Cole House Design's Favourite Home Staging Transformation of 2008

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Cole House Design is a home staging and interior decorating firm located in the Halton Region.  Our favourite home staging transformation of 2008 was a family room in a home staged to sell in the prestigious area of Credit Mills, in Mississauga, Ontario.  With only a little money, and some ingenius furniture swapping, we transfromed this room from "crammed with clutter" to "simple yet elegant".

Family Room Before

This family room was located in a million dollar mansion in Mississauga, Ontario.  The homeowners were a young couple with a new baby.  It was crammed with baby apparatus, toys, stuffed animals, baby gifts, and all kinds of "stuff".  You would be hard pressed to find a seat in amongst the clutter.

family room before

Family Room After

  • This room was painted in Benjamin Moore's Gray Wisp CC-670, which is a beautiful gray-green colour, so we left the walls as is. 
  • The carpet was fairly new and in terrific condition, so it too stayed.
  • We moved the two large matching brown leather sofas to the formal living room in the home, as we thought they looked a little more elegant. 
  • The beige microfibre sofa and matching ottoman that were previously in the formal living room, were placed here in the family room.  A simple swap! 
  • We accented the sofa with new pale green cushions and a knit throw blanket. 
  • The two brown leather armchairs were rented, and they allowed traffic flow into the family room from the adjoining kitchen (the sofa before had completely blocked entry into the room). 
  • We placed the two extra stools off to the side, as not to block the view of the fireplace.  
  • Both pieces of artwork were left where they were, and the items on the mantel and those on the glass shelves were simply rearranged. 
  • The family photos that were previously over the bar, were replaced with a large framed mirror which the homeowner had in storage in her basement.   

family room after

The Results

This house went into a bidding war and sold for $3,000 over asking in a slower market.  Similar UN-staged homes in the area were sitting on the market for approximately 3-4 months before selling.  This home sold in roughly 3 weeks.

And the amount spent to stage the room - minimal.  Rental cost for the 2 leather armchairs plus new cushions and a throw blanket.  All other accessories and furniture belonged to the homeowner, and were simply reworked from other areas of the home.

Why This Room?

The reason this is one of our favourite transformations is to illustrate the effect that simple home staging can have on a room.  This family room went from extremely cluttered and having a lot of oversized a beautiful and cosy room where a buyer could see themselves watching TV with their family or having a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. 

Home staging DOES NOT mean thousands of $$$ spent, or bringing in all new furniture.  Cole House Design prides itself in always trying to reuse as much of a homeowner's furniture and accessories as possible, and only doing what is absolutely necessary to make a room a showstopper! 

(Thanks to Kathy Nielsen who recently blogged asking her fellow stagers what our favourite transformation of 2008 was!  It was fun to look over all of our before and after photos!)

Thanks for reading!


Nicole Hurst - (President)

Phone 416-878-0338


 Cole House Design is a professional home staging and interior decorating firm serving the Halton and Peel Regions of Ontario including Georgetown, Mississauga, Acton, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, Bolton, Caledon, and surrounding areas.




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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Nicole ~ I'm sure a lot of us have been there - with the "daycare den"!  You did an amazing transformation here and swapping out the furniture with the living room was simple, as you said, yet made an impact in this room.  Great job Nicole!

Jan 08, 2009 05:31 AM #1
Nicole Hurst
Cole House Design - Georgetown, ON
Your Halton & Peel Home Staging Expert


You bet!  With two young children, my family room can look like "a daycare den" on occasion too (LOL)!  Thanks for your reply!

Jan 08, 2009 05:45 AM #2
Patricia Skelton Haddad
East Coast Designs - Cape Elizabeth, ME

Love this transformation.  Why can't more realtors see what Home Staging can do?  It certainly is an education process and more photos like these are undeniable.  Good job.

Jan 29, 2009 06:31 AM #3
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