Staging Your Home

Personal Staycation: Tips for Staging the Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is meant to be the haven of the home. A place to get away from responsibilities, housework, or kids. It is also a place where many hours are spent, so staging this space to be appealing for the buyer is a must. Here are some do's for staging your master bedroom: 

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  1. Create an emphasis on natural lighting; keep window dressings neutral and non obstructive. These shutter style blinds work well, using fabric blinds and sheers is also a high impact solution.

  2. Art, Pillows, Plants, Throws! This room has it all. While you don't want a plethora of decor, a large piece of art, some fun throw pillows and a live plant add life and interest to the bedroom.

  3. This bedroom used both the intricate overhead lighting and large framed art piece to its advantage. Suddenly A lovely focal point is established.

  4. The lack of clutter is appealing to buyers, it allows them to imagine their belongings in the room.

  5. A form of seating, ie. a bench, some stools, or a chaise, is a positive addition to the foot of any bed. They act as a place to sit, put on shoes, or as a lounge.

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  1. This bedroom has a great neutral colour palette. The soft grey walls combined with black accents are a neutral place to begin any room.

  2. Creating small vignettes create moments of interest and good feelings within the space. Like the vignette on the bedside table, they can add a detailed touch.

  3. This headboard is a high impact focal point which is great for drawing buyers into the space.

  4. When staging a bedroom, the bed is the most important piece to the room. Spend a bit of extra time making the bed look extra inviting and luxurious through comfortable, light coloured bedding, soft throws and lots of pillows.

  5. Overhead lighting can make the room appear both less cluttered and larger; attributes that are appealing to buyers.

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  1. The use of mirrors to spread light through the room are great for making a room seem larger.

  2. Keep the colour scheme within a bedroom consistent. The use of blues, beige and wood tones through this bedroom create a calming mood.

  3. Overall the bedroom should be clean and airy. Keep surfaces neat and decor simple.

  4. Make sure all furniture that belongs in a bedroom is present. This includes a bed, bedside tables, lighting etc.

  5. A great rug can add comfort and warmth to the bedroom.


Overall the master bedroom is meant to be an inviting and relaxing space. You want potential buyers to step in and feel like the space could be a place for them to retreat and find peace. By taking care of all downfalls of the space before showing, you can prevent any buyer from trying to negotiate down the price. Use neutral colours and decor to enhance the imaginations of the buyers, you want them to be able to imagine themselves there. Simple and clean is key! 

Heart of the Home: Tips to Stage Your Kitchen

The kitchen is considered to be the heart of the home. Home owners will often spend a majority of their budgets designing and executing their ideal kitchen. It is a make or break item in the house when it comes to closing the deal, so showing a great kitchen is a big step towards selling your home. If you are the seller, it is not necessary to pay large amounts of money to make your kitchen desirable. With these staging tips and tricks, you can make your kitchen one that will sell. 

Before you start the staging process, there are some things to think about regarding your space and the best way to present the kitchen. Use these questions to then better stage your space. 

  • What are the key elements to highlight in the space?

  • Is the space both welcoming and functional?

  • What are the spaces biggest downfalls?

  • What functions of the space are the best features?

1. First and foremost make it sparkle. Having a clean and well kept kitchen is a huge key to giving the impression of high quality materials and well maintained appliances. Even if the kitchen is on the older side, scrubbing the kitchen from top to bottom will make a huge difference. Here are some tips and reminders for cleaning the kitchen before a showing:

  • Scrub the baseboards and vacuum up all the dust bunnies in the corners

  • Clean all fixtures, including any knobs, pulls or faucets, dust the ceiling fans or vents, replace any bulbs that may have burned out

  • Check to make sure nothing in your kitchen is releasing a bad odour. This includes taking out the garbage the day of your showing to prevent any future odours

  • Clean up any dirty dishes from your sink as well as remove anything from the dishwasher. Buyers will take a look in all of your appliances

  • Wipe down the fronts of all your cabinet

  • Clean the inside and outside of your fridge. Remove any photos, papers and magnets from the face and both sides

  • Give your stove and oven a good clean. If you have it in your budget, get your oven and stove top professionally cleaned, it will look brand new

2. It's time to declutter and edit your kitchen down to the basics. This means taking away personal elements, meaning photographs and the many knick knacks that may be laying around. Try to keep decor clean and simple, this is achieved through clean countertops, and a lack of clutter. Its better to clear everything off and then start building back slowly. 

