As a former Real Estate Agent & Home Builder, I know how important it is to stage a home for buyers to get a good feel of how their future home can feel once they move in. So many times, the staging is what sells the home. People want to see how furniture will fit into a space and with decorations throughout, it makes the home feel inviting and warm verses empty and cold. If it’s an existing home, the first thing you want to do is declutter and depersonalize each room. You want the new buyer to feel like they could move right in and call it their home.This is the home of a very special couple who hired me to stage their home to get it ready to sell. It’s a beautiful home but very large for just the two of them and they’d like to downsize. We met them through the sell of our last home at our Open House. I always feel honored when someone likes my style and invites me into their home to style it. It’s a BIG deal to hand over the reins to someone else and trust them with your home. Not to mention the expense. I try to incorporate as much of client’s belongings that I can to help keep the costs down. This was a challenge for this one (a lot of square footage). But they rolled with the punches and we went full speed ahead.My goal for their house was to lighten it up with furnishings and accessories.
Lets start with the entryway. They already owned some pieces I could work with. I brought my hubs along on this job for the heavy lifting and picture hanging. The entry table was centered under the picture they already had hung and I just decorated the top of the table for enhancement.A clean simple look to keep things light and bright.
Lets move on into the living room. Two weeks ago, they only had three chairs in this space. Bless their hearts…they were willing to make a leap of faith and purchase a beautiful cream colored sofa from Pier 1 to add style and function.Isn’t it gorgeous?Here’s what the space looks like now!By simple additions like decorative pillow, throw and a fluffy area rug, it completely transformed this room.
I also styled their built-in bookshelves. This was my most difficult task of the day due to their size. I brought 32 old books with me and almost didn’t have enough to complete the task. Thank goodness for pretty baskets which hold their own on the top shelves! I continued to stick with a neutral color scheme adding just bits of greenery for color.Here’s the kitchen.I just added a few light vignettes on the counters with flowers, white vases and butchers block cutting boards. New tea towels are always a win!!!
The candle sconces add dimension and character on either side of the sink.
On their dining table, a gorgeous embroidered table runner on top of the black finish looks stunning! Now the rooms all tie together and compliment each other.Down the hall is the master bedroom. Can you guess what I did here?Look what just a white elegant throw can do to an otherwise very dark room. I also brought in a lamp from their living room for the side table and some simple picutre frame artwork I had created at home.
When I first purchased this wreath, I had intended on pulling off the white flowers. But once I brought it into the room, I knew they needed to stay to brighten up the dark brown wall. The variations of the green in this wreath match perfectly with the bedding. YAY!!!I made the “oh happy day” painted sign as a gift for them!The master bath really didn’t need much. A large white rug was purchased to lay in front of the dual sinks and I brought in the clear vase with flowers for a bold statement.Powder Room BeforePowder Room After! Staying neutral is key when staging to sell but that doesn’t mean “boring”. These dust pans are going to be a sure hit and a conversation piece. No buyer will forget this powder room!Hallway outside the laundry/mudroom. LOVE this thing!!!Bonus Room BeforeBonus Room Now
(The tags are still on all the items because I always bring more than what I think I’ll need and may return some items) I left the tag removal job as homework for my clients! This is the not so glamorous part of decorating!So this is cool. They owned an old TV console that is now going to be used as a wine bar in their bonus room. They have a friend who made them the tray using corks as the base. I just brought the chalkboard and wine holders.
Voila…a wine bar!!!Guest Room BeforeAnd now! We found the wreath above the bed in their basement! Great score!!!I spruced up their office space a bit! Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive. You can see how I made these pictures here.And we call this Jerry’s Dressing Room! We couldn’t get rid of all his stuff! He was such a good sport and went along with all the changes!!! Bright white curtains were added to the two bedrooms and office upstairs for a cohesive look.I’m with this sweet couple the best of luck through the selling process and in finding their future “forever” home! I know all that they invested to stage this home can move right along with them into the next!
Ross Dress For Less – throw, large basket next to sofa, greenery
TJ Maxx – Basket on top shelves of bookcase, bowl filler, cream pillows, table runner, white picture frames, wood frames, white bird, mercury metal candle holder, chenille fringed throw, chevron print throw, greenery, decorative pillow, bike, white pillow on chair in bonus room.
Michaels – large clear vase in master bath, wood box on dining table
Pier 1 – sofa, winter bird s&p shakers, script tea towel on wine bar
Target – white throw in master bedroom, set of pillows
Joanns – moss wreath
Bed Bath & Beyond – candles
Home Goods – pillows, table clock, candle holders, cutting boards, wreath above bed in master
Hobby Lobby – greenery, wall candle sconces in kitchen, lg. wall wire basket holder in hallway, 1/2 windmill, chalk board in bonus room
Books – Goodwill
Vintage Street Designs – Round French Postage Candle, Wall Wine Holders, Med. Shallow Wire Basket in entryway, “Today is a good day” sign, Wood Candle Holders in entry, galvanized serving tray in master, glass jar flower holder in kitchen, “Daily Dinner Specials” sign, barn wood clock, wooden shoe molds, black metal candle holder in master, dust pans, lg. oval tin tray on coffee table.