Home Staging Vancouver Causes Reenactment of the Battle of the 7 Years War

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Home Staging Vancouver Causes Reenactment of the 7 Years War

Like a scene out of the movie, Night at the Museum, I may have unintentionally caused a second chapter to the 7 Years War, the infamous war between the English and the French during the mid-18th century.  Let me back up and explain...

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

I was called in to add a bit of "wow" to an already gorgeous home for sale.  This home was built in 1998, but you'd swear it was built 100 years ago.  The builder really focused on recreating a period home, with beautiful wood moldings and paneling.  The hardwood floor is gorgeous, and looks like it should creak, just as in an old home.  There are nooks and crannies everywhere, and the home is oozing with charm and character.

However, there was still room for improvement. 

- The formal living/dining room lacked a dining room table.  In this $1.5 million home, buyers want to see a dining room area where they are able to entertain.  Solution:  We added a beautiful dining room table and chairs, appropriate to the style of the home.

- The rooms appeared very dark.  Due to dark paint colour choices, the home felt very dark and dreary.  Solution:  We advised the homeowner to paint the living room a lighter, neutral colour, but in the meantime, we lightened and brightened the room using light coloured cushions, furniture and rug.

- The great room area felt very stark and empty.  The sofa and t.v. off the kitchen seemed like an afterthought, and wasn't very inviting. Solution:  We relocated a side table from upstairs to the family room, and added a coffee table, artwork, rug and accessories.

We addressed the above points, but what on earth does this have to do with the battle between the French & English, you ask?  Well, above the fireplace sat a beautiful portrait of a distant relative of the home owner.  This ancestor stared at you, sporting full British regalia.  Clearly, the British were holding fort in this beautiful home.  As the homeowner said herself, it felt as if the portrait was following you around the room with his eyes!  We relocated the portrait to the study, where he would feel more comfortableNow everyone knows I'm a francophile, so of course I had to bring in dining room chairs with French script and added an Eiffel tower. 

What do you think will happen when the owners retire for bed and the lights are turned out?  Will it be just like a scene out of Night at the Museum?  Will the British ancestor leap from the confines of the picture frame and declare war against the French chairs?!!  I guess we'll never know...

Here are some "Before & After" Photos:

LIVING ROOM - BEFORE

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

LIVING ROOM - AFTER

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

LIVING ROOM - AFTER

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

DINING AREA - BEFORE

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

DINING AREA - AFTER

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

DEN - BEFORE

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

DEN - AFTER

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

FAMILY ROOM - BEFORE

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

FAMILY ROOM - AFTER

North Vancouver Home Staging-before & after photos

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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Hi Sally ~ the only battle that will occur at this house is the one from multiple buyers fighting over it!!  Your changes made this house feel  SO much lighter, more inviting, and will no doubt lead to a quick sale.  You also added some fun contemporary flair, which buyers will be looking for -- no one wants to live in a museum!!

Old whats-his-name looks much better in the den, BTW  :-)

Oct 02, 2011 06:23 AM #1
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Maureen - Thanks!  A multiple buyers battle would be a wonderful thing!  This is the property I was telling you and Jackson about over dinner - bet you figured that out!

Oct 02, 2011 07:02 AM #2
Rainer
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sally, what a nice balance between English and French in this house now. Very beautiful and gentle touches that awake the house form a deep sleep.

Oct 02, 2011 07:40 AM #3
Rainer
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Sally.....I absolutely LOVE what you did!!  The punches of white/cream make the Living Room & Dining Room bright, beautiful and I'm sure SOLD Soon!  I also WANT those dining chairs....love the "postal" theme and the nail head trim!!  WOW oh WOW!!!

Oct 02, 2011 09:23 AM #4
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Anna - I believe there may have been a truce between the two sides!  Your comment is very poetic - I love it!

Kathy - Aren't those dining room chairs fabulous?  They hit the store and were pretty much all gone the next day.  I was lucky to be at the right store at the right time!  I have 5, but I'm still on the hunt for a 6th chair... 

Oct 02, 2011 09:35 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Sally, light and bright sells homes every time. I love to live with dark colours but when I sold my home recently, all the walls were painted CC 110 Muslin Ben Moore. You won the French/English debate on this one. Love the dining room chairs, really added some spunk to the house.

Oct 02, 2011 10:47 AM #6
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Michelle - I couldn't agree more.  I get why they chose the dark colours - makes sense in a Victorian style home.  However, they will need to be lightened up the walls for selling.  I don't know if you can see, but in the after photo of the dining room, attached to the doorway molding on the left hand side is a paint chip - this is what the new colour will be.  At least, their homework was to repaint... 

Oct 02, 2011 11:56 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

KISS, KISS, KISS!  Keep It Simple Sally...............fabulous my friend.  Love those dininr room chairs.

Oct 02, 2011 01:18 PM #8
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Roger - I can never hear KISS KISS KISS enough!  Thanks - those chairs really are exquisite, aren't they?

Oct 02, 2011 02:01 PM #9
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Valerie - Isn't it wonderful how we can gobble up those eye candy photos without putting on any weight!  Yes, as handsome as the Lieutenant General is, he needed to be banished to the canteen - uh, I mean Den...

Oct 03, 2011 04:45 AM #11
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Marilynn Currie

Great Job! Whee or where did you find those dining room chairs?? Rented or bought?

Oct 04, 2011 08:03 AM #12
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Marilyn - Thanks!  I know, those chairs are a great find.  I bought them - I'll email you separately. 

Oct 04, 2011 02:07 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Sally,

You subtly gave a traditional and rather aloof interior an updated and more transitional feel. You set at ease the rather formal appearance of the property with just the right touches of casual modernity without confusing design styles. It went from being an old victorian to transitional chic. Lovely work.

Peace,

Oct 05, 2011 08:24 AM #14
Rainer
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Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Hey girlfriend!!! I vote for "Battle in the Black"!! you've got to keep that imagination alive ya know!

Oct 05, 2011 01:23 PM #15
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kimo - Can you please be my ghost writer from now on?!!  You just said so eloquently what I set out to achieve.  Thanks so much - "transitional chic" - I love it!

Valerie - Hey, great to see you here!  Oh yes, that would be my vote, too, although their poor dog will probably be freaked out when the painting starts to chase the chairs, and the Swiss cushions jump in to stop all the fighting!

Oct 05, 2011 01:32 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Bravo, Bravo....this is a battle that has already been won!  Fabulous job and you can add me to the list of dining room chair fans!

Oct 06, 2011 11:15 AM #17
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Sharon - Merci er, I mean... Tally Ho!  Yes, I think they called a truce to let all the lucky buyers in to have a look.  Those chairs have been sitting in my inventory, waiting for the right home.  Just after I purchased them, I seemed to be staging modern condos!

Oct 06, 2011 11:23 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Sally - I found your 6th chair. It's here in Atlanta (smile). I saw them the other day, and thought they'd be wonderful in a home. Your post proves they do.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.

Kathy

Oct 08, 2011 01:34 AM #19
Rainer
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Sally you did a very nice job with this 'character' home.  Your choices of colour and furniture items along with accessories did an amazing job for this property.

 

Oct 08, 2011 02:27 AM #20
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kathy - Nooooo!  Are you serious?!!  To think that my 6th chair is sitting in Atlanta, GA!  If you want to add them to your inventory, my advice is run out and buy them now, because tomorrow they'll be gone! 

Thank you so much for the Feature in Staging Before & After Photos - it's always a delight!

Wendy - Thanks so much for your always positive comments!  This home was a real joy to stage.

Oct 08, 2011 04:05 AM #21
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