Staging a Dining Room

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Home Stager with Just Your Style Interiors, LLC
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Dining rooms often seem to me to be the rooms with the most furniture and the ones homeowners use for more than one purpose.  Therefore they tend to collect things not related to dining.  When you are getting ready to sell your home take a really close look at your dining room.  Most dining rooms are furnished with a table and a collection of other furniture pieces including china cabinets, buffets, servers, sideboards and those "extra chairs".  This dining room is the perfect example:

Dining Room before

The photo is taken from the foyer so it is the first impression when you walk into the home.  As a professional stager my first goal would be to create a sense of spaciousness in this room.  One sure way of doing that is to make sure the opposite wall is visible.  Here, the opposite wall is largely hidden by the china cabinet and the chandelier.  And the room looks almost impossible to move around in.  The subtle message to a prospective buyer is that there is insufficient room here to entertain. The homeowner said, "The furniture has been like this for the last 23 years and there isn't any other way the room works."

Enter staging: 

Dining Room after

Same furniture, except the extraneous pieces have been removed.  (2 side chairs and the table leaf went into a basement storage area, the side table found a new home in the living room, and the plant happily relocated to a guest bedroom).  The dining room fixture was replaced and simple trim was added below the existing chair rail to give the illusion of wainscotting. The upper walls remained the same color.  The coordinating framed prints were relocated from two other rooms.  But the biggest difference was simply switching the china cabinet and the server.  Now you see the far wall and the dining room looks much larger and much more inviting.  Another option would be to remove the china cabinet and leave the buffet allowing you to see all the walls; however, the top of this buffet was marred so I opted to leave it in place.  Plenty of visible floor says there is ample space to move around and entertain.  The homeowner stood in the dining room and kept saying, "It looks so large", "I can't believe this is the same room", "i would never have thought . . "

Great staging is about looking beyond "how it always is" to find what is possible.  As a stager I am focused on highlighting the spaciousness of a room, the architectural features, and defining one purpose for the room.  So, now there's plenty of room here for family dining and entertaining, and a much more welcoming feeling as you enter the home, making any buyer take notice. 

Before you sell your home, consult with a certified professional stager in your area to see just what is possible!  If you're on the beautiful island of Maui, you can find out what is possible for your home by contacting me at Just Your Style Interiors.

 

Janet L. Jones

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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Looks great, Janet! It's fun when the homeowners are flabbergasted! It's like they've already moved!

Feb 22, 2011 05:07 PM #1
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
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Great job removing that table cloth...looks alot better and more inviting also...thanks for sharing

Feb 23, 2011 01:53 AM #2
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Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
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Now you can see that there is actually some nice detailed wood work below the chair rail.  Much airier.

Feb 23, 2011 08:57 AM #3
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Janet -- you did a great job transforming this dining room!  I love all of your suggestions including adding trim below the chair rail as "an illusion of wainscoting" -- very effective!  The new light fixture and the removal of the excess pieces made a difference like Night and Day. Oh -- and thanks for removing the tablecloth (one of my pet staging peeves is to see tablecloths on nice wood tables).

I'll bet that homeowner is still shaking her head and asking herself, "why didn't we think of doing that before?"  This post really illustrates the benefit of a consultation with a professional home stager  :-)

Feb 23, 2011 11:49 AM #4
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Janet- this is an excellent post not only showing us the "B&A's" but also explaining the "why's".  It's amazing what changing the light fixture and moving the tall china cabinet to the other wall did to open up the room. I too thank you for removing the table cloth.  

Feb 23, 2011 01:04 PM #5
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Peg--I'm not sure if the homeowner has yet to leave the dining room!  Just kidding, but I do love it when their amazed at their own rooms.

Hi Mary Lou--I love removing tableclothes and appreciating the beauty of fine wood. 

Hi Brenda--Yes, most of the room--wall, floors, rug were hidden by all the furniture and other "stuff" that gathered there. 

Hi Maureen--Thanks for your comments and your most wonderful support. 

Hi Kathy--I personally don't love the new light fixture but it was a "gift" to the homeowner that had never been installed and it is better than the original one.  I think my favorite thing is moving furniture around in a space.

Feb 23, 2011 03:17 PM #6
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Hello, Janet!  Love that the space is improved - changes that will stay with the house - and that you used what the seller already had!  Wonderful transformation.  Julie

Feb 24, 2011 01:47 AM #7
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Thanks, Julia.  My first choice is to work with what the seller has and I love to recylce, repurpose and reuse.  Some of that may have to do with the fact that there are limited choices when you live on an island this size!

Feb 24, 2011 09:15 AM #8
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Janet, your clients must be breathing a sigh of relief now that you can actually see the room. I don't think people understand just how overwhelmed you feel all the time with over stuffed rooms.

I had a consult tonight with the exact same thing going on. We actually declutterd as we went. Client is very happy and could see and feel the results right away. Super work on your part.

Feb 24, 2011 06:58 PM #9
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Michelle--So well said.  People do feel overwhelmed and then have no idea where to start.  I love that we can help them find a different way.

Feb 25, 2011 02:20 AM #10
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Tori Toth
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so much brighter and mainstream the table setting looked so outdating, it's good you didn't set the table again!

Feb 25, 2011 07:46 AM #11
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Tori.  Thanks for your comments.  I also took the heavy drapery off the windows which is not visible in these photos--so that "let the sun shine in!"

Feb 25, 2011 11:00 AM #12
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Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

You have transformed the room into a more current looking dining room with the feeling of more space.  Well done Janet. 

Feb 25, 2011 09:59 PM #13
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Michele, thank you for your kind comments.

Feb 26, 2011 08:54 AM #14
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