August 2016 Staging Tip of the Month

The current style for draperies is very simple, free from poofs, swags and embellishments.  So if you have are still use tie backs, consider not using them for now and hanging draperies straight down. You may also choose to remove valances and swags and use pretty oil rubbed bronze or nickel rods.

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.
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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:
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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!

September 2015 Staging Tip of the Month

Stage your home long before you sell!  This gives you the opportunity to enjoy it while you are living there and do less work during the stress of selling your home when that time comes.

The homeowner had some great pieces to start with, but the room lacked interest and color.  Now the extra chairs, pillows and draperies add color and interest.  The darker tables add richness and elegance.

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!

February 2014 Staging Tip

The current style of draperies is simple, with side panels that go to the floor on a beautiful rod.  Overly done draperies with valances, swags and embellishments can be a turn off for most buyers.  And most people assume that new draperies are quite expensive.
 
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Because swags use a lot of fabric, you can sometimes repurpose them into side panels as we did in this home.  We cut them in half, sewed a rod pocket at the top and hung them.  And we didn’t have to purchase a thing!

May Featured Before & After

This before and after is from the same home as above.  We suggested that the homeowner paint the room a neutral color. Then we brought in our rental furniture to give the room a very inviting look.  Because it wasn’t in the budget to replace the draperies, we just removed them to let in as much light as possible.  This home sold in just a few weeks!
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