As Featured in the September 2020 Issue of Lake Norman Currents Magazine
 

Whether you are thinking about selling your home in the distant future or in the short term, design decisions on improvements that you make now will have a lasting effect on future salability. Following is a check list of minor home improvements that increase desirability and add value and will help your home sell quickly when you decide it's time to move on.

  • Front Door - The front door reflects the home's personality. From modern to traditional, choose a front door style that is compatible with the overall architecture of the home. Select a complimentary color that is timeless such as ebony or walnut stain. ROI about 70%.
  • Garage Door - Usually the garage door is visible from the street and adds to the curb appeal. Again, select a door style compatible with the architecture. Color should match trim used on the exterior and the garage door should be insulated. ROI about 97%.
  • Fiber Cement Siding Replacement - This siding is a bit more costly than vinyl, yet much more attractive and desirable. Baked on paint colors in deep, appealing colors come with a long warranty. Most popular are grays and blues with white trim. ROI about 85%.
  • Kitchen and bathrooms sell houses. No buyer wants to deal with the mess of updating those rooms unless they plan to offer you a fixer-upper price. Keep it neutral and save the color for decor items.
  • Bathroom Counters, Sinks and Plumbing Fixtures - Buyers still ask for granite in the higher-level options. Quartz is also desirable and comparable in price. Keep colors neutral in grays, greiges, and whites. If you have an older home with the shorter cabinet height, install a vessel sink and tall facets to visually increase the height. ROI about 70%.
  • Kitchen Counters and Backsplash - Buyers still want things light and bright. Select a higher-level granite or quartz countertop in neutral shades of gray, greige, and white. Compliment the counters with a ceramic backsplash in those colors and with a gray grout. Paint your outdated stained cabinets in a white or pale greige. ROI about 80%.

 

Joan Inglis has been featured dozens of times on TV, online and in print.  She has won numerous local, state, regional and international awards since forming her company, Carolina Spaces in 2004. Carolina Spaces is the leading expert in Home Staging, Luxury Home Staging, Model Home Merchandising and Interior Design in the Charlotte, NC region and provides award-winning services throughout the Southeast. Model Home services for home builders are available nationwide

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Joan Inglis, Founder and Lead Designer of Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design - the leading home staging, model merchandising and interior design firm in North and South Carolina, was asked to provide her expertise in the September 2020 issue of Lake Norman Currents Magazine. Joan shared her wealth of real estate, interior design and home staging knowledge by authoring the article "Design Elements that Increase Home Values" as featured in the Ask the Expert section of the magazine.

In her article, Joan provides a check list of minor home improvements that increase desirability, add value, and will help your home sell quickly when you decide it's time to move on.

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Joan Inglis has been featured dozens of times on TV, online and in print.  She has won numerous local, state, regional and international awards since forming her company, Carolina Spaces in 2004. Carolina Spaces is the leading expert in Home Staging, Luxury Home Staging, Model Home Merchandising and Interior Design in the Charlotte, NC region and provides award-winning services throughout the Southeast. Model Home services for home builders are available nationwide. Call 1-855-SPACES-5 or Contact Us for more information.

 
 
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The model home design services of Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design were once again featured in the Metro Charlotte New Home Guide magazine.  Our merchandising of a builder's model home in Rock Hill, SC was showcased four times in the November 2018 - January 2019 issue, including our merchandisig of the kitchen, dining and outdoor living area of the home. This included the special Builder's Report section of the magazine, as the photo displayed for Lee Lighting's "A Selection of Current Trends in Home Lighting" article was of Carolina Spaces' merchandising of the kitchen and dining area of the Rock Hill model home.  The model was also highlighted as having won a Silver Award in the feature on Charlotte HBA's 2018 Parade of Homes winners.

Carolina Spaces' award-winning model home merchandising services are available nationwide.

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Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design, the Charlotte region's leading interior design, model home merchandising and luxury staging firm, has closed 2018 with the addition of four new awards. These awards, all received during the fourth quarter of 2018, add to the firm's extensive list of accolades received since its inception in 2004.

The Lake Norman Home Builders Association's 15th Annual Best of the Lake Design Competition awarded Carolina Spaces with Best Residential Interior Staging of a Property $500,000 - $999,000 and Best Residential Interior Staging of a Luxury Property over $1,000,000. This is the fourth year in a row that Carolina Spaces has taken home the prize for the luxury staging over $1,000,000 category.

The International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP®) awarded Carolina Spaces with the award for Best Vacant Staging at their 2018 International Convention and Expo in Charlotte. Carolina Spaces also won the award for Best Vacant Staging in 2017. The award was given to Carolina Spaces both years over staging companies from around the world.

Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design merchandised the "Byford" model for Avencia Homes in the Riverwalk community, which was placed in the Fall 2018 Charlotte Parade of Homes. The parade judges honored this home with the Silver Award for its price category.

"We are humbled and honored that our work was recognized on the local, regional and international level in the last three months of 2018. We are excited to add these awards to our long list of accolades, which demonstrate our consistency and commitment to high-quality work with high-quality service that generates high-quality results," said Joan Inglis, Founder, Owner and Lead Designer.

