Dark Furnishings pop with mint walls.

Color strikes an emotion and can make us feel great. Often, I am asked “what color should I paint my walls?” One sector of the populous is reluctant to paint walls with color leaving walls a boring beige or white. The second sector of the populous goes crazy with explosions of wall color that make the space look confusing. The third sector of the populous gets it right with the perfect meld of colors. If you are not sure what wall color to use when preparing a home for sale or re-decorating your existing space, follow these tips;

1. TIP for BEIGE or WHITE WALLS; If the space feels cold, select a paint hue one or two shades darker than the current color. It will provide color to warm up the space without stressing over too much color.
2. TIP for EXPLOSIONS of WALL COLOR; Tone down the color with selecting a paint hue one to two shades lighter than the current color. Another option is to leave one accent wall the bright color and tone down the other walls with the lightest hue on the spectrum. It will provide a calmer feel to the space.
3. TIP for THE PERECT WALL COLOR; Select a paint hue in the middle of the spectrum that match the flooring and furnishings. A darker wood tone dining set will pop off the wall with a mint hue that is in the middle. From there, vibrant colors can be added in wall art and accessories to meld all the colors together. It will provide a cohesive and warm feel.

REMEMBER; Well designed rooms are one in which it’s not about the walls, but about complimenting the homes best features and furnishings.

Julie Stone Interiors


Recently, I had the opportunity to write an article for a new magazine in the West Michigan area. It is WEST MICHIGAN WOMEN. Not only is it FREE, it is a great publication. The below article can be found in the Fall 2012 publication.

When decorating your home with the splendor colors of fall; keep it simple and cohesive for a stunning look. Start by selecting three main areas of your home to incorporate fall décor. More than three decorated areas will make your home look overdone and exhausting to the eye. The front entry, the fire place mantel and the dining room table all lend itself to the perfect large display areas.

A few design tips to follow when decorating for the Holiday;
1. Within each of your display areas, select items that range in height from high to medium to low. Items all at the same level are boring and get lost in the display. Items at different levels provide interest as the eye zig zags through the display. A great design trick is to utilize glass dishes to help provide the varied heights like a cake stand.
2. Always group your display items. Ghosts and goblins spread about the room get lost within the holiday décor that you are creating. Grouping your fall items makes a huge impact for everyone to admire.
3. When grouping your fall decorator pieces, keep them in odd numbers like 5 or 7 for smaller items and 1 or 3 for larger items. Odd number s of items work best for good design flow.
4. Large trays are a great way to define a display area.

My favorite fall colors are the traditional orange, olive green, golden yellow and brown. Utilize the same color pallet in each selected area, but, mix up the items within the display. For example;

The front entry – cut tree branches in a vase with lightly wrapped lights and orange ribbon to provide dramatic lighting for the front entrance. Add orange pumpkins and colorful leaves around the vase for a simple and elegant entry for your guests.

The fire place mantel – line the mantel, again with the same tree branches, lights and a different color of ribbon, like golden yellow, which will help continue the cohesive theme. Mix in pinecones and gourds within your selected color pallet. To give the varied height pieces within the display, use candles of different sizes. Candy corns in a glass jar around a candle not only add a fun festive look, but also add vibrant color to the display.

The dining room table – my favorite Holiday center piece is to utilize a set of three candle sticks placed on a tray. Candlesticks in all finishes and ranging from high, medium, and low are a staple in my home. There are numerous uses for the candlesticks other than the traditional candles. For the fall décor, pumpkins on the candlesticks are perfect for a WOW center piece. Wrap the candlesticks with the same sticks and lights as the other display areas and wrap with, again, ribbon of a different color like olive green.

Keeping your fall display’s simple and cohesive will show your guests the elegance of the season.

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When preparing a home for sale, walk through each room of the home and determine where your eye is drawn to. A trick of the trade in home staging is to take the eye to the homes best features and away from the flaws. This is accomplished by setting bright-colored items in the area you want the potential buyer’s eye to go towards. Remember; you are selling the homes best features, not the stuff in it.

FOR EXAMPLE; in a square boxed room with one window; place a pair of chairs with an end table in between, centered under the window. Accent the chairs with red pillows and a red candle on the table. When a potential buyer walks into the room; the eye will go to the color, hence, the emphasis is taken away from a boring square boxed room to view a large window which is the best feature in the room.

Accredited Staging Professional
Interior Designer
E-mail: juliestone7612@sbcglobal.net Website: http://www.stagedtosellbyjulie.com

When preparing a home for sale, determine what each room’s best feature is and determine the best way to highlight that feature. If there are architectural features in a home, highlight the details by clearing items away from the features. Built in book cases are a good example; they are best highlighted by minimizing the amount of items diplayed, allowing the eye to see the details of the book cases, not the stuff in them. Large windows with beautiful views are best highlighted by removing as many items in front and around the windows as possible and sometimes even removing the window treatment.

Often, in living rooms the fire place is blocked by a large sofa, not allowing the home buyer to see the room’s best selling feature. Instead, move the sofa to the side and highlight the fireplace with a few attractive accessories. Place two chairs opposite the sofa. Buyers will be able to visualize themselves sitting next to the warm fire with this furniture arrangement.

Most often, it is the bed, itself, that is the best feature in a bedroom. When properly staged with beautiful linens and an abundance of pillows, it will showcase a luxurious place to retire to.

Kitchens and bathrooms have many architectural details that can be highlighted by simplifying the items on countertops and walls. In kitchens and baths, less is always best to showcase the many detailed features that are in these rooms.



Accredited Staging Professional


E-mail: juliestone7612@sbcglobal.net

Website: http://www.stagedtosellbyjulie.com


Condo’s are notoriously longer to sell than a home.  Fact is, there are fewer potential buyers seeking to live with in a  community life style.  On average, staged condo’s sell in 6 months.  Recently, a vacant condo that I staged had multiple showings and an accepted offer 5 weeks after the listing.  The pictures on the MLS greatly helped attract the right buyer.  Remember:  The investment of STAGING is less than your first price reduction.

Months were spent by the home owner cleaning, removing old carpet and wallpaper, and adding a fresh coat of paint. After staging the home with home owners items, the home had an accepted offer 4 days after it was listed. The home owners hard work and investement to stage helped seal this deal.