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Hollywood Hills Home Staging – Hollywood Hipster View Home

We had a lot of fun with this Hollywood Hills Home Staging project for a Los Angeles Flipper.

We were so lucky to be hired for this Hollywood Hills home staging project. Located in the Hollywood Dell area of the Hollywood Hills, this very cool home is located perfectly close to the 101, the studios and Hollywood. Living Room In Hollywood Hills Home StagingWho doesn’t love a good Yak photo?

We paired a rustic jute braided rug with teak and wicker stairs, 2 carved pod end tables and chunky throw pillows with lots of texture.

Living room Hollywood Hills home staging another view

This house has amazing views of downtown Hollywood (Capitol Records Building!) and we created 3 different outdoor living areas. While this house is just 1,200 SF, the outdoor living spaces makes the house feel double the size.

I love mixing Old and New elements, like the antique Indonesian fence post and Mudra hand, with newly sourced sofa and chairs.

Some different views of the kitchen:

Cool kitchen in Hollywood Hills home staging project

Kitchen in Hollywood Hills Home staging

Wide view of the kitchen Hollywood Hills home staging

Here’s the dining room. I love the hairpin legs on the dining chairs. They really work well with the Steam Punk style dining table.

Hollywood Hills home staging dining area

I’ll let you in on a little secret: This beautiful rug is from Target!

Hollywood hills master bedroom home staging

We had fun staging the bedrooms too. The throw on the bed is an antique, handmade African quilt. Rug is handwoven, from India.

Master bedroom home staging in Hollywood Hills

Here’s a couple of shots of the 2nd bedroom:

Hollywood Hills home staging guest bedroom

David Bowie poster graces the guest bedroom

These beautiful photos were shot by Nick Li Aerious Plus

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Gorgeous Monrovia New Construction Home Staging

Did you get to see this beautiful North Monrovia new construction home staging project before it sold?

Built by Bowden Construction and located in North Monrovia on a pretty tree-lined street. Designed for maximum curb appeal and built with the highest standards for quality construction. This home is 3,026 S.F. and we staged 3 en suite bathrooms (plus the powder room), 3 bedrooms, entry, office, formal living room, formal dining room, the large eat-in kitchen (one of my favorite kitchens of 2017!) family room and rear deck.

Home Office Home Staging In Monrovia

Beautiful Monrovia New Construction Living Room Staging

Kitchen and Family Room Home Staging in Monrovia

Monrovia New Construction Home Staging

Beautiful photos by Kevin Edge

This home was pending 14 days after listing and sold for full asking price.

We’d love the opportunity to stage your home or next listing. Please call (626)385-8852 for a free staging estimate or fill out our Estimate form and we’ll get back to you right away.

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Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Big

18 Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Bigger

Do you know these 18 tips to make a small house feel bigger? I am frequently asked, by homeowners and real estate agents I work with, how to make their home or listing look bigger to appeal to more buyers. As an expert home stager in Pasadena and Los Angeles, one of my primary jobs is to make smaller homes feel more spacious.


Here’s a list of 18 tips for making a small home feel bigger. You can use these tips whether you are staging a home to sell or if you are planning to stay, but just need some help dealing with smaller rooms. These tips will work with for vacant home staging (if you’re bringing in furniture) or occupied home stagomg (dealing with the client’s existing furniture):

  1. Pare down the furniture to the essentials. Do you really need a chair in the bedroom? Will the room appear larger with just the bed, the nightstands and maybe a dresser?
  2. Clutter makes a room feel smaller. Lots of smaller items, like a Hummel collection or bowling trophies displayed on every horizontal surface, eat up visual space. Only display 3-5 items at a time. Store, sell or pre-pack the rest. You’re selling a home, not a collection of “treasures”.
  3. Use fewer pieces of furniture. Its better to have one larger dresser than 2 smaller ones.
  4. Use appropriately sized furniture. Having a too big sofa in a small den will call attention to how small the room really is.
  5. Pull furniture away from the wall. That little bit of breathing room will give a sense of greater space.  Create a cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace, with room to move around the back of the furniture.
  6. Cooler colors recede, so painting an interior room a pale blue, green or gray will make it feel larger.
  7. Houses appear larger on the outside when painted a lighter color.
  8. Keep walkways and sight-lines clear. Don’t place furniture so that you are walking into the back of the sofa, or other large piece of furniture, when you walk into the room.
  9. Bedrooms feel larger if there is ample space to walk on either side of the bed. Not enough space? Get a smaller bed while you home is on the market. Downsize from a king to a queen or from a queen to a double, if necessary.
  10. Place the bed on the wall furthest from the door, if possible. The room will feel instantly larger.
  11. Show more hardwood. The larger the expanse of hardwood floor, the larger the room will appear. Do you really need that area rug? If the hardwood floors are hidden by wall to wall carpet, remove the carpet. The home will feel much more spacious.
  12. Try using one larger area rug instead of several smaller rugs. Or if the room looks OK without it, don’t use any area rugs.
  13. Patterned upholstery and drapes make a room feel smaller. Use fewer patterns on upholstery and bedding. Use a solid color blanket or bedspread on a bed in a small bedroom to make the room feel larger.
  14. Strategically placed mirrors make a room feel larger. Reflect a window or outdoor view, if possible. You can visually expand a space by putting a large mirror over a sofa.
  15. A well lit room feels larger. Get rid of those dark corners. Make sure every overhead light and table lamp is lit before open houses and showings.
  16. Minimize window treatments. The simpler the better. Shutters, blinds or simple drapes (no flounces, ruffles, strong patterns or complicated valences) take up less “visual space”.
  17. Make all your cabinets and closets half-empty. You will appear to have more closet and cabinet space. There is no such thing as a closet that is too empty when selling your home.
  18. Clean houses feel larger. Make sure every surface including your floors are shiny clean. Clean your windows and screens so they let in maximum light and sparkle.

Living room home staging by Moving Mountains Design

These home staging tips to make your home feel larger will work if you are staging to sell or staging to live.

If you need help figuring out how to make your home or listing feel larger, hire us for a home staging consultation. You’ll get some easy-to-implement expert home staging and interior design tips.  Its the best “bang for your buck” and it’s a great investment in preparing your home or listing for sale, or making your home more livable if you are planning to stay.

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Rancho Mirage Home Staging For A Real Estate Investor

Rancho Mirage Home Staging

While we typically work on Los Angeles home staging projects, we took on this Rancho Mirage Home Staging project for one of our real estate investor clients. We’ve done 3 so far with another one coming up in 2 weeks. Located in the prestigious guard-gated Spring Country Club, this golf course view home has style to spare. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (en suite) in 2,900+ sq.ft. I love working with this particular client because he has great taste (he hired Moving Mountains Design, right?) and always supplies us with great finishes to work with – quartz countertops, marble backsplash, stainless appliances and interesting hardwood floors.

Our approach in staging this Rancho Mirage home was accentuate a desert lifestyle, while using cooling colors in artwork and accessories. Our color palette of teal blue, white and gray seem to do the trick. We also wanted a casual but elegant vibe.

Living Room in Rancho Mirage Home Staging

Living Room View Rancho Mirage Home Staging

Kitchen Home Staging in Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage home staging master bath

Check out the private, enclose patio surrounded by a rock wall. Perfect for an outdoor shower!

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