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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:

27_6427958_13_1406001494_636x435Located on the 2nd floor, it is the smallest of the 3 spaces, but it is attached to a beautifully renovated bathroom.  They felt as though this was the least exciting room in the house, and they wanted to reserve the more “special” areas of the home for the majority of their waking hours.

Option number two:

27_6427958_10_1406001494_636x435This open space could easily be enclosed, and it has this massive walk-in closet.  The sellers had used it as their home office space, which also makes a lot of sense.  So, we staged it as a bedroom with a built-in office area.  A young professional buyer might love the modern feel of the openness, along with the multi-function.  You also get great light, and a fireplace!

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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

Occupied Home Sellers: Home Staging Consultation Helped Sell This Home Fast- Call Sunflower Creations!

15 Jul

 

smedley2It was a major curve ball for this young family when they received word of a necessary work-related relocation.  They had bought this Girard Estate town home just two years ago, with the intention of raising their 2 small children here.  They had completed a variety of cosmetic renovations and upgrades when they got the news- time to sell!  They were really concerned that they could sell at a price that would pay for all the work they had done, so they called us to help them present their home in the best possible light.

We came in for a consultation, and learned that we would be doing an occupied home staging.  This means the family would be living in the staged space until it sold, and we would be working, primarily, with the existing furniture and accessories.

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The first big challenge was the entry area.

This home has a really amazing entry, with a huge window that offers great sunlight.  You can see the half-wall in the above photo separates the entry from the living room.  The problem is that the entry space is just too big to be “just an entry”, but to divided to be part of the living room.  We wanted to incorporate the divided areas in a way that shows potential buyers that the space functions and flows at 100%.  At the same e also wanted potential buyers to be able to easily identify the separate functions that the space provides: “entry”, “reading nook”, and “main living space/TV area”.  This was a SUPER-important showing concern, because this area is the very first thing the potential buyer sees when entering the home for the first time, and the first impression forms right here.

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smedley3The sellers were self-proclaimed DIY-ers and Thrifters (right up my alley!)  They had some really cool stuff, and eclectic arrangements.  Lots of mixing and matching- Great for personalizing a home, Not great for selling one…  So, another part of this project was helping the sellers simplify and neutralize.  We put together floor plans for the sellers, which detailed furniture layout and furniture reordering.  We moved some things around to open up and define space,such as changing the direction of the bed in the master, and creating the L-formation in the living room.  We created a bar area, again, providing purpose for the pretty large space between the living room and dining room.  We moved some pieces to different areas of the home.  And, we got rid of everything we could before the property was photographed for listing.

smedley5 smedley6 smedley7 smedley8 smedley12 smedley9 So, we basically put together a home staging instruction manual, then we came back to do the finishing touches (detailing for photos, hanging art, that kind of thing).  But the sellers did a TON of work here in preparation for their listing, and they did an EXCELLENT job (with an infant and a toddler!)

The house sold in just 40 days, and these guys are California-bound.

Great job guys, and best of luck!

View the full property listing here.

Thanks for looking!!

…Whether modern style new construction, charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

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Another Day, Another Philly Loft Under Contract in 32 Days!! Staging by Sunflower Creations

1 Jul

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If you are a regular reader, you know that our last post was a Callowhill loft condo that went under contract super quick.  Sorry to be repetitive, but this one went under in just 32 days–  if you remember, the average number of days on market for a Philadelphia residence is around 78 (Source)— Yay!

This listing at Buttonwood Lofts is brought to us by Bryan Capone, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.  Bryan called us in because, again (if you read our last post), open spaces are confusing to potential buyers–  And home staging helps the property show at it’s best.  In case you don’t believe us, we have some before and after photos to show you!

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Thanks for looking!

To view the full property listing, click here.

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

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Loft District Condo Sold in 36 Days! Home Staging by Sunflower Creations

25 Jun

hamilton6This super-cool property listing comes from Vickie Davis of CITYSPACE.

According to recent stats from University of Pennsylvania, the average number of days on market for Philadelphia homes is somewhere around 78, so we are super-excited that this Callowhill loft went under contract in half that time!

Once thought of as the neighborhood segmented for manufacturing and factories, developers have employed adaptive reuse to convert bunches of abandoned warehouse-type buildings into open, rugged living spaces that have tons of edge.  And with new hot spots like Union Transfer and Prohibition Taproom, this neighborhood is on the rise, and with an attitude!

