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This den is part of a 5500 square foot home in Hinsdale we recently staged and sold at Chicagoland Home Staging. Listed at nearly $1.6 million dollars, our company knew the vacant space could benefit from strategically placed furnishings and accessories, but the property also needed a few updates.

The four bedroom, five bath home built in 1999, was showing its age cosmetically. Many buyers passed on this beauty while on the market, until our home stagers requested to update the property with furniture, paint and stain. Here’s a tip: look to see what is trending now not only in magazines, but inside the neighborhood homes that recently sold at top dollar. Ideally, that’s what other home buyers in the area will be looking for, as well.

The Den

Proof that these homeowners had to take on these updates seemed evident when the property lacked buyer interest. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey found that the longer homes stay on the market, the further their price drops. While the detailed woodwork inside the property add personality to each space, the den was overwhelmed with red oak.

This is a picture of the den (opposite wall) before we painted the walls, trim and shelfs a soft gray and stained the floor a dark walnut. The transformation (shown in image above) instantly made the room look bigger, more uniformed and sophisticated.

Family Room

There was a similar plan executed in the family room. Rather than leave the oak molding, cabinet and floors a cherry, maple hue we again used the cost-effective, simple home improvement projects of paint and stain to transform the room.

Our company extended the dark walnut stain into the family room to match the large mantel over the fireplace. The molding and trim was painted white that now pops off of freshly painted neutral walls in the space.

We also updated the lighting with mirrored spheres above the mantel and used a symmetrical furniture arrangement to highlight the main focal point in this room, which is the fireplace.

By staging and repainting the surfaces in this home with colors home buyers embrace, adding modern streamline furniture and neutral accents this home that sat on the market 2+ years before Chicagoland Home Staging, was staged and sold within 1 week!

We love creating win-win situations, our company gained a new client, we helped the real estate agent sell the property and now the homeowners can finally move on to the next chapter of their life —knowing they received the biggest return on their investment.

Need help staging your Hinsdale home? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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Are you noticing signs of life returning to your yard, neighboring garden or park? As the flowers blossom, it’s a reassuring reminder that new beginnings are around the corner, especially in real estate. The warmer temperatures will have many homeowners flirting with the idea of listing their home on the real estate market, so competition could be stiff. That’s why you’ll want to use home staging as a tactic to stand out amongst the competition and sell quickly this spring!

A homeowner can get so used to seeing their home “as is” that it becomes difficult for them to view their home objectively. Even if your client’s say they updated the space recently, ask for a time frame when the work was complete. Homeowners tend to lose track of time. What may feel like only a few years to them could very well be decades ago. Have your client’s critique each room of the house as a buyer would. Use a notepad and take pictures to see the room from a different perspective. Make a to-do list of things that need attention that takes into consideration these five home staging tips for spring:

Make Necessary Repairs

Turn the to-do list into the done list. After the seller goes through the home to address any repairs, both cosmetic and structural, that could hinder the sale prioritize each project based on the biggest return on investment and maximum impact. Consider painting the walls if the paint is over a decade old. Replace dirty carpets with a neutral-toned carpet or if the budget allows, splurge on hardwood. A great tool to use is the HomeGain’s Seller Tools, to see what projects sellers can complete to improve the property and compete with a specific market.

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Remove anything no longer needed, wanted or loved in a home on the market. This will not only begin the de-cluttering process, but it puts a home seller in a mindset to start packing and will provide less stress when it comes time for moving day. If a home seller feels overwhelmed with this process have them start small or hire help.

Add Seasonal Décor

Many times homeowners forget to change their décor for each season. Just make sure home sellers are mindful that when on the market they should remove holiday decor, especially Christmas lights –you’d be surprised how many people leave them on display until spring. Use a few accessories and colors to embrace the particular season. Use foliage or flowers to add easy no-fuss freshness to any room. One of the easiest ways to dress up your couch for each season is with throw pillows. In the image above, Chicagoland Home Stagers chose to highlight this soft blue from the painting throughout the room.

