Friday, April 26, 2013

Staging the WOW AREA

G'day Lovelies!  It is BEAUTIFUL in Raleigh, NC, breezy, pollen (temporarily) at bay...

Today we will chat about staging common areas.

Don't forget your hallways and landings when staging.  While they may only serve the purpose of connecting rooms, they are space that needs dressing.  This staircase is directly opposite the front door in the foyer.  The first impression is SO IMPORTANT-- it is the "WOW!" area.
Hallway after Tweaking with a little art.
Blank Canvas
See how the colors in the canvas work in different settings?  (I digress. People ask me how I know what to buy for staging inventory.)
You've see my hurricane-vase-with-sticks-and-birdseed masterpiece before.  I use it in all my niches. I saw a similar thing in a high end design store for $95 and thought, "Pish-posh, I can copy that".  I had to trim each individual stick from the bottom to fit the stairway niche above.  It took FOREVER on staging day Note to self: MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE.

You Can't Hide Those Buyer's Eyes
Buyer's do a visual sweep when the enter your house.  I stand at the front door and look at the space through 'buyer's eyes".  (Change the words to The Eagles, Lyin' Eyes for fun.) Everything the buyer see's is taken into consideration for staging.

As the buyers are climbing the stairs they are setting up expectations about what they will find.  We already sold them on the main floor.  Keep the momentum going!

There is a lot of square footage to this landing at the top of the stairs.  I tried to give it kind of a library feel.  A place you could be alone and relax.  Or a lighting spot for visitors to escape from their bedroom and read or use their laptop.
Landing After Staging
Here's the before picture.  You'll see I didn't make big changes. However, the feel of the space is more
inviting, don't you think?
Landing Before Staging
I'm silly this Friday.  Have a great weekend!


  1. Another winner. The landing looks so much better. Great changes.
    Yes, the buyer's first impression as he enters your home makes all the difference in the world!

  2. Love the library and the new chair you put into it - who wants to sit on a hard rocking chair these days?

    looks great, Linda. Enjoy the weather!!

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