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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

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Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Big

18 Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Bigger

Do you know these 18 tips to make a small house feel bigger? I am frequently asked, by homeowners and real estate agents I work with, how to make their home or listing look bigger to appeal to more buyers. As an expert home stager in Pasadena and Los Angeles, one of my primary jobs is to make smaller homes feel more spacious.


Here’s a list of 18 tips for making a small home feel bigger. You can use these tips whether you are staging a home to sell or if you are planning to stay, but just need some help dealing with smaller rooms. These tips will work with for vacant home staging (if you’re bringing in furniture) or occupied home stagomg (dealing with the client’s existing furniture):

  1. Pare down the furniture to the essentials. Do you really need a chair in the bedroom? Will the room appear larger with just the bed, the nightstands and maybe a dresser?
  2. Clutter makes a room feel smaller. Lots of smaller items, like a Hummel collection or bowling trophies displayed on every horizontal surface, eat up visual space. Only display 3-5 items at a time. Store, sell or pre-pack the rest. You’re selling a home, not a collection of “treasures”.
  3. Use fewer pieces of furniture. Its better to have one larger dresser than 2 smaller ones.
  4. Use appropriately sized furniture. Having a too big sofa in a small den will call attention to how small the room really is.
  5. Pull furniture away from the wall. That little bit of breathing room will give a sense of greater space.  Create a cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace, with room to move around the back of the furniture.
  6. Cooler colors recede, so painting an interior room a pale blue, green or gray will make it feel larger.
  7. Houses appear larger on the outside when painted a lighter color.
  8. Keep walkways and sight-lines clear. Don’t place furniture so that you are walking into the back of the sofa, or other large piece of furniture, when you walk into the room.
  9. Bedrooms feel larger if there is ample space to walk on either side of the bed. Not enough space? Get a smaller bed while you home is on the market. Downsize from a king to a queen or from a queen to a double, if necessary.
  10. Place the bed on the wall furthest from the door, if possible. The room will feel instantly larger.
  11. Show more hardwood. The larger the expanse of hardwood floor, the larger the room will appear. Do you really need that area rug? If the hardwood floors are hidden by wall to wall carpet, remove the carpet. The home will feel much more spacious.
  12. Try using one larger area rug instead of several smaller rugs. Or if the room looks OK without it, don’t use any area rugs.
  13. Patterned upholstery and drapes make a room feel smaller. Use fewer patterns on upholstery and bedding. Use a solid color blanket or bedspread on a bed in a small bedroom to make the room feel larger.
  14. Strategically placed mirrors make a room feel larger. Reflect a window or outdoor view, if possible. You can visually expand a space by putting a large mirror over a sofa.
  15. A well lit room feels larger. Get rid of those dark corners. Make sure every overhead light and table lamp is lit before open houses and showings.
  16. Minimize window treatments. The simpler the better. Shutters, blinds or simple drapes (no flounces, ruffles, strong patterns or complicated valences) take up less “visual space”.
  17. Make all your cabinets and closets half-empty. You will appear to have more closet and cabinet space. There is no such thing as a closet that is too empty when selling your home.
  18. Clean houses feel larger. Make sure every surface including your floors are shiny clean. Clean your windows and screens so they let in maximum light and sparkle.

Living room home staging by Moving Mountains Design

These home staging tips to make your home feel larger will work if you are staging to sell or staging to live.

If you need help figuring out how to make your home or listing feel larger, hire us for a home staging consultation. You’ll get some easy-to-implement expert home staging and interior design tips.  Its the best “bang for your buck” and it’s a great investment in preparing your home or listing for sale, or making your home more livable if you are planning to stay.

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12 Steps To Real Estate Success in 2018

12 Steps to achieve real estate success in 2018

Real Estate Success A Hole In OneI am often told that I am lucky to be the owner of a successful Los Angeles home staging company. Luck is the magic sauce that makes it all come together, but there are many things I do every day to make sure my company is well regarded and stays ahead of the competition.

Following these 12 steps will make you a real estate success in 2018, whether you are a real estate agent, mortgage broker, appraiser or home stager.

