April 2016 Featured Before & After

This is from the same house in the last post.  Before the red accent paint and draperies were a little jarring for buyers.  The custom wallpaper mural was too personal.  And the traditional rug with the traditional furniture was a little overwhelming for a more contemporary buyer.
   BEFORE
AFTER
The mural was removed, the red got painted neutral, the red draperies removed and the traditional rug replaced with a more contemporary one. With this room right inside the front door, this is a much better first impression!
And a few more after pictures of the rest of the house:
 BEFORE
AFTER
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AFTER

October 2015 Staging Tip of the Month

The buyers of your home will most likely use the master bedroom, so spend your time and money making it look the nicest of all the bedrooms.

Before, this room was okay, but we wanted it to feel even more inviting and serene.  A little softer color on the wall, a seating area and the pale blues in the bedding, lamps, pillows and art all work wonders.  The biggest transforming piece however, was the draperies which add both height and softness to the room!

January 2015 Staging Tip of the Month

If you have a small bedroom, you might think that the best way to stage it would be with a twin bed and minimal furniture.  However, many buyers want bedrooms that will fit full or queen beds so a bedroom staged with just a twin bed might deter them. 
Here, this small bedroom had a queen bed literally shoved up against two walls with only inches left at the foot of the bed.
By replacing the bulky headboard and dresser with narrow versions, we were able to turn the bed to be centered under the window and add 2 small nightstands with lamps.  We also created visual height in the room by adding full height drapery panels against a contrasting wall color.
A beautiful new bedding set and rug certainly help, too!

September Featured Before & After

Unless you are selling a cabin, log furniture can be a bit too taste specific and overpower a room.  Here, we replaced the bedframe and nightstands with lighter pieces that coordinated with the furniture in the rest of the home.  Now buyers don’t have to work so hard envisioning what the room can look like for them.
     
BEFORE
AFTER

March 2013 Staging Tip

Are you not sure that you can look at that old dark woodwork one more day?  Waiting until you can afford to replace it all?  Lighten it up by paiting it white or cream now for very little cost.  Here is a great blog with step by step directions.  The only thing I would add is to use a paintable caulk to fill gaps before painting. http://www.livelovediy.com/2012/04/how-to-paint-trim.html
Photo courtesy of LiveLoveDIY

June 2012 Staging Tip

In homes that only have 2 or 3 bedrooms, it is ideal to stage them all as bedrooms.  So if you currently have one set up with a different function, clear it out and create an inexpensive bedroom using airbeds:

bed 1
Start with a double high airmattress and cover it with a bedskirt.

Bed 2
Top that with a single high airmattress to bring the height up to that of a normal bed.
Bed 3
Now add your normal bedding and lots of pillows.  Instant bedroom!
We created a headboard as well from 2×2’s, batting and some fabric.  Make sure to use nightstands and lamps to finish off the room.  Hampers, tv trays, stacked old luggage, or crates can all make fine nightstands.

May 2011 Staging Tip

Guest Bedroom Before
Replace old draperies or vertical blinds with elegant floor-length draperies.  Start with a great oil rubbed bronze or nickel rod with substantial finials.  Mount the brackets about 8″ away from the window trim so that when you hang the draperies, the don’t block any light from the window.  My favorite place for draperies is JC Pennys, but if you’re on a budget, check out the faux silk draperies at Walmart for only $14.97 per panel (shown in the photo below).  For colors, chocolate brown looks great against almost any wall color, especially if you have brown throw pillows on your bed or sofa.  Otherwise, selecting a shade lighter or darker than your wall color gives an elegant tone on tone look.
Drapery Rod
Guest Bedroom B