Rugs Make All the Difference

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Home Stager with Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

We staged a very nice Mediterranean style home yesterday in Arcadia, CA. It looked great when we were finished, but something was missing. Rugs! The Persian rugs weren't part of my original contract, but the homeowner, Realtor and I all agreed that they were really necessary. Yes, the home had  large expanses of beautiful Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors. But in this case, the hardwood floors were too much of a good thing and needed to be subdued a bit. I am truly a Persian rug junkie, and I use them wherever I am able, but I am still always amazed at the warmth and finishing touch a well chosen rug can add to a room.  Persian rugs always add a touch of class. A great Persian rug can elevate a not-so-special home to a home buyers will fall in love with.

living room without rugs

 

This is the Living Room after staging, but without rugs.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Mountains Design Living Room After 

 Living Room after staging with the addition of a beautiful Persian rug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

family room after staging before rug

 

Family Room after staging but before the addition of a Persian rug.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Mountains Design Family Rm After

 

Family room after the addition of a Persian rug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more photos of this project see Will Staging Be the Magic Bullet?

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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.

Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations,  and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs, foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers. Builders hire us to stage their models or to help move inventory when sales slow down.

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Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Karen: You are absolutely right. Thanks for commenting.
Nov 10, 2007 03:42 PM #44
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Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Michelle - Huge difference.  The rooms just look so much more comfortable and inviting now.  I keep going back to look to at the before and after of the second room - everything is the same except for the addition of the rug and it's so much brighter! 

Jackie

Nov 10, 2007 03:52 PM #45
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Jackie: I was pretty shocked when I saw the before and after photos myself, and I was actually standing in the rooms! The rugs make the rooms.
Nov 10, 2007 04:35 PM #46
Rainer
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Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

Great post and I love the B&A pictures.  What a difference, how the furiture becomes placed and anchored with the addition of the rug.  I always struggle with rug selections...something I need to really learn, kind of coordinating a man's tie with the rest of his 'suit', what patterns compliment the style best, you know?

 

Nov 10, 2007 11:44 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Abby: Thank you for your comments. Here is my little secret regarding rugs: I ask my rug supplier to bring 2 or 3 that I think will work for each room. Once the rugs are there it is easy to decide because the furniture is there and you can see the rugs and how they will work right in the home. If I have it available, I bring a swatch or throw pillow of the predominant fabrics to the rug showroom, which helps me pick the 2 or 3 I want to see at the house.
Nov 11, 2007 02:24 AM #48
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Lori Hakeem Oxley
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. - Tampa, FL
What a difference adding the Persian rugs made!!  I am impressed with how it really pulls the whole room together!  Great job!
Nov 11, 2007 07:06 AM #49
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Lori: Thank you.

Diane: I think they made a big difference in this case. Every house is different, but my money is on using rugs.

Nov 11, 2007 07:45 AM #51
Rainer
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Leslie Godbold
WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio - Asheville, NC
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Michelle, Your pictures show the difference between putting furniture in a house and professionally staging it. Great Results!
Nov 11, 2007 09:10 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Thanks a bunch Leslie!
Nov 11, 2007 09:22 AM #53
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Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
The rugs complete the rooms.  I use to think rugs made the rooms appear smaller so I stayed away from them.  You proved me wrong.  You (and Kate's comment) have changed my mind.  I am now considering adding large rugs to my inventory.  :)
Nov 12, 2007 03:06 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Janice: Happy to be of service. Just keep in mind that larger rugs are heavy, so make sure you have some help with them.
Nov 12, 2007 03:09 PM #55
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
Michelle, not only are the rugs you have selected beautiful but I love they way they anchor the furniture within the spaces you have staged.  I like the fact that they are light and therefore provide an open space to the rooms.  Do you have a preferred source for your rugs?
Jan 05, 2008 07:38 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Why thank you, Jo. I have purchased a number of rugs on Ebay and Craigs List. They are all real Persian rugs and not as expensive as you would think. I also work with a rug dealer from whom I have purchased a number of rugs from for interior design clients. While I won't discuss specifics, we have a mutally beneficial arrangement that has worked out very well for both of us.
Jan 05, 2008 07:47 AM #57
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Michelle - The rugs sure do soften the look of the room.  Excellent photos to illustrate your point.
Jan 08, 2008 12:11 PM #58
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Vincent Coccia
Construction Services Integration - Paoli, PA

Big difference when the rug is added.

Jan 08, 2008 02:12 PM #59
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Marlene: Thank you. Sometimes it is suprising when you look at the photos after you have finished a job. Thanks.

Vincent: It's true. Thanks for your comment.

Jan 09, 2008 01:58 AM #60
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Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

I love rugs for hardwood floor but they are a bit of a pain to store - anyone have some great ideas? Also, how often do you clean them?  I am thinking of buying a steam cleaner for rugs to keep up with it - if anyone know of a god one please tell me.

 

Jan 09, 2008 11:50 AM #61
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Hi Kim: I store my rugs rolled up and standing on end, or folded and rolled like they do at a Persian rug store. I have my rugs professionally cleaned. They are too heavy when wet for us to lug around. Since I mostly stage vacants, I don't have to have the rugs cleaned that often. Just keep them well vacuumed to pick up any loose dirt.
Jan 09, 2008 12:20 PM #62
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Brenda Thomas
Hidden Potential - Halifax, MA

Michelle,

Wow great before and after pics .  The rugs anchor the room and give a warm and homey feel.. great job.

 

hiddenpotentialhomestage.com 

Jan 09, 2008 12:29 PM #63
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Thanks Brenda: I thought these photos really illustrated the point well.
Jan 09, 2008 12:31 PM #64
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