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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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12xx S. 20th St

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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

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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!!*

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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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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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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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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

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!

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(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

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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