When you think of home staging do you think of strategically placed candles that make the room smell like muffins or cookies baking? Well don't. Wipe your mind clean of that. It's so 1990. Or Clueless. Lots of stagers still do it, but it is really very cliche and buyers see into it. Instead, I was taught to use people's emotions to make them remember a house (and thereby, sell it). So with this house I told a story.
First I went around the neighborhood and talked to people to find out who lives in the area. I found that there were a lot of retired empty-nesters and about the same amount of young families. Pretty diverse. I decided to stage as though either the kids were at a babysitter's or there were no kids in the house and it was the couple's anniversary. The kitchen and dining area was where the story really began.
After (bad lighting, I know)
spaghetti dinner scene
"Spaghetti for Two."
The note on this bottle says, "Happy anniversary! Here's to 50 more."
Here's the dining set. I think this is the only part that the builder and I don't agree on. When he saw it he told me that he thinks the set looks cheap and that it looks too small for the area. I agree with neither of those things. First of all, the table/chairs/bench set is a $700 set. I realize that there are more expensive sets, but there are also sets that cost way less. And it's not really about how much it cost but how cheap it looks, and I don't think it looks cheap. But that's totally my opinion and he is entitled to his.
Also, I think the size is perfect for the space. It is a full sized table that is designed to seat 5-6. I should probably bring in a rug and it will make the space look smaller but I didn't have one when I was staging it.
What do you think? Who do you agree with about the table or do you have a completely different opinion?