Lightly Staging a Charming Ranch House

Thanksgiving is tomorrow…I can’t even believe it.
I am sad not to be spending the holiday with our families. But I have to admit that I am so excited to do all the cooking. I love making the whole traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Marc and the boys. It’s back to the four of us and our own family traditions now that we are here in Virginia.
The last couple of weeks just flew by. I have been super busy, and not really on purpose…you don’t need any details and besides this post is to feature a house that I staged for my Realtor friend.
The picture above is of the foyer.
To be fair, the before pics are taken from a phone during the time a painter was finishing up his job.
This house is sweet. The yard is flat and landscaped beautifully. The floor plan has great flow.
Step inside and here is what greets you.
Why the 9 and 12 in frames on the wall? I needed something neutral in these empty frames so I printed out the house numbers. It’s simple enough.
My Realtor friend, Annette, and I were talking on the phone the night before we staged this home and I was telling her about my desire to do more staging and design work as I have done in the past but still keep my retail space at The Lazy Daisy.  She said – “I can’t believe you just said that” …so the next morning I did my first project for her.
A very short notice job but I think we added a few touches to help buyers visualize their own furniture here.
This is the dining room which combines with a living room and is open to the foyer.
I took in a small dining table and bench.
I didn’t have a lot of pieces to put in here but the few things that are placed give the potential buyers an idea for how big the room is and notice the pretty wood floors!
I see so much potential in this space.
The family room has a white painted fireplace.
I thought this room called for a rustic element with the wood paneled walls so the square moose art with a grey frame was fresh and fit well on the mantel.
This room opens to this cool little nook off the back of the house – check it out.
It could be a home office or a play room.
A little furniture here makes it look cozy with the soft light of the lamp.
Then the kitchen…
The little breakfast area didn’t need much but since that window looks out to the backyard the “bistro set” draws you back there to take a peek out that big window to view the beautiful landscape.
Since I had to fit everything in a mini van last minute to do this job – I didn’t bring in full sized furniture, beds etc. but take a look at the master suite.
It’s a big room.
The owner didn’t want to take the wall paper down but it’s so clean. I just put a wood rocker with a large old window back drop and a lamp stand.
In the following photo you see this open-to-the-bedroom-vanity which is a little old school but I like it.
The mirror is propped there with a hand towel and soap dispensers.
Lightly staged but left fresh enough to spark some imagination for potential buyers is what I think we accomplished.
One of the secondary bedrooms just got a little suit form with a scarf.
The bathroom…
Annette put up a white shower curtain and some fresh white towels.
I was happy with the way it looked when we all left the house but I also know that I will need more decor for next time. There were so many things I could imagine doing to these rooms but I think we set up the important spaces just enough.
When the seller saw the pictures of her late mother’s home she cried. Happy tears are the best pay off of all.
If you are looking for a home in the Richmond Virginia area or want to see more of this house check out the listing link HERE.
What’s happening on the home front with my family?
This is a picture from last week that I meant to post before now. Just footings.
However, last night Marc and I went down to the lot and the foundation is now almost done. The site is a hot mess with loose bricks and concrete all about.
Since it gets dark at nearly 4:30 pm – it wasn’t a great time to take a picture for ya.
Ms. Mazi is always a good sport to help make ugly pictures just a little cuter.
I was supposed to pick my kitchen cabinets and counters today but with the holiday, people take the week off and it didn’t work out. I am OK with that though. Still deciding….
(if you want to catch up on the House 4 build CLICK HERE)
Maybe next week I will have a better update on the house – at this point, I’m just trying to swallow all the extra charges that keep coming our way $$$. Marc hates building. I like it but after the walls go up it will be much more fun.
Have a super Happy Thanksgiving and if you need a delicious last minute treat to share this weekend:
Click Here  to the Recipe for this sticky, crunchy, yummy slice of heaven.
Until next time!
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Lisa Whitwood

I really miss your old blog with all the crafts you use to make and share. All the different painting techniques that you use to show us. Most of all I miss the way you use decorate your old home. I’m very disappointed with the way the blog is now. I’m heartbroken because your blog was always my favorite


Michele Alger

Oh you are so wicked! I had barely scathed by the holidays without my favorite Chex delight, and then found it catching up on your blog. I’m in big trouble now!!Love your home staging. So sweet!! ❤️

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Holly you did a great job at staging this house on short notice. Now the buyers can visualize how it would be to live there. Oh my gosh this house has so much potential. That kitchen has a cool layout. xoxoKris

At Rivercrest Cottage

Your staging really helped to clean up the house and make it presentable. Too bad she didn't want to take down the wallpaper border.

Brenda Pruitt

You did a great job, Holly! I love the wood floors, that arched doorway, and the white kitchen appliances!Brenda