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Highlights from a Home Stager: A TRADITIONAL NEWER CONSTRUCTION HOME IN MANAYUNK- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

1 Jun

New clients often ask us how we categorize our style of design.  We tell them that, overall, we consider our staging style to be contemporary- regardless of the style of the home, contemporary furnishing feels crisp, neat, and fresh.  This is generally the is the image you want to project toward prospective buyers when they come to visit the home.

That said, we always take into consideration the style of the subject property, and how that transfers over to the prospective buyer.  From there, we tailor our work to enhance the style of the home.  And in this particular home, we went with a more transitional staging.

This beauty was built in 2011, and offers every modern luxury one could want.  You’ll notice that it has a bit of an Old World/European influence- with the Juliet balconies, wainscoting, and fancy stonework facade.

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Overall, Manayunk is a fun little town in the Northwest pocket of Philadelphia.  It’s known for having lots of restaurants, clubs, shops, festivals, and hills (Speaking of which, we are actually just days away from the legendary Manayunk Bike Race on June 5th).  But back to staging…the buyer of this home is going to be someone who is looking to live right in the middle of it all.  We wanted to make it fun, comfortable, and relaxed, but in a grown-up sort of way.

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We actually based a great deal of our selections around the homeowner’s existing curtains (which I LOVE!).  They seemed to really encapsulate the over-all feeling of the home.  The colors are subdued, the texture is light and airy, the drapery is elegant, and the design is sophisticated without being stuffy.

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(Click here to view full property listing)


Thanks so much for looking!

And, here’s a closer peak at some of our favorite new transitional pieces that were featured in this staging:


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: December ’15, Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

30 Nov

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In our eyes, every home is unique.  There is no cookie-cutter.  And every project deserves thorough consideration.

 

Good to Great!  Before and Afters from our Norristown Staging Project- Staged and Sold in 2 Weeks!!

This 3-bedroom home in Norristown had been on the market for about 35 days, and was just not getting much love.  The home boasts a very open, spacious first floor and master bedroom, beautifully updated kitchen, and finished basement.  But our staging walkthru also revealed a few areas of deficiency:

(1) Several rooms did not have any overhead light, and the rooms that did have overhead fixtures still felt dim, due to low watt bulbs and dark paint colors.

(2) Entering the vacant space was a bit lack-luster, perhaps because of the actual amount of empty space!  It just felt cold, and empty:(

(3) With little but walls and floor to focus on, the flaws were accentuated.  My eyes went, first, to the baseboard heaters and cables.  These may not exactly classify as “flaws”, but they are definitely visually cumbersome, and not very attractive.  The next thing my eye went to was the areas of the walls that required paint touch-ups.

**Please Understand:  As stagers, we are not trying to hide property issues.  Our objective is to present the property in its most positive light, so that prospective buyers will fall in love with the home.  **

Without further ado, here’s our before and afters:

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blog30 blog31We were really happy because the final product felt very cheerful, comfortable, and inviting!  And, we’re also really happy because just 2 weeks after staging, this home is under contract!!

(Click here for full property listing)

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And, here’s a look at a few more of our recent faves (Click on any photo to go to full property listing):

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19xx Manton St- South Philly Home Staging

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SOLD!

Point Breeze- 13 Days On Market!!

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Roxborough- 35 Days on Market!!

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Bella Vista- 9 Days On Market!!

Under contract in 9 days

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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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Highlights from a Home Stager: October 2015, Part 2- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia, PA

20 Oct

Old homes, new homes- We do it all, and we gotcha covered…

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This first property was built in 1916 (for those of us who don’t like math, that’s 99 years ago).  In our experience, many people want old homes, in theory.  Nothing says charm like original hard wood floors, brick fire places, and antique fixtures.  But, older homes tend to show poorly because they often lack the clean lines that look great in photos, and they usually have little in the way of overhead lighting.  What’s more, when empty, potential buyers have nothing to focus their attention on except the flaws that come with age.

True Story:

This Center City town home sat vacant on the MLS for 200 days…

We staged it on day 201, and and by day 211, the property was pending sale…

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Of course, not every staged property sells in 10 days– This one took 11…

Washington Square West- *Sold in 11 days!*

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Fairmount/Art Museum Area Gut Rehab

Now, this fancy pad is brand-new-everything in a 100 year old shell.  The building has been standing for a century, but for all intensive purposes, its a new home.  Much like most of Philly’s modern construction homes, you’ll see raised ceilings with lots of overhead light, open floor plans, fresh hardwood floors…  And, this home also has extra-special luxury features hiding around every corner.

The key to staging homes like these is really to soften them up.  Since everything is new inside, the home is pretty pristine- so much so, that it can feel sterile on it’s own.  The addition of textiles makes an incredible difference in the potential buyer’s emotional response when he/she enters the home.

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(Click here for full property listing)

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Fishtown Gut Rehab

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Manayunk New Construction

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Pennsport New Construction

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Thanks for looking!

Sunflower Creations is 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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A Cinderella Story… Sunflower Creations Highlights from a Home Stager, August 2015

18 Aug

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This lovely South Philly rehab in Point Breeze sold fast!  It was listed a few weeks ago, with little buyer interest, and just 6 days after staging, it is officially pending sale!!  It’s a fab house- Just needed a little magic in the way of color, texture, and contemporary elegance!

