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Budget Ways To Stage Bedrooms For A Home Sale

April 29, 2014

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Last week I shared some photos of a home I recently staged.

The property is waterfront and listed for over a million dollars. It belongs to a friend who asked me to help her out, after the original sale fell through.

I was a bit nervous about taking on such a project.

Decorating for yourself is completely different than dressing a home for sale.

While I'd never staged before, I have to say that I really enjoyed the entire process and given the opportunity, I would definitely do it again!

If you missed it, you can check out the main floor photos here.

We'll meet you upstairs!

The bedrooms were basically empty when I started. We ordered a few pieces from the rental company, but again, we didn't want to block the outstanding views or clutter the spaces.

Plus, we were working with a very small budget.

The homeowner did not want to spend a ton of money to pack the house with accessories that were going to have be moved, sold or discarded when the house sold.

We were looking for just enough d├ęcor to get people imagining themselves and their own belongings in it!

The master is striking. The view is the same as the kitchen...water, water, water. We started with a king frame.

Some luxurious bedding and a few pieces of furniture brought the room back up to speed.

How'd you like to wake up to this view every morning?

Perhaps, curl up with a good book (or even a bad book!) in this fabulous corner?

Moving into the hallway, I needed to fill an empty space.

A small dresser and a bargain plant makes it much more inviting...the sunshine helps, too!

Little boy's room before....

...and after with a little help from a rented bed and bargain accessories. I shopped the clearance aisles at discount home stores and went to the public library and bought a few books from the donation shop to fill bookcase shelves.

Down the hall, there are two girls' bedrooms. Each room started with just a bed...and a view.

I just love those sweet chandeliers!

Again, a few rented pieces, pretty bedding and dollar store accessories help the rooms look lived in and inviting.

Can't you just picture yourself here?

Perhaps purple is more your color?

I just love these little dollar store votive holders and mirrors. They add a tiny bit of sparkle!

The urge to go crazy and really decorate these rooms was very, very strong.

Of course, in staging the objective is to present the house in a way that is most appealing to a large number of people and highlight the architecture and other unique features.

The views in this house are truly spectacular and that will be the main selling point. Frankly, empty or furnished, this house is a total dream.

Do you think you'd have sweet dreams here?

Like this house? Check out the others in my neighborhood here and here! They are definitely worth the peek!
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  1. You did a great job, Kim-especially working with a minimum of pieces. I did that for many years until the real estate market tanked. Even then I still do a few here and there. I love it- it is like you get to play house and often with a style that you would never do for yourself. xo Diana

  2. Thanks Diana, totally new for me, but yes, it is fun to play in someone else's house! I am a red girl and this house was predominantly accented with blue, so I was able to buy all those pretty teal and turquoise pieces that catch my eye, but would not go anywhere in my own home!

  3. Like I said, it seems you've been doing this for a while already and should be your second job already too!

  4. Great job, Kim! Everything looks fabulous and I am really crushing on the color of the island in the kitchen!

  5. Great job! I think I could easily imagine living there even if it required a pallet on the ground. :)

  6. Great job, Kim! It sounds like it was a lot of fun! What a gorgeous home. xoxo

  7. Kim like everyone has been saying great job! You must of had a fun time decorating this beautiful beach house! Oh how I miss living by the water when I was growing up! Enjoy the rest of the week.

  8. The house, the location and the views should sell themselves. I like that you left the decor minimal to highlight the views and let buyers picture their own furniture and style in the house.

  9. Great work! Thanks for sharing over at the Remodelaholics Anonymous party this weekend (I work there with Cassity). Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Lorene, it was kind of you to pop by and check it out!

  10. Kim, it looks very nice and you made some nice selections which kept the accent on the view!

    Thanks for sharing your new adventure,

    1. Thank you, Helen! It was fun...a little scary as I had never done it before, but in the end I really enjoyed it! :)