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

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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

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

STAGED HOMES – 2014

Mar 06
2015

 

Vacant home staged 2/5/14.  This home sold in 1 week for $12,000 over the asking price!

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Vacant townhome, staged 10/25/14.  After sitting on the market for many months, this home SOLD soon after staging!

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 Home staged 12/8/14 (SOLD!)

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Staging a Vacant Farmhouse For Sale

Jan 09
2014
This vacant 1800′s farmhouse had been updated with new light fixtures, refinished floors, paint and more, but without staging, it felt cold and empty.  Said the homeowner, “…it made the house a home.”

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Living Room - AFTER

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Guest Bedroom - AFTER

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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Master Bedroom – Before & After Staging

Feb 07
2011

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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.

Master Bedroom Before / After

May 05
2010

New bed linens, window panels, and a warm paint color to replace the 80′s wallpaper went a long way to update this master bedroom. We moved the tall dresser to the far wall and added a small bedside table to give the room balance. The laundry basket full of clothes found it’s rightful home in the closet. Framed wall art above the bed gives the room a finishing touch.

Master Bedroom Before / After

May 05
2010

Oversized, mis-matched furniture and an outdated window valance make this master bedroom space feel crowded and awkward. We centered the bed in front of the window to allow space for the massive dresser on the far wall, opening up access to the closet. The large wooden chest was covered with a cloth and moved to the corner to function as a nightstand. New bed linens and updated window treatments help to coordinate the color scheme.

Master Bedroom

Jun 22
2009
MASTER BEDROOM - BEFORE

MASTER BEDROOM - BEFORE

 

 

BEFORE:  While the colors are neutral and there’s certainly no clutter, this bedroom looks more like a dorm room than a master bedroom. The only thing you really notice upon entering the room is the bed… not exactly a unique selling feature!  

 

 

MASTER BEDROOM - AFTER
MASTER BEDROOM – AFTER

AFTER:  Centering the bed on the wall and adding a bedside table makes the space appear larger and more functional. Coordinating lamps add much-needed light, and the bed has been made more inviting with the addition of some pillows and a bedskirt. A soft white blanket breaks up the expanse of brown in the bedspread. Artwork on the far wall gives the room depth. A simple scarf window dressing and coordinating pillows help draw attention to the window seat which doubles as a storage bench.