How To Become A Home Stager: Certified Staging Professionals Course Taught By Celebrity Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs of HGTV Design Star

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ARLINGTON VIRGINIA HOME STAGING COURSE TAUGHT BY CELEBRITY HOME STAGER CATHY HOBBS OF HGTV DESIGN STAR RETURNS TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA AFTER MUCH SUCCESS, MARCH 27-29 2012!

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After an incredibly successful 3-day Certified Staging Professionals course in November. Celebrity Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist Cathy Hobbs will be returning to Arlington, Virginia, March 27-29, 2012.  The course also covered in Washington Home and Garden Magazine offers aspiring home stagers, 3 days of intensive training that leads to the prestigious Certified Staging Professionals designation.

SPACE LIMITED! Contact 888-STAGING or http://www.stagingtraining.com to sign up today!

Washington Home and Garden Magazine link:

http://www.whgmag.com/index.php/myblog/hgtv-design-star-finalist-cathy-hobbs-bringing-home-staging-course-to-the-dc-area.html

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: CERTIFIED STAGING PROFESSIONALS CLASS (BEFORE AND AFTER) PHOTOS

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING ROOM AFTER

DINING BEFORE

DINING AFTER

BEDROOM 1 BEFORE

BEDROOM 2 BEFORE

BEDROOM 2 AFTER

 INTERESTED IN BECOMING A HOME STAGER?

HERE IS JUST SOME OF THE PRESS COVERAGE WE RECEIVED FROM A RECENT CLASS HELD NEAR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND!!


Celebrity NYC Real Estate Stager Cathy Hobbs Shares Tips On Home Staging For Family Living

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As many New Yorkers yearn to stay in The Big Apple, developers and sellers are taking notice. These days, the search for a family-sized apartment is no longer limited to trying to reconfigure an oversized 2-bedroom, but an offering of true “family-sized” residences, which allow a family to truly “live large.”

Typically, family-sized apartments are considered to be those that are 3-bedroom and above, which are often difficult to find. What is important to remember when looking for a family residence, is to evaluate potential and value. A potential buyer should not only evaluate “what they see, but what a space could be,” which is why home staging to appeal to family living is unique. When staging to appeal to a family, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Think function first—how a family would want to use the space
  • Create distinct areas for family entertainment and lounging
  • Create child-friendly spaces, such as a children’s room or playroom
  • Select furniture that allows a space to feel spacious and roomy
  • Create a space that feels “grown-up” but family-friendly at the same time

What I have found to be most refreshing is that the inventory of family-sized apartments isn’t just limited to Manhattan. Recently, the marketing savvy real estate team at Brooklyn Bridge Realty, that includes brokers Saul Retig, Jean Austin, Ellen Gottlieb, and James Stubbs, asked me to stage one of their “super-star” family-sized listings.

The property, 111 Steuben Street, Unit 6A in Brooklyn, is simply stunning and perfect for family-style living. Priced at $1,800,000, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath residence boasts nearly 1,900 square feet of indoor space and a phenomenal 3,077 square feet of outdoor space! The apartment also comes with the bonus possibility of two indoor parking spaces—a real perk when you consider a family may have more than one vehicle. Building amenities include a game room, fitness room, and cold storage room for groceries.

This real estate gem, located in the neighborhood of Clinton Hill in the shadow of the prestigious art school Pratt Institute, is a true find and comes with a price tag that may appeal to many families priced out of other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Across the bridge, the cost of family-sized living is a little pricier but still comes with incredible potential. Located not far from the United Nations and the convenience of Midtown, one can find 5-bedroom residences like the condominium I recently staged for Angela Rapoport, of The Corcoran Group. Priced at $6,000,000, 255 East 49th Street, Penthouse A, is a true megalisting with a wealth of space and potential.

A true marketing expert, Rapoport believed home staging was critical to her marketing strategy and secured my services prior to listing the property for sale. What makes this property and other family-sized properties like it so appealing is a family’s ability to “make it their own.” Space, value and potential, as well as home staging that allows a family to envision themselves in a space, is what I believe often secures the sale and helps seal the deal.

