Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Art of Staging

What is staging a room?

It's stepping back
taking a good look
and then deciding.........

What will make this room pleasing
to another's eye 
Douglas Elliman Florida property

This Florida home has great drive up
appeal but needs a little interior staging to
continue that "Old Florida" style
inside the home

Step back and observe

My eye says:
There are three great pieces in this dining room:
The table/chairs
The green hutch
 The large clock

Now let's start from scratch

with those three pieces

(put everything else on Craig's list
and make a little spending money
to use on staging your room)

Let's talk about how to give
this dining room
that "Old Florida" feel

the dining table and chairs
have classic style
I'd paint them white and give them a
good distressing to bring out the real charm!
(Annie Sloan's Chalk paint in "old white" would be perfect)

    Moving the eye up......
Nothing says "Old Florida" like ceiling fans. So let's replace the dropped light fixture over the table with a fan. It adds charm and functionality.
(Cost:  about $200.00 at Home Depot)


While we are at Home Depot
why not pick up a pretty
Sisal rug in a neutral color
to replace the existing one
It will anchor the table while
giving the room a more open look

Now on to that great hutch

For maximum "Old Florida" style
let's fill it with assorted white dishes
and a few interesting sea shells

(White dishes are easy to find
at flea markets, estate sales,
or charity stores)

Different shades of white are
also fun to display

Moving to the other wall
I would leave the clock where it is.
It's perfect!

On the other side of the wall, to the
right of the door way
(remember we've sold the mirror
and small table)

let's add a little rustic "Old Florida" charm
This shelf would be easy to make
and the stoneware pitchers
would continue to carry out
the "White dish" theme 

and now for the finishing touch
add a unique center piece
to the dining table

Use your imagination
fill a wooden box
with candles, shells,
fresh flowers, etc.


Have you achieved the look and feel
you were going for?

Every Little Birdie says

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