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Contemporary vs. Modern Style: What’s the Difference?

As Stagers or Interior Designers, we often are asked to use a “Modern” style only to find out the client really means a “Contemporary” Style. Here is a wonderful article that explains the difference of the two styles and why they are often confused.

From Homedit.com:

Contemporary vs. Modern Style: What’s the Difference?

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Style My Space Interior Design and Home Staging & Design Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016


Los Angeles,United States, January 21, 2016 – Style My Space Interior Design and Home Staging of Los Angeles has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 10-year old Design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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Top Design Colors of 2013

Just like fashion, health claims, and the economy, colors follow trends. Each year brings new attention to a portion of the color wheel, and it is important to stay abreast of these trends as an interior designer.  After all, being trendy is highly valued by consumers and entire rooms are redecorated to reflect what is “in” versus what is rapidly becoming “out.” A major challenge in design is predicting the trends and recognizing what may become a classic and timeless design, and what will be dated before it is even finished being implemented in a design.

So what are the colors of 2013 and why were they chosen? Each color evokes its own mood, energy, feeling, and overall vibe intended to be played out throughout the year. They are a prediction of sorts, but whether the predictions are accurate has very little bearing on their popularity in the design world.

Pantene’s Emerald

Pantene is considered the leading color trend creator in all color-based industries: design, fashion, makeup, etc. For 2013 the Color of the Year is Emerald. Intended to represent liveliness, radiance, and lushness, Emerald brings elegance and a sense of luxury to a room. As for the intended feelings associated with Emerald? A sense of well being, harmony, and balance will supposedly follow utilizing this jeweled green.

Sherwin-Williams’ Aloe

Also a green—though a less vibrant shade—this Color of the Year softens the mood to simplistic prettiness. More mid-century modest rather than modern flashy, Aloe is intended to mimic its plant inspiration by soothing and calming a room’s energy. It also nicely complements neutrals and pastels, making it a versatile choice in the design scheme.

Benjamin Moore’s Lemon Sorbet

Lemon Sorbet’s selling point as a Color of the Year is its role as a “transitional” color. Benjamin Moore has predicted that 2014 will be the year of the pastels, and as such Lemon Sorbet is a perfect bridge from the current saturated color tones.  The color brightens an atmosphere without overloading the senses, akin to tea’s mild compared to coffee’s powerful dose of caffeine.

Color trends are fun to incorporate and really make a space feel trendy and fashionable. Even so, when designing a room, it is important to keep in mind that trends fade and the colors of today will be replaced a year from now. Thus it is a good tactic to use Colors of the Year primarily as accent pieces such as lamps, clocks, throw pillows, and such or as part of a more overall color scheme (for example Aloe lends itself well to pastel yellows, blues, and browns that can characterize a child’s room or nursery).  Knowing the color trends is exciting and inspiring, and integrating them into your designs will keep your work fresh and your clients happy.

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Top 5 ways to Sell Your Home Faster and for More Money!

When your home is on the market, it becomes a product for sale and just like other products for sale, shoppers will be heavily weighing where to invest their hard-earned dollars. As they will be comparing your property with others, it is critical to be objective about anything in your home that they may perceive as a reason “not to buy”.

In a 2007 survey of over 2,000 Realtors, agents estimated that staging your home for better presentation yielded a 343% return on investment. Sure you can also lower your asking price instead but typically it is less costly to replace, update or clean the area and present a fresh new space.

Check out the dramatic changes you can make in 5 simple steps.

#1 Leverage your homes attributes

Did you know that your property already contains things buyers are willing to pay more money for? Just like the bells and whistles on a sports car, these home features need to be showcased to their full potential so buyers can make their best and highest offer.

