Shannon Berrey

House Staging--behind the scenes

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I showed you a Condo I remodeled and staged in yesterday's post. Today, I wanted to share
 with you some great sources that I used.

The living room had a big back wall so I needed pieces that were substantial. I used the Ikea Ektorp
slipcovered sofa. It's a great price, perfect size, it looks great--it's terribly uncomfortable {sorry, but let's
 call it like it is}.$499. I flanked the sofa with a pair of Ikea Hemnes Bookcases $180/pc. To jazz them up a little, I attached lattice fabric to the back of the bookcases with spray adhesive. The sconces were a steal from Shades of Light. They were a horrible chartreuse color that I spray painted turquoise. They were originally @$175 but I scored them for $24 {unfortunately they are no longer available}. The console I made out of 2 1/2 yds of fabric {$25}, a 5' x15" piece of plywood for the top {already had} and 2 Mainstays Modular storage bases from Wal-Mart.$19/pc. I added a little of the lattice fabric along the hem. 

The 2 chairs are from Overstock. $261!!! They are really cute AND they sit really nice. The large mirror
is from an auction. $15. It got painted. The small round mirror was on clearance at Homegoods for $15.
 I velcroed it on to the larger mirror. The small cute white table is also from Homegoods. $49. The glass vase on top is filled with vintage pool balls {ebay]. The Parson's coffee table is from Wal-Mart $29! {You do have to put it together, and, I must insist that you cover it with something, but it makes a great 'base'} I cut a piece of foam for the top and then I slipcovered the whole thing with 2 yards of turquoise fabric piped with a terra cotta fabric. The butterfly prints were $50 for the pair from Homegoods. I made all the pillows and the curtains. The curtain hardware came from BigLots. All the accessories in the bookcases came from Homegoods and an Antique/junk store in Sylva {most got spray painted}. 

The kitchen furniture was bought at an unfinished furniture store in Franklin. The store had a drip in the
ceiling that caused some damage. So I got the table, 3 chairs and a bench for $300. I stained the 
table top and painted/glazed the chairs.

The Roman shade is faux--I ironed the folds and then they were sewn in place {I's hung about 10" above the window trim to make the room/window appear taller}. The oil-rubbed bronze cabinet hardware knobs are $1/pc on Ebay.

The bathroom mirror was reused by simply adding some molding to frame it. New oil-rubbed bronze
light fixture, $45 and the faucet,$75 both came from Lowes. I found a 'kit' from Wal-Mart that had the
oil-rubbed-bronze towel bar, towel ring, and TP holder for $29 {score!!} That's Giallo Ornamental
formica on the gotta do what cha got to do...$$ {that back wall isn't blue--it's the camera] 

Here's where you can save a ton if you are staging. The mattress is actually a queen size air mattress from Big Lots, $39 {I know, right!} It is really, really thick so it makes a great looking finished bed. I made a 'bed frame' out of 1"x 12" pine boards, turned on their sides and screwed together, $32. The dresser is the Hemnes from Ikea in gray-brown. I love this color and you can not beat the $149 price tag. The mirror is from Homegoods, $30 {painted} as well as the artwork, $50. The curtains are actually shower
 curtains from  target. They were really wide so I cut them in half, $25 per window {cha-ching!} 
I don't think they are still available.

 The bedding is Dwell from Target $80. I can't remember if the lamp came from Target or Homegoods.
 It's a really pretty milky blue. I added some trim to the bottom of the lampshade. My hubby and I made
the headboard. It is a piece of plywood, painted a deep navy, with small molding added around the edge.
 A piece of foam covered in batting, then covered in fabric, was glued to the middle and then a piece of
 rope was glued around the edge of the fabric, $50. The side table is from Target $49.

In the master, the same mattress trick was used. Because you can't use a bedskirt on a homemade
 air mattress/pine bed frame, I bought a sheet set from Overstock {for each bedroom $30}, cut the flat
 sheet into 18" strips and then hemmed the bottom. I then glued them onto the air mattress creating the
 bedskirt. It's staging people--it doesn't have to be 'for reals'. The white comforter is from Overstock.
The little square storage ottomans are the perfect little accent at the end of the bed, $49. The lamps are
 from Target, $39. The side tables {Target} were originally a really bad creamy sponged treatment that
 I sanded and painted white.$79.


I had a little bit of the floral fabric left over from the living room curtains. So, I cut it a little smaller than
 the front of the drawer and spray glued on. I painted the knobs orangy-red. This combo adds a little
 punch to the plain white tables.  

