A Guide to Effortless Home Staging
By the Engel & Völkers Team
When it comes to looking good, we don’t want to appear as though we tried too hard achieving it—and home staging is no exception. With over 25 years of real estate experience, one of our in-house experts Suzie Doratti of Engel & Völkers Okanagan has also made a name for herself as a home-staging consultant and specifically for being able to capture a home’s laid back, yet sophisticated look. Suzie has given countless homes the kind of je ne sais quoi facelift that makes them inexplicably attractive to potential buyers, so here are a few tips from the pro herself that’ll give your home that certain #WokeUpLikeThis appearance.
Old and New Work in Harmony
Casual displays don’t necessarily follow the latest in modern design trends. Instead, Suzie suggests a classic approach, opting for stylish patina furniture and antique pieces mixed in with modern technology to achieve a flare that’s easy and timeless. This juxtaposition works in kitchens, too. Old-fashioned accessories and furniture can offer a warm and welcoming vibe, while cutting-edge technology like a smart refrigerator is a great choice for its simplicity.
Longing for Good Food and Wine
Especially in Suzie’s local market area of Okanagan Valley’s wine country, kitchens are designed to support a lifestyle filled with good food and wine. For a wine country inspired makeover, charm is the name of the game. Mix tools of the trade such as wine barrels, vintage wine racks and state-of-the-art appliances into leisure spaces and kitchens.
Prepping for the Most Comfy Open House
When staging a home for an open house, Suzie suggests homeowners work with what they already have rather than buying new pieces. A best practice is to make everything look clean and brand new—steaming the bed, displaying clean tea towels and hiding small appliances in kitchen cupboards work wonders. You can also give your furniture a lived-in makeover with an easy DIY patina paint project.
A potential buyer should be able to imagine themselves in the home they’re viewing, so declutter and depersonalize to an extent—unwanted items and an overabundance of family photos can be distracting. Be mindful of the amount of furniture in each room and items on counters, dressers and nightstands. The home should look very minimal without too many items in the actual room that could take away from the home's natural charm.