Staging a Home in Camillus, NY Part 3: The Family Room
This lovely property in Camillus, NY was completely staged top to bottom before it was listed. In Part 1 and Part 2 I showed off the master bedroom and kitchen before and after photos respectively, and shared the details of what was done to prepare it for sale. In Staging a Home in Camillus, NY Part 3: The Family Room, I will show what was done to help make buyers feel home and fall in love with this beautiful home in Camillus.
The Family Room
The family room is where the seller's family spent most of their time throughout the many years they lived there. It was cozy and comfortable, and the furnishings invited people to put their feet up, relax, and enjoy some time together. There were many positive aspects we wanted to emphasize when updating the space, so the staging really had to keep that comfortable feeling intact.
Here is what the family room in Camillus looked liked before staging:
This after photo really shows what a difference staging makes:
Here is another look at the 'before':
And another 'after' view:
How We Did It
Step One: Out With the Old
As a hands-on home stager in Syracuse, I was thrilled to be given this project. Following the action plan that was developed after the initial consultation, we began by removing family photos and taking down the wind chimes, hanging plants, and hanging lanterns. Next, we cleared away all of the items from the built-in shelves, put the throw rugs and afghans into storage, and packed or gave away everything else that would not be needed. Shutters on the bottom third of the built-in shelves were in disrepair, and we determined it would be easier to just take them off than try to fix them. Numerous nicks and worn places on the woodwork were touched up with new stain, and the woodstove (to the left in the pictures above) was cleared off and given a good cleaning.
Step Two: In With the New
New furniture was not an option, so we covered the sofa and loveseat with inexpensive loose slip covers and dressed them up with some new pillows from Marshall's HomeGoods in shades of orange. Next we changed all the handles on the closets and replaced the dated Early American style outlet covers. The storage ottoman in front of the sofa seemed like an obvious place for a staging tray, but, the room had so many great focal points already such as the wood stove, the wonderful view, and the built-ins, we decided to simply dress the ottoman with a fabric runner for added color.
Last Minute Details
As you are approaching the family room, the built-in shelves are the first thing you see, so we wanted to really show them off. The seller had a beautiful collection of glazed pottery which we took from another room and arranged on the shelves with just a couple other items found throughout the house. The bar area (not pictured) was set up as if a party guests were expected to arrive soon, and a large silk potted plant was added to the dark far corner of the room.
The seller loved the transformation that took place after staging the home in Camillus, NY, and will be using many of the new things in the next home.
One more 'before' picture: