3 Staging tips for a Successful Listing

August 31, 2018

With important factors like location and schools to consider, one thing Realtors agree on is that staging sells homes.  With almost two decades in the industry I can attest to the transformative power of staging.

Traditional Kitchen Staging

Here are 3 tips that help advance our Listings in the competitive Phoenix market.

1.) Outline traffic patterns and create a visual story board

Because less than 10% of buyers can re-imagine a space without furnishings it’s important to provide those traffic cues for them.  Then they are better able to gauge how life will unfold for them in each room.

Traditional Office Staging


2.) Cozy finishes add warmth

Here we added a few simple elements that created that coveted move-right-in feel.  An elegant rug and decorative pillows.  Creative table top accessories and lamps.  The dining table center piece arranged by our lead designer and table runner all tie in beautifully.


Front Room Staging

3.) Win with Styling

Our Design staff communicates the staging goals with clients.  We simplify what shows using 3D visual guidelines for their Installation appointment.  This helps us avoid costly miscommunication and keeps us on task for the day of delivery.

3D Story Visuals

If you’re in the Phoenix metroplex and need some assistance through the staging or design process just reach out.

Want more info?  To have our Staging Statistics Newsletter sent to you or your client, just message us at info@3ddesignedge.com

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Room Changing Power of 3D

April 5, 2018

You’re ready to get started and now we offer you a better 3D way!  Hi there, and thank you for visiting our blog.  For months now we’ve missed sharing with you our latest adventure into parenthood but stay tuned  that exciting news is just on the horizon.
It’s true, it has been about 4 months now since we added our newest family member and we feel blessed to share all our new ideas and insights with you soon.


Switching gears now, perhaps you have a design dilemma you’ve been wrestling with and you’re ready to ask for assistance?

Stop trying to go it alone when we’re here for you!  We always enjoy hearing from you so please don’t hesitate to text us.   Here’s a reminder of our newest offerings:

From interior design concept to full room completion we’ve got your home covered.  Plus we make it fun and engaging!

This package Includes:
In-person Initial Consultation at your home
Lighting Evaluation
Window Treatment Assessment
Color Palette Selection
Full Room Measure with 3D Rendering
Elevation Drawings
Before and After photos of room
Style Assessment
Design Look Book Consultation
3 hours of online/ local shopping

Please Note:  All serviced offerings are completely custom &  tailored to your families unique needs.  Pricing varies based on style and budget preferences.

Custom Options

Important Information:
We strive to provide service excellence for your project. If you need extra visual assistance we are able to render all accessories to scale in the drawings- otherwise they will be presented per the terms in the Letter of Agreement. After 17 years in the industry our clients refer to us as their GO TO PEOPLE for all things Interior Design. We would love the opportunity to win your business!


Karen Matthews, co-owner/Home Stager

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design

Office: (480) 707-1929


3D Design Edge offers a wide range of Interior Design and Staging services to meet all your Home Styling needs.  Call us today for more details…

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When to First Contact your Design Professional

February 11, 2018

As many changes take place in the business of design, one thing Never changes. That’s the matter of when to contact your trusted Design Professional. My recommendation is BEFORE visiting any furniture stores.

Don’t get stuck with a mis-priortized space! There’s a reason designers plan with methodical precision. We start with the end in mind for cohesive rooms that are one-of-a-kind and never cookie cutter.

This might seem like an exaggeration but it’s not brain surgery. You need to take this step to stretch your hard earned dollars as our well trained eyes are fit to make the necessary visual pairings. By knowing what’s currently available in stores & online our Desigers are better equipped to tackle your families new project. After 17 years, we can quickly fine tune what’s in inventory to suite your rooms needs.


Our firm takes pride in exceeding clients expectations and the best way to do that is by getting involved early.

Call us today to book the Initial Consultation 480-707-1929.

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Desk Organization for Busy Professionals

January 31, 2018

Desk Decor

Just recently I’ve added a new habit to my before bed routine and it works wonders so I thought I’d share.  What I’ve discovered is the amazing power of keeping my office desk tidy!  There is something so soothing about waking up to a cleaned off desk.  It’s been giving me that extra boost of energy and hope I need in the morning.



Here is what I’ve been using to make it super simple.  Appetizer containers for the tiny and littles like push pins, paper clips and stamps.  Treasure hunt results from Michaels ($4).



