The Sharps have achieved a balance between minimalism and warmth. Touches of wood, as in the two Eames stools, add an organic element and are great flexible seating for parties. The Sharps tend to stick with a neutral base color in furnishings and use art, fresh flowers and books for color.
Create a kid zone where little ones can congregate, giving adults a little breathing room. When playtime is up, the storage cubbies or shelves will encourage kids to keep their toys or art supplies nice and tidy (and off the family room floor).
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
The kitchen and living space in this New York City studio apartment is kept spare to minimize visual clutter and maximize space. The floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinetry provides storage while serving as the base for a lofted sleeping area, while a compact table works for dining and work.
On the other side of the room, a wood dresser keeps the couple's clothes neat and organized. A flatscreen TV fills out the wall space and allows the owners to cuddle up and watch a movie before they sleep.
Sleek, low-profile furniture with a simple color palette keeps this New York City studio apartment from feeling cluttered. An oversized black-and-white photo helps balance the visual weight in the room.
A wall-mounted faucet and wall-mounted bath accessories keep the sleek sink clear of clutter in the boy's bathroom at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. The blue and yellow color theme is inspired by David Hockney's 1978 artwork "Swimming Pool with Reflection."