OK, I have to be honest
and tell that I have been SO busy lately!
I really want to keep these posts going
for those of you that are thinking
of selling this Spring.
I wanted to post with a purpose!
I wanted to talk about specific topics
regarding home staging
and not just show you
Before and After shots.
But this week
that is just going to have to do
until I can sit down
and have more comprehensive thoughts
to relay to you!
I staged this house back in the winter of '11.
The cutest little couple
had a grown daughter
with a congenital heart disease
and they needed to downsize
so that they could afford
to pay for an apartment for her
to foster her independence.
They were really good people
and I enjoyed working with them
but they had a Living Room that gave me fits!
We'll start in the Entry.
It was cluttered but it was a good space.
I thought the entry table was a little small.
I knew that once we took everything else out
it would look tiny.
So, I searched around
for something else
and I found this chest in the basement.
I liked the lines of it
but not the color
and it wasn't in the best shape.
I took it home and spray painted it black
and used gold on the inlaid part.
It was a quick fix!
Sorry about the picture quality!
This was pre-blogging days!
This is the Living Room
that is shaped like a bowling alley!
You see it as soon as you walk into the house.
Remember, I have to work with what I have...
Piano was staying
as was the large Armoire.
It's almost like two rooms in one
which makes it look cluttered
no matter what you do.
I know I must have rearranged
the furniture a million times
in my head and on paper
before I went back to do the actual staging.
This is what I came up with.
By moving the sofa,
it invites you into the room
and creates better traffic flow into the other room.
I got rid of the two barrel chairs
and brought in one of my occasional chairs.
We removed the drapes
to let more light into the room.
Heavy drapes with lots of pattern
are distracting to buyers.
They were a little dated
and this is a much cleaner look.
Besides, if the homeowners
really like them
then they can move them to the new house!
The Dining Room
right off of the Entry was a little crowded.
There were two china cabinets
on either side of the window.
I suggested painting the green walls
but it really wasn't in the budget.
So, we do what we can
and try to fool the eye.
They did get an updated
light fixture which really helped.
We removed the china cabinets
and kept the room really simple.
This sun room was right off of the kitchen.
There were so many sliders out to the deck
that made furniture placement difficult.
And you want to showcase the beautiful windows!
I used this rug
to break up all of the gray indoor-outdoor carpet
and bring some pattern into the room.
Angling the furniture
again allows for better traffic flow.
Kitchen: You know what to do here...
Declutter, declutter, declutter!
Again, painting was not an option!
And all we did was Declutter!
I can't say enough about Decluttering!
One of my secrets
is to use green apples!
They last a long time
and always give a fresh look to a space.
And a little "Model Home"
like staging never hurts!
They had a long bar
next to the kitchen table
that I staged with a coffee or tea station.
The office space.
I did a switcheroo of some chairs and decluttered.
She was a quilter
and had made this beautiful quilt.
She also made the drapes and cornice.
I found the matching pillows
in the basement along with the comforter.
Here is the thing about staging...
Nothing is off limits!
I tell people that I will be foraging
through their things
so if there is anything
that they don't want me to see
they had better get rid of it
before I come back to stage!
And let me tell you,
I have seen some stuff
that I won't talk about!
The Master Bath
really needed to be updated.
They had a groovy walk in tub
or fall in tub you might say.
But again, it was not in their budget
and you have to respect that
and stage around it.
I actually placed the basket with towels there
because I didn't want people to accidentally
fall into the bath!
This cabinet was to the left
when you entered the bathroom.
I wanted to remove the desk
that they had in the bedroom
so I created a little vanity area.
I liked having
the vintage piece in the room.
The sewing room.
I really loved the curtains!
They got to stay!
The only two rooms that were painted
were this room and the room next to it.
The other bedroom that you will see next
had a king sized bed in it
with two twin mattresses.
We took them apart
to make two twin beds,
one for each room.
The room was painted in Sherwin Williams
Patience-one of my favorite neutral colors.
This is the "blue" room with the king bed.
There was a cute little doll house
that the grandkids played with when they visited.
Doesn't she have some nice antique pieces?
She said that they were all handed down
in the family for generations.
Maybe they could adopt me?
I used the dollhouse as a headboard!
And, the kids could still play with it!
OK, so no big lesson today
just a Before and After.
I hope you all enjoyed it!
Until Next Time,