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Highlights From a Home Stager: Hands-Down, the Coolest House in Philly

6 Dec

No offense to all other houses, but this one takes the prize for awesome-

Standing on the street in Northern Liberties, one would never know that behind an inconspicuous industrial garage door lies this incredible, self-contained residential oasis.

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This courtyard/Zen Garden is the absolute perfect place to relax and enjoy the meditative sights and sounds of the water feature and Koi pond.

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Just an FYI tidbit- the TV room floor is the original cobblestone from when this land was a cross street.  And, that plexi-glass panel in the ground is encasing a well that was excavated during the renovation.  You can still see water levels rise and fall.

4th104th9So, we were called in a couple of years ago when the homeowners first began thinking about selling.  Through a series of walk-thrus, revisions, and fine tuning, we were able to help these homeowners get this property in prime shape for listing.  And, once listed, the sellers got their asking price in less than 3 weeks- which I really can’t say is a surprise…  The place is amazing, and they really followed our staging advise to the letter.

This is a great example of how a staging consultation can help you sell your home.  In this case, the majority of the furniture belongs to the homeowners.

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We provided recommendations on pieces that worked well for staging, and items that needed to be toned down, amped up, or adjusted.  We also provided supplementary art/accessories where needed.  This enabled the home owners to move the vast majority of their belongings out of the home prior to listing, which made their move more orderly in the long-run.

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We assisted the homeowners by providing a neutral eye.  This, in turn, helped them showcase all the right features.  Clearly, they had a good sense of design because they created the space.  But it’s often helpful to get an outside perspective to help see a home through the eyes of the prospective buyer.    In this case, the space, itself, is really the focal point.  The prospective buyer is clearly going to need to fall in love with the space, or not get it at all.  It’s just that kind of home.  So, we did a lot of editing.  We wanted the property to really be the main event here- and everything else was kind of just dressing to show function and warmth.  The key was finding the right balance.

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In “His” office, we spent a great deal of time on simplifying the built-in shelves that were packed with books and collectibles.  The owners were really great about following our recommendations.

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And, we helped create a “Her” office/studio space out of what had previously been used as a bike room.  We provided area rugs, furnishings and art where needed– but the large majority of the items were already there for us.  Just a matter of moving some things around…

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In the rear portion of the home, we made a few layout adjustments in order to maximize use of the space, and in order to differentiate the spaces from the other sitting/eating areas in the front of the home.  Notice the very clean-lined and simple styling of the décor- This property needs so little in terms of “frills”.

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And finally, this common area that connects the three 2nd floor bedrooms-  The homeowners had previously used this as gallery space for their art collection.  We wanted to make it function in a way that would feel at home to any prospective buyer.  So we created this relaxation area to feel like a really cozy place where you can drink your coffee on a Sunday morning, or cuddle up with a book late at night

Click here to see the full property listing.

Click here to see more occupied home staging projects.

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 complimentary 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: 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!!*

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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.

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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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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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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