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

Your Furniture Based on your Zodiac Sign

Our spaces reflect ourselves. They are just like the clothing we wear (NO MOM! This isn’t a phase, you don’t understand uggghh!) Anyway, the furniture and décor we have tell the world about ourselves.

Little did you know; your style matches Zodiac symbols! Its science or something. Find your sign below, how well does it match your personality?!:)

 

Gemini & Capricorn: The curious and innovative.
Mid-Century.

The mid-century style is PERFECT for you guys. Wow we are excited! In this era, the United States had begun innovations in the furniture and architecture world that still last today. You are intellectual and are often found in leadership roles, which is exactly what the mid-century era was all about. The pieces of furniture which existed before this time were either beautiful OR functional, but not often both. The people who designed the pieces we still see today rejected the current state of furniture, which is the same thing YOU would do Gemini and Capricorn! (Can we call you “Cap” for short? We’re all friends here.) These signs are a perfect match for the mid-century style because they are HIGHLY creative and detail oriented. They want the most out of life and realize that the only way to get there is to do it yourself and to be meticulous about it. The mid-century style is just as much about form as it is function, with bright pops of color so long as they are warranted. Gem and Cap appreciate these things because they fit seamlessly into our lives. They are drawn toward this style because it questioned what we knew before then, and attempted to improve it all. Gem and Cap are born leaders and achievers, just as the mid-century style propelled us toward the future of modern day design.

 

Virgo & Scorpio: The deep and combative.
Modern.

Wow, okay let’s not piss off any Scorpios here…tread lightly😉 The Virgo and Scorpio signs are VERY in their head, they appreciate well-thought designs and always question the world around them. They want improvement, which is the MODERN design! Keep following here. The modern design is VERY rebellious and rejects all thought to the past designs. It seeks statement pieces, and busting out of the norms. The last thing a Virgo or Scorpio wants is to be compared to others, the modern design is a style that seeks and screams individualism. It gives no credit to preceding designs, and form is sought more over function. A Virgo and Scorpio would rather have the RIGHT piece in their home, rather than the most comfortable. And you better believe, these pieces are a perfect reflection of themselves. Virgs and Scorps are VERY contemplative and over think at times (DO NOT GO THERE, SCORPIO IS GETTING MAD!) but that’s only because of a DEEP caring about every detail of a life they are trying to live. The modern style is the exact representation of these two signs, because it wishes to look forward rather than back, no matter how great the past may have been.

 

Aries & Libra: The courageous and balanced.
Industrial.

Okay hear us out on this one, Aries and Libra! You guys have CRAZY courage, right?! But you also know how to balance your time and energy. Well the Industrial design is a GREAT match for you! Often, we see Industrial designs mix wood and metals together and use a perfect amount of each of them (balance). Also, before the industrial style came about, WHO ON EARTH WOULD PUT METAL IN THEIR HOUSE!? Seriously, that was ludicrous before this style (courage). But Aries and Libras are courageous enough to think outside the box, and have the intelligence to only bring in so much of one material that it isn’t overwhelming. The Aries and Libra signs value challenges, but dislike too much. You gotta have a break sometimes right?! The difficulty in the Industrial design was how in the world do you make a table out of metal, but make it serene enough to be invited into someone’s home? That challenge was met by courage and balance. Aries and Libra are perfect matches for the Industrial style because it took an uncommon material, and turned it into something many of us currently live with and love! This style would never have been possible if it weren’t for an Aries and Libra mindset which is that, challenge is necessary for progress, but progress is only sustained as long as there is balance. So thank you Industrial style for being JUST LIKE our Aries and Libra people.

 

Taurus & Leo: The stable and loving.
Contemporary.

Taurus and Leo are the BEST people for contemporary design! You guys value stability and have a loving heart. You put others before yourselves out of care and humility (Taking notes over there, Scorpio?) The contemporary design is AMAZING! It has transitional attributes so it can bounce between different styles depending on the other things in the room. That is the epitome of what it means to be human. Contemporary design share versatility with those who are Taurus and Leos. You guys place high value on comfortability which is exactly what contemporary design does. It doesn’t boast or cause major waves, but when there is NO comfortability in a space, THAT is also something people notice. You mesh well with this design style because your highest desire is for stability and honest connection, and that something that each other style should learn from (ahem, Scorpios.)

