Staging a Semi-Vacant house

July 23, 2020

Staging a Semi-Vacant Home

Recently I stage what I call a semi-vacant home. What does that mean? Well, it means that the house is indeed vacant, but I was able to use some of the client’s furniture. By doing this, it allows me to keep the cost down, which is what every client wants!!

I don’t normally do this simply because there usually is no furniture in the house. However, sometimes the homeowner has left some furniture behind. If I feel that I can utilize the furniture, then I will.

The before pictures.

In the living room, I had the client remove the two armchairs. I felt they were a bit outdated. I did use the coffee table, the chest by the front door, and the metal end table, as well as the lamps and area rug.

The kitchen needed a table and chairs which the client had.

In the dining room, I kept the table but switched out the dining chairs. I did use the server.

I even used their wicker furniture for the spare room, which I turned into an office.

Here are the after pictures.

As you can see, just by switching out the armchairs and adding a sofa, it completely changed the look and feel of that space. I added my accessories to finish the look.

In the kitchen, I used her table and benches. I set the table and accessorized her kitchen.

Much more updated look just by changing out the chairs. The server was a good fit.

Here is the office. I eliminated all those stuffed animals, utilized her furniture, and used my accessories instead.

As you can see, adding some furniture updated the space. This will entice the buyers to schedule a visit to the home. That is what you want to attract buyers!!

Coffee Tables

January 17, 2019

Coffee Tables

Have you ever gone shopping for coffee tables? The sheer volume only sends most people running. It’s impressive, to say the least. There are many purposes and functions to coffee table; they are not merely decorative.

They are many different types, stylesand materials. Each one is unique. Not all will work in your space. This may help alleviate the confusion.

Types of tables:

1. Coffee Table – Used in living rooms and placed in front of the sofa. Great for putting food, drinks or displaying decorative objects.

2. Accent Table – This covers a variety of tables. The most important thing to remember is they are small and can be placed anywhere.

4. Console Table – Also known as sofa tables. They are long, thin, narrow and fit nicely behind the sofa. They are also used for TV placement.

5. Side Table – Fits beside a sofa. Great for lamps or drinks. Sometimes called an end table.

6. C-Table– They are unique C-shaped. This allows them to go over beds or sofa. They can hold your drinks or laptop.

7. Nesting Tables – Sometimes called bunching tables. They are two or more tables that fit together. This is a great option when space is limited.

8. Drum Table – They were created in the 1700s. Most often called round table. They can come in many different finishes and heights.

9. Ottoman – This is a very versatile table as it can double as a table. Comes in many different shapes, sizes and some come with storage. Ideal for families.

Styles of Tables:

1. Shabby Chic– Also known as cottage table. Usually, whitewashed or painted. Can be distressed, real country look. 

2. Shaker – This simply style table works in just about in any room. It has straight legs and simple lines. Minimalist in its design since there are no carvings or inlays. They can come with drawers.

3. Mid-Century– Created in the 1950s – 1060s they are characterized by their clean, simple lines. Extremely popular in today’s designs. Works well with may design styles.

4. Parson– Modern table with four flush equal, square legs that are equally as thick as the top. The table can rectangular or square. 

5. Modern – This furniture was produced in the 20th century. Simple, clean lines, clean shapes.
6. Contemporary– Very similar to modern, the difference? Contemporary refers to what is popular in today market.

7. Rustic– Countryside, old fashion best describes this style of table. Most of the time the material is wood, it may have metal.

8. Coastal – Made famous by coastal living. These pieces are light in color. They tend to be wood and have natural shapes — a casual and organic feel to them.

9. Industrial – They tend to have the look and feel of factory tools. They utilize metal and wood. More of a rough-hewn construction. Very appealing in many designs.

10. Vintage– From the days-gone-by. But they can also be quirky in design. Think flea make finds.

11. Folding Table– Great for saving spaces. They are flexible, portable and convenient. 

Materials Styles:

1. Wood – There are many different varieties of grains and color. By far the most popular material. But wood is susceptible to water, so you must be careful.

2. Metal – Easy-to-clean, durable and very popular in design. Usually complemented with glass, wood, or stone.

3. Glass– This style can be traditional or modern. Keep in mind rings and spills will be visible on the glass. Needs to be cleaned often, may not be sensible with young children.

4. Stone – Slate, stone, marble, to name a few. There will be upkeep to this as the stone will need to be sealed.

5. Acrylic – Has the look of glass but allows for versatility. It can be shaped into any form. Much safer than glass. It was once popular in the ’50s and is now making a huge comeback. Tends to lend it’s self to a more contemporary design.

6. Upholstered– If you want a cushy place to rest your feet, then look no further. These tables can be covered in fabric, faux leather or genuine leather. They can also have storage. 

The last thing you should know before choosing your table is the height and width. The height of the table should be anywhere from 1″-3″ below the sofa. The optimal height for the coffee table should 18″ -20″.  Keep a minimum of 15″ between coffee table and sofa. That’s it!! 
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