What is Home Staging?

Hey everyone! Good to see you again!
Err not that we actually see you…but you get the point.

One of our favorite things to do is stage homes! We started up this sector of the business in 2016 and it has been climbing at the rate of our market, or close to it. Home staging is “the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace”—but enough of boring Googled definitions.

Home Staged Library Office

WE would define it as “the act of putting really trendy furniture and décor in your house so that it sells FASTER and to get the best price upon sale of the home!” Yes, with the exclamation point and all because the house is EXCITING after staging it😉

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If anyone wants to read statistics, don’t worry. Here are some.
+Staged homes sell for up to 7% more than a non-staged home.
+On average, they sell in 42 days. This stat isn’t super relevant in our crazy fast market right now, BUT it is supposed to bring in the point that when a home sits on the market for too long, the price drops. And that isn’t good.
+You make your money back! Home staging is an investment. Usually, the price of staging is somewhere between 1 and 3 percent of the home’s value. BUT sellers receive about 8 to 10% in their ROI.
And in our awesome digital world, your pictures stand out more! Like…a lot more as you can clearly see from the examples we’ve snuck into this post
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Home Staged Living Room

The points we’re really trying to make here is that home staging works! And in our market you HAVE to stand out so that potential buyers can actually envision themselves in your home. At the same time, excitement may create multiple offers for YOU! All of this is great news, and on top of that it’s really simple. You can either call us (208.939.7711) or send us an email to sold@recycledroom.com and we will come check out the property, do all the design and heavy lifting, and complete the entire job in about a day. So thankful for coffee. ALSO Click Here to see more of our staging jobs!

Home Staged Dining Room

But hey if you still don’t want to do it, at least be like “Hey nice job! Cool pics!” Because you guys know your validation is important to us😉

Until next time friends
The Recycled Room Team
Okay fine here’s one more picture

Home Staged Living Room

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What Your Dining Room Says About You

Modern:

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You like clean lines AND clean sinks! “Okay seeeriously guys, the dishwasher is empty! Just put it in there!”
😉 Your space takes its use, but each chair and plate is then set right back where it needs to be before everyone can relax. Your home is something you take pride in, and your dining set definitely reflects that! You are a forward thinker who believes furniture can be both functional and sculptural. Plus come on, how ON EARTH could you allow clutter (i.e. anything of your husband’s) to sit on top of that gorgeous table for more than like 5 seconds?! That’s just a travesty. A furniture travesty (not punishable by death).  To you, every piece has its place, every coffee mug has its rightful spot, every centerpiece needs to be returned. You may be a minimalist. One who, in the end sets a high standard for themselves in life, hence the cleanliness thing. That is a very positive way to live, and your space reflects all of those values. (But seriously, put the cup in the dishwasher.)

 

Traditional:

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Family is everything to you! You may have an heirloom of a table with a scratch from Thanksgiving in 1989 when Uncle Dan dropped the mashed potato plate (how wasteful of our Idaho Potatoes). But you appreciate things like that because they add character. The heaviness of the wood and the hand carved features add about as much character as has each of your family members over the years (How many more wine stains until we get a tablecloth guys??) If it weren’t for your family, there’d be no reason to have a table to eat around, no loud arguing matches over a round of Monopoly, and nothing to gather around when you look into everyone’s eyes and tell them that they are what you’re thankful for—every year. The table and chairs you have reflects all of these beliefs that it’s not about perfection, because they are already perfect to you.

 

Mid-Century:

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Your table is part functional, part art instillation. You appreciate the innovation (ironically, of the past). The Mid-Century style is a combination of modern and traditional. The wood aspect allows these pieces to be used hard, but the modern lines allow it to be appreciated when it’s not being eaten on (Haha okay but still Gwen, don’t spill on this thing…) You are a person who enjoys art and has high style, so this is the PERFECT table type for you! The vintage look is very on trend right now. You believe in progress, in yourself and in the world. You believe that traditional measures were important, but building toward the future is equally important (is importanter a word??) The Mid-Century style was one that exuded innovation, oddly enough you are that same way.

