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9 Guestroom Essentials for the Holidays

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The holidays aren’t just about food, family time, and fun. With all the out-of-towners coming in for the holidays, you want to make sure comfort takes center stage, too. Opening your home up for family (or friends that are like family) for an extended weekend means you want them to feel relaxed and welcome during their stay. That’s why it helps to know that your guest bedroom is on-point. With these tips and must-haves, your space will truly be great!

 

1. The Basic Home Must-Haves

All those travel-size lotion and shampoo bottles you’ve collected over the years are meant to be shared. Don’t leave them alone under your sink. Consider buying a few extras to add to the mix, then find a nice way to arrange them for guests. It’s so easy to forget the essentials when you’re packing. A new toothbrush can go a long way to show that you care.

 

2. Plenty of Good Lighting

Every bedroom should have a good lamp or two. If your guestroom hasn’t been use in some time, be sure to check the lightbulbs. No one wants to be left in the dark. You may even plug in an extra floor lamp in the corner to brighten up the space near a mirror. This makes it easier for guests to get ready for the day. (Especially if they have to share a bathroom with others in the house!)

 

3. Some Fresh Greenery

In summer, you might buy a fresh bouquet of flowers to freshen up your guestroom. In the fall in winter, why not mix things up with some other greenery? If you have spare plants around the house, it might be worth moving them into your guestroom temporarily for a warm touch. Or you can create your own arrangement with cedar or pine cuttings—they go great with birch or other branches.

 

4. An Assortment of Pillows

Everyone has a different preference for their pillow. That’s why it’s smart to give guests multiple options for a good night’s sleep. Load up the bed with soft down pillows, a couple firm pillows in the back, and a few decorative pieces for a really inviting feel. Then guests will be able to pick and choose whatever works best for their needs.

 

5. Piles of Fresh Towels

This one is basically a given, but it bears repeating. Help your guests feel really pampered by presenting them with a stack of big, fluffy towels in their room. If your current towels have seen better days, consider investing in a new set. It’s always nice to get a little indulgence when you’re away from home. You can even give each guest a different color of towel to prevent mix-ups.

 

6. Empty Dresser Drawers

If you use your guestroom as storage for linens or out-of-season clothes, be sure to clear out some drawers for your guests’ belongings. They should be able to make use of that dresser, too! The same goes for closet space. Push items to the side and toss in a handful of hangers so they can arrange their clothes and get unpacked right.

 

7. Extra Blankets at the Ready

The colder months often call for extra blankets. Even if you don’t keep the thermostat low, your guests might like to bundle up under the covers in the evenings. Set out some different types of blankets next to the bed so they can make their ideal setup. Whether you go with fleece, wool, or another woven pattern, you’ll feel better knowing that they can’t be cold!

 

8. A Cozy Reading Spot

When your room has the space for it, an attractive accent chair will make a great impact. These pieces epitomize the link between style and function. If your guests ever need to get a little work done, they’ll appreciate the option to work somewhere other than the bed. And if they’re craving a little quiet time, you’re giving them permission to comfortably hang out in the privacy of their own space.

 

9. Thoughtful “Room Service”

Following the tricks from luxe hotel rooms and cute bed and breakfasts will really set your guestroom over the top. Not everyone will feel comfortable raiding your pantry, so it’s nice to designate an assortment of snacks just for them. Lay out some granola bars, chocolate, pretzels, or other snacks on a tray in their room. Then they’ll be able to satisfy any craving.

 

Once you get these comfy design elements in to your guestroom, you’ll be ready to open your front door to anyone you please. Putting a little extra thought into this part of your home will really make you the hostess with the most-est!


Home Re-Design Services to Help You Fall in Love (Again)

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As the seasons start to shift, it’s normal to want a change in your home’s décor. Whether the weather is cooling down or warming up, we tend to cycle through certain items. Heavier blankets and throws come out for fall and winter. Brighter hues and flowers might make an entrance in spring and summer.

 

But what if your home’s layout feels stale? When you feel bored with an entire room, you need more than just a couple accent pieces. A new perspective can help you revitalize your home during any season. Rather than stay with your existing layout and décor, it might be time for a redesign. Shifting your furniture around and investing in some new items breathes new life into any space. A professional designer can help you make the upgrades that get you falling in love with your place all over again!

