After years of working as a professional home stager in the Greater Toronto area, there are some spaces that were extra challenging in the initial design planning, but soon became our favourites. Just goes to show, that every home, no matter how small, awkward in layout or feeling a little lack lustre, can emerge a well loved space that makes you feel good in, and when selling helps buyers to appreciate it more!
We can’t change the foot print, but we created a layout that worked functionally and made the room feel larger. With properly scaled furnishings, layers of lighting, and a mirror to bring outdoor light further in the room~ this space now feels bright, open and inviting.
We staged this with a dining space and living space that worked with the flow to all the entries of this open concept space. Rearranging the focal point opened the room right up.
Here is the other side of this space, showing the stair cases
Creating a small back drop by the stair case, helped to extend the feeling of space in this room.
When walking through the front door, this living room was on the immediate left, opening to an office (see room with sliding door) and to the right the dining room. This space felt small and awkward with all the different flow through areas surrounding it.
Keeping the flow was essential, with this arrangement of four comfortable chairs, we now have a living room space where people can envision themselves having a drink after a dinner party.
Again, the first impression living room, which is so important for selling. This one was well suited for the sellers, but we had to come up with a plan to work with this small awkward space for selling.
We did not want to block the view of the gorgeous garden by the front windows (great selling feature for this particular house), and the space was too small for a couch~ so we created a relaxing room to read a book or hang out it in, with a comfortable chaise lounger and additional seating.
When we toured this century home, the room off the kitchen was being used as a living room. It felt cramped and awkward with three openings and large furniture.
Updating the paint colours, lighting and turning this into a dining space transformed it into a large inviting place to have family celebrations.
It is amazing how spaces that first present difficult, when you put the work into carefully designing, can become ones that you appreciate the most! If you have a property that you are about to sell or are selling that buyers may have a tough time envisioning what to do with space, layout, functionality, give us a call 416-669-2335
Ginny Truyens, from Feels Like Home 2 Me is a Toronto Home Staging professional who loves helping her clients get a high return on their largest financial investment. Designing spaces that potential buyers will “Feel Like Home” to them, is essential in selling a property in today’s competitive real estate market. To book a consultation, or to find out more about Feels Like Home 2 Me, visit us @ www.FeelsLikeHome2Me.com or call us 416-669-2335