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

Jan 19
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!






Family Room – Vacant vs. Staged

Sep 25



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



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



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



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



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





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.

Great Room Makeover

Jul 27





The key selling features of this great room are a fireplace, vaulted & beamed ceilings and a large window.  The dark wood paneling not only created a dated look, but it camouflaged those key selling features.  Painting the paneling a soft cream color made all the difference and really helped make the room’s best features stand out.  Updated furnishings, artwork and accessories are arranged to showcase the fireplace and give the space a comfortable ambience.


This home sold in less than one week after being staged!

Entry Foyer

Feb 07

Creating a great first impression is one of the most important aspects of home staging.  This front entry foyer is a perfect example… it’s warm and inviting presence is exactly what home buyers are looking for.

Master Bedroom – Before & After Staging

Feb 07



In staging this spacious master bedroom, we added a bed skirt and some pillows to dress up the bed, along with a nightstand with a lamp to add light and functionality.  The desk was accessorized and positioned to face into the room.  Extra items like the TV and luggage were put out of sight to make this space an inviting and relaxing retreat.