Styling // Styling For Sale

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Our home officially changed hands today. Settlement day was today and it heralds the end of an era for my little family. We lived in our home for 10 years, where we brought our babies home to from the hospital, where we’ve had plenty of parties, BBQ’s, birthdays, laughs, tears and an abundance of good memories. Other memories I’ll never forget like remembering my late brother on our deck laughing, and hours and months slaving over a renovation whilst pregnant and nursing a newborn. So many emotions yet strangely, when I dropped off the keys and shut the door for the final time last week I didn’t feel sad, or upset. I guess I had already moved on. An empty house is just a shell, without your loved ones in it.

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In the process of selling our home I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve learnt that I don’t want to do this for a VERY long time, preferably not EVER again! Getting a decent chunk of time to do anything with small kids is hard enough as it is. We had a short marketing campaign for three weeks which actually felt like forever! Styling the home for sale myself I learnt a thing or two which I thought I’d share with you.

As they say, maximum effort equals maximum reward. We put in weekend after weekend of hard work to get our home looking as good as (I think) it did. Our home achieved a result above and beyond what we were hoping (a whole $95K above the advertised price). We were thrilled with the result. Here are my top tips to prepare a home for sale to achieve maximum reward, because after all, that’s the name of the game when you’re selling…

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Declutter. And when you think you’re done, declutter some more. I walked from room to room every weekend and with a fresh set of eyes I would edit and declutter each time. People don’t want to see clutter. They want to buy the dream! Decluttering and clearing out stuff means you will claw back space, and make your rooms and home appear more spacious. Pare back the space till you are making it shine.

Go Vanilla. I love colour and have pops of it everywhere in my home but when it comes to selling, you want to appeal to the majority of people. Use neutral furniture, accessories and bedding to appeal to the masses, and to make those photos appealing. You can add interest and some colour through accessories but on the whole, I would keep it ‘vanilla’. I kept things neutral but added in black and beige linen cushions on the sofa and plain white or beige bedding with grey and a little bit of mustard to make it interesting.

Think About the Space. We never owned a proper dining table, having always used a bench and stools my hubby made. Thinking of potential buyers, we knew we had to create a dining space that people could imagine themselves in. We bought a white IKEA table and chairs which created a perfect sense of how people could dine and relax in the open plan living/kitchen. Think about how spaces will be used, and how you can show them off to their full potential.

Move the Hell Out. We had a very short marketing campaign of three weeks which seems to be standard these days. Once we decided to put it on the market, we spent weekends getting it to a point where we were happy with it. Like anyone that has sold a house will attest, we did all the jobs we’d been putting off for years. Once all the big painting and gardening jobs had been done, I began styling. But with two small kids – I began wondering how on earth we were going to keep it looking clean and tidy.

And so, the biggest piece of advice I can give is (thanks to a friend who had gone through it before me) – MOVE OUT. We decided to pack the dog and a bag each (with most of our belongings shoved in the shed – see point 1!!) and move in with my parents. It was the best thing we did! It meant not having to constantly clean and tidy up mess. It saved us a shit load of stress and work. We were lucky we had the option of staying with my parents but we seriously contemplated paying for short term holiday rental and we would have. It just made sense. It adds to all the other costs you have when you sell, but it’s worth it for your sanity!

Sell the Dream. You want people to fall in love with your home, and want it as their own. (So much so they’ll bid for it!). You’re not styling for you, you’re styling a lifestyle, a dream. Sell the dream, baby! Remove photos of yourself and your family, basically remove anything that resembles people living in it. Ha Ha! It’s true that your home resembles a quasi display home. With no signs of life. Ha ha. Yes, funny! But is it true, yes! Ok, well kinda…

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Styling // Matt Blatt X My Mini Abode

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I'm excited to *finally* share with you my collaboration with Matt Blatt. Life has been hectic the last few months...we've just sold our house which was a mammoth task and now we're preparing to move. (Send help!) So while this styling collab was done a few months ago I am only just finalising it now! 

I was super lucky to have free reign in the Matt Blatt Adelaide showroom to show you how to use their products in your own home. So much fun! What I've done is show you how to style three different kids rooms using all Matt Blatt products. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I've styled a nursery, a playroom and a boys room. Mama's of boys you have not been forgotten!

With each design concept I put a mood board together to pull the look together. As I went through the styling process I didn't use all of the items shown in the concepts...I had the luxury of editing the look as I pulled the rooms together. Styling is about trial and error after all!