Here’s some before and afters, that show how staging with Sunflower Creations transforms a property into a home:

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BEFORE- Vacant dining area feels bland and boring…

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AFTER- Textures, shapes and colors make this photo interesting and click-worthy!

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BEFORE- Again, lots of white space, and it’s difficult to gauge room size in the picture…

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AFTER- Space is defined into different areas, furniture provides a better estimation of room size, and colorful art/curtains break the monotony!

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BEFORE- This master bedroom was not getting rave reviews…

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AFTER- Uhh, is that really even the same room?

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 (Click here for full property listing)

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Old City Condo Staging

And here’s another Old City condo that explains the difference between “furnished” and “staged”

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Our client had some furniture in the unit, that was in good condition, and appropriate for the trendy lofty space. But it was falling flat. It also offered no designated dining area, which is important- even in a 1 bedroom unit.

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AFTER- And here you have it- Edgy, yet warm and inviting. And room for all of the elements of living!

(Click here for full property listing)

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And here’s a few more of our favorites from early August 2015:

Manayunk Rowhome Staging

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Art Museum Area Home Staging

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Fairmount New Construction Condo Staging

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Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is dedicated to:

  • Providing quick, reliable and professional service
  • Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices
  • 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.

April/May Home Staging Highlights from Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia’s Home Stagers

8 May

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

Gut Rehab- Vacant Home Staging in Manayunk

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(Click here for full property listing)

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Upscale Listing in Society Hill

(Under Contract within 24 hrs of listing!!)

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Historic property with very cool modern renovations in Queen Village

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Point Breeze Rehab

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(Click here for full property listing)

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Upscale Rehab in Old City

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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

March/April Staging Projects by Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia Home Stagers

23 Apr

blog43(For Inquiries, please contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator, 267.207.9298, akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home)

We’re sure you readers are just jonesin’ for a new post…  We’ve been so busy staging houses that we haven’t had a moment to blog- and we are so, so sorry!!

Here are a handful of the projects that we’ve been working on in March and April 2015.  South Philly, West Philly, Roxborough/Manayunk, Old City and the ‘Burbs- Plus *3 projects that went under contract in just 3 days!  Yay!

Point Breeze Row Home

We brought contemporary warmth to this perfectly crafted South Philly gut rehab, with furnishings, art, accessories, and window treatments.

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(Click here for full property listing)

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Charming Bungalow Style Single Home in Flourtown, Montgomery County

We based this design around a few key pieces that belong to the home-owners.  We definitely wanted to make the space feel cozy, like a family home should.  We also wanted to show furniture layout in some challenging spaces, as well as maximum functionality in every area of the home.

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West Philly Redesign Consultation and Staging Project

We came in as the home-owners began upgrading their home for sale.  We helped with kitchen design, finish, fixture and paint color selections, and space planning for showing the home.  For staging, we worked with a mixture of the home-owner’s furnishings, and our own- keeping in mind that the sellers would be living in the property until it sells.  We also provided suggestions for how to live in a staged home, and be ready for a showing at a moment’s notice.

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Point Breeze Rehab- Sold in 3 Days!!

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West Philly Home Staging

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Old City Historical Home- Sold in 3 days!!

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Enormous Roxborough Rehab- Sold in 3 Days!!    blog8 blog9blog20(Click here for full property listing)

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

Home staging Philadelphia, Pa

17 Feb

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Apparently, Winter 2015 is not slowing anyone down in the Philly real estate game…It feels like Spring, with the amount of staging we’ve been doing in the past month and a half, and we love it!

A great big “Thank You” to all of our loyal clients, who call on us time, and time again-

And, to our new clients, we are thrilled to be working with you, and we really looking forward to building long-lasting relationships with you!

Here’s a few of our February home stagings, around the city and beyond:

Old City Condo at Independence Place

(Courtesy of Pam Laws, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
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Roxborough Twin- North West Philadelphia

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South Philly- Pennsport New Construction Home

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West Philly Upscale Rehab

(Courtesy of Grace O’Donnell, Philadelphia Realty Exchange)
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East Norriton Sprawling Suburban Single

(Courtesy of Lisa Murphy, Keller Williams Realty)
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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

Home Staging Fishtown, Philadelphia PA

30 Aug

I hope everyone made it through the hurricane without too much damage or stress.  I live in Roxborough (up the hill from Manayunk).

I shot this video on Sunday afternoon (Manayunk Flood). Mother nature’s fury never ceases to amaze me.  Our house made it through ok, just a little leaky window.  I hope yours did too!

Two weeks ago I staged this property in Fishtown, right off Girard Ave.  I’ve done work for this builder before (see 1643 S 5th) and I’m always so impressed with the attention to detail his properties posses.

This home is new construction with a patio, open floor plan, speaker system throughout AND a roof deck.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if I was in the market this would be mine.

You’ll also notice the wall colors in his property are nice neutral grays.  I think that adds so much warmth and I also think buyers will appreciate that this home is move-in-ready, paint and all!

I’m really pleased with the end result, my favorite room being the master bedroom.  Want to live here, get more details Fishtown Real Estate.

Hope you’re enjoying the week!

XOXO

The Staging Chick