Make Each Room Light + Bright

Buyers love to see light and bright spaces. Sellers can easily accomplish this by choosing light paint colors, removing old blinds, heavy curtains, and washing the windows. Also, during a showing make sure all the lights are on in each room.

Boost Curb Appeal

Many times sellers overlook curb appeal, especially in the spring. Make sure to cut back overgrown weeds, shrubs, and trees. Consider power washing the front porch and add seasonal flowers near the doorway with color to share some cheer for those dreary days. Assess driveway cracks and gutters too, the winter can cause havoc on your home’s exterior. Don’t forget to display a welcome mat, as well as, a wreath on the front door.

Need help staging a home this spring? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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Time to kick off those shoes and have a seat. But, which would prefer to sit on a couch, accent chair or ottoman? Each has its importance when furnishing a room and can spruce up a conversation area in a living room, family room, master bedroom, even an office. While these items are staples in most furniture arrangements, they vary from style to style – let’s take a deeper look at what’s trending.

Sit or Lie Down

While we tend to use the word couch or sofa interchangeably, a sofa is the proper term to use in a formal setting, where you do tend to sit verse lounge out. A couch usually has three or more cushions to sit, lie and live on, making it a trash-able item set as a focal point in a well-lived space. Whatever term you want to use a sofa, couch or sectional the piece can help set the scene for a warm and welcoming space that begs you to take a break, relax and sit down. Click on any of the images below to shop the look.

There is a wide selection of upholstered and leather couches that’ll help make your seating area a stylish and comfy one for entertaining guests or enjoying a quiet evening curled up with a glass of wine. Couches in jeweled toned velvet fabrics can add a lush texture and rich feel to a space. Couches with personality like tufted backs, unique legs or comfy armrests are more desirable than just purchasing a 5- piece living room set.

Chair Accents

Accent chairs provide not only extra seating but can be a great way to add a new shape or silhouette to your furniture arrangement – not to mention it’s a great piece to add a new color, pattern or introduce a new design style. From ultra-modern to a classic wingback, an accent chair can define a room’s personality—it’s like buying a new pair of shoes, right? You can never have enough accent chairs in a home click on the images below to shop the look.

These pieces can be utilized in different arrangements or moved easily throughout the home depending on a client’s needs. Try dressing up a cozy nook with dual club chairs in a pop of color. Bling out an accent chair with nail-head trim or piping, you can even mix and match fabrics to create a customized look at these pieces. Slipper chairs, an armless upholstered accent chair, can create extra seating near a coffee table, at the end of a bed or face a desk.

More Than Resting Your Feet

The ottoman is one of the most functional and practical pieces of furniture created it can be used as storage, extra seating or as a coffee table. Ottomans come in all shapes and sizes that can be tucked away to save-space or create a statement in the middle of a room. Use them in small apartments or open floor plans to create more seating combining two rooms together. Create a relaxed environment, by choosing an oversized ottoman that you can lounge on or grab a small poof to rest your feet on. Rest upon these by clicking on the images below.

Ottomans are a conversation starter, like the couch and chair, they can add texture and introduce a new pattern to the overall arrangement. All you have to do is decide the function of the piece and what space it will be utilized in.

Chicagoland Home Staging has all these furnishing staples and so much more. Contact us today to learn more about the styles in our warehouse and how to rent our furniture for your next listing. We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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Many of the homes in outlying areas that we serve around Chicago– like Naperville, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton welcomes families to place roots in their communities, so it’s important to highlight places inside a property to spend time with loved ones and entertaining guests. By staging a family room, we can show potential buyers where they can read stories to their children, store toys and cuddle up on the couch for movie night.

Besides the kitchen, homeowners spend most of their time in a family room. This room is usually more casual than the formal living room and is located at the back of the property often near the kitchen, deck or patio. Family rooms are more traditionally reserved for the family itself to use on a daily basis, so this room usually houses a big screen TV, recliners, and plush, comfortable sofas. This is why, if your potential buyer is a family, you should tailor the family room to suit their needs.

