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Highlights From a Home Stager: Staying Neutral is a Good Idea

24 Oct

Hey All!  The Staging Coordinator Chic here– signing on from this gi-normous new construction property in South Philly.  For this project, we went with a very neutral color palette of black, white and shades of grey/beige- proving that neutral doesn’t have to be boring…

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Example:  You can still shake things up with a bold pattern…

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…Or grab some attention with even some very subtle color insertion.

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You can create crisp, clean. linear silhouettes that are very pleasing to the eye…

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…And you can create a sense of order that allows the focus to drift to the important things- like massive quartz counter tops!

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Click here to view full property listing.

 

Thanks 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
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
…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!!

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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):

38xx Lauriston St- Manayunk Home Staging

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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

croped logo…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: November 2015, Pt 2, Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

16 Nov
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1xx Chestnut St

…Loved the way this Old City loft turned out-

Many buyers are perfectly willing to give up square footage for a great location.   But, in a compact unit like this, it’s imperative to show functionality.  Here’s 720 sq ft that offers plenty of living space, and a full size dining table that easily becomes a nice big work space!

I love that the staging makes the property look swanky and cozy at the same time!

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…  And here’s a look at a few of our other favorite stagings around the city from the past couple weeks…

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Rehabbed South Philly Home Staging with Beautiful Luxury Finishes

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Charming New Construction in Bella Vista

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10xx Montrose St

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1xx Pine St

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Sun-drenched Home Staging in Society Hill blog7 blog8 blog9(Click here for full property listing)

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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
  • 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

croped logo…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: November 2015, Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia, PA

4 Nov

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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

Here’s a quick peek at some of our favorite stagings from the past few weeks-

Thanks so much for looking!

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Updated Classic Victorian Home in West Philly

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Graduate Hospital Contemporary Row Home

Staged, Listed, Sold- Just 9 Days on the Market!

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Main Line Single Family Home in Penn Valley

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Queen Village Modified Trinity

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Pennsport Contemporary Rehab

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(Click here for full property listing)

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Thanks again for checking us out!

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

croped logo…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: October 2015, Part 2- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia, PA

20 Oct

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

blog1Washington Square West- *Sold in 10 Days*

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

4 Oct

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

One of the best parts of my job, and one of the things I love most about being a home stager, is that every day is a brand new experience.  Each property we stage comes with its own set of challenges, and our job is to figure out how to portray every home in its best light.  We think about who is going to likely purchase the home, and how they will want to use the space.  We try to highlight the best features of each home, but we also consider the perceived negatives, and we try to provide remedies.

blog2This first feature is a 3 bedroom Northern Liberties new construction project.  We came in after the property had been listed for a while, and the big piece of negative feedback had been that there just wasn’t enough common-area living space.  The picture above shows the entry level kitchen with a very large dining area.  But the living room is on the 2nd floor, and is not very large.

The Gripe:  The majority of new construction home buyers are looking for that open floor plan that allows the whole family to be cooking, watching TV, doing homework, and taking a nap all in the same room.  And most families do not eat a formal meal together at the dining room table.

The Staging Fix:  We gave ’em 2 living rooms (and a place to eat together)!  That’s right- instead of feeling short on living room space, we created two living room options.  You can hang down stairs in plenty of comfort because we added ample plush seating around the table, and around the rest of the room.  We showed TV placement, provided counter seating, and addressed the need to accommodate a million different activities in 1 space.

What’s more, we gave them a dramatic living room on the 2nd floor, with a great layout that allows for a TV area, and a desk area, as well.

The Result: *Already Under Contract!!*

blog3And here is the serene master bedroom/master bath:

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Here’s another case of the small living room in this

Queen Village Home Staging *Already Under Contract!!*

This is the main level living room, which seemed like more of an entry area when the space was vacant.  We added a love seat, accent chair, etc, and it became a great spot for reading, relaxing, or sipping tea.

blog6And, no worries- The finished basement has ample space for the heavy lounging or light working…

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Society Hill-  Six-Bedroom Restored Historic Home Staging

 This home is simple gorgeous!  The builder artfully mixed the original hardwood floors and beautiful stonework with the industrial stairwell, sky high raised ceilings, and modern kitchen.  We tried to do the same in our staging, mixing a sleek leather sofa with a pair of over-sized accent chairs.  We chose to stick primarily with elegant muted hues for the sophisticated and swanky main level.blog10 blog12 blog11And then we contrasted the more relaxed basement space with some fun colorful pieces, including this salmon-colored 2-seater chaise…

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(Click here for full property listing)

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Old City Condo Staging

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Small Bi-Level Condo Staging in Center City

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Two Mount Airy Home Stagings

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*Already Under Contract*

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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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Highlights From a Home Stager, Sunflower Creations, September 2015

2 Sep
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Believe it or not, this Brewery town condo loft is just 820 square feet!

