Take A Quiz: Are You A Good Candidate For a Room Makeover?

Take A Quiz: Are You A Good Candidate For a Room Makeover?

I live in St Paul, Minnesota.  Most northerners like me spend a lot of time indoors in the winter and that can lead to a bit of cabin fever. If you like home design the way I do, you might find that giving a room in your house a room makeover will help chase those blues away.

When doing a room makeover (sometimes called room redesign) we will use the furniture, accessories, art, and lighting that you already own and rearrange them to create a brand new look and a room that provides the function or functions that you desire for the space.

Room Makeover (One Day Redesign)  is very different from interior design. Interior design usually starts with a blank slate. An interior designer will design a room from the ground up. The interior designer and the client then go out and purchase the furniture and accessories that are needed to create the room.  Interior design is a lengthy and expensive process.On the other hand,room makeovers are usually completed in less than a day and  are very affordable. The only cost is the redesigner’s fee and maybe a few new accessories to complete the look.

I am a professional home stager and room makeover specialist.  Here are some questions that I ask prospective clients to see if a room makeover would be a good idea for them.

Is It Time for A Room Makeover?   Test Your Readiness

If you find that you are a good candidate for doing a room makeover and if you live in the Twin Cities metro area please give me a call at 651.587.5887 to schedule a makeover appointment today. You can also reach me by email.

2 Quick Organizing Tips to Simplify Your World

2 Quick Organizing Tips to Simplify Your World

I love an organized home, and I bet you do too.
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I am a homestager and room makeover expert in St Paul, Minnesota. It is my pleasure to help people create spaces that welcome them home. There is one thing that  I know for sure.  It is the small and consistent changes that we make in our daily routines that come together to make an organized home.

Sometimes it is the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy.  I find joy everyday from simple modifications that I have implemented in my home over the years.  Here are a couple modifications that I made years ago that just keep on giving:

  1. Storing my earrings in ice cube trays that fit neatly into the top drawer of my dresser. One pair in each ice cube mold.  Not rocket science, but life enhancing.
  2. A small covered box next to the phone in my kitchen. This box has my scissors, a small stapler, pens, clips, and post-it notes.  Everyone in the house knows that if they take something out of the box it needs to go back there…or else!

Why do these small systems provide joy? They make my life easier.  No more fumbling around looking for the mate for an earring…no more asking my friends, or my homestaging and room makeover clients to hold the line while I find a pen.  These two little things are consistently maintained and make my world calmer.

I am not an organized person by nature.  I have to work at it.  And I don’t enjoy cleaning. I know some people do, but it is not on my favorite things list.  So I have adopted a system for organizing and cleaning my home in 20 minute increments. I learned from the organizing experts that I can do anything for 15 minutes.  I have modified that a little…and it works for me.

If you are looking for more tips on how  to get your home  organized  subscribe to my blog.

I’d love to hear from you about organizing tips and tricks that you have implemented that make your life easier.

If you live in the St Paul metro and could use the help of a Room Makeover expert or a Professional Home Stager, give me a call for schedule a one-to-one meeting.  I will share my secrets, large and small, to help you create the home of your dreams.

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About the Author: Christi Bond lives in St Paul, Minnesota and is a recognized leader in the field of home staging and room makeovers.  She has been providing value added services to homeowners, real estate investors, and real estate agents for nearly seven years.

If you live in the twin cities metro area I would welcome the opportunity to share my staging, organizing and design expertise with you. I can be reached  by phone at 651.587.5887 or contact me by email.

I provide Home Staging and Room Makeover services in the greater Twin Cities metro.  Including but not limited to: White Bear Lake, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Maplewood, North Oaks, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Hudson, Hastings, Hugo, Forest Lake, Columbia Heights, Highland Park, St Paul, Minneapolis, South St Paul, Apple Valley,  Minnesota

7 Simple Steps to an Organized Closet

7 Simple Steps to an Organized Closet

I have a closet organizing system that I share with my home staging and room makeover clients. If you are interested in creating an organized living space for your home you might want to give it a try.  It has worked for many of my home staging clients and it will work for you too.

