Staging a home in Huntington, Long Island, New York with existing furnishings

Home Stager with Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island

As the unofficial 'queen of vacants' on Long Island, I love the challenge of working with the seller's own furniture and accessories.  For this particular home, we simply added a mirror, 2 framed prints, some window treatments, 5 accent pillows and faux greenery.

When the seller upgraded the kitchen, he enlarged the space and, as a result, ended up with this small, windowless 'Living Room'.  This is the first room that you saw when you walked into the Entry Hall.  Before staging, it wasn't a defined space but, rather, was used as a storage space.

Before of Living Room 

We 'borrowed' a chair from the Den, 'spiffed up' a console table with Old English scratch cover and turned it into a writing desk, pulled up the rug & brought in a smaller area rug from another room, hung artwork that we found in the house and the purchased mirror (Homes & Garden $40 at Walmart) to add depth and reflective light to the room, brought in a console cabinet that was in the Dining Room, and added a lamp from the Master Bedroom and various accessories (including 2 purchased faux plants from Walmart and a $8 throw pillow from Christmas Tree Shops).

Here are a few more 'after' views:







The Dining Room only needed some 'light staging'.  We cleared out the console cabinet, shelf unit, 2 chairs, a table leaf, and the parrot print on the wall.  We also de-cluttered the china closet and table. 

 We added new matching prints ($5 each at Walmart!) and potted orchards to add some color.

The Den was a bit of a challenge because the sofa had to stay.  We removed the area rug and replaced it with a cream-colored shag to coordinate with the cream-colored chair that we brought in from the old Living Room.  2 purchased accent pillows and greenery were added while the mantle was decluttered and then enhanced with candlesticks that were found in another part of the house.  The sheer curtains were removed in order to open the view and a framed print belonging to the owner was hung over the sofa.  Sadly, the tv had to stay and we left instructions for the owner to reposition it in the corner.






















Here are some before and afters of the dining area in the kitchen:










As you can see from the photos above, simple changes make all the difference when presenting a house for sale.  This 'product' is now ready to compete with similar houses in the Huntington area that are currently on the market.

At Staged 2 Sell we 'set the stage for your successful sale'!

Val Allocco, a certified (HSE), professional Home Stager, is the founder & owner of Staged 2 Sell NY which was established in early 2006 and serves all of Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) as well as the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.  She is also the Metro New York Chapter President and Central Long Island Chapter President of ASHSR (American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners).

Val has taught Adult Education courses on "Staging Your Home To Sell" and has also been a featured speaker at numerous Home Selling Seminars on, and around, Long Island.  She is available for seminars and other real estate related presentations and can be reached at 516-982-2671.

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Comments (19)

Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

I especially like the dinning area. Light and airy now much more welcoming. 

May 01, 2009 11:02 AM
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Thanks Liz...I went back in and tried to improve on the photo placement and totally messed it up now!  I'm sorry everyone but I'm truly much better at staging than posting pics on blogs!


May 01, 2009 11:36 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Val, It's so nice to "see" you :)  You did a gorgeous job, it's amazing what can be created with simple but different arrangements and changes--it can really make  a huge difference!

May 01, 2009 02:28 PM
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Thanks Carole,  Sara was very instrumental in helping me to stage this 11 room home (we staged every room).  I know that you can relate to how nice it is to have one of your children helping with the business!

BTW, love your new picture!


May 01, 2009 02:38 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Val ~ Your new photo is wonderful!!  So is this home .... I don't think I can pick a favorite room since I like how you staged each area using the seller's furnishings.  Great transformation -- I hope it sells quickly for your client.

May 01, 2009 03:22 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Redesigns can always be a challenge, but I love doing them.  Your pics look great, I'm the worst at taking and posting pics.

May 01, 2009 03:30 PM
Janis Gaines
Staging Sells Eugene Homes - Eugene, OR
Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed H

Staging with the owner's furnishings is always both a challenge and a fun treasure hunt. I can't imagine walking into a home and the first thing I see is a storage area. You made this area as well as the rest of the home much more charming. Good job!

May 01, 2009 10:33 PM
Luci Terhune
Bungalow Home Staging & Redesign - Nutley, NJ
NJ Home Stager 973 896-6489

Windowless living room? What were they thinking? I love what you did on such a tight budget, too bad that sofa had to stay!

May 02, 2009 12:44 AM
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Maureen,  thank you for your kind words.  The house has not gone on the market yet because my Curb Appeal specialist is going to do some work in the front of the house.  I'll post some pictures when she is done.

Cindy, when I started out, my intention was to specialize in the 'occupieds' but fate had a completely different plan in mind and I inadvertently became the unofficial 'queen of vacants' on LI!  BTW, your pictures are great - what are you talking about?!!

Janis,  when I first saw that room and what I had to work with, I must admit that I was somewhat disheartened, but we made it work and I actually love that room now!  It really does look better in don't do it justice.

Luci, when the house was built, and before renovations, what is now the 'Dining Room' was actually the Living Room.  My client remodeled the kitchen and enlarged it substantially by using part of what should have been the Dining Room as the eat-in area.  Yes, the sofa was not what I would have chosen, but we made it work.

May 02, 2009 03:38 AM
Lourdes Hoglo REALTOR® Three Village & North Shore Suffolk Co. Long Island
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Setauket, NY

Beautiful! Just love the before and after photos. You did a wonderful job!

May 02, 2009 05:47 AM
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Lourdes,  thank you so much!  I always love to get a Realtor's feedback.  I see that you work with Prudential DE in the Three Village you know Catherine Lindstadt from the Northport office? 


May 02, 2009 11:39 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Great use of existing furnishings.  It just goes to show you that beauty can be had in all circumstances.  It just takes an objective and creative eye to bring a place to life.  Thanks for sharing your transformation.

May 02, 2009 02:13 PM
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO

Val, the simple, clean look is fantastic. Makes me want to go remove a few rugs around the house- what a difference in the nook!

May 03, 2009 08:36 AM
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

Hey Val

GREAT JOB, simple fixes and ONE BEAUTIFULLY STAGED HOME. I am sure the homeowner was thrilled to see his things in a whole new light

Phyllis Pafumi

May 20, 2009 08:39 AM
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Great transformation Val!  Your changes gave the home a fresh more current feel.  The family room especially looks great since you switched out the rug - good call!

Jul 15, 2009 11:45 PM
Gina Dougherty
Fusion Design Consulting - Redondo Beach, CA
Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA-

Val, you did an amazing job, really.  The house shows so much fresher now.  Taking the sheers down in the living room is just one small example of a big difference. Your expert and objective eye gave new life to the rooms in ways the sellers wouldn't have imagined.

Aug 03, 2009 03:26 AM
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

Great job Val!  I really like how you removed or changed the rugs in the rooms!  Rugs can be your best friend or your enemy when preparing a home for sale!

Jun 06, 2010 05:32 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Very nice work...It looks so clean...

Love the wood floor and the area rug.

Mar 30, 2012 08:05 AM
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Thanks Joshua...that house sold in 2 weeks and, needless to say, the seller was delighted with the entire experience!

Mar 30, 2012 08:30 AM