We Gave a Professional Home Stager $100 — Here’s What She Bought at T.J. Maxx

published May 1, 2021
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Cruising the aisles of T.J. Maxx is one of my favorite ways to decompress after a long day. But the discount chain is also a go-to spot for some of the most successful home stagers in the real estate game when they’re looking to give a property a welcoming feel before prospective buyers pop by. 

I asked Massachusetts-based home stager Larissa Santana of LS Home Staging & Interiors to take $100 to T.J. Maxx and share her picks for home staging must-haves. From crisp white bedding to versatile flower vases, here’s what Santana says she relies on to get a home into tip-top shape. 

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Chanel Book

“Books are an excellent way to make a statement, create a more welcoming space, or add an artistic flair to any room. We love to use them for both home staging and decorating because of how stylish and useful they are. This book is the perfect addition to any coffee table, entry table, or sideboard. The black-and-white cover radiates a sophisticated vibe, while the style within is a treat for the eyes. Designer books, especially those that are black and white, are excellent for practically all homes.”

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3-Wick Candle

“Staging a house for sale is mostly about creating the perfect illusion of a lifestyle that appeals to as many potential buyers as possible. A good scented candle can totally change how inviting and warm a room feels. Plus, it also serves as a great decor piece.”

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White Bedding Set

“The bedroom is one of the most important rooms that buyers consider when purchasing a home. The bed is the focal point of a bedroom, so the bedding is vital. White linens are the most classic choice for bedding and, for me, is always the way to go. They’re timeless, chic, and go with everything. They look great in every bedroom.”

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White Towel Set

“When it comes to bathrooms, I always like to keep it simple, bright, and airy. A new fluffy white towel set is an inexpensive way to give any bathroom that luxury hotel feel.” 

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White Vase

“Another go-to for me are white vases. They are so versatile and can be used in a ton of different ways to make a home extra-special.”

Buy: Speckled Vase, $16.99