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Highlights from a Home Stager: MULTIPLE OFFERS IN CENTER CITY- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

20 Apr

15xx Montrose St-  We barely had this Center City home staging set up before the offers started pourin’ in!  Not a huge surprise because the Grad Hospital location is stellar, the home was very well-maintained, and the sellers really had every detail in order before listing…


The sellers’ biggest concerns were (1) competing against new construction, and (2) the main living space is very narrow.  But they completed every tiny repair that needed to be done.  They consulted us for a paint color update, and we chose a contemporary grey that worked with their existing finishes and helped to visually open up the space.  And, they chose to stage the living room, dining area, kitchen, basement (to show additional living space), master bedroom, and additional bedroom (to show that a full sized bed fits comfortably in the space).


We don’t think they could have asked for a better result-

8 OFFERS IN 3 DAYS!!!  Staged & Sold!!


(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



 or visit our Website

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Residential Builders, Rehabbers and Developers: Select Sunflower Creations for Your Finish Selections (And your home staging!)

13 Dec

1Building or rehabbing a luxury home sounds like so much fun.  But if you’ve done it, you know it is really, really hard work-

There are many decisions to make, deadlines to meet, and details to keep straight.

These are some of the reasons that many builders choose to work with an Interior Designer for their finish selections.

Sunflower Creations simplifies the process because we have the answers at our fingertips.

Based on floor plan and budget, we put together a plan that includes everything from paint colors to door knobs, and everything in between.  We save builders time and money by preparing a spec report complete with pricing, sourcing, and necessary lead times.

The project pictured in this posting is in South Philadelphia’s Bella Vista/Hawthorne neighborhood and is listed at $550,000.  We visited the property during the early phase of construction, and selected:  paint colors, doors, flooring, stairs, lighting, counters, tile, vanities, cabinets, hardware, back splash and appliances.


We see tons of homes, so we know what is on trend.  We see a huge variety of products, so we know what works.

Designing to sell is a little different from designing a lived-in home, because we do not know who the buyer will be.  We have to do a little inferring about who will be looking at the property, and what he/she will want in a home.

Of course, we know that kitchens and bathrooms are major points of interest.  So, we put a large emphasis, and large chunk of budget into the “bells and whistles” that will make these areas of the home stand out from the competition.   Most buyers looking for a fully rehabbed home desire stainless steel appliances, solid stone counter tops and ensuites with high-end plumbing fixtures.

In terms of color and stylistic choices, we opt for finishes that are tasteful, contemporary and somewhat neutral.  The goal is to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers.  So, we need to make selections that are top-of-the-line for our builder’s budget, but also ensure that none of our selections will be highly taste-specific.

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Designer Side-Note:  Save a little money by skipping the dining room chandelier in an open floor plan design.  Nice chandeliers tend to be taste specific, and fixture placement really dictates furniture placement.  Instead, we recommend having your contractor run wiring, and install an electrical cap in the ceiling.  This will make installation simple for the new home owner.


Quartz counter tops have become the most desirable surface option in modern kitchens and baths.  Although they are more expensive than granite or marble, they are safest, most neutral, and easiest to maintain.  This makes for a really good selling point for potential buyers.  At the same time, if the budget does not stretch far enough, we may recommend a slightly more affordable granite option.  Check out this comparison chart to learn more about the various options in counter surfaces.


Another recently emerged trend is using hardwood flooring in the kitchen/bathroom.  This came about with the popularity of the open floor plan design, where one open space includes living area, dining area, and kitchen.  Keeping one type of flooring throughout helps to create one unified space.  This home does have a separate kitchen, but we still chose to go with hardwoods throughout because the continuity feels very contemporary.  Once thought of as “not durable enough for the kitchen”, manufacturers are now producing pre-treated, heavily sealed wood flooring options that are designed to hold up much longer and resist scratching/staining.  Read up on some interesting pro/cons on factory treated hardwood flooring.

On a related note, mixing wood tones has also become a popular design choice.  The dark wood cabinets have a chicness, especially with the simple brushed nickel drawer pull that echoes the stainless steel appliances.  And the lighter flooring brightens the room.  Lighter woods also tend to show less dirt and marking, believe it or not…


Designer Side Note:   A kitchen back splash really takes the look up a notch.  Glass tile, like the one featured here, is very popular right now, and there are endless color and style options.  But, even a simple white subway tile will pull the look together, and can be purchased for as little as 80 cents per square foot.

