Lifestyle Home Staging Tips

By: Becky Harmon

By: Becky Harmon

Did you know that if your home is staged it can sell faster? 

That’s right. It’s a proven fact that taking the time to de-clutter, depersonalize and stage your home, focusing on

the home itself, will make the potential buyer focus on what’s important …..THE HOME!!!

To make it easy, I’m sharing my secret list of favorite lifestyle staging tips. Don’t tell anyone.

  1. Create a theme and play up a focal point – For a coastal theme, use a framed navigational chart over the fireplace, for instance. The charts can also be rolled up and placed in a tall basket. Put some Coastal focused magazines in a tray with a starfish for the cocktail table.
  1. Streamline colors -Use no more than 2 primary colors and 1 accent color… like a spa blue color with khaki and a touch of kiwi green.
  1. Add a great accessory or picture -A fabulous piece of driftwood on the coffee table with 3″ pillar candles in white. Some fish netting would add drama.
  1. Create a cozy conversation area -Bring the furniture into the middle of the room. No “wallflowers.”
  1. If the space allows, angle the dining room table and remove any tall, traditional florals. – Instead use a low accessory, such as, a collection of wood-carved sea turtles or an oblong dish of unique shells.
  1. Place some wine corks in a container on the bar area. – Add some wine glasses and a pretty wine bottle on a tray. If you don’t have a tray, use a mirror. Remove any hooks that might scratch the table.Kathleen 022
  1. Place a telescope or binoculars on the table near a lake or waterfront view. – Place a display of shark’s teeth on the coffee table in an oceanfront home. This is subliminal staging.
  1. Stage the pool or patio area – Create a party atmosphere with a tray of iced tea glasses and a pitcher on a tray. Add some colorful napkins and a few lemons.
  1. Use greenery from the backyard to create a natural setting and add dimension. – My favorites are philodendron leaves and palmetto branches. Bamboo cuttings in a tall vase add a Zen-like atmosphere to a room, for instance. Use bamboo tomato stakes in a container to add height.
  2. Yes, we do decorate for the various seasons. – In the fall, place a few pumpkins and some mums outside the front door, for instance.

For the holidays, keep it subtle and use natural items. Real cranberries in a hurricane candle holder with a white pillar candle on top can be lovely. Evergreen cuttings from the woods smell great and can be combined with clippings of natural berries for a beautiful display.

There you have it! My favorite tricks-of-the-trade designer tips for you. Enjoy!

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Until next time!!


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Becky Harmon is the owner of Transformations Staging School, a national training center for certification in home staging and redesign. Her local staging business stats are pretty remarkable: 90% of her staged homes sell within 15 days.

Her business has been awarded ‘Best of HOUZZ’ for 2014 through 2016.  She has been featured in Water’s Edge Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine and the Florida Times-Union and now in Shades of Pink Magazine online!!  Becky is also a continuing education provider at UNF. She has 20+ years of experience as an ASID Allied interior designer.

Becky is the founding president of RESA, the Real Estate Staging Association, Jacksonville Chapter.

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