Tag Archives: Small Spaces

Highlights of a Home Stager: No Staging Too Small!

21 Jun

Stagings can be helpful to properties large and small. While large spaces can be overwhelming to home owners, small spaces usually make it hard for buyers to realize their potential. Staging is the best way to show someone that the space can fit all you need.
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For this studio apartment, we used every inch of space in a functional manner. The hall entry was equipped with two large closets, making the closet in the living space redundant. We used a small bar table to create a much needed dining area.

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The living area in the studio was designed using small scale furniture, which showcases the room for comfort with out overwhelming the space.

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And finally, the kitchen. Accessories make it more welcoming, and functional.

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(Click here to see the full property listing)


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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Functional Design in Small Living Spaces

24 May

City living comes with some great advantages, but with many disadvantages as well. One of the largest complaints of city living is the lack of living space. Part of our job is to comfortably create two living spaces within one.

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This living space needs to have a duel purpose, both a comfortable and inviting living room, and a designated dining area. Using a glass dining table creates the much needed dining area without taking up visual space. A creative solution to a small space problem.

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The home’s design made the most of the small living space. An added counter creates more dining area great for morning coffee or entertaining guests.

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Creating duel function living spaces means more room for the bedroom. This spacious bedroom is a bright retreat in a condensed city apartment.


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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Making small spaces work!

26 Apr

Having a small space doesn’t have to be detrimental to selling a home. The key is to not overload the space, making it seem smaller than it is. -

Extra seating is a common request, but too much seating would make this living room seem small and closed off. Leaving a wide opening to the kitchen created visual space, and makes the living room appear larger.

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Having a designated dining area is a huge seller in a small home. By using a high top bar table we raised the dining away from the floor creating the illusion of more space.

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The bedroom did not have a lack of space issue, so we used bright and bold colors to make it pop, creating a lasting impression.


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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Staged and Sold After Only 2 Days!!

15 Mar

This lovely split level home was on the market for over two months before the realtor asked Sunflower to step in. The house had amazing features- a Jacuzzi tub, an entire floor devoted to the open kitchen and dining area, large bedrooms, and a cozy entry living room- but buyers had a hard time seeing its potential with the bare walls and empty rooms.

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When potential buyers came in their first impression was of a small living space, and were left to wonder, ‘Could I fit a couch in here?’ Now, there is no question that this space can house a comfortable living area.

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The dining room is also looked to be on the smaller side when empty, but adding a sizable table and six dining chairs shows that looks can be deceiving.

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Using a king mattress really shows future buyers just how large this master bedroom is.

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The bathroom could sell itself, in my opinion, but a few accessories never hurt!

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Just a little bit more proof that staging really works!


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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: The Roxborough Row

16 Nov

When it comes to row homes awkward spaces and small bedrooms are always a hurdle, and this Roxborough Row was no exception. While it had some challenges, it was nothing our team couldn’t handle!

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Many row homes have these notches in the walls where the chimney was built. An awkward notch out in a living room wall can seem like a deal breaker to potential buyers. We used a layout that proves a notch doesn’t have to be overly intrusive.

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The owners wanted a modern feel for this home. A black and red color scheme along with some key modern fixtures, the bent wood dining chairs and the red streamlined sofa, give in a fresh young look.

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Small bedrooms are always a concern in row homes. Without any furniture, buyers are left to wonder if small rooms can realistically be used as a bedroom. A day bed and a desk placed strategically show the potential a small space has to offer.

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(Click here to see the full property listing)


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.

Highlights from a Home Stager: STAGED AND SOLD IN 4 DAYS- RITTENHOUSE STAGING- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

23 May

This Center City row home was a really fun project for us because the property was filled with quirky charm- exposed brick, built-ins, cut-outs, high ceilings, low ceilings- all of the above!  We staged the entire home- living room, eat-in kitchen, master suite, and 2 additional bedrooms.  Staged and Sold in 4 Days!!

Since the property, itself, has lots of vintage charm, we really wanted to bring in very contemporary pieces that would appeal to the young professional/young family buyer.  We also wanted to incorporate a few items, here and there, that would accent and enhance the more old world feel of the home.

Sectional sofas are a great solution in a smaller living room because you can really maximize seating capacity, and make the space feel larger:

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Sit-down dining space has become lower priority in our busy lifestyles.  Buyers definitely assign greater importance to living room space, baths, and kitchens.  But, it’s really important to show a dedicated dining area in staging.  So we always find a way to create a dining area.  This table is tiny, but it accommodates three (potentially four).

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I’m a sucker for old, thick-plank hard wood floors.  But they always look more charming when enhanced with lots of other textures like whispy shear curtains, contemporary patterned rugs, and this plush flokati throw featured below.  I’m not really a purple person at all, but the soft lavender really works in this room.

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This is a little dressing area off of the master bedroom.  Love the petite mid-century modern accent chair and side table set!

