The Sectional That Ate Seattle!

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Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

Sectional couches are wonderful.  They are big enough for your whole family, including the 4 footed members, and after Thanksgiving dinner, three or four people can pass out at the same time.  But when it comes to selling your house, sometimes a sectional can just be too much of a good thing. 

 That was the case with this house.  The sectional ate up almost the entire living room and took the focus off the beautiful fireplace. 

 What's the solution? 

  • First, I got rid of the corner piece & set up the remaining one armed couches facing each other. 
  •  I put a little side table at each armless end and nobody seemed to notice. 
  • It created a much more intimate space, almost like an inglenook.
  • This allowed the fireplace to take center stage.

                                          The house sold in 5 days, so all's well that ends well!

Before:                                                       After:

 

If you need to save the sale of your house from a ravenous sectional, give me a call!

Susan Peters

206.781.1724

Susan@SusanPeters.com

The Better it Looks...The Better it Sells!

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Rainmaker
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Olga Diaz
COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON - Pullman, WA
Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR

Susan!  It looks so much better.  The room looks larger and the fireplace stands out.  Some of these sectionals are so big. You did a great job.

Mar 12, 2010 03:41 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Susan,  What a great success story!  Sectionals can be wonderful, for the many reasons you mentioned, but too often they are sandwiched into rooms for which they are just too large.  I'm glad you could separate the sectional to make two "just right" sized sofas.  You also sucessfully de-cluttered this room, so now we can see the beautiful structural details, not all the "stuff".

Mar 12, 2010 03:43 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Susan you're selling this job short.  YOU did a lot more than just make this sectional work for the room.  Now the room has a more peaceful and less crowded feeling, plus classy decor without the clutter.  Bravo again!

Mar 12, 2010 04:10 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Susan,

It looks so much better now!  The room looks much larger since the entertainment center and the full book cases are gone.  Great job!

Mar 12, 2010 04:10 PM #9
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

1000% Improvement!!!!  Great use of the sectional....and great staging!

Mar 12, 2010 04:39 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

I am with Ginger-way more thank sectionals!!! You are the queen of staging here Susan!!! Bravo!!!! 

Mar 12, 2010 06:05 PM #11
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Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

The beautiful features of the home were lost before your staging Susan.  Fantastic work showcasing the space.

Mar 12, 2010 08:06 PM #12
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Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

I love the title to your blog.  You did a beautiful job with that room.  What a huge difference.  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 12, 2010 08:56 PM #13
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

LOL - I too love the title of this blog.

Once again, Susan, you've worked your magic!  In a word "Incredible."

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.

Kathy

Mar 12, 2010 11:59 PM #14
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

You have done an excellent job..and I love the facing of the two counches..the title of your blog is also very catchy..good for you !!!

Mar 13, 2010 12:16 AM #15
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Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

This is INSANELY good!  You made this home look SOOOO much bigger and more inviting!  Yes, the sectional was "eating up" not only Seattle, but valuable square footage as well!

Mar 13, 2010 08:26 AM #16
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I was just in a home that had the biggest sectional I've ever seen, and it was the first thing you saw when you walked in.  It was a big distraction.  Great use taking apart to be more functional.

Mar 13, 2010 03:45 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Nice play on words.

Great job staging

Mar 14, 2010 03:05 AM #18
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Warning:  there are A LOT of these huge sectionals out there; young couples have been buying them like crazy.  Now they're getting ready to move, so we have to deal with these ravenous creatures!  Julie

Mar 14, 2010 05:10 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

That is a great solution to a problem that we encounter a lot.

Mar 14, 2010 05:37 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a wonderful transformation.  We should call you the sectional slayer!  I've had a number of clients with these horrible monsters.  Your solution was brilliant. 

Mar 14, 2010 08:35 AM #21
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Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

Beautiful job of reclaiming this space from that awful creature.

Was it your handy work or did it eat the shelving and books and clutter before it left?

Nice job of taming that beast Susan.

Mar 14, 2010 11:35 AM #22
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Love the title of your post!   Got my attention right away. Looks fantastic. Really remarkable difference in the before and after shots. Well done and congratulations on another great staging job that makes the room look larger increasing the perceived value of the home.

Mar 15, 2010 11:53 PM #23
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Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Susan, you made a vast difference in this room by paring down the behemoth sectional, thereby shifting the focus from that side of the room to the fireplace wall.  You also did a great job with the other wall that was covered in bookshelves.  Congratulations!

Mar 16, 2010 03:15 AM #24
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

First of all I'd like to thank all of you for your kind comments.

Kathy: Thanks again for the feature. I love Before and Afters!

Liz:My wonderful client followed my instructions to a tee. In 48 hours she sold all of her "extra stuff" on Craigslist. Since her living room was long and narrow, I sandwiched my demi-lune table between her 2 remaining bookcases to create a vignette and balance the space. 

Mar 16, 2010 05:33 PM #25
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