I have a confession. "An addiction really,"(said in my best Moira voice) to perusing homes for sale in France. It's bad because if I dare peek at it during scheduled work-time, it can mess up my schedule for the week.
So! In an effort to get my fix and save my schedule, I've decided to take some blogging time and make my addiction productive.
To make a relative connection to my business, I often find houses for sale locally that are decorated or have been staged so badly and I want to call them out but of course would never. So, while perusing homes for sale in Northern France (bc duh), I found the perfect subject to call out without fear of knowing the Realtor or the Homeowner. And, of course, I'm happy to make my services available at said "home for sale" at their convenience.
Ok so here it is;
Listed at € 1,035,000- now down to 995,000
C'est chic right? (like, put your wheel barrel away already)
Well it gets not so chic. I found 2 different listings for this property, one looks like the before staging and the other looks like the after........"staging".
I'm going to go out on limb here and say, "Umm nope." This literally kills me in my gut. I know that some staging can be expensive but the wrong staging can cost you a sale. Especially in this price range. I'm just going to throw some ideas out here that are NOT expensive and in my opinion would be 1,035,000 times better.
I would recommend this simple staging. Super easy and you're telling me they don't have a sculpture sitting around those parts? Apparently, they have an Amazon.com equivalent called cdiscount.com in which they can shop for decor on a budget.
You can see these items I linked below are not that expensive. (That bust in my pic above is from Wayfair here on sale $99 down from $199.)
Here's the family room:
Let me start with saying, sometimes rooms are better left vacant than styled with the wrong decor. The arrangement is not bad but the decor is rough. I would remove all the things. (Oh but the homeowner doesn't want to move that bookcase bc its a huge pain? Well guess what, the new buyer doesn't want to move it either. So move it people.)
I would recommend something super simple with a modern twist.
Like this GORGEOUS and oh so French chic vibe from Jonathan Adler:
On a budget, I would recreate this setting with the following decor...
And one last room,
Step one: Remove round bed.
Step two: Paint the whole room white and implement this vibe:
There's so much more potential in that house. I hate seeing homes like that sit on the market and lower the price (40K btw) when the right staging and real estate photos could sell that house in a hot minute.
Oh and did I mention it has a little horse stable? Le Sigh...
In case you want more french inspired decor for styling, I added an Amazon list with items that are budget friendly and great for staging or simply living your best frenchie style life. A Bientot!
And p.s. The referenced listing is linked here.