Hello, hello! Yes I am still alive. A bit buried in a cloud of yellow pollen, stacks of boxes, and a to-do list that has actually become a to-do notebook at this point. I hopefully will have a house/moving update post for you very soon but want to make sure things are truly officially before I share too much.
So since this weekend was the first day of spring and I also have selling/moving/staging on my mind let’s talk a bit about seasonal decorating and also how to stage your house when you are trying to sell. You know I love my seasonal decorating and seasonal mantels BUT when I took down all the Christmas décor and knew we were putting on our house on the market before the end of January, I didn’t do or keep anything out that was specifically seasonal (like winter or Valentine’s décor)
But I did have fun creating this fun pallet sign and painted pendant banner for DecoArt!
You can get the full tutorial on how I created the pendant flag sign here on their blog. The pendant banner is actually painted and could be used for so many things. SUMMER and EASTER or even AUTUMN have the same amount of letters so you could flip over the banner and make it 2-sided for 2 different seasons. The banner could also be hung on a mantel, across an old window or mirror – lots of options!
For the rest of the house I just did bright and cheery décor – so yes, I had a yellow wreath on my door in January. (I think I read or heard on a home show that yellow flowers or yellow accents help your home sell faster. Probably just the bright color catches your eye.)
I didn’t do much “staging” other than removing seasonal things from our house and then just mostly decluttering. Maybe you deal with that box sitting in the floor in the closet or I was ok with the stack of diaper packs I was stocking up in the corner of our bedroom but all that stuff got boxed or put in attic or under bed and out of sight. I also cleaned – baseboards, cobwebs in corners, ceiling fans, vents, scrubbed bathrooms from floor to ceiling – and then of course just your general everyday cleaning. We cleaned up the outside – raked out flower beds, mowed the grass to get it nice and even and cleaned up from the fall/winter, cleaned out gutters, pressure washed house, and I added a few winter to spring flowers (petunias) to a pot by the front door.
And I made sure surfaces were clear and nicely and simply decoated. This is the way my mantel looked like the rest of the time.
I just did some simple décor with a pretty center object. And although I do love my seasonal mantels, I have quite enjoyed this simple staged version as well.
Have you decorated for spring? Share some pictures on my facebook page!
Any staging tips? How did you prepare your home to sell?