3. Now its time to start staging the kitchen to sell. 

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Some more tips for staging your kitchen...

  1. Stick to a colour scheme. Use the colours already present in your kitchen (countertops, cabinets, wall colour) and then add one or two accent colours through your decor. Materials such as wood and stone also add an abundance of texture and interest without coming across as overwhelming.

  2. Use revenant decor to create vignettes in the kitchen. Stick to just one or two, but having a bowl of fruit, a cookie jar, or a table setting can go a long way to giving a potential buyer a better idea of living in the space.

  3. Make sure all the needs of a kitchen are met! Does your island have stools or chairs around it where applicable? Do you have a spot for an island but no island? Are all areas of the kitchen well lit? Find solutions to these problems if they are relevant to your home.

  4. Stick to simple and clean decor. You don't want the kitchen to appear over crowded or messy. The less you have in the space the larger it will feel.

  5. Add flowers or small plants to liven up the space and add some colour.

  6. Ensure that all drawers, appliances, pantries and cupboards are clean on the inside and outside. Potential buyers will most likely want to look in ever space to see how it could function for them.

*Most products shown above are available to be purchased through Amanda's House of Elegance

Full of Life, Not Stuff: Tips to Stage Your Living Room

Update, Edit and Decorate. The key to staging a functional and welcoming living room is to keep decor and furniture neutral and simple. Making simple updates such as new paint, fixing any hardware or flooring that may be damaged or old, and updating lighting fixtures will help to increase the value of your home and make the space more appealing to the buyer. Editing furniture and decor to "depersonalize" and simplify will allow the buyer to see themselves in the space and envision growing into the room. Finally the fun part, decorating. Simple but beautiful decor adds personality and interest to your space. Here are some tips for how to stage your living room. 

1. Update: Start by updating the base of your room to increase the value of your home.

  • The easiest update with high impact is changing the paint in the space. If the paint in your living room is chipped or worn, a fresh coat of paint can brighten up the area and make things feel fresh and new. Stick to neutral colours with either warm or cool undertones to make a big impact.

  • Next take a look at your flooring. Whether you have carpet, hardwood, or tile, the floors are an essential piece to your home that are constantly subject to wear and tear. Update any stained or worn carpeting, as well as any hardwood or laminate that is in need.

  • Lighting is essential to every room. It sets the mood, and can be a striking statement piece in your space. Update overhead lighting to modernize and add interest to your living room. As well, add table or floor lamps in darker areas of the room to illuminate the space thoroughly.

2. Edit: Begin to edit your furniture, decor and the room itself.

  • Start by editing the furniture in the living room to condense and simplify. Take out any smaller furniture to make the room feel larger and less cluttered. Create conversation areas by grouping furniture around a focal point. This will make the room feel welcoming and comfortable. Use the furniture to accentuate one feature. For example this could be a large fireplace.

  • Next edit the decor and clutter that can often build up in a space. Put away personal items and mementos, declutter surfaces and bookshelves, and remove items that speak to your personal taste. Keep a few small accessories in similar styles or palettes to keep the space looking beautiful but clean.

  • Clean everything. Start by washing any linens or fabrics in the room, cleaning the floors thoroughly and getting rid of any dust bunnies. Also pay attention to mirrors, windows and any other surfaces that may have collected dust over time.

3. Decorate: Time for the fun part! 

  • Start by placing objects and decor that are of similar style or palette in odd numbered groups on table tops, bookcases and mantles. If you have ten things on a shelf, make it three. Buyers want to be able to envision their own stuff in the space.

  • Use books stacked both upright and on their side to make the bookcases both functional and beautiful

  • Lay rugs that match your colour palette and are correctly scaled to your room.

  • Add floral arrangements or large floor plants to add life and colour to the living room

  • Hang generic art work, or leave your walls as an empty canvas

  • Use throws and throw pillows to add texture and colours to the room. The comfier and more welcoming the space looks, the better for potential buyers.

All products shown above are available to be purchased through Amanda's House of Elegance

The First Impression: Tips To Stage Your Entryway

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The entryway is what makes the very first impression of your house. This space is where buyers get a first glimpse of the style, presence and value of the home. When staging a house, keep in mind how the space can be used to show the buyer that the space is functional and welcoming. Essentially, you want the space to welcome them home. If the potential buyer likes what they see in the entry, they will be excited to see the rest of the house. Here is how to add function and style to any entryway to add instant buyer appeal.

