Did I just say to, "Paint those walls white." ~ out-loud?!?!?

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Home Stager with Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro

A few weeks ago my Company was contacted by a wonderful couple who were getting ready to sell their Ventura Keys home.  The home is steps away from the beach and has a HUGE, deep water boat dock with direct water access to the Ventura Marina.  Referred to us by their Realtor, these Sellers have spent some years on the water sailing and now want to retire to a local golfing community.  One thing that both Sellers and their Realtor agreed on was that their home didn't have that "WOW" factor to appeal to potential Buyers OR be viewed as a "must see" listing on the Internet.

Before Platinum Home Staging, Inc.

The Seller's proceeded to explain that they never liked their sofa, and the 2 faded chairs were from their prior home and as they explained had, "...seen better days."  After viewing the house though, it had contemporary architecture and very clean lines, and after the Sellers asked, "We're getting ready to paint everything: what color would you choose?"  I scarcely could believe my own ears when I heard the word "WHITE" cross my own lips.  ("Did I just say 'white' out-loud?!?!?", I thought to myself)  But in this case, because of the home and architecture it was warranted.  What you can't see in the picture above are the three HUGE picture windows that overlook the boating channel and gigantic patio outside.

Ventura Keys Home Staging

THIS is what we want Buyers to focus on - so yep, white it had to be.

To add the "WOW" factors we brought the outdoors in with pops of blue to accent the marina colors, water and sky just steps outside the windows.  We kept the contempoary feel with large black and white coastal artwork and didn't try to make a contemporary home something it wasn't (traditional) but still added a Cape-Cod feel.  (yes, we brought in new patio furniture and Staged the outdoor living spaces as well ;)

Platinum Home Staging Ventura

A Professional Home Stager is not "One style fits all" but Stages the house to the style, architecture, demographics and lifestyle of the BUYER.  If you are located in the Ventura County or Los Angeles area and ready to sell your home or listing, contact Platinum Home Staging, Inc. for your free Home Staging estimate, or contact the Real Estate Staging Association for an excellent referral to a Professional Home Stager in your area.

 

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Nancy Lee - An OrderLee Home,

There are no rules, only guidelines....and intelligent choices.  You did a masterful job of reducing competition between focal points - and highlighting the selling point!

March 16, 2010 05:31 AM
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Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties

Hi Connie, The room now looks fresh and sophisticated. I so agree with your concept of individual staging design for each specific property.  No "cookie cutter" staging!  Beautiful job!

March 16, 2010 02:19 PM
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Kathy Nielsen
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager
http://atlantahomestaging.net

Love how the room came out, Connie.  The pops of blue is so refreshing. And by the way, white was the perfect color.

Kathy

March 16, 2010 07:28 PM
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Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro

Thanks, Sally & Kathy ~ So glad you like it! =)

Truth be told, Micheal, I pulled out my paint fan... and went through many colors.... none of them "spoke" to me like keeping the integrity of the home and framing the view more than "white".  Not sure which white it was finally.

Thanks for noticing the texture, Julia, something we definitely wanted to do ;D

So glad she likes it, Gene! BTW - how is the cream & black bedroom coming along?!

Thank you, Chrissie & Donna!

LOL - you're right, Kathy, there is nothing wrong with white walls as long as the rest of the room is appropriately done.  However, I was a little surprised for myself, being a Stager, to not say a different color. ;)

I LOVE that, Nancy: "There are no rules, only guidelines....and intelligent choices."

Diana, every home, demographic and Buyer is different. No "cookie cutters" should be brought near a home staging - lol

Thanks, Kathy! I love the pops of blue to which we used through out the home.

March 17, 2010 09:11 AM
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Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp

I think you did a great job but in a similar case I went for a color called "Sedate Grey"

I loved it because it was still soft and subtle but wasn't white!

March 17, 2010 11:27 PM
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