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Demons – Monsters – Zombies… Your house?

October is the month of scary sights, chills, and thrills, but hopefully more treats than tricks. Whether you are scaring a potential client or the neighbor when they come over for a cup of coffee, if you see this look on their face, then maybe its time to check the decade you’re in !!! Remember, laugh!

The shortlist of things people are most afraid of shouldn’t include the property you’ve just listed. But if the home’s staging brings undead design fads back to life (will circular beds ever die?!), buyers are going to scream bloody murder. October may be the month for ghosts and goblins, but no one should confuse your listing for the gates of home design hell.

Toilet Seat Cover

Adding toilet rugs or furry seat covers to the commode may be the worst offense of all. In fact, a recent survey of designers found the decorative element to be the most despised home design trend over the past 50 years.

Ruffles & Florals

The 1980s sure did love its floral chintz. The pattern was popular on ruffled bed skirts, curtains, and furniture. While bigger floral prints have made a comeback, the smaller and ruffled versions have not. Twenty-eight percent of designers called floral chintz furniture one of the biggest design horrors of the past 50 years.

Inspirational Quote Art

Tired sayings, such as “love you to the moon and back,” may be losing popularity. “EAT” signs in the kitchen and “LAUNDRY” signs in the laundry room are obvious and redundant, and thankfully, they’re starting to disappear, too. Nineteen percent of respondents to the Samsung survey said inspirational quote art stenciled onto walls was one of their least favorite design trends.

Hollywood Vanity Lights

They may have made you feel like a star, but the placement of bulging bulbs above the bathroom mirror has fallen out of favor. The harsh lighting has been replaced with warmer, softer fixtures like wall sconce.

Artificial Fruit

That bowl of fake pears and grapes wasn’t really fooling anyone back in the ’80s and ’90s. Try a real bowl of fruit, such as apples or lemons, as a centerpiece. Real fruit is a stager’s favorite trick to dress up a countertop.

If you have questions on how to properly stage your house or if you have any other real estate needs, please contact me at 317-997-0165 or email me at

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 9:54 am by Tim Houterloot

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