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Highlights from a Home Stager: MAKING SENSE IN A CONFUSING SPACE- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

27 Apr

This Bella Vista home in Center City was one of the most unique spaces we’ve worked on.  It offers tons of natural light, not 1- but 2 parking garages, large bedrooms, and a great entertaining space on the 2nd level common area.  But, it had some major layout challenges, which we believe, made prospective buyers hesitant on the listing’s first time around on the market in the Fall of 2015.  After pulling the listing for the winter, and staging for Spring market 2016, the property went under contract in less than 2 weeks!

Staging objectives were to show furniture layout, maximize functionality, and accentuate the best features of the home.  Here’s a look:

The eat-in kitchen was recently updated and beautiful, but the bar seating and french doors left limited space for dining area.

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We brought in a high-top expandable pub table to dining space in the kitchen.  We included two chairs, in order to keep the space as open as possible, but also showed the potential to add seating if needed.

Then we added a full 4-top table on the second level (just a short flight up) to indicate formal dining for entertaining, ect.

The angular 2nd level consists of an open space with 1/2-walls overlooking the kitchen, and steps right in the middle.  There is a built in bench with shelves, window walls, and a fireplace.  So, in addition to the issue of dining space, the questions are (1) where’s the TV gonna go, (2) where’s the sofa gonna go, (3) how does one use the bench area, and (4) how does one address the step in the middle of the space.

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We felt that even if the buyer didn’t want to use the space for dining, showing a table/4 chairs was a good use of space.  We were able to create a comfortable and welcoming seating area in the middle of the room, and a TV area that felt separate, but still included in the main living space.  It also made the steps feel less awkward.

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We felt that the built-in area would likely be used as a lounge area, office, or reading nook.  So, we kept it a little ambiguous, but made it feel cozy and comfortable.

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And, here is the master bedroom- large enough to create a private lounge space.

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(Click here for full property listing)


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: ODD SPACESEdition, Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

15 Mar

Hi Everyone-  Thanks for reading!

Can’t wait to dive into this week’s photos, because we have been working in some very unique spaces these past few weeks!  A major part of our home staging philosophy is that functionality is #1- Ya gotta make prospective buyers feel at home, and one major aspect of that is showing them that the home can meet all of their lifestyle needs.

In some spaces, living is very easy-  In a large home, their are often ample rooms to accommodate office space, relaxation space, exercise space, what have you…  But in a smaller home, we have to work a little harder..

But, it’s a little more than just square footage…  Sometimes the shape of a room can really restrict furniture layout options.  And built-ins, fireplaces, stairwells, and windows can pose challenges too…  Enter, Sunflower Creations!

Here’s a look at some Odd Spaces that we’d staged recently:

7xx S. 2nd St, Queen Village Trinity Staging- Sold in less than 1 Week

This compact home features an entry level eat-in kitchen, basement living room with built in desk, 2nd floor bedroom suite, and 3rd floor bedroom suite.  The property is completely charming and completely lovely, but it has some real layout challenges.

When the kitchen is on a separate level from the living room, we like to make the seating area feel super-cozy.  Instead of a traditional dining table/chairs and table settings, we go for a more comfy/casual hang-out feel.

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The living room is small and oddly shaped, and much of it is taken up by the built-in office.  But we created a clear TV area, and a little bit of common space everywhere in the home.

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(Click here for full property listing)

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8xx N. 20th St- Fairmount/Art Museum Area Home Staging

My initial thought about this house is that its the one that everyone wants to hang out in because it’s really cool- but nobody knows quite what to do with it!  Seems like it must have been converted from a store-front to a home, and its got all these huge windows that offer amazing light, but zero privacy.  Limited wall space also restricts furniture arrangement a little bit.

We wanted to show off the window feature, but also provide privacy from the outside.  And we wanted to show people how to make the layout function, and also create the best first impression when prospective buyers entered the space.  We went with an asymmetrical layout because the room is not symmetrical, and we created little bit of a terrarium-feel, with lots of greenery to make the space feel homey.

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(Click here for full property listing)

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10xx Spruce St- Center City Condo Staging

This 4th floor condo had an unusual layout.  Enter into this large living room, and proceed down 3 steps to another very large room that is way bigger than a typical dinning room.  Beyond that room is a stairway landing with a nook that just needs to be utilized, and then into the eat-in kitchen.  Bedrooms are on the level below.  So, this is a deceptively large 2 bedroom condo!  With so much room for sitting, and for eating- this one feels like an entertaining space to me!

The unit, and the building itself, were more traditional in style- see the light fixtures, windows, etc.  So we wanted to go a little more traditional with our staging, but still keep it contemporary to appeal to the modern buyer.

Here’s living room #1

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And Living Space #2/Dining Room

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Landing Nook turned Office

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Eat- In Kitchen, making use of the owner’s existing dining set

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(Click here for full property listing)

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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 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 Edition – Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

5 Feb

First, just a quick reminder:5247_10153830035894509_291991960386774718_n If you are going, please drop by our booth- We’d love to meet you!

Purchase discounted tickets right here- just click and enter the promo code “FLOWER”

Feel free to forward this post so your friends and colleagues can get discounted tickets as well!

Visit the Philly Home Show Website for more info.

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Well, Center City has been jumpin’ lately with condos and homes for sale!