When family-oriented home buyers tour a property they look for lots of space with a multi-functional layout that can be a place for kids to play, while giving adults solitude to retreat or entertain. Chicagoland Home Staging knows the importance of creating a space for each family member to feel as if “this is home” by creating a cohesive, functional staging arrangement that enhances the square footage of the room. Here are some specific tips to help you stage this key area of your home:

Zoning the Family Room

Family rooms are usually one large open space, so it’s important to zone the room into varying functions that suit the lifestyle of the buyers, which helps begin to set the scene to emerge a traffic flow. The image above has a separate seating area in this family room–the bar height dining table allows buyers to grab a snack, play a board game or cards behind the main seating area in the room. While the image below shows off where the family can relax on the couch together to watch TV or curl up in that comfy yellow chair next to the fire to read a book.

Family Portraits

While this is a family home, we don’t potential buyers to get distracted by your own family’s belongings, especially lots of photographs. Many times, we see family room walls displaying a child’s progression through the school years or lots of family portraits and other knick-knacks that could deflect buyers from the positive features in the home. At Chicagoland Home Staging we explain to our clients that these precious memories need to get ready for moving day and should be packed away while the home is listed. Make sure to clear the room of any items that say “you don’t live here” to buyers.

Mantle Magnificence 

Many family rooms will have a fireplace, what does your mantle currently look like? This is the main focal point of the room, so clear off your mantle’s knick-knacks and add a few key accessories to highlight the area or opt for a clean slate like we did in this image above. Besides adding a faux plant near the base of the fireplace, we left the mantle bare to show it’s clean lines and textures.

Freshen Up with Color

Choose warm, neutral paint tones for the family room. Neutral doesn’t mean boring though, you can add visual interest by creating a color scheme with these softer shades of green, yellow and brown. Color coordinate accent items to create a cohesive appearance spread out throughout the room. Notice the yellow pillow is adjacent to the yellow accent chair. While the green vases are highlighted on varying surfaces around the space.

Update Furnishings

This room gets lived in quickly, so if you’re selling your Naperville home you may consider renting furniture from our company. Cheap tables with wobbly legs, dirty, old couches and Dad’s broken recliner will not provide that “welcoming feel” buyer’s desire. We can create a custom look that will fit your home’s design style while showing off the size of the family room. This is the perfect furniture arrangement for both competing focal points–the fireplace and the TV. Our Chicagoland home stagers arranged the seating to face both, while still drawing the most attention towards the fireplace.

Need help staging your Naperville family room? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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The National Association of Realtors® recently released its 2017 Profile of Home Staging surveying nearly 2000 Realtors®. The report suggests that 62-percent of Realtors® have found their new secret weapon when selling homes by utilizing the home staging process. More than half of Realtors® surveyed reveal home staging decreases the amount of time on the market.

Why Staging Vacant Spaces Are Important

77-percent of buyers’ agents said that staging a property makes it easier for buyers to visualize the space as their future home, and 40-percent are more willing to walk through a staged home they first saw online. Most people have an easier time imagining how they could live in the property, once seeing how the current owners are taking advantage of the space. 38 percent of buyers’ agents report that staging positively affects a home’s value if the home is decorated with the buyer in mind, making it imperative that home sellers toss their feelings aside about the property and highlight a buyer’s interest. If a property satisfies a home buyer’s needs they’re more likely to offer more.

Rooms Worthy of Your Time + Budget

A majority of agents believe the living room is the most important space to stage, followed by the master bedroom, kitchen, and any outdoor space. Staging the main areas of the home is key to show buyers the potential lifestyle they could lead if they purchase the property. That’s why at Chicagoland Home Staging we focus on strategically placing rental furnishings in these rooms to inspire a buyer and maximize a room’s square footage. In the image above, we staged this master bedroom to highlight the balcony, rich flooring, and unique ceiling. By, showcasing these positive features through home staging we make our client’s stand out from the neighboring competition.

