No Furniture? No Problem With Virtual Home Staging!

By: Kelly Presbrey

Virtual Staging Rachel Carter Images Topsail Island Real Estate Photographer

When preparing to sell your house, home staging is a must! If furniture is out of the question, consider virtual home staging.

Your photos are the first thing home shoppers will see. Furniture and decor will be digitally and realistically placed into photos of vacant or furnished properties. Give buyers a reason to love your photos and you’ll be on your way to selling or renting faster and for top dollar.

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DESIGNING, INTERPRETING AND HIGHLIGHTING MODERN ARCHITECTURE + HOUSES

Scandinavian House  |  NC Modernist Houses  |  B+O Design

Written By: Scott Ogden

“Architects live and die by the images taken of their work; as these images alone are what people see.  For every one person who visits a private house, there may be ten thousand who only view it as a photo.”

-Julius Shulman, father of modern architectural photography in LA throughout the 40’s to the 80’s.

This sentiment couldn’t be more true with Pinterest, Houzz, and design blogs and plan websites as the prime way many people ‘shop’ for home ideas, be they full residential designs, spatial ideas, new materials/colors, or objects such as furniture, appliances or lighting.

Many of Shulman’s images are the reason that architects like Charles & Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler, Pierre Koenig and others became household names after WWII.  There’s a great documentary about him; (Visual Acoustics; The Modernism of Julius Shulman– which is available on AmazonPrime and sometimes shows on PBS and Sundance Channel)   http://www.juliusshulmanfilm.com/
julius shulman black white modern architecture photographer

B+O Design Studio

In eleven or so years here in Wilmington, our office, B + O design studio, has developed a specialty of designing custom, contemporary, ‘green’ houses and buildings.   As an architect and landscape architecture firm on the coast, we get to work on some wonderful, unique sites and neighborhoods in North Carolina.  These are one-off, special residential buildings that need some planning and thoughtfulness in terms of capturing those photos that take it from the owner’s day-to-day, intimate use and understanding to sharing as spaces that communicate & encourage others to think ‘outside the box’- even if it is in actuality still a rectangular volume.

It’s also fun to document the process.  Working with an architect is much different from that of a design/build/development or buying stock home plans; the process creates the product and each result is as different as the specific site and the arrangement of rooms & spaces of the program.  This image is a GIF of an early rough perspective rendering of the house, bled into the house as finished.

scandinavian house rendering

1. CONTEXT FOR CONTRAST.

Scandinavian House West Exterior facing channel

West Exterior- facing channel

Shulman had the luxury of LA’s mountains & Palm Springs deserts for the contrast of houses with clean lines to jagged mountains, exotic landscapes & sandy vistas.  We’re in a flat relatively urbanized coastal plain with less distinctive natural topography, but when the subject, a simple grey & white box (that’s been nicknamed the ‘Scandinavian House’) is juxtaposed to the surroundings, the uniqueness of the architecture can stand out.  Given that Wrightsville Beach is known for simple salt-box & mid-Atlantic vernacular forms, having the two adjacent houses in this shot shows contrast and difference at all levels.  Windows (black vs. white), (big vs. single), trim (none vs picture framing), siding (lines/texture vs. flatness), accent color (grey vs white), Roof (flat vs. pitched), etcetera.

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5 Tips for Home Staging

Written by: Christy Teachey

I am a mom, military spouse, and my family and friends call me their part-time decorator. I have always loved helping those around me spruce up their homes whether for a special holiday, a party they are hosting, or just because they want a change. I am completely self-taught and have learned over the years how to make big changes on a small budget. My husband and I have moved 11 times in 19 years so I learned how to make a home that is not so perfect feel cozy and inviting and stage furniture even when it is not made for a space. Therefore, as we are preparing to move -yet again- I thought I would share some of my home staging tips with you to get a home ready to sell FAST!

1. CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER

kitchen island staged real estate

This is probably the most obvious advice for your home staging efforts, but it is also one of the most important things to do when staging a home. First, do a thorough deep clean of your home. Clean the carpets, scrub the baseboards, even clean the oven and clean out the fridge…you get the idea. Make sure your home is squeaky clean. Once you tackle the cleaning, you need to simplify and de-clutter. Clearing the clutter allows your home to look larger and well maintained. It also allows the potential buyer to visualize their stuff in the home. Do you have smaller pieces of furniture, toys, or appliances that are causing your home to look chaotic? Take it to storage or get rid of it. You are moving anyway. Remove some of the smaller appliances from the kitchen counter-tops (think toasters, butcher blocks, blenders, etc.) Take out the small furniture to open up the floor space. Put away the toys. Keep it simple and clean.

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WATERFRONT HOME!  GORGEOUS VIEWS OF NEW RIVER!

Over 4,000 square feet of living space in beautiful Stone Bay Plantation!  This home is located close to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, and Topsail Island!

This home offers a first level Master Suite with a gorgeous bathroom.  The living room boasts wall to wall windows for amazing views.  The large, eat-in kitchen is every chef’s dream with an abundance of solid oak cabinets, granite countertops, an island, a microwave convection oven, and stainless steel appliances.  The kitchen has an abundance of solid oak cabinets, tiled backsplash, and recessed lighting which provides a classy, yet cozy ambiance.

A formal dining room perfect for entertaining is not far from the kitchen!  The first level also has an office with built-in mahogany bookshelves and cabinets, a laundry room, as well as a pantry.  Built-in cabinets can be found on either side of the fireplace.

There are 2 additional bedrooms, a large game room, and a bonus room (which can be used as another bedroom ) on the lower level.  The large game room overlooks New River and offers plenty of room for a pool table and seating area, and also has a kitchenette perfect for entertaining your guests!

This gorgeous home has floor-to-ceiling windows, 9 foot ceilings, topped off with double crown molding which allows for spectacular views and an open and airy feeling.

This home comes equipped with energy efficient geo-thermal heating and A/C, double pane Pella windows.  All appliances convey.

128 Gemstone Sneads Ferry tree lined driveway

This long and majestic driveway paves the way to the home of your dreams!

 

128 Gemstone Sneads Ferry Master Bathroom

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North Topsail Beach is a hidden gem along the central North Carolina coastline.  Dunes, sea grass, and wildlife are often seen while walking along the waterfront.  The most remarkable thing about this hidden gem is the gorgeous and vibrant colors that are reflected off the water as the sun sets over the state of North Carolina.  The soft pinks and purples begin to cover the Carolina blue sky as night sets in.

As the tide rolls out, the shoreline offers an amazing reflection as the sky turns from day to dusk during sunset.

Looking south and westward, you can see how the purple and pink deepens as nighttime sets in, contrasted by the brilliant orange in the west as the sun continues to set across the state.

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful home in Holly Ridge, North Carolina.  This gorgeous home is located in the desirable Village at Folkstone, minutes to the breathtaking beaches of Topsail Island near Camp Lejeune, between Jacksonville and Wilmington.

With over 3,100 square feet of open living space, this 4 bedroom plus bonus room AND media room sits on a fenced 0.75 acre lot with an IN GROUND saltwater pool, surrounded by a large, expanded concrete patio made for poolside entertaining.  The pool offers LED lighting for nighttime swimming, and is also low maintenance!

Inside, this home has SO many amenities and luxuries!  The first floor contains an Owner’s Suite; and a huge kitchen with an abundance of cabinets, granite countertops, an island, a pantry, and stainless steel appliances. The huge kitchen also contains the perfect breakfast area.

The living room offers a fireplace; and the elegant dining room has a coffered ceiling, decorative trim work and molding.  There is also a half bath and plenty of closets located downstairs.

The Owner’s Suite is EXCEPTIONAL with its Travertine tiles, garden tub, dual sinks, oversized tiled shower and customized walk in closet!  Walk upstairs and you will find 3 more bedrooms, a storage room, a MEDIA room, as well as a BONUS room!

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