 

Professional Advice for Home Décor

 

A home that’s never been styled before can feel bland and sparse. Without the appropriate accent pieces, you’re just living with plain furniture—and that isn’t any fun. You need to add other items to showcase your personal style.

 

Bedroom Redesign-Home Matters 1809Adding an interesting sculpture to your bookshelf or fireplace mantel can infuse personality into any room. For some people, plants and succulents work as accent pieces. Others like to play with color and texture. They might pair a shiny, glazed vase with wooden bookends in the living room, or use plush, velvet pillows in the master bedroom. Whatever speaks to your aesthetic is fair game, yet knowing how to arrange these pieces without looking cluttered can require some skill. You can always trust a professional interior designer if you need help finding or placing your home’s décor. They’ll help you select items that add a welcoming tone and depth to any bare room.

 

Assistance with Furniture Purchases

 

Figuring out the right measurements for a new piece of furniture can cause headaches for any homeowner. You don’t want to buy a table that’s too big or too small for your dining room, and you definitely don’t want to deal with the hassle of making returns. This is where you designer shines. Teaming up with a professional decorator helps you sidestep all of the hassle. By working together to assess your current layout, you’ll find the furniture that will fit—and elevate—every room in your home.

 

Dining Room Staging-Home Matters 1809This process can be particularly helpful for those who have just moved into a new home. Sometimes the furniture you were happy using in the past doesn’t work the same way in a new layout. When this occurs, you might be better off making new purchases. Then again, you might be expanding your square footage and not have enough furniture to fill your home! Either way, working with an expert can ease the transition. Selecting new pieces of furniture, whether it’s a headboard for your bed, or just an accent chair for your guestroom can go much smoother with a designer’s touch.

 

Enhancing Your Current Layout

 

Other homeowners benefit from a redesign of the existing furniture. If you’re already happy with the items that you own, you can still get great advice from a professional designer. Maybe you could never quite figure out how to manage your open floor layout. Or perhaps you’re still struggling with the furniture placement in your living room or basement hangout. Rather than settle for an arrangement that’s uncomfortable, let a home stylist fix your layout so it works from every angle!

 

Living Room Design-Home Matters 1809At Home Matters, we love working with these types of redesign projects. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to setting up your home, but with your personal aesthetic and our design expertise, we’ll help you strike the balance between stylish and functional. Our move-in design services and other redesign packages are great for homeowners all across the Central Indiana area. To get started on your own project, just give us a call at (317) 774-7025. We’d be happy to schedule a design consultation with you to help make your home the haven you deserve!


Small Space, Big Impact in Home Design

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We all have that one room in our homes that can feel a little “snug.” But improving this vibe is just a matter of making good design choices. Every corner of your home can feel intentional and practical when you know how to work with your layout. With these four design tips, you’ll help each of your rooms achieve that comfortable, spacious look you’re after!

 

1. Use Appropriately-Sized Furniture

 

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Using the right-sized furniture in every room is so important to your overall aesthetic. For example, you need to find a table that complements your breakfast nook or dining room’s total area. This will prevent  everyone from bumping elbows at dinner. (And stop chairs from getting backed into the wall.) Conversely, you don’t want to place a table that’s too small. That just ends up wasting space. You might love your grandma’s old dining table, but if it doesn’t fit in your current layout, you can always use it as a desk in another room.

 

Breakfast-Nook-Staging_Home Matters-1808There’s no sense forcing objects into your design when you can find better options. Instead of being stubborn, get practical. Choosing furniture that works with your space keeps the area from feeling too cramped or too sparse. This goldilocks approach takes a critical eye, but it’s well worth the effort. When you can welcome furniture that’s the right size, you’ll suddenly see your entire room in a new light. These choices help you focus on what’s working in the space in terms of comfort, not square footage.

 

2. Incorporate Great Accent Pieces

 

Great home décor takes more than just furniture. All of your accent pieces need to be matched to your home’s furnishings, too. Again, size plays a key role. Choose pieces that are too big, and you’ll end up overwhelming your small space. Work with items that are too small, and the entire room will feel off-balance. From your couch cushions to the floor lamps and items on your fireplace mantel, using your artistic eye will help you find the right flow for your space.

 

Area-Rug-Home-Staging_Home Matters-1808Your area rugs can be especially hard to place. Often, they serve as an anchor to your room. Getting their size right helps set the tone for the space as a whole. You also want to pay close attention to the size of artwork on the walls, as well as your curtains. Hanging the curtain rod slightly higher than the window itself can create a helpful illusion that the space is larger than it seems—even for small and cozy family room settings.

