The Staged House | Master Bedroom Reveal

Thanks so much for the lovely response to the Guest Bedroom Reveal I posted last week. You guys are just the best! I’ve been trying to reply to all of the comments, but have been a bit pressed for time, so please bear with me.

I’m popping back in today to share the master bedroom.

Bedroom Before


Sorry for the crappy phone snaps. I don’t have one of those fancy new phones which takes decent wide angle pics. I’d already taken down several pieces of wall art and started clearing things away when I remembered to take these.

Although this is the master, it’s actually not as large as the guest bedroom due to the space the attached ensuite occupies.

It was overwhelmed by bulky furniture and made dark by heavy curtains (I’d already removed some of them when I took the before shots – there is another large window just out of shot to the left).

My plan was to simplify, brighten and modernise things for a fresher and more spacious feel.

Bedroom After

We used the existing double-size mattress and base which I added a bedskirt to using the curtain trick I mentioned in my last post.

The curtains I used to make the skirt were “borrowed” from the guest bedroom…

Curtains Before

Here are a few (very bad!) progress pics of that project…

Bedskirt from Curtain Panels

Please refer to my original post about making bedskirts from curtain panels for the full tutorial.

The bed was initially off-set in the room to accommodate the large dressing table, but for staging purposes it just made sense to remove that piece entirely in order to center the bed on the panelled wall, and generally make things feel more open and spacious.

Bedroom After

Because the bed is flanked by tall windows which extend from the floor, I chose to switch-out the existing mid-century side tables in favour of something visually lighter (if you caught the guest bedroom reveal last week, then you will probably know that I decided to use the mid-century side tables in that room instead).

I already owned the cube tables, which you may remember from The Flip House. For that property I painted them a deep green but this house was all about warm and earthy tones so I repainted them a rusty terracotta (colour is ‘African Ambush’ by Dulux).

Bedside Table

The rug is one of my all time favourites: the IKEA ‘LOHALS’. I use this often because it’s lovely and neutral yet still textural and interesting, plus it’s soooo affordable! It comes in two sizes and for my purposes I have used the smaller one which is 160cm x 230cm.

Bedroom Makeover

I wanted a bench at the end of the bed but knew that my go-to green one (which normally resides at the end of my very own bed) wouldn’t work with the colour scheme in here. I had a quick look around online for a new alternative, but never came across anything affordable enough, even on the second-hand sites. Then one day I was at my parent’s house and noticed this rudimentary bench sitting behind their shed.

“Hey Dad, where did this come from? Can I take it to Lorraine’s house?”

“Yeah sure, if you want. I just built it from some scraps I had lying around but I don’t really have anywhere to put it!”

Bench sorted!

Bedroom After

It’s not exactly the rustic-refined elm seat I was envisaging, but for free it would totally do!

All of the decor, and most of the bedding, are items I already owned.

Bedside Table

I could have used a statement piece of art over the bed, which in the context of this room alone would have looked very impactful, but given I’d already used several large pieces throughout the house I decided to keep things sweet and simple in here, especially due to the panelled wall which is a feature unto itself. The mirror is one I already owned (from Spotlight).

Bedroom After

Lamps are from Big W, originally purchased a few years ago to use in The Flip House guest bedroom.

Bedside Table

To dress the bed I bought a new basic doona, along with a white quilt cover set, from Target. Although the bed is a double I opted for king-size so it looks and feels generous, plus is more flexible for future use.

The tufted mustard throw is one I already owned (originally gifted by Linen House).

Bedroom After

Cushions are also ones I already owned. The faux leather one was from Target, the others were from H&M.

Along with dressing this room, there were also a couple of small jobs needed to bring things up to scratch.

The panelled wall was dotted with multiple nail holes and some decent gauges, so I filled them then gave it a fresh coat of paint.

I also had the carpet re-stretched. You can see in the before pic that there was quite a notable ridge in the carpet (looked even worse in person). I tried to pull it up and flatten it out myself but it’s a job that really needs proper tools. It only took the layer about ten minutes and cost just $60.

Here are the comparison before and after pics…

Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

Before and After Bedroom





Catch up on all the previous posts about ‘The Staged House’ HERE.

The Staged House | ‘Guest’ Bedroom Reveal

I’ve been slowly working through some of the photos I took of my late mother-in-law’s property (which, for ease, I’m now coining ‘The Staged House’).

At first I wanted to share an over-arching post inclusive of all spaces (similar to what I did for my gran’s house) but given I’m a little stretched for time at the moment, it’s just taking too long for me to get everything together. Sorry.

So, room-by-room reveals it is! Starting with the ‘guest’ bedroom.

This was my mother-in-law’s home-office/catch-all (we’d already started clearing it out when I took this before pic), but for sale purposes it just made sense to stage it as a regular bedroom.

Bedroom Reveal After

We didn’t have a spare bed to use so I scoured Marketplace for a free queen-size mattress and base, then I added a simple skirt using my curtain trick from The Flip House. Except this time I didn’t even need to buy curtains!

