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

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

The Man, The Myth, The Mustache

Swede Schmidt

Swede Schmidt is the mastermind behind what is known as Mustache Flats Furniture. His building style collects barn woods and other reclaimed materials. He seems to put them in a blender and they get spit out as AMAZING dining tables, shelving, benches and an array of other furniture pieces. It then has the most durable finish known to man! Like seriously you could re-enter the atmosphere, crash land on a deserted island and survive. (It’s a theory we wouldn’t recommend trying, but it hasn’t been disproven either soo…)

Mustache Flats Furniture

Let’s take a step back. Swede is the physical embodiment of a Grizzly bear and his furniture perfectly reflects that. It’s extremely tough on the outside but is super cute and cuddly at the same time somehow. And don’t try to cuddle him in person…actually wait no. Try it and let us know what happens😉 Swede has been building furniture since his childhood, which we also can’t disprove. It wouldn’t surprise us however either because his builds are phenomenal. He creates a perfect bond between form and function, taking barn woods and somehow creating artistry and actual usability in it is no simple feat. He has spent his lifetime understanding human habits and creating pieces that hit your heart strings.

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If you haven’t seen or tried any Mustache Flats furniture, we would HIGHLY recommend it. It’s aim is to push the limits on what we believe furniture can be. If you “don’t know you style” come see it in person. It can give you the feeling of a completed home. And isn’t that what life is really about?

Red Mustache Flats Table

His tables aren’t “just tables” they’re the items we eat on with the family at Thanksgiving and hold hands, reminiscing of the days before smart phones. Remembering staying out too late at your best friend’s house and running home because the sun was setting. His pieces are ones that out live and out last generations. They can be passed down from grandparents to grandkids taking every blemish from a family gathering along the way.

Key of Willingness

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
Rustic.

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.
Traditional.

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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Tropical Salvage-Evolving Furniture

We have worked with Tropical Salvage for just under 3 years now. Every year their growth has shown us that they are doing all the right things. Their products are sourced from Indonesian hard woods and its all hand made there! Then they ship it to Portland then take it over to us in a 26 foot truck. (You would know all this if you watched us on Instagram and Facebook live last Wednesday;)) Oh and also they are a fair trade company. We want to share with you some of the shots we got of their visit!

Tropical Salvage Arrival
This truck is 26 feet long. Trust us, we were sore…

When they pull around the corner, its like seeing Santa arrive in his sleigh. We couldn’t wait to unwrap each present.

Teak Tree Root Bookcase
Tropical Salvage somehow managed to baffle us with this Teak Bookcase made out of a tree root!

We just plopped this down in the middle of the parking lot. Not sure the legalities of that but the cops never showed up so we assume its fine to do for ever and ever and ever…

Tropical Salvage Patio Set
PROUDLY, we are the first ones in North America to have this set.

If you were planning on never leaving your patio ever, this is a great place to start;)

Tropical Salvage Metal End Tables
These are benches or end tables or actually just whatever you need them to be. Like a life partner.

Its hard to work when you just want to stare at everything…the entire day.

Tropical Salvage fun
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The best thing, is watching people become inspired by their spaces. They envision it all, to create the proper space for them and their families.

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Its really really tough to not smile and laugh when Tropical Salvage brings all their furniture

The rain that day made this all much more difficult. Conditions were less than ideal, but that didn’t stop us from having a GREAT time. Its a blessing to love what we do here.

Sula Console Table by Tropical Salvage
No we didnt spill wine on this…thats REAL wood.

In the end, we just want to say THANK YOU to Tropical Salvage. You have been an amazing addition to our store and we look forward to many years to come!:)

Thank you to each and every one of you who care to read our blogs, its our chance to speak directly to you, connect with you and reveal ourselves in ways most companies dont.

Until next time friends,
The Recycled Room Team

 

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