 

Rustic:

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Okay, the biggest reason that Rustic designs are amazing is that you can absolutely beat these things up and they hold on forever. Often the look is very chunky and stout (“What did you just call me!?) This style is meant to be used and used hard. It’s a great style for families or a bachelor with a hammer collection. It comes down to the details in this one, the chairs and centerpiece can make it more or less rustic. In the end, this style is versatile and that’s what you appreciate about it! You try to be the same way in your own life, able to take on so many challenges and changes with ease. You have a propensity toward usable items that can last forever because you see the value in quality. Wood tables in the rustic style are the absolute epitome of everlasting.

Glam:

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This is the first time we have spoken about this design style. Some know it as Hollywood Chic, but we prefer Glam because it’s a much shorter word to type, and writing this on an old laptop is annoying when it freezes every 5 minutes (Claiming a new laptop as a business expense in 3…2…1…) Okay so the glam style is raging right now. Its sparkly, bright, and reflective. Chairs are built for comfort and style. We would give this newbie style 10/10 because its attention-getting, just like you! You are proud of yourself, where you’ve come from and where you are going. The Glam style is slightly more feminine, based with golds, chromes and soft fabrics. These spaces are beautiful but usable simultaneously (Make sure its wine-resistant, because spilling on it IS punishable by death.) You enjoy this style because it is bright, possibly just as bright as your future. Better put on your sunglasses.

Our Kid’s Fridge Art

Okay guys. Why do you put your son’s and daughter’s art on the fridge? It could be a horribly disfigured horse and it would still be there! Then after, it may be forever remembered inside a cardboard box in the attic labeled “Art”. Why do we do this? Why did our parents do this for our art? You and I didn’t go off to become the next Van Gogh. (Thankfully because we like our ears.) We do this because its meaningful! It has a temporary place on the fridge with a magnet attached only to make room for the next masterpiece. They drew that horse to the absolute best of their ability, for YOU. It was created for your eyes and it came straight from the heart of the little one that you love so dearly. That’s really why its done isn’t it?

The funny thing is, why isn’t the rest of your house this way? The fridge becomes a small museum riddled with sheets of crayon-filled love, while your walls and shelves lack any of the personality and story that lies on them. But, it CAN.

And, instead of telling you how to make this happen for yourselves, we would rather tell you a story of our own.

These owls. They are ceramic and mass produced (but still cute.) The thing is, we take our social media VERY seriously, because it’s a chance to serve all of you, make you laugh and bring you some joy in this tough world. That is why we do any of this (we hope that shows). So long story short, we posted this picture on Instagram.

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The response was amazing. So many people fell in love with them and it showed us that we can have fun and be of great service to you guys, which we are VERY proud of. It was the first time on social media that we had more orders on a product than they even had in stock, some people are still on a wait list. But anyway, we had to have a set of our own and they sit eye level just below the TV to remind us how many of you stand behind us and support us. It is incredibly humbling and we are so proud to do it all for you. (our photography has since improved)

Is any of this making sense?? Here let us break it down further, you all are like OUR kids in this scenario. We truly care for you, and your well-being and we just want the best for you (that’s why we carry the best😉) When you get excited about our products we have or say that we made your day, or a specific piece you got from us has actual meaning to you and your family, that pulls at our heart strings and there have definitely been tears shed multiple nights because of you. Our gratitude only grows daily because we wouldn’t be here without you. These owls are a reminder of that, and also how much you have impacted all of US here at the store. So from the deepest part of our hearts—thank you!

Serving you all, is some of the most meaningful things we have ever done. If that’s not art, we don’t know what is. Hang that art. Find those pieces that are actually meaningful to you, let it speak to you in a way no other thing has. Wait for them. Once you find them, you’ll know it. For us, the owls are perfect. Let us know what’s perfect for you.

