Etsy Mother's Day Gift that Rock

We have our finger on the pulse when it comes to shopping for the latest and greatest so… we wanted to get your creative wheels turnin’ on the Mother’s Day front.

Here are some great gift ideas for you!!

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To Inspire You.

This is the go-to for door beauty.

These cotton blankets are the bomb! Sitting in a basket outside to extend your time outdoors. Yes Please!

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How about an ever-so-chic bird feeder?

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Amy Waltz Designs

This is probably the only time I wish I had 5 kids.

My girls know how much I love a pretty mug so I know there are Mom’s everywhere who agree!

Velvet Crown Design

And…if we have not inspired you enough with these fab gifts then we invite you to see Etsy’s Editor Picks here.

MOM’S ROCK!

Day in the Life of our Furniture

Could not wait for professional photos because I am so excited to share this hipster home. Light, bright, airy and a whole lotta fun to stage.

We have had the molded chairs in the warehouse just waiting to be put to work. I struggled with the head chairs until I saw an Instagram post showing wicker chairs at the head of the table. Luckily our Donghia chairs were raising their hand for the job. It’s a first for them in this setting but they assured me they were up for the task. WE. LOVE. THE. LOOK.!

Note the bar set up in the back ground. We have our go-to pro that is always up for the task of creating a bar. Thank you Jen! (I will do a post specifically on her bar set up…stay tuned). Sometimes she brews coffee or tea (if there is no soy sauce) to create the colors in the bottles.

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The leather Atrium Chair has also been hiding in the warehouse. We loaded it for a bedroom but found that it was more impact full in the living area. The live edge coffee table calms down AND warms up the modern vibe. (That’s a heavy responsibility for a coffee table). Every piece has its role. We only had 1 art wall so we made the most of it by going large. Originally we had a console but in the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez it was just “Meh". The art was thrilled to hog the wall and take the job away from our console.

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An amateur photo shot of the first impression but I think it makes you look up and say “wow”. It’s job is to set the tone of the home. It’s says “expect this home to be modern, sexy and ever-so-hip”.

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The gold and black side tables have often been used as night stands. They turn the design conversation to metals. We paired it with gold lamps and finished with a metallic gold circle mirror. Everyone is happy…

The final image is the 2nd bedroom. So much going on with so little color. It’s all about tones and textures.

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We will be featuring this house again with better photos but just had to share because I am inspired. The listing will be out soon- it is by Team Diva Real Estate. Staging is by us at Open House Staging.


Stunning Mount Baker Neighborhood

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Listing by Lesly Chapman for Compass Realty and that sweet staging is by us at Open House LLC.

Leshi Neighborhood

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We are pretty thrilled about how this staging turned out. Digging in and getting creative is a big deal for us so it was a fun job for sure.

Listing by Joie Gowan for Windermere Real Estate, photos by Luca at Lensit Studios, Staging by Open House LLC.

Wallingford Neighborhood Staging

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Listing by Theresa Truex for Windermere, Photography by Jim Thomson at Aereal Photo Seattle and staging by Open House LLC.

Target + Leanne Ford = Coolness

I told you all about HGTV’s Restored by the Fords show a while back in a post here. Brother and sister team who renovate homes in Pennsylvania. She has a sassy style and he executes her fabulous signature. Great ideas on re-purposing, refinishing, redoing, remodeling, you get the jig…Very much worth your time to watch it if you haven’t already.

Here is her Project 62 lighting line for Target. I love the look in very small doses.

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Belltown Living

This condo cannot stay on the market very long, that’s for certain. We loved the large spaces, great parking (no lie), huge views and hip building. Our client wanted it to feel bright, colorful and swank which I think we delivered.

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Listing by Team Diva Real Estate. To see a cute video by their team you can go here. Photography by Seattle’s most popular photographer, John Wilbanks, and this ever so hip staging was done by the amazing staging designers at Open House Staging.

Mercer Island Staging

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Our goal was to keep everything in this home white, light and bright. We had to show off the great spaces and keep the rooms as bright as possible.

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Stop in our SHOP for more inspiration.

Listing by Sarah Ford for Coldwell Banker Bain, photographs by John Wilbanks at JWPhoto and staging by the hard working Open House team.

10 Steps to Preparing your Home for Sale

Would you like to make as much money as possible on the sale of your home? Sellers are getting top dollar when they put some skin in the game and prepare their home for the market. 

These are important first steps:

#1. Put away your emotions and put on your business hat. You are now selling a product and someone else’s dream.

#2. Curb Appeal: Get your landscaping dialed in. Weeded, planted, mulched (no red bark please) and beautiful. Be honest-how does your front door look? (See #3)

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#3 Paint: Out with the strong statement colors and in with the neutrals. [Check out this blog post for in-tell on paint]

#4 Lighting: Remove fabric window coverings, valances and anything that blocks out the light. Illuminate the room with table lamps and floor lamps or better yet, a current light fixture.

#5 Reinvent rooms. Create an office in a small nook area, or a craft room in a dingy area of the basement. (See #10)

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#6 Pack away belongings and de-clutter. Do not leave any closet untouched. Get a storage pod and pack pack pack. Or better yet, move out altogether. 

#7 Clean. Professionally is always my vote. Cleaners see so much more than homeowners. They know the drill. Do not forget windows-inside and out.

#8 Repair as much as possible. Make a list in order of importance. Buyers want a home that has been well cared for and loved. 

#9 Interview Real Estate Agents and listen to them. They are in the business of helping homeowners get top dollar and most should know how to do that.

#10 Hire a reputable staging company. Check out their current work and reviews from clients. Start with Houzz.  It cost money to stage so make certain you have connected with the right staging company.