 

Sagittarius & Pisces: The freedom-seekers and daydreamers
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Listen to this Sag and Pisces (we are just gonna shorten some names especially because we misspell Sagittarius every time.) You enjoy freedom and always have your heads in the clouds, which is an awesome thing. The same reasons are exactly why the Rustic Style is perfect for you! When it comes to rustic design, it is often made entirely of wood and done by hand at a meticulous level for the sheer enjoyment of the craft. There is freedom in enjoying what you do and believing you serve a purpose larger than yourself, sounds a lot like you huh Sag and Pisces? Aspiring to be great is just how YOU are, and how the rustic design is. The rustic design is a celebration of wood and the planet that we live on. It was born in HOPES that YOU BECOME a tree-hugger! (Yes, its totally okay to actually hug your wood table, we won’t judge you because we do that all the time.) It is a great thing to yearn for travel and see all the beauty our planet holds, its also okay to take some of that home with you (please adhere to the laws of your region, we don’t condone theft.) Rustic is definitely one of our favorite styles because it is simple yet highly beautiful and effective, just how you are Sag and Pisces.
Cancer & Aquarius: The Family-Oriented and Generous.
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Cancer and Aquarius, you guys are the peacemakers and what makes the world revolve. You place high value on traditions and family life, which is PRECISELY why the traditional style fits you! Your family comes first, and you’re very generous with the time you give. (How do we even describe this furniture when we are tearing up over here?!?) The traditional style furniture is the epitome of comfort. It is the sofas you take naps on cuddling by a fire. It is the furniture you huddle around at Thanksgiving. Cancer and Aquarius are drawn to this style because it’s a celebration of heritage and legacy, which is the meaning they give life. You put others first, before yourselves. (Text that Cancer/Aquarius in your life right now and tell them you love them.) Happiness and the emotional well-being is what makes the Traditional style so perfect a match here. It is the physical embodiment of what it means to really be a family and love one another. It’s not to say that Cancer and Aquarius don’t care about their furniture, its actually that they care about YOU more than it, so the items they choose are specifically chosen to accommodate the ones they love. The traditional style isn’t known as wild, and often times the furniture isn’t the most important thing in the room. And why would it be? YOU are the most important thing in the room to the Cancer and Aquarius.

 

We hope this was as fun for you as it was for us😊
Let us know what you think!

Until next time friends,
The Recycled Room Team

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Interior Design Tips and 4 Best Practices

Congratulations! You bought a new house or decided to change things up a bit:)
Umm okay…now what??
NOW comes the design! (Some of you may dread it, but that’s why we’re here!)

Designing the interior of your home WILL be a challenge. There will be times when a spot needs something, but you have no idea what that is. Other times, something you have wont fit. There’s plenty of issues to take care of, so lets begin!

1) Start With a Blank Room

Okay so honestly, none of these are hard and fast rules. We get it, your Grandma had a BEAUTIFUL end table you HAVE to use–and that’s great! Use it. BUT don’t be afraid of getting rid of items you don’t really care about. In fact, get rid of most of it. (Oh hey there we actually do consignment!) Shooing your old furniture and decor out the door is likely going to be the key to success in your new/fresh space. The next step, is to get ONE item you ABSOLUTELY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT! This is designed to be the anchoring piece of your room. It may be a piece of art, a sofa or your grandma’s aforementioned end table. From this, you’ll be able to better envision the room and the direction it needs to go!

2) Be Fearless

Now, we need you to channel your inner Beyonce. You don’t need no man, and you also don’t need no one telling you you can’t add color! You can have a man, thats not what we’re saying, but you SHOULD use color! It can be pops of small warm/cool colors OR you can go crazy with it! (As they did in our top photo). When in doubt go crazy. The above photo shows just about every color in the rainbow, yet it all comes together in a beautiful symphony. Just like Beyonces music. Make sure you get matching colors and disperse them evenly throughout the space. Notice the drapes have the same yellow as the chairs, this is NOT by accident!

If you want to go to the less crazy side, adding pops of color here and there, the rest of your palette needs to remain pretty neutral, we would recommend different shades of grey for obvious reasons. And as before, disperse the colors evenly throughout your space. This will give it a VERY full effect when it comes to color.

3) It Has to Mix

Think about cookies. Well, think about BAKING cookies. Your recipe for the perfect cookie is all of these mixable ingredients. You have Eggs, Sugar, Flour etc. and combined they make an incredible treat that only insane people can’t appreciate. Now, envision your room as the cookie–the final product. Each item you include, HAS to mix well with the other items. Otherwise, it would be like trying to put a brick in a washing machine, that just wont work. Pillows and rugs are the best ways to spice up some color in your space. The best part is that they can be easily changed when you have a new favorite color;) Use complimentary colors in any art or throw pillows you wish to add. Just keep in mind, blend it for the best results.

On that same token, mix old items with new ones! It will give you a great eclectic feel. Don’t be afraid to mix materials either. Right now, a TON of people are using woods and metals and they look phenomenal!

4) HAVE FUN!

Oh sorry…we didn’t mean to yell that, but its important! Have fun and fill your space with things you love. Whether or not it comes out COMPLETELY perfectly wont matter. Kinda like your spouse or significant other. That person is probably nowhere near perfect (insert concerns in the comments section) but you STILL love them:) Your space is that same way. As long as YOU love it and make it a space you can enjoy with others, that’s all that really matters. Our biggest recommendation for you, is to put on some music, shake your booty and stop caring what the world thinks of your space. Care about what YOU and YOUR LOVED ONES think of your space, because THEY are your world.

Until next time friends.