Portland Home Staging: Mid-Century Design and Staging
PORTLAND HOME STAGING: MID-CENTURY INTERIOR DESIGN AND STAGING
This was a fun head-to-toe transformation from start to finish! The sellers of this property live next door and bought the home only to annex part of the lot for their glorious gardens. They weren’t sure anyone would want an old concrete block house in their neighborhood and were concerned about the dated features that were from the mid-20th century.
When I saw it I was struck by the wonderful original features that I knew would appeal to a young, professional hip buyer and opposed their plan to replace the original kitchen cabinets and to create a mainstream interior. In my professional opinion, those were selling points and I rather strongly insisted that they be kept and enhanced. Fortunately, these clients have great taste themselves and were open to my suggestions. As the husband is an accountant, those suggestions had to make fiscal sense as well…
Instead of tearing out the cabinets, I urged their preservation (which saved thousands of $s!) including the cabinet hardware. The original floors were cork but would have been expensive to restore, so I selected a very reasonably priced new cork flooring and that was installed in the entry, dining room and kitchen. Concerned about the bottom line, my clients went with carpet in the rest of the house which I selected. I found 2 very cool tile styles that we installed in the kitchen and bathrooms. And for a luscious touch of luxury (and eco-sensitivity) I chose gorgeous quartz composite countertops in the kitchen. The sellers with their good taste chose new appliances, faucets and lighting and lent their gardening talents to the landscaping. It was a great team effort!
And then we staged it with mid-century style and yet made it comfortable. It was such a fun transformation!
The results spoke for themselves. Instead of sitting on a middle of the road property for months, the sellers received 5 offers and accepted an offer $10,000 over asking! They were thrilled – couldn’t believe it! And they got to pick their lovely new neighbors in the bargain. It was Win/Win/Win for everyone!
(Our realtor) says he has never had so much action from one house. He hasn’t even done a brochure or realtors open. We are just amazed, and totally happy that we took the “risk” of following your advice: what to keep, what to change, choosing new surfaces, and your gorgeous staging. Lori Scott, Seller