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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!

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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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Money Saving Tips For Choosing Carpet When Selling Your Home

Carpet SamplesTips for Choosing Carpet When Selling Your Home

You’ve decided to put your Los Angeles home on the market and you realize that one of the many things you need to do to prepare your  home for sale is to replace the worn, stained, Chartreuse or stinky carpet that was installed when Jimmy Carter was president. Good idea, with one caveat: If you have hardwood floors under the existing carpet, don’t re-carpet. Remove the old carpet and spend the money (often times less money) having the hardwood floors refinished. Hardwood floors trump carpet every time when putting a home up for sale.

OK, you’ve peeked under the old carpet (by lifting a corner in several rooms) and you see plywood, sub-floor or concrete. Time to go carpet shopping.

Here are 6 money saving tips for choosing the right carpet to prepare your Los Angeles home for sale:

  1. Don’t buy expensive carpet, but do buy the least expensive carpet  suitable for a home at your listing price. For example, if you are selling a home in Highland Park that’s priced at $450,000, you can get away with purchasing less expensive carpet than if you are selling a home in Pasadena that will be listed at $1.5 million. If the carpet is going up steps, choose a denser carpet so it wraps the edge of the step without showing the mesh backing.
  2. Choose a light, neutral color carpet. You are not choosing a carpet that you have to live with or love. Remember, you are preparing your home so it appears move in ready for your buyer. Choose carpet that is cream, tan, beige, pale gold, caramel or cafe au lait. Lighter colored carpet makes a room feel larger and a neutral color is more likely to match existing tile or flooring already installed in the house. Additionally, neutral colored carpet is more likely to go with a potential buyer’s furniture.
  3. Choose a smooth texture. You may love that floral cut pile texture, but there is a good chance that potential buyers won’t. I usually recommend either a cut pile (like a Saxony or velvet texture) or a cut and loop combination with (without a sculptural pattern). These two choices tend to look more expensive than loop carpets.Best carpet for staging
  4. Shop around for price. Many big box stores slap a private label on carpet that is available elsewhere to make it more difficult to shop around. Don’t always assume a big box store will give you a better price than an independent carpet store. Many independent carpets stores price their broadloom carpet very competitively. They want your business and, if you find the right store, you will probably get great service backed by years of experience.
  5. Keep it simple. It is best to use the same carpet throughout the house. It makes the house feel larger rather than chopping it up room by room. The cost of carpet will be less since pieces left over from one room can be used to complete another room.
  6. Don’t offer a carpet allowance. Allowances are for teenagers. Buyers today are expecting homes to be move-in ready.  They want you to go through the hassle of replacing the carpet.  They’ll accept your allowance and still offer a lower price.

If you need help selecting the right carpet  to prepare  your Los Angeles home for sale, call Michelle at Moving Mountains Design (626)385-8852. We’re happy to help.

Top photo by Emily May

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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

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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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