During last summer I took my apartment off the market. I had been trying to sell it for two years… TWO YEARS and not even one single viewing!
I changed to a different realtor and decided I wanted my house styled and photographed differently. I hired a local home stager. Best decision ever!
One of the most important things we decided on was painting over the one pink and another two large mustard walls, which I adored both. We agreed on a taupe.
Bye bye pink..
Bye bye yellow!
Hello black sofa!
Even though the picture is quite dark, the taupe made the room look bigger actually. Weird hey?!
The stylist advised me to also change the couch, at least for the photographs that would go on the realtor’s website.
So my dad helped me buy the second hand black Ikea sofa for next to nothing. While the stylist was taking the fish-eye photos, the creme leather sofa was on wheels being pushed from room to room, ha ha!
Now doesn’t that room look impressive now?
It was a weird experience to live in a house with your own things, but styled with the black accessories and such a dark color on the wall. … I missed the yellow… I missed the pink! BUT… it worked! The new pictures pulled in the crowds!
I sold the apartment within 5 weeks!
On the back sofa (in the pictures above) you see a green plaid and yellow pillows from the stylist. (Yes, she brought back some of that color we painted over). The black sofa and the plaid with pillows were moved out after the pictures. I put back my creme sofa but still wanted to recreate some of the look of the pictures.
I found some cheap fluffy curtain fabric in that mustard yellow. it stretched a bit… not a fabulous fabric to quilt… but I did it anyway.
Pebbles and swirl-flowers did the trick. I made two pillows in mirror image of each other.
The back I kept simple with straight lines. Not perfect, but it worked!
When the apartment sold, I moved all my things into storage. In about 6 weeks I will get the keys to the new house. Hopefully I can unpack my things soon after and put the pretty yellow pillows on my creme sofa again!
I am contemplating putting that yellow back in my house, maybe not on the walls, though. I have spotted a gorgeous teal curtain too…. decisions decisions decisions…