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About Phoebe Shorter

As a key member in our styling team, Phoebe Shorter is a key selector in our day to day piecing together of all jobs. With a background in property development, Phoebe realised her passion and talent was in the creative aspects of home design and hence how she grew into the position she is in today.

February 2017

Don’t Forget To Stage The Guestroom!

By |February 20th, 2017|DIY, Home Staging Tips|

Bedrooms are one of my favourite rooms to stage in the home. This is because all bedrooms stick to the same guidelines, they need the same furniture and they are all similar size. This makes bedrooms relatively quick and easy to stage. It is important though, to give each room the attention it deserves. You would be forgiven for dedicating a large amount of time to staging the master bedroom and de-cluttering the kids’ rooms. But bedroom 3, is just important. It’s where Nan will sleep when she babysits, it’s where the ring-ins can bunk at Christmas or possibly, a [...]

The Real Estate Life Ft: Kristy Noble

By |February 14th, 2017|The Real Estate Life|

Welcome to The Real Estate Life. This week, we hear from Kristy Noble, Sales Agent at McGrath Annerley Yeronga. Kristy started her career in real estate in 2005 and her love for the negotiation process ensures that she has a track record of generating record prices. Where to Connect Email: kristynoble@mcgrath.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/Yerongarealestate Website: www.mcgrath.com.au/agent/4229-kristy-noble Mobile: 0416 808 608   I started by asking Kristy what accomplishment is she most proud of..... Of course, my Children and family would be #1, however with regards to work, it would be my referral database and repeat customers. I feel very proud when I get [...]

The 5 Best Home Improvements To Sell Your House

By |February 13th, 2017|Home Improvements, Selling Your Home|

If you are preparing your home for sale, there are certain improvements that are definitely worth their cost in helping to attract more buyers, sell your home faster, recoup your investment and increase the value of your home. Every seller I have met, wants top dollar for their property. Every seller I have met also asks me what they can do to get that top dollar. So, here are my top 5 home value increasing suggestions I tell my clients. 1.Increase your Curb Appeal As the saying goes, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression." When people [...]

Staging A Small Bedroom

By |February 6th, 2017|DIY, Home Staging Tips|

If there is a space inside the home that most people have a problem presenting well, it would be the room that isn’t quite big enough for a bedroom, but too big for a home office. A lot of houses have them. We will call it the small bedroom. We will call it this, because, as your real estate agent should tell you, this awkward space should be presented as a bedroom. Why? Because, when it comes to sale price, bedrooms equate to money. So, today, I thought we could tackle staging a small bedroom. The other day, I came [...]

January 2017

Styling a Bookcase in 6 Easy Steps

By |January 30th, 2017|DIY, Home Staging Tips|

I  truly love styling a bookcase because it can be a window into your passions, and an opportunity for you to display your favourite things. They add warmth and personality to a space, whilst being the perfect solution for adding storage and style. They are a hardworking piece of furniture. The problem is, if your home is anything like mine, the bookcase ends up collecting piles of things that don’t really belong there. So, take a couple of hours, give the bookcase a little attention and turn it into the focal point of the room. Styling a bookcase is a balance [...]

Styling Your Bedside Table

By |January 23rd, 2017|DIY, Home Staging Tips|

All too often, the bedside table is used as a dumping ground for books, remnants of midnight snacks and boring alarm clocks. Looking over at my nightstand, it is adorned with an empty baby bottle, a toy dinosaur and Canadian travel books. Obviously, the bedside table is a very functional piece of furniture. Nevertheless, when staging your home for sale, it also needs to be presented stylishly. So today, I’m going to share with you a few styling tricks that will transform your little table into a well-styled, balanced space. Your newly styled bedside table will reflect your design aesthetic, and will be [...]

Home Staging Myths – Busted!

By |January 16th, 2017|Home Staging General Interest|

Since becoming involved in the design industry, I have been amazed by some of the misconceptions people have when it comes to home staging. Home staging was introduced into the Australian real estate market around 20 years ago, but despite the impact it can have on a sale, some sellers remain skeptical. Today, I'm going to set the record straight and debunk the most common home staging misconceptions I have heard my clients mention. By overcoming these myths, hopefully you can see the value in home staging. Myth # 1 - Home Staging is for the Luxury Home Market. Fact - [...]

5 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen

By |January 9th, 2017|DIY, Home Staging Tips|

Kitchens rank very highly on a home buyer’s priority list, and the condition of your kitchen can make or break a sale. Luckily, there are a number of home staging tips that can help make your kitchen look more appealing to a wider number of buyers. Remember, that when staging your kitchen, the result is not a practical kitchen. Living in a property and selling a property are two different things. It’s quite impractical to live with a staged kitchen. Benchtops tend to get cluttered and keeping it spotless is a pain in the butt. However, if your property is priced right and [...]

Design Trends For 2017

By |January 2nd, 2017|Colour Inspiration, Home Staging Tips|

With the New Year upon us, I have been updating my colour wheels and inspiration boards. Why? Well, keeping up to date on emerging interior and design trends and understanding the themes that will shortly be dominating the market, is my job. But, if you are a novice renovator, re-decorator or designer, you might be overwhelmed. So, to save you weeks of Pinterest scrolling and magazine reading, I have recapped the ins and outs for 2017. As much as I would like to say that I have used my forecasting abilities to set out the trends for next year, I haven't. [...]

December 2016

The Staged Bed

By |December 26th, 2016|DIY, Home Staging Tips|

I have told you before that bedrooms are my favourite room to stage. The reason I like them is because there are "rules" that come with staging a bedroom. A bed, with two matching bedside tables and two matching lamps, a piece of art work and if space permits, a dresser, desk or sitting chair. These rooms are so simple and yet, when done right, they can be one of the best transformed rooms in a home. But, for this to be true, you must stage your bed like a professional! Think of the beds you see in [...]

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