The past month has been quite a whirlwind here at Exquisitely Unremarkable. In addition to contributing to Parade Magazine, The Bowdabra Blog and writing posts for my own, I staged a spectacular house for sale.
Yup, you heard me, I staged a house!
Now to be clear, no, I am not a professional home stager. You did not miss it in my bio or in a previous post.
A long time friend who moved out of state called me with a dilemma and I was happy to help her out. Her home was for sale and at the eleventh hour the deal fell through. The house was basically empty, except for a few pieces that were going to be included in the sale.
My friend, a fabulous decorator in her own right, was several states away and needed the house looking fabulous in a very short period of time to get it back on the market.
She and her husband had called professional stagers and she was given quotes upwards of $12,000. She likes my decorating style, knows that I am a savvy shopper and thought I could do it for a fraction of the cost...and she was right. We rented furniture on our own and then I spent about a week hitting every discount home store in a ten mile radius.
I must tell you that the house is gorgeous on its own. It is located in a beach community, directly on the water. Stand in any room facing the water and you feel like you are on a ship. The views are amazing! It was not a bad place to work, that is for sure!
I have tons of pictures, so today I am sharing the main floor and basement of the home. Later this week, I will share the bedrooms.
Here are some before and afters...proof that you do not need to spend a lot or add a lot to completely transform a room!
We start our tour in the stunning, gourmet kitchen.
A game table from the basement was added to the empty kitchen dining area.
A neutral table setting fills the room with warmth, but keeps the buyer's eyes focused on the view!
Here are a few more shots of the kitchen before...
and then after.
The addition of a chair, area rug and lamp liven up the desk area.
A few inexpensive bowls and glasses highlight the stylish glass cabinetry without taking away from the view...oh that view! Plants and fruit add life to a house that is currently uninhabited. All in all, the kitchen needed very little to make it look lovely and show prospective buyers what it could be.
The living room was next on the list.
It was the most furnished room, it just needed a bit of sprucing up to return it to its original showplace status.
In staging the focus should be neutral, so that the buyers can picture themselves in the home. Neutral tones do not distract the buyer's eye from the water, as well.
I didn't get a great before shot of the basement. There were a few couches and one large cabinet, but this was basically it.
With the addition of a rented console and a few inexpensive beach themed accessories, who could resist hanging out down here now!
The adjacent bathroom just needed a mirror and a few towels.
Inexpensive finishing touches can make a huge difference and provide a buyer with a move in ready home.
The dining room is the last space on today's tour. The table looked empty in the room. It didn't show off what a great entertaining space it could be. A couple of plants, a rented accent table and a few pieces of wall art have this room ready for a dinner party!
Everything looked great for the open house and the subsequent showings. I am really flattered that my friend gave me this opportunity and we are both happy with the way it turned out. The realtor actually asked me if I would be interested in doing this again...looks like I may be added home stager to my bio, after all!
Of course, this is only the downstairs.
Want to see the fabulous master and bedrooms?
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