As a professional homestager and room makeover expert working in the St. Paul metro area I coach clients all the time on how to clear out their closets, cabinets and storage areas.

Why do homestagers make such a big deal about organizing closets, cabinets and storage areas?  Because, the goal of homestaging is to appeal to a buyer’s hopes and dreams. Most of us dream about living in an organized and attractive home.  The tips below can help you achieve the dream no matter if you are staying put or getting ready to sell.

Seven Closet Organizing Tips For Getting The Job Done FAST

  1.  Set a timer.  The idea here is that a timer sets the session up as a game.  If you only have 20 minutes allotted to the project you will
    Home Stagers Sample Organized Closet

    Organization Makes This Small Closet Work Hard

    want to exceed your own expectations and get the job done. That is the rule.  Once the timer goes off you are done.

  2. Take everything out.  Pushing everything around into neater piles without taking anything out often leads to a session of organizing clutter.  It will look nice for a day or so, but will not bring you long term results
  3. Have donation and trash bags right where you are working. If it is clearly trash or an item you want to donate drop into the appropriate bag the first time you touch it. If you are uncertain place in the “keep” pile. Move fast during this process.
  4. Look over the keep pile. Review the items that did not go in the trash or the donation bags. Look for themes.  Place like items together. If you have duplicates decide if you can donate the extra items, or perhaps store in a different location until you need the item.
  5. Group small items together in a larger container I call 25 bottles of nail polish visual clutter.  On the other hand a labeled container that says nail polish can be a simple pleasure.
  6. Put it back.  Keep like items together.  If you are selling you home place the most pleasing items at eye level, and make sure personal items are tucked away so that a buyer doesn’t need to confront them.  If you are not selling you can arrange by placing the most frequently used items in the most accessible location.
  7. Pat yourself on the back….or have a beer, or read a book.  Whatever your pleasure.  Celebrate a job well done.

I wish you a New Year filled with peace and joy. If you need to get your home organized home to allow peace and joy to enter your life, follow my posts.  I will share my secrets, large and small, to help you create the home of your dreams.

I’d love to hear from you about organizing tips and tricks that you have implemented that make your life easier.

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About the Author: Christi Bond is a recognized leader in the field of homestaging and room makeovers.  She has been providing value added services to homeowners, real estate investors, and real estate agents for nearly seven years.

Are you are preparing to sell a home or property in the Twin Cities Metro? Maybe you are staying put but are looking for advice on how to make your home more visually pleasing and more organized. If so, I would welcome the opportunity to share my staging, organizing and design expertise. I can be reached via email by using my contact form or by phone at 651.587.5887.

I provide Home Staging and Room Makeover services in the greater Twin Cities metro.  Some of the areas that I have provided services in include: White Bear Lake, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Maplewood, North Oaks, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Hudson, Hastings, Hugo, Forest Lake, Columbia Heights, Highland Park, St Paul, Minneapolis, Minnesota

A Small Closet Gets A Makeover

A Small Closet Gets A Makeover

Expert Room Makeover and Interior Design tips from Christi Bond, the Home Staging Coach from St Paul/Minneapolis, MN  (vol.1)

Today’s Design A Room Topic: Reinventing a Space to Suit Your Needs

Interior ReDesign: (verb) Giving your home a low cost makeover by using the furniture and accessories you already own in a fresh new way.

You are in the right place if you are looking for tips and resources on how to transform your homes interior to reflect your personality and to function the way you need it to.  In today’s Room Makeover lesson I will show you how to convert a small bedroom closet into a perfect study space.

My daughter Kate is a 7th grader.  She is an uber smart and motivated student so this year we decided to send her to a private school. The school is know for its rigorous academics and we were hearing rumors of a heavy homework load.

Kate’s room is very small, an 8×10 room or 80 square feet.  That isn’t a lot of space when you consider that you definitely need a bed and plenty of space for a teen’s ever expanding wardrobe and book collection.  We needed to get creative to carve out a quiet, private, and convenient study space for her.

