My very first staging looked like this:
- three fake cakes,
- two slices of pie on plates,
- a coffee maker,
- coffee cups,
- a cutting board with vegetables and fake cheese,
- two floral arrangements..........
and that was just one corner!
The reason behind all of this stuff was because we had a situation where we had a stale listing, and a dull kitchen in a big, empty house. The countertop was formica, and there was no undercabinet lighting (hence the lamps). This was when I thought that staging was a little more theatrical (and prior to my ASP training).
Since that time I've edited myself down to having just one or two things on the counter. If it's a new granite counter, you can bet that I'm putting down one or two pieces of greenery and calling it a day:
So, my point is (eventually I do get there): Is that 'cookbook-on-a-stand' still a valid technique, or is it just another example of 'take away your clutter, so that I can use my clutter'? It's not to say that I'll never use fake foods, or cookbooks and such, but I'm in the business of selling the countertop, not the dishes and the cookbook, so maybe it's time to 'stage it forward' and retire the cookbook?
Your pleasant comments and opinions are much appreciated!
Happy Staging Y'all!