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And, bedrooms 2 and 3:

(P.S.- In a spiral staircase trinity home, it is really important to show prospective buyers that you can fit furniture up the stairs.  As the stager, it is equally important to provide furniture that will, in fact, fit up the stairs!)

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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 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: 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…

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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).

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

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

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(Click here for full property listing)

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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 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: ODD SPACESEdition, Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

15 Mar

Hi Everyone-  Thanks for reading!

Can’t wait to dive into this week’s photos, because we have been working in some very unique spaces these past few weeks!  A major part of our home staging philosophy is that functionality is #1- Ya gotta make prospective buyers feel at home, and one major aspect of that is showing them that the home can meet all of their lifestyle needs.

In some spaces, living is very easy-  In a large home, their are often ample rooms to accommodate office space, relaxation space, exercise space, what have you…  But in a smaller home, we have to work a little harder..

But, it’s a little more than just square footage…  Sometimes the shape of a room can really restrict furniture layout options.  And built-ins, fireplaces, stairwells, and windows can pose challenges too…  Enter, Sunflower Creations!

Here’s a look at some Odd Spaces that we’d staged recently:

7xx S. 2nd St, Queen Village Trinity Staging- Sold in less than 1 Week

This compact home features an entry level eat-in kitchen, basement living room with built in desk, 2nd floor bedroom suite, and 3rd floor bedroom suite.  The property is completely charming and completely lovely, but it has some real layout challenges.

When the kitchen is on a separate level from the living room, we like to make the seating area feel super-cozy.  Instead of a traditional dining table/chairs and table settings, we go for a more comfy/casual hang-out feel.

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The living room is small and oddly shaped, and much of it is taken up by the built-in office.  But we created a clear TV area, and a little bit of common space everywhere in the home.

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8xx N. 20th St- Fairmount/Art Museum Area Home Staging

My initial thought about this house is that its the one that everyone wants to hang out in because it’s really cool- but nobody knows quite what to do with it!  Seems like it must have been converted from a store-front to a home, and its got all these huge windows that offer amazing light, but zero privacy.  Limited wall space also restricts furniture arrangement a little bit.

We wanted to show off the window feature, but also provide privacy from the outside.  And we wanted to show people how to make the layout function, and also create the best first impression when prospective buyers entered the space.  We went with an asymmetrical layout because the room is not symmetrical, and we created little bit of a terrarium-feel, with lots of greenery to make the space feel homey.

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10xx Spruce St- Center City Condo Staging

This 4th floor condo had an unusual layout.  Enter into this large living room, and proceed down 3 steps to another very large room that is way bigger than a typical dinning room.  Beyond that room is a stairway landing with a nook that just needs to be utilized, and then into the eat-in kitchen.  Bedrooms are on the level below.  So, this is a deceptively large 2 bedroom condo!  With so much room for sitting, and for eating- this one feels like an entertaining space to me!

The unit, and the building itself, were more traditional in style- see the light fixtures, windows, etc.  So we wanted to go a little more traditional with our staging, but still keep it contemporary to appeal to the modern buyer.

Here’s living room #1

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And Living Space #2/Dining Room

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Landing Nook turned Office

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Eat- In Kitchen, making use of the owner’s existing dining set

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(Click here for full property listing)

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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 from a Home Stager: THE HOME SHOW- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia

19 Jan

We are getting very excited about our booth at The Philly Home Show in February!

If you are going, please drop by for a visit- We’d love to meet you.

And, you can purchase discounted tickets right here- just click and enter the promo code “FLOWER”

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Feel free to forward this post so your friends and colleagues can get discounted tickets as well!

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In other news…  Here’s some staging pics!

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66xx McCallum St Home Staging in Northwest Philadelphia

This beautiful stone monster of a 5-bedroom house was so nicely rehabbed, salvaging that original fireplace, floors, banister, and charming built-ins throughout.  Its technically in the city, but it feels more like a suburban home.  Since it’s in Mount Airy, which has a pretty artsy rep, we chose an eclectic mix of transitional, contemporary, and rustic furnishings.  That purple sofa just POPs against the white, making the home look extra fresh and clean!!  And the bold black/white/green combo keeps the freshness going throughout.

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4xx S. 44th St Home Staging in West Philly

This type of layout is unusual in West Philly real estate.  The builder turned a huge old Victorian house into 3 flat-style condos with some original elements, and a bunch of modern amenity updates.  The layout was tricky because of the location of the entry door, combined with the stairway to the basement, and the ton of windows.  Question #1 for prospective buyers- “Where do we put the TV?”  We created an elegant but comfortable TV area, a secondary seating area in the front of the house, and a designated dining area.

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20xx E. Hazzard St in Fishtown

This little gem of a two bedroom is the perfect starter home.  It’s small, but its got it all!  The cool, light colors keep it feeling airy, and the textures, prints and (faux) foliage make it feel homey.

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(Click here for full property listing)

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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 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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