Home Staging Tips from an Interior Decorator

August 13, 2019

Today Debbie, an Interior Decorator, will be taking us through her home and sharing all of her amazing home staging tips! Debbie lives in a charming Tudor house in the Sylvania neighborhood of St. James Woods and is getting ready to put it on the market. 

Interior Decorator, Debbie, shares her home staging tips

Check out Debbie’s Home

Curb Appeal

1. Curb Appeal

This front entrance is perfection. The bold color on the door, new lights and fresh flowers give the perfect first impression for any buyer visiting their home. 

The wreath on the door is another Debbie creation that she sells online!

Visually appealing front entrance that welcomes all guests

PRO TIP: If you want to add some color to the exterior of your home to greet potential buyers, try adding flower boxes to the upper windows. Debbie used faux flowers to eliminate the task of trying to keep flowers alive in a hard to reach location! She also noted that she probably would NOT use faux flowers in first floor flower boxes since those are generally easier to access for watering. 

This is a great option for homes that are vacant that need that “lived-in” touch. Can you even tell that these flowers are fake?!

Faux flowers that look real to keep your exterior looking fresh


Check out that bold accent wall! This is definitely not your grandma’s formal living room. Debbie brought in a more casual vibe through bold colors and eclectic furniture.

PRO TIP: Choose a few colors to carry throughout the house to give it a cohesive feel. You will notice the continuous use of the color blue and green throughout Debbie’s home.

Cohesive color palette throughout the home

Debbie and Paul created built-in bookshelves using an Ikea shelving hack. The built-in unit warms up the room and contributes to the casual feel of the space. Who’s ready to curl up under the big flamingo and read a book?!

Ikea shelving to create a built in library

PRO TIP: Debbie did not want the bright colors of her book spines to compete with the bold colors already in the room so she flipped the books backwards to create a neutral palette through the white pages of the books and it gave her the desired look she wanted. 

Built in bookshelves are staged for the open house


You can see that the blue color was carried into the dining room.  From the bar cart in the corner to the buffet table to the right, everything just works.

Warm and inviting dining room

PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture! Almost all of Debbie’s furniture has been thrifted or purchased at a deep discount store. This prevents a room from feeling too “matchy matchy” and automatically gives the room a more relaxed feel, even if it is a formal dining space.


The kitchen has received a LOT of love since Debbie and Paul moved in. New appliances, lighting, countertops, backsplash, flooring…basically everything was updated.

Decluttered kitchen

PRO TIP: Adding fresh flowers to a kitchen livens up the space. Removing all clutter from the countertops and putting out a “fancy” soap makes your kitchen feel clean and spacious.

Fresh flowers by the sink


The kitchen opens up into a huge family room with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The kitchen and family room both have a cool venetian plaster technique on the walls that give it subtle texture and a very custom (and expensive) look. Debbie also added the chandelier, hardwood floors and updated the fireplace with stone and a large reclaimed wood mantle.

Beautifully staged living room

I’m slightly obsessed with that cowboy picture.

Open concept from kitchen to living room
The fireplace is the centerpiece of this room


Debbie decided to go bold in the first floor powder room and applied removable wallpaper to make this little bathroom big on style.

A powder room that won't easily be forgotten

PRO TIP: If you are digging this new wallpaper trend like me, small bathrooms are a great place to experiment! Most stores like Target and Tempaper Designs sell removable wallpaper which basically gives us ZERO excuses to not try it out. 

If you do have to remove wallpaper from a room the old-fashioned way, check out my post on the best wallpaper removal products to make the process as painless as possible.

How fun are those cabinet handles?!

Half bathroom with removable wallpaper


If you read my blog, you know how important I think it is to update the less exciting places in the home, like the laundry room. In Debbie’s laundry room, she installed bead board, a modern light pendant, upper cabinets and even a folding station with a lower curtain to hide away clothes baskets.

Laundry room that is loaded with function and style
Laundry room decluttered and staged for buyers


Debbie’s home has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. 

PRO TIP: If your home has more than three bedrooms, consider staging one of the bedrooms as an office. Buyers who need four bedrooms can easily imagine the office converting into the fourth bedroom. By adding an office, you are appealing to more buyers.


I love the retro vibe in this bedroom. The bright pink dresser pulls from the bold colors in the living room. Potential buyers can enjoy the fun design of this room while also noticing that the walls are neutral and will work with their personal decor.

Funky guest bedroom

The flamingo picture continues the theme of the living room in a subtle way to give the entire house that cohesive feel.

Staging in bedroom 1


Clean, uncluttered bedroom with that pop of blue.

Guest bedroom #2

I love how Debbie stages end tables. This nightstand was also thrifted! 

Guest bedroom #2


Home office
Home office


This master bedroom feels like it should be in a boutique hotel. Who knew a bright coral accent color could be so relaxing! 

Sylvania home staging

One of my favorite elements of Debbie’s designs are the unexpected accents like the little dog plate on her night stand. 

Nightstand staged


Master bathroom staged to sell

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into Debbie’s home. Don’t forget to stop by this weekend at the open house for a full tour of their lovely home!  If you want your house to look as beautiful as this, give Debbie a call to set up a consultation today at 419-410-6787.

Also, if you are looking for more home staging tips, check out my recent blog post, here.

Thank you Debbie for letting us tour your beautiful home and home staging tips!

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