A working couple wanted my help staging their home for sale using many existing furnishings and accessories. I have to admit, I was a bit appalled when I first visited the home, as nearly every surface was covered with stuff. I understood that they were both working long hours and packing, but still they had way too much stuff. Selling or moving out of a home is a great motivator to clear the clutter, something I always encourage. It is important to not just pack, but to cull before packing so you take only what really matters in to the new home.
They opted to do much of the prep work (thank goodness!) and shopping, hiring me for a hybrid custom DIY staging project. Their existing furnishings were supplemented by purchased accessories, living room rug, coffee table and side table.
After walking through the house with them, I gave them a long and detailed checklist of clearing and packing homework to do before the staging day, with specs for any additional purchases. Links for purchases were posted on a private board on Pinterest. This allowed us to share suggestions for mutual approval before purchasing. A landscaping company and cleaning service were hired to do additional prep inside and out. A deadline was set for an open house. All tasks needed to be done and items on hand for the staging day (and a half) just before the photographer would arrive to take the marketing shots. Click on the before images below to see the chaos, then scroll down to view the staged results.
Gone are the clutter and personal photos. The finished result is a calmer home with an updated look that allows the lovely vistas to stand out, thanks to a more neutral palette. The pops of color with accessories and flowers keep it fresh and direct the viewer to certain features of the home. Finally adding the touches of emotional connection with the bed tray, semi-formal dining table arrangement and soft towels in the bath, appeal to the senses and connect potential buyers to visions of the “good life” that might be enjoyed if the house were theirs.