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Imagine, My Own Staging TV Show by Jan Britt

I feel so honored that I was chosen to be a host on an upcoming Internet TV show.  The name of the show is “Staging Pros” of Zeel TV a division of Comcast Television.   My challenge to help create this pilot was to find a house to stage that would show a distinctive before and after contrast from the beginning to the end.

The way you live in your home and the way you sell your home are two different things. Staging is the process you can do to get a house ready to sell. You arrange the furniture so each room looks clutter free.  Staging is mostly about illusion.  There are many ways to create an illusion that your rooms appear larger than they really are.  There are many staging secrets to make your house look larger.  The purpose of the Zeel TV show is to stage a house giving many of the staging secrets away one house and one room at a time.

The Zeel TV crew and I stood outside the homeowner’s house to introduce myself and to explain what I was going to do before we entered this distinctive house we were about to stage.  The camera was rolling as I was describing what staging was all about and why this particular house would have a better chance to sell faster than the other houses on the same block just because of staging.

As I first walked into the house I noticed a strong and overwhelming navy blue wall color as far as I could see.  I also saw the room was full of good quality furniture. Some of the furniture would have to be moved into a different room or into storage.   The stained glass window art work hanging on the windows were stopping some of the sunlight from coming into the large great room.   They would be distracting the future homeowner from the wonderful assets the house has to offer.  I see some up-to-date artwork that will be perfect after I reposition them on the wall properly.  I will possibly need more artwork to be able to accent the furniture appropriately.  I will also need to reduce the clutter in the great room.  As I walked into the kitchen I saw bold wallpaper in a navy blue and white birdhouse pattern.  That wallpaper really has to go.  Many times you can paint over “intact” wall paper.  I will consult my painter to see if the wall paper must be removed or if we can paint over it.  The triangle or scarf shaped window treatments are up to date and are an asset to the kitchen.  I will need to adjust them to fit the windows better.  There is an old antique coat stand standing against the wall in the kitchen.  This antique is not needed in the room I will have to put it into storage because it could get damaged as potential home buyers walk through the kitchen.

There is much more I could tell you about what I saw and what staging plans I have for this house.  I will keep you updated as the staging show progresses.

Jan Britt HeadshotAbout the Author: Jan Britt, is owner of Jan Britt Interiors in Marietta. She  is an interior decorator and a professional home stager. She teaches at Kennesaw State University and has appeared on HGRV. She may be reached at decorate@decoratewithjan.com or (770) 919-2393 or go to her website at www.janbritt.net.

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