Another helpful tip is if you have a lot of medium sized items to keep organized I recommend a clear makeup cubby.  This keeps all my thank you cards, pens and post its in a visible space that’s right at my finger tips.



The little pineapple dish thats holds my motivational magnets. It’s  fun to look at and adds some whimsical fun on those dull days.  We love a little desk eye candy so it was worth the splurge at $12.00 for both.


A floral element can perk up an otherwise ordinary day and this  one I found at World Market certainly brightens my busy work load.  The tinted green jar vase was only $2.00 so the total with flower bundle came to a ten dollar score! (happy dance)

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Super Efficient Kitchen Command Center

November 7, 2017

First things first, a big thank you to our past clients for another amazing year.  We appreciate hearing from you and strive to keep you up to date on what’s fresh and interesting in design.  To those of you who are new in joining us here on the blog, welcome.  Feel free to email us your questions and please subscribe to our newsletter via our contact page.

This past week we were inspired by first time homeowners looking to settle into a home cooking routine.  When they sent in the email we thought we’d share what’s worked best for us.  Setting up your own Kitchen Command Center takes only a few minutes but we believe it is so worth the effort.  So let’s get started.

1. Location & Menu Planning-

For us the best location of the Command Center is next to Refrigerator.  This location is ideal because the return wall is easy to post your board on.  It also is easy to update your board frequently when you need to jot items on your grocery list.

I usually begin the week by using plain index cards to menu plan.  Yes, it’s true, I’m old school that way and even though there are plenty of apps to help with this, for me it’s just easier to sit down and write it out each week.  I use the weekly menu to then build my grocery list.

2. Growing Grocery List-

To help us remember what’s needed at home, I created a mini grocery spreadsheet to remind me each week of what needs to be replenished.  I typically print them on bright colorful paper. This is a lifesaver when it comes to home necessities like cleaning products and contact solution. It’s all in one place and I keep blank copies handy on our corkboard next to the fridge.

3. Popular Snack or Dishes-

For main dishes and sides I like to mix it up often. So with that in mind I’ll post recipes in sheet protectors on that very same corkboard. For me, quick reference cards are key in the Kitchen, so these come in handy. These can become especially helpful  if you like to snack healthy or are following a new meal plan.

4. Mini Calendar and Emergency Numbers-

If you like a clean fridge, add your family magnets and a mini calendar on the cork board in lieu of your refrigerator.  Another great item to keep handy and at your finger tips- on the cork board of course.  Gradually you may want to add Community Information like HOA info, bulk trash or annual garage sale days.


Kitchen Elevation


5. Keeping it Simple:

Most importantly, be safe and have fun with this, it doesn’t have to be fancy but it does need to be safe if you have little ones in the house.  We suggest swapping tiny magnets and push pins for stickers instead. The goal here is to  start your Command Center and begin implementing this new habit of meal planning.  This 5 minute project works wonders if you apply it. Don’t complicate it, next time you’re out shopping, grab some cork board, a frame, stickers or push pins and index cards (for recipes).

When you get home, cut the cork board to size and post it in your desired location. Make it pretty with a picture frame or cover it in contact paper, if you like.  Voila! Your project is complete and your on your way to building a healthy habit. This for me was an especially gratifying 5 minute project. It helps our family stay healthy and on budget.  We hope this was informative, tell us what will you re-imagine today?

3D Design Edge is a full service interior design firm offering a wide range of home styling services to clients looking to improve their environment.  Call us today for more details.

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Desert Friendly Greenery

October 1, 2017

We love quality greenery and these suggestions are no exception.  Without the least bit of effort they accomplish so much.  Every trip to market there is something new and surprising, so we thought we’d share a few gems that have inspired our studio.  These are just a few of our low-maintenance picks to add warmth and personality to your home decor.

1.) Score Major Style Points with Succulents

Adding miniature succulents is a sure way to upgrade your décor.  They are not only practical but can help create that polished look we find in magazines.  We love mixing these into all of our projects here in the desert to add to the charm and character of cozy desert living spaces.

Add elegance to a book shelfor soften a coffee table with these great looks

2.) Picture a perfectly layered vignette

Adding greenery above your cabinets without over doing it can welcome the outdoors in.  By layering botanicals with other decorative elements creates a more inviting environment for your loved ones.   Plus we love the look without the up keep.  Did you know we can arrange these and other florals by hand for your project?

