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Highlights of a Home Stager: Staged and Sold After Only 2 Days!!

15 Mar

This lovely split level home was on the market for over two months before the realtor asked Sunflower to step in. The house had amazing features- a Jacuzzi tub, an entire floor devoted to the open kitchen and dining area, large bedrooms, and a cozy entry living room- but buyers had a hard time seeing its potential with the bare walls and empty rooms.

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When potential buyers came in their first impression was of a small living space, and were left to wonder, ‘Could I fit a couch in here?’ Now, there is no question that this space can house a comfortable living area.

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The dining room is also looked to be on the smaller side when empty, but adding a sizable table and six dining chairs shows that looks can be deceiving.

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Using a king mattress really shows future buyers just how large this master bedroom is.

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The bathroom could sell itself, in my opinion, but a few accessories never hurt!

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Just a little bit more proof that staging really works!


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights from a Home Stager: STAGED AND SOLD IN POINT BREEZE STAGING- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

1 Jul

Here’s a few pics from a large Point Breeze like-new construction project we worked on a few weeks ago.  Under contract in just days!!

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Main Level Open Floor Plan

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Spacious Living Room

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Dining Area

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Finished Basement

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Master Bedroom


…See More in Point Breeze…

…See Moore Staged & Sold…


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

  • Providing quick, reliable and professional service
  • Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices
  • Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably
  • Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

  • Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental
  • Occupied Home Staging Consultations
  • Builder’s Services and Finish Selections
  • Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

 Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

 akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights from a Home Stager: STAGED AND SOLD IN 4 DAYS- RITTENHOUSE STAGING- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

23 May

This Center City row home was a really fun project for us because the property was filled with quirky charm- exposed brick, built-ins, cut-outs, high ceilings, low ceilings- all of the above!  We staged the entire home- living room, eat-in kitchen, master suite, and 2 additional bedrooms.  Staged and Sold in 4 Days!!

Since the property, itself, has lots of vintage charm, we really wanted to bring in very contemporary pieces that would appeal to the young professional/young family buyer.  We also wanted to incorporate a few items, here and there, that would accent and enhance the more old world feel of the home.

Sectional sofas are a great solution in a smaller living room because you can really maximize seating capacity, and make the space feel larger:

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Sit-down dining space has become lower priority in our busy lifestyles.  Buyers definitely assign greater importance to living room space, baths, and kitchens.  But, it’s really important to show a dedicated dining area in staging.  So we always find a way to create a dining area.  This table is tiny, but it accommodates three (potentially four).

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I’m a sucker for old, thick-plank hard wood floors.  But they always look more charming when enhanced with lots of other textures like whispy shear curtains, contemporary patterned rugs, and this plush flokati throw featured below.  I’m not really a purple person at all, but the soft lavender really works in this room.

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This is a little dressing area off of the master bedroom.  Love the petite mid-century modern accent chair and side table set!

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And, bedrooms 2 and 3:

(P.S.- In a spiral staircase trinity home, it is really important to show prospective buyers that you can fit furniture up the stairs.  As the stager, it is equally important to provide furniture that will, in fact, fit up the stairs!)

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Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

  • Providing quick, reliable and professional service
  • Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices
  • Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably
  • Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

  • Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental
  • Occupied Home Staging Consultations
  • Builder’s Services and Finish Selections
  • Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

 Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

 akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 or visit our Website

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights from a Home Stager: Defining “The Staged Look”

6 Jun

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Way back when, we were talking about why home staging helps homes sell quicker and for more money than unstaged homes.  We touched on some self-staging tips, and we discussed creating the perfect MLS photo.  Then April hit, Spring Market went wild, and it’s just been a whirlwind of staging ever since!  But, we did want to get back to important things (like the blog) and explain “The Staged Look”.

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First, a brief comparison between “Home Staging” and “Interior Design”-  Obviously, there are some common themes.  Both, staging and design center around aesthetics, presentation and style.  But, this is pretty much where the similarities end.
The goal of interior design is to create a space based on the desires and needs of a very specific user. Alternatively, the goal of staging is to create a generally appealing and functional space that connects with a very general demographic audience. Think of when you walk through a store and see a display that capture’s your attention. Maybe you do not love every item in the grouping, but the overall sharpness and attention to detail creates a presentation that draws you in. This is how I think of staging- Property Merchandising.  The best way to professionally design your home is to hire a great interior designer. And the best way to professionally stage your home is to hire a great stager.

