Anywho......I'm super excited to show you this.....
When I first got to the house, it looked like this....
Just so that you know, I am not negating anything that the homeowners did or had in their living room. "Living" is most often not like "Staging". They had these big comfy sofas that worked for them and their family....but I was taken, (I tell you TAKEN!) by that piece of art above the fireplace. I told the homeowner that I would arm wrestle her for it, but she didn't go for it.....
I wanted to showcase that colorful, warm, inviting piece of art and lighten up the room a bit.
Who doesn't love pink zebra pillows on a red sofa?
Real Estate Staging is all about light, space, architecture and creating a feeling of 'home' for a potential new buyer!
I had the fun opportunity recently to work with designer extraordinaire, Kelly Scanlon, helping her 'style, stage and accessorize' one of her residential interior design projects for a photo shoot.
My job was to purchase accessories and style the bookshelves and hard surfaces in the two rooms that we were photographing.
Being the shopoholic that I am, I was in at 'hello'!
Here is the first before shot of one of the rooms that we were going to photograph:
Kelly designed these bookshelves that feature Kelly Wearstler wallpaper on interchangeable back panels. Notice the homeowner is showcasing the center back wallpapered panel and had switched out the other two to the 'neutral' back panel.
For the photo shoot, we switched out all of the back panels to feature the wallpaper design.
After a little shoppin' and stylin' I made the bookcases look like this:
A note about styling bookcases -- make them simple with a few books, textured items, something personal and all in the same color scheme as the room. Notice that I styled all the books facing 'backwards' -- pages in the front instead of the bound edge -- It makes all those crazy non-matching bookcovers have some symmetry!
Next up is the sideboard next to the dining table - before:
I added some vases and faux cherry blossoms from Crate & Barrel along with art that Kelly selected from the Lost Art Salon in San Francisco and voila!
Ugh, sorry about the blurry photos -- I'm a stylist, not a photographer! :)
The dining room before:
The fireplace before:
A shot of the designer and photographer analyzing the shots.....