Many times staging is confused with decorating but there is a huge difference between the two and here is the best example I have to show you.

Dining Room Before Staging

This photo is an example of a dining room that desperately needed to be staged:DR Before

DR Before 2When staging a home you are getting the home ready to sell and so you remove items from the room to make it feel less cluttered and less personalized.  “Less is more” is the key phrase in staging.  You are also trying to make the home appeal to the masses and so you have to tone down paint colors in order to appeal to more potential buyers.  Let the new homeowner personalize the room to their tastes.  You want them to be able to see that they can move in easily without a lot of work.

Dining Room Staged for Sell:

Here is the same room after it was staged:

DR After 2

DR After     DR After 3

What a difference this made and not a lot of money was spent to transform this room into a room that would appeal to more potential buyers.  Here’s a quick two minute video about this room transformation:

Now I would like to show you the same room that has now been designed around the homeowner’s needs and wants and personality.

Dining Room After being Decorated

IMG_0029See the difference?  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a home staged but when designing a room to meet a client’s needs and wants then you go about decorating the room much differently.  When I’m designing a room I’m designing it to the personality of the client and I’m adding items to show off their personality instead of taking away items.  I’m also adding personal items that mean something to the homeowner not taking them away to depersonalize the room for a potential buyer.



Now some of you who know me may recognize this room and, yes you are correct, it is my own personal dining room.

IMG_0054 I had the walls covered in a gorgeous grasscloth wallpaper with a metallic silver background. Custom draperies were made with the same plaid fabric on the dining chairs.



I painted the chairs with chalk paint and then antiqued them.  The end chairs I purchased at Strobler Furniture and I loved them because they had a nice nailhead trim however I didn’t think about the fact that the backs were fairly plain looking.  So I had fabric ribbons made out of the same fabric in my drapes and then tied the fabric around the back to make this pretty bow.  The same fabric was used as a chain cover on my new chandelier.


That is an antiqued gold metal ceiling medallion on the ceiling.


You’ll notice the room is a mix of old and new items in the room.  I’m known to design client’s rooms with items they already own along with new to create a space uniquely theirs.

Now this dining room is only used once a year.  In the meantime, I needed an office space.  So this room is my home office 95% of the time.  In the next post I’ll show you what it looks like transformed into a home office.

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