1. Console: The right console can be anything from a large dresser with built in storage, to a smaller floating shelf that hugs the wall. The main idea is to find a console that is the right size and shape for your space. Therefore, if your space is smaller, try to eliminate large pieces and stick with a piece that is smaller and less bulky. 

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1. Nickel plated alumium and iron console table with bamboo look alike legs 2. Wood and Iron Console: very simple and clean lines, great for a smaller entry 3. Mirrored console table: available in store at Amanda's House of Elegance 4. Mirrored Console Table with mirrored table top

2. Durable Rug: The entryway gets a lot of daily traffic, so it is important that the rug or runner you choose is one that will stand up to daily wear and tear. Choose a material that is suitable for high traffic areas such as wool, natural grasses, or synthetic materials. These will often withstand the daily traffic in hallways and entryways. Choose colours that will still look fresh and new even when dirty, so try and stear clear of whites and go towards busy patterns or pre-distressed looks.

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1. Antique Gray Art Silk Rug: currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 2. Vintage Centro Blue Gray Art Silk Rug: currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 3. Vintage Parche Smoke Art Silk Rug 4. Trace Faded Gray/Brown Art Silk Rug: currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 

3. Functional Storage: Find storage solutions that are easy and functional for a busy life. Look for things such as large baskets to line under your console, or smaller baskets and bowls for on top. Other great storage ideas are hooks, coat racks,  trays, and bins. The cleaner your entryway looks, the more appealing it will be to potential buyers.

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1. Black and white woven basket: great for underneath a console 2. Gray and white striped canvas basket 3. Metal basket with rope 4. Rectangular golden baskets: great for underneath a console 5. Circular golden baskets 6. White faux leather round boxes with ribbon tie: great hidden storage 7. White faux leather rectangular box with gold handles 8. Rectangular stone tray: currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 9. Acrylic Tray: perfect catch all for keys and mail 10. Navy and white tray 11. Mirrored tray 12. Mirrored and metal tray

4. Place To Sit: Every entryway needs a spot for guests and family to sit and put on their shoes. Whether it is a bench, stools under a console, or a small armchair, the goal is both functionality and style. The soft feel of upholstery will add femininity and comfort to the space, while wood or tougher textures can add a modern and stylish touch.

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1. Polished stainless steel drum stool 2. Nickel plated honeycomb stool 3. White and blue porcelain stool 4.European oak base with antique natural finish and Linen ivory upholstery 5. Iron based stool: currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance

5. Illuminate: Lighting is very important to add warmth, style and space to your entryway. A table lamp can add height and be helpful for those late nights when mood lighting is key. Overhead lighting is just as important in an entry. Chandeliers or statement light fixtures can add beauty and impact in a big way. A great light fixture can be a great focal point for an entry. Make the most of the natural light sources already in the space. Use light and bright window treatments, such as opaque curtains, to allow for maximum natural light flowing through your space. 

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1.WickWorks candles: many styles and scents available at Amanda's House of Elegance 2&3. Illume candles: many styles and scents currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance  4. Candle Display: great for creating relaxed late night ambiance 5. White and blue ceramic base with linen shade:currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 6. Glass based lamp with silk shade 7. Nickel finish table lamp with linen silk shade: currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 8. Glass table lamp with metal details and white linen shade: currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 9. Clear acrylic table lamp:currently available at Amanda's House of Elegance 10. Nickel floor lamp with linen shade

6. Greenery: Adding a touch of greenery or flowers to every space adds personality and life to each area. Try grouping small potted plants at different heights in groups of threes, or display a larger bouquet of flowers on your console. Taller floor plants, such as cacti or large palms, can also add interest and height to a space. 

Quick tips to add interest and make your entry standout on a budget

  • Use easily removable wallpaper to add a fast accent wall to your entryway. It's high impact at a low cost.

  • Pick your paint colours carefully. Stick to neutrals that can be easily changed to suite the future owners taste.

  • Use mirrors and mirrored furniture or items in your space to create a feeling that is larger then the space itself.

  • Hang art and photographs to add height and interest to large empty walls. You want the buyer to be able to see themselves in the space, so make sure to keep photographs neutral.