The Power of Design and Staging to Sell!


I'm pleased to present my recent project that combined interior design, home staging, pro-photography and proper pricing to yield a sale in less than a day.  28 Rangeley Road in Cranston was a vinyl-sided, 1,300 square foot home with two bedrooms in a lovely neighborhood. The roof was newer, the garage had been converted to living space, the home was fueled by oil through a very old cast iron baseboard system and lacked A/C, and the rooms were small, choppy, and outdated.

When I bought the home, I immediately sought to reconfigure the main living areas to create a more inviting open floor plan, and update the kitchen and bath with luxe materials, appliances, and fixtures.  Most who know me know that my signature move is to knock a wall or two down, put a support beam up, and create a space that's ideal for entertaining--my other passion!

The open design plan effectively eliminated the need for the extra 200 feet of living space in the converted garage. I felt a garage would be more appealing to buyers so I designed the space to become a bonus room (mudroom, drop zone, etc.) and a single car garage with entrance into the home--a MUST for our snowy, blustery winters!  

I designed an eat in kitchen with a large quartz island for serving and dining, forfeiting the "dining area".  The bonus room was large enough to accommodate a dining table and chairs if really necessary, and I needed the space to fit my new fabulous kitchen!

For the bathroom, I removed a closet in a bedroom that jutted into valuable bathroom space and redesigned the layout to create a more practical, larger, beautiful space that exudes luxury.  The bath is accented with spa-like tiles, sparkly chrome fixtures, and modern wall sconces.

The hardwood floors throughout the home were sanded and stained dark walnut, ready for the new furnishings and accessories--"staging", we call it.   It helps potential buyers envision themselves in the space, and where their own furnishings will sit.  And so, a lovely young couple envisioned themselves living at 28 Rangeley, and within a day made a full price offer.

Here are some before and after photos that capture the design and staging. Enjoy!