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Creative Home Podcast - Home Staging /Decorating Tips

Creative Home Podcast - Home Staging /Decorating Tips

By Kasia McDaniel
Blue Diamond Staging & Design owner, Kasia McDaniel, discusses home staging and decorating tips for your home. Plus she provides busy homeowners with an actionable plan to get their home ready for the picture perfect debut for their MLS listing. Learn what you can do to prepare your home and get your home sold faster!
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#165 Why is my home not selling?
Home Stager, Kasia McDaniel, talks about 3 things that can hinder the sale of your home. And if you need help in getting your house ready to sell, check out her free download, 10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home at https://mailchi.mp/1bb367a57248/10-things-ebook
09:31
June 7, 2021
#164 Five things that make your house feel smaller
Kasia was published again in the Family Handyman and was featured in an article, "10 Things That Make Your House feel Smaller (and how to fix it)" which you can find here https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/things-that-make-your-home-look-smaller/ But today she talks about the 5 things that she submitted for the article that will help you make your home feel bigger if you make these changes. She is also working on a checklist for those of you moving into a new home about "5 things to unpack first in your new home". After moving 7 times in 16 years, she knows what items she needs access to right away and is willing to share those with you soon.
12:26
May 31, 2021
#163 Six ways to add fun to your outdoor picnic party
Memorial Day weekend is coming up and a lot of you are getting out to meet friends and family for trips to the lake or in your own backyard pool. In order to get ready for the festivities, Kasia shares 6 ways to add fun to your outdoor picnic party. Some of you may be moving into a new home and realize you want to host a party. This is a great way to show off your new space. But if you need help getting your home set up, Kasia offers home decorating services to get your home ready for guests and you can sign up here https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/online-decorating-consult/
12:41
May 24, 2021
#162 How to make your house feel like a home quickly and on budget
Kasia talks about how you can make your new house feel like a home in this week's podcast. Since she's moved 5 times in 10 years while in the military, she knows what it takes to get your new home under control. She shares these tips such as setting up the kitchen, putting the beds together and hanging artwork and more.  If you need help decorating your walls, Kasia has a new webinar coming up May 26th at 12 noon called "How to Decorate Your Walls Like an Adult". It is a free webinar and you can get on the wait list to get the link to watch it live May 26th at https://mailchi.mp/2854d106dc9c/g7e0q92ncn And as a reminder, Kasia will start to do weekly podcasts now so she can provide better topics for you. Have a great week!
12:03
May 17, 2021
#161 One thing I wish I told home sellers about their basement when staging their home
When you start a new business you don't want to offend your clients. Kasia had a staging consultation with a couple who had a basement and wished she would have told them this to help them sell their home faster. For these and more staging tips, download Kasia's free checklist called "30 Easy Tips to get your house ready to sell" at https://bit.ly/3eqxpAf
10:46
May 14, 2021
#160 Three mistakes homeowners make in the bedroom when selling your home
Kasia sees all sorts of things when it comes to staging a bedroom. But she shares the top 3 mistakes homeowners make in the bedroom when selling their home. This is just some of the tips you can find in her free checklist "30 easy tips to get your house ready to sell". You can download the rest for free at https://bit.ly/3eqxpAf And if you need help decluttering, you can find her strategies here https://bit.ly/2RQocJW 
09:02
May 13, 2021
#159 Five accessories I cannot live without when staging a home
When it comes to staging vacant or occupied homes, there are a few accessories that Kasia uses every time. She shares what they are and where she uses them. So if you need help getting your house ready to sell, these are some accessories you need to use. For more staging help, download my FREE checklist to get your house ready to sell https://bit.ly/3eqxpAf
10:30
May 12, 2021
#158 Bathroom color combinations
In this episode, Kasia talks about bathroom color combinations. If you recently moved into a new home or want to change out the wall color, Kasia shares some good color options for the walls and towels to coordinate the look. Plus May is military appreciation month, so please support a military member or veteran who own small businesses in your area. And finally, Kasia is working on a new webinar called, "How to decorate your walls like an adult" coming up May 26th. She will provide the link later to sign up so you can get get your new home decorated.
11:23
May 11, 2021
#157 Combining home styles for newlyweds
It's wedding season time and there is so much planning to do! But when it comes time to move in with your new spouse, there are a few tings you need to consider for your new home together. Kasia shares 3 tips and conversations you should have with your new spouse when it comes time to combine your households to avoid friction. And if you need help selling one of your homes, be sure to join Kasia's Facebook group called Home Staging Community with Kasia McDaniel. It's free and you can ask your staging questions here https://www.facebook.com/groups/152651070008301
11:32
May 10, 2021
#156 The 1 thing I'm glad we did when remodeling our basement
If you are looking to remodel your basement or any other room and want to Do-it-yourself, Kasia shares the 1 thing she was glad she did before starting a huge remodel in her home. And if you want to DIY for home staging, join Kasia's free Facebook group called Home Staging Community with Kasia McDaniel. She shares ideas, blog posts and you can ask questions as you get your house ready to sell. You can join here https://www.facebook.com/groups/152651070008301
10:13
May 7, 2021
#155 Painting a brick fireplace
If you are thinking about painting your brick fireplace, there are few things you need to do. Kasia shares her experience when she painted her red brick fireplace and the steps she took in her Virginia home. After a small remodel, she was also able to arrange the furniture better around the fireplace. If you need help with arranging your living room furniture, check out her living room layouts at https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/living-room-layouts
13:36
May 6, 2021
#154 Three mistakes homeowners make in the living room when selling their home
When it comes time to sell your home, the living room is the first room that needs to be staged. However, there are a few mistakes homesellers make when it's time to sell. Kasia shares the 3 things she sees and what you can do to fix it. And if you need help rearranging the furniture in your living room, she has living room layouts for all types of room shapes. After staging many homes, she has seen almost every type of set up and shares those blueprints with you. You can find the link here to buy these now at  https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/living-room-layouts/
08:17
May 5, 2021
#153 Local furniture and home decor stores to stage and decorate homes
Are you new to the Fayetteville/Moore County NC area? After moving into your new home, you probably realized you need to get some more furniture or home decor to make it your own, right? Kasia shares some local spots you can shop at to get your home looking beautiful and has a new list you can download to go shopping yourself. You can download the list here https://mailchi.mp/9b70806350ff/furniture-and-decor-stores-around-moore-county-nc
10:23
May 4, 2021
#152 How to make your small bathroom feel larger
If you have a small bathroom, you wish you could knock out a wall to make it feel better. Some of us don't have that option so here are some tips and tricks on how to make your bathroom feel larger. And if you need decorating help in your new home, Kasia can help you with a decorating consult. Sign up for a complimentary call at https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/talk-to-me/ and we can discuss your needs.
