Archive for January, 2012

Georgetown Condo Staged to Show the Best Washington DC has to Offer

January 2, 2012

Last week we staged a fabulous 1 bedroom condo in a prime Georgetown location, right across the street from Rose Park.  This unit has a really wonderful open floor plan with a full kitchen and eat-in area, but what we really loved was the living room with the transom lights and access to the beautiful communal courtyard.

Before we could stage, however, we needed to do some painting.  The previous owner had painted the walls for how they lived there, but it was what I call “style specific” and would probably not appeal to the general buying public.  After some careful research, I found a lovely grey for the kitchen that would work with both the countertops and the tile floor, and a very light and airy taupe that complimented the grey.  The overall effect was not only a clear definition of space, but also a lightening and brightening of the entire condo.

The interior space could also be deceiving without furniture in the rooms, especially the living room and bedroom.  When the rooms were vacant, it was hard to imagine just exactly what furniture could go where, especially in the bedroom – would a queen bed fit?  Again, after careful research, I found the perfect rental furniture that met the necessary requirements.  We were able to put a sofa and 2 comfortable upholstered chairs in the living room with two end tables and a cocktail table, while still allowing space to open a storage closet and the door to the courtyard.  And yes, a queen bed and 2 nightstands fit quite easily in the bedroom.  It’s all a matter of scale.

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You can find the rest of the photos here. If you are interested in showing this great Georgetown condo, you can find the listing information here.
All the Best,
 
Monica, ASP
703.851.2690
the art of home preparation
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Luxury Home Staging in Alexandria VA and Georgetown

January 1, 2012

Two of my favorite properties this year were staged in just the last two weeks. Both high-end town homes in Washington’s historic districts.

1118 North Pitt Street in Alexandria:

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The other home is 1529 33rd Street, NW in Georgetown:

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In discussing the target market with the Realtor, we decided to stage the newer home in Alexandria in a more classic style and the older home in Georgetown was more staged in a more contemporary style. Both worked incredibly well. You can see all the before and afters in our gallery.

All the Best,

Monica, ASP

monica@preferredstaging.com

703.851.2690

Preferred Staging

the art of home preparation

Alexandria, VA and Arlington, VA: Two Very Different Properties

January 1, 2012

We staged one of the premier properties in Old Town Alexandria (608 Oronco Street, Alexandria VA 22314) earlier this month. This one was owner-occupied and we were brought in to assist in neutralizing the home. The home owner had many works of fine art that we suggested be placed in storage. A home needs to feel like a home, not an art gallery.

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We also staged 4141 North Henderson Road, Arlington, VA 22203, Unit 107. This poperty is already under contract, so we will be back soon to destage. As I have said before, staging is bitter sweet: we love creating wonderful environments so buyers become emotionally attached (as we do) to the property, but then we have to undo it a month later.

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You can find many more before and afters in our gallery.

If you have a listing that is in need of a transformation, please give us a call.

All the Best,

Monica, ASP

monica@preferredstaging.com

703.851.2690

Preferred Staging

the art of home preparation