Today.... I Became .... an 'Angler'

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I have seen it done many times.  I have very rarely thought it made sense.  Don't get me wrong, sometimes it does, but I have seen it done so many times and so seldom needed to do it that I figured it was something I would never be. 

You know, an 'Angler'.   Stagers who put furniture and beds and area rugs on an angle.  Seriously, in the 3 years I have been staging, I have only put a bed on an angle twice.  Truth be told, the first time I was helping another stager with a job and she insisted on it.  I didn't want to do it, but it was her job so I gritted my teeth and angled the bed.  The second time it was because the room was weird and it was the only way the bed would fit.  I hated it.  It screamed 'staging class' to me. (Seriously, I have taken two staging classes - both times almost every room in the house was angled  - I wanted to be the rebel that DIDN'T angle) I swore I would never do it again.

There was that time I did it in a living room, but that was because I was competing with a baby grand piano and otherwise you would not have been able to walk through the room. Okay, maybe I have angled more than I thought, but it is not something I choose to do often.  What was I talking about again?

Oh, right!

Today, I staged a house that truly is beautiful all on its own. Great woodwork, really great wood floors, nice tilework, nice light fixtures, you name it. The problem was the living room.  No matter how I aligned the sofa with the fireplace, it just wasn't right.  Directly across, it looked bad from the entry.  Perpendicularly, it blocked the pathway to the kitchen...on both sides.    I thought about going with 4 chairs.  My husband refused to take the sofa out of the house.  I even considered asking the owner to relocate a column (just kidding).  What's a girl to do? 

Suck it up and try it on an angle, that's what.  To my surprise, I loved it...

I may not do it again for a very long time, but yes, I will consider angling again. Of course, only if absolutely necessary. :)

 

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Rainmaker
324,655
Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

I, too, shudder at MLS photos of room after room that have been "angled" by a Stager - for no apparent purpose otherthan to make the room appear strangely tilted!  But here, you've provided a solution - big difference!  Happy Staging - Julie

June 19, 2008 07:42 AM
Rainer
52,986
Abby Roselli
Staten Island Home Stager
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC

I think there are times that angling furnishings are appropriate, and other times not so much.  Depends on the room, the furniture, etc.  But, like with anything, it needs to be pulled together correctly and look like someone could actually live comfortably as it is set up.  Your examples define that perfectly...they look great!  =)  Angling furniture just for the sake of angling it doesn't work...and that goes for occupied and vacant homes.

June 19, 2008 08:03 AM
Rainer
73,837
Kimberly Wester

Michele - I almost totally missed your comment!  Glad I didn't.  10 or 20 times, huh?  Sigh....

Kym - Thanks for the compliment - it really does mean a lot to have so many qualified stamps of approval!

Julia - Shudder - that exactly what I do!  I'm often shaking my head and asking why? why?  over and over again.  Used in moderation - and the appropriate situation - it can work and not seem weird.

Abby - Well said!  Knowing when it works and when it is just wrong is something all stagers should know.  And I know you know it!  :)

June 19, 2008 08:43 AM
Rainmaker
95,733
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties

Beautiful home and beautiful staging, Kimberly!  I'm with you and usually resist those angled arrangements unless the room really dictates it.  I especially think it looks funny to angle a bed and have never done that, but there may come a time!

June 19, 2008 09:09 AM
Rainer
902
Elizabeth Jacobs-Kelleher
Best Impressions Home

I'm with you on angling. I think it usually looks contrived and slightly jarring, and brings attention to the furniture instead of the actual roomelements that buyers should be noticing, such as the flooring and fireplace.

In this case, however, it looks great! You made an awkward room functional. Thumbs up. :)

You have actually made me reconsider angling in my own home! I have a very similar room that could benefit from an arrangement like that, and I've been resisting because I just. don't. like. angling. But you did such a nice job and made it work so well that I may copycat you. LOL

June 19, 2008 09:34 AM
Rainer
11,398
Leslie Hoyt
Hello Home!
Hello Home!

Staging wisdom tells us when to angle and when NOT to.This time you were wise- and so was your stubborn husband who refused to take the sofa out of the house.

(LOL! You two sound like Mark and me working together!)

~Leslie

June 19, 2008 09:42 AM
Rainmaker
115,496
Elaine M. Gage
A Wonderful Space, LLC
A Wonderful Space, LLC

Kimberly- On most jobs, I will try the angle, but most of the time it doesn't work. But I keep on trying because every once in awhile, it not only works, but looks fabulous! Yours looks fabulous, and you took what could have been a boring predictable arrangement, and gave it some WOW!!!

