When we put our house on the market we received advice about how to stage to sell. I wasn’t so much interested in whether or not that vase was too stylish for the coffee table, but more what are the big red flags with the masses. One thing was consistent: we were told emphatically to not have two baby rooms. That made sense as the idea of having two babies at two different stages is horrifying to most people. I get it. I’m well aware that my daily life looks like a backpack full of wrestling cats, and I’m the sucker wearing it, trying to order a cup of hot coffee at a quiet hipster coffee shop. I’m constantly embarrassed of my situation as well as feel like a bad ass that I’m in public despite my situation. We didn’t want our potential buyers to see that as their life. So we turned Elliot’s room into a guest room (Charlie’s room is a bit more ‘baby’ because of the animal wallpaper).
As a reminder, here is what her room looked like before the move. It was my favorite room in our old house:
I will forever remember this room as the one that I snuggled up with infant Elliot and nursed her and cuddled her for hours and hours. This is where we bonded. This is where we had our alone time. I barely remember that time because, well she has grown up so fast, but this room makes me cry because I know that the time was so good. I will forever be nostalgic of it.
But, it couldn’t stay a baby room so we turned it into a guest room to show future buyers what they could do with the space. I know that you’ll say it was more beautiful as Elliot’s room and you are right. But I think this is a great affordable and easy way to furnish a guest room (to sell or not), so that’s what we did.
Because the wallpaper is a statement piece we kept all the furniture neutral. This was not my time to bring in a tie-dye headboard or some crazy Persian rug. We kept it calm, used neutrals, wood and some black to make sure it felt grounded.
I accented with light pink because, well, even though no baby girl is involved in this space anymore this room longed for a pastel named pink as it paired perfectly with the green in the wallpaper.
We borrowed the tables from 1000xbetter (a local staging company that let us pick from some of their items), but I believe that they bought them from Living Spaces. The rug is Target and simple and white like the original although we brought that one to the new house.
We used symmetry to our favor to make sure that it looked balanced, pulled together and cohesive. If you want a space to look “designed” then symmetry is your friend especially when you have a more graphic element (like the wallpaper) in the room.
We hung the Jane Denton pieces on the wall opposite the bed because they looked so great in here and we didn’t need them in the bedroom anymore. I LOVE them so much in here.
I know that the nursery was gorgeous (in my humble opinion) but I think it transitioned really nicely into this guest room. Stay tuned for a few more style to sell posts (I know that we are late with these but it’s because we have are producing videos with Curbed that had a particular publishing schedule). And here is one of those videos for your viewing pleasure.
Ready to sell your home? I teamed up with Curbed to show you how transforming a spare room can attract more buyers. Here's a little sneak peek of what we've been working on (stay tuned for the full videos and posts over the next few weeks!).
Posted by Emily Henderson on Thursday, March 2, 2017
And if you are into the look, here are all the sources for the room:
1. Forest Wallpaper | 2. Headboard | 3. Nightstand | 4. Wooden Mobile | 5. Rug | 6. Innit Chair | 7. White Quilt | 8. Blush Lace Pillow | 9. Blush Linen Bed Set | 10. Bud Vase | 11. Green Throw | 12. Pink Geo Throw | 13. Green and Cream Pillow | 14. Table Lamp | 15. Curtains | 16. Pink X | 17. Pink O | 18. Wood and White Woven Chair | 19. Gold Side Table
And finally, here’s a quick Style School to show you how we styled this room to feel calm, even with that bold wallpaper:
***After Photos by Tessa Neustadt