A Sampling of Vacant Homes Staged in 2016…

Mar 07
2017
Chaska 2-Story - Dining Room

Chaska 2-Story – Dining Room

 

Chaska 2-Story - Living Room, View 1

Chaska 2-Story – Living Room, View 1

 

Chaska 2-Story - Living Room, View 2

Chaska 2-Story – Living Room, View 2

 

 

Chaska 2-Story - Master Bedroom

Chaska 2-Story – Master Bedroom

 

 

Prior Lake Custom Home - Living Room

Prior Lake Custom Home – Living Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior Lake Custom Home - Dining Room

Prior Lake Custom Home – Dining Room

 

 

 

Prior Lake Custom Home - Master Bedroom

Prior Lake Custom Home – Master Bedroom

 

 

Prior Lake Custom Home - Master Bathroom

Prior Lake Custom Home – Master Bathroom

 

 

Prior Lake Custom Home - Office

Prior Lake Custom Home – Office

 

 

 

Bloomington Condo - Living & Dining Rooms

Bloomington Condo – Living & Dining Rooms

 

 

 

Bloomington Condo - Dining Room

Bloomington Condo – Dining Room

 

 

Bloomington Condo - Master Bedroom

Bloomington Condo – Master Bedroom

 

 

Eden Prairie Rambler - Family Room

Eden Prairie Rambler – Family Room

 

 

Eden Prairie Rambler - Kid's Bedroom

Eden Prairie Rambler – Kid’s Bedroom

 

 

Eden Prairie Rambler - Office

Eden Prairie Rambler – Office

 

 

Eden Prairie Rambler - Master Bedroom

Eden Prairie Rambler – Master Bedroom

 

 

Chaska Split Entry - Living Room

Chaska Split Entry – Living Room, View 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaska Split Entry - Living Room, View 2

Chaska Split Entry – Living Room, View 2

 

 

Chaska Split Entry - Dining Room

Chaska Split Entry – Dining Room, View 1

 

Chaska Split Entry - Dining Room, View 2

Chaska Split Entry – Dining Room, View 2

 

 

Lester Prairie Split Entry - Living Room, View 1

Lester Prairie Split Entry – Living Room, View 1

 

 

Lester Prairie Split Entry - Living Room, View 2

Lester Prairie Split Entry – Living Room, View 2

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Loft Den

Plymouth Townhome – Loft Den

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Sun Room

Plymouth Townhome – Sun Room

 

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Living Room

Plymouth Townhome – Living Room

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Formal Dining Room

Plymouth Townhome – Formal Dining Room

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Kitchen Dining

Plymouth Townhome – Kitchen Dining

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Master Bedroom, View 1

Plymouth Townhome – Master Bedroom, View 1

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Master Bedroom, View 2

Plymouth Townhome – Master Bedroom, View 2

 

 

Plymouth Townhome - Master Bathroom

Plymouth Townhome – Master Bathroom

 

 

Hopkins Rambler - Kitchen & Great Room

Hopkins Rambler – Kitchen & Great Room

 

 

Hopkins Rambler - Kitchen & Dining

Hopkins Rambler – Kitchen & Dining

 

 

Hopkins Rambler - Family Room

Hopkins Rambler – Family Room

 

 

Hopkins Rambler - Living Room

Hopkins Rambler – Living Room

 

 

Shakopee Townhome - Living & Dining Rooms

Shakopee Townhome – Living & Dining Rooms

 

 

Wacpnia Rambler - Living Room

Waconia Rambler – Living Room

 

 

Waconia Rambler - Dining Room

Waconia Rambler – Dining Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waconia Rambler - Kitchen

Waconia Rambler – Kitchen

 

 

Waconia Rambler - Master Bedroom

Waconia Rambler – Master Bedroom

 

 

Waconia Rambler - Full Bathroom

Waconia Rambler – Full Bathroom

 

 

Waconia Rambler - Boys Bedroom

Waconia Rambler – Boy’s Bedroom

 

 

Waconia Rambler - Girl's Bedroom

Waconia Rambler – Girl’s Bedroom

 

 

Chaska Split Entry #2 - Living & Dining Rooms

Chaska Split Entry #2 – Living & Dining Rooms

 

 

Chaska Split Entry #2 - Living Room

Chaska Split Entry #2 – Living Room

 

 

Chaska Split Entry #2 - Kitchen

Chaska Split Entry #2 – Kitchen

 

 

Chaska Split Entry #2 - Sun Room

Chaska Split Entry #2 – Sun Room

 

 

Chaska Split Entry #2 - Full Bathroom

Chaska Split Entry #2 – Full Bathroom

 

 

Richfield Rambler - Living Room

Richfield Rambler – Living Room

 

 

Richfield Rambler - Dining Room

Richfield Rambler – Dining Room

 

 

Watertown Model Home - Living Room

Watertown Model Home – Living Room

 

 

Watertown Model Home - Kitchen & Dining

Watertown Model Home – Kitchen & Dining

 

 

Watertown Model Home - Half Bathroom

Watertown Model Home – Half Bathroom

 

 

Watertown Model Home - Family Room

Watertown Model Home – Family Room

 

 

Watertown Model Home - Master Bedroom

Watertown Model Home – Master Bedroom

 

 

Watertown Model Home - Master Bathroom

Watertown Model Home – Master Bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Louis Park home – Small Home Staged & Sold!

