Home stagers-do you do nurseries?

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Home Stager with Transitional Designs, LLC
We often bid on jobs where the thrid bedroom is pretty small and we seem to always have the debate-nursery or office? We would like the option to do a nursery with a bassinet but are having troube finding a wicker one. They are so much more charming than the new plastic ones....Anyone have a source you can share? Also, I wonder whickh option most stagers are choosing......
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Rainmaker
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Diana Corcoran
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties - Rhinebeck, NY
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Cheri: Before I became a stager and Realtor I had an antique shop for 10 years.  We sold many wicker basinetts that people bought to use in their nurseries or used for their doll collections.  I could always find great ones at auctions and I don't think I ever paid more than $15 for one and for that price many had the skirts and blankets that went with them. So I would start with auctions. If that is not an option for you then try the antique shops.  We usually sold them for anywhere from $45 to $75 depending on condition, accessories, etc. Hope this helps.
Aug 26, 2007 02:25 PM #1
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Good idea-we have been watching the paper as ours has a section called "bargain box." Of course since we have been looking-haven't see a single one! We are also watching garage sales but so far-no luck. A part of me feels like we should use the fall back office but I thought the nursery would be a nice change for a small room. Of course, I want to appeal to as many buyers as possible but at my bid today-we decided on a nursery so the hunt goes on....Thanks for the comment!.
Aug 26, 2007 02:48 PM #2
Rainer
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more School of Home Staging - South San Francisco, CA
Host, The Home Staging Show podcast

IKEA (more modern ones), resale/used baby stores, craig's list, goodwill. I would do a google search for resale baby store where parents can take in their old baby stuff to either trade or sell their stuff. You may want to start with that.

Hope this helps,

Cindy 

Aug 26, 2007 03:44 PM #3
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Oh Cindy-I forgot craig's list! We don't have IKEA-5 hours away :(. Do you stage nurseries or should we stick to "office"?
Aug 26, 2007 03:46 PM #4
Rainer
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Clayton, MO
Hey Cheri! You should absolutely post on craigslist and freecycle that your looking for that. :) You just never know.
Aug 26, 2007 04:50 PM #5
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Okay-didn't think of freecycle either!  Thanks for the reminder...
Aug 26, 2007 04:51 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
Cheri - I would rather stage a third bedroom with a twin then a crib.  It will appeal more to the masses and that is what we want to do.
Aug 28, 2007 04:26 AM #7
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Janice: I agree but have foind that in some small 3rd bedrooms,  twin is simply too much. So we were looking for alternatives to highlight the space. Thats how this debate began.....I'm still torn. Thanks for the comment.
Aug 28, 2007 05:17 AM #8
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Jaynee Acevedo
Capital Style Home Staging - Kensington, MD
Capital Style Home Staging

About a year ago I staged a 6 bedroom house.  I know you all "know" this house.....three bedroom split, with tiny rooms, no overhead light, narrow hallways, all hall bathrooms, and PANELLING.  Knowing the profile of today's buyer, I instantly turned three into "something else".  One became a playroom (the smallest.....used a big rocker, a few large stuffed animals, a colorful rug, small bookshelf and a few books), one an exercise room (floor lamp, treadmill, TV and stand, weight rack, and running shoes), and the third was a "nursery".  I used an existing twin bed, took off the mattress, leaving the box spring on the frame, and draped it with white bedding and very 'young' accessories, including a tiny pink butterfly costume hung on the wall.  I used soft toys on the floor, and bright lamps (no overhead light....ughhh!).  While I called it a "nursery", the idea is that it is the room the baby grows into.  This lets the room relate to the parents of the newborn, and to the little girl, alike. 

Practically speaking, the twin idea works better for staging (IMHO) because there's often a spare twin somewhere in the home, or an inflatable is easy to do.  Carrying around a crib or wicker bassinette is tougher and more time consuming.  I just keep the twin low to the ground to "tell the story".

Cheers, from DC!

   Jaynee

Aug 28, 2007 05:47 AM #9
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Jaynee-Good food for thought-thanks
Aug 28, 2007 06:01 AM #10
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Lise McCleerey
Affinity Real Estate Group - Kirkland, WA

Wow! We just sold ours on Ebay a few months ago!! I wish I'd thought of using it as a staging prop!  Great thought!

 

My husband would think me nuts if I purchased a new one though. I can just hear it "LUUUUUCYYYY you got som splaining to do!!!!" Ricky Ricardo style  <G>  

 

Warm Regards,

 

Lise McCleerey, Keller Williams Realty Bellevue

Sep 05, 2007 04:25 PM #11
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Lisa: So funny! We actualy had one when my grandson was born but of course we passed it on. We were not expecting anymore babies soon. Course we didn't want to store it and now we are looking for another one-go figure! Thanks for stopping by
Sep 05, 2007 04:33 PM #12
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Ann Krewson
A.L.I. Designs, Inc. - Houston, TX
A.L.I. Designs; Staging Houston Homes; Allied Member of A.S.I.D.
Office for sure. Doing a nursery appeals to only certain amounts of buyers. Not everyone has kids but most have offices.
Sep 06, 2007 03:05 AM #13
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Ann: My first instinct is office too but as we are staging bigger and bigger properties, there is often already a space for an office in the home. I am considering a nursery as an alternative for 3rd or 4th bedrooms when the rooms are very small.....I'm still unsure!
Sep 06, 2007 03:11 AM #14
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Jaynee Acevedo
Capital Style Home Staging - Kensington, MD
Capital Style Home Staging

Ann and Cheri:  No doubt the home office is the first thing to do with that 3rd or 4th bedroom.  When there's either that awkward space in an open hall, or that 5th or 6th bedroom, or that tiny bedroom that is ridiculous for a normal sized person, I think the nursery story is a good one to tell.

Just my two cents, from DC!

   Jaynee

Sep 06, 2007 03:23 AM #15
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

While I never staged a nursery I think that could be very cute. you will have to consider your target market, for instance if you are staging in a community that attracts older couples 55 and over then obviously not.

A home office of study is what I have always staged in the extra bedroom. I like what Jaynee did and that way it appeals to mroe people. Go with your instincts, trust your ideas and then take lots of pics to show us.

Shop those garage sales and estate sales. Good luck

Phyllis Pafumi  

Sep 08, 2007 02:16 PM #16
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
Phyllis: I think we will eventually try this so when we do-I will post pics...sounds like fun to me and if we are in a family oriented market-I think it could work. As I'm writing theis. Property Ladder is on and they staged a room as a nursery-very cute so maybe I'm onto something. Thanks for stopping by...
Sep 08, 2007 03:54 PM #17
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