Here’s a couple related links I found that are worth a look:

More info about granite and marble

Fresh Flooring Options for Kitchens (HGTV)

And, also take a look at Catherine Court.  We chose all the finishes for the model unit (pictured in this link), and later worked with buyers to customize their own new homes.

Thanks for reading!  We would love to hear your opinions on finishes that you have worked with at home!

And, if you are a realtor, developer, builder, rehabber, or home-owner trying to sell your property, contact us for a FREE consultation.

 Our “look”  helps homes sell quickly and our process keeps clients coming back time and again.

Contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator



 or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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Trying to Sell Your Home While Living in it? Call Sunflower Creations for Help Staging to Sell

25 Nov

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We’re always blabbing about how staging a vacant home makes it feel lived in, cozy, and energized–  Yada, yada…

But we do not talk as much about the other scenario- The lived-in home, that appears, perhaps, a little too lived in, too cozy, and too energized!

Now, we are not just Stagers;  We are human, too.  And we know a few things:

(1)  We never have enough storage space

(2)  The longer we live in one place, the more we accumulate

(3)  Our own weird furniture  and personal junk is THE BEST!!  And, everyone else surely thinks so, too!

Um, well, some of these statements are true…

So, when we get called to consult for a lived-in home staging, we start with a walk-thru, and end with a room-by-room plan of attack.  We know that in many cases, we are the last call before the property gets listed, so at this point, home owners are not looking to do major renovations (Although, if they are, we can manage those projects, as well).  In many cases, we are called in to fine tune.

We were asked to consult with these Headhouse Square home-owners/sellers,  in order to create the best presentation for showings.  I must say that these guys did an amazing job of decluttering and depersonalizing.  Ironically, the home-owners told me that they had pared down so much before listing, that they had been repeatedly told that the property looked sterile.

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We brought in some generally appealing art and accessories to mix in with the homeowner’s beautiful book collection.  We also packed away a ton of books, and rearranged shelves to create maximum impact for MLS photos and showings. We did similar reworking throughout the house–  Moved art around, added focal points, created storage solutions for the kid’s rooms, and provided a quick pre-showing check-list for the home-owners to follow at a moment’s notice.

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When we consult on this type of project, one thing we really keep focused on is how to make it work for the life-style of the home-owners.  We assisted a Queen Village family with three small children.  They had this fabulous entry parlor with a cool modern fireplace, but because of their busy lifestyle, the space had become a bit of a mud room.  It (a) did not make the phenomenal impact that they wanted potential buyers to feel upon entering the home, and (b) called attention to their need for more closet space.

We provided paint color suggestions for some accent walls throughout the home, a de-cluttering plan, and staging for the newly-fabulous entry parlor!


(Before and After!)leithgowWe also used a trunk with storage as a coffee table so that the home-owners could stash our breakables away from the kiddies between showings.  Then all they had to do was whip out our pictures to reference, reset, and go!

Next, we run over to a Society Hill condo with amazing views and need for just a little space planning!  These sellers had some really cool furniture, and we removed about half of it!  We flipped the sofa around to open up the space, and to draw the eye to the beautiful skyline.  Just a little more rearranging, decluttering, and primping before photos/video/listing

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Incidentally, two out of the three properties featured above sold in 47 days and 14 days!  The average number of days-on-market for Philadelphia homes in 2013 is 84 days.

If you are having a tough time trying to sell your home while living in it, or if you are getting ready to put your home on the market,

contact us for a consultation.

Our “look” helps homes sell quickly and our process keeps clients coming back time and again.

Contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator



or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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Graduate Hospital Home Staging Philadelphia, PA

12 Oct



Beautiful neighborhood, beautiful home…what more could you ask for?  Last week I had the pleasure of staging this enormous property in the Graduate Hospital area of Philadelphia.  This property features an open first floor living area, three bedrooms on the second floor and two bedrooms on the third floor.

If I were to live here I would put the kids and a guest bedroom on the second floor and use the third floor as a master suite complete with a sitting room and walkout private roof deck!


I really had a great time playing up the warm jewel like colors on the walls.  Throwing in bright blues and reds really gives this living area some warmth.  My favorite spot is the little reading nook in the bay window area.  Although you could put individual curtains on each of the three windows I felt using a long rod with two panels would create a more private spot while still letting all the light in!

This bedroom is on the third floor with another smaller bedroom, full bath and roof deck.  Although not the biggest bedroom in the house making the third floor a master suite would give you the privacy and space you’re looking for.

Here’s more information on this Graduate Hospital Property.  Hope you love it as much as I do!

Have a great week!


The Staging Chick