A few Realtors came this morning to take a little tour of our home.
Staging a home for the market is much different than decorating for actual living.
I positioned the couch and chairs to face each other as if people were sitting in them having a conversation. Smaller furniture pieces show off the floor and are more flexible to move around for traffic flow.
(A good rule of thumb... If you have a large room - bring furniture away from the walls and bring the seating close enough to hear the person in the seat across from you. It creates a cozy feel and actually makes the room feel larger.)
The fireplace is still the focal point in this room and the TV is sort of - just there.
I removed the fluffy soft rug to show the painted floor. The rug was comfortable for the kids and the dog but I didn't want it to appear as if we were hiding the floor.
(plus - it smells better)
Here is a photo from before ....
The next room is our front music room.
I took off the white slipcover and let the blue sofa just be what it is...
All the family photos have been taken down. Less decor helps buyers focus on the room size and features like wainscoting and crown molding.
Here is this room from before...
I also removed items from the kitchen.
I removed the decor from above the cabinets so it looks clean and simple.
Here is a picture from before..
I left only white window panels up because that is what will stay with the house.
They are fresh and bright and not too "taste specific".
A simpler style for potential buyers.