Before and After: Home Staging Project

June 13, 2016

Hello, my friends! Today I wanted to share with you my recent home staging project.

I needed to decorate a studio apartment for the rent.

It was in this condition before we started:


The living room was very dark and gloomy.


The kitchen was uninviting and had these old furniture and cabinets:

IMG_20151213_153613 Finally bathroom was painted in the ugly shade of yellow:

First of all I decided to bring freshness and lightness to the room. White, navy blue and avocado green was defined as the main colour palette. The main furniture was decided to keep the same because of low budget. I used textiles and accessories to freshen it up:

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I also painted myself the watercolor abstract picture above the sofa:

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This beautiful green chair from Ikea is one of my favorite pieces in this room:

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Styling coffee table with books and vases:

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Vintage “Volga” car to complete the vignette:

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To style the bookcase I used old books without cover and painted them with blue to match the entryway:

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Blue and orange always look striking together:

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This is how kitchen looks now. We painted it white to add light and freshness. The blue painting above the table was easy and fun DIY project.

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We used the same cabinets, just changed the work surface. The window was decorated with navy blue roman blinds.

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The tiles in the bathroom were kept the same but we painted the ceiling white and added some blue accessories even here:

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The entryway was painted in dark navy blue. The doors of the wardrobes were changed with wooden ones:

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Finally the balcony. The orange bicycle is from clients collection and was brought from Amsterdam:

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June 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

SO much better :-). Nice work – love the blue, green, orange color palette.

June 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm

thank you so much!! xxx

June 15, 2016 at 2:31 am

Wow! I bet after they saw it staged, they probably loved it so much they decided to stay! 🙂

June 28, 2016 at 6:58 am

Thank you so much! Nope, they didn’t decide to stay but said that their first client was amazed 🙂

Martin Kahn
June 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm

What was your budget for this project? And how much did you do yourself to avoid spending $$?

June 28, 2016 at 7:03 am

Hi Martin, the total we spent was something around 1500$ – and this included painting job, furniture (as you can see we have purchased very few pieces mostly from IKEA) and decor. It didn’t include my fee though. I personally painted the books and made the abstract watercolour paintings for living room and kitchen (I didn’t charge client extra for that).

June 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Really good work – obviously kept within a restrictive budget – you gave it OOOOMPH, girl!

June 28, 2016 at 7:06 am

Thank you very much! Yes, indeed the budget was very tight! And we managed to spend around 1500$ in total on furniture and accessories (though main furniture remained the same) 🙂

June 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm

spicy|icy|sparkly BLUE – great job Anna……good dose of imagination

June 28, 2016 at 9:34 am

Hi Michael! thank you so much!

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