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Tips, Photos and Sources for Staging Your Home

Home Stager with Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

We’ve all heard how important it is to create emotional connections with buyers when your selling your home. But what exactly are they and how can you create your own without looking stagy? Most of us are visual creatures so my hope is that by using photos along with our tips and sources, you too can accomplish those so important emotional connections yourself.  

Coffee Tables

You can't go wrong with white Orchids (a great source is HomeGoods - inexpensive, but great quality) and coffee table books, which we purchase on Amazon because you can't beat their prices. Type in the keys words "interior design coffee table books" and you'll find hundreds. The overall look is organic and elegant....  NJ home Staging, Essex County NJ home staging

We love using mirrored trays (the one on the left is from ZGallerie, but you can find them at HomeGoods for less money). The rocking bird came from West Elm - we use them all time for a little whimsy. You can also do grouping of 3 vases like in the second photo. While they can all be different, just make sure the overall look is cohesive...

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You can't go wrong with candles  - grouping of 3 really work well  (see left photo). Mercury glass never goes out of style and always adds a little glamor...

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Removing everything from counter tops no longer applies and for good reason. The accessories (when done right) illicit feeling of family dinners and "home".  We love using fruit (Pier One is a great source - they look so real) and putting them in wood bowls we find at HomeGoods. Bottled water in trays and cookbooks also look great. It's a more organic look than stagy vignettes so often found in staged homes.

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We love using coral and apothecary jars filled with soaps, cotton balls and bath salts. HomeGoods sells the same ones as Pottery Barn at a fraction of the price...

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White rolled towels always look great and give your bathroom a spa like feel. Again, HomeGoods is a great source. You can put them on the counter or in baskets by the tub...

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My hope is that this blog gives you ideas on how to create your own inexpensive, organic emotional connections.  If you need more guidance on staging your NJ home, call Elite Staging for a consultation at 201-602-2562.


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Comments (54)

Mary Weiss
Zillow Group Mortgages - Seattle, WA
Trainer & Content Manager

This makes me want to overhaul my house by purging unnecessary items and creating simplicity, thus evoking excitment, contentment, and peace.  Your staging is elegant and lovely!

Mar 13, 2017 09:10 AM
April Swenson
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers - Ocean Shores, WA
CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate

Thank you for your post. Great ideas. I really appreciate them. I will say one thing I do like instead of real candles are the LED flameless candles (I think Better Homes & Garden makes some).

Mar 13, 2017 09:11 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The home looks amazing . . . . and the photo's help to get the home sold.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 13, 2017 08:11 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on the feature for an outstanding home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 13, 2017 08:13 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing!!!

 this blog gives you ideas on how to create your own inexpensive, organic emotional connections. 

Mar 14, 2017 04:05 AM
Deb Harshman
Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage

Well done! Very helpful to sellers and agents. Beautiful work and photos.

Mar 14, 2017 03:25 PM
We Buy Houses In Connecticut
Sell My House In Connecticut - Wilton, CT
We buy houses in cash. Any condition

This is fantastic. We have bought a house in Clinton CT with the intention to flip it, and our kitchen looks just like the kitchen in one of your pictures. We are already looking into staging and it is so funny you hit the nail right on the head.

We started documenting the entire process on our House Flipping Blog for big profits, and your article is an absolute help. I will defintiely refer others to this article. Thank you so much!


What is your experience and opinion about the wide lense pictures. It makes the house look bigger than it really is. Which is good for attracting buyers, but once they get inside, wil they feel cheated?

Mar 14, 2017 06:12 PM
Kristine Ginsberg

Thanks Dixie Lee - as far as the wide angle photos you do have to be careful not to misrepresent the size of the rooms. I zoom in so you capture the whole room, but it stays true to size. Hope that helps!

Mar 15, 2017 06:49 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Lots of off-white and subtle gray colors.  Very nice, Kristine!

Mar 14, 2017 07:08 PM
Kristine Ginsberg

Thanks Fred Griffin  - we like to keep it neutral so the house sings.

Mar 15, 2017 06:50 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It just takes a bit f work from a trained professional to make a fair home look great.  Nicely done

Mar 15, 2017 05:05 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Beautiful settings.  Creating an environment and mood takes a knack, an eye.  It's an art.  Just cleaning and painting doesn't do it, but it does provide a clean canvas. 

Mar 15, 2017 05:10 AM
Walt Fish
Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC - Marquette, MI
Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector

Staging makes a HUGE difference if done right. So does making sure all those little repairs are done.

Mar 15, 2017 09:24 AM
Foster Smith Summerville
Carolina One Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor

Just reposted over on my FB business page! Foster Smith - Carolina One Real Estate

Mar 17, 2017 04:48 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego


Mar 22, 2017 12:14 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Great photos and guildelines for staging.  Makes all the difference in the world.

Apr 10, 2017 07:15 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

I popped over from Roy's re-blog...You are an incredibly talented lady with a tremendous eye for decorating!!

Apr 11, 2017 07:09 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Nice post Kristine and I learned a few things.

Sep 01, 2017 09:03 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Great job....I have never been an "everything disappears" kind of person....you want the house to be attractive...not naked.

Sep 02, 2017 03:40 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Would LOVE to see more of your work, Kristine! You are just so darned talented...and we miss you here in the Rain!

Oct 15, 2017 08:26 PM
Kristine Ginsberg

Debe Maxwell, CRS - thanks so much Debe - that's really kind of you to say. I hope to be back in the Rain soon!

Oct 23, 2017 03:28 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

There is nothing like a trip to Home Goods to pick up a few new items to freshen up a dreary space.   

Mar 13, 2019 06:29 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend.

Feb 26, 2023 03:54 AM