14:31
May 3, 2021
#151 What furniture should every craft room have?
If you have an extra room, loft or really big closet, and you don't know what to use it for, you can turn it into a craft room. But what kind of furniture should you have in a craft room? Kasia explains what furniture she has and how she has it organized. And if you need inspirational help on turning your extra space into something else, send Kasia an email at kasia@bluediamondstaging.com. She offers a free 20 min clarity call so we can discuss what it is you need and how you can get your ideas work in your home.
11:32
April 30, 2021
#150 Four things no one wants to tell you when your house is up for sale
When it comes to selling your home, you may not realize there are certain things that are a turn off for buyers. It can be an uncomfortable topic for some people especially when you are giving feedback directly to a homeowner. Kasia talks about 4 things that no one wants to tell a home seller that will help them sell their home faster. And if you need more tips on how to get your home ready for sale, check out my free checklist https://bit.ly/3eqxpAf 
10:41
April 29, 2021
#149 Three ways to make an open house showing easier on you
You've done all the work to get your house ready to sell and now you need to show it off for an open house. With the hot real estate market, there are 3 things you can do to make the open house easier on you. Kasia shares 3 things she learned over her course of moving 5 times in 10 years. And if you need help getting your house ready to sell, download her free checklist https://mailchi.mp/b781cade2271/30-easy-tips-to-get-your-house-ready-to-sell
09:25
April 28, 2021
#148 Adapting your home decor for a family member with TBI or autism
Some of you may have a family member who suffers from a TBI (traumatic brain injury) or autism and your home decor may have to change. Kasia talks about how noise, light and colors can affect them and her personal experience with PTSD. If you need help decorating your home because of this, please email her at kasia@bluediamondstaging.com so we can set up an appointment.
11:13
April 27, 2021
#147 Three mistakes homeowners make in the dining room when selling their home
Kasia sees all sorts of things when staging homes to sell. But when it comes to dining rooms, these are the common mistakes she sees homeowners make. Learn what to avoid doing and what you can do to fix it. And if you need more staging tips, download her FREE staging checklist to get your house ready to sell https://bit.ly/3eqxpAf
08:35
April 26, 2021
#146 Dream kitchen ideas
Some of you dream of a better and more functional kitchen. Kasia talks about some ideas where you can implement some of those ideas  without having to do a whole kitchen renovation. And if you need help coming up with ideas on how to make it your dream kitchen, DM Kasia on Facebook or Instagram (@bluediamondstaginganddesign) or send her an email kasia@bluediamondstaging.com
12:39
April 23, 2021
#145 How to create a colorful garden
Kasia talks about flower gardens and how you can plan your own based on your flower bed locations.
12:17
April 22, 2021
#144 What is Keyhole gardening?
Kasia explains a new way to garden and how it has increased gardening enthusiasts.
07:12
April 21, 2021
#143 Should all your kitchen appliances match?
Kitchen appliances can come in so many different colors but do they all need to match? Kasia explains what she did when remodeling her kitchen and when she built her house. By the way, Kasia was recently featured in an article in Yahoo! Check it out here https://finance.yahoo.com/news/stage-home-quick-sale-230059683.html And if you need help staging your home, download my FREE ebook to get your house ready to sell https://bit.ly/3u2QD5X 
09:56
April 20, 2021
#142 What you need to know about wood flooring options for your home
There are many different floor options you can pick for your home but today we discuss wood flooring options. Kasia discusses 4 different types of flooring and choices she made when she picked out flooring for her home. Some flooring is better for investment properties while others are better for resale or allergies. And if you need help getting your house ready to sell, download my FREE ebook to get your house ready to sell https://bit.ly/3u2QD5X
13:25
April 19, 2021
#141 How to select siding for your home
If you are building your home, the siding on your home is one of the most important decisions you need to make. Kasia discusses the different types such as wood, vinyl, brick, fiber cement (aka Hardee siding) and stucco. And if you need more decorating or staging tips, take a look at her blog at https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/blog/
10:25
April 16, 2021
#140 How to add color to a room without painting it
If you are renting a home and can't paint the walls, there are other ways to add color to your home without painting the walls. Kasia explains how and what accessories you can use in your home to get pops of color in an otherwise white or gray home. And if you need help decorating or staging your home, contact her at kasia@bluediamondstaging.com to schedule a consultation!
09:12
April 15, 2021
#139 How the military helped me become a home stager
You may not know that Kasia served in the Air Force for almost 10 years. She held the job as an Information Technology Officer and had to move around a lot. Since April is Month of the Military Child, she talks about how the military shaped her life to become a home stager. Plus she also gives a 10% discount in her staging consults to all military families. If you need help staging your home, contact her at kasia@bluediamondstaging.com
10:15
April 14, 2021
#138 Five common home seller questions answered
Home sellers have a lot of questions when it comes time to sell their home. Kasia answers 5 common questions that she and real estate agents get such as painting, counter tops, flooring, garage and staging. And when it comes to staging, you can download my FREE ebook to get your house ready to sell https://bit.ly/3u2QD5X
13:14
April 13, 2021
#137 10 best bedroom staging updates based on how much time you have
Kasia is proud to say she was featured in realtor.com in an article about 10 best bedroom home improvement projects based on how much time you have. You can read it here https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/best-bedroom-improvement-projects-based-on-how-much-time-you-have/ She shares what 10 things you can update in a bedroom to get your house ready to sell and discusses the time needed for each task. And if you need further guidance on what to do to get your house sold, download her free ebook on "10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home" https://bit.ly/3u2QD5X
13:14
April 12, 2021
#136 Bonus room decisions: how to use the space
Do you have an extra room that you just don't know how to use it? Maybe it's a spare bedroom or a small awkward room. Kasia shares all the different types of rooms you can turn that unused space into.  Join the 5 Day Decluttering To Stage My Home Challenge! All you have to do is join my Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/152651070008301 to watch the videos.