 

3. Get Creative with Form and Function

 

That tiny spare bedroom may not look like much at first glance, but if you know how to stage it, you could see it become your new favorite get-away in the house. Getting creative with the pieces in the room lets you increase its functionality. Arranging the room with a daybed or hide-a-bed sofa and a desk might make more sense than having a queen-size bed. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to fit a small desk to become a great multi-purpose area for guests, or for yourself!

 

Entryway Seating-Home Matters-1808Small spaces don’t just show up in formal rooms with a door. Your entryway or mudroom probably has some untapped potential of its own. Instead of ignoring these areas, consider upgrading them into small seating areas. You can easily redefine a typical ottoman as a great piece for putting on your shoes before heading out the door. You could also add a couple pillows to change it into a new, cozy reading nook.

 

4. When in Doubt, Work with the Pros

 

Sometimes getting these measurements right can take a few attempts. Without enough practice, you may end up repeating the same mistakes from room to room. Fortunately, working with an experienced home designer can help you avoid these missteps so you get stunning results the first time. Whether you’re staging your home to sell or just looking for a fresh update to your home, a designer can help you take stock of your rooms’ best features. After assessing each area as a sort of “blank canvas,” then you find the appropriate furnishings, accent pieces, and creative solutions to every corner of your home.

 

At Home Matters, our designers love working with all types of home projects! When you have design questions, we have answers. As professional home stagers, we’re great at figuring out what to do with tricky spaces. We’re happy to work with your existing furniture. Or, if you prefer, we can advise you on new pieces to help your home really shine. Check out our Services page to learn more about our design packages, or send us a message to schedule your consultation. We’d love to hear from you!


Welcome Spring with Simple Home Design Updates

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When the trees start getting new buds and the first spring flowers begin poking out of the ground—we know spring has sprung! Yet all too often, our home’s interiors don’t reflect these seasonal changes. While our main pieces of furniture should take center stage year-round, it’s important (and fun) to mix things up with the changing seasons. A few quick home design updates can help each room match the calendar month.

 

Stay Fresh with Centerpieces

 

Fresh-Centerpieces-Spring_Home Matters 1803Key focal points of your home (like your front door, fireplace mantel, and the dining room table) deserve a refresh once spring rolls around. Consider adding a white-twig wreath to your front door, or make a statement with new spring planters. If your front porch curb appeal is order, then it’s time to take another look at your centerpieces indoors. You’ll want to make sure each of your family hangouts has a distinct springtime feel.

 

Candles and pinecones are great for autumn, but home design in spring does best with a little more greenery. Go with live plants for your dining room centerpiece. A pretty orchid or a collection of succulents can change the entire ambiance of a room. Your fireplace is the same way. The pieces you use to decorate don’t have to be a permanent installation. Your holiday décor gets swapped out, so do the same with your other pieces. Maybe there’s a pale-pink vase, or other accent that you love. If it doesn’t fit with your autumn or winter themes, why not just set it out during springtime? It can be the main feature for your fireplace mantel during this part of the year!

 

Use Cooler Tones for Accents

 

Cool-Home-Accents_Home Matters 1803Deep jewel tones are great for the colder months because they help our homes feel more intimate and cozy. But we’re not necessarily looking to stay “comfy cozy” in March through May. As the days start to warm up though, it’s nicer to switch to cooler tones for accents. So, why not change your décor to suit your mood? Living room and bedroom spaces get a better springtime vibe when we swap darker hues for light blues, pastels, and other colorful patterns.

 

Changing a new paint color multiple times a year isn’t realistic. But it’s so easy to rotate your accent pillows with the seasons. Plus, these design upgrades are instant! Just put your pillows with warmer tones in storage for a few months of the year. You’ll have a completely new feel for your spring décor. The same goes for paintings. Switching up what’s on your walls throughout the year is a great and relatively inexpensive way to keep each room intriguing. You won’t get bored with your home when you can make minor design upgrades on a whim.

 

Find Comfort in Lighter Fabrics

 

Spring is all about feeling light and airy. Before you settle in for another season with the same home designs, take a look at your curtains and bedding. Do you need to trade in your heavy curtains for something a little more sheer and effortless? We want to mentally block out the cold weather in the wintertime, but once April hits, it’s good to lighten things up.

