May 18, 2012

{Home staging 101} Bedrooms

As many of you know, my husband and I are planning to sell our home, and Kym Tarr of Shoestring Home Staging has been showing us how to put our home's best foot forward.  We've already tackled the laundry room, the living room, the kitchen, and the bathroom.  Today I'm going to show you our bedroom.


Our bedroom is the room where we've been least inclined to spend money on decor.  After 5 years in this house, the bedroom was still barely decorated. Kym suggested some ways to add some pizazz but encouraged us not break the bank doing it.



 Kym suggested that we add some art to the room, so I created some simple, thrifty DIY art that allowed me to hang some large pieces for very little cost.


Here are Kym's Tips for Staging Bedrooms:

1. De-clutter. Remove everything from the top of dressers, vanities and end tables that is not necessary. An alarm clock is okay on the nightstand.

2.  Organize the closet. The rule of thumb is to remove half of the items in your closet.  This can usually be done by packing away out-of-season clothing. Remove boxes or miscellaneous items taking up precious space on the floor. Arrange the remaining items neatly; fold any items left on shelves and hang clothes by color and type on matching hangers if possible

3.  Dress the bed.  Make the bed with your most beautiful sheets and coverings!

4. Space, aesthetic appeal and move-in readiness are among the top considerations for buyers. Staging this space though should be a low-cost process.

Because I have a bit of a flair for the dramatic I added a little tray with a flower, a coffee pot and a pretty china cup to the foot of the bed.   What do you guys think...nice touch or a little over the top?


Our house is finally ready to list.  Everything turned out to be a bigger task than we thought it would be, from touching up walls and discovering the paint colour was off to mowing the lawn and discovering that the lawn mower wouldn't start. But the house looks brighter and fresher and cleaner than it ever has. I'll (almost) be sad to see it go.

A special Thanks to Kym Tarr for sharing her expertise with us.  If you are considering selling your home, you may want to visit Kym's site to find out more about her fabulous Virtual Home Staging service.  You can also "like" her on facebook or follow her on twitter and pinterest.

Thanks so much for visiting The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking!

15 comments:

  1. I like it!

    Beautiful duvet cover too.

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  2. I think the tray on the bed is perfect. Very cute! Where did yo uget the duvet cover? It's very pretty!!

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    1. Hi Alyssa! I made the duvet cover. I link to the fabrics I used for it in this post: http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2012/03/simple-thrifty-diy-art.html

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  3. Love it! I definitely think the tray on the bed is a nice touch, too. The flower adds a pop of extra color, as well!

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  4. I love the tray on the bed! and I've loved going through this series with you! I would definitely buy your house! haha! :)

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  5. You have great taste. Guess what fabric swatch I have sitting here on my desk? Yep, you're bedspread :)Planning on using it for a seat cushion to go on top of my cedar chest. Was the fabris easy to sew/ work with?

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    1. I found the fabric quite easy to work with....I had a heck of a time lining up the pattern repeat, but I'm not sure if that's my fault or the fabric's! :) Have fun!

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  6. I love the tray on the bed, but I would dress it with something that seems more realistic. So people can think "I can live this way", not "it'd be nice if hotel service comes with the house" So maybe nix the empty coffee pot and teacup and replace it with a book and some pretty stationery and pen. As if you really use the tray in bed for writing lists and letters and notes. Keep the flower though!

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  7. I have been following your entire process. You are an inspiration to me. Have you found a new place for your family?

    Hugs from Michigan!

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  8. I agree with Barbara about the tray. To me, it looks a little like something you forgot to put away. If you want to leave it, think about something else you might put on it. The flower adds something to the room. Maybe you could put a small vase on a table or other surface with short stemmed flowers such as that one.

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  9. I love the change, simple but elegant!
    We found too that everything took us longer than we had expected, but are happily in our new-to-us home and I hope your move and sale and purchase are as easy as ours!
    Blessings!

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  10. I just read your whole series, thanks for all the great tips! Hope your house sells quickly :)!

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  11. Just stumbled upon this series, and I don't even know how. :) Thank you so much. We've been deep cleaning and the house goes on the market in a week or two. Can't wait to finish the cleaning and walk through to stage it. Very, very helpful and appreciated series!

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