Unlike the title of the hit Broadway play “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, you really do have to make an effort in order to be a real estate success. Here’s my 12 tips for success in the Real Estate business:

  1. The early bird really does get the worm: I find I am more likely to get the staging contract if I am one of the first home stagers to return the client’s call. You get to make an impression on the client first, and that’s often the deepest connection. I imagine it works the same way with real estate agents.
  2. Under-promise and over-deliver: I never reveal every bit of what I’m going to do, or what I’m going to provide before staging a home. I always make sure I go the extra mile and deliver more than I promised.
  3. Don’t take on projects that are “over your head”: You’re dealing with your client’s most valuable asset – their home. If you take on too big of a project or too large of a listing, and you fail, you will ruin your reputation, and may create a dire situation for your client. Stretching yourself to take on a little more than what you are used to is good, but this whole concept of “Fake it till you make it” is deceitful and deceptive.
  4. Open and frequent communication is key: Make sure everyone involved in or with your business understands what you will be providing, how much it costs, and what is expected of them. Repeat, if necessary, until you are certain everyone is on the same page.
  5. Surround yourself with the best: We are measured by the company we keep. Expel people who are dishonest, have dodgy ethics or simply make you feel uncomfortable, from your inner circle. Don’t partner with other agents, home stagers, mortgage brokers, contractors, etc. that behave questionably, lest you be painted with the same brush. Don’t take on clients that seem dishonest, unethical or “weird”. They won’t be worth the lost sleep and headaches.
  6. Trust your “gut”: If you’re not sure if something is OK, or a client asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, or you wonder what might happen if you “get caught” – DON’T DO IT! We have “gut” instincts for a reason. It’s nature’s way of protecting us.
  7. Build trust with your clients and your community, and do everything necessary to maintain that trust. Lose a job, turn down a client, quit, if you have to, but maintain your personal integrity.
  8. Keep up on new technology and continuing education: You can take classes in a classroom, go to a seminar, take classes on-line, hire an expert to help you or subscribe to various blogs and groups, but don’t ever close the door to learning as much as possible about tools, technology or methods for doing your job better and more efficiently. I spend at least one hour per day reading blogs from various disciplines (technology, law, finance, art and, yes, real estate) to “keep my tools sharp”.
  9. Always be prepared: We can’t be prepared for every eventuality, but there are many we can and should be prepared for. I think ahead  (if I could underline that twice I would!) and try to figure out all the things that might go wrong or surprise me, and then I try to be prepared.
  10. The greater your effort the greater your chances of success: I have a plan and goals and I work my plan every day (well, almost). I work hard, try to work consistently and make sure my efforts are heading me in the right direction.
  11. Believe that you earn success: I believe that I deserve success, I work hard for it and I earn it. Even when I am not so successful, I believe that I deserve to be successful. If you don’t believe you deserve success – not just want it, but really deserve it – you will always manage to sabotage your success.
  12. Be kind, be respectful, be helpful and behave professionally: You may not always get every job or listing by being kind, respectful and helpful, but you will earn the respect of your peers and clients and your reputation will grow accordingly. Behave professionally, because you never know who’s sees what your doing, reads what you’re posting to Facebook or where your next client will come from.

Follow these 12 easy steps to become the real estate success you know you deserve to be!

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Los Angeles Home Staging | Contemporary Home Staging

Los Angeles Home Staging | Contemporary Home Staging

We recently staged this beautifully designed home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles. This is one of our favorite Los Angeles home staging projects. With 3 bedrooms up and one bedroom downstairs, an open floor plan and beautiful finishes, this Los Angeles home for sale has it all.

Look at these gorgeous barn doors in the entry at the office! The beautiful hardwood floors, marble counters and tile make this home truly special.

Barn door office doors home staging    Office home staging with glass desk on chrome saw horsesOpen plan kitchen home staging with barstools and marble counterLos Angeles home staging contemporary living roomLos Angeles breakfast banquette home stagingOpen floorplan living area home stagingReal Estate Staging a Master Bedroom in Los Angeles Photos by Kevin Edge Real Estate Photography

From the listing agent’s notes:

Professionally Designed Mar Vista Stunner. Fashioned with a Transitional design, this residence blends modern and classic styles resulting in a home with universal appeal. Attractive Redwood fencing surrounds the property which can be accessed via private motorized gate or sidewalk intercom. Upon entry, notice the impressive rustic farm doors that lead to a private contemporary office. Wire brushed hardwood flooring runs throughout an open well designed floor plan ideal for entertaining or private casual living. The living room boasts an impressive floor to ceiling tiled fireplace with wood mantle. Enjoy a chef’s kitchen with built-in bench, stainless steel appliances, soft close cabinetry, designer lighting, along with Carrara marble framing the center island and countertops. The master retreat comes with a sliding door balcony, designer tilework and Encaustic tile flooring. Beautiful Saltillo tile, railroad tie steps, and fine weathered granite dress a sizeable backyard for hosting friends and family or peacefully unwinding. Other highlights include, new HVAC system, new water heater, new plumbing and a finished garage with sliding door access that makes an ideal creative space for incubating ideas. Truly unique properties like this are a rare find.

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For more information about our Los Angeles home staging services call (626)385-8852 or via this home staging estimate form. We work with home owners, real estate agents, builders, investors and asset management companies.

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