More than Decluttering

While the NAR survey found that 93-percent of agents recommend that sellers declutter their home before putting it on the market, there is more to home staging than the task of decluttering. We help our Naperville home sellers determine what improvements will provide the biggest return on investment– from fresh paint to replacing light fixtures to choosing cosmetic building materials. Home staging helps prepare a home for sale, but it also showcases the property through arranging furniture and accessory placement, using proper art, lighting in a space and of course getting professional photos shot to show off the property online. Our home stagers are knowledgeable in real estate, home renovations and creative design principles to attract a potential buyer.


Value Out Ways the Cost

The report found that among buyers’ and sellers’ agents both agree that staging improves the dollar value of the home by 1 to 5 percent. This statistic reinforces the idea that a home seller should spend some money to prepare the home for sale in order to make more money at closing. Want to learn more about how to stage your Naperville home? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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Look no further than your favorite hotel room to get inspired on how to turn a master suite into a place you can’t wait to retreat to for the evening.

Here at Chicagoland Home Staging, we educate our clients on the importance of staging a master suite. While this room isn’t necessarily the main area like a kitchen or living room it is the place where a homeowner will spend a majority of their time –so it’s invaluable to show the potential homebuyer at an open house the possibilities this room could have, rather than flaunting an empty space.

The Layout

Statistics show that empty houses are harder to sell because it can be challenging for many people to imagine how to arrange the furniture. (Our Chicagoland team gets excited about empty spaces to decorate because we can direct the homebuyer’s eye to the positive features.) The opposite is also true – if a room is too cluttered and full, potential buyers have trouble looking past all the stuff.

In this empty room above a homebuyer could find the layout to be a bit tricky. This oblong space with windows and doors occupying much of the area left little room for a bed —the main focal point of a master suite.

On the other hand, this empty space left homebuyers confused as to not only where to place the bed but how to maximize the rest of the square footage inside this master suite. What else could our home stagers utilize here to show off this unique space?

On staging day, we brought in a king bed and a seating area that included: two loveseats and an ottoman that could be repurposed as a coffee table. Also, notice we saved our client money by only using one rug to anchor this conversation spot, rather than adding one under the bed too.

In the oblong room, we decided to put the bed on the longest wall flanking it with two end tables despite the entrance to the room. We also added a dresser and an accent chair that was positioned towards the bed to redirect the eye back to the focal point.

The Process

Both rooms had great bones to begin with—crown molding, a soft gray covering the walls, walnut-stained wood floors, beveled doors and ample natural light.

By utilizing our staging companies rental furniture and accessories, we were able to add personality to both rooms creating a cozy retreat a homebuyer desires. Notice we used similar colored furnishings in both rooms to complete the look. We added a headboard to draw attention to the focal point and instantly make the space feel more luxurious. We brought in neutral linens with a hint of pattern to play on depth and texture. Our team added artwork, matching table lamps, throw pillows and white flowers to soften the look of the tablescape.

When strategically placing furniture throughout an empty master suite both of these rooms sparked the imagination of what could be. We added just enough furniture to show off the entire space. Remember too much stuff in a room can look cluttered, while not enough can create a boring, bare space that loses all sense of style.

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Need help staging your Naperville master suite? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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A dining room is one part living room, one part kitchen allowing you to provide a formal or informal space to display gourmet meals and entertain guests. Except for those special occasions, a dining room may not be a popular hang out in your home, so it can build up clutter quickly if not properly maintained. This space should always be clutter free, look sophisticated, but feel comfortable. While a dining room in the Naperville area may rank low on a buyer’s wish list, the room can certainly show buyers a lifestyle they could lead if purchasing the property.

Here at Chicagoland Home Staging, we understand what it takes to make a dining room stands out. We share what repairs and decluttering projects our clients should tackle before we stage a space with furnishing and accessories that will highlight the dining room. Here are three tricks to maximize space in this area:

Repairs to Focus On

This room tends to be an afterthought on a homeowner’s project list, many times we’ll see homes with dated, worn out wallpaper and boards—sponge painting, or a bold, dark color on the wall. If this is the case in your home, you may want to consider repainting the walls a neutral hue. It’s important to take note of your dining room’s walls and flooring. If something is outdated, dirty or broken it’s crucial to take action to complete the task and create a room that says, “stay awhile and eat something.”

