How to revamp or stage your home ♡

How to bring life to an open plan multi-purpose living space and one bedroom flat "blank canvas" to life?  Add key functional items and a balance of neutrals, greenery and pops of colour to create a distinctive and memorable home.

Putting it all together - how to balance your decor scheme by including complimentary elements 🌸 

Against a backdrop of white walls, ceiling and floors I added a beautiful decorative turquoise rug.  Cushions and greenery go beautifully with this and all that is required to lift it from being too matchy-matchy are small pops of pinks and pale yellows.

 Easy staging idea - how to style a room as bedroom 🌸 

I was all set to bring in a bed and dress it with linen etc, but was astounded at how a cute rug does double duty.  It clearly demarcates the space available for a big bed whilst bringing a punch of pattern and colour.  Add a bit of art (home made poster in this case) and a jug of greenery to bring a bit of character to the space.


Avoid boring or matchy matchy decor 🌸
I prefer to  balance pattern and colour to create harmonious and complimentary space.
Abstract art incorporating my chosen colours of blues and greens pulls together a mix of pattern (floral and geometric) plus interesting shapes and heights eg vase, decanter and glass.

Putting it all together - how to select art and objects to create a cohesive look 🌸
Greens, yellow and turquoise hues echo the current autumnal look in Cape Town.  But they are equally appealing against a white backdrop and elevate an otherwise blank canvas into a characterful and welcoming space.  Art is propped up on shelves, leaves are used as floral displays and trays do double duty to provide shots of colour.
Creating cohesive home decor 🌸
 Small objects with similar colours or patterns or styles pull a look together.  Use what you have - scarves, towels for colour or water glasses repurposed to host a simple posy.
Sticking within a palette of colours and injecting greenery freshens up a space and is a great way to stage a home for sale.  Try to put away or move other items and distractions out of focus areas and line of sight.  Walk through the space and see where you would like the eye to fall and make that a common thread.

Creating zones 🌸 in small homes or open plan spaces

If you want to stage your home to showcase how flexibly the space can be lived in then create vignettes.  In this case I arranged furniture within one one open plan area to have 2 dining and 2 seating areas:

2 malawi chairs face the entrance and flow to the patio garden

2 cane chairs to the side against the wall with artwork and a table show how a tech eg television screen could be placed whilst providing extra seating

a bistro set opposite demarcates a dining area, also showing how space could be flexibly used for a home office or desk set-up without compromising dining and seating space

2 bar stools at the kitchen counter face the living area and show an alternative and additional dining or entertaining option with flow to the patio 

These pics are all from my one bedroom cottage in Cape Town which is now on the market.

It's an ideal investment property, starter home, young professional pad or lock-up and go for a retiree.  Please contact me if you'd like more information.

 For more details on this listing, click on this link:

 I am also available for Home Staging Consults.   

I am happy to do virtual (or in-person visits in the Cape Town area).  You don't need to be moving or selling to refresh and revitalise how your home looks and feels.  Minimal cost is required as for the most part using what you have to best advantage is all that is required!


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