Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Undo #5: Collections & Antiques

I started this blog to help DIYers apply all your craftiness and style to staging your home for sale or rent. Professional stagers can step in and help you make the most of what you have. They look at your possessions with fresh eyes.

However, if you are reading DIY blogs and trolling Pinterest, there are plenty of staging techniques you can do on your own. Unfortunately, if you are into blogs and Pinterest, you prolly have some great personal touches in your house that might need to be undone.

I started to write a post about the cute things to undo.  It is a big topic and apparently, I like to talk about it. a lot. So, that article got way too long.

I broke it into 5 separate posts.  I also got to make a cute little logo for the series.

#5 Cute thing to UNDO: Precious Collections, Antiques & Collectables

William Faulkner advised writers, "sometimes, you have to kill your darlings."  Sometimes, the precious objects that have made your home so homey, are the ones you have to clear away in order to stage your property for a sale.  a quick sale.  for top dollar.

My Mommy has made trips to auctions, consignment shops, yard sales and antique shops. The Goodwill store staff knows her by name.  Her Ruby Red Depression Glass and Milk Glass collections show off her hard work, love and commitment.  They also have my name on the bottom, so don't get any ideas.

However, if you're going to have people coming to look at your home, your collections may read as clutter instead of classy.  Any priceless, sentimental or irreplaceable items need a safe place to hide.  Show off the bones of your space instead of distracting viewers with baubles.

As a general guideline, you want to accessorize in odd numbered groups (3,5,7).  When staging, the fewer, the better. A side table may only need a fantastic lamp.

A coffee table can be grounded with a single large piece and a couple carefully chosen books.

Your mantle will probably look best clear with just one large piece of art.

Shelves even need to be edited.  Let any display or collection max out at three.
bookshelves styled simply via SimpleDetails

I love a good tablescape as much as the next girl, but go super simple for staging. Fresh fruit can make a colorful centerpiece for your kitchen table that lasts much longer than cut flowers.
via Indianapolis Home Stager

She who dies with the most stuff may win, but she will not always get the best offer for her property.  Go ahead and pre-pack, you'll be one step closer to your move and your place will be more Visit Ready.

just bec

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  1. Beautiful!
    Popping in from Manic Monday

  2. Thank you for these staging tips!
    The fewer the better.... got it....

    hugs, Crystelle

    1. Thank you for checking it out. Readers are the more, the better. Glad you are one!

  3. I'm so glad I'll never sell my home because THIS is a project that I would absolutley dread! You're right though... they're not buying your stuff... they're buying your space!

    1. Miss Dixie, if you ever do move, I will take those Depression glass door pulls off your hands. They are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing

  4. This is great to think about. Thanks for sharing!