Another easy upgrade in this room is updating or replacing your current light fixture in the room. Consider adding a luxurious touch by switching out your ceiling fixture with a chandelier. This is the easiest way to catch a buyer’s eye. A chandelier comes in several styles so choose one that coordinates with the design styles and finishes in the room.

Space Planning

A dining room can appear smaller than usual if it’s cramped with too much or oversized furniture pieces. Often times a homeowner will purchase a dining set to save money without anticipating how much square footage the room has. Dining tables are notorious for their ability to double or triple in size, so make sure the table fits the scale of the room. Remove a leaf or two, along with the extra dining chairs if you need more room. At Chicagoland Home Staging, we want to offer ample walking space for the buyers to walk around the table, so a good rule of thumb is to have 36 inches between the table and the wall or next to any furniture piece. Speaking of other dining room furniture pieces, we recommend no more than two-three pieces in a formal dining room.

Dining Room Declutter

When this room is not being used for entertaining, the space can become a makeshift office, toy room or place to drop off items easily allowing for clutter to build over time. When selling you want to take away all items that are not associated with fine dining. Remove tablecloths from the table, many times they can make the space look dingy or dated. Also, take a look at your tabletop surfaces and the hutch– less is more when displaying items in these areas.

Accessories to Use

As in any other room using accessories in this space is key to describe that “entertaining” or “hosting” lifestyle, so many homemakers desire. Consider displaying items you’d usually find in a fine dining restaurant:

Greenery and florals – The main accessory in a dining table is a centerpiece. Choose a centerpiece that is seasonal mixing a combination of greenery, flowers, even candles or another seasonal décor to make sure the piece is to scale with the table. The centerpiece should be the right size to fill the center of the table without being too big or too small.

Soft goods – Plan on replacing the tablecloth with a table runner or placements. Play with different textures in these items to create interest. You can also, play with color or go neutral. You can also leave your table bare.

Wall art – Often times we’ll use a large mirror in a dining room to not only reflect light around the room but to highlight the gorgeous chandelier hanging above. We also use large pieces of abstract art overtop of credenzas to fill empty space and create an interesting focal point as shown in the photo above.

Rug – When choosing a rug for this room it’s important to consider the measurement of your dining room table. The rug should be big enough to allow for the dining chair to stay placed firmly on the rug when pulled out for seating. This accessory can also be used as art to provide texture, pattern or color in the room.

Lighting – We’ve already talked about chandeliers, but another lighting option to have in this room can be wall sconces to set the scene. They come in a variety of styles so choose one that fits the hardware and style of the room. If you have a large, empty tabletop surface try placing two identical table lamps on either side of the piece of furniture to lighten up the space.

Dishware – If you have a hutch in the room, highlight a few of the empty shelves with simple, elegant dishware, preferable white. You can also add crystal pieces, stemware or a tea set to make the space look lived in. It’s not necessary to set a dining room table when staging, however, you can leave a stack of dishware on the table to suggest the idea of entertaining.

Decorative Accents – Since there is so much tabletop surface in a dining room, plan on using a few large pieces like vases, bowls or sculptures to help create a statement or further a theme. Use a piece on its own, or group smaller items in odd numbers to provide one cohesive look.

Let us know whether you have a formal or informal dining room and often you use the space in the comment section below.

Need help staging your Naperville dining room? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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A living room is a place to entertain, relax and spend time with loved ones inside your home—so of course, it’s one of the main areas that should be staged when it comes time to put your home on the market. This room can be formal or informal depending on if the property also has a family room to gather in.

As a home stager, it’s important to clearly define a design style inside this room, especially if it’s the first or second room buyers may see upon walking into the property. This room needs to connect with a Naperville homebuyer by creating a few positive emotions such as warmth and elegance in order to get them to make an offer.