11:24
April 9, 2021
#135 Strip washing your sheets
Have you heard of strip washing? It's a way to really get your sheets clean if you have hard water, use a mild soap or just want to make sure your laundry is really clean. Kasia talks about what you need to do to strip wash your sheets.  #laundrystripping
09:20
April 8, 2021
#134 How to pick land for your dream home
Some of you have had to revert to building a home because there aren't enough houses up for sale but that means you have to find the acreage now. What do you look for? Kasia shares what they did when they built their home and how they found their property before buying it. 
17:46
April 7, 2021
#133 How traveling inspires my decorating and staging skills
Traveling can be limiting now with COVID, but when you travel to new places, the colors and architecture can inspire you to try something new in your home. You can virtually travel just by looking up places to stay in Airbnb or booking.com and look at the pictures of the homes you could stay in. This will give you insight as to how different rooms are set up or how colors are used in the home so it can help you update your decor or staging. And if you need some help staging your home, I have a free ebook called, "10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home" that you can download for free. You can find it here https://mailchi.mp/1bb367a57248/10-things-ebook
13:06
April 6, 2021
#132 How to pick a home builder to build your dream home
Kasia had to go through the process of building her dream home in 2016. She shares the questions she asked home builders before selecting the one. If you are building your home, make sure you ask these questions before you build. And if you are stressing over the clutter in your home, Kasia is holding a 5 Day Decluttering to Stage Your Home Challenge starting Mon Apr 12th. Join her Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/152651070008301 so you can see the videos and join the challenge!
15:14
April 5, 2021
#131 Staging helped this family sell their home after sitting on the market for months
Kasia received a glowing testimonial from a family whose house sat on the market for months. Listen to what changes were made to make this home more marketable to get this home sold. If you need staging advice for 1 room or a whole house, check out her webpage bleudiamondstaginganddesign.com
09:03
April 2, 2021
#130 Customize your closet shelving
In this episode, Kasia shares how she was able to customize her kids closets with shelving kits that grow with them. Plus you can also customize your master closet when building your home. You don't have to go with what the builder uses. Use that budget to customize your closet and hire out someone from Tailored Living in Raleigh like we did. Or you can get custom closets made from the Container Store, IKEA or your local home improvement store. Don't be stuck with just a rod and a shelf. Make it your own and maximize that space!
12:22
April 1, 2021
#129 Four smells to avoid when selling your home
When it comes to selling your home, there are certain smells you want to avoid having in your home. Kasia talks about these 4 smells to avoid especially right before a showing because they can turn off buyers. Speaking of turning off buyers, Kasia is going to hold a 5 Day Decluttering to Stage Your Home Challenge in April. She will hold it in her Home Staging Community Facebook Page so join the group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/152651070008301
11:43
March 31, 2021
#128 Five home decor trends that date your home
When it comes to selling your home, buyers want to see a move-in ready home. But as a home seller, you don't want to spend too much money on a house you no longer want, right? So Kasia shares 5 things that date your home that you can change to help update it.   And if you haven't sold a home in the last 10-20 years, she has a free ebook you can download called "10 Things every homeowners should do before selling their home" and you can find it here https://mailchi.mp/1bb367a57248/10-things-ebook
08:60
March 30, 2021
#127 Three no cost things aging seniors can do to sell their home faster
An aging parent may not be able to keep up with the maintenance of their home and may need to downsize or move into an assisted care facility. Adult children may have to face this challenge with their aging parents to help them sell their home. So Kasia shares 3 no cost things aging seniors can do to help sell their home and make it more enticing to buyers.  And if you need help selling your parent's home, send me an email at kasia@bluediamondstaging.com or a DM on Facebook or Instagram @bluediamondstaginganddesign so I can help you sell their home faster.
11:33
March 29, 2021
#126 What is your ideal outdoor living space?
The weather is getting warmer and we tend to want to sit outdoors and enjoy some peace and quiet. If you could pick an ideal outdoor living space, what would be in it? A screened in porch, pool, place to watch movies, a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen? There are so many things to think about to include flooring, lighting and privacy. Kasia helped a couple redecorate their screened in porch by sending pictures back and forth and doing it all online. If you need help updating your outdoor space, email her at kasia@bluediamondstaging.com
12:10
March 26, 2021
#125 Nine tips to prepare for moving day
A lot of you are getting ready to move, sold your house (yay!) and have the moving company scheduled. Are you ready for the move? Let me share my experiences and how they can help you get ready for moving day. If you are moving to Moore County, NC and need help finding daycare for your kids, Partners for Children and Families is a great (and free) resource. They have a list of day cares and availability so you don't have to drive all around town figuring this out on your own. You can find them on www.moore4kids.com and on Facebook. And if you need help getting your house ready to sell, send me an email kasia@bluediamondstaging.com and I would love to help you stage your home so you can get to moving day!
11:44
March 25, 2021
#124 Five things you should never have in your bedroom when selling your home
Bedrooms tend to gather clutter and these are the top 5 things I see in a bedroom when I'm staging it for clients. So if you want to get your house ready to sell, look around and see if you have these items in your bedroom. Speaking of clutter, Kasia is working on a 5 day decluttering challenge to help you get your house ready to sell. So be on the look out for that in April.
10:28
March 24, 2021
#123 Four things to consider when choosing a dining room chandelier
Dining rooms can be formal or less formal depending on your style. And there are a few things to consider when picking a new one for your space. Kasia discusses the height you need to hang the chandelier, the bulbs, the shape and the style.
