Upstate NY Home Staging for a Swift Sale
When you have an 8 month old, a 4 year old, and a funky work schedule like my niece and her husband do, prepping a home to list for sale may seem like a daunting and debatable task. Yet, after an unsuccessful first attempt the previous year, they both knew that some changes had to be made. And man was I ready to show them the potential that their home was hiding, and do so on a decidedly narrow budget.
Before I arrived, holes were patched and sanded, the interior walls were painted white, and unused toys were donated. And since I'm an unabashed, regular thrifter, I had an "inventory" of items ready to be used (because you never know when you will need those ginger jar lamps or that giant wooden wall mirror- right?). Luckily many of the things I had "collected" exuded a refined country cottage feel, exactly what this adorable upstate cape needed. My niece also uncovered some gems in her basement in the form of unfinished pine shelves, a mirror originally meant for a dresser, and picture frames.
After planning a new living room and dining room layout, we decided the old over-sized couch was past its prime and needed to take a one way trip outta there! But, with no money for a new one, we had to get creative. I understood that another family member had inherited a set of sofas from the 1960's, and although the pattern was hideous, the shape and the size were exactly what we needed to fit the small room. One of the sofas was brought over, on a loan, and a slip cover was added.
With the exception of a few newer items- drapery, the large blue and white hanging dish (all found on clearance at Home Goods) and some plants (on sale at Home Depot and Lowes), everything was thrifted, gifted or discovered in storage. I love that this project exemplifies that with a clear plan and vision for a space, and careful sorting and re-imagining of items you already own, impactful changes can be made. It's proof that you don't need to spend a fortune to make a home beautiful.
Plus, I've saved the best part for last...my niece and her husband sold their newly staged home almost immediately after they listed it, making it possible for their family to move to a real farmhouse in the country and live the life they've always wanted!