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2021 Outdoor Living Trends…

With isolation of being cooped up inside all winter, comes the need and desire for a change of location. As we make our way into the second quarter of 2021 and lockdowns and restrictions are out of our control, there are still some things we can do to keep sane. Extending our living space to the outdoors is one of those ways. Here are some outdoor living trends we are seeing on the horizon… Front Yard Living Spaces Our homes are often our oasis and a way to hide from the world, to recoup and venture back out. It makes sense that backyard privacy has in the past been a trend for decades as life got busier and busier. It also makes sense, that as we crave more human contact, we are moving to the front yard, to visit and feel a part of the world, while still practicing social distancing. We are seeing more and more entertaining areas, with outdoor furniture looking more and more layered and an extension of our indoors. Inviting and welcome, is not just for selling and resale curb appeal, we are adopting this feeling for everyday living, as we hope for the return of social interaction.   Gardens + Sustainable Living The impact of todays consumer goods has many thinking of sustainability. Food and resources. It is reported that more and [...]

Living and Family Rooms are arguably as important in the selling process as a kitchen.

As buyers search for a property online or through their agent, they give a criteria of what they are looking for. How many bedrooms, what size kitchen, etc. Many of these rooms are similar and have the same criteria’s because that is what they have compiled. The living/family rooms are a given. Buyers do not have to ask for them, they do not include special features regarding them. However, they are crucial to the sale.  It is here that the buyers envision themselves relaxing at the end of the day, entertaining family, and friends, laughing around the Christmas tree, curled up around the fire, enjoying a good book. It is here they make the emotional connection to being happy and at peace in their new home. As a home stager, we use decorating elements to make this connection happen subconsciously. Here are a few things to consider: 1.    The space needs enough sitting area. When we look at the demographic of who is most likely to buy. For example, if the most likely buyer is a family, we need enough sitting space for who is in the home but also who might visit, like friends of the kids. Even if it is an older couple downsizing, we assume they will have family and friends visiting. They have lived a good life and collected people in their circle. Having [...]

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