We recently staged a beautiful Executive Home that was going on the market in Cleveland, Tennessee. At first glance the bones of this house are naturally beautiful, but there were a few obstacles that kept it's true beauty from shining through. As all homeowners know, it is extremely easy to accumulate lots of clutter over the years. Little things stuck here and objects place there.....after a while you don't really see your home objectively. That's where it's helpful to have "fresh eyes" to evaluate the situation. This home seller was so used to seeing things where they were, that she could not see things as they should be. Here are a few of the changes that we made:
In the kitchen:
Before: There is too much clutter on the countertop; and the book nook is crammed full of books. With some packing away and artful arrangement this kitchen looks fresh and new.
Before: There are too many distractions behind the little sofa, and they were blocking a beautiful view of the lake outside. (Just wish I had remembered to remove the trash can for the after photo! Uggh!)
Before: The dining room was painted a taste-specific lavender. Perfect for the owner to live-in, but maybe not perfect to attract a buyer. The color was changed to a beautiful neutral that anyone would love.
Before: The guest room is another example of being too taste specific. Although the lavender walls and yellow comforter would be perfect for a sweet young princess--a prince might not be quite so amused with it. The change is significant--leave NO WORK for your potential buyers.
Before: The living room was one of the "first impression" rooms and needed some ingenious furniture placement. The first thing you saw upon entering was the a cluttered curio cabinet and the side of a leather chair. There were also 2 heavy furniture pieces blocking the windows. The sofa was a little small for such a grand room. We suggested that they switch the larger sectional from the downstairs family room and the rug along with it. Much richer colors and better proportions for the tall ceiling and windows.
This home is a jewel, but some minor flaws were hiding it's brilliance.
--Home Staging can unveil your diamond in the rough--your FOR SALE HOME--into the hot commodity that it deserves to be!--
**After photography by Debbi Gerdt**