Trend Spotting

Trend Spotting

Whether I am staging a house to sell or  helping a homeowner create the perfect haven to live in, I must stay on top of the current trends in design.  This summer was full of inspiration and trend spotting.  Recently Scott Kravet, Chief Creative Office for Kravet Inc., provided an amazing presentation at Interiors Trading Company in Jacksonville.  Designers sat in awe over the beautiful fabrics he brought to share.  As we all passed around the gorgeous silks, velvets, linens and cottons lots of ohs are ahs were shared by all!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Kate Spade has a beautiful line with Kravet.  There were so many fun colorful patterns it was hard to choose a couple favorites to share!

Kate Spade needlepoint


I love the green (it is actually the same print that is on my iPhone cover)



Scott emphasized that Bullion Fringe is OUT and tapes are in – like this beautiful tape below



Brunschwig & Fils  = GORGEOUS!  The pictures do not do it justice.




Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa does not disappoint.  The iconic Lilly prints transfer beautifully to home textiles – and I especially love the outdoor fabric line.  Many of these come in multiple color ways and with coordinating tapes.









Part of the Kravet Couture line I am in love with this print on cotton!  It would be beautiful on an accent piece or throw pillows!



And this one on linen



So many beautiful options from which to choose… I can’t wait to see some of these in my clients’ homes!

If you only have 30 Minutes to prepare your home for a showing… what should you do?

A client recently called and said that she had just booked a last minute showing – the problem… the house was a wreck… what to do??!!

My top 5 quickie staging tips:

1)  CLEAN!  First and foremost a house on the market needs to be sparkling clean!  Grab a wet rag and go over all the counter tops, throw the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, do a quick sweep/vacuum of the floor and make sure the toilets and bathrooms are tidy.  Also, spot clean the floor if needed.

2)  LIGHT!  Turn on ALL the lights and open the blinds/drapes.  And while you are at it, take a hard long look at those window treatments… are they outdated and faded?  It might be best to just take them down completely.

3)  DECLUTTER!  Pick up any stray items and throw them in a basket or in your car if you are really in a rush.

4)  HIDE!  Look around at all the knick-knacks you have around, all the small items on shelves and table tops and family photos… now is not the time to show off your cousin’s graduation picture!  You want a potential buyer to focus on falling in love with your home, not looking at your pictures that remind them that this is someone else’s home… you want them to visualize it as being their new home!

5)  REARRANGE!  This could take quite a bit longer than 30 minutes, but take a quick look and see if there are any easy changes you can make with your furniture to enhance traffic flow.  Will removing a couple dining chairs open up the dining  room a bit?  Can you move a side table to another room to allow for better flow in a living room?  Get creative and think as a buyer!