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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 from a Home Stager: Why Would You Stage A Perfectly Good Property?

20 Feb

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Every day we meet with homeowners, builders and realtors who want to know about staging- How it works, Why it works, Will it work…  So, we thought we’d take it back to the beginning and talk a little bit about why staging adds value, how we approach the process, and why we think Sunflower Creations is successful at helping get homes sold all over Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods.  If you are considering staging, – please read on.  If you are already a believer, you can skip the boring text and just look at the pretty pictures!

 

So, Question #1:  Why would you stage your home prior to listing it for sale?  Basically, either because the property is vacant, or because you actually live in your home and everything isn’t perfect at all times.  We will talk more about occupied staging in our next post, but today we’re going to focus on vacant home staging.

  1.  It all begins with the click of a link…  It doesn’t matter if you are listing your family home, a rental property, or a new build- the fundamental process is the same- the more interest you generate, the more traffic you get to the listing.  The more traffic you get, the greater the potential for more offers.  And the more offers you get, the more you- the seller- are in control of the deal.  Since we have the internet, most prospective buyers will be introduced to your home, along with about 400 other homes that meet their search criteria, by being presented with a thumbnail photo that will appear approximately 1*1 inches on a phone screen.  Make the most of that inch.  A photo of walls is pretty easy to skip.  A photo with colors and shapes might grab a viewer’s attention for just a second longer, and that second could be the difference between a showing and a pass.  (Small aside- whether you hire a professional stager or do it yourself, hire a professional photographer.  Again, the picture is going to dictate how the story goes- make it a really good picture).

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2.  You didn’t do all the updates you intended...  So, maybe you never got around to installing stone counter tops in the kitchen, or perhaps you ran out of time before you had a chance to remodel the closets, or maybe the original hardwood floors could have used a sanding but …  It’s time to list- it is what it is- and you are pricing the property appropriately.  Staging is a good idea for you.  We do not stage to cover up problems- what we do is create a aesthetic that feels fresh and welcoming.  We help prospective buyers see the full potential of the home by highlighting the best parts.  A side effect of that is focus less on every scratch in the floor or chip in the paint. We make prospective buyers say, “This house feels like home to us.  All it needs is (a coat of paint) (a sanding of the floors) (a bathroom update), but it’s totally move-in ready”.

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3.  The home is brand new construction…  It’s literally perfect, but you should stage it…  Here’s a couple things about new construction  (a) It can feel very sterile because everything is new, and that is not inviting.  Even just a light staging provides the opportunity to bring in some softness and variety of texture. (b) Much of the competition is staged, so you need to stay competitive.  Again- it’s not just about having a great property;  It’s about getting prospective buyers to notice it.  (c) Architects and builders have the ability to visualize the finished product, which is what makes them good at their jobs. Most homebuyers do not have that ability.  And open-concept floorplans are especially difficult.  If potential buyers can not envision how to live in the space, they will move on to the next listing.

So, Thanks for stopping by today!

We hope you found this information helpful- and feel free to pass it along to your friends or clients.

If you’d like to set up a quick complimentary consultation, contact Ali at akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898.

For vacant home staging, a consult 2-3 week’s prior to intended completion date is ideal. And in the case of occupied home staging, the more time we have prior to listing, the more we can help you perfect your product.

Tune in next time, when we’ll turn the focus toward occupied home staging.

…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: Before and Afters, Baby…

6 Feb

Here’s a little before and after action from a property we staged a few months back.  This is one of my personal favorites from last year because it is the poster child for the power of staging.  We’ve got an adorable house, priced right, on a nice street- and several months went by with no offers.

The sellers called us for a consult, had it staged on a Friday- and chose from 3 good offers on the following Monday.   They settled at 10% over asking price!

Enter through the front door into your charming, sun-drenched enclosed porch…  We replaced the dark curtains with shears, added a couple of area rugs, and a few pieces of furniture to create a first impression that sets a positive tone- and a functional space that is more than just a pass-thru area.

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Those white sheers make SUCH a difference.

 

Next, we have a nice size living room with exposed brick, mantel, and built-ins.

Cute right? But where does the sofa go?

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Now, I think the next space is the most confusing for prospective buyers.  The large support beam kind of divides the dining room into 2 separate areas, and I think people were just really unsure about how they’d be able to make the space work.

We created an additional hang-out area that bridges the space between the living room and the dining area.  Maybe drinks?  Maybe a place to sit away from the TV?

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And finally, the kitchen is a very bold color and featured patterned window treatments.  We just replaced the valence panels with sheers, which have a more contemporary vibe.

Click here to view the full property listing.

Thanks for looking!

If you are preparing to list, or if you have clients who are preparing to list, get us involved!

For vacant home staging, a consult 2-3 week’s prior to intended completion date is ideal. And in the case of occupied home staging, the more time we have prior to listing, the more we can help you perfect your product.

So, contact Ali at akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898 to get that ball rolling. Or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home.

…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: Thoughful Design in Passyunk Square

23 Jan

Here’s a sweet spot in South Philly.  East Passyunk is such a phenomenal neighborhood if you are into eating, shopping, leaving your house:)…  And this home would be phenomenal even if you didn’t feel like going anywhere!  It’s compact, but functional- and our client did a great job of opening up the space through his selection of finishes:

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There’s tons of exposed brick that carries through to the 2nd floor.

