Wednesday, April 27, 2016

First attempt at home staging - sunporch and courtyard

These are old photos so this isn't exactly what I started with but that 25+ year old white plastic furniture and the plant stand as well as lots of stuff on the shelves were definately there!


So I took everything out but another plant stand and started redoing it using what we have with one exception. The exception is a small outdoor table purchased for half price at RiteAid  ($13). The stager had recommended a 2 chair cafe set for the courtyard but the least expensive one I found that we were willing to keep was $99 plus tax at Ikea. We have 4 outdoor chairs and a larger table and umbrella so 2 can go in the courtyard and 2 at the table on the patio.

I followed the recommendations to move the black bench in front of the soon to be replaced windows and decided to add two more chairs to make a conversation area. She said to have only 1 to 3 items on each shelf so that has been edited as have the 2 wind chimes we had up. I like it a lot more now myself so we will see what my husband thinks when he gets home from work.

I am finding that I want to follow the spirit/objective of her recommendations but do so in a way that works for us. One room at a time!








9 comments:

  1. keep in mind the only thing your doing for "us" is selling the house - the decorating is for the buyer.

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    1. True, but we aren't listing it until April 1, 2017 so we have to live in it for almost a year. I'm anxious to get started. My husband prefers to wait to the last minute.

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  2. It looks lovely! I see what she means about only having a few things on the shelves, it just looks more spacious. I agree about not waiting till the last minute, the more you can get done early the better.

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    1. Thanks Jan - my husband hated it though. Changing things is proving to be more challenging for him.

      The stager did say that on shelves this width you only want 1 to 3 items. The goal is to make everything look spacious and open.

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  3. I just found your blog today but it brought back so many memories. In 2003, a year before I retired we sold our home we'd lived in 30 years and left for Oregon the morning after my last day of work. I had a notebook that was my brain that last year we were in Texas. There are times to do things and there are times you just have to wait. I'm an expert now on decluttering. It was a drastic move for us but the best decision of our lives. Go for it.

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    1. I'm glad it has worked out so well for you! How did you go about finding a place to live in Oregon?

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    2. We knew we did not want to purchase property again. I went online and searched for an apartment then asked our son who lives here to go check out the two I was most interested in and he chose these. We moved in sight unseen 12 years ago. We're still in the same complex. We did move to a different unit 2 years ago just to get a fresh and updated apartment. I've looked around but never found a complex we liked as well as this one.

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  4. I retired in 2004. We worked from April 2003 until August 2004 on our move.

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    1. Glad to hear someone else started as early as we are on this.

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