Alright. This bedroom is not my favorite look. But the whole house was a train wreck. The pillows on the bed were in the living room and the picture above was in the garage. The white 'throw' on the comforter is a sheet... but it's clean!
I redesign rather than stage homes. Working with pieces already in the house - before they are removed - can save alot of money. Why would I opt to save a client money rather than rake it in myself? I'm just getting my foot in the door. My real work is designing the client's new home or investment property, or getting the referral of their realtor or management company. I can help make this, or the next property, awesome with or without anyone's old furniture!
Take this house, a hoarder's haven. It took 16 man hours just to rid the top two floors of excess furniture and knick knacks - months after the place was on the market. The photo below shows deep indentations where two massive, primitive sofas made of 4x4s and mattresses had been. Seven or eight old chairs were scattered around a huge, black screen TV. Old, dark wood furnishings and hand-me-downs littered the place. Nothing matched. I had everything removed except the kitchen table which I relocated to the bay window. Even though it's now on carpeting, it's 'suggestive'.
I brought in a faux palm but left the old cuckoo clock for grins!
Rehoming the kitchen table and chairs to the living room creates a spacious and inviting kitchen area. Leaving the counter stools in place also makes sense. They give the room focus and purpose. If they won't fit in the next house, it's easy to sell or donate them after the sale.
Before clearing everything out of the house, look for sets of items that might read as a collection. The pottery grouped on the kitchen counter above, (and close up below) gives the kitchen a polished look.
These three ceramic jugs were found in closets and shelves in various rooms throughout the house, before coming to rest on the black granite counter. A matching set of crackled glass bath accessories, below, was retrieved from bathroom closet and cabinets. If you look closely, that cute little potted daffodil has made it's way into quite a few of the photos! The realtor was very pleased when feedback went from "poor" to "excellent." Making the most of what you've got is so important...
and remember, it's what's on the inside that really counts!
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