–         attractive curb appeal and yard

–         fireplaces

–         windows with views of mountains, water, skyline, nature, cityscapes

–         high ceilings

–         spacious rooms that feel luxurious

–         eat-in kitchen bars

–         updated or new features

Showcase these areas by drawing attention to them with pops of color and a clear line of sight to the area

#2  Fix Potential Reasons Not to Buy

Repair, clean or replace the things that could deter a potential buyer from making an offer such as:

–         carpet that needs cleaning or replacing

–         outdated fixtures or flooring

–         chipped, scuffed or dark colored paint

–         anything in the home that is dirty or stained

–         deferred maintenance issues

#3 Show a Light, Bright and Spacious Home

Nothing sells faster than an environment that replicates a restful retreat from busy lives. You can create that feeling in your home by:

–         opening up all windows to let in as much light as possible

–         add plants to bring the “outdoors in”

–         lighten dark areas with no windows with lamp lighting – even during a daytime showing!

–         Showcase more space by removing excess furniture, anything being stored on the floor and eliminating countertop clutter. Remember my personal quote, “Expansive Feels Expensive!

#4 Depersonalize!!

Did you know that by removing some of the items in your home you can actually attract more buyers?


–         remove family photos that remind buyers that they are a visitor in someone else’s home rather than envisioning themselves in the space

–         remove personal collections that can make a space feel cluttered and un-relatable to buyers who have different tastes

–         tone down “extreme themes” with a little more of the mainstream to appeal to a broader scope of buyers

#5 Create a Designer Interior that sells 67% faster

You only have 1 chance to make a first impression. Potential buyers are looking to make one of the biggest investments of their lives and they are hoping to find the one gem within their budget that looks and feels as if they paid a fortune. Creating designer touches throughout the home will help you sell for more money. Things like:


–         a sophisticated, warm paint palette – if you will be painting anyway, you can create an expensive feeling with the right color paint in a neutral base.

–         creating warm and inviting seating areas that help buyers envision spending time with family and friends

–         utilizing accent colors sparingly and to draw attention features. Too much or too many colors make a space feel cluttered and not pulled together

–         remove outdated pieces of furniture to create a fresher look to the home

–         update kitchen and bath areas with simple, inexpensive changes such as new knobs, paint, new flooring, lighting or faucets.


Get paid to stage your home by increasing your return on investment by 343%. If you would like help creating an upscale, designer environment that will appeal to more buyers and sell your home for more money, consider hiring a professional stager. For more information, visit http://www.StyleMySpace.com


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How to Save on Home Staging

Getting a house market ready does not have to be expensive, nor does it have to take a lot of work. Once your house is on the market it is no longer a home, it is a now product and you must present it as such. You have to make sure it is clean and organized and looking beautiful. Home buyers are looking for homes that are presented as a desirable product; therefore you want your house to standout above the rest.

Save time and think about hiring a professional to stage your house. It is the best investment when selling your property. Do not spend countless hours your time staging the home yourself. Professional Home Stagers have the years of experience and training to know what it takes to stage a home for it to look beautiful and for it to sell FAST. They have an arsenal of accessories and furnishings that will bring your home to life and give it the look and feel home buyers are looking for.

When staging your house, weather you decide to do it yourself or hire a pro, keep in mind you should save on space. You do not need to stage every room in the house. Keep it to a minimum and only stage the main living areas: Kitchen, Living room, Master Bedroom. Professional home stagers stage these rooms in such a way that allow the potential home buyers envision moving in their own belongings. This is key when your house in on the market!

If you are deciding to stage the house yourself you can save a lot of time and effort by saving your own furniture. If your furniture is still in good shape dress it up and move it around to create a focal point in the room. You don’t have to think about buying a rug if you have hardwood floors, s how off what you have, buyers love to see everything, especially wood floors.

Most of all save on time by doing your research. Find out if there is a Professional Home Stager in your area and ask for a quote. Look for ideas on the web for Home Staging Tips if you decide to stage the home yourself. For more Home Staging Tips you can follow our Blog right here at Style My Space.


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3 ways to Brand Yourself with the Right Business Name

Your new business name – before you start

So a few things with choosing a business name that helps brand you quickly and bring in the bucks.

