Setting the Stage & Busting Some Myths

Suze Interiors was asked by the owner & publisher of Homes & Land Magazine (Simcoe County, Parry Sound & Muskoka) to help write their article on staging. We were happy to provide some tried & true staging tips. (photos not provided by Suze Interiors)

Homes & Land Article

 


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Feng Shui in the Bedroom…..3 easy steps!

Retreating to your bedroom at the end of a long day is something most of us look forward to, assuming it is a beautiful space that you have created that has good energy flow & lacks the things that can drain our precious energy.

Here are 3 simple steps that will help you have a wonderful nights sleep.

STEP #1 Create good feng shui energy. What does that look like, well the abundance of fresh clean air, natural light pouring in and the ever important rule of “no clutter” and no “electrical equipment”.

What this means is keeping your window open a crack (assuming it isn’t minus 30 outside), not having a tv, computer, cell phone or exercise equipment in the room. Keep the area under your bed clear of clutter, as well as your closets.

STEP # 2. Proper bed placement. Make sure that you have access to both sides of the bed & that you have nightstands on both sides. (they don’t have to be matchy matchy). Be mindful not to have a mirror facing your bed or any sharp angles pointing at you while you sleep.

STEP #3 Use beautiful feng shui colours. Being surrounded by beautiful things elevate our energy and nourish and heal us. Where as an ugly space can suck our energy. Feng shui colours that are recommended are earth tones like sand or chocolate brown. Adding pop of colour can add a sensual and romantic touch. Colours like red, pink, magenta, lavender or coral orange are all good feng shui colours.

Have only art that you love and inspires you. Natural bedding, dimmers on the lights to keep the energy soft and candles can all nourish you.

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It’s About Time!!

All good things take time when you are living through the long process of renovating.

These family photographs were leaning against this wall for a very long time, and it drove me crazy because I had to walk by them several times a day on the way to the bathroom. My motivation to hang them was to get that wall painted because I was determined not to hang them until I did so. The other could have led to some serious procrastination.

This hallway is upstairs, so more of a private space. It’s always a good idea to try to keep you personal and family photo’s in private spaces and nicely grouped together. Many homes I visit have family photos scattered throughout most rooms of the house, either sitting on surfaces or randomly hung.

I love the uniformity of the all black & white photographs. The don’t all have to be the same size and certainly don’t need to have the same frames. Mixing them up adds some nice interest.

When considering the photos you are going to hang, make sure that they are ones that fill you up rather than possibly deplete your energy. If the pictures don’t conjure up fond memories that make you feel good, then leave them in the closet where they belong, without guilt.

My photo wall is a work in progress, as it my intention to fill in the blank spots with more treasured photos that make me smile.

Photo Wall Before

Photo Wall After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Century Home “Kitchen Renovation”

When I purchased my century home in September of 2013, it had a less than desirable kitchen, yet so much potential. It was my first priority on the list of many projects that needed doing, so I got right to it.

The first order of business was to remove the single door and put in double French doors that face west into the big backyard, adding so much desperately needed daylight. I repositioned the dishwasher and stove, added granite counters which included a much needed counter beside the left side of the stove. It just felt really wonky before.

The other thing that has made an incredible difference was putting in the new window over the sink. The previous window went down below the counter which made no sense whatsoever, and it left a huge gap in behind to collect dust and debris. It also didn’t open.

The cold hard slate flooring was replaced with pine (not something I would do again, but I wanted it to have a flow from the dining room which has original pine flooring. It’s just too soft for an active cat and a busy cook!)

Mounting a TV on the wall was a nice addition too, as being an old home it isn’t an open concept and sometimes it’s nice to watch a little tele while cooking.

The new lighting was an absolutely incredible improvement. I added recessed lighting, big bright pendants over the island and under cabinet lighting.

And other than the French doors, I think my favourite part is my big beautiful island. It is great for preparing food, entertaining and having my morning tea.

