What Looks Good in Photos

Here is a perfect example of why we stage homes.  Staging is all about making the photos on the MLS look their best.  Certain items just don’t photograph well and can end up being more distracting than helpful.  This is when it’s hard not to offend homeowners by replacing their expensive items but I just tell them to pack things up so they can be enjoyed again in their home.  When we are ‘decorating’ our home we don’t care how it looks in photos, we acquire things because we love them or they have a special meaning for us and that is the way it should be!

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AFTER – I replaced the homeowner’s very valuable and intricate handmade wall metal sculpture over the fireplace. In person it was beautiful, however, in photos its just looked dark and busy. I also removed the chair and extra ‘stuff’ around the fireplace since I wanted that to be the focal point
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AFTER – removing the area rug opened up the space. Removing the fabric on the table also allowed more light in from the floor to ceiling window. Adding the accent cushions carried the same colour from the other end of the room
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AFTER – this room really only needed a few tweaks but it made a huge difference. Removing extra furniture and clutter opened up the space. We moved the sofa back about a foot so the living room area was larger and then rehanging the artwork created symmetry. Adding dark brown cushions to the sofa also grounded the room.
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AFTER – Adding tall accessories to the coffee table draws your eye into the space. I added gold (which is very much on trend right now), to tie in the gold leaf artwork

 

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