I don’t usually post on a Saturday, but my client is throwing an Open House Sunday (11/30/14 from 12 to 3 PM) at the Palos Heights home I staged. Here’s a little peek at some of the rooms and my process on staging.
The house is on a wooded corner lot (120 x 120) and inside the raised ranch it is open concept with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, family room/man cave. Basement too. The hardwood floors are original to the home and turned out beautiful. Tons of natural light come through the new windows, the home is totally renovated and is move-in ready.
See the outdoor cart next to the fireplace? My neighbor was moving and I caught him rolling it out to the trash (you meet a lot of neighbors and a lot of good trash when walking the dog). It’s in perfect condition! Since my neighbor had it stored on a screened in porch, I just lightly whitewashed it to give it a freshening but I wanted it to still look rustic-chic. I love it, don’t you? I was going to set it up as a bar cart but I ended up decorating it like a side table with a box of fireplace logs tucked into burlap. (Lamp on cart and box from Home Goods)
If you follow my blog, you’ll remember this summer I upcycled a lot of the furniture. I love mixing the old with the new for an eclectic decorated-over-time look.
When you are staging new construction, you want to keep things on the wall to a minimum (I use 3-M hooks) and you don’t want to distract from the beauty of the renovation. I noticed people seem to touch everything too so I keep accessories to a minimum; otherwise, the things need to be rearranged and tidied up constantly. (The USA map, candlesticks, pillows on sofa, small gold x-leg table, artwork and childrens’ bedding is all from Home Goods)
I used pops of color in the bedrooms for fun. My client is so nice to work for, he let me pick out the wall colors, we really make a good team. I wanted to show that the gray on the walls enables the new owners to add their own fabrics and furniture without having to repaint when moving in and the bedrooms would accommodate any gender. Do you like the yawning puppy on the nightstand in the master bedroom? I preach to have fun when decorating and never take it too seriously.
I hope you will drop by the house tomorrow. (and buy it – We could be neighbors!) I won’t be there but please tell my client “Mary Beth sent me” 😉