Leading showhome specialists Style & Stage are revealing the five key ways in which home-owners can instantly update their home with some easy and stylish tips, instead of focusing on a traditional table setting.
Founded by Leiselle De Napoli and Hayley Rodol, Style & Stage specialises in delivering a one-stop destination for developers looking to style and stage their showhomes and boost sales. Using their extensive experience in styling beautiful showhomes, Style & Stage reveal that there are simple ways to add authenticity to a home, rather than having a fully-laid, formal table set, which the duo highlight is not how people live in their homes.
Style & Stage highlight that when staging a property, their focus is to please the end user and make the home feel as comfortable as possible from the minute the prospective buyer walks through the front door. When immersing themselves in each property, Style & Stage focus on interior trends that are both practical and stylish, which is why the duo believe table settings are not a vital feature of a home.
Style & Stage always work with tones and texture, choosing to avoid bold colours as they can be divisive for prospective buyers. Instead, the duo use a mixture of many textures and tones, a technique to add warmth and depth to every room whilst creating a property that has broad appeal, to ensure buyers remember a show property for the right reasons.
The second way to add glamour that the duo is passionate about is adding greenery to most rooms, whether it is a large indoor tree with an oversized textured pot or small house plants dotted around the home. Style & Stage work with trusted suppliers of faux plants that look very real, helping bring the outside in, and requiring no maintenance which is ideal for using in show homes.
The third way to add elegance from Style & Stage is for home-owners to create a spa-like environment in their bathrooms, in reaction to people’s busy lifestyles. Using calming scents and a handful of well-thought-out accessories, such as scented candles or high-end hand soap, a simple bathroom can be transformed.
The fourth way is for coffee table books to be authentic to the property’s location or character and that are appealing to the prospective buyer. Using specialist suppliers for books ranging from travel to philosophy and everything in-between, the duo believe good book choice is a great tip for styling a home. In one project, Style & Stage used over 500 second-hand books to dress a home study to create an authentic environment.
The fifth way in which Style & Stage think instant style can be added is by adding statement storage solutions in the kitchen. The kitchen is the hub of every home regardless of its size, so Style & Stage like to add depth and character using statement storage solutions. This also shows the kitchen’s practicality, rather than being a contrived space, it is more authentic for a prospective buyer.
Hayley Rodol and Leiselle de Napoli, Co-Founders of Style & Stage said, “When styling a home, it is vital to know your client, to walk around the area, to imagine living in the property and to inspire the client with the right interiors for them. When it comes to table settings, at Style & Stage we believe this is a slightly dated concept as it doesn’t reflect how people actually live.
“Whilst the dining table is an important part of a home, home owners don’t necessarily have their tables set all of the time, which is why we focus on styling it with vases or ornaments as a more relaxed look. Instead, we think there are five key ways in which a homeowner can stylishly update their home, from mixing textures to draw the eye, or adding luxury hand soaps to a bathroom to evoke a spa – tips to transform homes of any size.
“A home should be styled authentically, for example a sleek contemporary kitchen looks beautiful but it is likely a homeowner will want to display their favourite cookbooks or chinaware, which is why we often include statement shelving in a kitchen. For us, we think table settings are outdated and you can bring style to a home in other simple ways.”
Launched in 2016 and regularly working with leading developers and estate agencies across London and the Home Counties, Style & Stage focus on bringing key interior trends to life throughout their projects. For each bespoke styling solution, Style & Stage can work to a client’s budget.