Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Staging Your Home To Sell

A home is one of the biggest investments you are going to make in your lifetime.  How much money you clear from the sale of your home depends on many factors. How long you have lived in the home and how your home presents itself to the potential buyer.

The US census states that the average person moves approximately 12 times in their lifetime.  Suze Orman suggests following the 5 year rule to make selling worthwhile due to the closing and real estate costs.

Home staging is imperative for all homeowners to do prior to listing their home.  You have only one chance to make the best impression on a potential homebuyer and that is the first time they walk through the front door.  You also have to get them to want to see your home when they drive by.  So, the way the outside presents itself is just as important as how the inside presents itself.

How does your home look to a potential buyer?  Do they see the beautiful architecture and imagine themselves living there?  Or do they feel like they are a visitor in someone else's home?  The goal of home staging is to show the potential buyer the wonderful features of your home, the spacious living areas and all the amenities your home has to offer. You want to make them feel that they want to live there. Many times home staging only takes some minor tweaking with recommendations for problem areas, rearranging some items and some elbow grease to turn your house from "ho-hum" to "I gotta have it!"  A buyer doesn't have to visit your home.  There are plenty of homes on the market.  You invite them in by how your home looks, feels and presents itself.

What are the benefits of home staging?  You have heard many times that a picture is worth a thousand words.  A well staged home will show well in online MLS listings and most people will see a home online first before ever setting foot in the house.  When a home is staged correctly, the home shopper can mentally "see" themselves living there.  Also, staged homes will sell faster and at a higher price than those not staged.

Contact Katy Hahn Designs if you want the benefits of a well staged home prior to listing with an agent.  In the home shown in these pictures, I used what the client had, did some minor tweaking and added a few accessories.  It sold 2 days later for $7,500 more than expected.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

DIY Brass Chandelier

Here is something for all you do it yourself enthusiasts. When I saw this, it brought me back to my childhood.  A time when it was not uncommon for our parents to practice the Three R's of the environment:  Reduce, reuse and recycle.

So, when I saw this article on One Kings Lane, I want to share it with all my followers.  The article has a step-by-step guide on not only how to order the parts, but also how to assemble the lamp.

Here is the link to see the entire article:


Katy Hahn Designs - Always looking looking for unique design elements to bring out my clients personality and style.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How Can An Interior Decorator Help You?

Over the years I have spoken with many homeowners and this is what I have learned from my clients.  Most people hire an interior decorator when they need help with:

  • Room balance
  • Placement - What goes where in a room.
  • Planning their space  
  • Blending furniture of different colors
  • Scale
  • How to create a focal point
  • Creating a nice flow throughout the house
  • Choosing the right color
  • Mixing patterns and textures
  • Creating a cohesive look
  • Selections
Most people buy first and then fit the furniture into the space instead of analyzing their room first.  What winds up happening is a hit or miss game.  They wind up with a non-cohesive look and many times the room just doesn’t feel right.  The human mind seeks balance and if a room doesn’t look balanced, it will not feel balanced.  Homeowners won’t be happy with how their home looks and how it functions.  Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Our goal at Katy Hahn Designs is to help you create your best design plan.

At Katy Hahn Designs, we offer many types of design consultations, specific to each client’s needs.  In the DIY design consultation, we teach our clients how to create function, mood, harmony and flow throughout their home. Or, in a full design service, we can handle the design project for them, from conception to completion. Our design selection service is for clients that are remodeling their existing home or new home buyers.  They want help in specific areas and we bring them some samples to see in their home.  We discuss colors, patterns and textures and how to tie everything in so they have a nice flow and feel to their home.  This will help clients define their likes and dislikes, and feel more confident in their choices when they go to a design center or making the right selections when shopping at a store. 

For clients who would like a home design analysis, we will walk with them through their home, one room at a time.  We will give them advice and direction on ways they can improve and enhance the value of their home plus answer any design questions they may have.

As you can see, there are many services an interior decorator can provide.  I hope this helps.

Katy Hahn is a residential home interior decorator.  She will gladly help you design your home to reflect your individual taste and lifestyle.  She offers space planning, furniture layouts, lighting plans and can customize your design consultation to meet your particular needs.  She can be hired at an hourly rate or flat fee by job type.  Use the Contact Us page to schedule an appointment.