Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Staging Virginia's Kitchen

Big changes were made in Virginia's kitchen.  The good news is that none of them were expensive.

This cute and cozy little Bistro set was placed in front of the windows.  It replaces a rather hefty butcher block island that floated in the middle of the floor.  Buyers LOVE large kitchens.  I wanted this kitchen to look as large as possible.  Late summer is the perfect time of year to purchase a bistro table and chairs on sale.

I also moved the pair of metal etageres flanking the windows into the dining room. The etagers added to the cramped feel of this kitchen.There was a bevy of counter top appliances, utensil holders, and accessories in this kitchen. We transferred boxes and boxes of stuff into storage.  I made two fresh floral arrangements from $16 grocery store flowers and greenery from Virginia's yard.  I bought the large urn and smaller vase at a consignment shop while vacationing.  
I removed all the little doodads on top of her cabinets. Yes, that is a leftover Christmas Poinsettia on the island trying desperately to hang on.  RIP Poinsettia.  It went to the backyard compost.

This is the kitchen during transition.  Look how large it is! 
This is a better picture of the cool pottery I used for the flower arrangements.

 Here is a wee counter top vignette. Using a see through glass canister creates the illusion of more counter space. 
I love to add edibles when staging.  I think it sends a subliminal message of 'this is a fun house'.  We went for jelly beans.

Next posting, I'll reveal the dining room!


  1. I'm with you! I'm not one to put "stuff" on top of the upper counters....
    Mine are clear and clutter free!

  2. OMG! I could not work in a kitchen so full of stuff. It looks twice the size after your staging. Love it!

  3. I just did this to my own kitchen..it looks good whether staying or going!

  4. I wish I had known years ago I could live without the butcher block island, I love the open space and the cute bistro table and chairs, it makes a cozy sitting area. And decluttering the kitchen was so freeing. I am still in awe of the beautiful flower arrangements you made from $16 in grocery store flowers, and your beautiful vases were the perfect touch. My kitchen is beautiful thanks to you. I just can't keep my hands out of the Skittles jar.