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Here are a few general rules for creating “the staged look”:

It’s Contemporary.  Whether we are staging a modern new construction home in Fishtown, a rehabbed row home in South Philly, or a sprawling tudor home in Montgomery County, contemporary furnishing works best for staging.  We will take direction from the style of the home so that the staging feels appropriate (we can definitely influence style with art/accessory selections and styling).  But contemporary furniture tends to work best because it is a style that everyone can understand, whether it is their personal preference or not- sort of a middle ground.  Traditional furnishing tends to be heavy and ornate, distracting from the prospective buyer’s ability to envision the space as anything but it’s current presentation.  Modern design centers a great deal on form and silhouette.  It tends to be very minimal- very sculptural.  It can be intimidating to many prospective buyers, leaving them questioning where they’d put all their stuff!  Contemporary furnishing offers an “insert your furniture here” type of presentation.  In keeping it clean and simple, prospective buyers have an easier time connecting with the space, itself.

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It’s neutral in style, in color, in subject matter.  Purple walls, pink furniture, and orange accents may be perfect for you- but the odds that it is going to be perfect for your buyer are fairly low.  But grey walls, white furniture and a few pops of orange- now we’re talkin’!  That feels fresh, airy, and a little fun.  (FYI- Stagers LOVE pops of color!  Every single item does not have to be Drabsville, USA-  Just be selective.)  Neutral, in a broader sense, relates to creating an environment that won’t make the prospective buyer feel like they are creeping through a someone else’s home.  You want the prospective buyer to be able to envision themselves living in the space.  Ideally, you want a wide array of prospective buyers that pass through the home and be able to envision themselves and their families living in the space.  To help every prospective buyer find that vision,  remove personal photos, take down religious artwork, replace anything that is political or controversial in subject manner.  A great substitute for these types of wall décor would be city-scapes, nature photography, or abstract art.

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It demonstrates functionality.  This is important in small spaces where every inch counts, and equally important in large spaces where prospective buyers may need an assist in furniture layout.  Show what’s important and get rid of the extras- especially little tables and small bookshelves that are serving no purpose.  In small spaces, we specifically try to define a TV space, an eating space, a work space, and a sleeping space.  While it is not generally necessary to stage every bedroom in a home, we do recommend showing small bedrooms with the largest possible bed in order to help prospective buyers understand the potential of the room.  In large spaces, we are often demonstrating how to break one room into a space that can host multiple functions with fluidity.  One example would be a great room that includes a TV area, conversation area, and a work space.  Another example would be a master suite that is large enough to house a master den.

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Well, folks…  There you have it!

Contemporary furnishing + Neutralizing & Decluttering + Good layout= #StagedandSold

Thanks for reading!

And, when it comes to professional home staging, whether vacant or occupied, contact Ali at Sunflower Creations
akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898

…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

 

Highlights of a Home Stager: Detailing- Staged & SOLD!

28 Dec

Our second detailing blog! These are becoming more and more popular with the mainline homes. Detailing an occupied home is an important tool for selling your home faster. Don’t make home buyer look past the clutter, show them a move in ready home that they can see themselves in. This home was on the market for over a month when they decided to bring in Sunflower Creations, and that decision really paid off- it sold shortly after!

An undefined entry makes for a poor first impression.

 

Clutter distracts buyers from the space.

 

The oversized seating in this room made it seem much smaller than it was. Some smaller, sleeker love seats, simple art work, and a much needed decluttering turned this room into the classy sitting area this home deserved.

A set table makes a world of difference.

Some slight changes make this living room more inviting.

We showcased the amazing bed frame these home owners already had. We also decluttered the bookshelf, making it both functional and decorative. Adding a sitting nook didn’t  hurt either!

Bedroom Befores and Afters!

A formerly unused corner in the basement was transformed into a reading nook using one of the oversized arm chairs from the sitting room.


(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve detailed!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

 

 

Highlights of a Home Stager: Staged & Sold!

2 Nov

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This lovely ranch style home in Cherry Hill, NJ sold for full asking price just one week after it was staged!

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We made sure to showcase the amazing bay window as the focal point of the living room.

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The dining room was set with elegant neutrals, and a pop of red to keep things bright.

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The sitting room highlighted the ample amount of entertainment space in the home.

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The elegant master bedroom furnishings emphasized the size of the room.

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We designed this room with two twin beds to show the versatility of the space.

(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights from a Home Stager: CENTER CITY CONDO, STAGED & SOLD- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

29 Jun

 

 Here’s a Logan Square condo ya can’t have because it was Staged & Sold in a matter of days!

