We Gave a Professional Home Stager $50 — Here’s What She Bought at Wayfair

published Sep 1, 2023
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living room decorated with grey sofa, armchair, retro commode and posters on the wall
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When it comes to online shopping, sites that sell everything under the sun can feel pretty overwhelming. And if you’re trying to make your home’s interior more appealing, it can be hard to know where to start without narrowing it down a bit. 

To get that “just staged” aesthetic that real estate photos rely on to recruit clicks from aspiring homeowners, I turned to Kelli Carley, founder and principal designer of Room Service Retold, and asked her how she’d spend $50 for her home staging business at Wayfair. Take a look at Carley’s choices that could transform a drab space into a lively one with the click of a button.

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Wayfair
$15.99

“Dress up any space with greenery and you will feel alive! One of our biggest tips to styling with greenery is to not overdo it. Focusing on a few plants per room or one statement arrangement helps draw in the eye without taking away from the overall design. These calla stems are great for an entryway console or centerpiece where there is enough space for these large stems to stand out, perhaps in a clear vase on a set of books and balanced with a smaller, decorative object. Use these stems for their height and embrace the fact that there are 12 of them.”

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Wayfair
$20.00
was $21.86

“Uniquely-shaped candle holders serve multiple purposes for us. They can be used as decorative objects on shelves, create a great centerpiece for a dining table, or take a flat surface such as a coffee table and give it just the right height it needs to complete a space in the center of a room. When paired together with varying heights, the arches give the perfect dimension to an otherwise linear surface. We never use actual candlesticks in these because the organic shape of the holder provides just the right form needed to add that extra charm to your space.”

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Wayfair
$12.99
was $35.00

“You can never have enough throw pillows. I say buy it in every color! Especially now that the season is changing, just switching up your throw pillows will automatically transform your space and feel completely new! One of the simplest ways to bring texture and personality to a sofa or bed is with a new throw pillow. What we love most about this one is the size! We recommend always sizing up so over time they don’t look saggy. Pair this specific pillow with another textured solid color and you have yourself a great combination.”