Jan 19
2016
Front Entry - BEFORE

Front Entry – BEFORE

A cluttered entry way is not the first impression you want to make on potential buyers.

 

Front Entry - AFTER

Front Entry – AFTER

Removing the area rug and dog bed, along with de-cluttering the entry way, go a long way toward making this space feel more open and spacious. We changed out the busy black & white curtain panels for a neutral cream-colored sheer, allowing more light into the room while making the window seem bigger. Neatly arranged pillows help create a calm, soothing environment. Finishing touches like silk greenery and flowers, a small wall mirror and a tray on the ottoman make the space more inviting, while pops of yellow add some cheerful color.

 

Living Room - BEFORE

Living Room – BEFORE

There’s a lot going on in this small space between the rug, wall design, window panels and artwork.  All those patterns tend to make the room feel busy, and busy translates to clutter which tends to make a space feel small.

Living Room - AFTER

Living Room – AFTER

Removing the rug, as shown in the previous entry picture, not only makes the room feel larger, but it reveals the hardwood floors – a key selling feature for this home. From this view, you get a better idea of how the neutral window panels brighten the space. Two large art prints on the patterned wall help tone down the busy-ness of the bold geographic design. The artwork above the TV was replace with a smaller, simpler piece above the TV, and some accessories below it add visual appeal. Toward the back of the room, we removed the tool chest that clearly doesn’t belong, as well as the shelf unit that made the space feel cramped. The new dining set we brought in works better with the rest of the furnishings in the room, giving it an overall more updated feel.

Dining Room - BEFORE

Dining Room – BEFORE

Dining Room - AFTER

Dining Room – AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A close-up view of the before & after dining room space.

 

Kitchen - BEFORE

Kitchen – BEFORE

Kitchen - AFTER

Kitchen – AFTER

Galley kitchens can make a home harder to sell, mainly because they tend to feel cramped. We made this kitchen feel as large as possible by a) de-cluttering; and b) painting the bright yellow wall the same gray as the opposite wall. A modern glass-tile back splash updates the space and adds considerable appeal. Some unusual wall art was replaced with something more suited to the space and to a broad range of buyers.

Kitchen, view 2 - BEFORE

Kitchen, view 2 – BEFORE

Kitchen, view 2 - AFTER

Kitchen, view 2 – AFTER

While taken from slightly different angles, you can see what a difference these simple changes have made. Too much clutter on shelves and counter tops gives the impression there isn’t enough cabinet space, so it’s important to put away all but a few essentials. A basket or bin on a shelf can provide storage that is visually appealing. Notice the pops of yellow that carry through from the living and dining room spaces, creating a sense of flow.

Bathroom - BEFORE

Bathroom – BEFORE

Bathroom - AFTER

Bathroom – AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the only thing you notice in this “before” bathroom picture is the wild shower curtain. We create a much more appealing space by replacing it with a white one and pulling it open to reveal the window and glass tile wall.  Suddenly, we’ve added a whole new dimension to this tiny bathroom. Removing the rug also helps make the space feel larger. Fresh towels and wall art complete the look of an attractive, functional space.

Master Bedroom - BEFORE

Master Bedroom – BEFORE

Master Bedroom - AFTER

Master Bedroom – AFTER

Positioning the bed opposite the entry point tends to make a small bedroom feel larger. We moved the dresser to the opposite wall and added a large mirror, adding functionality and light to the space. A small table was brought in to provide a proper nightstand and place for a bedside lamp. Wall art, extra pillows and a coordinating throw help convert this into an inviting and comfortable master bedroom.

 

Office - BEFORE

Office – BEFORE

Office - AFTER

Office – AFTER

This is a great office set-up for two that just needs to be seen! Removing the obstacles at the entry was the first step. We hung a contemporary piece of art at the entry and moved the printer from under the desk to the red shelf. The wall stickers were removed and a curtain panel added (notice the larger window!). Shelves and desk tops were straightened, and a touch of greenery adds warmth. Your eye is drawn into the room in the “after” photo, whereas before, you were stopped short.

Nursery - BEFORE

Nursery – BEFORE

Nursery - AFTER

Nursery – AFTER

A little organization goes a long way in this child’s nursery.

Family Room - BEFORE

Family Room – BEFORE

Family Room - AFTER

Family Room – AFTER

A long, narrow family room is a challenging area to stage, but we start by removing the ottomans to open up the walkway. The chairs at each end of the couch just elongate the space, so we removed one chair and added a silk tree to soften the edge. Opening a French door calls attention to that feature and softens the opposite corner.  Moving the blanket from its horizontal position in the center of the couch to a vertical position on the far chair larger pillows more in proportion to the couch are subtle changes that help the space feel wider. The orange wall art was replaced with art that simplifies the color scheme. The dark window panels are replaced with a light-colored valance that better fits the window. The result is a much more inviting family room space!

