The Table is Set

Every time I think of Thanksgiving my mind goes to the table. A table where family and friends gather to enjoy one another’s company and reflect on what each is grateful for. In this blog, I wanted to talk about the center of that activity, the table. So many have moved away from the “formal” dining room these days because of our busy lives and the need to have a more casual setting for a comfortable and enjoyable dinner. Well, let’s pull out all the stops and dress that table for the holiday. I’ve set my table with neutrals for a calming candlelit dinner to elevate the everyday, but not feel so over the top, you won’t feel like you’re sitting at the wrong table in the wrong home.

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What To Expect From A Home Staging Consultation

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want. People usually use wall art, painting, accessories, lights, greenery, and carpet to stage the home, to give potential buyers a more attractive first impression of the property.

Home staging is one of the most powerful and effective marketing strategies to sell your home fast and for top dollar. Depending on your needs, there are multiple ways for a Certified Home Stager to help you. From completely staging a vacant property to accessorizing and fluffing your existing furnishings to improve the overall look of the rooms. Home staging doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you just hire a certified home stager to give you detailed advice on what to do on your own. This is what’s known as a Home Staging Consultation. Once you’ve decided to invest in staging your home, it all starts with a consultation. But what exactly does that mean? Read More

Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home in the Fall

A crisp chill in the air, the turning of leaves (at least in some parts of the Country) and the scent of pumpkin spice are all trademarks of fall most of us love. There’s no doubt it’s a beautiful season, and if you’re planning on selling your home, Autumn is a great time to do so as there are fewer homes on the market (that means less competition), and the cooler weather offers you the perfect opportunity to market your home as the perfect place to hunker down and cozy up with your loved ones when it’s cold outside.

Here are a few home staging tips for fall that will help you close the deal before the end of the holidays!

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The Look For Less – Botanical Wall Art

Hello again! It’s been a bit since I posted my last blog so I will do better at keeping you in the loop on what’s going on.

I have received many inquiries as to where I purchased an art collection of botanicals showcased in a recent staging project. Here’s the great news, I did it myself, and I will walk you through the steps of creating your own collection for around $60 and a little manual labor.

My inspiration came from a beautiful collection of 6 made by Uttermost as found here on Amazon priced for well over $200.

While I loved these, I was not about to pay that much money for six framed pictures when I knew I could achieve the perfect look I wanted for much less.

Here are the Items you will need for this project with the links if you wish to shop them.

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Salvaged Dresser Makeover

Hello and welcome to Maison de Campagne’s first blog. I am Mitchell Bage and I plan to share a little about my passion in each of these posts.

There are so many aspects of home design that individuals can feel overwhelmed at the idea of having to find the perfect medium for their desired outcome. Let’s stop here and say that it’s a very subjective process and what works on paper, in a store, or laid out on the kitchen table doesn’t always translate to the expected look you’re trying to achieve.

One area I struggle with as a designer is FURNITURE! Have you gone through countless stores and found everything you needed for the space you are working? I always find great items but fall short on a few “Key” pieces I just won’t compromise on.

I had decided that it was time to begin work on my master bedroom. My design plan included a dresser that looked as though It had been plucked from a home in the French countryside. Thankfully we have a plethora of choices when it comes to specific design genres, so my hunt was underway. I became very picky, This one was nice, but it was made almost entirely of MDF and while “Hand Painted” I thought about longevity of the piece. I found reclaimed pieces, but then found out I’d need to take a second mortgage out on the house to purchase said dresser.

I dropped the approach of looking for new pieces and decided “I can hand paint what my mind is envisioning and so many of these vintage and antique pieces are truly hand built and full wood construction”. I scoured through posts and classifieds looking for a French inspired piece that would transform into what I needed. That dresser was found by a friend, she snapped a pic and I said SOLD!

Now here’s my transformation as well as a how-to for those of you in the same situation. Read More