Photo by Iowa Realty
A couple of weeks ago, our friend, Stacy, asked me to help with staging some rooms in her house before she and her husband put it on the market. (They’re in the Beaverdale area if you’re interested!) I was flattered to be asked to help, but truthfully feel like I didn’t contribute much because the house is so adorable to begin with, and she has infused so much personality into each room with her great sense of style. It was so fun to spend an evening playing around with options and soaking up some great influence from another house-lover.
I’ll point out some little things they or we did along the way. But I’m also sharing things I just love, love, LOVE about their home, which you can see many more photos of in their online listing here. I came back to my own house inspired to take a fresh look and start bringing more of “us” into the details. We’ve done many purely functional things you have to do with a new house, from hanging curtains to buying furniture, to putting a couple paint colors on the walls. But as much as I love the clean, somewhat minimalist look, I am excited to work on bringing some personality into the mix.
When you first walk in and turn to the left there is this great sunny room with built-in bookshelves that would make a beautiful office or library. The hubby of the house declared this bookcase “a little too haphazard” ha! So we played around with editing some items out to make the shelves seem a little less packed, and I brought over a few things I had at our own house. We tried to create “chunks” of items with some space in between, and used books to give a little more height to her fun pieces like the picture frame and that white fox I’m going to swipe when she’s not looking. 🙂
This sun room was one of my favorite spaces in the whole house. Yellow and windows on three sides. You have to love the charm and quirks of old houses…you can just barely see the little door on the far right wall…I assumed it was a laundry chute. Nope, it houses a crank to lower a bed (!) from the ceiling. Years ago pre-A/C, this room of windows made a great sleeping porch in the hot summer months. New construction may come with brand-new furnaces and roofing, but you just don’t get these kinds of conversation pieces!
Above is her before shot, after we added a little side table to the chair and a pitcher and some glasses (adding to the “refreshing” feel). We also chatted about swapping out the small 2×3 rug and finding a larger area rug to anchor some of the furniture that seemed to be floating around the room. The pile of “off to storage” items to the left was cleared out, and because we didn’t get a rug that same night for me to take a picture, you can see the updated version in their listing link above!
And that cool piece in the right corner? Here’s what it looks like from the front. I couldn’t get over how clever this was. How many zillions of cords and chargers and random nonsense float around our house? And I geek out over anything hyper-labeled. I’ve asked her to help me watch for a piece like this – I shamelessly want to copy.
There wasn’t a single thing that needed to be done to this guest room. I was just so in love I had to share more photos beyond what is pictured in their listing. The effect of hanging the curtains so high felt even more grand in person. And the yellow headboard. I die.
I know many realtors suggest taking all personal items away when trying to sell a home. I’m a little on the fence about that. I get not being able to picture yourself in a house when there are photos everywhere of people you don’t know, but I also like to see that a house is loved and a happy place to be, and someone has lived there and enjoyed it. To me, this guest room wall of collected items was the perfect balance. There are two photos in the whole bunch, but still represents a bunch of things that resonate with this family without feeling TOO “I’m in someone else’s house.”
And speaking of this wall, there was another in the dining area. I loved the “random but organized” layout of all the pieces – I have such trouble breaking out of my grid-style approach to hanging groups of frames. I love that no two match, and the overall effect just sucks you in to study each item. I like that even the wall switch becomes part of the arrangement and that certain pieces, like their daughter’s birthday invitation, get switched out annually to keep it fresh.
But back to our staging efforts. For our final installment, we headed upstairs to the attic bedroom, which would also make an amazing craft room or music studio, or used just as it is, for guests or even as a master.
It seemed there was a bit too much furniture in here, and to really play it off as a bedroom, and not styled storage space, we moved out the buffet to the right of the bed, and unbeknownst to their three-year-old, the child-sized recliner was donated last I heard. 🙂
We pulled a couple white end tables she had in the closet (that you see in the background) and staged it more like a bedroom that might currently be in use, and put some travel postcards in frames stacked on travel books to stage the end tables a bit more.
The buffet was relocated to the long closet in the background. Our thinking was that again, rather than look like open storage space, we could make the closet appear more ready to be used as a real “getting ready” spot. So we set some pretty candles on top of the buffet and hung some extra curtains that were on-hand on the window behind it. (A screw came loose at photo time, so that is Stacey’s arm giving us an idea of what it would look like!).
This closet space is massive (seriously, you could make this space very Carrie Bradshaw!) so rather than let storage stuff pile up, we tried our best to stage the items that were stored up here and not in use so it seemed a little less random.
For only being on the market a few days, there have already been many showings and lots of interest. If you’re interested, again the link to the listing is here. Thanks for touring!