Since there was no way we could add a desk and chair into that small space we decided to take over her closet.  (I’ll show you what we did with her clothes and shoes in another post)

Here is a Six Step Outline of our Closet to Study Space Makeover:

closet converted to office

A Perfect Study Space

  1. We removed the closet door and the clothes rod
  2. We bought an inexpensive piece of plywood and stained it a dark espresso
  3. We painted the side walls with metallic paint so she could use magnets to post up assignments, favorite pictures, and that type of thing
  4. We painted it a bright green to energize her and it’s also a favorite color
  5. We hung an antique chandelier that was snagged at a thrift store some time ago and was waiting in the basement for the perfect home.
  6. We added a chair, a foot stool, and an extension cord with multiple plug-ins to accommodate iPod chargers, desk lamp, laptop, pencil sharpener and all things electronic.

Now Kate has a perfectly outfitted space in her room to do her homework.  It works great and it looks great.

This is a perfect example of breaking the rules a little bit and designing a space to function the way you need it to.  It was a one day redesign and done on a tight budget.  The whole project cost us about $25 for the plywood to create the work surface and the paints for the wall.

So Get Busy!  Great Function and Style is Only A Day Away.  Oh…also remember… be BRAVE. The great thing about Room ReDesign is if you are not thrilled with the results you can always move things back to the way they were.  All you have invested is a bit of your time, a little change, and lots of creative juices.

Are You Ready For a Room Makeover?

If you live in the Twin Cities
(Minneapolis/St. Paul), MN metro area and would like the help of a professional Interior Stylist to help you design a room or a whole house I’d be happy to help you with your project.  I can be reached at 651.587.5887 or contact me by email.

If you are looking for more room makeover or interior design ideas you will find lots of before and after pictures and articles on home staging and room makeovers on my website

Redesign, One Day ReDesign, Interior Styling, Room Redo, Designing Spaces, Home Decorating, Interior Décor, Room Makeovers….No matter how you say it the results are the same.  A great new space that reflects your style and personality.

 

Trick or Treat…Fright Night For Some Homeowners!

Trick or Treat…Fright Night For Some Homeowners!

HEADLINE:  St Paul, MN Homeowners Are Scared To Open Their Doors….It’s the NEIGHBORS!

Hire an Interior Redesigner to prepare for family and friends during the holidays.Darn those little rascals that need to be accompanied to the door by their parents…they are taking all the fun out of this great holiday.

If opening your front door to trick or treaters and allowing the neighbors to see your living room is scarier than a cemetery full of vampires you should consider hiring an Interior Room ReDesigner.

With interior room redesign you can get a brand new look for your home using the furniture and accessories that you already own…it’s fast, fun, and affordable.

Don’t let the thought of all your friends and family visiting you on Thanksgiving Day fill you with foreboding rather than thanks.  If you are a St Paul, MN homeowner and you are scared to open you door tonight….call for a design intervention right away!

 

My Lamp Transformation

The video below demonstrates how you can take something you have, or something you can buy inexpensively at a thrift store, and transform it into a nice accessory for your home.

Staging…It’s A Balancing Act

Staging…It’s A Balancing Act

There are two common mistake that I see frequently when I do home staging consultations in the St Paul and Minneapolis area .

The first is too much furniture and stuff…it needs to be pulled out because it is distracting to prospective buyers. Remember, many buyers are moving because they have run out of space. A cluttered property just reminds them that they will run into the same problem in this house. So what do they do? They keep looking until they find the home that appears to take care of itself!  (Hint..that would be the perfectly staged home!)

The second is the opposite extreme, everything has been packed away and the property comes off as cold and uninviting.

nicely edited living room

Take a look at the picture above. Here is why it works:
• the sofa complements the shape of the window and draws attention to it (the window is the best feature in the room)
• the lamps add softness to the seating area and offset the chilly feeling you can sometimes have in a room with very high ceilings
• the pillows and throws make the space cozy
• This is an open concept floor plan, The area rug helps to define a seating zone within a much larger space
• plants, photos, books, candles all add warmth without adding too much personality
The goal of home staging is to pull the clutter out of a property while keeping it warm and welcoming. It can be challenging to get just the right mix. Hiring a professional home stager is the best way to make sure that the perfect balance is achieved.
My staging consultation fee is only $150. “Well worth it,” is a comment I frequently hear from satisfied sellers.