Creating WOW...Make the Fireplace the "heart" of the home!

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What is one of the most alluring spaces in a home on a dreary day in January?  Easy answer...the FIREPLACE.  Take the time to look at this space though the eyes of a prospective buyer and make it POP!  

These fireplaces settings were staged by Design To Market home staging in Cincinnati.  For more information contact Jo Potvin at 513-265-0952 or visit our website at www.designtomarketllc.com .  

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Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
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Thanks for your comments.  I think the interesting thing is that while they can be a wonderful asset in a room...when poorly done they can really do damage to the desirability of the home.  So often we see little candles and photos that just set a bad tome in the room!
Jan 08, 2008 03:30 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Right on, Jo.  You did a fantastic job with each of these!

Kathy

Jan 08, 2008 06:31 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

Great job.  I know we can't be sure there is a fire going for showings, but for photos, it is SO nice to have it lit.  Really warms up the space and makes it even more inviting.  I made the mistake of using an unlit fireplace picture in some marketing materials.  Someone pointed it out to me, and it has bothered me ever since because THEY WERE RIGHT!!!

Kim Dillon, Creative Eye Home Staging

Jan 08, 2008 07:15 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Kim,

Thansk so much for the tip.  So often now it is as easy as a flip of a switch to "light" these fireplaces.  I will talk to our photographer.

Jo

Jan 08, 2008 09:48 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
Fernanado, Great job with the photo you included.  I think the artwork over the mantel is a perfect way to make that fireplace POP!
Jan 08, 2008 09:51 PM #11
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Vincent Coccia
Construction Services Integration - Paoli, PA
What a difference in the fireplaces...great focal points.
Jan 08, 2008 10:03 PM #12
Anonymous
Susan
Great focal point.
Jan 09, 2008 02:18 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Susan and Vincent,  Thanks for the comments.  I think one important tool in making sure these fireplaces pop is to have the right size artwork.  In most situations one fairly large piece of artwork is the best but you may also find smaller pieces in a series can be effective as well.

Jan 09, 2008 04:45 PM #14
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Lori Gilmore
One Savvy Move - Joliet, IL
One Savvy Move Home Staging
Jo -- I love, love, love fireplaces! You did a fabulous job highlighting them.  They make a room feel warm and welcome.  I especially love the one in the top photo.  I think dining rooms with fireplaces are wonderful!
Jan 09, 2008 05:59 PM #15
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
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I agree just last Sunday my husband and I were relaxing by our fireplace, listening to classical music and I thought THIS IS HOW EVERY REALTOR should show a home with a fireplace. So many don't even light it during the Open House. Hmmmm, MISTAKE

Phyllis Pafumi

Jan 09, 2008 07:42 PM #16
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Brenda Thomas
Hidden Potential - Halifax, MA

Yes the fireplace is a focal point where potential clients will envision themselves  celebrating the holidays, birthdays,anniversaries and more. Elevate the buyer's desire for the home by creating and atmosphere they can envision themselves living in.  Great post.

Brenda

HiddenPotentialhomestage.com 

Jan 09, 2008 08:46 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
I think the significance of both Phyllis and Brenda's comments is that typically fireplaces are attractive in a home and they elicit good feelings...it is important to play that up!
Jan 09, 2008 08:49 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
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Great job making the fireplace the focal point on each of these...I especially like the third photo. 

 

Jan 12, 2008 06:21 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Jo the photos are fantastic and what better topic to cover than fireplaces in mid January?
Jan 12, 2008 09:53 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
thanks for the comments.  Karen, the third photo was an interesting project in that the home is contemporary and we staged it with the intent of showing transitional furnishing in a contemporary setting.  We often strive to do this to show that "shaking" up the look of a home can add interest and open it to more possibilities in terms of the preferences of the buyer.
Jan 13, 2008 01:40 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA
Jo: You always use just the right accessories to highlight and accentuate the best features of the homes you stage. Great job.
Jan 16, 2008 09:45 PM #22
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Sheri Davis
Transformations Home Staging and Redesign - Caldwell, ID
HSR, ASHSR
Jo, Great job on staging those fireplace areas.  I have a question for you (or anyone out there) - I am ready to do a project where there is just a tile surround around a gas fireplace and my question is - I have some fairly large "mantel shelves".  Do you think it would give a false impression (that it's included with the house) to hang one  above the tiles and decorate as a normal mantel or should I just hang a large picture?  Thanks in advance for your input!   
Jan 17, 2008 11:42 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Sheri,  I would be tempted to play it safe and just hang a large piece of artwork.  I try to avoid anything that could cause confusion in the sale of the home.  If you are willing to leave it in the event of a question you could use it but otherwise the picture would be best.  Jo

Jan 18, 2008 05:43 AM #24
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Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
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they are all lovely examples.

Thanks for posting

Oct 02, 2011 08:42 AM #25
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Thanks Liz.  I am sure you have some fantastic fireplaces to work with in
Montreal! 

Oct 03, 2011 03:04 PM #26
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