Many living rooms in the Naperville area can be connected to a larger layout of an open floor plan, which refrains from using walls between common spaces. Homebuyers favor open layouts to promote light, bright spaces and sociability, but the unstructured space can be a challenge to stage.

Chicagoland Home Staging knows the importance of sectioning off these large spaces to create intimate functional zones that can stand-alone, yet provide a cohesive feel across the entire floor plan. Here are three ways to help define these popular spaces:

Defining a Seating Area
A rug not only can create a statement in a room, but it anchors all of the furniture together defining one area. It instantly creates a warm and inviting space if utilized correctly. Measure the room before purchasing an area rug it needs to be the proper size allowing for at least the furniture’s front feet to rest on the rug. An area rug should mimic the style of the room. In this room we divided the area with two rugs: a plush rectangle rug and a cowhide rug. The rugs work in the space because they’re both a neutral color, therefore not competing with each other.

A Pop of Color
While the rug separates the space the orange accessories repetition in the room unifies the two distinct seating areas. We chose to use orange pillows and a throw to direct the eye to the main focal point, the fireplace. It’s an unexpected hue that we pulled from the artwork above the fireplace. Accessories like these can introduce color, character, clarify a particular space or in these bring to adjacent rooms together to create one cohesive look and feel.

Shape Variations Enhance a Room
Another way to define an open floor plan is to use a variety of furniture and accessories to add depth and interest in the space. Rather than use a matching furniture set to define the space opt for unique pieces or break up the set, as we did in this room. We used a patterned, colored chair with the neutral loveseat in one area and the loveseat’s matching chair in the second seating area near the window. Notice we also used different shapes in each area too. The tables and accessories in this living area are a series of rectangles and spheres to attract buyers to this visually appealing space that tells a story.

Accessories to Use
Using accessories is what subconsciously connects buyers to a property.  These are just some of the items that can help make a “house” feel like “home” when it comes time to stage the property. Think about displaying items you’d usually find in living rooms:

Wall Art – The types of wall art are endless it just depends on how creative you can be. You can use photographs, canvas artwork, mirrors, ironwork, tapestry, baskets, lettering or decals on your wall to make a statement. Try display a unique piece on your wall, but make sure to keep the buyers in mind.

Books – When displaying books, pack away any paperback books, along with any book covers from hardbound spines. This way your books will provide a cleaner appearance on a surface or shelf.

Lamps – Table lamps come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes so choose something the matches your home’s design style. The lamp’s size should also be proportionate to the other items being displayed in the room. Having at least three light sources strategically placed around the room will provide ample light come nightfall.

Throw pillows – Choose to display pillows that can compliment your couch or accent chair. A throw pillow can accentuate a color highlighted in another accessory. Mix and match different sizes, patterns and textures to create a complex look with ease.

Vases – When finding the right vase choose one that you love with or without flowers. Think of a vase, like jewelry it can help highlight a feature of your home and create a statement all on it’s own. Just check out the vase duo in varying heights displayed on the table above. Not much else is needed to catch a homebuyer’s eye.

Sculptures – This accessory can be found in metal, wood or even ceramic to help define the story you’re trying to show off in a room to highlight a lifestyle. Who knew a sculpture could do all that? Consider researching your potential buyer before purchasing sculptured accessories to subliminally appeal to the buyer ultimately attracting an enticing offer.

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Need help staging your Naperville living room? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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As a home stager one of the obstacles we face is creating a memorable scene that’s emotional enough for a homebuyer to react by making an offer on the property. We create these “emotional connection points” by strategically accessorizing the property based on a buyer’s demographics and psycho-graphics. By researching whom the potential Naperville homebuyer is and what they like, our company can subliminally stage a property based on those buyer’s wants and needs.

Accessories are an essential part of a home staging plan, especially in the heart of the home—the kitchen. A specific item can introduce color, character, clarity of a particular space, as well as a warm, welcoming feel to a room. By adding a few key elements to each room, a homebuyer can envision the lifestyle they could lead by purchasing the property.

