Saturday, October 26, 2013


Staging a home to sell is the process of preparing a real estate property to go on the market so that it will appeal to the most home buyers.  Statistics show that a staged house sells more quickly than a home that has not been staged, and actually increases the value of the property. My goal when staging any property is to transform an ordinary property into a warm and inviting space that buyers can imagine themselves coming home to every day.

I have staged several properties over the last couple of months that sold very quickly after being on the market for many months prior to staging.  One property that had been on the market for over a year, went under contract nine days after we staged it.  Homeowners and Real Estate agents alike are very happy with the results after staging their properties.  The cost involved in staging a property is very low compared to the return that homeowners recoup when the house is sold.  According to, sellers who spent $500.00 on staging recovered over 343% of the cost when they sold their home.  

The staging process begins for me when the real estate agent contacts me about a property that they have recently listed that needs a little (or sometime a lot) of TLC.  I contact the homeowner and set up an appointment to meet with them.  The real estate agent usually pays me for that first, one-hour consultation, as a service to their client.  

During the meeting with the homeowner, I offer some ideas to them as we are touring the property. However, most of my advice to the homeowner is written in a room-by-room checklist that I email to them within 48 hours of our consultation.  The homeowner then has the option of implementing the changes on their own, or they call me to come back in and stage the home for them either by working with items they already own, or bringing in my own furniture, lighting, rugs, and accessories.

The following photos are from some of the properties I have staged over the last couple of months:

If you are thinking about putting your NC home on the market, and you are interested in staging your home, please feel free to contact Lee Ann Burkhart Interiors @ (336) 263-7424.  I will be happy to help you.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Design on a Dime!

I recently installed the fourth model home for a group of home developers out of Winston-Salem, NC.  Now that we have worked on several projects together, these clients are very familiar with my style and they trust me enough to let me design whatever I like as long as I stay within their budget.  However, I don't mind a budget at all; in fact, I like the challenge of making a room feel warm and inviting without spending a fortune.  My favorite type of room is one that appears the items have been collected over time rather than one that looks like someone went into a big- box store and bought everything to match, without much thought behind their selections.  When you are decorating on a budget, you often have to shop around for the best deals resulting in a finished room with that collected feel I like so much!

For this Master bedroom, I found great bargains at places like Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Ikea, Hobby Lobby, Marshalls, and some local consignment shops!

The sunburst mirror and framed marsh prints were ordered from my to-the-trade art vendors.  The Euro shams and sheets were TJ Maxx.  The duvet and insert were from Ikea.  
The upholstered headboard, mercury glass lamps, mirrored nightstands, and chevron pillows were all great Tuesday Morning finds.  The coverlet folded at the foot of the bed was from HomeGoods.

The midcentury modern dresser and the framed photo was from Ikea.  The large, round, beaded mirror was a great consignment store find.  The lamp and accessories were all TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

The midcentury modern chest of drawers was from Ikea.  The framed photo from Hobby Lobby.
 In the end, the room felt warm and cozy while staying well within the budget, making my clients and me very happy!

Friday, July 5, 2013

A Charming Cottage Before and After

One of my favorite home styles is a charming bungalow from the early twentieth century.  I was given the opportunity to stage one of these charming bungalows recently and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the before and after shots from the project.  

The Living Room

The living room before.

Slipcovered sofa and chairs grounded by a navy and white striped rug give the room a comfortable, cottage feel.

The Entry

The first thing you see when you enter the home is this small fireplace that is in desperate need of some attention.

We used the homeowner's antique mirror along with some other accessories to bring this mantel to life.
The Dining Room

This antique sideboard belonged to the homeowner, and was a great starting point for the dining room.

All it needed was a few accessories, and a beautiful art piece to hang over the piece.

The Master Bath

The bathroom just needed a few accessories to add some color and personality to the space.

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom had beautiful hardwood floors, but needed a few basic pieces to dress it up.

We added a wicker headboard, Pottery Barn bedding, and some simple accessories to turn this Master into a soothing restful, retreat.

                                                          The Office / TV Room

The Office/TV room needed a complete makeover, beginning with refinishing the floors.

One last shot of that small fireplace that would become the focal point of the room, but it started out as a real diamond in the rough.

We used the homeowner's mirror, books and art, filling in with a few of my own accessories.

The sweet homeowner is excited that her home looks so nice (even mentioning that she would like to move back in), and is finally ready to go on the market!  I have a feeling that this charming little cottage in Mebane, NC is going to sell fast!  If you are interested in living in the Mebane area, contact Keller Williams Realty to learn more about this charming bungalow!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Home Tour Preview

I have been going through photos this week so I can update my website, and I also want to add a "Home Tour" section to my blog.  I thought I would share with you a few of those images that I am getting ready to post as part of my "Home Tour".

First up is the Family Room:

Looking toward the front doors.

The view of my family room from the kitchen.

Standing in the small foyer looking into the Family Room.

Standing in the Family Room, looking into the dining room.

A view of the breakfast room from the kitchen.

I just recently painted my kitchen cabinets BM Sandy Hook Gray:  They look a little green in these photos, but they are more blue gray with a hint of green.  I really like the color!

My very talented seamstress, Kay, did a beautiful job sewing the window treatments over my kitchen sink.  She also made the twin headboards in my daughter's bedroom shown below.

The Master Bedroom features a Mary Cassatt poster that I had framed many years ago because the little girl reminded me of my red-headed daughter.  It's still one of my favorite pieces of art!

Sorry about the color on these Master Bedroom photos!  They turned out a little dark!

My Daughter's Bedroom:

My Son's Bedroom:

Check back with me soon to see more of my Home Tour section!