How do you dress a long, skinny living room?

Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

How do you dress a long, skinny living room? The same way you dress a tall, skinny woman! Put a belt on!

In this case, the belt is actually going to be the couch that intersects the room with a sofa table behind it, thus creating a formal entry and an intimate conversation area.

In Seattle we have a lot of  Tudors and bungalows  with this floor plan and this is the best staging solution that I've been able to come up with.

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Tom Plant - Murrieta, CA
Susan - Having not seen the before pictures, all I can say is what lovely work you've done.
Mar 21, 2008 07:12 AM #31
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Susan - I have a listing with a long room like that one.  I am going to go "belt it" tomorrow!  You are a Realtor and a Stager - do you stage for other Realtors, or would that be a conflict.  We don't have stagers here in Mesquite yet, I try to do it myself.
Apr 03, 2008 05:45 PM #32
Derek Bauer's, Door to Dreams Home Selling Team
Real Estate One - South Lyon, MI
Looks great .... were both of those shots of the same, "after," shot?
Apr 03, 2008 11:40 PM #33
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"
What a great use of defining space, and clean uncluttered lines!
Apr 04, 2008 04:50 PM #34
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Bevin: You're welcome!

Mary Lou, Julie, Amy and Kathy: Thanks for your comments. That color really seems to be a hit.

Audrey: You can have that table. all you need are 2 tray tables, a hollow core door without a hole for a door handle a a small can of black high gloss paint.

Melissa: I rarely want to see the back of a couch but in this case it makes sense. 


Apr 05, 2008 05:50 PM #35
Renee Pratta
Renewed Rooms - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Renewed Rooms - SC

Love your your example.  I did the same type of thing with two homes Renewed Rooms  staged.


 Renewed Rooms vision


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Long rooms can be a challenge...but with the right vision, it works.

Apr 06, 2008 01:20 PM #36
JoAnne Lenart-Weary
The Decorating and Staging Academy and One Day Decorating - Waterford, PA

Hi Susan, I love the analogy. I am mad at myself for not coming up with it, :) Bowling alley rooms are always tough but your belting example is exactly what you need to do....create multiple areas of function.  Thanks for sharing your wisdom.  Just so you know, I will be quoting you in my class next week. 

Apr 15, 2008 01:22 PM #37
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Susan you always do such great work! I absolutely love that sofa table behind the sofa and that area rug.

Apr 16, 2008 12:36 AM #38
Simon & Jennifer

Hello everyone,


We've just bought this apartment in Amsterdam and we are struggling to come up with a solution for where the bedroom goes, bathroom etc...... as the house is 6.9metres wide and 28.5 metres long.


The photos are below and yes there is a whole work crew waiting in the wings to complete the renovation :-)


 Any advice at all would be extremely welcome and much appreciated as i sit here at 11:29pm tugging at my remaining hair :-))


Many thanks and God Bless,


Simon & Jennifer 

Apr 23, 2008 09:30 AM #39
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Maria and Julie: Better to belt a living room than my own waist!

Kathy:  This has been my most asked for wall color yet.

Kym: The really tough ones are when the entry door is smack in the center of the living opening to the fireplace.

Tom: I didn't have time for the befores. My bad. i'll take them after I de-stage.

Virginia: I only stage my own listing but I do consult for other Realtors under Instant Interiors, my redesign business.

Derek: I think the answer is yes. 

Apr 23, 2008 04:19 PM #40
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Simon & Jennifer:

Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I have created a new post titled "Anyone Want to Flex Their Design Muscles?" to address your specific question regarding "skinny" living spaces.

I encourage you to have a look at it either by clicking HERE or on the link above. I hope some of the information is helpful to you and that you find some good ideas on how to renovate and live in your skinny, small space.

Thanks again for reading my blog.

Best of luck,

Susan Peters

Apr 24, 2008 06:28 AM #41
Annette Thompson
Texas Real Estate Services - Bryan, TX
College Station Real Estate


What a beautiful job you did with this room! On realtor tour yesterday I saw a home with the similar predicament yesterday but I was at a loss as to what to advise the listing agent. I'm going to refer her to your blog.

Jun 11, 2008 06:50 AM #42
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Annette: Thanks and I'm sure she'll get some additional tips from some of the stagers who posted pictures of their solutions.

Jun 11, 2008 07:57 PM #43
Tosha Tate-Dickson
Finair Management Group Inc. - South Holland, IL
Susan you did a great job!
Jun 12, 2008 06:52 AM #44
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Susan,

The foyer area is wonderful, you might use a coat rack to give the space a little more definition. Colors are lovely. Simple, understated, with a touch of elegance in the black lamp shade. The mirror by the door is a must have in any foyer. Great ethereal consol table with a low profile, nice invention.



Jun 12, 2008 07:13 AM #45

Renee: I think I'm going to copy your example in my own living room. Thanks.

JoAnne: I'm glad you found this useful.

Tanya: I got a great deal on that table as well.

Tosha: Thanks!

Kimo: I think the new owners are going to do just that.

Jun 14, 2008 07:27 PM #46
Kelli Shaffer
Century 21 Gold - Norco, CA
Realtor Norco, Corona, Riverside
I love color, I think it looks great. Because I was a painter for the past 11 years, color makes a world of difference.
Jun 14, 2008 08:23 PM #47
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Kelli:

Somehow I missed replying to your comment and you're right, color does make a world of difference!

Sep 30, 2008 04:52 PM #48
Jill Schmit
Micoley & Company - Green Bay, WI

Love your clean, elegant style. Thanks for the tip.

Oct 04, 2008 01:36 AM #49
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

This was done three years ago, but still seems like it works. Having little sense for what it takes to make a lady look stylish, I'll just add this to my private wikipedia.

Sep 17, 2011 01:28 AM #50
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