In compact living spaces, it is SO important to show functionality.

Who will be the buyer?  What will he/she need in a home?  What do we need to show that will help them relate to the space?

With this nice big sectional sofa, we were able to maximize seating and comfort potential in the living room, and still leave room to spare for a proper 4-top dining table.

And, we thought it was important to designate a “work-space” area in the bedroom, to prove our point that this unit offers room for everything!

We wanted to the overall look to be fun and relaxed, yet sophisticated at the same time- I think our team nailed it!

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Old City Condo–*Under Contract in less than 1 week!

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This unit has great light, which makes it feel huge. And although it is a flat, the cavernous layout            provides a lot of privacy and space. With an elevator that opens directly into the living room, and roof deck  to boot, no wonder this one flew off the market. Oh yeah, and the staging- demonstrates layout, and provides texture/warmth!

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Delaware County Single Home Staging

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We love getting out to the suburbs, and we seem to be doing it more and more these days. In the beginning, home staging was definitely more of a “city thing”. But, now, people know what staging is, and how it truly helps sellers get more attention to their listings. This leads to more offers, and to better offers. This is a charming updated Cape Cod house in Clifton Heights. Sweet!

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Spring Garden Area Newer Construction Vertical Home Staging

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Point Breeze Rehabbed Home 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
  • 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.

Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia’s Home Stagers- Early March 2015

17 Mar

Well, we trudged through the snow, we battled the ice, and we staged lots of homes in the city and the suburbs…

Here’s what we’ve got for you today!

New Construction in Point Breeze

(Courtesy of The McCann Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
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Luxury Home in Roxborough

(Courtesy of Lisa Murphy, Keller Williams Real Estate)

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This home in Roxborough really feels like the ‘burbs!   With so much space, we wanted to show furniture layout, and really showcase the property for its comfort and elegance.blog7 blog8 blog9 blog10(Click here to see full property listing)

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Updated Split Level Family Home in King of Prussia

(Courtesy of Neal Kugelman, Elfant-Wissahickon Real Estate)
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Even with snow on the ground, the huge windows make you feel like your in Florida- and we love that, right about now!
The home owners decided to do some updates, and put this baby on that market.  And they called us to stage it, because a staged home sells better than an empty one!
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Large Home in Graduate Hospital

(Courtesy of Andrew Janos, Copper Hill Real Estate)
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When we first came out to see this home, the walls were just filled with fun, bright colors.  We suggested repainting some of the bolder areas in neutrals for resale, because potential buyers tend to prefer a blank slate.  But we brought some color right back in with furniture and accessories.blog17 blog18 blog19 blog20 blog21(Click here to see full property listing)

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Well, that does it for today- Thanks 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

January Happenings- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia’s Home Stagers

15 Jan

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Our first project this year was this sprawling family home in Bensalem’s Belmont Ridge Community.  The owners will be living in the home until it sells.   We were called in as consultants, to help prepare the home for listing.  We did a “room-by-room” with the sellers- advising them on what items to keep (furniture, art, accessories), what should go, furniture arrangement, etc.  We also supplemented items needed to create a taste neutral, depersonalized, eye-catching presentation for MLS photos and for showings.

The room featured above is the formal living room, which was essentially empty when we arrived.  The homeowners got rid of their dated furniture, and are waiting until they move to replace it.  So, we supplied this striking living room set-up, which is the first room you’ll see upon entering the home.  Click here to see more.

And, here’s a few more projects that we’ve been busy with:

Northeast Philadelphia Rehabbed Home Staging

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Fairmount/Art Museum Area Home Staging

Courtesy of

Andrew Kratz, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

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Old City Loft Staging

Courtesy of

Jeff “City” Block, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

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Fairmount/Art Museum Area Rehabbed Home Staging

Courtesy of

Michael Goldstein, The McCann Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

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Northern Liberties New Construction Home Staging

Courtesy of

Ryan Quinn, Cityspace

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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