 

Light-Fabrics_Home Matters Staging 1803Rotating your bed linens with the seasons isn’t just practical—it’s also a stylish design choice. You don’t have to rely on the bare essentials for your bedding. Instead of putting your down comforter in storage, why not substitute it with a new quilt or linen throw? A blanket that looks and feels more appropriate for the season can help you appreciate your space even more—and look forward to getting a great night’s sleep. Sometimes, it really is the little things that make the biggest difference.

 

Part of everyone’s spring cleaning routine should be to clean up their home décor. If you feel like your home is in a design rut this season, you can always give Home Matters a call at (317) 774-7025. One of our stylists would be happy to help you out! There are so many design tricks to help your house feel more like a home. Let us know if you want to schedule a consultation, and we’ll find the perfect solutions to make your space feel bright, fresh, and new for the season!


Model Home Staging and Buyer Psychology

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A good home builder knows that the right layout, location, and curb appeal will attract buyers. But how do you really make a house into a home? For most people, deciding to build it’s all about the details. Model home staging is what ties everything together.

 

Home builders that choose to work with a professional staging company get a real edge over their competition. Utilizing the right furniture only enhances your designs. (Plus, it helps make your marketing materials really pop.) A fantastic floorplan isn’t always enough to seal the deal, so staging helps you paint the whole picture. By complementing your homes’ unique architecture and beauty with a few accents, it’s easy to win over today’s homebuyers.

 

Model Homes in the Modern Market

 

Living-Model Home Staging_Home Matters 1802We live in a digital age, which means buyers are spending more time online to search for a local home builder. Investing in professional home staging can help your specs stand out from the crowd. Great photos present that clean, polished image your buyers want for their new home.

 

Home builders carefully select the floorplans and models for their neighborhoods, and your staging company should be just as thoughtful in their own design selections. Consider the demographic of your target market. Does your staging actively attract that same sort of buyer, or does it miss the mark? The key for model homes is to present your designs and custom home building options in their best light. You want your home tours to feel comfortable and inviting in every room—and every corner. Understanding the real estate market in your area should inform your architectural choices just as much as your staging company’s aesthetic.

 

The Psychology of “Everything in its Place”

 

Office-Model Home Staging_Home Matters 1802Staging is so important for model and spec homes because it’s hard for most buyers to imagine life in an empty space. Although model homes are new and clean, buyers aren’t usually able to wrap their head around when to do with a totally open area. Every room needs to have a clear and defined purpose. Otherwise, people may not know what to do with the space.

 

Questions like, “Is this room going to fit my furniture?” or “Where are things supposed to go in an open floorplan?” are common for both new and experienced home buyers. Staging is a great tool because it answers these questions with a quick glance. As buyers walk through a staged spec home, they don’t need to worry about these same design questions. Seeing furniture already in place will showcase how cozy and versatile every room can be.

 

Giving that move-in ready vibe has a huge appeal, but empty rooms aren’t usually the solution. Define spare bedrooms as a guestroom or office space to help buyers use their own imagination for how to use your layout. Being able to see exactly how furniture should be used in the room offers huge advantages. That way, no area of the home will feel “wasted.” And that just makes the new home lifestyle look even more appealing.

 

Set the Tone with Professional Home Staging

 

The new home market is picking up steam in recent years, which means home builders need to set themselves apart. In order to capture the attention of today’s buyers, more builders are relying on professional staging to complement their floorplans. Staging can have an incredible ROI for home builders. Even staging one model home can have a huge impact on your area’s market.

 

Bedroom-Model Home Staging_Home Matters 1802Vacant rooms don’t have the wow-factor that staging brings. By setting up each room to look its best (in person, and online) your model home will definitely get the attention of more buyers. You can even work with your professional staging company to update small pieces through the year so the home feels “in season” for each tour. Warm, velvet pillows on the living room sofa are great during winter, but you might need to swap them out for bright floral patterns in summer. Every detail counts with a home’s architecture—don’t let the home’s staging go to waste!

 

If you’re interested in working with Home Matters for your existing spec homes, or even an upcoming design, please give us a call (317) 774-7025. Our design packages for builders are a great way to keep your walk-through tours fresh and inviting every season. Visit our Facebook page to see additional samples of our work, then send us a message to get started on your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!