Professional staging can make a difference in the selling price of your home. Here’s a home that we staged last year. We started by cleaning out their furniture and accessories, getting rid of extra, unessential pieces. Next, we painted a few of the darker rooms in fresh, lighter colors that would appeal to most buyers. Finally we re-styled the furniture, artwork, and accessories to make each room feel larger, fresher, and have a clear purpose.
Over the last few years I have been staging homes for sale. It is one of my very favorite things to do. I’ve noticed that most of my clients always say the same thing – “I wish we had staged our home sooner, now we don’t want to move!” The process of putting your home on the market requires you to fix things, purge, de-clutter, and generally make your home shine. Why not do all of these things to brighten your home, but enjoy it instead of selling it? In other words “Staging to Stay”.
Recently I’ve had a couple of clients who wanted just that. The majority of what we did was simply rearrange their furniture, accessories, and artwork as well as edit their belongings, and style their spaces to give them a fresh, new feel. I have a few photos of one I worked on last spring. As always, I never take enough pictures, and I only use my i-phone so they are not the best.
Living Room before.
Living Room after.
The Living Room had for over 20 years been referred to as the Christmas Tree Room, because the family only went in there during Christmas when the tree was up. It’s a huge room with a wood burning fireplace and beautiful wood paneling and it was such a shame that it was never, ever, used. The furniture was uncomfortable, so we had to bring in “new” furniture. We “stole” the furniture from the family room (it was too big and bulky for that room), switched rugs with the dining room (it was too big for that room), and donated the piano. We moved the hutch out to the Sunroom, and moved the gun cabinet from another room in. We used the families’ UVa memorabilia throughout the room. We purged the bookshelves and restyled them. We removed the sheers from the windows which let in a ton of natural light. Suddenly, this room became a room where you actually wanted to spend time.
Living Room before – the old green leather couch had seen better days so that was donated!
Living Room After – a comfortable space to sit and read and enjoy the fire! Not one penny was spent here.
The Entry Hall before with dated blue paint on the wood beams.
Entry Hall after. We got rid of the couch in here and moved the large antique sideboard that had been in the Stairhall (where it was too big and awkward). We grouped family photos on it and displayed the owner’s collection of plates on the wall above. We “stole” the two side chairs from the Living Room and placed them by the fire – a perfect spot for the family to roast marshmallows. We had the beams stripped and the dated wallpaper removed. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, and reupholstering the two chairs gave the room an updated look and feel.
Stair hall After. We removed the wallpaper and the red carpet than had been on the stairs for over 20 years. We moved the enormous side board from under the stairs to the entry hall where the scale is better suited. We found an old table upstairs that was in bad shape, but painted it with gray chalk paint and it fits perfectly under the stairs! (The stair hall was still waiting for a fun new wallpaper in this photo).
Although in this project, we did spend more than a day and a dollar, we have done many staging jobs where we don’t spend a dime other than on our time. If you are feeling like a spring makeover in your home, try “Staging to Stay”! We can do One Day Staging for a flat fee of $500.00. You will leave your same old house in the morning and come home to a totally fresh, feels like new home in the evening!
This winter we worked on a Redesign of a basement for a family with two teenage boys. The two rooms have concrete block walls, no windows, and tile floors. The goal of this project was to turn this cold, unfriendly basement of leftover furniture into a space that teenage boys would want to hang out in, and the parents might even enjoy hanging out in as well; all on a pretty strict budget.
The furniture was old and tired and there wasn’t enough seating to accommodate the two boys and lots of their friends.
This room had lots of wasted space!
The owner was ready to take everything to Good Will, but we talked her into recycling several pieces of furniture! With fresh coats of paint and new fabric, they look like new.
This was such a fun project and we hope the boys (and parents) are enjoying their new room!