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Spectacular Mid-Century Lake Encino Home Staging

Spectacular Mid-Century Lake Encino Home Staging

We love staging Mid-Century homes, with their soaring ceilings and fabulous architectural details. This spectacular Mid-Century Lake Encino home staging project is one of our recent favorites. We were hired for a consultation prior to staging and selected the new flooring, some light fixtures and paint colors.

Lake Encino Living_Room home staging

From the Listing Agent’s notes:

This dramatic and open-flowing 5 bedroom single-story Contemporary, situated on a prime flat corner lot, is an absolute visual delight! Enter into the wide foyer with marble floors and you will be immediately captivated by the expansive and bright floor plan. The spacious living room is highlighted by new wood floors and a vaulted ceiling with new recessed lighting , while the adjoining formal dining room is accented by a corner fireplace. The kitchen features granite countertops, a breakfast area, and a Viking six-burner gas cooktop, and is adjacent to the roomy and casual family room that offers the perfect space to entertain or relax. There is a separate guest or maid’s wing in addition to the primary bedroom wing, which leads off with the master suite, adorned with limestone floors, an updated bath, and two walk-in closets. An integral indoor/outdoor ambiance is at the centerpiece of nearly every room. The large and prominent backyard, with its abundantly generous grassy play area and patios, sets the stage for a world of possibilities. Added bonuses and upgrades include striking onyx bathroom countertops, new wood floors in the main entertaining areas, new carpet and interior and exterior paint, new recessed lighting, and two newer air conditioning units and furnaces. Sophisticated, yet stylish and comfortable, this great property is ready to go!

DiningRoom Lake_Encino Home For Sale

Spectacular Mid-Century Lake Encino Living Room

For more information about this spectacular Mid-Century Lake Encino home contact,  Sherry Robbin. MLS# SR18087144

Photos by Paul Barnaby @ Total Agent

If you’d like more info about our home staging services, please call Michelle at (626)385-8852

 

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The Best Light Bulbs When Selling A Home

I’m often asked “What are the best light bulbs when selling a home?” during our comprehensive home staging consultations.

What are the best light bulbs when selling a home? It used to be very easy to buy light bulbs. You went to the grocery store or the hardware store and you had the choice of the iconic incandescent light bulb, the one everyone is familiar with:

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Your most difficult choice was 40 watt, 60 watt or 100 watt, frosted or clear.

Now when you walk into the hardware store you have a choice of a few energy saving Incandescents, those horrible, curly CFL curly florescent bulbs (which contain mercury and must be disposed of as hazardous waste), Halogen bulbs (which burn very hot – they’ve been known to melt light fixtures when used in the wrong place) and LED bulbs.  All are relatively inexpensive, except Halogen, which I avoid anyway because of the heat output.

Of all the types of bulbs, LEDs are the most energy efficient and they can last as long as 10 years per bulb! They used to be expensive, but you can buy them for as little as $1 at Dollar Tree or other Dollar-type stores. Just be sure they will suit your purpose. Not all LED bulbs are dimmable or appropriate for outdoor use, for instance.

Which light color should I buy?

Most light bulbs come in 4 “colors”: Soft White, Warm White, Bright White and Daylight. The colors are based on a units called Kelvins (K).  Lower Kelvins mean more yellow light; the higher the Kelvin number the whiter or bluer light.

Soft White (yellowish appearance) – 2500K-3000K. This is the typical color associated with old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. It is the color of light we are most familiar with and feel most comfortable with.

Warm White (between yellowish and white light) 3000K-4000K.

Bright White (between white/neutral and cool light) – 4000k-5000k.

Daylight (blue/cool color light) – 5000K-6500K.

Soft White, 2700K, is a soft yellowish light; Cool White, 4100K, bit whiter than soft white; Daylight, 5000-6500K, bluish, whitish light, resembles noon on a cloudless day

Image courtesy of Batteries Plus

For my money, I prefer light bulbs that are 3000K. The color temperature of the light closely approximates the light from incandescent bulbs, which are the most flattering light and the one we are most used to. They are usually marketed as Soft White or Warm White. As long as they are 3,000K (you can find this info on the back of most light bulb boxes) you are good to go. 