12:15
March 23, 2021
#122 Stools with or without backs
Kasia talks about using stools for your kitchen island. She discusses the pros and cons along with color, height and support.  Kasia is also introducing a new product called the Staging Toolkit. It is an ebook with diagrams on how to stage an entryway, office, bedroom, mantle, coffee table and more. You can find the link to this new digital Staging Toolkit here https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/courses/
09:44
March 22, 2021
#121 Over the toilet storage
Some bathrooms may be limited on storage space. Kasia talks about the different kids of storage you can use in your bathroom if you sink cabinet doesn't give you much storage space. Plus she talks about what you should do with the over the toilet storage when selling your home. And if you need help staging an awkward room, Kasia has the Staging Snapshot where you can send her a picture of your room and she will give you staging advice on the room layout, items to add or remove and wall color options if needed.  You can find the link here https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/staging-snapshot/
09:18
March 19, 2021
#120 Sectional or a couch: which one to pick?
When it comes to selecting furniture for your living room, you need to ask yourself a few questions when deciding between a couch or a sectional. Make sure to measure the space you are in so you don't get something too big. If you move a lot, be aware it may be harder to find a home that fits a larger sectional. Kasia also share other experiences she has when it comes to a couch and a sectional.
10:55
March 18, 2021
#119 How to create and use mood boards
If you are stuck trying to visualize how to update a space, we think we need some fancy software to show it to us. But in fact, all you need is a computer and a word document to help you create a mood board. Kasia explains the use of a mood board and how you can create one to help you visualize your space.
09:51
March 17, 2021
#118 Spring home staging decor on Amazon
Springtime is a great excuse to update your home decor. The winters can be bleak and long and spring is a great time to add greens and yellows into your home. Kasia found some great Amazon finds that you can use to update your home decor which you can also use to help stage your home as well! Here is the link she promised so you can be inspired to update your home for Spring. https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/home-staging/our-favorite-spring-home-decor-finds-on-amazon/
09:46
March 16, 2021
#117 How to make your bed when staging your home
Kasia talks about the importance of making your bed when staging your home. She also discusses the number of pillows for each sized bed along with bedding that you need and don't need. For more staging tips, check out her Staging Do's and Don'ts ebook at https://mailchi.mp/bea7fa5470b5/dos-and-donts-of-staging-a-home-to-sell
11:21
March 15, 2021
#116 How to hide cords when selling your house
Unsightly cords around a TV can ruin a picture. So Kasia explains how you can hide cords in plain sight using twistie ties or rubberbands and other staging tricks you can use. And if you need help staging your living room, Kasia has a new course coming online next week. It is called "How to Stage a Living Room" and its for homeowners who want to do the staging yourself, real estate agents who want to add staging to their services or new home stagers. You will learn living room staging secrets, optimal furniture arrangements for your room shape and accessories to tie it all together. PLUS, she will have cheat sheets for those furniture arrangements and a worksheet you can use for your space. You can get on the wait list now to get a discount before it goes live on March 15th (and then price will go up). Click on this link https://mailchi.mp/3386bf9d004a/how-to-stage-your-living-room-waitlist to reserve your spot.
11:23
March 12, 2021
#115 Front porch decor ideas
Kasia gives you ideas on how to update your front porch with pots, chairs, doormats and more. And if you want to buy some of these items online, take a look at the link below to help you get inspired for spring home decor. https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/home-staging/our-favorite-spring-home-decor-finds-on-amazon/
12:28
March 11, 2021
#114 How to stage open shelves in your kitchen
Kasia explains what you should and should not have in your kitchen on your open shelves when selling your home. If you do need help with an awkward room, Kasia can give you staging advice for just that one room using her Staging Snapshot service. Send her a picture and she will respond with a room layout, items to add or remove and wall color options if needed. You can find the link here www.bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/staging-snapshot
10:58
March 10, 2021
#113 Three things I wish I had known before staging my house
Home stager, Kasia McDaniel, talks about 3 things she wished she knew before staging her house. She helps stressed home sellers get your house staged so you can downsize, buy your dream home or get to your next military assignment without the burden of carrying 2 mortgages. Moving is stressful and she has done if 5 times in 10 years when she was in the military. But it takes a mindset to move and get unemotionally attached to your home.  If you do need help with an awkward room, Kasia can give you staging advice for just that one room using her Staging Snapshot service. Send her a picture and she will respond with a room layout, items to add or remove and wall color options if needed. You can find the link here www.bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/staging-snapshot
11:16
March 9, 2021
#112 Wicker mania
Wicker is a more desirable trend lately. It works well in Boho Chic and Vintage decorating styles. Kasia also explains the difference between wicker and rattan and how you can use it in your home. Plus she is coming out with a new home staging course. It is called "How to Stage a Living Room" and its for homeowners who want to do the staging yourself, real estate agents who want to add staging to their services or new home stagers. You will learn living room staging secrets, optimal furniture arrangements for your room shape and accessories to tie it all together. PLUS, she will have cheat sheets for those furniture arrangements and a worksheet you can use for your space. You can get on the wait list now to get a discount before it goes live on March 15th (and then price will go up). Click on this link https://mailchi.mp/3386bf9d004a/how-to-stage-your-living-room-waitlist to reserve your spot.
08:59
March 8, 2021
#111 Minimalist bathroom design (plus a new staging course)
Kasia discusses a newer minimalist bathroom design and what you should look for if you want this in your home.  Plus she is coming out with a new home staging course. It is called "How to Stage a Living Room" and its for homeowners who want to do the staging yourself, real estate agents who want to add staging to their services or new home stagers. You will learn living room staging secrets, optimal furniture arrangements for your room shape and accessories to tie it all together. PLUS, she will have cheat sheets for those furniture arrangements and a worksheet you can use for your space. You can get on the wait list now to get a discount before it goes live on March 15th (and then price will go up). Click on this link https://mailchi.mp/3386bf9d004a/how-to-stage-your-living-room-waitlist to reserve your spot.