The kitchen is often priority on a homebuyer’s wish list, it’s where they can entertain, prep family meals, review homework or have a friendly conversation over a glass of wine. That’s why we often recommend tweaking items displayed on the kitchen counters showcasing these moments through accessorizing.

Remove Counter Clutter
Before we can target a buyer we have to depersonalize the space. A buyer isn’t interested in seeing  “your stuff,” so remove items on your refrigerator, dish drying racks, silk plants above cabinets and other items collecting on top your counter surface. When it comes to small appliances choose one to three devices you use daily to keep on display. Maybe it’s, the coffee maker, blender or kitchen aid mixer. Put away the microwave and toaster ovens though, they’re bulky and will remind buyers you don’t have those appliances built-in.

Accessorize Based on Zone
Next, consider what accessories you will display based on the proximity of other items throughout the room. For example, if you have a coffee maker on the counter-top create an area next to it that provides a few mugs, coffee pods, sugar and creamer. Or maybe next to the stove you showcase how much counter space there is to prep a meal with a cookbook, cutting board and a few ingredients. By adding these little touches we’re showing buyers where they can accomplish everyday tasks in the kitchen.

Accessories to Use

Now that we’ve cleared and planned the areas of the kitchen we’d like to highlight, finally we want to use a few key pieces to make a statement and direct the buyer’s eyes around the room. Think about displaying items you’d usually find in kitchens:

Dishware – Corral an eye-catching serving set on a tray and place it on top the kitchen island or counter-top to set the scene of a go-to gathering spot when it comes time to entertain.

Decorative Canisters – Try using a canister set or apothecary jars to bring in varying heights, a pop of color or to show off dried food goods – like rice, beans or pasta near the stove to inspire some amazing meals.

Herbs – You can also place herbs near the stove or on a windowsill to promote an organic lifestyle to buyers.

Bowl of fruit – Again, fruit instills an organic, healthy lifestyle to buyers while attracting their eye by displaying their vibrant colors on the counter. Stick with one color to make the biggest impact and choose a colored fruit that mimics other décor colors.

Cookbooks – You can instantly tell a story by displaying a cookbook near the stove. Open it to a recipe that reflects the season, as well as the lifestyle you’re trying to promote.

Natural Elements – Think about using flowers, plants and a natural wood cutting board to soften a kitchen’s cold vibe often created by it’s materials like porcelain, granite and tile.

Need help staging your Naperville kitchen? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.

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They all walked the stage of the Milan Ballroom at the M Resort in Las Vegas last week sharing their wisdom to over 400 stagers who had traveled around the world to see them. Although Margaret does not assume to be a world renown famous speaker, she was thrilled to be asked to share her experience on how to manage growth and how it is key to having a successful profitable staging business. From systems and processes, to pricing and contracts, Margaret reveled how her company has managed to grow so quickly, profiting year after year, despite huge growth and expansion.

When asked “Out of all the topics you could have shared, why this one?” Margaret responded “Because Shell Brodnax made me?!” with a laugh she followed up with, “I really wanted to be able to share good, solid, actionable information to help my fellow stagers. We didn’t have this information to follow when we needed direction and advice, we had to look at other industries.”

Margaret Gehr and Kathy Lobkovich, partners of Chicagoland Home Staging, boast a team of 14 consisting of admin, marketing, designers, and movers. Their warehouse is over 8,000 sq. ft., housing thousands of pieces of inventory. Together they cater to hundreds of repeat clients impacting over 500 projects per year. Managing growth and expansion has been a crucial staple of success.

Margaret was clear “It doesn’t matter if you have a team of two, or 14, if you do not manage your growth, it will manage you. Leaving you tired, stressed and worried, chasing the next project, and often not making more than when you were a team of one!”

Chicagoland Home Staging is an award winning staging company dedicated to helping real estate agents and homeowners gain more return on investment from the sale of their properties. Servicing the western suburbs of Chicago including Naperville and the surrounding areas; the team can be found staging in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Elmhurst, Aurora, Western Springs, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Darien, Brookfield, River forest, and LaGrange. For more information or to view their portfolio, visit www.chicagolandhomestaging.com

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