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Creative Home - Home Staging /Decorating Tips

Creative Home - 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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#38 - Can I Do The Staging Myself?

Creative Home - Home Staging /Decorating Tips

#38 - Can I Do The Staging Myself?

Creative Home - Home Staging /Decorating Tips

#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
August 11, 2020
#55 - 4 easy decluttering tips you can use now
Let me share some tips on how to declutter your home
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 if you need staging help to sign up for my online staging consultations.
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.
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?
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 to schedule your appointment
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 (Voice provided by Julie McNicol of Keller Williams Realty)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 13, 2019
#30 - Why I started my home staging business
Learn the three reasons Kasia McDaniel started her home staging business.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2018
#18 - Home Staging Tips for Closets
Closets need to be staged too! Learn what you can do to your closets.
April 25, 2018
#17 - How to stage your kitchen
Learn what you can do to get your kitchen ready when selling your home.
April 11, 2018
#16 - Staging your bathroom
Learn what you should do to make your bathroom look great for your real estate pictures.
March 28, 2018
#15 - How to stage your master bedroom
Things you should and should not have in your master bedroom.
March 21, 2018
#14 - Accessories for a vacant home
Kasia McDaniel explains what accessories you need if you are staging a vacant home.
March 14, 2018
#13 - How much does home staging cost?
Home Stager, Kasia McDaniel, explains how much home staging can cost.
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.
February 28, 2018
#11- Remove my popcorn ceiling?
Should a homeowner worry about removing their popcorn ceiling when selling their home?
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.
February 14, 2018
#9 - Hire a cleaning crew
Hire a cleaning crew when selling your home.
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.
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.
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!
January 17, 2018
#5 - Holiday Decorating Service offered
Blue Diamond Staging offers holiday decorating services
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 17, 2017