Until next time friends,
The Recycled Room Team

What Your Bedroom Says About You

Our bedroom styles say a lot about each of us, for better or for worse. They tell us things about our behavior, lifestyle and relationships between others and ourselves. Its really interesting to see how peoples design choices tell a behind-the-scenes that you don’t get a taste of from the outside world. Let’s do this!:)

Bright and Colorful!

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Bright and Colorful Bedroom set

You take pride in your space! You’re probably a very inviting person and open with others. You are outgoing and appreciate those who do the same. You have a large circle of friends who you keep regular contact with. Okay popularrrr!;) Haha. Anyway, the bright colors you choose are a representation of your personality. Somewhat extravagant…your friends might say “way over the top”, but we would never say that because we’re nice. In this design, we LOVE the sculptural shapes. They keep things interesting, and isn’t that what life’s all about!? You dislike repetition and your space shows it. Bright and colorful bedroom people are ones who show off their space, and they have every right to!

Dark and Monochromatic!

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Dark and Monochromatic Bedroom

Doesn’t this look sooo cozy!? The dark bedroom people DO love their sleep! So much so they might actually be part bear or vampire (If vampire, please don’t eat us, or whatever.) These people are ones who are sensual. They prefer the quiet and peaceful over anything else, they believe the bedroom should reflect coziness and a sanctuary of sorts. Also, we are trying to not make any 50 Shades of Grey references her;) These spaces definitely make us want to throw on some Netflix and cuddle up by a fire. Okay now we’re kinda missing winter. Thanks a lot Dark and Monochromatic bedroom people!

Shiny and Glamorous!

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Shiny and Glamorous bedroom

Ahh the shiny and glam! You are similar to the colorful people, but on top of that, you LOVE to follow trends. You are always in touch with the new fads and what people are doing, you’re extremely observant of the world around you. (Hence the mirrors going everywhere.) You should be an Instagram model, if you aren’t one already. Like really, you could get major followers. Anyway back to the bedroom talk. You find coziness in a different way than others, THIS is your heaven and your escape. It’s a very versatile space you maintain. It can be bright and shiny, or subdued and comfortable depending on your lighting choices. It can all change in a second depending on your mood, (NO NO we didn’t just call you mood-swingy…) These spaces can be a HUGE design risk, but that’s exactly who you are! This design is edgy and a perfect example of why you love it! It’s not subtle, but then again that’s the point😉

Wood-filled!

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Wood-Filled Bedroom

You LOVE being outdoors and active! Your space is high-quality first. You appreciate the organic feel because it makes you feel connected, to your partner or even just yourself. You may live in the North-end in Boise, and that isn’t a knock on you at all we are actually realllyyyy jealous! You value things that last like; relationships, furniture, running shoes, Costco’s gigantic rolls of saran wrap. You are a family oriented person who spends your time outside of the bedroom and more in the living room. You probably just had an awesome Mother’s Day because the entire family had to do what you wanted and you picked brunch and a hike. The organic feeling these spaces give us is a deep connection, to the Earth but also to all those around us whom we love.

One that needs to be cleaned!

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Cute Messy Bedroom

Okay now everyone else raise your hand!;) Yes, you are normal. Your room isn’t very clean most of the time and that’s alright! You’re super busy and active and how do you even clean a room when you could have wine instead. Its all about give and take in the world and your bedroom definitely is not in the “give” category. You should really consider putting that empty pizza box in the corner in the trash though. You DO love your room, but it’s not a giant priority. You would rather spend that time and money on your relationships. That says a lot of great things about you. You’re a realist who prioritizes things and actually sticks to them. You would rather spend time at a coffee shop or catching up with an old friend than working on your room. Right now we are encouraging you to neglect it! Its fine! Definitely give us a chance to work with you on your living room though…you like having people over and THAT’S where you would rather have awesome furniture!

We hope you get a kick out of reading along with us:)
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What makes a home design “GOOD”? (Mostly what NOT to do)

We all want to love our homes and the things we put in them. From the big sofas and rugs, to the family photos, to the elementary school art good enough to make the fridge. But where does a good home design come from?

