As you know, in addition to design work, I stage homes for Bloomberg Real Estate
. Bill, my hubbie and realtor extraordinaire (he's also my third child, insurance claim tester - that was when he started a diving contest with the kids in the jet tub - and good friend to the 4 little boys in the neighborhood - thank you, zip line in the basement) . . . Anyway, you get the picture that he is resourceful and willing to take chances, so he recently won an expired listing that had no showings whatsoever when listed with the other realtor! He'll market the heck out of it and I'll provide the staging.
When I first take a look at staging a home, I have to turn off some of my design brain and remember that we aren't going to have the same budget as a design project, but I REALLY WANT IT TO LOOK LIKE WE DO! So, what does one do? Pull out all the tricks of the trade. Consider implementing some of these in your own home and see where it leads you - do you love your home now rather than want to leave it?
Step away from the walls, furniture:
Furniture wants to breathe - let the architecture of the room feel a bit separate from the furniture grouping in the room.
Create a conversation area "in the round": Try placing a piece of upholstery across from (at an angle) your largest piece of upholstery in order to help foster conversation. Before, the window looked bare and the room felt long and narrow with no seating across from each other.Balance your biggest pieces: We placed the sofa directly across from the fireplace so that the focal point (the fireplace) felt balanced. The sofa placement also helped widen the room.
If you'd like to see more of this home, it hits the market this weekend, so check out www.bbloomberghomes.com
and look for "Hot Property" starting Friday.