Cambridge Condominium Residence Staging (Earlier than & After)

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“The house at all times tells me the way it ought to look,” says designer and residential stager Kate Breslin of her course of. Within the case of this two-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, she knew the area was begging for a timeless makeover. The thought was to attraction to a variety of consumers, but additionally usher in a enjoyable and youthful vibe. 

Plus, with its location by a bustling sq. and near public transportation, Breslin, proprietor of Kate & Company Interiors in Topsfield, Massachusetts, knew she ought to goal a particular group of consumers: younger professionals. With that in thoughts, she got down to design an area the place consumers may see themselves dwelling, working, and entertaining.

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The apartment, owned by a widely known documentarian, was a rental for a few years and had its justifiable share of damage and tear. As a result of the proprietor was retiring, he determined it was time to promote. As soon as the renters’ belongings have been out, Breslin was left with a clean slate — in addition to a number of points and wanted repairs to take care of. 

“The chopped-up flooring and odd lighting format introduced issues,” she remembers. “The sliders had condensation between the panes and wanted to get replaced, and a portion of the hardwood flooring was tiled the place an outdated coal range as soon as stood.”

As soon as these repairs have been full, Breslin’s greatest problem was configuring the open area in a approach that flowed and included areas for eating, enjoyable, internet hosting pals, and dealing from residence. 

“This area had a novel format,” she says. “I felt it was a scenario the place we wanted to point out consumers how they might use the area.” Living proof: There was an alcove with a fairly uncovered brick wall however no apparent function. Breslin made the brick wall a focus and created a comfortable place to collect with a guide or a cocktail. She added a darkish mantel encompass (a Fb Market discover she labored just a little paint magic on) and styled it with neutral-toned equipment. She then added two high-backed chairs and a trendy ottoman that would do double responsibility as a espresso desk and a comfortable place to place up your toes. A patterned rug and huge urn anchored the area and enjoyable particulars like a tic-tac-toe board and petite drink desk added persona.

Persevering with with a predominantly black-and-white shade scheme, Breslin divided the remaining area into dwelling and eating zones. A large light-colored couch and glass espresso desk stored the seating space ethereal, whereas brown leather-based chairs echoed the heat of the uncovered brick throughout the room. For different items — together with a console, secretary desk, eating desk, and 4 chairs — Breslin went darkish so as to add just a little drama and distinction with the sunshine flooring and partitions. A trendy desk positioned between the window and sliding glass doorways confirmed consumers that the room supplied a vibrant spot for distant work. 

In the long run, the completed area additionally spoke to Breslin. “This was an amazing mission to work on,” she says. “After I walked away from it, I assumed, ‘I may stay right here,’ and I’m fairly fussy!” Many others may image themselves there, too, and the apartment bought inside a number of days with a number of presents throughout asking worth.