Lighting – Make a HUGE Difference SIMPLY!

In CURBED magazine this month Laura Fenton writes about the ease of making a big difference with lighting. I could not agree more! I’ve seen beautiful art, furnishings and finishes that go virtually unnoticed because they aren’t illuminated correctly or at all. It’s one of the BIGGEES  I go over with my sellers and the fix is most often not an expensive one. Many times it’s just a trip to the local hardware store to get a few bulbs to get the color temperatures uniform. Lighting mishaps are even more obvious once photographed and can be missed by both stagers and listing agents. The buyer may not be able to say what it is that makes them uneasy about a space or a home and this alone can be a large part of it. I liken it to visiting a great art museum. The lighting is warm and emphasizes the subject and not those that visit. Coming from a retail and theatre design it should be about product presentation and showing it in its best light!





Posted on February 24, 2020 at 9:58 pm
Claudia Gentzkow | Posted in Home Design and Staging, Interior Design Ideas & Trends, Preparing Your Home For Sale |

Selling or not, perhaps it’s time to tidy up!

As simple as this subject seems, it can surely spark some conversation as we honestly look at ourselves. I guess the question is, why we keep stuff? I find it’s just deep down personal. I don’t think of myself as a “collector” or even “hoarder” for that matter, but I sure like that mixed bunch of meaningful mugs that don’t match that people near and dear have given me over the years. A good friend once told me that I am the queen of “organized clutter, that I just have a way of making lots of stuff look good together”. I’m not quite sure if that was a compliment!

I coach many sellers getting ready to move well in advance of listing their homes. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting getting the home itself ready for sale before you even begin to deal with belongings. By doing this early, the bigger decisions that go with this process come easier. I also find that with the newly retired and those downsizing that they get to be thoughtful about where things go versus being in a rush at the end and just calling the dump truck to haul things away. This process also prepares people for the unexpected emergency moves. I highly recommend Marie Kondo’s book and her show on Netflix. If you get started now, there’s no need to do it all at once, though do give yourself an end date, as it’s just not something you want to be talking about for 10 years. Spring is around the corner and this could be YOUR season! Enjoy! The life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo

Get a sneak peak of the Netflix show featuring Marie Condo. (courtesy of Netflix)

Posted on January 26, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Claudia Gentzkow | Posted in Home Design and Staging, Interior Design Ideas & Trends, Preparing Your Home For Sale, Real Estate Trends | Tagged ,