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The unit had some traditional elements, like this fireplace with carved wood mantel (above).  We wanted to compliment that in our staging, but still appeal to a young professional target buyer.  So we did add in some more contemporary pieces, like this clean-line, mid-century footed sofa.

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This atrium dining nook is definitely unique, and my favorite, favorite feature in the unit!  A glass-top table and small, simple chairs make the space feel larger, and compliment the open feeling created by the floor to ceiling windows.  And the symmetrical placement of the art- muted in color and rectangular in shape- creates the feeling of more windows, and more light.

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See More Center City Condo Stagings


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

  • Providing quick, reliable and professional service
  • Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices
  • Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably
  • Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

  • Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental
  • Occupied Home Staging Consultations
  • Builder’s Services and Finish Selections
  • Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

 Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

 akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

May 2015 Staging Highlights from Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia’s Home Stagers and Interior Design Experts

26 May

blog2(For Inquiries, please contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator, 267.207.9298, akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home)

Hard to believe we are almost in June!  Where has the time gone?

Well, May was very good to us, although it didn’t leave us much down time:

  • One of our staged properties was featured on HGTV’s series “A Sale of Two Cities”.
  • Amanda returned from furniture shopping at High Point Market, and every day we are receiving new furniture deliveries for staging pieces and for design clients.

  • And, our staged properties have been selling faster than we can say,

“Sunflower Creations, how can we help you?”

Here’s a few of our Favorite Photos from May:

Northern Liberties Designer Industrial Loft

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Rittenhouse- High End Rehab- Luxury Home

(sold in 4 days!)

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Northern Liberties New Construction- Luxury Townhomes

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Graduate Hospital Gut Rehab Townhome

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Center City Condo- Washington Square West, 1-Bedroom w/ Great Original Detail

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Well, thanks so much for looking!

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

…Vacant Home Staging Services, Occupied Home Staging Consultations, Builder’s Services and Finish Selections, Interior Design and more…

Sunflower Creations is dedicated to:

  • Providing fast and friendly service
  • Creating fabulous homes at fair & competitive prices
  • Making every project our number one priority

…Philadelphia, Montgomery & Bucks County, and surrounding areas…

Please contact:

 Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

 akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

Sold in 3 Days! Historic Philadelphia Home- Staging by Sunflower Creations

11 Aug

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This Fitler Square gem was built in 1831, and thoughtfully renovated with all modern conveniences.

Using a mixture of “ours and theirs” we helped these super-awesome sellers de-clutter, neutralize, and address some confusing issues.

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27_6427958_7_1406001494_636x435Upon our first visit, the sellers gave us some history on the home, and the way they had used it.  They had used the dining room as an entry, the living room as a dining room, and the loft as a living room.  Hey, whatever works for you works for me, but…  It does not work for potential buyers!

The other big issue was that they had 3 potential master bedroom options, and pros/cons for each.  We talked a bit about who their potential buyer might be, what type of lifestyle this house would need to support, and how they might want to use the space.  Normally, we try to always “pick a side”- tell the story…  That’s our job!  But, in this case, their were three very compelling arguments, and  we really wanted to cover all the bases.  We wanted to make this the perfect home for just about anyone who walked in the door.  Soooo, we decided to stage all three options as bedrooms, with components that gave the indication of how else the space could be used.  We wanted to make each option warm and cozy, so that every potential buyer would, first, fall in love with the space, and then figure out the specifics, based on their own needs.

Here is the first master option, the one that the sellers had used as their bedroom:

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Option number two:

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We also helped warm up the finished basement.  The seller had bought the home as a duplex, originally.  He lived in the basement unit, and rented out the upstairs.  After combining the two units into one house, the basement was refinished and turned into a laundry room.  And it just felt a bit cold, with the tile floor, bare walls, etc.  So, we wanted to provide, yet another bedroom/rec room option (teenager’s dream!)

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We were really happy with the results on this one–  We staged on a Thursday, the realtor held an Open House on Sunday, and the property was under contract by Thursday!

See full listing here, courtesy of Jeff “City” Block of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

Thanks for looking!!

…Whether modern style new construction, charming rehab, or a traditional redesign, we understand home staging in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

 

Our “look” helps homes sell quickly and our process keeps clients coming back time and again.

 

If you need help with home staging or interior design services, please contact us:

 

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

 

267.207.9298

 

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

It was gone before we knew it! South Philadelphia home staging- Sold in under 30 days

8 Jun

We staged it, blinked, and it was sold in under 30 days!

This South Philly new construction features an open livingroom/diningroom/kitchen, which we love for entertaining.

We also staged two bedrooms and baths.

Thanks for looking!