3.) Create an Elegant Table Setting

If your looking to bring nature indoors but aren’t sure where to start may we suggest the timeless elegance of topiaries.  They work well with most décor schemes and are a great addition to any room.  Plus if you want a more organic look, these topiaries are one of our favorite accessories.  They are perfectly manicured and add a touch of whimsy without the fuss of regular watering.  Just remember to spritz the leaves every other week or so to keep them looking and smelling fresh.


3D Design Edge provides the fashion forward homeowner with Interior Design and Staging services. Call us today for more details.

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7 Design Principles

September 26, 2017

What do you love most about design?  For us, after 17 years in an ever changing industry, I’d have to say it’s building relationships.  Secondly, because no two projects are exactly alike, design makes our work super interesting and fun.  If this is your first experience with a design firm, welcome! To learn more about our firm the blog is a great resource.  For results from past clients we’ve worked with click hereIn this article we’ll be sharing 7 Design Principles that create great spaces.  We’ll be using these same techniques to tie your space together.

1.) Selecting A Simplified Color Palette

Focusing in on one or two colors can make your space pop.  With each of our projects we like to keep the palette simple and timeless.  You may notice a theme among each of our designs whether traditional or more modern.  The color choices set the tone for your space so we guide you through a methodical process of making selections that work with your environment.

2.) Inviting Calm with Neutrals

The palette we select will say the most about your style direction.  Whether it’s a more classic or trendy look will all boil down to the colors and textures we use.  One way to increase your palettes longevity is by using colors that can stand the test of time.  Not only do neutrals help to balance your design they also have a soothing effect on your health and well being.  Neutrals work great as a base hue with an accent color introduced to let your personality shine through is our most popular request.  Warm greys, deep blues, taupe tones and shades of ivory work well as your basic decor features like walls and major furnishings.

3.) One consistent theme throughout

Cohesiveness is likely our most common concern.  Clients view friends homes and want to ensure that theirs stands apart with a polished and pulled together feel.   They tend to begin with a strong impression of how they envision it blending however, they struggle with implementing all the fine details.  And that’s where introducing our staff can become the defining factor in a winning project.  Through our seamless design process, we can help keep your project on track.

4.) Utilizing Story Boards

Most projects begin the same, with a blank slate or space that needs redesigning.  What we’ve come to understand through working with dozens of clients, is there are repeat mistakes that are completely avoidable.

5.) Starting with the end in mind

As creative professionals we tend to walk into you space and immediately go to work in our heads with what needs to be changed, omitted and updated.  Thanks to advances in technology we can communicate this vision prior to you making costly investments.

Living Space-Focal Wall

6.) Setting Goals

The number one reasons most projects aren’t completed is because clients becomes overwhelmed.  Working with a design system I’ve developed, we’re able to logically piece together a workable plan for you.  Through  actionable steps we help you make continuous progress.

7.) Sticking to Your Install Appointment

This really is the best way to see that your plan finally comes together.  By committing to a Install date your setting up your project for success.  We’re here to see you through the ups and downs of your project and have successfully assisted other clients to reach their home goals.

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What do we love most about design?  Well after 17 years in an ever changing industry, I’d have to say it’s building relationships with our clients.  Secondly, because no two projects are exactly alike, design makes our work super interesting and fun.  We bring all of our years to your project and the results are expressed by our past client testimonies.

What clients are saying

August 23, 2017

We believe there’s nothing like doing what you’re truly passionate about.  Our work is so rewarding because of the lives we’re able to change through the design process.  And because design has such a huge impact on clients everyday lifestyle, we love hearing back from them.  From full home staging to redesigns to floor plans for Realtors, the greatest compliment we receive is our past clients referrals.

Furniture Floor Plan

This floor plan was added to the homes listing packet and helped this agent sell this home in less than 70 days.

“Great work.
I was very impressed. ”
Debra A., Gilbert, AZ

Karen’s Response:

“Thank you so much for the opportunity, Debra!  It was great working with you and the homeowner”

“Karen helped me design a smaller living
space to appear larger…
We added a mirror which I never would have thought of which made the kitchen look larger…
we created a wonderful sitting area with a couple of chairs and room for dancing which is my passion. I got to know Karen a little more and she is a beautiful person inside and out. ”
Yovanna F., Scottsdale, AZ

Karen’s response:

“What a beautiful spirit and lovely home.  I loved working with you too Yovanna!”