Now my kitchen is a bright, functional and attractive place where I love to cook  and entertain. Bon Appetit!!

Next on the blog calendar will be living room and dining room transformations, so stay tuned.

Here are some of the before/afters.

My New Century Home (approximate age early 1900's)

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After


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Which Pretty Door Will You Choose?

WHAT DOOR WOULD YOU WALK THROUGH?
~ PERSONALITY TEST ~

Pick the door that looks the most appealing to you. This might reveal a few things about your personality. Let us know what door you picked and if the answer was accurate for you. Feel free to SHARE!

1 – You are a fun individual that likes to keep things light and airy. You are all about nurturing others and appreciating the simple luxuries in life; such as your fine dishware, favorite candle or eating artisan bread from the local bakery. You most likely have a love for traveling and other cultures. You truly want the best for everyone and love creating a welcoming atmosphere. It is important to remember that if you ever feel that you need help or support, it is OK to just ask someone.

2- You are clean and simple and don’t like any frills. You might strive to have a clean and perfect existence; but is it totally worth it? Don’t you feel that there is something missing? You are all about your personal achievements and you take pride in your work or career. Although you might be on track with your career path or have a few diplomas/ certificates on your wall, you need to spend more time on developing yourself as a person. Remember… the real you. Life is all about creating balance, surrounding yourself with color and creating memorable adventures. If you are finding that you have been taking the safe road lately, try veering off the beaten path. You might surprise yourself!

3 – It is obvious you are a quirky individual and very interesting to the people that you let into your life. You are good at many things… a “Jack or Jill of all trades”. You are an artistic individual that expresses yourself in many ways. You can make something out of anything and are not a stranger to your local thrift shop. You can basically make vintage “new” again. It is easy to get stuck inside the house or inside your urban bubble; but remember that you have to get out and connect with nature. It is time to come down out of the clouds and get grounded!

4 – You are an old soul that can be slightly dramatic. You are a very artistic person that loves to express yourself through writing, music, art or some kind of expression. You are a dichotomy; for you can be very open and friendly, yet closed and deeply private. You often have your guard up, keeping your thoughts and troubles to yourself. Although you might think that nobody will truly understand you, if you allow yourself to open up and share your feelings, you will feel so much better. Deep down you are not aright with any imperfections and you feel the need to come across as “the rock” in any group situation. Know that people are willing to share their feelings with you and want you to share your feelings with them.

5 – It is very important for you to fit in and feel as though you are a major contributor in every situation. You always have things going on, for being productive is what makes you feel at ease. Your busy-ness can sometimes cause the need for you to become more aware of what is really going on around you. What does your body want you to be doing? It is alright to relax on a Monday and simply just BE. Feel free to take some time to figure out what you really love to do. Possibly try some new hobbies or activities that are out of your normal routine. Explore being you, even if that means relaxing. Life is not just about how many muffins you can make in a single batch or how many fit-it jobs you can do in one day.

6 – You are a confident person with an eye for detail. You can come across as someone who is all together and exciting; yet you are just YOU on the inside. You care about your appearance and how the world sees you, yet the inside your home or car is probably a total mess! Your personality can be self destructive, for you could turn against yourself when the going gets tough. The life of a person who is a living a total contradiction… has got to be a difficult one. Remember to breathe and just relax. Life is not just about pleasing others. Truth is, the world isn’t always watching… Take time to reflect on who you truly want to be? What is it that you truly want to do?

7 – You are a simple minimalist that always has important things to do. You care for others and find your time anything but your own. You surround yourself with meaningful things, for you are very sentimental. Family and friends are very important to you and you would do anything for them. Not putting yourself first has made your life a safe and complacent one. What is it that can enrich your life today? What will make your life more colorful and enjoyable? Even though life gives you labels such as a mother, father, wife, husband, teacher, manager, etc; remember that your life is still YOUR life. Take a moment to decide what you want your future to look like. It is perfectly acceptable to want wonderful things to happen to you. Carpe Diem.