The color temperature of the light in a house can affect a buyer’s perception of a home – is it warm and welcoming or is it cold and clinical. Does the home feel cozy or does it feel like a hospital corridor or dentist’s office. The best scenario is for the home buyer to feel comfortable and cozy, so they can imagine themselves living in the home.

We usually see a mix of incandescent, curly CFLs and LEDs all mixed in one home before staging, sometimes in the same room. When photographing a home, all those different light bulbs show up differently in the photos. For the best looking photos of the home and the best buyer experience during the open houses and showings, all recessed light bulbs need to match and they should all be about 3,000K and a minimum of 800 Lumen (equivalent to about 60 watts). 800 Lumen Warm White bulbs are the best color temperature and wattage for lamps, too.

These are the best light bulbs when selling a home.

 

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Pasadena Home Staging – Mid-Century Modern Love!

It doesn’t get better than this! Pasadena Home Staging -Mid-Century Modern Love!

2 weeks ago we completed this Pasadena Home Staging project of a beautiful Mid-Century home.

Front door of Pasadena Mid-Century Modern Staging

Even the front door was spectacular! I love the original detail on the door and the terrazzo tile in the entry.

Mid Century Modern Entry in Pasadena

The original floors were replaced with what looks like wire brushed oak planks with a gray wash. Yummy!

Another view of the Mid Century Modern Entry in Pasadena

The house has great flow from one room into the next. The rug is from India and is hand knotted. It’s an 8’x10′, so you can see just how large the entry is.

Pasadena Home Staging Living Room

When we stage a home, we honor the architecture without being a slave to it. We want to appeal to fans of Mid-Century Modern, but still keep the home warm and appealing to anyone who walks in the front door. I love, love, love those windows and the paneled ceiling.

Mid Century Modern living room with high ceilings

The fireplace has a terrazzo surround. The sliding glass doors lead out to a private patio. You could throw a great party in this house!

Pasadena Home Staging MCM Family Room

Moving on to the family room, we added  some color with cobalt blue sofa and chairs. I wanted to pull in some of the blue from the beautiful pool right outside the door.

Pasadena Home Staging MCM Family Room

Guest bedroom Pasadena home staging

This was one of the 3 bedrooms we staged in this home.

We don’t just work on Pasadena home staging pojects. We staged another house last week in a similar style in Hollywood Hills. Check out Hollywood Hills Home Staging.

 

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Hollywood Hills Home Staging – Hollywood Hipster View Home

We had a lot of fun with this Hollywood Hills Home Staging project for a Los Angeles Flipper.

We were so lucky to be hired for this Hollywood Hills home staging project. Located in the Hollywood Dell area of the Hollywood Hills, this very cool home is located perfectly close to the 101, the studios and Hollywood. Living Room In Hollywood Hills Home StagingWho doesn’t love a good Yak photo?

We paired a rustic jute braided rug with teak and wicker stairs, 2 carved pod end tables and chunky throw pillows with lots of texture.

Living room Hollywood Hills home staging another view

This house has amazing views of downtown Hollywood (Capitol Records Building!) and we created 3 different outdoor living areas. While this house is just 1,200 SF, the outdoor living spaces makes the house feel double the size.

I love mixing Old and New elements, like the antique Indonesian fence post and Mudra hand, with newly sourced sofa and chairs.

Some different views of the kitchen:

Cool kitchen in Hollywood Hills home staging project

Kitchen in Hollywood Hills Home staging

Wide view of the kitchen Hollywood Hills home staging

Here’s the dining room. I love the hairpin legs on the dining chairs. They really work well with the Steam Punk style dining table.

Hollywood Hills home staging dining area

I’ll let you in on a little secret: This beautiful rug is from Target!

Hollywood hills master bedroom home staging

We had fun staging the bedrooms too. The throw on the bed is an antique, handmade African quilt. Rug is handwoven, from India.

Master bedroom home staging in Hollywood Hills

Here’s a couple of shots of the 2nd bedroom:

Hollywood Hills home staging guest bedroom

David Bowie poster graces the guest bedroom

These beautiful photos were shot by Nick Li Aerious Plus

Check out our Contemporary Home Staging Portfolio.

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