Just finished staging a new listing. Fortunately for me, the home was not "full to the brim" with furnishings, and, in fact, looked a bit empty, so the job was not endless. I accomplished what I wanted in an afternoon. I am a minimalist lover, not a big "collector", so my esthetic usually leans toward clean rather than cluttered, but sometimes too little furniture can make a house seem "cold". In this case, I actually removed several pieces of furniture and still made the decoration seem fuller. Pulling furniture away from walls can make a huge impact- two chairs and a small table placed along the perimeter of a large room can look lost, but in a grouping in front of a fireplace the same pieces suddenly look impressive. They tell a story-sure I can see myself sipping that glass of wine with my partner in front of the roaring fire while a snowstorm is raging outside. To me, this isn't smoke and mirrors- quite simply, I believe it can help to educate that consumer that has been through twenty homes and is having trouble imagining yet again how they would use this house.
Several open houses planned right away for this listing. Will post again in a few days- hope then I can tell you how my three hour rearrange made all the difference in the world.