THE STYLING CONSULTANT
Your property should tell a story, especially when you are styling to sell. By all means, offer up some surprises along the way, but don’t introduce any elements that makes your buyer want to shut the book.
Moving is stressful, and no one knows better than me. In the list of life’s stressors, it’s up there with death and divorce, and so when I embarked upon my sixteenth house move last week, I decided to jot down a few tips to avoid meltdown.
There’s nothing particularly avant garde about the popularity of Boho Chic in Australia – especially in coastal enclaves, where the culture lends itself to a more natural, laid-back look – nevertheless, it’s interesting to watch its popularity spread to urban areas.
Pink now represents compassion, nurturing and love, and is, thankfully, losing its gender overtones of the 50s. That’s why we’re seeing it in every room of the house and designers are embracing its shades for campaigns and feminism to depict strength.
Chucking out your unwanted possessions or furniture that won’t fit in your next property is not only a no-brainer from a sales perspective, it endears you to your stylist if you are using one. By removing the rubbish you’ve accumulated over the years and reorganising what items you decide to keep, you create a cleaner, calmer space for your buyers to assess your home or investment property during their thirty-minute inspection.
The Swedish word for coziness is “Hygge”, and while I suspect few of us are thinking about home decor right now in Australia – during winter and lockdown for many of us – there’s no doubt that as the days shorten and the temperature drops, comfort becomes a major concern.
When I first started property styling, we used to lay a full dinner service to show off the dining area, but in recent years lifestyles have changed and the formal dining room has been sacrificed to more functional areas such as home offices or rumpus rooms.
In larger properties, your property stylist will usually dedicate a space or bedroom to create an office. That’s not as easy in smaller homes or apartments, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, and you’d be surprised by the creativity of home offices I’ve witnessed and the tiny spaces a desk has been squeeze into.
If your home is what estate agents describe as “classic” – like traditional red brick homes, Californian Bungalows, or Fibro cottages – it may be worth investing in a few simple renovations prior to selling it.
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