Adding accessories to your home is the final decorating step - it is the jewelry of your home. 

Some people prefer simple and elegant accessories while others prefer the more quirky and playful. 

Whatever your decorating style, you can't just throw some things together and hope for the best (trust me, I have tried and failed). 

Here are a few professional tips and tricks for decorating your home with accessories.

Tips for Decorating with AccessoriesInterior design by Ashton Woods, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

Staging a home that is for sale is very important if you want to get the most money and sell it quickly. 

Most people who have used a professional to stage their homes end up selling their homes for much more money than they spent on home staging

Home staging should not be used exclusively for homes that are not selling, but it should be used prior to a home being put on the market. 

A home that is not staged properly sets a bad first impression and turns off potential buyers that may never give your home a second look. 

Your home may sit on the market longer, thus requiring a drop in price and your realtor having to pay insurance for a longer period of time. 

You should start by staging your home yourself, then hire a professional to point out the few areas that you may have missed and offer some suggestions on how to make your home stand out from the competition. 

There are professional stagers who can offer basic staging services, but interior designers also offer home staging and can offer great design to go along with the staging in order to give your home more pizazz and have it stand out in the crowd. 

Here are a few basic ways for you to start staging your home before hiring a professional.

Why Home Staging is ImportantInterior design by Ashton Woods, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

If you have visited a high end model home recently, I'm sure you were impressed by how nice it looked. 

That good looking home did not happen by accident - it was staged to sell homes, not for someone to live in. 

There are several techniques used by model home merchandisers to make a home look very appealing. 

Some techniques some can be translated to a home that people actually live in while others are not reasonable. 

Here are a few reasons why model homes look so good.

Why Model Homes Look So GoodInterior design by Ashton Woods, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

Anyone who has ever used painter's tape has quickly realized that it is not as perfect as the commercials lead you to believe. 

Painter's tape can bubble, causing paint to seep underneath and get everywhere. 

Painting stripes on a wall requires that painter's tape be perfect, else the stripes will look sloppy. 

Here are a few tips for painting stripes on a wall to get a professional result.

How to Paint Stripes on a WallInterior design by Ashton Woods, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

There is a new-ish catch phrase going around - "aging in place". 

Aging in place basically means that older adults are taking measures to stay in their homes as long as possible to avoid or delay having to go to a nursing home or assisted care facility. 

It allows for a better quality of life and reduced cost, since nursing and assisted care facilities are very pricey. 

For someone to be able to age in place, they must consider the structure and function of their home before problems arise. 

Try to modify your home at least 5 years before you think modifications might be required. 

Today's blog post concerns remodeling a bathroom to accommodate future needs and allow aging in place. 

Here are a few things to consider. 

Aging in Place - BathroomsInterior design by Houston area home builder, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants