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First Impressions: Staging a Dining Room and Office

I wanted to keep sharing photos of the home I recently staged.  This time my tips are simple: make a good first impression, use reflective surfaces, and incorporate lots of lighting! The first room you see in any home sets the tone for the rest of the space. Each house has a different layout.  In mine, the first room you walk into is a living room [which used to be the only living space in the house, so it was really tricky to place furniture in there!].

In this home, there's a foyer that opens to an office on your left and a dining room on your right. Offices can easily become cluttered, so it's key to keep things staged immaculately [even though no one's office would ever look so organized!]. The dining room should also look clean and crisp. I opted to use reflective surfaces, including the great collection of glass candlesticks and containers the owners had.

What brings extra light into this room is the large mirror on top of the sideboard. It fills the large nook in that space, while also bouncing light from the windows in the adjoining room. A tall lamp gives some added light [it's also important to imagine what the house will look like when showing it at night...you never know when a potential buyer may want to see the place!].  This house actually has tons of natural light, so it didn't need more, but when you're first entering an open house or any home, walking into a space that's warm and full of light just feels more inviting.  Scroll through some of the quick styling shots I took. I even included some BEFORE shots [and I never do!].

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