Thursday, June 4, 2015

Open House Overhaul w/ Samantha Pynn ~ House to Home

Hello Thursday! I am been busy getting my Dad's deck ready as his Father's Day gift (follow me along on Instagram!) and helping a couple of friends with minor renovations to get their homes ready for their open houses.  If you want to get top dollars for your home at this highly competitive housing market, you have got to package your home to appeal to everyone!

Luckily we have Sam to show us on how to take an ordinary house and transform it into buyer's dream home! Today, Sam is on a mission to turn Michelle's house into a cozy, inviting home on Open House Overhaul.

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One can never underestimate the power of first impression.  Take this foyer as an example.  With tired taupe walls, slightly dingy beige carpet runner, and lack of visual interest or art to give the space its personality, my first impression was: is this a foreclosed home? 

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Check out this foyer now! The wool carpet runner with taped border immediately says comfort and the table + mirror vignette is so stylish! With a piece of contemporary art and have the front door painted matte black, the foyer now has presence and is incredibly attractive: buyers will want to see more!

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I love this shot! Simple, beautiful, and a sneak peek of the stunning dining room around the corner.

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Michelle has moved her furnishings out of the dining room already, and buyers were having trouble understanding the function of the space.  Is it a dining room or a recreation room? Well can't blame them though ... it's a little hard to envision this as the dining room when there is a leather loveseat and a bar in the room.

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And BAM! What a transformation!  It's all about decorating and taking the imagination out of buyers' heads.  Now all buyers have to do is to imagine themselves having dinner parties here!  I love the use of black accents in this dining room.  It references to the foyer and contrasts with the light neutral walls for a striking contemporary statement.

The pop of colors and patterns via the artwork and drapery gives this mod black & white palette its soul!

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Such a great shot! Who wouldn't want to have dinner here now?

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We have seen houses with strong personalities where Sam has to tone down.  In this case, this kitchen is stripped of any personality that it feels like the servery or staff room in a hospital!

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With new backsplash, stainless steel appliances, countertop, hardware, lighting fixture, and the right amount of accessories, this kitchen is now given its well-deserved attention.

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Everyone wants a casual dining area right off the kitchen and in Michelle's case, there isn't enough real estate to fit her dining set with seating for 6.  The table is pushed right up against the wall where the two chairs back against.  Buyers immediately think: oh the space is tight, my furniture may not fit here.

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Hello to the magic of a custom banquette & an oval table with a pedestal base!  It is hands down the best combo in any tight spaces.  The banquette offers seating and storage underneath while the round table allows people to get in and out easily.  With a few decorative pillows and a classic lighting fixture, I am ready to enjoy my breakfast right here!

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What a gorgeous family room! Once filled with oversized leather sofas and a big TV, it's now causal and elegant with a modern fireplace, chic and comfy furniture with white canvas covers, an inspiring collection of arts, and an amazing layering of texture and patterns.  Orchid ... I think it's a must in any open house! Who does't like orchid!

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So what do you think? Are you selling your home and staging for the next open house? I would love to hear your stories!

2 comments:

  1. We are in the middle of selling, home inspections next week. Then, waiting for the chance to fix up a new home.

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    1. good luck Faye! It's always fun to fix up a home to exactly what you want!

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