Before and After Staging: All White Upstairs, All Wood Downstairs

Home Stager with Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties

We staged this occupied home last week in the Shoreline area of North Seattle.  The agent had seen a home we had staged nearby which sold at the first open house and wanted us to assit him in getting this listing "show ready".

The upstairs had a great sectional, but there was very little color or "wow" in this room prior to staging.

After staging:  We brought in color with artwork, toss pillows, and a throw on the ottoman.  We also moved the sectional so it was centered under the window and away from the wall to create more balance in the room. 

Before staging the ottoman was being used as an end table to hold the telephone.

After staging:  The large ottoman now acts as a coffee table/ottoman and the large t.v. is balanced by a black sofa table and additional lighting seen on the left in the photo below.

Dining room before staging:  The homeowner had a black pub table in the basement that went with the two chairs at the bar.  We brought up the table and two additional chairs from the basement to stage this dining room.

Dining Room after staging: 

The post title said it all:  "all white upstairs, all wood downstairs".  Here is the "wood" - and stone downstairs, with a stuffed fish thrown in for good measure!

Basement after staging:  Additional lighting was needed in this space.  We created a casual and comfortable conversation area by bringing in a loveseat, leather ottoman and accessories.  A true "man cave!"

Prior to staging this mirror next to the sliding glass door causes confusion.

After staging:  The mirror is accented by a cool piece of the homeowner's metal artwork.  A wood table with accessories from our inventory complete the vingette.  We moved additional lighting into this space by using a lamp that was previously in the living room.

Staging by SISTERS Interior Redesign, Edmonds, WA, 425.776.7890,  Photos by Rick Landreth, Windermere Real Estate.

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Comments (11)

Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

You created a perfect man cave with all that wood downstairs Diana. Great job. And what do you mean there wasn't any color upstairs before? They had the black cat didn't they? LOL. It looks fabulous...truly. 

Jun 11, 2012 12:37 PM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Your staging made it look incredible, Diana. There's a new level of sophistication. I'm sure the homeowners were blown away.

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


Jun 11, 2012 09:42 PM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

What you did with that large wall mirror is absolutely brilliant!  Great solution.

Jun 12, 2012 05:54 AM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Thanks, Shar!  I appreciate your comments.

Kathy - Thanks for the feature.  I agree, the after photo is more sophisticated.  They have a great sleek sectional, it just needed some accessorizing.

Thanks, Julia!  I have to give credit where credit is due - the iron work over the mirror was my sisters idea.  I agree that it looks stunning!

Jun 12, 2012 06:39 AM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Diana - You did an amazing job!  I too love what you did with the "man cave" mirror as backdrop.

Jun 12, 2012 11:35 PM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Thanks, Michelle! 

I just noticed that HGTV has a new show called "Mom Caves"...sounds interesting :)


Jun 14, 2012 10:51 AM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Diana....I would have walked right into that mirror....dazed & confused for sure!  GREAT after's....HUGH difference!

Jun 15, 2012 03:46 PM
Penny Bergstrom
Delicious Decors, Stage, Design, Remodel 805.448.9226 - Santa Barbara, CA
Home Staging, Interior, Design & Remodel, Santa Barbara to LA

Diana, excellent placement of the white furniture and terrific addition of colors, boy what a difference. I love the man-cave also, so much more inviting and comfy looking. 

Jun 17, 2012 02:03 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Diana,

Wow, Wow, Wow....  what a transformation!  Beautifully done and now ready to catch a buyers heart!!!

Jun 17, 2012 01:06 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Diana - Talk about a Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde house!  Love the way you balanced the t.v. with a dark side board.  That imbalance was really bothering me in the Before photo.  This is such a great example of a home that homebuyers wouldn't even consider before staging.  What a huge improvement you've made!

Jun 18, 2012 01:58 AM
Debra Landy
StageTwoSell LLC - Horseheads, NY
PA and NY Home Stager

Wonderful transformation!

The grouping in front of the mirror is brilliant.

Jun 25, 2012 10:41 AM