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NURSERY
Starting with the nursery, the rocker caught my eye which I knew would be perfect for a breastfeeding mama, then I built all the other pieces around it. I've kept the key pieces neutral as my base and worked with texture and bold colour to lift the room. I loved the rug and the ottoman and knew this would work well for not only a girl but a boy as well. Change up the rug and the ottoman and you have a whole new look when the baby grows out of the baby stage or you want to change the colour scheme. That's the benefit of keeping your furniture pieces neutral, you can change the look as the years and tastes change.

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I've introduced lots of texture with the velvet ottoman and the plush sea green rug to lift the room and a touch of blush works perfectly with the sheepskin rug. You could easily remove the blush for a boy or introduce more for a little girl. All the key pieces are 

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This clever dresser is perfect as it can double as storage and a change table. Once the baby is out of nappies you can easily remove the change mat and use the top to display books and toys. It's a piece that will grow with the child, and still looks good. 

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BOYS BEDROOM
Boys often get neglected when it comes to kids fashion and interiors (that said, it's gotten a whole lot better these last few years mainly due to social media, particularly Instagram) so I wanted to make sure I put a look together for the special boys in our lives. I have a 6 year old boy so it was pretty easy to tap into my knowledge of what would work in a boys room. I wanted to add a sense of fun and adventure with prints and quirky cushions and accessories, as well as heaps of storage.

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I was really surprised by the furniture options for kids at Matt Blatt. This bed is a winner, and will last them from toddler to teen hood (available in-store, not online, as since I used it here, it's been discontinued. Bummer). The replica Compinibili used as a bedside provides storage to hide books, toys and knick knacks. You could place a lamp or night light on top. Here we've got the hamburger night light mounted on the wall to add a fun and quirky element to the room. The shark storage basket hides all manner of things like cushions, blankets and soft toys. Using the background wall colour as my inspiration I worked with various shades of blue and green in the cushions, bedding, rug and storage basket to bring this look together. 

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KIDS PLAYROOM
What parent wouldn't love a playroom! I know I would. A place for everything, and everything in its place is my motto when it comes to a playroom. A playroom has to be practical, as well as fun. I've used a neutral base with a pop of colour. I love the yellow stool which ties in with the rug. Cushions and blankets bring in texture and books and toys another pop of colour.

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Provide lots of storage to keep the clutter and mess at bay, a table where kids can play and do craft, a big book shelf to host books and small toys, and lots of plants to bring the outdoors in (and the smelly-ness out!). A rug is essential for lego and train track building, and stools and chairs are practical and mean Mum and Dad can hang out here too...just follow my example below!

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Don't be afraid to use plants in a playroom (or any child's room). You'll need to experiment with the positioning according to how much light the plant needs but most indoor plants just need filtered sun. These ones are fakies, can you tell? Matt Blatt have a wide range of fake plants to choose from.

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So there you have it, three kids rooms to get you inspired next time you're in a Matt Blatt showroom. I had a lot of fun bringing these looks together. Hope you liked it. Would love to know what you think! A full product list can be found below. 

M xxx

PRODUCT LIST
NURSERY

1. Darcy Round Velvet Ottoman, $995
2. Bronx Cabinet, $1,450
3. The Alps framed print, $435
4. Replica Eero Saarinen Tulip Side Coffee Table in Marble, $295
5. Replica Eames House Bird, $95
6. Replica Kay Bojesen Teak Monkey Small, $85
7. Replica Kay Bojesen Elephant Toy, $125
8. Artificial Butterfly Orchid in Pot, $29
9. Claudio Francesco Bellini Bay Rocking Chair, $495
10. Grey Jazz Lamb Fur Cushion, $95
11. Replica Greta Grossman Grasshopper Floor Lamp, $295
12. Luah Rug, $495
13. Pink Jazz Lam Fur Rug, $125

BOYS BEDROOM
1. White Replica Anna Castelli Ferrieri Componibili 3 Round, $99
2. California Hills Framed Print, $420
3. Smarties cushion, $89
4. Miki Velvet Cushion, $120
5. Navy Jaxx Lamb Fur Cushion 50x50, $125
6. Stockholm Chest of 3 Drawers, $1,050
7. Jolly Storage Basket, $27
8. Cubebot, $45
9. Artificial Aloe Pot Plant, $198
10. George Sock Monkey, $58
11. Rosetta Round Rug, $195

PLAYROOM
1. Mimi Storage Basket, $36
2. Yellow Replica Philippe Starck Prince Aha Stool, $59
3. Pavel Vetrov Bounce Bookcase, $1,895
4. Spots Rug Round, $395
5. Replica Eames DSW Kids Table, $165
6. Replica Eames DSW Kids Side Chair, $59
7. Black Replica Eames House Bird, $95
8. Sharpener Desk Tidy, $49