We got the call because the open space can be really confusing for potential buyers.  In a empty room with concrete floors, massive windows and enormous floor-to-ceiling pillars- where does one put the TV?  Where’s the office go?  Where do we eat?  Through staging, we wanted to show every bit of function this condo has to offer.

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(Here’s where we sleep, with plenty of room for dresser, armoire, clothing racks, desk, etc)hamilton8 hamilton7 hamilton10

Thanks for looking!

To view the full property listing, click here.

We can do it all! Modern new construction projects, charming rehabs, or a traditional redesigns

 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

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Center City Home Staging by Sunflower Creations

19 Jun

pine1This Washington Square West property listing is brought to you

courtesy of our realtor friend, Suzanne Petruzel of Bershire Hathaway Home Services.

This beautifully renovated 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home is in a fabulous location, and has plenty of living space, with a finished basement and a nice yard.  We were called in to address the vertical layout, which can be a challenge for potential buyers when it comes to envisioning the space.

pine2The first floor contains a kitchen and dining area.  We  wanted to make the entry feel open, and show potential buyers that they have plenty of space for comfortable dining.

pine4Second floor- Living room w/ fireplace, bedroom and bath.

I love the way this living room turned out.  It’s classic, yet still fun.  And the light in here is great!

pine3We definitely wanted to show that a full size bed would fit easily in this bedroom.

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Thanks for looking!

To view the full property listing, click here.

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

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Northwest Philadelphia: Germantown Home Staging by Sunflower Creations

5 Jun

greene1It was love at first sight for us as soon as we entered the beautifully updated Germantown home!

greene2Our client did such a wonderful job of restoring the original elements, and blending in the new upgrades.  Check out the enormous preserved pocket doors that close off the living room, the charming restored hardwood floors, and the stained glass treats throughout!

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Thanks for looking!

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

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Luxury New Construction Home in Art Museum Area- Staging by Sunflower Creations

21 May

27_6386505_10_1399660293_636x435What an amazing house in the Fairmount/Art Museum area…listing compliments of Stuart Cohen, Berkshire Hathaway, McCann Team.

Aside from oversized garage, 3 outdoor spaces, chef’s kitchen, custom walk-in closets, multiple gas fireplaces, and jacuzzi tub- the place is simply HUGE!

We chose to go with a clean-line, “less-is-more” style of furnishing in order to show off the very modern finishes, and the shear enormity of the rooms.  Strategically places bursts of bold color move the eye around.

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Thanks for looking!

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

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Fairmount Home Staging: Philadelphia

15 May

27_6372469_3_1398804729_636x435Over the past few months, we have been spending a lot of time in Fairmount/Art Museum/Brewerytown areas of the city.   And we love these homes!

This one is courtesy of Carlos Peraza at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

Lots of classic details with modern updates, so we go with a transitional style of decor.  In other words, we want to keep it contemporary, but nothing super, super modern–  Curved, flowing lines as opposed to sharp, hard edges…Warm colors as opposed to cool ones…

We chose to go neutral with our base pieces (sofa, chairs, table…) and kick it up with bold punches of color around the room.  This really helps move the eye around the space.  It also creates a feeling of warmth, while also maintaining a level of sophistication.

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To see the full property listing, click here.

Thanks for looking!

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

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Suburban Home Staging Challenge by Sunflower Creations

6 May

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Very cool reno on a quiet, tree-lined street, along a creek– But, a complicated first floor layout brought us out to Elkins Park for this home staging project.

The major challenge is the two support beams that divide the space.  Additionally, the fireplace, and several doors really dictate furniture placement.

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We definitely wanted to create a main seating area around the fireplace and large bay window.  But, we also wanted to incorporate the area behind the dining space into functional living space.

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In such an open living space, we really think it is important to show function.  Sure, it’s nice to offer lots of room, but if the potential buyers can not figure out how to make the space work for them, they are going to move on to the next listing.

So, we created a space that helps transition between living room and dining room.  One could sit and read the paper with their morning coffee, enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, and still be part of what is happening in the main living space.

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In terms of design choices, we wanted to keep it simple.

We worked with a mixture of our accessories, and the seller’s- So, we wanted to make sure the overall style was cohesive.  And, the architecture, itself, offered a lot of interest- the beams, bump-outs, bay window, fireplace, doors, etc…  So we really didn’t want to introduce a ton of new patterns and textures.  We did a few bold pieces, and focused on creating clean lines and shapes that would pull everything together.

We were happy with the finished project!

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Thanks for looking!

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

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