Welcome to Day 2 of the house staging. Yesterday, we covered the foyer and living room. And today you’re in for a real treat.
The dining room looked like this when the client bought the house:
More than a little bit country. The client had painted out the dining room in a beautiful blue, but still had that very rose painted light fixture over the dining table. On our initial consultation, I said it was probably worth replacing. This is the fixture they chose and installed.
One word of caution on light fixtures that aren’t round: whether they are oblong, oval rectangular or square, they have a tendency to drift in one direction or the other if they are installed on only one arm which makes the fixture crooked. I can’t tell you how many open houses I’ve been to with oval or oblong fixtures that were not lined up with the walls of the room/table below. The clients put this one in nice and tight and nice and straight, so phew!
Because the red rug was headed for the red and blue living room, I brought in one of my rugs for the floor.
Again, the goal was to purchase as little for the room as possible. Fortunately, the client has a large set of this amazing Polish crockery and a number of likely centerpiece candidates. The one purchase for the room was a table runner which was both wider and longer than the original, and sets off the crockery.
Here is the Before:
And here is the after:
You can tell that in both of the shelving units, the display pieces were pared down for staging. I added the upright mirror and topiaries (on loan from the client’s mother) to give the main storage piece more presence and to reinforce green as the accent color. Oh, I guess I did also purchase green tea lights for the centerpiece.
On Friday, I plan to do a whole post on wall art groupings. The client had framed pages from a book of Brian Kershisnik’s paintings and hung them throughout the house. I absolutely loved the images of love and family, but there is a tendency when you are working with small prints to think, “I have four little pictures and four walls. This math is easy!” which can lead to Lonely Little Picture Syndrome in a house. We’ll talk more about that Friday, but for now, don’t these pictures look companionable together?
Kitchen and Family Room
This wonderful space if probably the most used room in the house. The client already had a large updated kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances, plus a five seater peninsula bar and a large area for a kitchen table or a sitting room. Because the bar already seats 5 and the dining room is adjacent, another table was overkill. Besides, the family sitting area open to the kitchen is the way people want to live right now.
Again, please remember that these poor people were in the process of packing up and moving when I took these pictures, so do not judge.
I’m personally a fan of the light fixture, but it’s probably too quirky for resale. After much discussion, the client decided to showcase the floors in this room without a rug. They are the newest hardwoods in the house and they really look great. This is how it looked after the initial consultation when I came on the spot.
Already pretty great, right? So maybe the lampshade needed some unbending, but really, it’s well on its way with the pillows the client purchased for the couch and the new furniture placement. I am terribly proud of this room, and the main reason is that I worked in a style which is not my native language. I could have zipped the whole thing into a too tight evening dress and Heather Crawified it, but I did not. In fact, no crystals were used in the making of this staging. And no polished nickel either! Instead, I highlighted this awesome yellow buffet that the client had painted herself by staging it front and center with an antique mirror that she had never known quite where to hang and another of her beloved small mirror collections.
Since I needed the leather chair for another room, I replaced it with two small staging chairs. In truth I picked up a set of four of these white chairs for free on Craigslist. They were covered in a stained yellow fabric, so I reupholstered two of them with fabric from my collection. I love the way they turned out, and I was especially happy to be bringing in more white with the chairs and mirror in this happy corner of the home.
I also edited out the wall hangings that were personal or religious and dressed the cabinet storage.
I pared it down in part to make it look uncluttered, and in part because I poached tons of things from this shelving for other areas of the house.
So on this side of the room, we have the original before:
I love how cheerful and inviting it turned out. And in her new home in Texas, she can recreate this and use either the red rug from the before picture or a different yellow rug that she has in the garage and it will look great.
Now to carry the yellow and green theme into the kitchen side of the room for continuity. Originally, the kitchen had a dark green paint in the backsplash area which looks great with the granite. And the pendant lights over the peninsula are yellow.
It was a great kitchen, and very clean to start. All I did was give it a bit of the same character as the other side of the room by scavenging through her cupboards for yellow and green items.
Turns out she has a yellow mixer and a yellow collander! Serendipity! Personally, I’m a big believer in tucking away counter items for staging, UNLESS your items are this fabulous and decorative.
Among other sets, she also had just enough yellow and green crockery to stage the whole peninsula area.
The flowers came in from another room, so all I bought were the dishtowels and soap.
It was great before:
But the After looks thoughtful and intentional, as though the countertops and pendants were chosen with this very outcome in mind.
Not to mention the fact that it works perfectly with the sitting area.
I love these rooms. I really do. Yet again, the only fixed elements that were changed were the light fixtures. Everything was done with furniture placement and accessories.
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