I tagged along with the hubby on a business trip to Nashville the past few days and wanted to see what kinds of staging I could find there. Staging isn’t just for homes, it’s all around us! Everything from restaurants, retail stores, coffee shops, doctors offices and even your local grocery store is staged (that fruit didn’t accidentally end up in that perfect pyramid). Let’s begin with our hotel lobby.I love the color scheme they used in this little seating area. Notice how the tile floor, curtains and chairs are neutral which allows the teal and green colors to really pop in the accessories?I am also a fan of how they highlighted the fireplace as a focal point in the room. All it took was a beautiful mirror to reflect the light and the simple glass accessories on the mantel. After a few odd looks from people in the lobby wondering if I was taking pics because it was my first time to the “big city,” we headed to our room.Ben laughed when the first words out of my mouth as we walked in the door were, “They got that picture above the bed from Target!” I liked the crisp white bed linens with the navy blue bed scarf (yep, that’s what they’re called so start impressing your friends with that tidbit). Also, notice how they hung the curtains all the way to the ceiling which tricks the eye and makes those mere 8′ ceilings appear higher and less claustrophobic.I was less impressed with the other side of the room. Notice how the desk placement causes there to only be a couple of feet between it and the bed? As a rule of thumb, ideally you want 3′ between furniture pieces to make spaces appear more open and for there to be an adequate walkway. I would have pushed the desk against the wall instead. After we got settled in, it was time to fill our tummies with some sushi.Thanks to a Facebook poll, we chose Wild Wasabi (mainly because it was within walking distance from our hotel and we have dreams of living in a city where we wouldn’t have to own a car). Please ignore Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly in my shot.
Check out that amazing curved wood ceiling and track lighting – love it! The TV is the focal point of this wall, as are TVs in most of our living rooms. In some cases, it’s best to pack up your giant 60″ flat screen so that perspective buyers focus on the fireplace or picture window instead (you want them looking at your house, not your stuff).We got a good laugh out of this sign – they sure are serious about not wasting food! Occasionally there are features in your home that could be overlooked at showings such as a central vacuum unit. There’s no rule that says you can’t print out a simple sign with an arrow pointing to these features.
That concludes our little mid-week trip. Please note that I resized all the pics on the blog so that they aren’t
too big ginormous, so feel free to click on them to view the details. Next week’s blog posts will include closet decluttering, a home project and staging a vacant home!