For sale purposes we had decided to remove all of the window furnishings in the house to help make things look bright and clean. At first I was simply going to throw the old curtain panels away, but right when I was about to use them as a rag for my grubby paint-covered hands, it dawned on me that they might actually be useful. And clearly they were!

The white curtains you can see in the guest bedroom before pic were used to make a skirt for the master bedroom (I’ll share that space soon!). And the curtains for my guest bedroom skirt were taken from the third bedroom. Here they are before…

Curtains Before

And here are some of my rough progress pics (refer to my past post for a complete how-to tutorial)…

Curtains to Bedskirt

It took me about 15 minutes to completely finish. It’s so quick and easy!

Curtains to Bedskirt

The mid-century side tables were originally in the master bedroom, but I decided to steal them for this space because they work so perfectly.

Bedroom After

The master bedroom is actually a tad smaller due to the ensuite and this room could handle the bulk of them better.

I already owned the rug (you might recognise it from the girl’s bedroom at The Flip House). It was originally from Spotlight.


One of the more indulgent elements is the artwork over the bed. I was very lucky to be gifted this gorgeous piece from Urban Road which just works so beautifully in here.

Wall Art

Pardon the reflections!

From the start I knew I wanted to include some tall greenery, but for staging purposes I have used my free cheat of ‘borrowing’ a tree (sometimes I will use a substantial branch) from the paddock behind my house (don’t worry, there are still 5,694 more to choose from!). Sorry, but I actually have no idea what this particular tree is – feel free to share if you know!

Bedroom Reveal After

I’ve found that if you sit an established woody cutting in water it can last for several weeks. Here I’ve placed it in a large glass demijohn (unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of it but you can just see it peeking out from over the bed).

Most of the bedding, and all of the decor items, are things I already owned.

You might recognise the lamps from The Flip House.


Again, this is just a total staging cheat where I’ve used inexpensive vases (large ceramic lamps can be so expensive!) with shades resting on top. I didn’t add any light source when I used these in The Flip House but this time around I included some battery operated puck lights. The shades are a little smaller than I would have liked though the larger original shades I had were stolen when The Flip House was broken into. So, I’ve just made do with these smaller ones I found in the shed. They aren’t ideal but they do the trick. I would also have liked to paint the bases white, but that was a low priority and never happened. Oh well.

The rust accent cushion is from Target, the faux leather cushions are from Kmart and the striped cushions are from IKEA. They are my new favourites!

I bought the throw a few years ago from Etsy and the white quilt cover is just an old one of mine from Target.

Oh, and the ‘flat’ sheet is actually a Kmart tablecloth! This is another little hack I often use for staging purposes as I find the extra weight in the fabric helps it sit more neatly and appear less translucent than most regular sheets. When no-one is actually going to be sleeping in the bed you can get away with anything!

Wall Art

I didn’t really have a set plan in mind when bringing this space together. For the most part I was just working with what I already had, though I just adore the way things evolved. To me it almost has a subtle Santa-Fe kinda vibe, which is something a little bit different to my usual modern-cottage style.

As always, here are the comparison pics…

Bedroom Reveal After

Bedroom Makeover Before and After

Because I’m a little behind in sharing these room reveals, I haven’t really had a good chance to post about the whole sale campaign. Well, just to quickly summarise, our first open for inspection garnered a record agency attendance which was super flattering news. We received twelve separate offers within the first week and the house was under contract in just eight days! Less than two weeks after hitting the market it was officially SOLD – for just shy of 100K above the top price in our listing range! Great result.

Looking forward to sharing more spaces soon. Thanks so much for being patient with me.




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A Quick & Simple DIY Plant Pot Update

I know I’m supposed to have shared at least some of the pics from my mother-in-laws house staging project, though I’ve been so flat out with client work lately I haven’t even had a chance to properly look through the photos yet! So sorry!

One project I can quickly share however is these plant pots I transformed to dress-up the front entry.


My mother-in-law had a heap of random pots laying around, but I wanted something cohesive for beside the front door. Of course, buying new pots would have been pricey and a bit excessive, so once again it was paint to the rescue!

Plant Pot Makeover

I was on a tight budget and time-frame so simply used some supplies I already had on hand – regular house paint mixed with Plaster of Paris.

If I’d planned things out ‘properly’ I probably would have used something more suited for outdoor conditions, such as mortar mix and exterior paint instead. But, Plaster of Paris can be sealed for outdoor use and although I never sealed ours it has held up perfectly for almost three months now! Yay!

All I did was pour some plaster powder into a bowl then gradually add paint, stirring with a stick paddle until I had a toothpaste-like consistency. I wasn’t fussed about bumps and lumps so there were plenty – which I embraced!

To apply the paint I used a large brush which I haphazardly slapped around the pots until they were fully covered (around two-three coats). I undertook this project on quite a hot day so thankfully the paint dried fast which enabled me to layer it up quickly.

Plant Pot Makeover Before and After

Sorry I don’t have step-by-step tutorial photos though I literally did this in a frantic twenty minute window right before I needed to collect my kids from school. That’s how quick and easy it was!