10:49
March 5, 2021
#110 Home library design
Do you have endless amounts of books in your home like I do? Do you wish you could create a home library in your home? In today's episode, Kasia talks about where you can fit little home libraries in your home. There are so many places if you are an avid reader.  And if you need help coming up with a library plan, DM me on Instagram or Facebook www.instagram.com/bluediamondstaginganddesign or contact me here https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/talk-to-me/.  I would LOVE to help you find some space for a little library in your home!
10:32
March 4, 2021
#109 How to incorporate Japandi design in your home
Kasia answers the question on what is Japandi? She then discusses the elements that make up Japandi and how you can incorporate it your home.
10:39
March 3, 2021
#108 What is a cloffice?
Do you have a cloffice? It's a closet office or a small space where you can hide out and create a small office space. Kasia discusses where you can put one in your home and some design ideas when you do find your space to make the most of it. #cloffice
09:51
March 2, 2021
#107 How to pick a front entryway door
Kasia discusses the types of front doors to consider when replacing a door, as well as security, windows, color and door style based on your home architecture.  And if you are getting ready to sell your house soon, get my free ebook "10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home" so you can get a jump on the spring real estate market at https://bit.ly/3pqjlKA
13:27
March 1, 2021
#106 Secret hidden places in your home
Kasia discusses ways to hide your valuables in plain sight in your home. www.atlasobscura.com is a great resource to find some unusual places to visit all over the world.
08:07
February 26, 2021
#105 Small space decorating ideas
In today's podcast, Kasia talks about how to decorate a small room without making it feel smaller.
11:24
February 25, 2021
#104 Mid century modern furniture and decor
Kasia describes a current project she is working on to decorate a home and give it a mid century modern feel to it.
08:43
February 24, 2021
#103 Wood paneling: love it or hate it?
Home Stager, Kasia McDaniel, discusses wood paneling today in her podcast. Do you love it or hate it? Can it be used in today's home or should you rip it out?  And if you are getting ready to sell your house soon, get my free ebook "10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home" so you can get a jump on the spring real estate market at https://bit.ly/3pqjlKA
08:30
February 23, 2021
#102 My husband was skeptical of home staging too
Kasia McDaniel explains how her husband was skeptical of home staging and how he changed his mind.  If you need to help convince someone about home staging, check out my free webinar where I share some home staging facts called "Home Staging: the 6Ws". You can find it here https://bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/courses/ And if you need some staging advice to get started you can get my free ebook "10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home" so you can get a jump on the spring real estate market at https://bit.ly/3pqjlKA
11:30
February 22, 2021
#101 Which do you prefer: curtains or blinds?
Home Staging expert, Kasia McDaniel, shares some pros and cons to using curtains or blinds when decorating your home.
12:50
February 19, 2021
#100 Top 10 podcasts with staging tips!
Kasia is so excited about getting to 100 podcast episodes and thankful to all her listeners. She shares the top 10 podcast episodes y'all have listened to over the past few years.  And if you are getting ready to sell your house soon, get my free ebook "10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home" so you can get a jump on the spring real estate market at https://bit.ly/3pqjlKA
08:30
February 18, 2021
#99 Decorating your home with Spoonflower
Kasia talks about all the items that Spoonflower offers and you can use their wallpaper, fabrics and home decor to update your home. And if you are selling your home soon, download my free ebook "10 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Selling Their Home" at https://bit.ly/3pqjlKA
10:37
February 17, 2021
#98 How to decorate with wooden beads
Kasia explains what she is seeing as a new decorating trend with wooden beads and how you can use them in your home.
08:59
February 16, 2021
#97 Are gray wall colors trending out?
Kasia discusses gray wall color trends, where you can use gray other than walls, what color replaces gray and what color is best for staging homes.
12:00
February 15, 2021
#96 Five tips to taking pictures for your home listing
Kasia shares 5 tips on how to best take pictures when selling your home. If you've taken the time to stage your home, make sure your pictures reflect that work to show off your home and get it sold faster.
10:43
February 12, 2021
#95 How to get into the moving mindset
Kasia talks about how important it is to emotionally detach from your home when it comes time to sell. You need to get into the moving mindset so you sell your home quickly.
11:23
February 11, 2021
#94 No linen closet? No problem
Kasia shares other options if you don't have a linen closet in your home. Plus she shares what she had to do in her house that had no closets of ANY kind! Sign up for her free staging webinar Feb 18 at https://bit.ly/2N32108 or if you need help staging 1 room, check out her Staging Snapshot service at www.bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/staging-snapshot
07:15
February 10, 2021
#93 Five things you should never have in your living room when selling your home
Kasia talks about the 5 most common issues she sees in houses. These items need to be put away in order to stage your home and get it ready for pictures. German tidbit: opening windows for daily venting
09:47
February 9, 2021
#92 Should you have a bathtub in your home?
Kasia discusses the argument for keeping a bathtub in a house, plus what will get you house appraised for more money. Today is bathroom cleaning day because Kasia follows @cleanmama on Instagram. Listen to her lessons learned on cleaning a German bathroom and her German tidbit: use German shampoos. Don't forget to sign up for Feb 18 webinar "5 things to do now before the spring real estate market" https://bit.ly/2N32108
09:32
February 8, 2021
#91 How to organize your mudroom for school and kids
Kasia shares how she set up her mudrooms for her kids and kept them organized for school. German tidbit for the day: using American lamps in Germany.
08:48
February 5, 2021
#90 Dining tablescape ideas for your dining table
Kasia shares some favorite centerpieces or tablescapes she uses for her dining table. Plus she shares what to expect when eating out at German restaurants.
14:47
February 4, 2021
#89 Armoire hacks for your home
Kasia shares different ways you can upcycle TV armoires to use in your home. Plus she shares the sweetness level of items you can find in a German bakery.
10:41
February 3, 2021
#88 Comfy bedsheets, duvets and more oh my!
Kasia discusses comfy bedsheets to help you sleep better plus another German tidbit about closets. Plus check out a new pre-recorded webinar called "Home Staging: The 6 W's - Is it worth it?". You can find it at bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/courses
08:11
February 2, 2021
#87 Functional and smart kitchens
Kasia discusses ways to make your kitchen more functional and shares some cool smart gadgets for your kitchen. Her German tidbit of the day is how pizzas are different in Europe than in the US.