Rittenhouse to Washington Square West to Society Hill- and everything in between…  Here’s a peak at what we’ve been up to this January:

13xx Spruce St Home Staging-Washington Square West-Center City- Philadelphia

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We brought a little drama to this 3 bedroom condo!  Though we often go with white sheers on the windows in many of our stagings, we wanted to create an oasis-feeling for this 4th fl walk-up.  Our other objective here were to show prospective buyers how to incorporate a living area and a dining area in the main space.

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This room could technically be a bedroom, but we wanted to show prospective buyers a space for work or quiet relaxation, away from the main living room.  With the pocket doors open, the room almost feels like a little extension of the main living area, so we wanted to keep the look consistent.

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(Click here for full property listing)

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10xx Clinton St Home Staging-Washington Square West-Center City- Philadelphia

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This one bedroom flat is really large- huge windows, high ceilings, and just a ton of space!  It felt a little drab when it was empty, but now it feels like a great place for entertaining, with plenty of seating, and pops of fun color to spark up the party!

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(Click here for full property listing)

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10xx Lombard St Home Staging-Washington Square West-Center City- Philadelphia

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In this multi-split-level Center City home, we were working with a mixture of traditional meets contemporary.  The home featured custom drapery, antique pedestals, and  traditional paint colors, along with some super contemporary (even modern) light fixtures.  We love this look because it means NO RULES!!

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Above- Formal living room

Below- Dining Area, off of the kitchen

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Above- Casual Family Room

Below- Master Bedroom

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(Click here for full property listing)

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Staged And Sold in Center City

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Chinatown/Market East Loft- Staged and sold in less than 1 month!

1027 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA

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Rittenhouse Condo- Staged and Sold!2217-19 DELANCEY PLACE, PHILADELPHIA, PA

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Society Hill Home- Staged and Sold!

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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 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: The LOFT Edition- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

4 Jan

blogHappy New Year, everyone!!  We hope you had a great (and relaxing) holiday season.  We definitely enjoyed a little down timebut now we are we’re jumping right in to 2016.

Welcome to our last look at 2015: THE LOFT EDITION

Who doesn’t love a LOFT, right???  The complete and total essence of coolness…  Twenty foot ceilings… exposed pipes…  no walls…  undefined spaces that often make NO sense at all…

Yes, lofts are very awesome, but they can be a tough sell in Philadelphia.  They are often 1bedroom units, which limits the buying pool right away.  Beyond that, they do generally come with privacy issues (which can be resolved with a little creativity).

Many Philly lofts, of course, are converted from old factories.  The charm is in the rawness and original industrial details.  But, these raw empty spaces can appear very confusing with respect to furniture layout (with which we can assist).  And these gritty industrial spaces,on their own, can feel cold and uninviting (which we can change).

In short: Let us stage your loft before you try to sell it.

We will make it seem cozy-yet-chic, and like the most functional living quarters ever created!  It will probably sell faster, and for more money than if you try to sell it vacant.

Check out a few Sunflower Creations loft stagings from December 2015…

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1xx Church St in Old City, Philadelphia

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Even though this is a 1bedroom unit, it feels like an entertaining space…  We wanted to show a nice large dining table, and a seating area that can hold a crowd.  We also made sure that we included a work area within the main living space.  For better or worse, the home office has become very important.  Prospective buyers want and need a designated work space.

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5x N. Front St Home Staging in Old City, Philadelphia

blog3This condo is a personal favorite because it has so much quirky architectural detail.

The staircase featured above leads to NOWHERE!!  We accessorized it to give the indication that it would make a great built-in book shelving or display area.  (You could even furnish a petite recliner on the landing to create a reading nook)

And the huge window featured below stretches all the way down below ground level, into the basement bedroom.  (Stay tuned!)

blog4This loft space (below) off of the living room could definitely be a bedroom, but we chose to give the condo a designated office area as an alternative.blog8blog5The old hearth in the kitchen (above) is the perfect area for a storage console.blog6And, while the idea of a basement bedroom might seem undesirable, we wanted to capitalize on the elements that this one has going for it.  The exposed brick wall adds a layer of texture.  Even though it’s hard brick, it kind of softens the room.  And that huge 2 story window lets in great light, which is generally a major issue for basement rooms.  We added lots of pillows in the window bay, (and a little decorative step stool which you can’t see in this photo) to turn this unique feature into a charming and memorable little seating area.blog7(Click here for full property listing)

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10xx Arch St in Chinatown, Philadelphia

We’ve recently began to see more staging activity in the Chinatown/Market East portion of the city.  This loft is on the 9th story, with huge windows, high ceilings, and white walls- so its bright as can be!  Challenges are some of the slanted walls, space division, and the bonus space behind the kitchen, which you’ll see below.blog9We felt like this unit could handle lots of punches of bold colors.  With so much white on the walls, and the hardness of the industrial finishes, we really wanted to make the space feel warm and fun.blog10blog11blog12*Not every space can handle all those pops of red, so we use it selectively.  But, the red looks SO good in MLS photographs- really grabs your attention!blog13blog14blog15blog16Here’s that bonus room.blog17It would be pretty simple to close this room off, in order to make it a private bedroom.  I could be done with drywall, or it could be done with a long curtain rod and some panels.  We wanted prospective buyers to see that the space has bedroom potential, or could also be a great little den/office.

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STAGED and SOLD

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Northern Liberties New Construction

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Old City Studio Loft

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Queen Village Gut Rehab

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Fishtown Gut Rehab- Under contract 4 days after staging!!

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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 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.