“Karen’s fantastic! We love our home, thanks to Karen’s
design ideas. She kept our contemporary style in mind, while
Incorporating most of our existing furnishings and decor. We get tons of compliments! She’s so easy to work with; we would hire her again in a heartbeat…”
Millie, Glendale, AZ

Karen’s response:

“Such a lovely family, I really enjoyed getting to know you better and working through your living and dining room décor!”


“Karen is professional, creative and helpful!
She made the design process fun, thorough, and ideal for my home.”                       Katy H., Glendale, AZ

Karen’s response:

“Katy, we can’t wait to see how the renovation comes together.  You are such a joy to work with”


“We hired Karen to help with the staging process to sell our home. I am so thankful that Karen was referred to us. She had great suggestions on what needed to be removed, how things should be placed and a design palette that was perfect for my taste. karen was honest about the work that needed to go into the process and the cost was reasonable and worth every dollar. If we need another Interior Designer in the future, I would definitely call Karen again!”

Beth S., Queen Creek, AZ

Karen’s response:

“Thank you Beth, we were delighted to work with you and your family on this Staging.  Wishing all the best in your new home!”

“One word that sums up my experience working with 3D Design Edge is… Wow! Karen and her team were fabulous to work with. My expectations were met-100%. They were professional, knowledgeable and executed the plan for the task at hand. I plan to work with 3D Design Edge again for future projects.”

Erica D., East Valley, Arizona

Karen’s response:

“Amazing team effort Erica, we loved how everything turned out and to have an above asking offer on the first showing!  Well, it took our breathe away, thank you for the opportunity.”

“Karen and her team are amazing! I would recommend her to anyone. her customer service and details are top notch!”

Greg P., Scottsdale, AZ

Team 3DDE response:

“Greg it’s been amazing getting to know you,  we look forward to seeing how this project comes together.  Thanks for the awesome review.”

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Home Office Organization

August 15, 2017

A healthy habit of Home Office Organization can save clients so much time and unnecessary frustration. When I first meet with clients I assess their homes organization. This is not to shame them into a tidy mindset, instead it’s something I’ve admired from friends and strongly cultivated in my own life. When everything has a place, there is a sense of calm.  Plus the ability to locate exactly what you need at a moments notice, is just so richly satisfying.

Here are my top 3 suggestions to get started:

Home Office Design

1.  Office Desk and Chair

The solid foundation for an efficient office begin with finding a practical work desk and office chair- even with the lap top and tablets of today we need a reserved spot to handle bills and file them away. If you’ve never considered a desk or don’t feel you have space, talk to your Designer to help you make room. I stress this for two reasons. First, having a place to sit and journal/ blog, pay bills or study will increase your sense of balance and mindfulness.

Secondly, a desk with side shelves means all your paperwork essentials are conveniently at your finger tips.  Quickly locate past bills that are marked paid with a confirmation number. Add a special photo frame, a plant and don’t forget a cute lamp.   Also forget about breaking the bank to make this transition.  Desk and chair sets are widely available and can be incorporated for right around $1250.00.

2. Find 3 durable file boxes-

a.) I started this habit after leaving home for University.  The file box is invaluable and can keep you on target as you work towards those year round goals and new years resolutions.  Let’s imagine that you’re planning a big investment like a home or a landscaping package.  By having your file box, the bills are paid and accounted for, plus there’s a folder to remind you why you skipped Starbucks this month to save towards your goal.

b.) Accordion File Box- Every year the day after Thanksgiving, I’ll relocate the current years files to an Accordion style box.  This meant all of year 20__ files we’re easily located behind the previous year for the following tax season.

c.) File Later Magazine Box- when you come in the house, open up bills but don’t have time to file them- this box can be a life saver.

3.) Parking items in their respective valet

Actively grouping like things together is paramount.  For example, on your sofa side table that may mean all the smalls and littles are compartmentalizing into one valet.  Same concept in your night stand drawer.  In the bathroom, same idea- group brushes, small bottles and large bottles all together.  This will go along way when it’s time to clean and declutter.

3D Design Edge offers a wide range of Home Styling and Staging services to meet all your design needs.  Call us today for more details.


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