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Tips on Christmas Decor Home Staging

By Merri Cvetan, guest contributor

StyledStagedSold_Image1If you’re staging your home during this time of the year, adding a bit of holiday cheer to your decor can make a big impression on potential buyers. Use these tips to create a simple, polished look that puts your home in its best light this holiday season.

Choose the Right Christmas Tree

When showing your home, include holiday decor that allows potential buyers to picture themselves in the space. For example, choose a tree that allows other aspects of your home to shine. Your living room or entryway will look bigger if you opt for a small artificial tree over a 6-foot live pine. An artificial tree is also less messy than a real one, meaning your home will always be neat and tidy and ready for the next showing.

Light It Up

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The Christmas light possibilities are endless, but when you’re staging a home for sale, think simple and low-key and stick to one style. An over-the-top display might not reflect the tastes of your potential buyers, and too many decorations can take away from the room itself.

Take advantage of the many styles of Christmas tree lights available to give your home an understated yet inviting holiday look. Opt for something different, like an artificial white tree decorated with white LED lights. Finally, choose ornaments and trim that coordinate with the lights. Add a few silver and red ornaments for extra sparkle and color. It’s just enough Christmas for your family to enjoy without overpowering the room.

Decorate Your Mantel

Traditional Christmas Fireplace

The fireplace is an important focal point. Keep it simple and elegant to help potential buyers imagine opening their own Christmas gifts around a roaring fire.

Don’t completely cover the mantel. Pack away any personal family photos or the kids’ school crafts. Drape a garland across the mantel, allowing the branches to hang over the edge. A string of simple white LED lights adds just enough illumination to highlight the fireplace.

Add a few candles and a simple vase to reflect the light. A rustic wreath on the wall above the mantel completes the scene without distracting from the main event. This style is classic enough to appeal to a variety of buyers while still capturing the holiday spirit.

Don’t Forget the Exterior

Christmas Door

Increase your curb appeal and make a good impression from the get-go by decorating the outside of your home. Consider your neighborhood, too–if all of your neighbors have lights and outdoor decorations, you don’t want to be the only home without them.

Keep things simple and easy with a festive wreath on the door to greet potential buyers. Wrap a garland or string of lights around your front porch (or hang them around your entryway), then finish the look with lanterns or a potted evergreen. Finally, make sure your walkway is clear of snow or ice.

Welcome Buyers With the Spirit of the Holidays

During an open house, create the feel of a festive holiday party by offering seasonal snacks like gingerbread cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate, and apple cider. Keeping mulled hot apple cider simmering on the stove will also make the whole house smell good. Light a fire in your fireplace to make the home feel cozy and warm, helping visitors envision living there. When it comes to impressing potential buyers, these small touches can make all the difference.

MerriABOUT THE AUTHOR: Merri Cvetan is an interior designer who writes about home decor topics for The Home Depot. See more Christmas lights and decorating ideas for the holidays.

 

Community Restaurants

Gringo’s Mexican

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The Cadillac Margarita gets me in the door and the Mariachi combination plate keeps me there. Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen has been on I-45 in Spring for years, and now we have one in the back of The Woodlands on FM2978 at Woodlands Parkway. It is fast becoming one of my favorites for Tex Mex food. It offers an updated taste on classic Tex Mex. The margaritas achieve that perfect combination of tart lime, the right amount of tequila, and sweetness. Hands down, it is my favorite in the area. My favorite Mariachi plate has chicken enchiladas with an addictive poblano creme sauce. It is served with empanadas with cilantro sauce, southwest eggrolls, rice and beans. It is perfection. If you are having one of those days where you need to console yourself with an enormous amount of chile con queso, the burrito con queso is the thing to order. A big burrito literally smothered in gooey queso. The Tampico is another favorite. It has sautéed vegetables on top of a chicken breast. Perfect with some flour tortillas. The Pollo Marisco has shrimp and crawfish in a white wine sauce atop a chicken breast and is my go-to chicken dish when I also need a little seafood comfort food fix. So far, I’ve liked everything I’ve ordered and I eat there often. If you go at peak times, expect a wait. The bar is a great place to wait and if you like dining al fresco, the patio is very nice. This is a great place for creative Tex-Mex.

Staging and Style

Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Bamboo is making its way into more home interiors. From flooring, window treatments to wall accents, furnishings and more, this sustainable material is popping up everywhere.

Some designers are making bamboo their go-to material, which RISMedia recently highlighted in the article “4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Décor by Storm.”

Bamboo is widely available and more affordable than many other wood products. Bamboo is traditionally considered a type of wood flooring, but it’s actually not a wood at all, but a grass. And at growth rates of three to five feet per year, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, which means it’s widely available for spicing up interiors.

Here are a few trending ways we’re seeing bamboo enter more household decor.

Gold bamboo is particularly hot for home accents (Check out the coffee table in the picture below).

 

Bamboo-textured walls can add a focal point to a space.

 

Bamboo is popular in landscapes and for adding privacy.

 

Bamboo flooring is an alternative to wood flooring and comes in many different color variations.

 

Bamboo can be used for an artistic privacy screen.

Staging and Style

Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology

By Christy Matte, guest contributor

StyledStagedSold_imageSmart homes with security and automation features are becoming a hot trend, and they can be an exciting way to dazzle prospective home buyers (and up your staging efforts to a high-tech level at the same time). But if buyers have never experienced an automated home environment, rattling off a list of features could be meaningless at best, and confusing at worst. Here are some fun ways to show a home with smart features, so the buyers will be wowed and you can clinch the sale.

Know What It Is and How It Works

It should go without saying, but make sure you can control the features like a security system, smart locks, or smart lighting, before trying to introduce them to buyers. Ask the homeowner for tips, test them out, and be ready for the big show.

Get the Apps

Ask the seller for access to the associated apps for the various systems. Even better, convince the sellers to tie all smart home technology into one convenient smart hub. It’s an easy task with the help of their Internet service provider. Install one app on one device so prospective buyers can try them out.

Educate Buyers on the Benefits

Make a one-page list of the features, specifically showing how they can save time and money, while also providing increased security.

Go Beyond the Basics

Most people have a basic understanding of a traditional home security system. Show them how this particular system can go even further. Can it send them a text message for smoke detection or a water leak? Can you open the smart lock with your own designated code? Show buyers how much flexibility is available. Security systems aren’t just for protecting against theft anymore.

Have Fun!

Use motion detectors to trigger mood lighting and automated music as buyers move through the home. Let them set off the sprinkler system (after touring the yard, of course) with a swipe of the app. Teach them voice commands to trigger the home’s other functions.

With the right planning, you can turn your everyday showing into something truly special and extremely smart.

Christy Matte HeadshotABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christy Matte is a Boston-based writer who covers home security for XFINITY Home. She is also a die-hard techie who blogs at QuirkyFusion.com.?

 

 

Imperial Oaks Real Estate

3706 Park Shadow In The Falls Of Imperial Oaks

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Imperial Oaks. Outstanding former model home accessorized to the max! ”Pretty shiny” upgrades from head-to-toe including stone exterior, wood floors, modern granite, mosaic tile, master closet system, bonus room, summer kitchen with fireplace, 3 car garage, huge lot… Oh my! Huge gourmet kitchen! Each bedroom has a full bath plus 2 half baths. Superb location tucked behind neighborhood gates, within walking distance to Birnham Woods Elementary, bike to both rec centers and YMCA, or hop onto the Grand Parkway for your commute.

Visit 3706 Park Shadow for details.