‘DESIGNER INSIGHTS’ with Refresh Home Staging – an Interview by Tudor Davies of Terry’s Fabrics. When we received ‘the call’ from UK blogger Tudor Davies to be part of his ‘Designer Insights’ Series we jumped at the chance! Terry’s Fabrics features designers from across the globe detailing their inspiration and top picks in design innovation… read more →

How much does it cost? Your staging investment is usually less than 1% of your home’s list price!   How much will it cost if you don’t stage? If you find your dream home before you sell your current one, it will cost you extra money in ‘carrying costs’ and/or ‘bridge financing.’   Did you.. read more →

Brrrrr! Now that the winter weather has arrived, it’s time for ‘all things cozy.’ From lush layers and textured fabrics to oversized cable-knit throws…here are some of our favouite design ideas to create a winter ‘retreat’ right in your own home. Warm Up! Add visual warmth through colour: in your artwork, accessories, furniture and decorative.. read more →

18 Nov 2015
November 18, 2015

Home Staging: Occupied Spaces

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A lot of people just assume when they hear the word ‘staging’, that it’s only for empty or vacant spaces. Not true! Your home can be transformed into a more marketable, competitive listing, using your own furnishings…and, if necessary, rental accessories and art can be added to further compliment the look. When it comes time.. read more →

Our last blog post featured some of our favourite ‘upcoming trend picks’ from the IDS West – showcasing the best in West Coast design. We also attended the Vancouver Home + Design Show that inspired us even further. Here are our top picks – Part 2.   Woven fabrics and metals        Area rugs.. read more →

One of our favourite trade shows of the year is the IDS West showcasing the best in West Coast design. The show featured a ‘fantastic lineup of designers, retailers, makers and manufacturers’ with innovative designs to showcase their latest concepts and creations. Here are some of the innovative designs and trends we saw at the.. read more →

With some creativity and clever storage solutions, you can make your dorm a well-functioning cozy home away-from-home. Firstly, it’s important to check the rules. Many dorms have strict rules about mounting photos or painting walls. ‘Wikihow’ says: Check BEFORE you decide to do anything major. 2: Chat with your roomie about decor ideas, budget, likes.. read more →

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Photo: www.harmonyarts.ca As the BC Day Long weekend approaches, we thought we’d share some fun activites…in your neighbourhood.  Every city in the Lower Mainland has exciting events planned – check your local city website for programming in your ‘neck of the woods.’  We’ll start with Vancouver… Honda Celebration of Light – the longest running offshore.. read more →

Photo Credit: Hi Sugarplum Are you happy with your backyard…or does it need a major makeover? Here are 10 ‘DIY’ Patio transformations that will inspire…from Chelsey Andrews – Better Homes and Gardens. Trend: 10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers My husband and I are prepping to tear down our terribly ugly (and sort of already falling down).. read more →