In terms of plants, as you can see the Euphorbia was existing, and I added a Prima Donna tree (Elaeocarpus Reticulatis) in the large pot for height and lushness, and some pretty Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritima) in the smallest pot for a bit of fluffy cottage charm.

To conceal the exposed soil some fine Euchi Mulch did the trick.

Right at the beginning of this house staging project, when we were initially decluttering, no-one really knew what to do with these random pots. At one stage they even almost ended up in the trash! So it’s nice to have given them a fresh lease on life.




Catch up on all the previous posts about my mother-in-laws house staging project HERE.


Preparing the House For Sale…and a special reader offer

This post is sponsored by Fantastic Services.

All images and opinions are my own.

Bedroom Makeover

One of the inevitable tasks when preparing a house for sale is cleaning.

And, I’m not gonna lie, it’s definitely my least favourite!

In fact, I was actually really dreading it for my mother-in-laws property. Although the house itself isn’t particularly large, it’s quite vast due to high vaulted ceilings, and also has lots of fiddly rustic details. On top of this things had been a bit neglected over the years so it was never going to be a quick and easy chore.

Obviously we already had a very long ‘to do’ list, and although cleaning was always a priority, every time I thought about it my heart sank a bit. I know that’s melodramatic, but it’s honestly how I felt. I guess the strain of the past year had just left me a little more stretched than usual.

Coffee Table

So it was such a relief when I was contacted by Fantastic Services.

They offer a wide range of home services, from regular domestic cleaning to end-of-lease cleaning, gardening and pest control, to specialised tasks such as surface honing and appliance cleaning.

Dining Table

Not being one to usually consider hiring cleaners, accepting this opportunity felt a little bit indulgent, but also incredibly liberating! It was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

We were fortunate to have two cleaners attend the property to undertake Spring Cleaning. This is a one-off service you can fully customise to suit your needs.

Once they’d finished working their magic, and I walked inside the house, I finally felt the motivation needed to start the staging process. It wasn’t as though they had simply cleaned the house, but also cleansed my mind! Does that sound crazy? Regardless, I’d probably never felt more sane!

I’m still working through all the after photos so am just sharing these sneak peeks for now.

Bedside Table


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If you missed my introduction to this house staging project, check out my original post HERE.

A New House Staging Project

Just in case anyone has been wondering where I’ve been…







Sorry about the quality of these photos. I never took “proper” before pics so these are merely phone snaps. Some are taken after I already started decluttering (hence the lack of stuff), others are taken mid clear-out (hence the abundance of stuff).

Several weeks back I started work on a new house staging project which I never intended to share here (sound familiar?).

This is actually the house of my beautiful mother-in-law who sadly passed away late last year. I won’t go into things too deeply, but obviously it was very difficult and certainly not made any easier by the whole COVID-19 fiasco here in Melbourne at the time.

Needless to say there were quite a few false starts with the house preparedness situation given pandemic restrictions, so the process has been quite unpredictable, but that’s not the main reason I never intended to share it.

You see, unlike some of my past “flips” where we undertook minor (and even some major) home improvement works to bring the property up to a certain standard, the scope of this project never extended that far.

Although totally liveable, the house is a bit of a fixer-upper, so short of tackling a full-on reno prior to the sale (which, very fairly, no-one was interested in), it just made sense to leave the bones be to allow freedom for any new buyer to put their own stamp on things.

This isn’t to say that there was little work undertaken. Properly preparing any house for sale is never quick and easy – and deceased estates often bear the additional burden of emotional stress. We all spent several weekends gardening, decluttering, packing, fixing, cleaning, and so on. And general maintenance will persist until the hammer falls.

Given there was no hiding the fact the house itself was a little outdated, our plan was simply to make it look as stylish as possible so any prospective buyer can see the imminent appeal, along with envisaging any future potential.

Of course, as a result of the current state of the house though, I didn’t have a particularly fresh and modern canvas to build upon. And this, paired with time and budget constraints, meant we were never going to have an especially amazing outcome. I mean, staging can be powerful but it’s not exactly magic! I even told myself not to go to too much effort.

But that’s easier said than done!

As per usual I got carried away…painting furniture I said would be fine as is, scouring Marketplace at 2AM, driving over an hour to collect a table because it was “such a bargain”, raiding friend’s homes for quilt covers they clearly didn’t need, coming up with resourceful ways to use old curtains. You know, all that usual stuff that totally sane people do all the time. Honestly, the past few weeks have been little more than a blur of sandpaper, broken fingernails, too many scatter cushions and full-to-the-brim car trips!

But as things started coming together in the house, much more successfully than I’d ever anticipated, I found myself feeling freshly optimistic – maybe staging is a bit magic after all!

I decided that whilst the house was never going to be perfect, it still deserved to shine as brightly as it could. It was time to take my fuss-pot hat off and share this project: warts and all. I’m pretty certain you guys will appreciate it and I can’t wait to divulge more!

I actually finished staging the house a few days back so it’s already completely done! I’ll be back with the after photos soon.