14:05
February 1, 2021
#86 Five things you should never have in your bathroom when selling your home
Kasia explains the top 5 things she sees when staging a bathroom and what you can do to stage your own bathroom. Plus she shares a German tidbit of the day.
08:59
January 29, 2021
#85 How to update your guest room
Join Kasia as she gives you some ideas on how to update a guest room with minimal fuss.
08:02
January 28, 2021
#84 How to decorate a large empty wall space
Kasia McDaniel gives you several ideas on what to do with an empty wall and how you can decorate it. Using products from #wunderwallmural #smallwoods or #canvaspeople plus other places you can spruce up any room in your house easily.
11:46
January 27, 2021
#83 Where would you live: city or country?
Kasia talks about the pros and cons of living in the city or the country and the different lifestyles.
14:32
January 26, 2021
#82 - Three reasons to stage your home in a hot market
Kasia explains why you should still stage your home in a hot real estate market and shares 2 free staging webinars coming up. Feb 3 is the "Four most important rooms to stage" at 1pm EST. Sign up at https://buff.ly/3oPnPe5 and the other webinar "5 things to do now to stage your home" is Feb 18 at 9am EST. Sign up at https://buff.ly/39zuVNw
08:12
January 25, 2021
#81 Pulling a room together using things you already own
Kasia talks about how shopping your home can help create a new space using things you already own.
07:21
January 22, 2021
#80 Staging disaster
Kasia shares a staging disaster where she learned from her mistakes. She also shares when moving in what you need to look out for when bringing in furniture.
08:11
January 21, 2021
#79 Mini bathroom update before selling our home
Kasia discusses what changes she made in her master bathroom to help sell her house in 4 days and above asking price.
10:31
January 20, 2021
#78 Kitchen design choices
Kasia talks about kitchen design choices when remodeling or building a new home. She also discusses classic choices for a kitchen versus following trends.
15:11
January 19, 2021
#77 Sitting room makeover
Kasia explains how she turned a sitting room in a Colonial home into a walk in master closet.
08:07
January 18, 2021
#76 Bridgerton furniture in today's home
Kasia talks about typical early 19th century furniture, the furniture you see in the Netflix series, Bridgerton, and what pieces you can incorporate in your home design style.
10:53
January 15, 2021
Creative Home intro
Home stager and decorator, Kasia McDaniel, talks about home staging and decorating and all things associated with your home.
00:20
January 14, 2021
#75 A day in the life of a home stager
Kasia was recently asked to be part of a high school career day. She explains her background and skills needed and how it helped her become a home stager.
12:06
January 14, 2021
#74 - Basement makeover
Kasia talks about a basement makeover she made for her house and how it started her home staging career.
08:00
January 13, 2021
#73 Decorating hacks for your foyer, office and bathroom
Kasia talks about her favorite decorating hacks using cabinets in the foyer, office and bathroom. Get her free 2021 calendar here https://bit.ly/3hNmOka
07:35
January 12, 2021
#72 - Staging story on a vacant home
Kasia shares a story where she helped a real estate investor flip his home and stage it with rental furniture. But be aware of these pitfalls when staging a vacant home.
07:07
January 11, 2021
#71 - Decorate your home like a castle
Kasia explains what she means by decorating your home like  a castle and how it pertains to staging your home to sell.
10:28
January 8, 2021
#70 - Are your Christmas decorations down yet?
Kasia talks about her Christmas decor and when she takes it down. Plus download her free 1 page 2021 calendar at https://bit.ly/3hNmOka
08:09
January 7, 2021
#69 -COVID lockdown gets my creative juices flowing
Today I talk about COVID lockdowns here in Germany and how it has gotten my creative juices flowing with our home. Check out my free ebook www.bluediamondstaginganddesign.com/10-things-ebook
11:36
January 6, 2021
#68 - New colors for 2021 you should use
Happy New Year! A new year brings new things like colors. Today I discuss wall colors you can use around the house whether it's on the wall or furniture. Plus I share a new staging service called Staging Snapshot.
11:39
January 5, 2021
#67 - Who pays for home staging?
Homeowners may believe that real estate agents should pay for home staging but let me explain who really should pay for it.
03:47
December 14, 2020
#66 - Why do my home staging services cost more?
Some homeowners go by price to determine which service they pick. You should also take a look at the value you get when staging a home.
03:59
December 1, 2020
#65 - Why shopping small is important to me and my business
I give you 5 good reasons to shop small and how it can help you find a gift for a loved one.
06:19
November 23, 2020
#64 - Four tips to make your home into an office or workspace without sacrificing a calm living space
Coronavirus and remote learning had the whole house scattering to the four winds just to get some work done. Let me share some decorating tips to keep that living space a calm place.
06:04
November 9, 2020
#63 - Rearranging your home for reverse isolation
COVID has certainly turned our lives upside down. From work to school to normal everyday life and we've rearranged our lives to make it work. But now we are looking at something else that can make it change a bit more and that is called reverse isolation. Let me explain what that is and how you can adapt your home to this concept.
11:08
October 26, 2020
#62 - The best and worst home staging trends for your home
Homeowners may not know they are making mistakes when it comes time to sell your home. Let me share the best and worst things you can do when it comes time to sell your home. Check out my free ebook for more staging tips at bluediamondstaginganddesign.com
11:27
October 14, 2020
#61 - Male apartment decorating ideas
If you are a single male and need some home decorating advice, listen up! I discuss ideas on what you can do to make your home more YOU in this episode.
07:16
October 5, 2020
#60 - New decorating and staging webinars to make your life easier
Home stager, Kasia McDaniel, explains new decorating and home staging webinars she is working on to make your life easier.
08:11
September 30, 2020
#59 - Redesign your master bedroom for under $300
Master bedrooms are our sanctuary and we need to make it feel like it. Whether you are updating it to sell your home or you want a new look, let me share some ways you can refresh it all for under $300!
