Saturday, September 25, 2010
Lesson #3: Decorating
But I've watched enough HGTV to know that the presentation of the house--the staging--can have an impact on buyers. So, after weeding out all the excess, it was time to decorate, or stage my house for sale.
My realtor works with several home stagers, and I had the good fortune to work with the stager who echoed my American-Modern-Thomas-O'Brien-Paris-apartment-aesthetic. Using only my furniture and accessories, he rearranged furniture, hung mirrors and art, and placed rugs and lamps to create clean, open spaces. It was great fun, and I learned so much through the experience.
For example, I learned I like a limited palette in my home--taupey-greys, black, and white--almost identical to my wardrobe! I've also learned to LOVE mirrors (I've never even had a mirror in my bedroom) for the way they reflect light and open up a room. I have a new appreciation of how architectural features such a windows, doors, and trim become part of the decor. The result is a restful calm created by the absence--rather than the addition--of things. You can click on the photo for a better view of my living room.
The less-is-more philosophy has helped me appreciate my home in a new way, and when I move in a few weeks, I'll be applying those lessons to my new house.
Posted by My French Corner at 4:27 PM