Sunday, January 23, 2011

Create A Beautiful Bedroom for under $100

We created a beautiful bedroom for under $100 for our staging project in Washington, DC.  We staged the other rooms with furniture but the investor wanted us to also stage the second bedroom but there was no room for furniture in the budget so we created a bedroom for under $100.  Here is how we did it.  We used an Aero bed that we had in our inventory as the bed.  We then bought a comforter/w shams that was on sale for $15, a queen size sheet set for $15, a side table for $12, a lamp for $10 and a rug for $10.  We added 3 throw pillows that we purchased at the thrift store for $2.90 each, and we bought 2 bed pillows and they cost only $6 total.  Finally we bought a mirrored starburst to go over the bed for $10.  So you might be wondering what does this bedroom look like.  Well see for yourself and you be the judge. For under $100 we staged a bedroom that looks chique and modern and FABULOUS!  Thirfty Staging Everyone!

Coordinating all the colors is what made all of these finds work and it created a very modern and inviting bedroom.  If you live in Northern VA, DC or MD and want us to stage your home please give us a call on 703-269-8330 or visit our website @ so that we can help you get your home from for sale to sold in half the time. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Driving With Style in Virgina

I'm driving with style in Virginia.  As a small business I don't have the luxury of hiring movers, trucks or a large crew. So what do I do? I drive with style! Let me explain, I basically load up my Toyota Highlander with all my staging supplies. That thing gets loaded to the gills. Thank goodness for my packer, my hubby, who knows how to fill every nook and crannie in that Highlander and we always get everthing in. My motto if it doesn't fit then we will have to do without. So that means choosing my items wisely and then packing them all up in a way that will work.

So what is the point of this post? The point is that just because you are not a big staging company that doesn't have movers and packers and trucks you can still make it work for you. Don't let things like this discourage you from not getting out there and staging homes. If you dont have an SUV you can easily rent a truck or van for a day very inexpensively from U-Haul and then make that part of your staging costs - however for me this works great and my hubby knows how to pack an SUV. See for yourself! Happy Staging everyone and drive with style I will be!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Home Staging Scenes that Tell a Story

As an APSD Property Scene designer we are taught to stage homes in scenes.  However, they just can't be scenes that you just throw together but they have to mean something and catch a buyers attention, cause them to smile or trigger a memory or an emotion.  So when we create scenes they tell a story.  We created this scene in a kitchen.  The best part about this scene is that it was inexpensive to put together but still instills a feeling of a summer barbecue.  We also had a big barbecue apron hanging on the wall to create the overall effect.  Creating scenes that tell a story is part of my APSD training but it doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.  Enjoy!
A Barbecue Scene

Friday, January 7, 2011

Don't Knock the Dollar Store!

Don't knock the dollar store!  I find some great finds in the dollar store for my home staging scenes.  Here is one I found for yes just $1.00.  I added this magnet board to the window in a room where I created a scene in front of it on the floor.  It was effective, brought attention and made people smile.  An effective marketing prop for $1.00 who woulda thought?  
This $1 sign made the home memorable!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

No Home Staging Warehouse? Create One!

I created this staging room in my house.
No home staging warehouse? Create one! That's exactly what I did. When you first start your home staging business buying accessories will eventually become a must. But where do you put it after you buy it? You have to have somewhere to store it. So what if you don't want to pay monthly storage fees? Then you do what I did if you have a room in your home or basement. I created my storage unit in one of my unused bedrooms. I bought some plastic shelves from K-Mart when they went on sale for $22 each that had 5 shelves on them. My hubby and I set them up all around the walls of the room and then filled them up with my staging accessories. I realize that I may eventually outgrow this room but for now it is perfect and everything fits in its place.  Above is a pic of me in my storage room it is a bit empty as it was taken during a time I had 6 houses staged on the market.  This was a great solution for me as it kept down on storage rental costs and it provides me a great place to store my items for no money and easy access!

A Dreamy Bedroom Staged!

Sometimes I get short notice to stage a home and when I do I go right to my favorite thrift store to look for some great items.  I was doing a home staging in a condo in Alexandria, VA and I found some fabulous linens at the thrift store that appeared to be unused.  I was so excited when I found this fabulous Tommy Hillfiger comforter for only $14.90!  As I continued to look around I found the great pillows as well and they matched perfectly costing a mere $2.90 each.  I then fell upon the great bed skirt that was only $4.90.  The throw I already had. So I was able to put this lovely bed together for a very affordable price and it looked fantastic.  This home sold in under 30 days sight unseen by the seller.  The pictures on the internet is all it took!   So check around your local thirft store or consignment shops and see what treasures you can find.  If you are just starting your home staging business or are looking for some unique pieces you can't go wrong at your local thrift or consignment shop.  Thrifty Staging Everyone!