Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 3!

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Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 3!

We toured the gorgeous Designer Showhouse of Westchester last week.  This second annual event was located in Bedford Corners, NY, and benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester

In Part 1, recurring motifs and traffic patterns were covered.  In Part 2, we looked at built-ins.  Part 3 uses a blue-and-white bedroom designed by Catherine Cleare (Westport, CT) to illustrate working with a monochromatic palette.

Monochromatic color schemes call for differences in pattern scale and texture...and one surprise element!

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The Ikat pattern on the walls is NOT wallpaper!  It's all hand-painted...probably with a stencil as a base, then embellished by hand.  Amazing.  It sets the middle-size pattern.  The large block-print paisley on the drapery is the largest, while some passementerie sets the smallest size pattern.  The textures were a little flat; I wanted more.  That said, the walls were glossy, the drapery linen, and the bed cover quilted.  Something fluffy, like a frothy throw or Mongolian fur pillows would have been perf!  I think it would have balanced all the "perforated" hard-edged fret-work furniture. 

The room needed some soft upholstery.  Everything was wood, metal, or lucite - with an upholstered seat.  An upholstered headboard would have been great, and broken up the matching bed/table/desk combo package.  But that's just my take.

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The surprise of an elegant, red lacquered Chinoiserie stand in an otherwise blue-and-white room brings a smile and lingering memory.

So if you're working with a monochromatic color palette, make pattern size and varied textures work for you.  Add in that surprise element!  Paint with a bold brush stroke, whether you're Staging to Live or Staging to Sell!  Add one dramatic element to your personal landscape, such as a large turquoise vase in an all-white room or a bunch of weather balloons to decorate a backyard party!


P.S.  Yes, sad to say, as a professional Home Stager, I would have to recommend that the walls be painted out. 


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Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Julia - I am with you on the headboard!  Upholstered would be solid and not compete with the hand-painted(!) walls.  It would soften the lines up, too!

Jun 12, 2011 04:43 AM #1
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Agree...an upholstered white headboard would have been the perfect!

Jun 12, 2011 05:46 AM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Julie - Love the blue & white - so fresh.  Ok, I have to say, the walls are giving me a migraine.  Maybe it looked better in person.  I love the surprise red stand with the roman bust on it.  That made me smile, too!  Hey, I have to thank you for the link on your last post (#2) to Lilian August's magazine.  I drooled over it for over an hour, looking at all the accessories and displays.  Mmmmmmmmm.

Jun 12, 2011 06:20 AM #3
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Hi Sharon & Kathy!!!  Yes, something soft to contrast with all the hardness.

Oh Sally - it was a bit much, but aftera ll, it IS a showhouse!  Yeah, I worked at Lillian August for a year.  Love the aesthetics - there are several.

Jun 12, 2011 06:48 AM #4
Ken and Leslye Huebsch
3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction - Harrisburg, PA
Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793

Same here.. the wall behind the headboard comes across too busy with the see through look of the headboard. Solid white.. much better idea.

Jun 12, 2011 07:30 AM #5
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Julie -- Adding an unexpected color to a monochromatic scheme is such a good idea.  (The style in that room seems dated and over-decorated, but that's just IMO)

Jun 12, 2011 07:42 AM #6
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Julia--I'm with Sally and the migraine.  I feel the diamond pattern is overly repeated in this small space--probably dictated the choice of headboard, too.  The only upholstered piece, which looks like a small chair in front of the window, is swallowed up by the large diamond pattern on the throw pillow.  I would have opted for a lower, solid headboard, no foot board and more solid color on the bed pillows.   

Jun 12, 2011 07:51 AM #7
Reno, NV

OK.... for me the headboard stays and the large framed picture on the wall goes. That picture is distracting from a  hand-painted wall that is the design focal point of this room. With the large print drapery panels, there is plenty to look at (including knick-knacks on the bedside table). Also, the small table with the lit lamp base goes too.  Too crowded! Move the small chair from in front of the window. I like looking thru the geometric pattern of the headboard to admire the pattern of the hand painted/detailed wall. Also, I never place lamps or large art pieces in front of hanging art where the wall art (not including mirrors) is blocked...from any angle.  Blocking the full-viewing of a work of art "bugs" me.This is "my view" of this room.....fun! thanks for sharing! 

Jun 12, 2011 10:03 AM #8
Alicia Barrington
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

Howdy from Houston!

We've done the guest suite in our home in this color pallette.  But, we did solid royal blue walls, and then mixed a variety of patterns and fabrics from Waverly.   It's a tricky business, and one of the things that really didn't work was adding elements of red (like the pedestal in the photo).  Made it look like Betsy Ross had come to stay......<G>

Jun 12, 2011 11:11 AM #9
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Julia, for the stager's eye the walls with pattern is bit too much but my question is about that lamp on the left. The base lighted up not the shade....unusual but cool.

Jun 12, 2011 01:31 PM #10
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Oh my goodness, I understand it's a show home and I bet the designer is under 50.  The bedroom reminds me of the 60s and I'm over that just like mauve and blue from the 80's.  IMHO, the bedroom is a case of less would be best.  Very interesting Julie, thanks for sharing. 

Jun 12, 2011 01:54 PM #11
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

I didn't mean to dish on this room, just wanted to use it as an illustration of how to combine pattern and texture in a monochromatic room.

Maureen - it's that one element that can make a monochromatic palette pop!  Unilike poor Tom's Star Spangled effect - LOL!

Jun 13, 2011 05:32 AM #12
Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA

Hi Julia,

I agree with the padded white headboard idea.

I know it was not an example of a staged for sale home,  however, it would make a cute room for a bed and breakfast  place in the country or coast.

Jun 13, 2011 09:20 AM #13
Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Thanks for showing us this photo, I love looking at designs, especially intricate ones that I would have a harder time pulling off. I would go with a dark blue upholstered (with curves) headboard, personally, and agree with the other comments about removing some of the pieces for staging. I'm not a fan of red with the blue and white, but could see the fun of using another "odd" color like yellow, lime green, or bright blue. Interesting how we all have slightly different takes! 

Jun 13, 2011 03:35 PM #14
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Maybe for a weekend beach getaway, but that would be about all I could take of it, think it would make me dizzy. LOL Don't care for it!

Jun 13, 2011 07:08 PM #15
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

You know, Linda - it WOULD be great for a B&B!

Hi Amy - you know, I never thought "Oh, it's red, white and blue - how patriotic!" when I saw this room - now we have Tom to thank for that - LOL!

Cindy - the area rug has a fretwork pattern too! 

Jun 14, 2011 01:29 AM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Add me to the list of "upholstered headboard" fans.  That room is far too busy for me!

Jun 14, 2011 12:53 PM #17
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