Family sized 3-bedroom apartment staged by Cathy Hobbs, http://www.cathyhobbs.com (111 Steuben Street, Penthouse 6A)

Family sized 3-bedroom apartment staged by Cathy Hobbs, http://www.cathyhobbs.com (111 Steuben Street, Penthouse 6A)

Family sized 3-bedroom apartment staged by Cathy Hobbs, http://www.cathyhobbs.com (111 Steuben Street, Penthouse 6A)

Family sized 3-bedroom apartment staged by Cathy Hobbs, http://www.cathyhobbs.com (111 Steuben Street, Penthouse 6A)

WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA HOME STAGING COURSE TAUGHT BY CELEBRITY HOME STAGER CATHY HOBBS OF HGTV DESIGN STAR RETURNS TO D.C. AREA AFTER MUCH SUCCESS, MARCH 27-29 2012!

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After an incredibly successful 3-day Certified Staging Professionals course in November. Celebrity Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist Cathy Hobbs will be returning to Arlington, Virginia, March 27-29, 2012.  The course also covered in Washington Home and Garden Magazine offers aspiring home stagers, 3 days of intensive training that leads to the prestigious Certified Staging Professionals designation.

Washington Home and Garden Magazine link:

http://www.whgmag.com/index.php/myblog/hgtv-design-star-finalist-cathy-hobbs-bringing-home-staging-course-to-the-dc-area.html

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: CERTIFIED STAGING PROFESSIONALS CLASS (BEFORE AND AFTER) PHOTOS

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING ROOM AFTER

DINING BEFORE

DINING AFTER

BEDROOM 1 BEFORE

BEDROOM 1 AFTER

BEDROOM 2 BEFORE

BEDROOM 2 AFTER

 INTERESTED IN BECOMING A HOME STAGER?

HERE IS JUST SOME OF THE PRESS COVERAGE WE RECEIVED FROM A RECENT CLASS HELD NEAR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND!!


Looking To Modernize 70’s 80’s 90’s Decor? Tips From NYC Celebrity Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs of HGTV Design Star

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Remember when black and mauve was the hot color combination and when mirrors were all the rage? Well, in case you are too young to remember, those were some of the staples of 80s home décor.

The 80s were indeed the decade of opulence, marble, gold, and mirrors; however these days, the trend is toward minimalism and more subtle design. Even so, it may not be unusual for a potential buyer to travel back in time when faced with an apartment that has not been renovated since its 80s glory. As an interior designer who often works on renovations, and a home stager used to working with furniture and accessories limited to a home sellers own possessions, my biggest tip is to embrace the past!

I was recently asked by the extraordinarily talented real estate agent Angela Rapoport of The Corcoran Group to stage her Penthouse listing located at 255 East 49th Street on Manhattan’s East Side. As someone old enough to remember, I immediately identified the fact that I had walked back into the 1980s, cue the DeLorean car and Patrick Nagel painting, anyone?

While it would have been easy to suggest covering up as much of the 80s-themed design as possible, I chose to embrace it, as this property is truly spectacular and to me and it never makes sense to cover up great design, no matter when it was done.

The reality is the same challenges I faced as an interior designer and home stager are similar to those that any home owner or home seller will face when looking to modernize an interior space designed decades earlier.

Here are some of my top tips for modernizing the past while embracing the present:

1. First, embrace the current décor and use it as inspiration. In the case of the Penthouse at 255 East 49th Street, all of the floors were either black or white marble, or a combination of the two. My solution was to build a color palette around the two colors, infusing bursts of bright color while using black and white as the foundation for my color scheme.

2. Soften a space, while adding color and texture. Whether floors are made of marble or hardwood, it is often an appealing solution to add softness through the use of area rugs and soft goods such as toss pillows.

3. Add elements such as greenery. Nothing quite softens a space like the use of plants and greenery. When I am often faced with interiors that have a lot of architectural or natural elements, I try to keep my décor as simple as possible. One example of this in the case of the Penthouse at 255 East 49th Street was to select a centerpiece that was a simple orchid, as opposed to something too elaborate.

4. Select a mix of modern and contemporary furnishings. The wonderful aspect about design is that you don’t have to follow any formulas! For instance in the case of the 80s penthouse, I mixed modern, timeless pieces with those that were more antique, in order to embrace the existing architectural details. It is important to not ignore the current design and décor but instead to embrace it as another design element.

5. Finally, focus on function and lifestyle, when it comes to lifestyle, we are always evolving, a room that may have been popular in another decade, may now be considered to be a waste of space. These days, with space at such a premium, it is even more important than ever that all areas of a residence are shown as useful and with a purpose.