Plants Add Life to Your Home’s Interior

I admit it; I love plants. Indoor. Outdoor. I love them all. They add life, interest, and they simply look great! You can use them as focal points, in groupings or just because! Flowers are also pretty special.

I have a lot of plants in my own home. The pic above is just a few of my own indoor plants. When I stage properties for sale, I almost always add a few indoors and out. They can make a home feel warm and lived-in. Plus they are beautiful!

Here are some ideas: fresh flowers in a bedroom, orchids in a bathroom, tall plants that direct your gaze upwards, large lush plants that beautifully fill a corner and a little potted garden in a sunny window. How about a trailing plant in a cool macrame hanger/holder in a sunny corner? See pix of my staging using my own plants and decor below.

You can incorporate plants and plant themes into just about any decor. Plants can be hip, modern, relaxed, elegant, traditional, upscale and eclectic. Pretty much any home can benefit from a well-placed and wisely-selected plant.

See for yourself! Add an easy-care plant to your home, if you don’t have one already, and see what a difference it makes.

Transforming a Kitchen Laundry Closet

In Mission Viejo, there are a few floor plans that have the laundry closet in the kitchen area. It is a convenient option, but can be a bit awkward, especially if you opt for a large washer and dryer pair. Removing the closet doors to accommodate the washer and dryer has some cons, though, like having the appliances always in view as well as the noise always within earshot.

But it can also be an opportunity for creative design! I recently helped a colleague list a home for sale, and the seller had transformed the outdated and clunky laundry closet into an attractive and functional focal point.

Transformed Laundry Closet in Kitchen

This owner removed a pair of louvered closet doors, removed the old upper storage cabinets and old lighting soffit. They gave the newly opened space a more cohesive look by adding subway tile, a small shelf and cool lighting. Looks like a natural extension of the kitchen. They still have storage, but now it is located between the appliances. I wouldn’t mind looking at this all day long!

This home is located in the Mallorca neighborhood overlooking Lake Mission Viejo.

Staged and Sold in Irvine

I love helping folks buy and sell their homes here in Orange County. One thing I truly enjoy is helping them stage their home as needed.

Earlier this year, a past client called me to help sell this home. This was the third property I would sell for them! It was a wonderful, newer home, three bedrooms and three baths and nicely updated! But they wanted to move out during the selling process, so the home would be empty. I knew it would sell for more if it were staged, so I went to work staging the entire home and the patio.

You can see that before there was no dining table, so I added a dining table. And there was plenty of room to spare for ample seating in the living area. Living plants add life and a wonderful feel to any home. Bright, happy colors like orange also make a statement. In almost all my staging, I add orange!

There were MANY showings, and we received over a dozen offers, all over the asking price of $835,000. It sold for $880,000, higher than any home like it in the neighborhood had sold before!

When I listed this home for sale in April of 2021, it was a strong seller’s market in Irvine. I could have just listed and sold it empty, but the extra effort ALWAYS pays off. My staging is offered as part of my agent services package to the seller.

See the virtual tour of this beautiful home below.

Talk About Color

As an artist, I have been working with and playing with color all of my life. I have really gotten to know each color, and I love them all! They each have their own personality and unique voice, too. You can use color to express yourself or to create a space that makes you happy just to be in it. You just need to choose the right colors.

In my latest podcast, I go into what I think colors have to say and also describe some of their personalities! Yes, I think colors have personalities or MOODS that you can use to your advantage to express exactly what you want to say in your home decor. Colors are your friends!