Monday, June 23, 2014

Staging Virginia's House -- Sunroom

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a grand weekend!  I'm still at the beach on vacation.  Another great aspect of my job is that I can write Consultation Reports anywhere.  Since I take the month of June off, my clients send me pictures and I write a report.  Works for me!

Attached to Virginia's Master Bedroom is her Sunroom.  Have to show the 'after' pix first, cuz you know the drill, it appears with the Post Title.
Sunroom After
My favorite item in this room--THE GREEN CANDLE HOLDERS~!  They were on sale at ZGallerie and a must have.  I loaded this room with lots of accessories. (Tisk, tisk, StagerLinda got carried away.)  I wanted it to look fun yet cozy.


Virginia had purchased pillows to put on her deck.  I swooped them up to use in here.  The (tres ugg-o) couches were matching.  I banished one sofa to storage.  On the other sofa, tried a sheet 'slipcover' solution.  Ding, ding, ding! Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Big result for no $$.



Looks kinda fresh and tropical, no?

Found this 'Before' exterior shot of Virginia's house while they were doing updates.  It just cries "REDNECK FRONT YARD"!  Ha!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Staging Virginia's House -- Master Bedroom

My BFF and neighbor is moving.  Virginia and I have been friends for eons.  We share many of the same interests but interior decorating is not one of them. Virginia's style is function and comfort.  Y'all will see exactly what I mean as I unravel each room and I share my story of staging her home. Below is the exterior of her house after a new paint job and landscaping.  Hope I can get before a before picture to show--trust me, the new colors are a BIG improvement.
Exterior - After Painting and Landscaping
We decided to start the staging with the master bedroom. Virginia said she was game for anything I suggested.  We shopped and shopped and spent a lot of her money so she could take her purchases to her new home. Here is my friends' sad bedroom.

Master  Bedroom Before
Yep, those are bras on the coat tree in the corner. The blue carpeting was buckled and faded.  We replaced it with a light grey carpet.
Master Bedroom After
Master Bedroom After
Master Bedroom Before
Master Bedroom After
Here's our accessory list:
Grey and White print Bed-N-A-Bag -  Kohl's
Mercury Glass Bedside Table Lamps - HomeGoods
Red Throw Pillows - Pier 1
Lumbar Pillow with Flower - my staging stash
Red Flower Picture with Black Frame - TJ Maxx
2 Botanical Prints with Black Frames- Virginia's
Circle Artwork - Pier 1(on clearance!)
Small Upholstered Chair - TJ Maxx
Orange & Grey Print Pillow - Tuesday Morning
Small Side Table - my staging stash
Copper Pot with Silk Ferns & Ivy - my staging stash (It is covering a mass of electrical cords.)
Large Red Urn with Silk Orchids - my staging stash
Antique Black & White Fashion Drawing - A valuable piece that Jim & Virginia had in storage.
Braided Silk Ficus Tree in Iron planter- my staging stash

We took the large wooden traditional mirror off the back of the vanity. We needed a more contemporary look.  This side of the room also needed more light.  I removed the glass lamp filled with matchbooks and replaced it with a textured urn lamp from another room.  The lamp had an old, soiled bell shade on it. A new white drum lamp shade made gave it a more updated.

Virginia was thrilled with the staging.  Even husband Jim approved!  The next morning I received a text from Virginia:  "I woke up and realized my Fairy Godmother had visited and sprinkled fairy dust in my room and made it beautiful.  I can't stop smiling!"

Me either!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The House I DID NOT Stage

Hi folks!  I'm on vaca now and was super busy before I left town. Hence the reason for the silence.
So here we go.  Remember the house I spent lots o' time and $$ but didn't stage.  Well, the deed is done and I wanted to share a few of the rooms.  The seller hired the biggest staging company in our area. They supply big time furniture. I use small furniture and accessories (lots and lots of accessories!)  I tried to refrain from comment (you don't have to) but couldn't resist including some of my staging set-up photos. It is fun and interesting to see how someone else stages!  Here's the reveal. Enjoy!
Remember the Funeral Home Foyer?  The Before is the same as the After.  It was not staged.  Below is the Living Room After. 
The Living Room Before.
The Sun Room After and Before.
Master Bedroom After
And the Master Bedroom Before picture.
(Remember all the 'stuff' I bought to put in the Master?)
The Master Bathroom was not staged.  Below is my 'stuff' I'd gathered for staging it.
Here is the Dining Room After staging.
Here's the Before.
I was gonna put these big boy candlesticks on that table.
 This Guest Room was not staged.
Here's some of the loot I bought to stage it.

The second floor bonus room was unfurnished.  The staging company relocated the formal living room furniture to stage this room. StagerLinda had no intentions of staging the vacant Bonus Room.  My philosophy has always been to 'hook 'em' on the first floor.

Bonus Before
 Bonus Room After

I LOVE that I was able to compare how I prepared to stage this house compared to how the staging company worked.  Everybody has a different approach. 

I will continue to market myself as a 'Boutique Stager'.