Friday, September 14, 2018

Benefits of Staging a Home for Sale: Three Steps to Success



Greetings Home Owners!

A lot of thought goes into preparing a home for sale. It seems that most decisions are based on how much investment you are willing to make before the house goes on the market and what the return on that investment likely to be.

So, it may come as a surprise that little changes can make a big difference in attracting the right buyers. The interior and exterior of a house tell a story of how well the house has been kept, loved and appreciated. This story, when told right makes buyers feel good about buying your home. Together, we can make your house look and feel like a home that is really attractive to buyers.

Benefits of Staging a Home for Sale:

1.      Faster Sales: Staged homes sell 50% faster than non-staged homes - Trulia 
2.     Higher Selling Price: A staged home sells for 17% more on average than a non-staged home - Trulia 
3.     Home inspectors view staged homes as well cared for.
4.     Staged homes often get better appraisal values.
5.     Staged homes look much more attractive online and in marketing materials. Even better, a house that is staged draws buyers in and enables them to visualize your home as their new home. It’s a powerful effect.
6.     Nearly 90% of home buyers start their search on the Internet. Therefore, staging is a good way to make sure online photos pop.
7.     Staging a home ultimately benefits the seller in so many ways.
  
Excited to stage your home? Here’ s How We Work: Three Steps to Success

1.       Consultation:  I’ll come to your home to take a good look around, then discuss a simple and practical top-to-bottom interior design. After that we’ll create a plan together and I will be happy to help you throughout the process.

2.      Recommendations: Cleaning, Decluttering and Organizing. I’ll provide specific recommendations on decluttering and organizing your home and provide guidelines on how to do it. I always urge my clients to do three things: clean, declutter and organize.  


·         Why clean? Cleaning a space is the first step toward transforming it. I can recommend several area cleaning services in case you need help.

·         Why declutter? Clutter in homes is distracting and emanates stagnant energy. I’ll provide tips on how to tackle this task quickly and effectively.

·         Why organize? An organized home is attractive and welcoming. It’s that simple! 

3.      Interior Design with a focus on Feng Shui principles (the art of promoting positive energy, hence harmony in your home). This is the final step in transforming your home environment and promoting good energy throughout the house. I’ll help you to apply practical interior design enhancements for each room using your existing furniture pieces, flowers and plants in a way that complements that environment. After we’re done, you’ll feel the positive energy throughout the home. And it will attract buyers who just feel good while walking in and around your home. My expert understanding of Feng Shui principles is something that sets my services apart and will bring you tremendous value.

Consultation & Staging Home for Sale Fees:

Up to 1,000 SF: $475.00
Up to 2,000 SF: $575.00
Up to 3,000 SF: $675.00

Each of the above fees includes detailed interior and exterior plans for decluttering, organizing, applied Feng Shui expertise, and interior design enhancements. I’ll partner with you throughout the transformation process to ensure your goals are met and the house is ready for a successful sale!

Please contact me to learn more about my services and to set up a time to talk about your plans. Together we will bring your dream of a successful sale of your home into reality!


Happy Selling!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tackle Visual and Digital Clutter!



Overwhelmed with visual and digital clutter? Do these pictures look all too familiar to you? Well, you are not alone; we all have some form of a clutter. Visual and digital clutter have a direct impact on your efficiency, productivity, the power of decision making and ultimately your success. 

Get rid of them in two practical steps:

Step 1: Assess what’s on your desk - Ask yourself when looking at an item:
·                           Do I need it or use it regularly?
·                           Does it energize or inspire me?
·                           Does it enhance my efficiency and productivity?
·                           Does it contribute to my success and prosperity?
·                           Let go of those items that don’t pass.

Step 2: Declutter your computer and communication devices:
Get rid of useless apps, programs, old emails, VMs, etc. Organize desktop icons too.

Finally, the best thing you can do to deal with digital clutter is to designate as few as five minutes each day to deal with downloads, email, apps, and whatever else crosses your digital workspace. Get rid of what you don’t need immediately, so you don’t have to spend hours sifting through it down the road.

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Saturday December 8: Holiday Artisan Chocolate & Wine Pairing Class in Santa Cruz Mountains!


Greetings Chocolate & Wine Lovers!

In this hands-on delicious chocolate & wine pairing class(limit 10); you'll make exquisite chocolate arts with Valrhona Manjari 64% Dark Chocolate and your choice of incredible selections of organic ingredients such as herbs, flowers (culinary lavender included), dried fruits & nuts.

You'll sample your exquisite chocolate arts with a delicious French wine, the Domaine du Théron 2011 Malbec, a solid, rich, firmly tannic wine with swathes of fruit and spice, which beautifully complements chocolates!

Ribbon, raffia, a small red box and label will be provided so that you can beautifully package your exquisite chocolates as holiday gift for yourself or for someone special.

Class fee is $150.00 and includes a bottle of Domaine du Théron 2011 Malbecsamples of your chocolate arts and a small bag of Provence organic culinary lavender.

Plus, all registered students of this class will receive a one-time 10% discount offer on holiday items and all other items available in the Toque Blanche store located in downtown Santa Cruz and on their website. Discount code will be provided in the class.

The class will be held at a private home with a beautiful kitchen in the town of Felton in the magical Santa Cruz mountains. Easily accessible with plenty of parking spaces. The location and directions will be provided to all registered students a week for the class. I will provide an apron for each student, plus Meyer lemon lavender tea, organic French roast coffee and light refreshments. Since space is limited for this very popular class, early registration is highly encouraged. Click here to register!

I look forward to seeing you in class! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor

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Roasted Rainbow Carrots & Garam Masala Hummus Recipe!










Greetings Hummus Lovers!

If you love hummus as much as I do, you'll enjoy this wonderful, yummy and healthy recipe! 

Delicious roasted rainbow carrots and the heavenly garam masala spice make this hummus simply amazing. So many ways to enjoy this delicious hummus, as spread on veggie wraps, sandwiches, flatbread and even as a pasta sauce. 

Kids would love it too and it’s a great way to add veggies such as carrots in their foods. You can also, put it a jar, take it with you to work or give it to family and friends as a present: Heavenly Hummus in a Jar.  

Organic Ingredients:

1 Bunch rainbow carrots
1 Can garbanzo beans
3 Garlic cloves  
1 Tsp. garam masala
1/3 Cup olive oil
1/5 Tsp. ground cumin
1/5 Tsp. Sea salt

Instructions:

1. Peal rainbow carrots, chop, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle sea salt, ground cumin and roast at 400 for 20 minutes (see pics above). Let it cool for 30 minutes.
2. Drain and rinse garbanzo beans
3. Peal and crush garlic cloves
4. Process all ingredients with olive oil until the mixture looks coarse.  
5. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, a touch of garam masala and a few Meyer lemon rinds.

This lovely hummus is wonderful by itself, but even better with a glass of red wine.

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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