BEFORE: Bland and bulkyBefore: Prior to staging, the chunky couches made the living room feel confined and unwelcoming. The electronic gear stacked beside the fireplace looked messy and screamed "bachelor." The average buyer would have a tough time seeing the potential in this humdrum space.
AFTER: Stylish and scale-appropriateAfter: By removing the chunky leather couches and replacing them with a scale-appropriate sofa and occasional chair, stager Matthew Finlason was able to open up the room and make it feel more spacious. A sleek console table keeps the electronic gear out of sight and the patterned area rug, arc lamp and accessories add an extra layer of polish and sophistication.
BEFORE: Cramped condoBefore: Prior to staging, the living room was completely empty. Because of its small size, it was difficult for buyers to imagine how they could live comfortably in this cramped, 800-square-foot condo.
AFTER: Cozy chicAfter: Mother-and-daughter staging team Maureen Powers and Bridget Savereux brought in a small-scale sectional in a shade similar to the wall color, an effective piece that doesn’t take up a lot of physical or visual space. A pair of cube-shaped side tables (which can be pushed together to form a coffee table or conveniently pulled apart to create more room), chic accessories and fine art demonstrate to buyers that they can still have a functional and beautiful living room in a small suite.
BEFORE: Blank slate suiteBefore: The empty living area felt undefined and rather unremarkable. The property's owner wanted the stagers to somehow highlight the distinctive architectural features (the large, curved windows) while incorporating the principles of feng shui into their design plan.
AFTER: Feng shui fabulousAfter: Mother-and-daughter staging duo Maureen Powers and Bridget Savereux transformed the living area into a luxurious space using the principles of feng shui. Curved sofas echo the shape of the windows and a round dining table continues that feeling of flow. A square coffee table helps to ground the room and balance the softer, more feminine elements. Accessories such as the blue agate crystal on top of the fireplace imbue the space with elegance and flair.
BEFORE: Plain patioBefore: At 2,000 square feet, the real estate agent believed the patio could be an important selling feature. But before staging, the empty concrete surface was dreary and uninspired.
AFTER: Urban oasisAfter: Stager Matthew Finlason played up the patio by creating several different vignettes. The teak dining table in the center conjures up images of an elegant dinner party, the all-weather wicker furniture off the master bedroom (left) is a perfect place to drink coffee and read the paper, and the sun lounger off the guest bedroom (right) is ideal for catching some rays. An ethanol fireplace and potted plants complete the look by adding ambiance and warmth to the space.