Well, despite the coronavirus, I’m still listing new properties but only as long as they are vacant. I’m taking lots of precautions: no overlapping appointments, Purell sanitizer is out, everything is wiped down, and so on.
So with those considerations in mind, I staged a lovely property yesterday that will hit the market tomorrow. It’s a 2 Bedroom/2 Bath condo in Barrhaven, just off Longfields, near Farm Boy. Diane Ritchie from my office helped me take a car load of stuff, which really was great of her and a super big help– it can take me eight hours or more to stage a property and a lot of that time is spent in going back and forth with furniture.
Anyway, here’s a sneak peek of the before and after for some of the rooms.
The living room had a lot of big furniture in it, so the sellers removed the TV and shelving and I replaced that with art. I also replaced the lamp with something a little simpler: I found the lamp was drawing the eye instead of the room. Here’s the before:
And here’s the after. New cushions; my signature roses, and some lovely vases. I worked with the owner’s rug, which I thought was quite beautiful. I also like to put books out; a house without books is a house without a heart, in my view!
The master bedroom is a really lovely space with three windows and a built in storage bench in the window seat. It just needed some terrific bedding, lots of cushions of course and a little art! Here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
The painting above the bed, by the way, was all of about $ 40 at HomeSense and is one of my favourites when it comes to staging. The quilts were also from HomeSense, as were the shams. I use them and re-use them all the time!
The second bedroom was pretty empty; just a couch and two bookcases.
I didn’t have more furniture on hand so I added a rug and used one of the end tables from the living room to give the room a more complete feel. There are lots of knicknacks in the shelves, including one of my favourite new purchases: a set of marble and brass cat book ends! Again, a piece of art and some lovely cushions from my stockpile makes all the difference!
The open concept kitchen/dining room just needed a few items to complete it: it was already bright and beautiful. (The light is new: I picked it out for the sellers and they put it up last week.) I kept the dining room table but told the sellers I’d bring in different chairs.
There is a lovely big kitchen island with the most beautiful granite, the same granite that is on the counters. Here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
I bought those chairs decades ago from a little store in Cornwall and had them at my cottage for years. Now I use them for staging.
I don’t have a picture of the main bathroom “before”, but here’s the after: I replaced the shower curtain (right down to the shower curtain rings), added an Indian mirror and some lovely towels. (I love putting a vase of roses in a bathroom: it adds such a note of elegance.)
Finally, there is an ensuite bathroom: again, all I needed to do was add some big fluffy towels, soap dispensers and other small items to add life.
And that’s it!
This gorgeous unit is located at 340 Tribeca Private and will be listed for $ 374,900; we are holding off on offers until next Friday. The building has an elevator, and the entire unit has been thoughtfully designed to allow the owner to age in place gracefully. All switches and thermostats are mounted lower on the walls, and the hallways are generous.
The parking spot is right in front of the front door, so easy access — you step inside and there’s the elevator! Contact me for more details if you’re interested!