8 – Your fun and playful personality keeps you young and youthful. Although you are easy going, you tend to have lower self-confidence and anxiety about specific things in your life. You are usually unorganized; yet don’t even know where to start to help yourself to fix the messy problem. You are a proud individual but you need to learn to love yourself more. You need to take the time to find yourself through self expression. How are you currently expressing yourself to the world? Remember that there are people around you that can help you, but you need to let them know you are willing to receive help. Life is easier when you let people in.

9 – You are a quirky person that is always making things work. You are an amazing problem solver that prides yourself on your thrifty living. You like to live an uncomplicated life and usually get by with the basics. Why would you need anything else? You are very easy to please and love doing things for others. Whether it be fixing your neighbors toilet, building a bird house for your mother out of reclaimed wood or helping your friend find a great living room set at the thrift shop; you are always there to lend a hand. Remember that life is special. It is OK to treat yourself to amazing things. You are special too!

10 – You are one who truly appreciates stability and wholeness. You are a reliable person that takes pride in their love of quality and detail. Some might say “cookie cutter”, but you say dependable! You always know what you are getting because you have checked the consumer reports. You love safety and security in all parts of your life. You prefer not to have anything frivolous or extra, if you can’t see the use for it. Chances are you have some sort of creative side that you have curbed in some way. You might love scrap-booking, music or art; yet would never try to make it your career. You feel your problems are your own and nobody needs to be burdened with them. Just keep in mind that exposing your true self to the world (or your neighbors) is not a crime. We are all human.

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Home Prep Tips

This is a great colourful guide for getting your home prepped for a quick sale.

 


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Welcome Home!

What says welcome home more than a bright red door? This house is next door to me and I love looking at it every time I walk by.

The contrast of the bold red door against the black and white is fantastic. If had been just plain old white, nothing would have really differentiated it from the other little war time homes that dot the street.

The front door is a great focal point to a home, so why not give it some punch.

Some people paint the shutters and trim the same, but it takes away from the dramatic impact of having the door colour stand alone.

Why not give your home a pick me up this spring with a bright, bold and exciting front door.

 

 


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Bringing Glam to the Bedroom

We love it when we get the call “I’ve lived in my condo for a year & still don’t have it looking the way I want.” Music to the ears.

One of the rooms our client wanted to transform was the bedroom. She lives in a beautiful Yaletown condo in Vancouver with stunning views of the water. As she gets older, so does her style & taste. What can make a bedroom feel more glamorous or luxurious than wallpaper?

We found this fantastic “Candice Olson” paper that has just enough glam to make the room feel really sophisticated. One wall was all we needed, as the foot of the bed was a wall of mirrors so that our client wakes to see the beautiful paper reflecting back at her. Fabulous!!!!!!

The finishing touches aren’t quite done yet, coordinating throw pillows & beautiful lamps are on the list. Just couldn’t wait to show off this beautiful paper.

Where would wallpaper look great in your home?

Before

After

 


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Stunning West Van Home Gets Transformed

This beautiful West Van home has been on the market since May unstaged with no offers. When the staged house next door sold, (staged by us) the homeowner knew it was time.

I get super excited watching an empty house slowly transform into a “home”, one pretty pillow, vase & piece of artwork at a time.

Will keep you posted on how quickly it sells now.


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A “True” Testament to Staging

For the non believers out there, this is for you.
In the spring, we were hired by a busy developer to stage one of his 3 newly built homes, all next to each other on a beautiful lot in West Vancouver. All of the houses were just above the $3 million dollar range. The house immediately next door is the exact same house, a mirror to the one we staged.
As time went by 4 offers were received, but only on the house that was staged, which in fact is the also the one that just sold.
We will be staging the other two homes within the next week, as the owner truly understands the power of staging.
Which house would you rather buy?

This one?

 

Or this one?


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