11:13
September 17, 2020
#58 - Three Must Have Items in Your Foyer When Selling Your Home
Foyers come in many different sizes from tiny to huge. I am sharing 3 MUST HAVE items to help spruce up your foyer to make it inviting when buyers come see your home.
04:57
September 11, 2020
#57 - Organization tips for pantries, closets and cabinets
Need some help organizing your pantries, closets or cabinets? Let me share some tips and tricks to get you organized in all these areas.
09:07
September 2, 2020
#56 - Staging a kids bedroom
Staging a kids bedroom can be tough for some parents. If you have a little one, they may not understand why their toys are suddenly gone. Or if you have a teenager, they are notoriously messy. Let me share what you SHOULD have in a kids bedroom and what SHOULD NOT be there.
08:35
August 11, 2020
#55 - 4 easy decluttering tips you can use now
Let me share some tips on how to declutter your home
08:05
July 29, 2020
#54 - The secrets to Airbnb and vacation homes standing out among the competition
I've been traveling a lot lately in Europe and I want to share what 2 things Airbnb owners need to do in order for their places to rent out quickly.
06:44
July 23, 2020
#53 - Decorate with nature inspired green to create a calm home
Green is psychologically a color that portrays safety, being in nature and luck. Use green to make your home calmer in every room in your house. There are so many places you can add green decor pieces and you don't have to go overboard.
06:21
July 9, 2020
#52 - Five Ways to Save Money When Staging Your Home
Selling a home can get expensive, but I want to share 5 ways you can cut some corners when getting your house ready to sell.
06:10
June 3, 2020
#51 - Setting up and staging a home office
Think about what you actually need for your home office. If you need to store big bulky things, use cabinets to store it. Paperwork can easily be stored in a filing cabinet. When it comes time to stage your office, make sure you depersonalize the space and you put away any clutter. Use color to help accessorize and make it feel like it's part of the home.
06:41
May 15, 2020
#50 - 10 Bathroom Staging Updates Under $100
Make your bathroom look great by updating a few items that don't cost much. Items such as new towels, recaulking your bathtub, get a new shower curtain, replace door handles, paint old cabinets, paint your bathroom walls, get some artwork/decor, replace your mirror, install a new faucet or replace your old light fixture. These updates will help sell your house faster and make your bathroom look great! Check out my website at www.bluediamondstaginganddesign.com if you need staging help to sign up for my online staging consultations.
08:20
May 8, 2020
#49 - Are you the skeptical spouse when it comes to home staging?
Some spouses may not be on board with staging their home. They either don't understand it or wonder why they need to stage their home. I share a story of a spouse who wasn't sure about home staging and how I got him to change his mind.
04:06
April 23, 2020
#48 - Meal planning during Coronavirus lockdown
"Hey Mom, what's for dinner?" Do you hate hearing that question? Let me share what I do to plan out the weekly meals using my own cookbook. I have a 3 ring binder with my own recipes and a list of our favorite meals listed on the front page. Then I sit down on Mon or Sat and plan out what meals we are having that week. This also helps me figure out what I need to shop for as well because I see the list of ingredients too. Hopefully this helps you minimize the amount of times you have to go to the store and avoid that dreaded question of, what's for dinner?
04:31
April 16, 2020
#47 - Now offering new online home staging consults!
Given the Coronavirus circumstance and guidance to stay at home, Blue Diamond Staging & Design now offers online staging consults. Home sellers still need a way to get professional staging advice and we can do this easily through video chats. Check out bluediamondstaginganddesign.com to schedule your appointment
03:47
April 8, 2020
#46 - Starting a garden when stuck at home
When you have to stay home during the Coronavirus pandemic, you need to do something to keep you busy. I am starting a vegetable garden in some pots since we can't do many projects in our rental home. Support your local nursury or garden center like Green Haven or Gulley's Garden in Moore County if you can.
02:04
April 1, 2020
#45 - Shuffling furniture for distance learning spaces during Coronavirus
Day 5 of distance learning during Coronavirus and we learned our kids' work spaces aren't working for them. The same applies to when moving in your new home. What you thought was a good layout, may not work for you. Don't be afraid to change it. Listen to how I fix this work space dilemma.
02:24
March 25, 2020
#44 - Finding work space for kids distance learning
Coronavirus has caused some disruption to include school closings. I share what we did to set up work spaces for our kids in order to continue their education at home. #coronavirus #distancelearning #workspace
05:03
March 20, 2020
#43 - Getting to know your German home: lamps
Did you know you can (and should) bring your US lamps to Stuttgart Germany? If you are PCSing to Germany, let me share some tips on how you can use your lamps here!
02:19
March 11, 2020
#42 - Getting to know your German home: washer and dryer
New to Stuttgart and have a German washer and dryer? Let me share some differences you need to be aware of so you can use your washer and dryer.
04:49
March 5, 2020
#41 - Getting to know your German home: Your dishwasher
As an American living in Germany, not everything works the same way in your German house as it does in your US house. German dishwashers require adding salt to the machine and I explain why that is and where you can find the salt on the local economy.
03:25
February 26, 2020
#40 - Common German Phrases You Should Know
As an American in a foreign country, you should try to learn a few words in the language spoken locally. Here are a few words or phrases I have picked up in the first few weeks in Germany.
03:22
January 8, 2020
#39 - Moore County Pet Oxygen Masks Needed
You would do anything to save your pets in a fire, right? The Moore County Leadership Institute group thought the same after we heard about pet oxygen masks used by local firefighters  to save 2 dogs in a recent house fire. Not all fire departments have these masks, so we took on the challenge to raise money to equip all 22 Moore County fire departments with reusable oxygen kits for pets. We need your help. Please donate today at gofundme.com/moore-county-pet-oxygen-masks-needed (Voice provided by Julie McNicol of Keller Williams Realty)
00:31
June 20, 2019
#38 - Can I Do The Staging Myself?
Kasia McDaniel explains what a homeowner can do to get their house ready to sell with a little bit of help.
02:44
May 29, 2019
#37 - How to stage a grey room
Not sure what colors to use in a room filled with grey? Listen how Kasia McDaniel explains what you can use to bring in color and wake up a cold colored grey room when staging a house.
