I was asked by a reporter today, of all my home staging photos, which was my favorite. She didn't want to know which was my favorite project. She wanted to know which home staging photo I liked the best. I reviewed my home staging portfolio and I chose this one:
This was the livingroom of a home I staged in Los Angeles (Valley Village). It was a very nice cottage, but really nothing about it really stood out, as home staging projects go. I didn't have a lot of time to choose the rug, so I chose this one, which happened to be on the top of the pile. I grabbed some red throw pillows and some red accessories and tossed them in the van as an afterthought.
After staging and photographing the home, I downloaded the photos and realized magic had happened. In the past I avoided strong colors and mostly stuck to a palette of creams, tans and browns with a few brighter colors to accessorize. Never anything this bold. I think this photo epitomizes my ability as a home stager to make a home come alive.
This photo had a big impact on the way I stage now. I use a lot more color, which I think makes the homes I stage more energetic and exciting.
By the way, this home received multiple offers after the first open house and sold over asking.
Do you have a favorite home staging photo? Feel free to post it in the comments below.