It starts with you.
It isnt a rug or a piece of fun ceramic you found at our store, its is you.
(Sorry if you’re now intimidated, just keep reading.)

The thing about you is, youre unique. You arent your neighbor or your mother, but still thank her for the quirks she passed down to you. Your home should be as your family is–unique. There is no one proper way to create a home for yourself. The worst thing you could do is neglect the fact that your home can be a perfect reflection of the love you and your family share. Here is a short list of things to NOT do when creating your space at home.

  • DON’T COPY.
    DO NOT copy a space you see. It won’t feel at all like yours, because it’s not! Those photos are staged, and likely created for a magazine or some quasi-famous Instagrammer who bought 20,000 followers. A better way to approach this is to BE INSPIRED by a photo you see. Take small aspects of it, such as the style and overall colors when it comes to the larger pieces. Let those items into your home, then add your own touch. Let them infiltrate and from there, you will be able to develop the proper space for yourself. You will be able to identify what actual needs you have when you are simply inspired by a design style that speaks to you.
  • DON’T RUSH.
    Creating the proper space takes time. If you buy it all at once, you don’t get to experience the joy of finding the piece you were searching for (We hope that quirk your mom passed down was patience.) Yes, sometimes in some situations it’s okay to furnish an entire room worth in a sitting, but honestly that’s a rarity. We hope you never feel pressure to buy, because that’s when rash decisions get made. Queue buyer’s remorse. Trust us, be patient. The right things will present themselves when you need them. We really want to relate this to dating but that’s becoming a regular theme haha! Patience is a solid tool you can use and wait for a special piece to present itself, not to mention we may be able to have a piece custom built for you😊. Too bad dating doesn’t work that same way.
  • DON’T UNDER UTILIZE
    Lately, we have been seeing a lot of minimal designs, which are AMAZING! And for some people they can work, and it’s just enough for what they need, and that is totally great. HOWEVER, you need to consider the fact that you are actually going to live here…sooo that’s important to realize. Adding an extra lamp may look less “magazine worthy”, but if your favorite thing to do at night is to read Samantha King poetry in your favorite chair, then so be it, add the lamp. Or if you realize you don’t need something, consign it. Use what you need and nothing more. (WOW, we are called The Recycled Room. It shouldn’t surprise you to know we aren’t for over-consumption.) There are plenty of used and refurbished furniture items we have here in Boise that can work for you. And seriously, Samantha King is amazing, so definitely buy the lamp.
  • DON’T LISTEN.
    Yes, we just told you to NOT listen. Husbands reading this should be rejoicing right now…
    We DON’T want you to listen to the articles that say “Every home needs (this item)” or “Every design should (have this)”. No. They are plain wrong. Your home needs nothing but your love and care stashed in every corner and inside every hanging family photo. That is what your space needs. Our spaces are a reflection of ourselves and our lives, and our relationships are the most important things we have. The only thing your space NEEDS is you. If you need some guidance or assistance we are always there for that, but all you have to do is identify your need and find the items that will satisfy it. Maybe it’s a sofa in the exact color you’ve been hoping to find, or maybe it’s a picture frame that complements your husbands tie on your wedding day. There’s no wrong answer when you put a little effort into the design you are aiming for. Articles are wrong for telling you “this is what you lack”, “this is what you need”. Your space need more you. Nothing more.

Overall, our hope is that you’re unafraid. Don’t be afraid to mix and match items in different styles, don’t be afraid to add tons of color, don’t be afraid to splurge on that ONE thing in your home that makes you giddy to caress with your hand as you walk down the hall. That’s what life is about, happiness. If it makes you happy, do it, get it. Its funny to think, the only thing your space has been missing this whole time, is just more you. Take charge of your space and be fearless. Don’t copy, don’t rush, don’t listen. Be you, and it will be perfect.

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Until next time friends
The Recycled Room Team