One of my favorite blogs to visit outside of Active Rain is Athol Kay's ReAgent In Connecticut. I see a section on his blog as it having a parallel relevance to the practice of home staging... which I will explain in a moment.
Anyway, I like to visit Athol's site because his readers are always sending him horrible MLS photos... which he then features in his Bad MLS of the Daysection. Knowing the importance good photography plays in selling a home, I think Athol is on a one-man-mission to clean up MLS listing photos by showing people what is bad.
Now I gotta admit while every time I go to his site for a chuckle I also cringe. Often when I look at those photos they remind me of all the examples of Bad Staging in photos I have seen people post on the web and EVEN publish in books... unfortunately when it comes to bad staging rarely do I chuckle.
So for awhile now I've dropped a few hints here and there saying that I wished I could post the Bad Staging examples like Athol does with MLS Photos... and people began to send me actual pictures or emails telling me to check out this site or check out that site for some good Bad Staging. Which was all quite entertaining. But really what good is that? Now that I had these pictures and links what should/could I do with them? After all, if fashion magazines can publish pictures of people wearing "Dont's," could I do the same for Bad Staging? Then I wondered, "Should I?" for just posting pictures and labeling them "Bad"seemed.... well it seemed snotty.
So finally... like daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, I go that idea that posting the picture with an explanation as to WHY the staging was poorly executed would at least take what might be perceived as "meanness" out. I remembered that in design school sometimes the best way we were taught what does work was by examining what doesn't.
So now I posted my first Bad Staging critique on my other pretty (outside Active Rain) blog: Home Staging, Rants & Ravings. Each week I will be putting up an example of Bad Staging with an explaination why in my Bad Staging series. Of course you all are welcome to post your own thoughts and opinions and critique my critique in a comment. Hopefully by pointing out what is done wrong we well see more done right.
Stage It Forward...
PS: If you have an exmple of a Bad Staging that you would like featured... you can send them to me. I will not to reveal my sources.