The 3 things you’ll want to remember

– Make it catchy, memorable and short like Style My Space

– Your name should SCREAM what you do very clearly like The Pet Sitters

– EVERYONE searches the internet for businesses these days. Chances are you will need a website. Make sure the dot com is available for your name without extra words, hyphens, underscores, etc. Even when your name is ebay, then ebay.com needs to be available. Who would remember to type in ebay_store.biz?

How to develop your new business name

If you will want to go into other segments of an industry, you will want to have a name that attracts that client base as well. I made the mistake when I launched my home staging and design business of naming myself Prepared to Sell Home Staging.

At the time, I didn’t realize I would want to eventually service other sectors of the market. When I reached that point in my business where I wanted to expand my services, I had to ask myself why I wasn’t getting any clients. It took me a while to realize that home owners that are not for sale but wanted to redesign their home or receive advice on remodeling their home wouldn’t call a designer whose business name was Prepared to Sell. And really, what does Prepared to Sell mean? I could have been teaching a sales class with a name like that.

So I decided I wasn’t doing myself any favors and changed my name to Style My Space which was not only costly, but confusing to my current clients and I feel like I lost some business along the way. Suffice to say, picking the perfect name from the beginning can be hard and time consuming but worth it in the end.

In hind sight, I have a few suggestions to picking a business name that is right for you.

First decide what you elements you want your business to portray. Is it fun, business”y” or sophisticated? Then determine what words are in alignment with the way you want your business name to feel and write them all down. Keep working with this list until you have a combination that rmeets the above requirements and rolls off the tongue.

The best name is a catchy name because it’s easy to remember, helps brand your business and should reflect what your business is about immediately without pigeon-holing you into one market segment. Don’t forget, the dot com needs to be available without any extra words, hyphens or underscores that no one will remember to type in. If you’re not on the first page of Google, at least if you have the dot com to a catchy name, some people who have met you in the past may still be able to find you even if they can’t find your business card. To see if a dot com is available, go to http://www.godaddy.com to search for available domain names.

Kim Kapellusch is the owner of Style My Space Home Staging & Design and currently teaches the Premier Home Staging Certification Course at The Academy of Home Staigng in Los Angeles. For more information, visit the sites at http://www.StyleMySpace.com and http://www.TheAcademyOfHomeStaging.com.

Kim Kapellusch
Home Staging Designer and Home Staging Certification Trainer

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How Designers can use Pinterest to help their business

Pinterest is no longer just for the everyday person who wants crafty decorating ideas for their home; it can be a highly beneficial tool for people interested in or already in the design field. For instance, Pinterest can be used to identify the trends that are circling around in the interior design world. Are kitchens moving more towards sleek modernism or back to rustic chic? The most commonly pinned posts can give you a general idea.

Use Pinterest as a source for inspiration for current projects. Pin the rooms and designs that you find interesting, innovative, and classic, essentially that fits whichever adjective you are in need of at the moment. Suddenly you have a whole internet source full of inspiration and jumping-off points for your imagination.

It is also important to note that the average client of a designer has probably used Pinterest. This means that your customer knows what is popular, possible, and frequently pinned. Doing your own pinning (or at least browsing through those of other interior designers) will keep you knowledgeable and on the same page with your clients.

Here are some suggestions for Pinterest designers with inspiring photos:

Modern and energy efficient: 361 Architecture of San Francisco, CA

Modern with a funky flair: Almost 40-Year Old Intern of Los Angeles, CA

Lots of Color: AphroChic of Philadelphia, PA; CasaBella Interiors of Brandon, MS; RoomFu Knockout Interiors of Austin, TX

Classic and simple: Kathleen DiPaolo of Newport Beach, CA; Danielle Murietta of North Tustin, CA; Brilliante Interiors of Vancouver, BC

Glam and luxe: Britany Simon of Phoenix, AZ; Emily Henderson of Los Angeles, CA; Erica Cook of Calgary, AB; Mrs. Lilien of San Diego, CA

These Pinterest interior designers are just the beginning of what is out there on the site for inspiration and knowledge of current trends. So make a profile and start following other interior designers to truly utilize all the resources at your disposal.