 

 

 

 

 

Staging Success Stories

Jun 28
2013

Research has shown that staged homes sell in less time and for a higher price than non-staged homes.  The following are examples of homes staged by Amazing Spaces to support that research…

 

Minneapolis:  Sold in just one day for $12,200 higher than asking price!

Actual days on market:  13

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Maple Grove, MN:  Sold in two weeks!

Actual days on market = 37

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Mound, MN:   Sold in one month, FSBO!

Actual days on market:  113

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Champlin, MN:  Sold in one week!

Actual days on market:  29

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Living Room & Kitchen Area

Sep 26
2011

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This small living room and kitchen floor plan is typical of many Minneapolis area homes.  We start with a fresh coat of paint in a soft linen color for the walls and a crisp white to highlight the trim.  Outdated furniture is replaced with modern but comfortable chairs much more suited to the space and to the younger audience likely to be looking at this home.  Taking out the area rug reveals the beautiful hardwood floors and also helps to open up the space.  Heavy, dark curtains are replaced with a sheer window scarf that frames the large window and allows more natural light to flow into the room.  A large silk plant and pair of lanterns are placed on the upper ledge to draw more attention to that architectural feature.  One bar stool was removed, and place settings for two are added to make the counter area an inviting dining spot.  Removing the items from the refrigerator gives the kitchen a clean, uncluttered look.  The result:  an open, inviting living room and kitchen that is staged to sell!

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Kitchen & Dining Room

Sep 23
2011

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Adjacent to the great room in the previous post is this open concept kitchen and dining area.  The same cream colored paint over the wood paneling makes this side of the room feel updated and spacious and shows off the gorgeous vaulted and beamed ceilings.  Additional updates included new granite counter tops and light fixtures.  Counter tops have been cleared of clutter to give a cleaner, more spacious appearance.  The wood cabinets were cleaned and polished, and the back plates were removed to give the cabinet hardware a fresh look.  Moving the table perpendicular to the wall opens up the traffic flow and adds to the feeling of spaciousness.  Silk greenery above the island cabinet helps to highlight that unique feature and draw the eye upward to the gorgeous vaulted and beamed wood ceiling.

Kitchen Staged To Sell

May 05
2010

Granite countertops, stainless appliances, tile backsplash and an abundance of cabinets are all key selling features of this kitchen, but they were hard to notice due to too much distracting décor. Reducing the countertop clutter and replacing all but a few of the décor items on top of the cabinets with silk greenery helps the kitchen’s best attributes to stand out. Two barstools were also removed to open up the space around the island and allow foot traffic to flow through.

Kitchen Nook – Before / After

May 05
2010

This kitchen nook was transformed into a cozy seating area with a warm paint color, a new light fixture, window valance, furnishings and artwork. After the baseboard trim was finished off, a portable dishwasher was moved to allow space for seating. Accessories were place on the built-in shelves to draw attention to that unique feature.

Dining Room

Jun 22
2009
DINING ROOM - BEFORE

DINING ROOM - BEFORE

BEFORE:  This dining room appears small and despite the vaulted ceilings.  The furniture and light fixture give it a dated appearance.

DINING ROOM - AFTER
DINING ROOM – AFTER

AFTER:  Removing a leaf from the dining room table adds needed space to the room. A large art print on the wall takes attention away from the outdated light fixture and adds a touch of color bringing out the warm tones in the woodwork. A green fern placed in the corner of the adjacent kitchen draws your eye into that space and highlights the unique opening connecting the two rooms.

 

Living / Dining Room Makeover

May 16
2009

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Living / Dining Room Before Makeover

Living / Dining Room Before

 

BEFORE:  Despite the white walls, this combination living and dining room seems dark and has no flow through the space. Country-style furnishings make it feel old and outdated, and the view is blocked by curtains.

Living / Dining Room After Redesign
Living / Dining Room After

AFTER:  Painting the walls a rich gold tone brings much-needed warmth to the space. The dark trim was painted white to create contrast, highlighting the dark wood floors. Side-panel drapes frame the windows and the view, allowing plenty of light into the room. A lighter, neutral-colored rug helps to define the conversation area, and updated furnishings are positioned to allow traffic to flow from one space to the other.

 

Kitchen Nook Before / After

May 16
2009
 

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Kitchen Nook Before

Kitchen Nook Before

Kitchen Nook After

Kitchen Nook After

BEFORE:  The décor and furnishings in this kitchen dining nook have a definite country flavor that lacks universal appeal. Dark blue wallpaper makes the space appear smaller than it really is, and heavy curtains block both the light and the view outside.

AFTER:  Country-style furnishings have been replaced with a round glass-top table and chairs more proportionate to the space. Cream-colored walls brighten up this kitchen nook considerably. The rug was removed to reveal hardwood floors, and an updated light fixture replaces the tin candelabra. Removing the window grilles and changing the valances allows light to come in and accentuates the beautiful view. For a pop of color, a vase of red flowers adorns the table.