The dresser is also the Ikea Hemnes in white. The print is from Homegoods $59. I like the way it brings
 this side of the room a great dose of color. {I didn't hang the pics because I hated to put holes in the walls!} Accessories are from Homegoods.

Ribba frames from Ikea filled with scrapbook paper from Michaels. $15 +.50 {LOVE this frame}.

For consistency, I used the same color scheme throughout the entire condo.I like the flow that it gave and it also allowed me to shop faster because I didn't have to be specific in following a room by room plan. I knew if a piece didn't work in one room then I could easily use it in another.
This became a whopper of a long post--sorry. If there is anything I left out that you are curious
about, then shoot me a comment below.  

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Calder Clark commented on 06-Jan-2011 09:30 AM
Honestly? Honestly. I'm floored. You're not just crafty, you're beyond. I imagine you are peerless in Sylva- can you come down to Charleston and do my home? Sick, Shannon! Congrats on a crazily beautiful job well done on that lucky condo.
denise commented on 06-Jan-2011 09:48 AM
so fun! love it
shannon berrey commented on 06-Jan-2011 12:55 PM
Thanks ladies!

Calder--Charleston is one of my favorite places on earth! Just went for a trip in November. I will happily fix you up!
sara's art house commented on 06-Jan-2011 03:25 PM
I adore your style!!!! The colors and patterns are perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!
Darlene commented on 06-Jan-2011 08:48 PM
you have skills.

LOVE your choices and vision!!
Christy commented on 06-Jan-2011 10:44 PM
Hi Shannon-
I found your blog from TPH blog. I loved your style of decorating at the Cashier's Decorators house. I've been following your blog since!
Would you be willing to share the name of the adorable fabric you used in the little girls room at the Cashiers house..?? That cute floral...
Again...I always enjoy reading your blog and can't wait to see what pictures you post!!!
shannon berrey commented on 07-Jan-2011 01:37 PM
Christy, thanks for your comments! The fabric I used is by Braemore and is called Jacobean {maybe $15/yd if I call recall}. I have seen it available at Hancock's as well as Mary Jo's. I love it so much I used it on my blog header behind my name {did you catch that?!}
Christy commented on 08-Jan-2011 12:13 AM
Thanks Shannon for sharing! I did catch that- I'm hoping to use it for some pillows for my daughter's room...I'll send you some pictures once I've completed!!
courtneyoutloud commented on 08-Jan-2011 02:30 PM
I love the staging. I have used the air matress trick with a few realtor friends, it's a godsend when it comes to staging a bedroom. On a sidenote, depending on how big the bed is, I have cut pillow cases to make an inverted pleated bedskirt -- it works great with velcro tape :)

Hope you are having a stellar weekend!
Paige Lawrence commented on 11-Jan-2011 01:36 PM
I'm so glad I found you! The colors you used in this are my new bedroom colors, and I've gotten so many great ideas from your pictures. Thank you - you're amazing! I look forward to reading your blog!
shannon berrey commented on 11-Jan-2011 01:54 PM
Thanks Paige--glad we 'found' each other! sounds like you have a pretty bedroom ;)

Courtney--I like the pillowcase idea! I have also used velcro to attach bedskirts (as well as mirrors, pictures, etc) but velcro is expensive!
Kristen commented on 27-Jan-2011 02:03 PM
Please tell me more about the white/green headboard! Did you make this as well?
kristen fountain davis commented on 12-Feb-2011 10:09 PM
loooove it! a woman after my own heart - seriously. everything is fabulous - great work.
Anna commented on 14-Feb-2011 01:45 PM
Love your work! Especially the upholstered headboard. Can you share what the fabric is, and also the orange faux roman shade fabric. Genius!
shannon berrey commented on 14-Feb-2011 02:19 PM
Anna--I think you are referring to the aqua headboard. The fabric is from Hancocks and is actually an indoor/outdoor fabric so it has a great hand to it. It is called 'OD Puzzle Maze' Item # 2874840. Their website photo of it isn't good--it appears Carolina Blue in the pic, but it really is more aqua. AND it's currently on sale for $7.50/yd!! The roman shade fabric is from Mary Jo's cloth--another outdoor fabric from Mill Creek-Felton-Chili-$7.98/yd.{it lines the vertical sides of my blog :)}Thanks for your comment!
Kristen#1--sorry I have yet to answer your question--this one slipped by me. I did make this headboard. The how-to is a little lengthy, but I will try to answer by tomorrow!
Kristen#2--what a compliment coming from you, my dear!
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