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Contemporary Home Staging – Manhattan Beach

Contemporary Home Staging in Manhattan Beach

I’ve been a little remiss in posting recent jobs because we’ve been so busy. We’re destaging this Manhattan Beach home we staged for one of our real estate investors … because it’s sold!

Contemporary living room home stagingThis house had an amazing 2 story living room with a balcony. Which of course, I had to take advantage of for the home staging photos we supply with most home staging projects.

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From the listing agent’s notes:

Professionally Remodeled in the Charming and Sophisticated Tree Section of Manhattan Beach. Situated on a quiet tree lined street, this exceptional residence embodies a transitional design of both contemporary and traditional styles resulting in a Modern Classic. Exotic walnut hardwood flooring runs throughout an open floor plan. A dramatic 2 story ceiling tops a tall windowed living room complimented by a spacious vaulted beamed ceiling family room, both paired with marble and ledge-cut stone fireplaces and custom mantles. Chef’s kitchen, with double full size ovens, butcher’s block bench table, custom European style cabinetry, and brand new stainless steel appliances. Enjoy an entertainer’s dining room with an attractive tray ceiling and stylish moldings. An outstanding floor plan boasts en suite bathrooms in all bedrooms. Master retreat comes with fireplace, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet, artisan marble and mosaic tile-work, and private deck with a beautifully serene view. New HVAC system. Designer materials and finishes including, Carrara marble countertops, luxury lighting fixtures, Thibaut wall coverings, vein-cut marble, and Cedar Valley shingle siding. Truly unique properties like this are few and far between.

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Valencia Luxury Home Staging

Luxury Home Staging in Valencia, CA

Last week the Moving Mountains Design team was hired for a Valencia luxury home staging project by one of our favorite real estate investors. We love home staging projects throughout Los Angeles County and this one was no exception. Despite being built in 2005, this custom 5 bedroom, 6 bath home in Westridge Estates feels brand new with all the upgrades and updating our client did before we staged.

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Here’s another shot of the family room looking out onto the patio. Don’t you love those chunky wood beams?

 

 

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Here’s the notes from the MLS listing:

Custom Estate located on one of the most desirable lots in the exclusive Westridge Estates! Enjoy beautiful VIEWS of the city, valley and mountains from both the inside and outside. This unique home is fashioned with a classic yet contemporary Spanish and Mediterranean design. An exceptional floor plan boasts a main floor bedroom along with 4 upstairs bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms and balconies. Upon entrance you’re greeted by a grand vaulted ceiling multiple story foyer. Living areas include fireplaces and wood beamed ceilings. An impressive formal dining room is topped with a barrel ceiling lined with travertine and wood trim. The kitchen comes with an over-sized grand island, Wolf stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, encaustic tile backsplash, and wood trey ceiling. The master suite includes a fireplace, luxury bathroom with wire brushed travertine vanity wall. Enjoy designer lighting fixtures, refinished wood and travertine flooring, professionally designed color scheme, and so many unique character finishes. The outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining with views, pool, spa, custom built BBQ, and outdoor kitchenette. Community tennis court, pool, club house, and private security gate. Truly unique properties like this are few and far between.

I have to say that the views from the patio and balconies were truly stunning. I felt like I was in the hills of Tuscany. All that was missing was some vineyards off in the distance.

Please contact us for more information about our luxury home staging services in Arcadia, San Marino, Los Angeles and Valencia.

 

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Townhome Staging In Arcadia | Builder Model

Builder Model Townhome Staging in Arcadia

We completed this builder model townhome staging in Arcadia last week. While Moving Mountains Design is well know for staging large estate homes in Arcadia for builders we also love to stage new-construction townhome models for our builder clients. Part of an 8 unit development, we staged one model unit. This particular unit has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a large living room and underground parking with an individual entrance for each unit from the garage.

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From the Listing Agent’s notes:

BRAND NEW SANTA BARBARA STYLE TOWN HOUSES … Located on the convenient corner of Arcadia Ave. & Sunset Blvd., near the desirable Baldwin Stocker School. This spectacular community is designed by renowned Architect Tyler Gonzales of Pasadena. Downstairs features living room, formal dining room, kitchen and one bathroom. Upstairs has master suite, two bedrooms with a Jack & Jill bath. Each unit has a big laundry room attached to garage as well as a private yard. Top quality everywhere. Bright & shiny. There are 4 buildings, all duplexes for a total of 8 units. Priced for fast sale. Really a MUST SEE!

We have staged a number of townhomes in Arcadia recently, with more coming. Staging town-homes requires a special skill to select the appropriate size and style furniture that will appeal to Arcadia home buyers and allow them to visualize how their furniture will fit.

Are you a builder looking for an experienced model home stager? Look not further. With millions of dollars of real estate successfully staged, we are the go-to home staging company for home builders in Arcadia, Pasadena and Los Angeles. Moving Mountains Design – We know what makes homes sell!™

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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

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.

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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.

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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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