FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Staging is about depersonalizing, neutralizing and declutter your home to prepare it for the potential buyer.
Interior Design is different by personalizing your home for your unique taste and style.
I am an experienced, profesional Interior Decorator educated from New York Institute of Art and Design graduated with the prestigious Design Excellence Award and a with a license in Residential Interior Design Qualification Certification (RIDQC).
I am also Certified as a Professional Home Stager, accredited by the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and have trained closely with Wanda Colón, the host of the award winning HGTV’s television series “Home Sold” and TLC’s “Home Made Simple”.
I have over 10 years of design experience from Denmark, Massachusetts and California.
One of the biggest misconceptions about decorators is that by hiring one you are kissing your budget goodbye. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Be honest and realistic about finances from the get-go for the best results.
“We don’t blow your budget. The number we’re given is the number we use, and we’re respectful that our clients want to stay within a certain range. We will make the most of your budget. However, we also won’t work with a budget that is too small or unrealistic for your goals. No one is happy at the end of that scenario.”
We talk to you about your expectations and what you have to spend.
$10,000 goes a lot farther in a room that is furnished but needs accessories, than it does in an empty room that needs everything. We talk about ways to save and where to splurge. We also have to keep in mind labor (painters, etc.), tax, shipping and delivery fees, storage, and even small things like curtain hardware.
Our hourly rate is $145 per hour (minimum 2 hours) and $195 per design board per room – but most projects we quote by job.
We factor in the estimated number of pieces we’ll be sourcing, how much of it will be custom made, if we’ll be managing the installation of pieces, and an estimate of hours it’ll take. All of this happens at the beginning of a project, and helps us write up our contract of services. If you have a small budget, we’ll recommend a two- or four-hour consultation.
One of our goals is helping you prioritize your needs and wants so that we are spending you money in the right places, and on things that will really be bang-for-your-buck. We find that we often talk people out of buying expensive items that ultimately wouldn’t be the right thing for their space and providing them wiser alternatives.
Many of our clients later brag about how much money we’d saved them.
This exciting design experience is a do-it-yourself decorating solution that provides you with a master plan for creating a professionally designed space or entire home that you can implement at your own pace.
It’s an affordable alternative to the traditional way of hiring us for a full range of services since everything is delivered right to you via email.
You provide us with your room sizes, photos, budget and we will custom design your personal digital Inspiration Boards full of exciting suggestions for your project.
The process is easy, so let’s begin the on-line design journey!
•CONCEPT BOARD(S) with images of all furniture, lighting and décor.
•PRODUCT PURCHASE LIST- all local and online resources that are selected for you.
•FLOOR PLAN to Scale (Optional) -includes all furniture and lighting placements.
•ROOM GUIDE- detailed guidelines on implementing your new design.
I love to use natural materials and my style combines contemporary and modern with the midcentury style.
A young style that matches perfect for the family with kids.
I combine functionality, comfort and a minimal number of accessories with gentleness and clarity of the shapes of lines.
Characteristic of my style are the simple, functional shapes, light coloured wood, simplistic decor, effective spatial planning, warm colors and nuances – which all compensate the lack of warmth and light in the Scandinavian climate.
The most essential rule in the Scandinavian style is whiteness.
The walls, ceilings, even the floor and textile elements are very often predominantly white. The white color is used as the background for delicate color nuances. Everyone who chooses the Scandinavian style will have a light and open interior. It is perfect for rooms with tall ceilings, large windows and hardwood floors.
One of the Scandinavian style’s key points is lighting, the brighter it is – the better. We emphasize natural light!
When I design I can’t help using some elements from my Scandinavian roots.
Scandinavian Home Staging will always add some true kind of Scandinavian look to our work – we can’t help it!
The goal of staging is to make the home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, for a more swiftly sale – for more money!
Staging techniques focuses on improving a property’s appeal by neutralizing it and transforming it into a warm and welcoming, attractive home – that anyone can see themselves living in.
The price of a home staging varies depending on the size of your home, the number of rooms and other factors like is your home vacant or occupied.
I charge exactly the same for home staging as I do for a lived-in redesign.
The only difference is that I do not do any shopping for my home staging clients, but I am often asked to shop for my redesign clients and they are charged accordingly.
While I am usually in and out of a home staging job in a few days, my relationship with a redesign client might last for weeks or even longer.
We can follow up with a detailed staging report; a custom made room-by-room, easy-to-follow list with all the information needed for you to pick and choose or if you want to stage the property yourself.
If you choose us to help out, a quote is then forwarded to you for your approval.
Once you decide to move forward with the project, we obtain a signed contract and credit card details for payment.
We will schedule a time prior to installation to view and take measurements of the proposed project area(s) and then a furniture list is compiled.
Final selection is made at our warehouse for install day.
The install can take up to a few days.
If you are serious about staging your home, all clutter must go.
If we are staging your home while you still live in it, you may even have to utilizing offsite storage (or a relatives garage) temporarily.
You will very often have to pack up more that 50% percent of your home!
We know exactly what is needed when you choose to rent out your home through Airbnb – from furniture, accessories, kitchen appliance – outdoor and indoor incl. lists etc.
We can help you prepare your home completely for a successful rental home!
But very often we will choose to buy that special piece we need to showcase just your home.
It might be worth considering having your beloved pet in care at a family member or a neighbor when showing your house for sale.
From carpet- or wallpaper installation, handymen and landscapers to professional cleaners, moving and storage.
We are always happy to work with your builder, general contractor or any other contractor you would like to work with.
San Jose (with its many districts and neighborhoods, such as Almaden Valley, Cambrian Park, Blossom Valley and others) Saratoga , Monte Sereno, Campbell, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Milpitas, plus, in the south county, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy.
We always keep up with current trends and products.
We work flexible hours to match our clients schedule and we use quality products that will last. We are an experienced staging team that produces proven results we are sure you will love!
Scandinavian Home Staging is your premier choice for an easy, minimal Scandinavian style – representing the warm and welcoming home.
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