Living Room & Kitchen Area

Sep 26
2011

BEFORE - View 1

BEFORE - View 2

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  Outdated furniture is replaced with modern but comfortable chairs much more suited to the space and to the younger audience likely to be looking at this home.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!

AFTER

Family Room – Vacant vs. Staged

Sep 25
2011

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AFTER

Placing a seating arrangement in front of this beautiful stone fireplace helps potential buyers imagine themselves relaxing in a cozy retreat.  Random stacks of books and DVDs on the built-in bookshelves are stored behind cabinet doors and replaced with carefully arranged vases, silk plants and picture frames to make the entire space more inviting.  The once empty mantel comes to life with some appealing accessories.  Two coordinating art prints are hung vertically to add the finishing touch.

Girl’s Bedroom Staged to Sell

Sep 23
2011

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AFTER

Too much furniture in this girl’s bedroom make what is actually a spacious room feel small and cramped.  Removing some of the smaller pieces and arranging the bed and night stand on the wall next to the window helps open the space.  We opened the curtains to let in the natural light and make the window feel as large as possible.  A neatly made bed and simple bedside accessories are all that’s needed to complete the staging.

Office Before & After Staging

Sep 23
2011

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AFTER

Office space in the home has become high on a buyer’s list of criteria, so it’s important to make that space appear as functional and appealing as possible.  This office area was extremely cluttered and lacked organization.  The plaques on the wall were very personalized making it difficult for a potential buyer to  imagine it as “their space.”  Bringing in a floor lamp from a spare bedroom added much-needed light, and an outdated light fixture on the ceiling has been replaced.  A bench below the window offers a place for visitors to sit.  Moving the bookshelf next to the file cabinet helped to organize as well as extend the space making the office area appear larger.  Neutral artwork adds a nice touch without being too personal, and notice how one large wall hanging makes the space seem less cluttered than many small wall hangings.

Guest Bedroom Makeover

Sep 23
2011

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This spare bedroom had become a dumping ground for extra linens and off-season clothes.  To convert this space to an inviting retreat for overnight guests, we replaced the mismatched bedside tables with an upholstered chair from another room and placed a round table and table lamp in the corner in place of the office-style floor lamp.  Adding sheer brown window panels helps to soften the window and give it less of a basement feel.  Coordinating bed linens, pillows and other accessories help to create a relaxing and soothing ambiance.

Family Room Staged To Sell

Sep 23
2011

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The lower level family room in this home lacked purpose and was more of a pass-through area than a functional space.  After the pile of toys were stored in a closet and the iron & ironing board moved into the laundry room, the fireplace is defined as the focal point by positioning a sectional sofa around it.  A silk tree adds balance and frames the left side, while a large mirror and simple accessories give the mantel some pop.  To give the space a cozy feel, we added a soft blanket and several throw pillows.  Wall art helps to coordinate the overall color scheme.

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.