Staging This Old House

On Friday last our real estate agents staged our home for listing photos and upcoming open houses. It was a full day of staging and then the photographer arrived.

Living room.

The antique mirror is ours and the curtains and the matching wood and metal pieces on the entry wall.

Family/TV room. The couch is ours.

One of our spare rooms, the green room. The bed, bedding, lamp and nightstands are ours.

The second spare room, the blue room. Everything in this room is ours except for the tray on the bed and the orchid and lantern.

The master room with sitting area and master bath. I need to add some photos of the bathroom with the shower, etc. The love seat in the sitting area, sheepskin rug, side table, large mirror and table and flowers in vase next to it are not ours.

The basement bedroom. The interesting trick with this bedroom is that the bed is a blow up bed with the headboard added behind it. Pretty cool set up. This whole set up is not ours.

I will take some more photos of the staged kitchen, too, showing the eating area. The Farmer’s Market sign and the apples in the tiered basket are not ours. The tree canisters are not ours either. The staging photos were all taken on Friday for our listing and since then we’ve messed some things up and will get it back to staging mode by Thursday when the initial open house will take place. This selling and moving and buying is exhausting. It was fun to see these changes and the effect they made on the rooms in our home. We still do not know the home we’ll be moving to. Trusting God for our future home. In the meantime we are tweaking a few more things at this old house. We have been happy with our results with the Offer Up app. We’ve been able to sell a lot of things we were just hanging onto for no good reason. Making a little cash on the side has been great.

The sun broke through today after rain rain and more rain. Hope all of you are well.

22 thoughts on “Staging This Old House

  1. Your home looks beautiful. It is a lot of work getting ready to sell, but well worth it if it sells quickly, for a fair price. It is very stressful having your house on market. When I sold my home 3 yrs ago, there was one bedroom that didn’t have a mattress. We filled in the frame with packed boxes and covered them up with a new bedspread and new decorative pillows. It did the trick and no one was the wiser. I can remember when it sold , I thought why didn’t I do many of the upgrades and enjoy them while in the house. Look forward to hearing your home is sold. Rest in the Lord in the right timing he will provide your new home.

  2. I’m so glad you shared your staging photos! I love all things “house” and I am fascinated by how houses are staged for showing. Your house looks lovely. (But, honestly, I think a house is most lovely when it is lived in and warm and reflects the heart and personality of its owners!)

    Praying that you will know a quiet confidence as you wait on His direction for your future!

  3. I so enjoyed seeing all these photos. I can still see some Ellen in the rooms. =) Praying this whole process will give you the best possible price in the sale.

  4. This is the first time I’ve seen a home of a friend staged. Although I liked your cozy home before, I see this as what one would see in a fixer upper type show. It looks orderly but still inviting. I think it would be easy for someone to imagine the spaces for themselves. It would be fun to have someone come in and do this for moving day into a new home.

  5. Your house looks wonderful but I can imagine how unsettling this time must be for you. Hopefully you will get a buyer really quickly and then find your dream home nearer to your family. Hope the week goes well. B x

  6. Hello, your home looks beautiful. I think it will sell fast. I hope you find a great new home too. Good luck! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

  7. Ellen, with staging or not your house simply is beautiful! I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers as you seek your new home. Home is where your heart is, you’ll find it but what matters is who you share it with.

  8. Wow! I’d say it was a full day with the staging and photography going on! It is amazing how what we put in our spaces makes a statement and changes the entire look. I’m praying for your future home…and love it that you are trusting God for that. I know He will not let you down because of that trust you have in Him…and because He is God! πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Ellen, I enjoy your blog very much. I’ve written you before to ask about your grandaughter’s Peek-a-boo book & I live quite close to Abbotsford. My daughter is in the process of moving & packing so I know how much work it is. I pray you will find the perfect home. God wants to bless us & give us the desires of our heart. I think when you see the new home God has prepared for you, you will know it immediately. I do not want to be negative, but is the picture above your fireplace upside down?

    You don’t have to publish my comment πŸ™‚

    Continued blessings on you & your family.
    -Sharon

    • Sharon, my husband, daughter and I all agree that the photo is upside down, so I’m chuckling that you noticed that, too. I’m going to mention that to the real estate agent before the open houses. πŸ™‚ Thank you for you visits and kind comments!

  10. Before we downsized, the ‘estate sale’ lady staged our home in Oregon for a weekend sale to get rid of all our ‘stuff’ … it looked so good that I was almost ready to move back in (But Bill pulled me away ;>)!! I’ve never missed anything we sold and as you say the extra cash comes in handy.

  11. Ellen – with just a few extra touches from your stager, the house looks magazine worthy!!! I can’t imagine but you will get a lot of showings …. it feels inviting and homey!!! (This post has also given me some ideas of simple changes/additions to make to some of our rooms …. thank you!)

  12. I’m exhausted just thinking about all the work that took place behind the scenes, Ellen. Praying all will go well for the sale and also for your new home! A dear friend of mine has also decided to move closer to one of her children. Within a short time, her home is up for sale and she’s trying to find a temporary home that can accommodate her grand piano!

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