The Living RoomA little seating area with coffee table and accessories is relatively easy to set up. The coolest accessory is my fake plasma TV from Proptronics. It’s the smartest thing, because the visual is lively, it adds color and art, but it’s a fake TV. Everyone always asks, where am I going to put the TV? And now you can show them.
The BedroomInstalling a queen-size bed in the space shows off the size – you could have a giant four poster king here, because the queen is just swimming in it. We stage smaller bedrooms for the same reason. If you can show that a queen mattress fits, then there are fewer objections to the size. We typically do a very simple, generic set-up. Keeping the furniture to a minimum – bed, nightstands, lamps and maybe a dresser – means it can be done easily and quickly. We love the bed in a bag, because it doesn’t take up much storage space and it’s all-in-one. Keep it tasteful – no bold linens, no bright red or blue accents.
The KitchenIf I have a client who has Formica or white appliances – and they’re willing to spend a little money to make a little money – we always insist on updating appliances. You’ll get more money, because it won’t look as tired. We’ll add a few barstools and some tchotchkes, like a fruit bowl, dishtowel and decorative jars with veggies in them. Simple, clean, but still styled.
The BathroomLittle things like a towel, a plant, a rug and a shower curtain make a difference. It enhances the space, and it’s very Zen and spa-like.
Where to Buy: The Big Stuff
- Fort Pitt 4920 S Central Ave, www.fortpittfurniture.com
- Moving day leftovers
- Family & friend hand-me-downs
Where to Buy: Accessories
- Home Goods www.homegoods.com
- Pier 1 www.pier1.com
- Target www.target.com
- Marshalls www.marshallsonline.com