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Staging and Style

Show Us Your Best Staging Photos!

Calling all stagers! Realtor Magazine is on the lookout for great examples of staging a space in some of today’s most popular home styles, from farmhouse chic to modern or contemporary. I’m looking for some real estate professionals and stagers who would be willing to show off some of their favorite staging styles.

If you have a great example of a home staged in one of the styles listed below, please contact Melissa Dittmann Tracey at mtracey@realtors.org. Share with us a room photo and some of the staging accessories you used to enhance the look. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite submissions in an upcoming guide at Realtor Magazine online.

Design Styles for Staging Photos

  • Modern
  • Farmhouse chic
  • Rustic
  • Beach house
  • Industrial
  • Traditional

Staging and Style

Hot Home Trend: Double-Pocket Doors That Make a Statement

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Pocket doors are not only getting a chic makeover in recent years, but they really can be key to solving some design challenges in small spaces too. And for the “wow” factor, try a double-pocket door.

Pocket doors are those that slide right into the wall when opened. It’s like they were never there. You don’t have to account for a door swing like a normal door, which is a bonus in areas tight on space.

Pocket doors are hardly new. They’ve been around for ages. But they did once suffer from an image of looking flimsy and cheap.

That’s not today’s pocket door. The double-pocket pocket door has doors that slide open from either side, tucking into their corresponding wall.

There are many styles to choose from. For example, an all-white French door one with glass window panes allow more brightness and can dress up the doorway even when you want to close off a space.  Or, there also are some double-pocket doors that can stretch all the way to the ceiling for some added drama.

Pocket doors can be a great solution to section off closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms, or a home’s study. They also can add more privacy to a home with an expansive open floorplan. After all, the one growing gripe from homeowners with open floorplans is that their floorplans at time feel too open. The double-pocket door just may be one stylish solution to help solve that problem. And when the doors are tucked into the wall, you may never even known it was there.

Staging and Style

Light it Up: Add a Party Vibe to Your Outdoor Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Outdoor lighting isn’t just for the holidays. You can illuminate your outdoor living areas anytime of year. Stringed bulbs are becoming a “hot” outdoor trend this year. These outdoor clear, vintage lights have big rounded bulbs that can really create a festive flair in a backyard. They’re reminiscent of the lights used at an outdoor street fair.

Homeowners are draping them across the top of their pergola, or along their back deck. Some owners may stretch them above and across their yard to create a canopy of lights.

Watch out that they don’t become an eyesore during the daytime. The glow at night are when these lights shine. Tuck them into the top of a pergola. Or, for a photo op, drape them temporarily across a courtyard. Take a picture of it at dusk for a listing photo that shows off the entertainment space of a backyard.

Or, string the lights to illuminate the backyard during a twilight open house. Check out how these designers used them.

Community Restaurants

The Hub

Image Source: http://thehubrestaurantandbar.com/

Creekside Forest is becoming the new hot spot for restaurants, stores, and new building activity.  One of the latest new restaurants is The Hub.  Every time I’ve been recently it has been full of young families and couples on date night.  They attract a crowd on weekends listening to live music in the dining room and enjoying their amazing specials.  You cannot beat the price on their specials anywhere else in The Woodlands. The menu is diverse and eclectic.  Anyone can find something to eat on this menu.  I love the selection of small plates.  The buffalo cauliflower is one of my all-time favorites.  It is amazing!  It is perfectly spiced and very healthy.  I also love the cheeseburger egg rolls.  They are hearty and filling and great for sharing.  The crab cakes offer an excellent traditional starter.  While they have many salads, flat beads, and sandwiches to choose from, I love their burgers.  Their classic is just perfect, and their other burgers are interesting and excellent too.  The Holy Shiitake Burger has shiitake with crispy onions, greens, and cheese.  The Turkey burger has cranberry compote and goat cheese. The Bistro burger has grilled apple, brie, smoked blue cheese, roasted tomatoes, and artisan greens. It is an amazing group of flavors.  The entrees are some of the best priced entrees in The Woodlands. They come with a small side salad.  The Chicken Sabine has boneless chicken breast, basil, capers, tomatoes, lemon-butter sauce, grilled asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes.  It’s a full meal deal.  The steaks are excellent and the house special ravioli will please any pasta lover. I highly recommend heading over for the nice singer on Friday and Saturday nights.  it makes a great atmosphere for a relaxing weekend dinner.