Naperville Home Staging: Upgrading and Creating Luxurious Spaces

Home Stager with Chicagoland Home Staging LLC

This Naperville home staging makeover could be anyone's house. Many of us probably know someone who's decor taste is similar to this owner's. The great thing about this change is that it shows that no matter how ordinary the home or the decor is, there is always an opportunity to step up and create a more luxurious space. 

Creating a luxurious home in Naperville with home staging

Buyers are almost always 'moving up'. They want to imagine a better life than the one they had before. Whether they are taking advantage of lower prices in real estate or moving for work or some other life changing event, buyers want a home that is luxurious. It makes them feel good about their purchase. 

naperville home staging before photo

This is a great space. It has a nice chandelier, plantation shutters, tile floors, and great woodworking. Are you inspired by it? Does it make you want to see more of the house? 

naperville home staging breakfast rooms

How about now? Do you want to peek into the other rooms of the home? 

home staging kitchens in naperville

Clearly this seller was moving out and hopefully this is never how the home would have been listed on MLS. (Although we've all seen the photos where this is exactly how the home is presented, haven't we?) Imagine that everything is cleaned off, but empty. 

naperville home staging kitchens

Isn't it better not to have to imagine how beautiful the home be? We know that most buyers don't see the potential a home has, unless it's shown in photographs. The after of this photo feels more like a kitchen magazine. Who doesn't want that? That is, after all, why they stage the photos when selling cabinets and countertops. Master marketers know that staging works, no matter what you are selling. 

naperville home staging living rooms

The doors, windows and details of this Naperville home are wonderful. Old art or drab, dated furniture can make the home feel like it is less valuable, however. 

naperville home staging living room after

By creating rooms that will appeal to today's buyer, the offers are likly to be higher and there is more liklihood of them being faster, and possibly more of them. Just because the home has "old craftsman appeal" doesn't mean that buyer's don't want to live in modern luxury. 

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Margaret Gehr is the principle owner of Chicagoland Home Staging, servicing the greater Chicago area for home staging, redesign, and design projects. We work in both occupied and vacant homes. 


Comments (6)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Margaret- this is a perfect example of "a picture is worth a thousand words".  What a difference!!!

Nov 17, 2013 09:31 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

That's what I call "aspirational"!!!  Excellent example of how to elevate the nice & everyday to something buyers would aspire to live in!

Nov 17, 2013 10:24 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Thanks Kathy & Julia - Our goal is create spaces buyers connect with both visually and emotionally.  I love turning ordinary into extraordinary.  

Nov 19, 2013 10:40 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Margaret - Fabulous!  You're so right.  Contemporary furniture in a historical home can looks so good.  You don't have to fill it with antiques!  I love how you dressed the shelves in the kitchen, too.  You've added so much whimsy and personality to the space.

Nov 21, 2013 03:25 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

A home must be both visually and emotionally appealing to buyers.....nicely done!

Nov 26, 2013 09:10 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Thanks Sally, I'm sometimes asked if I'll use period furniture for victorian, mid century modern, or craftmen homes and it is fun to mix it up and throw a little in but often these buyers like a current look.

Exactly Sharon... Thanks for your comments

Nov 26, 2013 09:44 PM