 

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Of course, the open floorplan makes the space feel airy.  So does the bright white on the walls.  Also, the high-hung light fixture keeps things fluid.

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White kitchen cabinets pop, and open shelving keeps a smaller space from feeling confining.

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Just enough brick to make it interesting, but the white walls open up the room.  

 

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And, a sliding barn door (see it in the background?) is a very stylin’ way to save space.

 

 

Thanks for looking!

Click here to see the full property listing.

Click here to see more staged South Philly row homes.

If you are preparing to list, or if you have clients who are preparing to list, lets discuss! For vacant home staging, a consult 2-3 week’s prior to intended completion date is ideal. And in the case of occupied home staging, the more time we have prior to listing, the more we can help you perfect your product.

Contact Ali at akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898 to get that ball rolling. Or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home.

…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: Industrial Living

16 Aug

Industrial lofts are being transformed into beautiful apartments all over the city. But not everyone can see the potential in the brick walls of old factories.

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That’s where we come in!

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Bright colors liven up the living space and give the cold brick walls a much homier vibe.

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Bright colors keep the loft feeling young and fresh.

(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 of a Home Stager: Neutral Bedroom Stagings

2 Aug

When staging a bedroom the rule of thumb is to keep it neutral. You don’t want to turn off a potential male buyer with a feminine bedroom, and visa-versa.6881134_21_0

Keeping a bedroom neutral doesn’t mean you cant use any color. The bigger items, like the comforter and furniture should be neutral, while accessories and throw pillows can be used to add pops of color. Bright blues are a great gender neutral color.

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For a more “Country” feel we used a cream comforter with accents of reds, blues, and yellows. G6847236_0_AFBAqf

Green is one of those colors that doesn’t have specific gender connotation. The pops of green took this monochromatic room from masculine to neutral.27_6835208_13_1469715803_636x435

Light greys make for a softer neutral combined with dark wood furnishings.

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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 of a Home Stager: Nooks and Crannies

19 Jul

 

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Lofts are filled with unique nooks and crannies. To some they might seem like wasted space, but when staged this nook makes for a perfect sitting area, unlike any you’d find elsewhere.

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An open air loft is a huge selling point, but if it’s undefined it may leave home buyers wondering what use it could serve.

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Giving the loft a defined purpose shows its potential.

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There’s no denying this place has character!


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 of a Home Stager: Streetcar Suburb Home Detailing

5 Jul

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With big homes comes big clutter! You would think a home like this would sell in a heartbeat because of its beautiful architecture and history, but a few cluttered rooms is all it takes to turn a home buyer off. I’ve always found that the more space I have, the more mess I make, and this home had a lot of space! We went room by room collecting the clutter and revealing the beautiful home underneath it all.

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This entry sitting room was undefined with a too large rug, multiple sofas, floating side tables, and boxes of odds and ends. We cleared out the knick-knacks, angled the furniture towards the focal point, and finished the room off with some light accessorizing.

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The dining room was filled to the brim with an antique China cabinet and credenza. When you live in a home these pieces are a great way to display your beautiful collections, but when trying to sell a home they can fill a space and make it feel much smaller than it actually is. A little decluttering, and furniture storage leaves a bright spacious dining room.

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The formal living room had some amazing pieces, but there was so much clutter distracting from them, they almost disappeared. Now the green leather sofa is the show stopper it deserves to be, beautifully accompanied by two antique needle point arm chairs. 6980822_17_0

This airy office is a room some home buyers can only dream of! We kept the floor plan open to leave room for the imagination. These rooms are so large, anything is possible!

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An adorable day bed is the perfect set up for a family with children! It even has space for a desk for all that homework!

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An attic bedroom that looks like anything but! The light bright colors really make this 3rd floor bed room seem open and airy.

If you’d like to see a video tour of this beautiful six bedroom home, click here!

Or, if you’d like to see the full listing, click here!


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 of a Home Stager: No Staging Too Small!

21 Jun

Stagings can be helpful to properties large and small. While large spaces can be overwhelming to home owners, small spaces usually make it hard for buyers to realize their potential. Staging is the best way to show someone that the space can fit all you need.
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For this studio apartment, we used every inch of space in a functional manner. The hall entry was equipped with two large closets, making the closet in the living space redundant. We used a small bar table to create a much needed dining area.

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The living area in the studio was designed using small scale furniture, which showcases the room for comfort with out overwhelming the space.

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And finally, the kitchen. Accessories make it more welcoming, and functional.

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(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 of a Home Stager: Lofted Living

7 Jun

Lofts are becoming more and more popular as builders continue to convert historic building into living spaces. Living in a building rich with history has become quite sought after, but can come with many complications.

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A large problem with lofted living spaces is a lack of adequate lighting. When staging lofts we use many table lamps to adjust for the minute overhead lighting.

 

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A flowing layout is important, much like with any other open floor plan.

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Another problem that often arises when turning an industrial loft into a home is the lack of natural lighting. This loft installed a glass window in the guest bedroom to allow natural light from the living room windows to reach it.

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Bright art and light colored bedding distracts from the fact that room does not have exterior windows.

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Many industrial lofts have exposed ducts, which add interest, but can also get in the way when designing. Staging these areas shows prospective buyers that the ducts don’t have to limit their furniture layout or design.

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The loft’s master bedroom has the same problem of a lack of exterior windows. To allow natural light into the room the architects decided to refrain from adding a door to the bedroom. We once again used light colored bedding to create a brighter atmosphere.


(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.