Should The Bar Stools Stay or Go?

Mortgage and Lending with Liberty Bank of Arkansas

I did a consult today on a small condo located on the lake. This would be your weekend lake get a way condo. Not to be living in on a daily basis. I'm in the process of giving the homeowners a written "homework" list and want to make sure I have everything removed from the property before staging day.

I'm struggling with keeping these bar stools, because when I was in the space I felt cramped. Removing them would create more space and this condo has a lot of wood tones throughout and the space needs to be lighted up.  But then again do I need to show that bar stools would fit at the counter?  Replacing the stools are not an option in this case or I would suggest smaller ones.  I thought about at least removing one and just leaving two stools.

Any suggestions?

Posted by

Donna Schoby

Mortgage Loan Officer









Comments (35)

Susan Macaulay
Clarity Over Clutter - Winnipeg, MB

Hope these comments are not too late.  I would leave the 4 chairs at the table.  Remove the Bar Stools and replace with 'Saddle Seat Bar Stools'.  On another note - If possible - replace the ceiling fan with a simple clean lines pendant light over the table.  Another note - If possible - remove the upper cabinets dividing the kitchen area from dining area.  It would open it up and minimize the wood.

Hope this helps

Aug 06, 2009 06:55 AM
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

I am going to second what Maureen and Pangaea said. If you can't get the no backs, then I wouldn't use any actually. Don't over think it. Keep the buyer eye. Good luck.

Aug 07, 2009 09:17 AM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Thanks all for your comments, but guess what...this homeowner decided she didn't want to have anything to do with staging. So we'll wait...

Aug 07, 2009 11:56 AM
Nicky Dou
Keller Williams Market Pro Realty - Fayetteville, AR
The BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT in Northwest Arkansas

She should have used you!!

Aug 12, 2009 04:41 PM
Nicky Dou
Keller Williams Market Pro Realty - Fayetteville, AR
The BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT in Northwest Arkansas

Was this at Heritage Bay?

Aug 12, 2009 04:41 PM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Nicky, I agree. Yes it is in Heritage Bay. I had some great ideas using what the seller already had in the condo that would break up all that dark wood. But she didn't feel the need. To bad becasue the Realtor did, that's why he called me in.

Aug 13, 2009 02:29 AM
Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

Too bad so many homeowners are the same ... but when she doesn't sell and feels the pressure hopefully they'll think of you ...

Aug 13, 2009 09:51 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Don't you just love it when the seller can't see past themselves? From your photo I'd say she needed your advice.

Aug 18, 2009 11:14 AM
Louisville, KY

To bad the seller do not listen the realtor! So many think they know better than stagers!

Aug 24, 2009 11:05 AM
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

I will have to go with the two bar stools...however, I feel that the homeowner should use you !!! to walk into that room as a buyer..not so needs staging !!! It needs color !!!

Sep 03, 2009 02:59 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

So sad and bad choice - they need you!!

Sep 15, 2009 08:15 AM
Lina OL
Deluxe Home Staging & Design - Northbrook, IL

Oh wow I can't believe she didn't use you!  This space needs a major face life :)

Oct 13, 2009 02:39 AM
melody salazar
Salazar Staging & Custom Interiors - New Braunfels, TX

Sorry the seller can't see the wood for the trees!  Too much wood gives this space a very boring look.  I too think backless stools would much better fit the bill and open up the space.

Maybe this will be one of those times where the seller realizes down the line, she truly does need help. 


Oct 16, 2009 02:16 AM
Louise Henry
Pair Home Design serving Langley, Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack British Columbia - Chilliwack, BC
Home Stager Pair Home Design Chilliwack

Donna, No one wins in this situation, it can be frustrating when you put the time and energy into trying to make the place right and they decide not to stage... Stay positive, their are lots of home owners and realtors out there that will value you and your services

Oct 17, 2009 05:33 PM
Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County

I agree - use just two bar stools and loose one if replacing them with backless ones is not an option.

Oct 22, 2009 03:29 PM
Suzanne Metz
Design to Appeal - Medicine Hat, AB

Hi Donna, if I was to stage this dining area, I would remove all of the stools.  They make the dining area appear crowded.

Nov 22, 2009 11:27 AM
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Everyone is an expert right! Sellers can be sensitive and close minded...I just say...GOOD LUCK THEN!

Dec 04, 2009 07:52 AM
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Donna,  You should check back in with the seller around February when the house will probably still be sitting on the market and she would have already reduced the price at least once!  For what it's worth, I agree with the large majority that only two bar stools -- regardless of what type -- should be at that counter.  

Dec 10, 2009 08:37 PM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

This homeowner took her condo off the market. Don't know all the details!

Dec 11, 2009 02:30 PM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

I'll register my vote anyway.  Along with everyone else, I'd remove one bar stool.  I also think it would help to reposition end chairs at the table to the sides (2 per side).  That way, the end chair wouldn't be butted up against the bar stools.  But sounds like it's no longer your problem, er..., opportunity!

Mar 25, 2010 02:25 PM