June 19, 2008 11:10 AM
Rainer
73,837
Kimberly Wester

Diana - Thanks!  That's right...now that you've said it, an ngled bed may be in your future... ;)

Okay, Elizabeth, my anti- angling sister, go ahead and give it a go!  I want to see pictures!  :)

Leslie - You should have seen the look on his face when I said 'This sofa may not work.'  It was hysterical!!   His response?  'Oh, you will make it work.'  So I did.

Elaine - WOW?  Really?  Yeah!!!!   Keep trying that angle, you may get lucky!

June 19, 2008 08:54 PM
Rainer
106,684
Heather Cook
Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design ~ www.homestagingdesign.ca

Looks awesome! Welcome to the angler's club!

Seriously though, my husband once found me my "dream home" because it was on a corner lot and "angled" to face both streets! He thought it was hilarious and I just thought it looked fabulous.

Sigh. LOL!

June 20, 2008 08:14 AM
Rainmaker
358,092
Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Beautiful work Kimberly and the angles are perfect for this setting.  That's the key, make the furniture work with the room and the architecture.  I like angles and I like asymmetry but I guess that's to be expected with someone a bit off kilter like myself. 

At first I thought you were "throwing us a line and had gone fishin'" but then I thought, NO moderator Kimberly would not post her vacation in SIF.  (-:

June 20, 2008 09:27 AM
Rainer
73,837
Kimberly Wester

Heather - Angled on a corner lot...LOL...Thanks for letting me in the club!  :)

Ginger - That's right, I follow the rules!!  LOL!  Just fishing for the perfect furniture arrangement.... ;)

June 20, 2008 11:19 AM
Rainmaker
453,213
Jeff&Grace Safrin
SpousesSellingHousesTM
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate

Beautiful Home Kim and the 'angling' did look awesome here!

Sincerely,

Grace

June 21, 2008 09:00 AM
Rainer
84,433
Roberta Anderson
Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County
Hearth & Home Staging

I love the angle look when it FITS the home! Often it just looks contrived and as some have said "staged". I despise angled beds though. But, I just did a move in consultation and the only way the large bed could fit in the room without blocking the windows was. . . angled. I hated suggesting it, but it will look great in the corner~

As always, your rooms look great Kimberly! And I had to laugh that your hubby refused to take the sofa out. Mine has done the same thing!!

June 21, 2008 09:28 AM
Rainmaker
248,976
Lori Kim Polk
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services

Sometimes it is fun to through in an "angle" to spice things up and throw off your assistants ;))... it is all about the flow. You did a great job. At first I thought you were talking about fishing... I thought "what is she dangling on her fishing/staging line?"

Ha... dangleberry is the graphic.. too funny!

June 21, 2008 11:07 AM
Rainer
73,837
Kimberly Wester

Grace - Thank you!

Roberta - I know just how much you cringed when making that suggestion!  LOL...sometimes, you just have to bite the bullit..

Lori Kim- Thanks!  Fishing...never entered my mind when I wrote the title, so that tells you how much I'm into that!  :P

June 21, 2008 01:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,072,243
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Real Estate Services You can Trust!
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Kimberly, your angling staging job turned out beautifully.  Very nicely done.  Congrats.

 

June 26, 2008 03:51 PM
Rainmaker
251,334
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging
STAGING SMART N SOLD

Looks great Kimberly! Don't worry-get back on the wagon tomorrow & forget this little transgression...

June 28, 2008 08:46 PM
Rainmaker
208,127
Terrylynn Fisher
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CEP Realtor, Etc.
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com

Actually staging my listing yesterday with Kym Hough and she said the exact same thing!!!  I hate to angle the couch and what do you know, we angled the couch.  Sometimes, it's just right, just right, just right.  She'll be posting photos soon.  You'll see.  Good job, beautiful staging.

June 27, 2008 07:05 PM
Rainer
73,837
Kimberly Wester

Gary - Thanks so very much!

Kathy - I am going to an 'anglers anonymous' meeting this wek... ;)

Terylynn- I knew I liked Kym for some reason!  LOL!!!   Can't wait to see them!

June 28, 2008 07:55 PM
Rainer
54,664
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging

Kimberly - beautiful job... I dub you Master Angler - at least for a day ;-) God bless,

June 28, 2008 08:53 PM
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