Home Staging - Downstairs Edition

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Once we had revealed the gorgeous hardwood floors that were original to our 1920s house, the next step was to make it truly look lived in.

At first, we considered using our own furniture to do the staging. Everything we owned was in a storage unit, so it would involve having movers unload that unit for a while and then reload it, and we would have to sort through the unit to decide which pieces to use. Not to mention that the majority of our furniture (with the exception of our couch and kitchen island) is mid century and somewhat delicate and pricy.

As we were considering this (and believe me, I was pushing for it), our realtor suggested having a stager help out. For about the same amount of money that it would cost us to unload and reload our unit, we could have someone else's furniture and not worry quite as much about any damage it might endure.

So, we did it. And it ended up being quite a good decision, because I think the furniture we ended up with in here fits the house well, while still allowing a lot of room for vision and creativity.

Remember that empty living room? It turned into a peaceful and homey spot.

Same goes for the dining room. Before...


Clearly, it was kept very simple - no tv in the living room, and only a 2 person table in the dining room (which could easily fit a larger one).

I think the idea is to put in just enough that buyers understand how the room could be used, but not so much that they feel like it can't be their own home.


  • Have you ever staged a home?
  • Have you ever been through a staged home? What do you think?


Norwegian Hardwood - Downstairs Edition

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When we first decided to fix up the Holland house for sale, there was one item in particular that seemed like an obvious 'must-do.'

At some point, one of the previous owners had covered up all of the hardwood in this home with carpet. I can't fathom what would possess a person to do such a thing, but my best guess is that they had children or something (personally I'd still rather have hardwood in that situation... less to clean when somebody spills... but we'll see when I get there).

We had never seen the hardwood floors in their entirety, but we had pulled up the corners of the carpet to see what was underneath. It's always a bit of a gamble, because for all you know, the floor underneath could be covered in glue or studded with unsightly nails. But, we took a leap of faith and decided to pull it up.

In strips, it was pulled out of the room and trashed. We later learned we should have saved some of it, but that's another story for another blog post...

It made a pretty incredible and immediate difference in the aesthetic of the house.

Once we had successfully revealed the hardwood floors downstairs, it was time to clean. We didn't want to use too much chemical on a newly naked floor, so I bought basic hardwood cleaner and brought over a swiffer to clean it.

There was a dance party, attendance of 1, and the floors ended up perfectly clean.

Finished with the downstairs floors, the next step was tackling the upstairs of the house. Let's just say it was full of hiccups...


  • Have you ever ripped out carpet? Did you think it was hard? 
  • Thoughts on carpet vs hardwood?

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