Here are 2 more examples of unflattering photos I stumbled across on the MLS -- and sadly, most of the photos I see on-line don't do their houses justice -- that clearly would benefit from simple staging: Lose the balloons, the little doo-dads above the cabinets, all the photos on the fridge, the photo and electronics on the end table, and most of the clutter on the counters. Get rid of the 2nd layer of curtains -- depending on the view -- and swap out the leopard print pillows for something more sophisticated and less taste-specific, like ivory and beige-patterned pillows. The chairs need to be pushed under the lip of the counter and straightened out as well. I'd then add a trio of tall candle pillars or a tropical plant to the end table, since this is a Florida house.
Perfect example of a completely dull space! Two easy fixes that would make this room look much better: 1) Paint the fireplace wall a warm contrasting beige that coordinates with the carpet, assuming the carpet has to stay and there are no hardwood floors underneath. 2) Add a tree or plant or large vase with tall colorful flowers or branches to the left side of the fireplace. 3) Add a nature painting/print or a mirror or sculptural metal work above the fireplace. Voila! The whole fireplace wall would now become an attractive focal point.
Any other ideas? I'd love to hear!