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I don’t know if I told y’all, but I recently was asked by a local newspaper to go see a home and then be interviewed regarding what the home owner could do with very little money to spruce it up for resale.

Here’s the link:

What I found most interesting is that the homeowners were told to not only “declutter,” they were told to basically make their home devoid of any artifice, whatsoever! As a designer, I truly disagree with that philosophy and this whole staging/decluttering thing sometimes goes too far, IM(not so humble) O. :] Of course, I do think that the beds should be made and the piles of stuff put away, however, I also feel that making a home warm and inviting through  thoughtful, stylish accents and accessories is only going to help the home sell faster. The dining room in the home in the article, for instance, featured a dated dining set with a chandelier that was off center, because of a huge wood burning stove and a corner cabinet that overlapped the window. But on top of it, there was one completely blank white wall. That was an opportunity to warm up the room with art (as in the photo above) and create another focal point away from the stove and cabinet. I told her that she could go to kinko’s or some place like that and get some inexpensive black (or white) frames of different sizes and simply frame her kid’s art work. She told me that there had been art on the wall, but her first realtor told her to take it all down. huh?

We joke about it, but some beautiful updated pillows really DO make a big difference. And it is better to take down the fugly grandma drapes (and these WERE her grandmother’s!) and have nothing at all on the windows than something old and tired looking. I also told her that it was probably a good investment to store some of the pieces that weren’t working or some of their belongings which they had no space for. This is the REASON that they want to move. They’ve outgrown this home; however, the closests were stuffed to the gills. A prospective buyer will think that the home doesn’t have enough storage. It doesn’t, but its all about creating the illusion that there’s plenty of space to fit everything a growing family of four would need. They need to be able to see themselves LIVING in this home which I’m presuming they don’t want to look like a hospital!

Decluttered does not mean undecorated!

I love Charlotte Moss’ art wall. And I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to make an art wall like this… it is as difficult (and time consuming) as it looks, but oh so worth the effort!

my best,

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  • Loi Thai - October 13, 2012 - 11:17 AM

    PS – forgot to say: wow! westchester is pricey!!!ReplyCancel

  • Loi Thai - October 13, 2012 - 11:14 AM

    Hi, Laurel –
    Great article. Congrats! Totally agree. Putting extra items in storage is very good advice. I always feel that decorating a home for living vs staging a house for sale are two very different processes. Decorating a home is making it yours…..getting a house ready for sale is making it less yours. I do love that gallery wall by Charolotte Moss. Beautifully curated.