Good Bones… Great Staging

May 8, 2013

 

 

Got a call a few weeks ago from my talented friend, Jane. Jane is a real estate agent but also a design maven with an incredible eye and has  done her fair share of residential home staging. She had a new listing but decided to outsource the paint color selection and staging to professionals.

 

 

 

This house, built in 1937, had been lived in and loved. It had exceptional light, views and great bones. But it definitely needed a major interior facelift (and some exterior tweaking) before going on the market.

 

 

 After:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grrr.. forgot to snap the “before” photos. Suffice to say that the palette was dated and involved pastel pink and blue. The pastels had worked with the previous owner’s furnishings and rugs but those wall colors had to go. In the living room, the elaborate moldings had been “picked out” in white– the effect– like icing on a wedding cake. We decided to temper the formalilty of the room by “painting out” the frame moldings and chair rail in the same color as the walls. I wanted the eye to be drawn up to the crown molding, so painted the ceiling a subtle color to highlight that and the height of the room.

 

 

 

The floors, a combination of original pine and oak, were refinished but left in their natural warm gold-orange tones. I used 5 different pale grays and off-whites on walls, ceilings and trim throughout the first floor to knock back the warmth of the floors and take advantage of the beautiful natural light.

 

 

Red House Staging did a fabulous job with clean contemporary furnishings and artwork… maintaining a neutral palette with lively pops of orange throughout the first floor.

 

 

 

 

The result is a subtle shift in light throughout the whole house. The shift creates just a bit of movement from the sight lines throughout  and makes the rooms flow seamlessly.

 

 

 

The stairway leading to the second floor was also layered in whites above and below the chair rail, stair risers were painted white and the handrail black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old pine floors give character to the new kitchen, wrapped in a warm white to match the cabinetry.

 

 

 

The walk-out basement got an uplift with a warm camel color–cozy and warm for watching TV in the evenings.

 

 

 

 

The master bedroom was painted in a pale green… dreamy and atmospheric with leafy views from all windows.

 

 

 

 

This was indeed, a transformation– with wall color highlighting the strengths of this classic Virginia home.  The result?  In one day….

 

 

 

 

I often talk about the paint colors I use on projects but have decided not to include them here. Why?  When using nuanced  “off-whites” it is essential to test– pale colors and whites look very different depending on the light source and flooring.  Attempting to replicate a look by simply using the same paint colors is often fraught with disappointment .  My advice?  The perfect white, especially when making a choice for interior or exterior trims,  can make or break a color scheme. Hire a professional and get it right the first time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropologie, Shoes and HonorJane

April 8, 2011

 

 

Three of my favorite things.  Favorite thing #1)   Anthropologie Hard to ignore those dreamy catalogs that appear in my mailbox regularly. And nothing better for inspiration than wandering  through their stores with the feel of some romantic foreign land, chock full of color and dusty bohemian chicness.

 

 

 

Favorite thing #2)  Shoes……..enough said.

 

 

 

 

Which brings me to favorite thing #3)  Honor and Jane, two longtime friends and uber- talented  home-staging and real estate pros.  I recently helped them tweak some wall colors in  a sweet little house that they were readying for the spring market.  The wall colors were the easy part.  Full credit goes to that duo for packing up two truckloads of furniture and leaving behind a perfectly edited collection of just a few choice antiques, rugs and colorful abstract artwork.   Look at the gorgeous palette in this sweet little rug from Anthropologie– smoky lavender grays, acid greens and touches of pink and red, which inspired the wall color choices for bedrooms and baths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C2Paint Inuvik Ice, Chameleon, Hydrangea, Puck, Bombay

C2Paint Inuvik Ice, Chameleon, Hydrangea, Puck, Bombay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t  you feel like you’re walking through that store again?  Take me to the…..kasbah.

 

 

 

What do you think? Amazing how much color was packed into that fabulous little Anthropologie rug.

 

 

 

On the main floor of the house, the palette is more subdued, with neutrals playing a supporting role to the owner’s collection of vibrant paintings.  This one is a stunner- by local artist,  Sheep Jones.

 

 

 

More Sheep Jones.

 

 

C2 Paint Thatch, Muddy Waters, Turkish Market, Kasbah

C2 Paint Thatch, Muddy Waters, Turkish Market, Kasbah

 

 

 

Kitchen cabinetry was painted out in another C2Paint neutral, similar to the wall color- visually expanding the space.

 

 

 

 

Sooo, my gift to you for the weekend. A tiny lesson on the power of color in real estate staging (no, you don’t have to paint everything Shell White) and some more images of beautiful rooms to gorge on.  A simple little ode to  Anthropologie, my two very talented friends Honor and Jane and ………shoes.

 

 

 

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Enough said.