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Carolina Spaces was featured in the article "Honoring the Best of the Best" in the January 2019 issue of Lake Norman Currents magazine.  The article highlighted the winners of the 2018 Lake Norman Home Builders Association's Best of the Lake Design Competition.  Carolina Spaces was awarded Best Residential Interior Staging of a Property $500,000 - $999,000, and Best Residential Interior Staging of a Luxury Property valued over $1,000,000 for the fourth year in a row.

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Take one look at the 2019 Colors of the Year and you should know that anything goes!

 
The calming blues and greens selected by Behr, Kelly-Moore, Cloverdale, Diamond Vogel, Dutch Boy, and Glidden/PPG range from gently saturated to intense, but are tried and true. 
 
Benjamin Moore stands firm with a soft gray - an industry standard and the choice of most new construction and homeowners planning to update with paint. 
 
Pantone gives us a rich coral seen all spring and summer in fashions and fabrics. 
 
Akzonoble, maker of Dulux Paint, choose Spiced Honey - a medium-golden neutral shade safe to use just about anywhere, and which makes me almost smell the spices and honey! 
 
Pratt & Lambert’s Earthen Trail is a version of the fleshy beige-pink that’s trying to make a big comeback from the 60s. Some dated properties still display this color in wall-to-wall carpeting and paint. Do you dare? 
 
Sherwin Williams’ dark Cavern Clay and Dunn Edwards’ darker Spice of Life are best in small doses, in rooms where there are a lot of windows and natural light.

Valspar’s 2019 selection of a dozen colors ranging from the tried-and-true neutral to pastels and jewel tones gives you a pallet to complement and contrast. 

In all things paint - remember that light has a great effect on the color you’ll see. Avoid mistakes by consulting a design professional before making your color selection. Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design provides professional color consultations and offers discounts on your paint purchase. Contact us at 1-855-SPACES-5.

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Carolina Spaces' model home design services were again featured in the Metro Charlotte New Home Guide magazine.  The August 2018 issue showcased in full-page view our model home merchandising of the outdoor living area of a model home in Rock Hill, SC, while our merchandising of the model home's kitchen and dining area was featured in the magazine's Parade of Homes section.

Carolina Spaces' award-winning model home merchandising services are available nationwide.

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Carolina Spaces is the leading expert in model home merchandising, home staging, luxury home staging, and interior design in the Charlotte, NC region and throughout the Southeast.  Call 1-855-SPACES-5 or Contact Us for more information on our award-winning services.

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Carolina Spaces' model home merchandising is featured in the July 2018 issue of the Metro Charlotte New Home Guide magazine.  The magazine cover showcases our merchandising of the kitchen and dining areas of a model home in Rock Hill, SC, while the centerfold highlights our merchandising of the model home's outdoor living area. 

Carolina Spaces' award-winning model home merchandising services are available nationwide.

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Carolina Spaces is the leading expert in model home merchandising, home staging, luxury home staging, and interior design in the Charlotte, NC region, and provides award-winning services throughout the Southeast.  Call 1-855-SPACES-5 or Contact Us for more information.

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Joan Inglis, owner and lead designer of Carolina Spaces, LLC - a home staging, model home merchandising and interior design firm based in South Carolina near Charlotte, NC - shared her expertise in two informative seminars on model home merchandising at the recent 21st Century Building Expo and Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Both of Joan's presentations were geared towards helping builders sell more homes. The first, a lively panel discussion "Design Panel: Sell More Homes With Strategic Design Choices" discussed the latest trends in model home merchandising and home plan design. Topics included thoughtful space planning, fads vs. trends in model home merchandising, interior home plan amenities that matter to buyers, and multi-generational home plan design and merchandising.

In her second presentation, the informative seminar "Upcoming Color and Design Trends to Sell More Homes," Joan discussed the up-and-coming colors and trends that builders should use in their properties. From fixtures to decor, Joan's expert advice helps builders make sure their product stands out and outlasts the competition.

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Carolina Spaces, LLC - an Interior Design, Home Staging and Model Home Merchandising firm based in South Carolina near Charlotte, NC - is proud to announce the addition of Cathie Campbell as Accounts Manager. Cathie's 23 years of extensive new home sales and marketing experience includes previous positions at Bonterra Builders, Essex Homes, Lake Carolina Properties, and Century 21 Bob Capes Realtors. Most recently, Cathie was responsible for managing sales, marketing, and model merchandising efforts for both builders and developers as a licensed NC and SC Realtor®/Broker at Builder Marketing Group/Rhinehart Realty.

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In addition to her extensive experience, Cathie's qualifications include the prestigious MIRM (Member of The Institute of Residential Marketing) designation, as well as CAASH (Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing), CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist), CGP (Certified Green Building), CSP (Certified New Home Sales Professional), GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), and ABR®(Accredited Buyer's Representative).

Cathie's qualifications and experience will facilitate her successful management of sales and relationships with new and existing clients in her new role of Accounts Manager with Carolina Spaces.

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