06:18
May 21, 2019
#36- Interview with Mortgage Loan Officer, Megan Tucker.
Kasia McDaniel talks with Megan Tucker about what buyers need to qualify for a home loan, down payments, and renovation loans like 203k.
09:59
May 7, 2019
#35 - How long does it take to stage a home?
Listen how Kasia McDaniel answers a frequently asked question by homeowners on staging time.
01:42
April 16, 2019
#34 - Blue Diamond Staging & Design Interview with Pest Management Systems Inc (PMi)
Kasia McDaniel talks with Patrick Thompson with PMi, a pest management company in the Sandhills.
06:52
March 26, 2019
#33 - Do I need to get rid of my furniture when selling my house?
Homeowners sometimes worry their furniture may not match or look good enough for pictures. Kasia McDaniel explains whether or not your should remove your furniture.
02:12
March 20, 2019
#32 - Blue Diamond Staging & Design talks with Justin’s Handyman Services about Home Staging repairs.
Home staging sometimes requires home repairs. In this episode, Kasia McDaniel talks to Justin Ettere about his Handyman Services and what he can do to help homeowners get their house ready to sell.
04:17
March 12, 2019
#31 - What is light staging and does Blue Diamond Staging & Design provide that service?
Ever hear of light staging and wonder what it is? Can it help sell a home faster? Let Kasia McDaniel explain light staging and what she does for homeowners.
04:16
February 13, 2019
#30 - Why I started my home staging business
Learn the three reasons Kasia McDaniel started her home staging business.
03:24
February 7, 2019
#29 - What glaringly obvious things should I change before selling
Homeowners don't know what they need to change in their house before selling it. Ask for a second opinion from a home stager!
03:44
August 29, 2018
#28 - What is a move-in ready property?
Learn what some consider a move-in ready home and why your home should be move-in ready.
02:10
August 8, 2018
#27 - Should I leave my pictures up?
Many homeowners don't know which pictures to leave on the wall when selling their home. Learn which ones you should leave and which ones to take down.
04:32
August 1, 2018
#26 - Why you shouldn't remove furniture after 1st offer
So you got your first offer on the house...congrats! But watch out for this pitfall.
02:57
July 25, 2018
#25 - Doing Your Staging Homework
As the homeowner, you decided to do the cleaning out, decluttering and staging yourself. Where do you start?
02:33
July 18, 2018
#24 - Four Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Selling Their Home
Be aware of pitfalls to avoid in the home selling process. Learn 4 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Selling Their Home.
04:11
July 11, 2018
#23 - How each white is not the same
Not all white colors are the same. Be aware of the undertones some white colors have that may not complement your wall color.
03:14
June 20, 2018
#22- Should I stage a vacant home listed for $100K?
Home Stager, Kasia McDaniel, discusses the staging needs for a home listed at $100K.
03:40
June 13, 2018
#21 - How far in advance should you talk to a home stager?
Kasia McDaniel explains when you should talk to a home stager when it comes time to sell your home.
02:06
May 16, 2018
#20 - A great place to find home staging tips
When it come time to sell your home, homeowners and some real estate agents know to make the home sell faster they need to stage it. Some homeowners will do the research on staging the house themselves and get a head start which is great! But where do you go other than watching HGTV shows and google? Let me share a gold mine of where you can find tips other than Google.
02:15
May 9, 2018
#19 - Business tools for an entrepreneur
What are some tools you use to run your business? Let me share the ones I use as a home stager and interior decorator.
02:47
April 27, 2018
#18 - Home Staging Tips for Closets
Closets need to be staged too! Learn what you can do to your closets.
01:41
April 25, 2018
#17 - How to stage your kitchen
Learn what you can do to get your kitchen ready when selling your home.
05:03
April 11, 2018
#16 - Staging your bathroom
Learn what you should do to make your bathroom look great for your real estate pictures.
04:43
March 28, 2018
#15 - How to stage your master bedroom
Things you should and should not have in your master bedroom.
03:58
March 21, 2018
#14 - Accessories for a vacant home
Kasia McDaniel explains what accessories you need if you are staging a vacant home.
02:44
March 14, 2018
#13 - How much does home staging cost?
Home Stager, Kasia McDaniel, explains how much home staging can cost.
04:11
March 7, 2018
#12 - Garage: To Stage or Not To Stage
Home Stager, Kasia McDaniel, explains what you need to do to your garage when selling your home.
04:12
February 28, 2018
#11- Remove my popcorn ceiling?
Should a homeowner worry about removing their popcorn ceiling when selling their home?
03:18
February 21, 2018
#10 - What does a home stager do?
Learn what a home stager does to prepare your home for the real estate market.
04:39
February 14, 2018
#9 - Hire a cleaning crew
Hire a cleaning crew when selling your home.
02:39
February 7, 2018
#8 - 3 reasons to update your wall color when selling your home
Learn why you should neutralize your wall colors before selling your home.
04:56
January 31, 2018
#7 - Home staging prep with kids
Moving with kids can be a stressful situation. But you still have to sell your home with kids underfoot. How do you do that? Let me explain how you can make it easier on yourself and your kids.
03:29
January 24, 2018
#6 - Worst staging advice given
Have you ever been given bad home staging advice? Listen to what a homeowner was told to do from a real estate agent!
04:54
January 17, 2018
#5 - Holiday Decorating Service offered
Blue Diamond Staging offers holiday decorating services
00:54
October 23, 2017
#4 - Home Staging Tips For Fall
Selling your home in the Fall? Let me share some staging tips and what to be aware of during this season.
02:13
October 18, 2017
#3 - How to find a home stager
Kasia McDaniel explains how you can find a home stager when it come time to sell your home.
02:30
October 18, 2017
#2 - Nightstand essentials when selling your home
Kasia discusses what should and should not be on your nightstand when selling your home.
02:14
October 18, 2017
#1 - 10 Quick Staging Tips on Curb Appeal
Kasia gives you 10 ways to update your curb appeal so you can wow buyers.
05:24
October 17, 2017