Bring the Outdoors In

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Staged homes are almost always graced with bountiful fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. “Take clippings of branches or twigs and put them in a large vase in the corner of a room to add height — it’s a great structural piece that doesn’t cost anything,” says Michelle Yackel, an Atlanta staging expert. “It’s also an easy way to incorporate seasonal greenery.”

Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring, summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall leaves warm up your decor on chilly autumn days, holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter, and airy feather-grass plumes add elegance and texture any time of year.

Get creative! Don’t be scared to try something different,” Yackel says. “Just about every stager has tales of home sellers who, upon seeing their once-tired abodes transformed, decided to stay put.” Who knows? You, too, may just find that you love your “new” home so much you’ll never want to give it up.

Some staging focuses on making your home more attractive and appealing in order to show its very best to the largest number of potential buyers. One of the smartest decisions a seller can make, staging one’s home can turn a boring, unattractive property into a warm and inviting residence. Staged homes sell faster, get higher offers, look better in MLS and advertising photos, have an edge over competing properties and often sway a final purchase decision.

Another Great Idea is Silk Flowers, Plants, Trees & Wreaths

Silk flower arrangements, plants, trees and wreaths are a beautiful, inexpensive and low maintenance way of adding realism, warmth and color to your home’s interior or make an outside area look more inviting.

Staging with Silks

Silk plants don’t have to look fake, and can come in a wide variety of premium quality, designer silk flowers and arrangements, silk plants, artificial trees and silk wreaths to meet all your staging needs, home enhancement or interior design themes. They can complement your interior spaces and outdoor environment like the organics, especially since many silk flowers, plants and trees have become so realistic, many people can’t tell the difference until they bend to smell the flowers.

1.  Add plants and potted flowers to patios and decks.
2.  Add a flowering vine to a garden trellis.
3.  Mix bulb-type flowers in planter boxes with real flowers.
4.  Flank a front door with silk trees and/or topiary.
5.  Add flowers and potted plants to the front porch or steps.
6.  A wreath on the front door says “welcome!”
7.  Add beautiful silk flower arrangements to kitchen counters, dining tables, bedside, occasional or living room tables. And grouping plants on the floor to make a dynamic room display. Use plants with different heights, put some on stands or small tables or group three large plants together in a triangle. (The same rule of 3-5-7 also applies here as well.)
9.   Add smaller plants or floral arrangements to shelves or on tables next to lamps.
10. Add hanging ferns or flowers to entertainment centers or bookcases.
11. Place tropical plants and flowers on bathroom counters, near the bathtub or on the rims of a Jacuzzi.Add flower arrangements in colors that complement the existing room colors.

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