The place we really live. This is where game nights and movie marathons happen. Let’s make it inviting! Below are my top 8 tips for staging your living room along with my favorite items to style the space. Whether you are staying or selling, I think you’ll find helpful tips here. Enjoy!

    1. Clean!

      Every room will start this way because a clean home is crucial to your sell. Dust, vacuum, mop and wash. Don’t forget cushion covers, blinds, and window coverings.

    2. Fluff the pillows and cushions.

      While it’s meant to be enjoyed, you don’t want your living space to look sloppy. Fluff the cushions and add filling if needed. If a piece is overly worn, consider removing or donating.

    3. Re-arrange.

      If possible, your sofa should sit perpendicular to the main focal point, which is generally a fireplace, window or TV. Then, arrange your chairs or other furniture opposite the main sofa. This will ensure the sight lines walking into the room guide the eyes towards the main event!

    4. Don’t make it personal.

      As you prep your home to list, remove anything that’s personally identifying. This includes family photos, personal albums and anything with private information. Pre-pack these items for your new home.

    5. Clear the clutter.

      Clutter has no place in loving on your home. Clear the physical and mental space by removing stacks of paper, children’s toys and old magazines. If walls are covered in frames or art, pair it down and simplify. Be sure to patch the remaining nail holes.

    6. Set the (coffee) table.

      Style the coffee table with a tray, books, candles and a plant to add life.

    7. Fix (or remove) what’s broken.

      It’s important to touch up paint and replace any lighting that’s either not functioning or is out of date. If any furnishings are broken, remove or donate. Built-ins? Make sure the hardware and doors are opening and closing properly.

    8. Style it.

      Add new, modern pillows and drape a blanket over the back of a chair or sofa for a layered, cozy feel. Style the mantle with a mirror or a neutral piece or art and a few accessories. If you have open shelving, style them simply with vases, books and frames. Check out our full guide on shelf styling !

BONUS TIP! We love Benjamin Moore Simply White and Benjamin Moore Classic Gray in the living room!

 

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The heart of the home and the room that can make or break a sale, it’s crucial to make sure your kitchen shines.

Today I’m sharing 8 tips for staging your kitchen – whether you are staying or selling – along with my go-to kitchen staging kit with links to all the things to style your kitchen to perfection.

    1. Clean!

      If hiring a professional cleaner is in the budget, now is the time. If not, get out your supplies and get to work. Clean every surface, and wipe down all cabinets, doors, appliances and the backsplash. @gocleanco on Instagram has a ton of great cleaning tips using simple ingredients and provides a step-by-step cleaning guide by room. Don’t forget the

    2.  refrigerator! Buyers will likely peek inside.
    3. Tighten or replace hardware and cabinets.

      No buyer wants to open a door and have it fall off. All you need to fix this is a screwdriver to tighten hardware. If your cabinet hardware is out of date or showing too much wear, swap it out! There are plenty of affordable options – see the next page for an idea. (Make sure to measure the existing hole spacing. It’s much easier to buy something that already fits!)

    4. Fix leaky faucets.

      This is a big buyer turn-off that might make them think there’s a larger issue. Make sure the faucet is in working order and there are no leaks. Check all the small appliances while you’re at it to ensure there are no functionality issues.

    5. Clear the counters.

      Remove everything from your counters, including all small appliances. By opening up counter space, the kitchen will appear more spacious. We’ll add some style at the end!

    6. Touch-up paint.

      Grab the blue electrical tape and mark anywhere you see that needs a touch-up on walls and cabinets. A flawless paint job will shine. We love Sherwin Williams Slate Tile, Benjamin Moore Simply White and Benjamin Moore White Dove! Need samples? Check out samplize.com.

    7. Check the flooring.

      Inspect to ensure there are no cracks or water damage. If you spot an issue, hire a pro to correct it before listing. Buyers will be turned off by potential hidden issues.

    8. Caulk it up.

      Re-caulk around the sink. Also check the area where the backsplash meets the countertop and ensure it looks smooth. If you spot any issues, silicone caulking here will make it look good as new.

    9. Style.

      Now it’s the fun part – style it! Keep it simple with a decorative towel and new soap dispenser at the sink, and prop up a few cookbooks with a small plant as a bookend by the stove. I also love layering cutting boards along the backsplash for an added style element. Don’t forget a bowl of lemons on the table or island. Have fun but don’t clutter up your hard work!

 

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