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Feng Shui Home Staging results in Full Price Sale

A few months ago I was asked to stage a Brooklyn townhouse that my clients wanted to sell. Within 6 weeks of this makeover, I’m happy to report that the house was sold for full asking price! 

Here are some of the ways that I used Feng Shui staging principles to transform the townhouse into a selling machine:

 1. Repaint all the public rooms one calming, and cohesive color.

 In this house I used Benjamin Moore Silver Cloud, a pale gray with blue undertones. In today’s housing market, it seems like pale gray paint colors are very popular with potential buyers.

2. Remove all the clutter and let potential buyers see open space.

I rented an outside storage space and put about one-third of my client’s items in storage.

The result is a space that could boarder on stark. But by adding tactile furnishings and cozy rugs, along with the addition of plants and flowers, I was still able to give the house a feeling of warmth and life. (It’s a big change from what it looked like before.)

Before: the room felt dark and heavy.

 3. Create a “formal” dining room, even if you don’t use it in your daily life.

Potential buyers need to see the place where they could have family meals, celebrate a holiday, etc. Since the owners of this house only had a kitchen table, I purchased an inexpensive Ikea dining table and chairs, and turned one corner of the living room into the “formal dining area.”

 For the kitchen, I added a light and airy table and chairs (also from Ikea) and created a cheerful breakfast room, making sure that the two dining areas looked distinctly different.

Construction tip: I also removed the wallpaper in the kitchen niche. It was pretty, but could distract potential buyers from focusing on the great kitchen.

Before: The kitchen wallpaper, table and chairs were all replaced.

4. The Master Bedroom should be light, bright, pretty…and depersonalized

In this bedroom, I removed the rug to expose the original wood floors. I replaced heavy looking bedside tables with bright (and budget friendly) West Elm tables, and added pretty bed linens.

Construction tip: I altered an oddly placed bump in the wall behind the bed, extending it to perfectly fit the size of the headboard. Now it looks like a deliberate design detail.

Before: the original master bedroom.


5. Baths and kitchens sell homes – but you don’t need a major renovation to make them look great.

In the kid’s bathroom, I replaced a single sink with a sleek double vanity and hung a large mirror above. Just that, and a fresh coat of white paint on the walls, made the bathroom look twice as large.


Before: the kids bathroom

6. Unusual or bold paint colors are not good for home sales. Keep walls simple, and bring in bold accessories.

I loved the deep turquoise walls that had been in this guest room, but when staging the house, I painted the room a pale cream. For a splash of color, I added a red light fixture to tie in with the exciting rug. (The light wall color also makes the room look bigger, always good when selling!)

Before: the guest room with its bold walls

The charming back yard.

7. Feng Shui Colors and Elements for Wealth

By doing an advanced Feng Shui analysis of the house, I was able to see the best colors and natural elements to attract good buyers and a great sale price. It seems to have worked!

 A special thank you to a wonderful Real Estate agent, Phyllis Norton-Towers at Brown Harris Stevens, for her expertise, and her “after” photos.

January 17, 2013   2 Comments

Current Design Projects and Dining Room Feng Shui Tips

I went for a wow factor with the custom banquette in this breakfast room.

Its been awhile since my last post, I’ve been working on several exciting design jobs and haven’t had time for much else! But I wanted to share some of my current “Works in Progress” with you, and give a few Feng Shui tips and design sources that you can hopefully use for your own home. 

Right now I will focus on the Dining Rooms of the homes I am renovating. Here are three dining rooms in progress (these are not completed spaces, so please excuse the unfinished photos) but I want to point out some of the Feng Shui design decisions that are going into each one:

Dining Room 1: Brooklyn Loft

This home is a gut renovation, removing all sheetrock on the walls and ceiling, and returning the loft to its original state. However, its important to add some glamour as well!

 Based on the Feng Shui analysis of this apartment, the dining room needed EARTH element, to enhance joy and socializing. One form of Earth element is crystal, so the chandelier is also acting as a Feng Shui remedy and enhancing the good energy of the space. The antique French chandelier was found on 1st Dibs. Antique French Victorian doors were found at Eron Johnson Antiques, and are used here as closet doors.

Dining Room 2: Central Park Views

This mid-town apartment is flooded with light and has gorgeous views of the park, but the “dining room” isn’t really a room. It is more of a pass through area between the living room and kitchen. In order to give it presence and drama as its own space, I painted the wall a deep metallic copper color, achieved by starting with a base coat of Benjamin Moore “Penny” topped with a coat of Modern Master’s “Copper” metallic paint. The end result is a powerful focal point in the home. 

Based on the Feng Shui analysis of this apartment, the dining room needed METAL element to support wealth. So the metallic wall color, along with an overhead light and sconces with metal accents (from Lamps Plus) help draw abundance into the space.

Dining Room 3: Retro Catskills Cottage

I gave this breakfast nook a mod makeover with a swanky custom banquette and Jetsons-like dining table. The antique mirror and deco sconces are the clients own. The paint is a tiffany-blue shade from Behr Paint. The table is from Suite NY and the ceiling fan from Lumens.

The Feng Shui reading of this house showed that the room needed WATER and METAL. The blue wall (for water) and gold banquette (for metal) represent these two elements beautifully!

I promise to blog more often, and welcome any of your thoughts or inspirations on dining room design.

April 30, 2012   4 Comments