Home Staging – What NOT to Do

I spent much of the Labor Day weekend preparing the presentation and manual for my Psychological Staging Training in a little over two weeks. In reviewing and gathering old staging photos to use in my presentation, I stumbled on a blogpost I wrote over four years ago that I thought I would share with you guys.  I think you’ll get a kick out of it:

 

Did you know that staged homes sell for about 15% more money in 1/4 of the time of unstaged homes?  Good home staging is a must in today’s difficult real estate market.  You have only one chance and about 15 minutes to make a prospective buyer fall in love with your home.  With fewer eligible buyers, you have to make every showing count – big time.

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The following photographs are “befores” of some of my early clients’ homes.  All of my clients are wonderful and talented people – but everyone needs a little help to make the sign in the front yard go from “For Sale” to “Sold.”  Names are withheld to protect the innocent and the unstaged.

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A Toast to All of You

Wow.  I can hardly believe this one, my friends.

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How to Update When Your Hardware is All Brass

One of my favorite new clients and her husband just bought a large 1970′s home with TONS of potential. The architecture and floorplan of the home is amazing, but because it was built in the 1970s, there are a few quirky things we are going to have to work on.

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So Who Wants to Become an Expert Psychological Stager™?

Today is my 45th birthday, so this blogpost will be short and sweet!  The countdown is on (just over three weeks) for our home staging training course where 23 attendees from 7 states will earn their certification as an Expert Psychological Stager™.

 

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Dinner with Meryll Rose and her Fabulous Library!

Last night I had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The event was a gathering of southern bloggers put together by Forest Home Media and hosted by Nashville’s Talk of the Town host, Meryll Rose.

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Not only is Meryll an amazing host and cook, but she is a wonderful decorator who has created a beautiful home.

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Meryll Rose and Kristie Barnett

Bloggers and local media gathered in her beautiful home, where Meryll and her husband prepared an amazing meal for us.

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#NashvilleBloggerWkend – photo by Forest Home Media

Much of the meal was straight out of Meryll’s garden.

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Rhoda of Southern Hospitality choosing fresh veggies from Meryll’s garden

My favorite room is this dramatic library in the center of her home.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green HC-133, and it is DIVINE.

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 southern bloggers Lesley of Chaotically Creative, Heather of At the Picket Fence, Beth of Unskinny Boppy

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Southern Living’s garden diva, Carmen Johnston, gave each of us a beautiful container garden to take home at the end of the evening.

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 Kristie Barnett and Carmen Johnston

Forest Home Media put together a weekend full of events for the group, like shopping and lying on the furniture at the HGTV Smart Home in Nashville.  That’s a big deal – no one was allowed to sit on the furniture until now.  I had to work yesterday, so I didn’t get to do that!

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Nancy McNulty, Carmen Johnston, and Dana Tucker on the furniture at HGTV Smart Home

So much fun!  Many of the girls are hitting the Nashville Flea Market and historic Leiper’s Fork today for shopping and site-seeing. I hear there may be some honky-tonking tonight as well.  Can you believe I’ve lived in Nashville my entire life, and I’ve never been honky-tonking???

On the Cover of Everyday Home Magazine

The fall edition of Everyday Home magazine will hit the stands on September 22, and I’m on the cover (sort of).

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The New Neutral for Sofas

Are you over the big tan or brown blob of a sofa that’s been lurking  living in your living or family room for the last ten years?  I’m sick to death of them, let me tell you.  Most people may tell you that GRAY is the new neutral for sofas, but I beg to differ.

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