Premiere Home Stagers was called in to give a staging proposal for a condo that is “in transition.” The homeowner has moved most of her belongings but wondered if there were any items she could leave for me to work with.
The problem with leaving some items behind is that they generally do not “play well” with other pieces of furniture and accessories that are intentionally grouped together. For example, I might choose a different-sized bed to fill up the space better. I also need to disguise that vertical “outcropping” on the wall to the left of the bed.
I would need a headboard and two night stands with lamps. A dresser with a mirror should go on the light yellow wall, and a seating area near the window (out of sight) would make this room feel more retreat-like.
People love to use sectionals. They are useful for seating people in a more intimate setting. However, they take up too much space for staging unless the room is huge. In this room, a neutral sofa with two patterned chairs would be more versatile and make the living room feel larger.
It’s fine if you choose to use the dining area for your own purposes. The homeowner needed an office and this space fit the bill better than a formal dining room would. (There is an eat-in kitchen). Since the beautiful chandelier hangs in the center, it’s most appropriate to honor the intended purpose by placing a dining table and chairs underneath it. Prospective buyers want to know there is a space to entertain guests—even if they don’t entertain much.
The goal of any home stager is to help people emotionally connect themselves to a property. Premiere Home Stagers is not opposed to using some of the homeowner’s items if those items can be of visual value. Call 608-345-9396 for a consultation.