Archive for month: February, 2011
Vacant homes can be some of the most difficult to sell, even in popular areas like los angeles real estate can be tough when the home is bare. How is it possible that empty homes, even in prime locations and close to amenities slip under the radar and remain listed for longer than furnished ones?
There are a few reasons, one is that not everyone has furniture or can move furniture they have when buying a home. In that regard buying a home that is furnished is a lot more desirable than one that is not. But aside from lacking a warm, inviting atmosphere, many potential home buyers find it hard to imagine themselves in empty space.
This particular home, located in an upscale neighborhood, sat on the market for over a year when vacant, but sold in 36 days after being staged. In the before photo you can see there is storage options and a fireplace, but ultimately the room is barren and has little purpose. In the after photograph the difference is clear, it’s an amazing living room. The plants the books and the baubles all help to create the illusion that this room is lived in and used.
All in all, staging rooms is an art for a reason. People are unfortunately not very good at imagining what they don’t have, especially if they don’t own much furniture. Give them a blank space and they’ll be thinking more along the lines of “what should I put in here” rather than “I can put myself here”. The two sound similar, but there is a key difference.
When selling a home, it’s important to show function in every area. In this instance, an empty basement corner was converted into office space simply by adding a desk and chair, silk plants and a few accessories.
In staging this spacious master bedroom, we added a bed skirt and some pillows to dress up the bed, along with a nightstand with a lamp to add light and functionality. The desk was accessorized and positioned to face into the room. Extra items like the TV and luggage were put out of sight to make this space an inviting and relaxing retreat.
Little was needed to take this guest bedroom from “so-so” to “wow!” We started with a smaller bed to make the room feel less crowded, and dressed it with simple bed linens to complement the lavender walls. The dresser drawer was replaced, and accessories placed on top inviting those who enter this room to RELAX.
Nothing about this bathroom was very appealing to start, so a few simple changes make a huge difference. We started by placing new light bulbs in the vanity. The frosted type reduces glare and provides a nice soft light. Chocolate brown bath towels and rugs complement the pale blue walls, along with an art print to pull the colors together. A spare roll of TP was put away inside the cabinet, and fresh flowers and an updated soap dish complete the makeover.
The goal with this combination living and dining room is to make the areas feel more spacious and improve the flow from room to room. By removing the entertainment stand and positioning the shelf unit underneath the wall-mounted TV, the space already seems bigger. Accessories were kept to a minimum, and the drapery panels were re-hemmed to reach the floor.
This room was not expensive to redecorate either. A lot of the new furniture was purchased at a bargain price from the Home Depot website. Shopping online for furniture is often a fantastic way to save money, especially when you can find a promo code. Plus, Home Depot often run sales and other exclusive discounts so you can almost always secure yourself a bargain.
I actually buy a lot of things from Home Depot. Their products are always affordable, hard-wearing, and stylish. Whether you are looking for soft furnishings like throws, pillows, and rugs, or accent pieces like vases, sculptures, or decorative trays, there really is something for absolutely everyone. Whenever I take a look at their newest collections online, I always spot a few new things that manage to catch my eye.
What is your favorite thing about this redecorating project? For me, it would have to be the new lamp that I found on the Home Depot website. Not only was it incredibly affordable, but it totally brightens up the room. Get in touch and let me know your thoughts. I cannot wait to hear from you very soon.
- Children's Room
- Color Consultation
- Dining Room
- Entry Foyer
- Family Room
- Girl's Bedroom
- Great Room
- Home Office
- Home Staging
- Interior ReDesign
- Kitchen & Dining Rooms
- Living Room
- Master Bedroom
- Organizing / De-Clutter
- Room Makeover
- Space Planning
- Success Stories