Tag Archives: Home Staging

Highlights of a Home Stager: Pops of Red!

14 Nov

We can’t do neutrals all the time! Sometimes we mix it up with some color. Today’s color? Red!

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Using red in design can be scary. It can be a very overpowering color! But when used correctly it can give your living space the pop of excitement it needs.

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Red goes great with natural colors like browns and greens. The green door in this home made for a perfect compliment to the red accents.

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We went very bold with the dining room. That rug would be scary for most, but countered with more wood tones, and a neutral dining chair it becomes less overwhelming.

With the open kitchen we can counteract the large pop of red in the dining room with neutral greens and an abundance of brand new cabinets.

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Highlights of a Home Stager: Traditional Chic

31 Oct

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While bright colors, and funky accessories are fun, they’re also very client specific. When staging a traditional home.

We stick with a neutral base of a beige sofa and wood coffee table.  A calming blue reoccurs throughout the room.

The dining room has a sleek look with upholstered dining chairs. The natural woods and sand colors complimented with pops of blue give this home a coastal cottage vibe.

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Highlights from a Home Stager: Quick Hits from August Stagings

17 Oct

We gotta keep yo up to date on all of our latest stagings! here are some of our favorites from August:

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21XX Lombard St. #stagedandsold #inlessthan30daysc81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m3xd-w1020_h770_q80c81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m6xd-w1020_h770_q80c81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m7xd-w1020_h770_q80c81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m10xd-w1020_h770_q80c81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m12xd-w1020_h770_q80c81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m15xd-w1020_h770_q80c81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m18xd-w1020_h770_q80c81edc1511662473728fcdd09fcb6586l-m23xd-w1020_h770_q80

6XX N. 16th #undercontract #under30days

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75XX Malvern Ave.

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Click here for the full property listing!

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: Contrasts

3 Oct

Many of the homes on the market today are painted a stark white. It makes sense to leave the walls neutral for buyers, but it isn’t always warm and welcoming. An easy way to combat this is by using a monochromatic color scheme. Black and white accents create a classic modern look.

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The black and white color scheme is continued throughout the entire home, with art, accessories, and furniture all creating a cohesive look.

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The bedroom keeps it classic with an elegant plush rug and black and white bedding.

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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: Industrial Living

19 Sep

This industrial apartment has it all! Exposed brick, high ceilings, a ton of space, and in the heart of Old City, to boot!

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We worked with the bold red accent wall with some contrasting navy throw pillows. Wood accents give the home a warm lived-in feeling.

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This structural brick wall could be a source of confusion for potential buyers. We gave the wall a purpose by creating a perfect little reading nook in the corner.

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The spacious bedrooms are complete with endless exposed and white washed brick walls. Some neutral bedding and wooden side tables allow the brick to be the main attraction! We had a great time designing this beautiful apartment! I’m sorry to say it’s already been snatched off the market. Yet another Staged & Sold property under our belts!

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: Making the Most of Small Spaces

22 Aug

Living in the heart of the city has many perks, but you often have to give up some living space in exchange. We’re here to show you how to make the most of your small living space situation!

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This unit had a decent sized open space for the living area. We wanted to showcase just how large that room was by creating three separate spaces within it. First is the living room, complete with enough seating for four. Bringing the sofa to the center of the room creates a great focal point!

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With more room to spare, we created a small office area within the space, creating the perfect trifecta of all you could possibly hope for in your future home.  With some careful space planning, and thoughtful furniture selection, we can make any space the perfect home for your potential buyer!

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- Neutrals Don’t Need to be Boring!

8 Aug

One of the biggest tips we give when it comes to staging a home is to try to keep it neutral- the goal being to appeal to the masses. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Take a look at this recent staging on Pulaski Ave.

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We went with neutral furniture that showcases the large, open, living space, but added pops of color and texture to give the home some excitement. Reds and oranges are bold, so it’s best to use them sparingly. We’ve coordinated the throw pillows with the art hanging above the sofa to create cohesion. The ruffled pillow and the chevron rug break up the sea of beige and brown and add some much needed texture.

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We used a textured rug and metallic centerpiece in the dining room, keeping the colors neutral. A glass top dining table not only adds a new element to the room, but creates the illusion of even more space in this open floor plan.

