Category Archives: Vacant Home Staging

One Level Living – Not Just for 55+

Yes it is in demand! From the 55+ market to young families, more and more people are looking to one level living for ease.

It’s not for everyone. In our area many of the one level living homes have one bedroom on the main level plus will have a full lower level with one to three bedrooms. This may not work for a family with infants or young children as parents will want the kiddo’s bedrooms on the same floor theirs.

Many one level living homes however have at least two bedrooms on the main level if not three.

I recently staged a model home that is one level living with one common wall. A townhome so to speak. These are higher end and due to the townhome setting are more likely to appeal to the 55+ who wants the one level living but not give up the space or luxury. These would also appeal to young professionals who want the luxury but not the hassle of maintaining a yard.

Most of the 55+ townhomes will have a wonderful open concept that is great for just you or for gatherings of friends.





The entrance to the Master will be convenient off the main living area.






You will many times find a second bedroom on that main living level that is wonderful to use as an office if that fits your lifestyle better.



If you are lucky it may even have a wonderful sun porch!



Although two story homes are still being built everywhere, more and more you are seeing one level living Townhomes and  Ramblers being built and in demand.  If that is the lifestyle that appeals to you, take the time to see what is available.


How Do You Feel About a Little Bling?

Most of the clients that I have worked with have heard that question from me. Many get a puzzled look on their face and some get downright scared. Especially the men!

I usually throw out that question when I am talking to them about their lighting. Lighting is a key factor whether you are staging your home for sale or updating it for enjoyment. Lighting will always give a room lighting; but I think it should also give a room character!

Lighting should make a statement and leave an impression.This couldn’t be more important than when you are selling your home. Have the buyer remember your home as the one with the amazing light fixtures.

A great way to do that is by adding a little bling. You know….something that sparkles.

Crystals, dangles, bobbles and just plain glam. The Master Bedroom and Bath are a perfect place for that.



It doesn’t mean it’s feminine but it may be romantic. It doesn’t mean it’s tacky as it should always be classy.



Light fixtures with bling are not FOR every room and they should not be IN every room. The sayings….”a little goes a long way” or “less is more” apply to bling in your light fixtures.


My favorite rooms to add some bling are in the Dining Room and Master Bedroom.



I understand this may be out of your comfort zone. If you are selling you won’t be living with it long term and it’s all about the buyer and capturing their attention in a good way.

If it’s for updating your home it’s okay to start slow….maybe a light fixture with just a little bling or perhaps just in one room. What do you have to loose? It’s only a light fixture and you may really love it.


Chic Farmhouse Style Hits Suburban Minneapolis!

The farmhouse style home is all the rage right now, made famous by Chip and Joanna on HGTV’s show ‘Fixer Upper’.

I just had the opportunity to design a farmhouse style house from the blueprints up, and then stage it. What a fun experience and may I say I want this house!

It has elements of rustic but with modern and chic mixed in. A warm and cozy home for sure. I want to share the photos with you so if you also are a huge fan of ‘Fixer Upper’ like I am,  you may enjoy these.


House Before Demo Day:


Orchid Exterior Before



House now rebuilt:






Great Front Porch, note the light blue ceiling:










Look what awaits you when you open then front door! A foyer that opens up to an office with a barn door for privacy:










Would you really even mind working in a cozy office like this? Complete with a Shiplap accent wall!










A great….Great Room. A White Shiplap accent wall gives this room texture.














Open Concept Floor Plan into the Dining Room:














I want this kitchen!!






A huge island:





Galvanized pendants lights:






Custom made rustic floating shelves:










A farmhouse screen door closes off the pantry:




A custom range hood:










A mudroom for the kiddos but a barn door to close off the mess:






A fun laundry room:








Jack and Jill Bath (do you see Jack and Jill?) 🙂 




Guest Suite Bath:




Half Bath and Lower Level Full Bath – Fun throw-back light fixtures:









Stunning Master Suite:

















And check out this master bath!!










Every farmhouse needs a claw foot tub and of course bubbles on the ceiling:





Mornings just got better with this shower!














The bar area in the lower level family room continues with rustic charm with more custom made floating shelves.






So do you see why I had a blast designing and staging this one??   If you love this style but are not able to buy this property, just know you don’t need a farmhouse style home to incorporate the look into your space. Stayed tuned to my next post on how to bring some of that farmhouse charm into your own home!



Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer