Design Rules to Live By

Design Rules to Live By Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design & Merchandising Trends will come and go, and certain styles will remain classic forever.  But, no matter how you define your aesthetic or design preferences, there are universal ways to ensure a good design.  These design concept work in any home style, from a mid-century bungalowContinue reading “Design Rules to Live By”

Our Go-To Fall 2021 Colors

Our Go-To Fall 2021 Colors Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising Each season we pick our favorite go-to colors! For Fall 2021, we went with earthy, warm tones that will make any design a show stopper. Use these colors for walls or incorporate through pieces like velvet pillows, chunky throws, leather lounge chairs, or vases withContinue reading “Our Go-To Fall 2021 Colors”

Fall Décor & Trends

Fall Décor & Trends Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising Blushes.  Blush is already having another round this fall when paired with navy and grey tones. Subtle pops of blush with richer fall colors create a cozy vibe all its own. Fall is velvet weather. Swap out summery throw pillows with cotton velvet in shades ofContinue reading “Fall Décor & Trends”

Fall Front Porch Blooms

Fall Front Porch Blooms Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising As the air turns crisp, it is time to say goodbye to the heat-loving plants of the summer while still creating inviting porches for our listings.  We have collected a few of our favorite fall foliage and blooms that make dramatic containers.  Cosmos.  Cosmos bloom throughoutContinue reading “Fall Front Porch Blooms”

Increasing Your Listing’s Value

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising How to Increase Your Listing’s Value Staging raises the dollar value of homes and decreases the amount of time spent on the market, but sometimes that is not all it needs.  We have shared quick and inexpensive ways to turn your listed houses into high-value homes. Paint a bathroomContinue reading “Increasing Your Listing’s Value”

Tips for Networking and Growing Your Business

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising At Staging and Design Network, our mission is to partner with members to SHARE resources, GROW their business, and INSPIRE design. Networking is huge in growing your business in just about every industry. Nowadays, there are many ways to network, improve your business, and gain new clients. Here areContinue reading “Tips for Networking and Growing Your Business”

Hot Summer Staging

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising With record-breaking temperatures during our busiest selling season, it is essential to stay cool while staging and make homes comfortable for homebuyers. We have complied ways for you and your listings to get through these hot months. Stay hydrated. Keep lots of bottled and sparkling water in the fridge forContinue reading “Hot Summer Staging”

An Outline for Owner-Occupied Staging

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising Some stagers prefer the blank canvas of a vacated home, while others enjoy everything that entails working in an owner-occupied home. The ability to provide a full range of services in your industry is always great for business and can lead to more work through agents. Owner-occupied homes offerContinue reading “An Outline for Owner-Occupied Staging”

How to Make Any Space Feel Like a Home

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising The goal of staging is to create an inviting, universally appealing look so many homebuyers will want to call it home. Everyone has a longing desire to live in spaces that offer a feeling of refuge, especially in our current climate. Home is comforting smells, lighting, textures, and sounds combined thatContinue reading “How to Make Any Space Feel Like a Home”

Curbside Appeal

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising Curbside appeal is essential in warmer weather as the homebuyer will want to imagine themselves relaxing outside with colorful flowers and lush foliage, yet not all budgets can afford a landscaper. With outdoor areas being an essential part of the home, here are some easy ways to increase yourContinue reading “Curbside Appeal”

Choosing Art and Décor for Your Stage

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising One of the most challenging aspects of staging is pulling together a cohesive look with artwork and décor. Even with great foundational pieces, like sofas and chairs, a room feels tied together through the similar color palette in décor throughout the home. Many stagers get a sense of what colorsContinue reading “Choosing Art and Décor for Your Stage”

How to Handle Criticism in The Design Industry

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising We know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and no matter how much experience you have, not everyone is going to agree with your expertise. Design can be a vulnerable industry with how subjective it is. Despite the negative connotation, criticism often presents an excellent opportunity toContinue reading “How to Handle Criticism in The Design Industry”

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Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising No matter what the project is or what furnishings you are working with, good design is embedded in the careful consideration of scale and proportion. Good design reflects the life that will be enjoyed in the home, and each one will be one of a kind! When you askContinue reading “𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐃é𝐜𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬”

Choosing The Right Sofa

Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising A sofa is a foundational piece, imperative for a designer to get right! It is typically the largest and most grounding piece in the room. Once you have decided on the right one, designing the rest of the room becomes much easier. Although there are standard-sizing rules for many thingsContinue reading “Choosing The Right Sofa”