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We brought the red accents into the kitchen with some colorful cloth napkins that really tie the entire space together. It’s very easy for potential buyers to see themselves in this home and call it their own.

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: The Listing Photo

27 Mar
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Hi Everyone!

In our last couple posts, we spoke about staging for vacant properties, as well as staging for occupied homes.  We discussed why staging helps listings sell, and some tips and tricks on how to start staging on your own.  And, we also mentioned some ways that we pro-stagers can help you take things to the next level.

Today, we’re talking about the power of high quality, professional listing photos.  According to Philly’s Mike McCann, The Real Estate Man:

“Professional photos are the first impression one gets when viewing homes. As we all know, first impressions are lasting ones. Nothing is more important in this day and age of the internet than using professional photos to market and represent a property. It will increase the actual activity on the home dramatically, help sell the property and create desire and appeal to the buyers and their friends or family who view it.”   (More from The McCann Team)

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Home Staging, Fairmount

 

The goal for great MLS photos is to act as a preliminary tour of the property.  You want to provide prospective buyers with an understanding of the rooms and their relation to one another.  And, of course, you want to make the property look as good as possible. A professional photographer will produce high quality images.  They will use a lens  that captures a wide angle view of each room, which will provide a clearer understanding of the layout.  They will know how to get the best light and how to get the best angles.

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Home Staging, Point Breeze

 

So, what else do they know that we don’t?  We’ve reached out to our go-to Pro-Real Estate Photographer, Kate Devlin for some insider tips on what we, as stagers, and you, as sellers, can do to prepare for the shoot.  Here’s Kate’s Top 5 Tips:

 

  1.  Stash all the last minute stuff– As part of your staging, you’ve cleared the magnets from the fridge, you’ve streamlined the wall art, you’ve packed away the majority of the knick-knacks.  But, there’s those lingering items that you can’t just pack away just yet.  The good news is that for photos, you can hide those items in your freshly cleaned out closets.  Stash the toothbrushes, shampoos, soaps.  Clear towel hooks and coat racks.  Hide the pj’s under the bed.  Tuck away the kitchen sponge and random counter items.  And, conceal the kids toys, aside from those neatly displayed in a child’s bedroom or playroom.  Kate says that some clients have been known to pile additional clutter at the far end of the yard or even in the car just to get it out of the way for a great photo shoot.

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  2. Lighting- Make sure all light sources have the proper bulbs.  Kate says that a day with light cloud cover is ideal for shooting (as opposed to a super bright sunny day that will produce photos with harsher color contrast), but you just don’t always get that.  Her preference for windows is a clean line window with adjustable blinds but no fabric curtains.

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  3. Consider scale & eliminate anything that isn’t right.  If you know your huge dining set isn’t right for the space, consider purchasing or renting a substitute that will not make the space feel small.  Huge pieces of artwork can also overwhelm a small space.  A space-saver shelving unit can make a small bathroom look even smaller.  And even something that seems as minor as a bath towel on a hand towel ring can throw off scale and confuse perception in a big way.

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  4. Keep a few props on-hand.  Now that we’ve told you to put all your décor away, it’s a good idea to have a bowl of fruit and a vase with flowers waiting in the wings.  As a stager- I tend to think of décor in terms of low/wide items, and tall items.  So a bowl with fruit and a vase with flowers are great props because they can fill in where needed, they move from room to room easily, and they add just the right about of color in a natural way.  Fruit and flowers also tend to be easy to attain, inexpensive, and style-neutral.

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  5. Know what to expect when the photographer arrives.  Kate says that when she shoots, for the most part, she’ll stand at the far corner of the room and her wide lens picks up everything. It’s best if at least 1 floor is completely ready to go when she arrives so that everyone else can go to another floor of the home while she shoots.  Definitely have pets corralled before the photographer arrives, and plan to keep them contained until the shoot is complete.

So, thanks to our readers for hangin’ with us today!  Come back next time to learn a little more about “The Staged Look”.

Thanks to Kate Devlin for her professional advice, and for the use of her lovely photos featured throughout this post and many of our other posts!  If you need a Real Estate Photographer for your listing in Philadelphia or surrounding area, please contact her at photographerkatedevlin@gmail.com

And, Thanks to Mike McCann for his expert insights!  Check out the McCann Team’s website for your home buying and selling needs.

And, of course, 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: 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.

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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 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.