Posts Tagged ‘Secrets from a Decorator’

Secrets from a Decorator: Finials add the Finishing Touch

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Rotated-3What is a finial?  It’s the dec­o­ra­tive top­per of a lamp with the pur­pose of hold­ing the lamp shade to the lamp harp with the harp con­nect­ing to the base.  That’s the func­tion of the finial but the cre­ative part of the finial is total­ly in your con­trol.  Most lamps are pur­chased with its coor­di­nat­ing basic finial. Let’s take it up a notch.

Let’s face it.  We place the lamp, we plug it in and then we for­get it. As long as we can see to read or find our path­ways we don’t revis­it or update our lamps.  This last week I need­ed a lamp finial for a client so the search began.  Online to spe­cial­ty lamp stores and then I just hap­pened to check out the light­ing sec­tion in Pier One…Bingo.  The finials ranged in price from the on sale $3.50 — $19.00.  I pur­chase the per­fect one for my client Rotated-1and then of course I added one for me.  I admit I had lost a finial in our recent move and com­plete­ly for­got about it.  It’s the extra atten­tion to detail that will set your room apart.  I went right back to Pier One and bought a few more just to update and increase the val­ue of a few more of my lamps and to have on hand for my clients.

What can be more eco­nom­i­cal than $3.50?  Attach an object of inter­est (rock, beach glass, pine cone, antique jew­el­ry or any unique object) to the basic finial that came with the lamp.  This small ele­ment can take an ordi­nary lamp to the unique, “Where did you get that?” lev­el.

It’s quick, eco­nom­i­cal and dra­mat­ic.



Follow the Staging Rules

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Stag­ing guide­lines real­ly do Mat­ter.  Home stagers are not usu­al­ly present dur­ing show­ings there­fore they only get feed­back from agents if they make the effort.  We feel con­fi­dent our guide­lines, tips and tricks work to sell a home but we don’t often see them test­ed.

One of the guide­lines: Cre­ate per­fect traf­fic pat­terns and flow through­out the home.  Home stagers are influ­enced by dec­o­rat­ing ele­ments and they influ­ence the pre­sen­ta­tion of the home.  Uti­liz­ing “on-trend” décor and place­ment gives val­ue to the home.  Know­ing the dif­fer­ence in “Dec­o­rat­ing to Dwell” or for the home­own­er and “Dec­o­rat­ing to Sell” to poten­tial buy­ers is crit­i­cal to suc­cess­ful stag­ing. This week Daniela Dowie and I were wrap­ping up a stag­ing when we had a sur­prise show­ing.  Sev­en poten­tial buy­ers were there to view and con­nect with the space, that’s right sev­en.  Watch­ing sev­en adults maneu­ver through the con­do empha­sized the impor­tance of wide path­ways and my deci­sion to redesign the entry­way for space.
Secret:  In Home Stag­ing open your traf­fic pat­terns up to 36” elim­i­nat­ing fur­ni­ture if need­ed.  You are not sell­ing fur­ni­ture.  Fol­low the Rules and Nev­er Sac­ri­fice Style!




Sandra Racz – Park City, UT – Phone: 435.901.1205