Great post David, spaces are so much better when you have a starting point to go on. I know many years ago when I purchased my first home, I purchased almost exact replicas of what I saw in the show home for a trouble spot because it seemed to work so well..
Thanks again for sharing!
When our Portland Home Staging company prepares a staging plan for a potential property, we typically focus on the impact spaces - the living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, and bathrooms. We sometimes add options for additional spaces such as offices, extra bedrooms, and bonus rooms. It is not generally necessary to stage every room in a vacant house in order to convey the look and feel that will draw in the potential buyer. However, every property is unique...
We recently staged a large home in Newberg, OR that had a massive family room on the upper level. The seller was concerned that the room was so large buyers may be overwhelmed and not know what to do with it, so they opted to have it staged. The challenge was creating enough spaces that showed the diversity of the room while at the same time, appealing to a family where they could all hang out.
Here is what the room looked like empty:
Picture taken from corner opposite entry to the Family Room
Not only was there one huge space, but there were also two large nooks that many buyers would not know what to do with. Our goal is to help buyers connect to a space so they can envision how to live there. We don't want them asking questions, but visualizing how they could live in the space.
We anchored the room with a sectional and tv. We also wanted to draw the eye to the corner away from the house just outside the window.
On the other side of the room we installed a game table so buyers see how the space could be used. We love to use mirrors to brighten a space and this mirror has a moon which keeps the room young and not so formal.
We don't typically do vignette staging, but we also don't carry treadmills in our inventory! By using a yoga mat, exercise ball, towels, and weights it was easy to envision a workout space. We positioned the workout space in this nook so the tv would be easily visible.
Since this is a family neighborhood, we also wanted to include an area in the room where parents could see their children playing.
Here's another view of the entire room from the entry door. We'll post the pictures of the rest of this beautiful house in our next blog.
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