from nature and bring in colorful, cozy vibes to your abode. From colors of leaves, shapes of harvest goods, texture of a cozy sweater, to the smell of cinnamon spice, these can be perfectly translated into some fun fall refresh additions. Our favorite fall inspired color paletteContinue reading “Fall Refresh Ideas”
This hidden gem in Harvard, MA features an amazing space and gardens that match their great cause. This fall, Abode to Adore will take part in the annual walk and ride event to raise awareness and support for the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden and their mission to provide integrative cancer care. If you’d like toContinue reading “The Healing Garden”
What really is staging, and what it isn’t? I recently gave the presentation busting some stubborn myths about home staging and expectations around it. See the top 6 Home Staging Myths debunked.
Thank you to all our clients and neighbors who voted for Abode to Adore as the Neighborhood Favorite. The last year has been a strange one, with the pandemic and the intense housing market, to say the least. But the power of local community support combined with hard work always prevails!
When choosing accessories for staging, consider the three key ways how they can contribute to the appeal of the home: For one, they are a perfect way to inject color, pattern, texture or style. Two, they add function – like decorative baskets that hide homeowners clutter, or lamps that light up the space. Last, butContinue reading “Our Top 8 Favorite Home Staging Essentials”
The dining room is one of the 4 most important areas to stage – and one of our favorites, since there are so may possibilities. First to consider are the house style, color scheme and size, as well as the target buyers’ lifestyle. It’s important to define the area – whether there is already aContinue reading “Tips and Ideas for Staging a Dining Room”
Clutter is anything in your home that is not useful to you and that you do not love. There are many reasons people accumulate clutter. Homeowners often don’t realize when their possessions have crept into this category. There is just-in-case clutter, nostalgia clutter, gift clutter, even guilt clutter. Whether it’s a box of old photos,Continue reading “How to Tackle Decluttering This Spring – to sell your house or regain your space”
First step in decluttering and organizing is to create storage solutions. We always recommend our clients decorative baskets and bins to put away their collections and everyday items. Here are some of our favorite picks. Abode to Adore, LLC does not receive any compensation for endorsement of the above featured products.
When preparing a house for a sale, one of the key three areas to focus on is the kitchen. This space is at the top of buyers’ priority list and is really worthwhile spending some extra time there to present it in the best light. Here are the top 5 tips for staging a kitchenContinue reading “Top 5 Tips for Staging a Kitchen”
Spring market is just around the corner! Make sure your house is ready by joining one of our online workshops. We will guide you how to prepare your property for the real estate market so it sells faster and for more money. Our topics will cover creating appeal for potential buyers, prioritizing improvements for best returnContinue reading “Staged To Sell Workshop”
The recent lifestyle adjustments have influenced some of the new trends on the horizon for 2021. Here’s what we think will dominate homes this year. Color People are craving comfort, warmth and serenity. This is reflected by the emerging color schemes dominated by the light and warm neutrals like beige, cream and sand, as wellContinue reading “2021 Style Forecast”
This year, PANTONE announced not one but two colors of the year: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating yellow. They describe the combination as practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic: the union of strength and positivity. It’s the color story that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness withContinue reading “These Colors Of The Year 2021 Are Great for Home Decor”
It’s time to infuse your abode with the holiday spirit! This is a good year to update your holiday decor and add some fresh cheer to your old pieces. Start with what you have to see what is missing, looks tired, or doesn’t go well with the rest. Our inspiration board can help you decideContinue reading “How to Update Your Holiday Decor This Season”
If you find yourself moving between the couch and kitchen counter while trying to work from home, it’s time to save your sanity and create a designated office area. The truth is, you only need 5 things and one morning to set up a home office that will ensure some much needed peace and increasedContinue reading “5 Things You Need to Create a Home Office”
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