Linda Leyble, "The Colorful Bee "

Design and Staging Ideas

PO Box 661
Great River NY 11739
631 793-1315
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (a few days early!)


How are your preparations going? I am having 16 my little 2 year old granddaughter for a big feast this Thursday. Lots to do!


Here's a recent vacant staging project we did in Dix Hills NY that sold very quickly.


Have a great Holiday!







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Sold in 2 weeks


We staged this vacant home in Dix Hills in mid October and it sold before the month was through.


The Story


Act 1: The homeseller was relocating and, at first, put the home on the market with his furnishings (very dated and the furniture arrangement left a lot to be desired). It didn't sell.


Dining Room Before

Dining Room Before...


Act 2: He then tried to sell it vacant but all that did was call attention to the dingy carpets (and the need to remove them!) and the need to repaint. Even though the homeseller had the carpets cleaned - it didn't help at all...they were very soiled and worn.


Living room before

 Living Room Before...


The home looked the worse for wear without any furniture in it. The home had a great layout - and an incredible backyard - but all of those virtues were trumped by the dinginess and the home being vacant. Potential buyers could not "see" how they could live beautifully in this home.



Dining Room After...

Living Room After... 


Living Room After... 



Act 3: We staged it with beautiful furnishings and accessories - and we gave it a new lease on life. We convinced the homeseller that it was in his best interest to remove the dingy carpeting to show the hardwood flooring beneath. That brought more value to the home and gave it a lighter and cleaner appeal. It only took a day - what a difference.


Master Bedroom





We wanted the homeseller to repaint some of the rooms (the color on the first floor was a very, very pale violet) but that wasn't in his budget. So - we avoided bringing in any yellow (which would have helped amplify the violet hued walls). When we were finished staging, the walls didn't scream violet - they appeared more like a pale gray.


A few more pics...





 Master Bath...


If you have a home (or a listing) on the market that's vacant, please consider staging it first. According to the National Association of Realtors, it takes twice as long to sell a vacant home. Don't wait it out (plus a probable price reduction...or 2 or 3!). Stage it before you list it. It will always cost way less than the first price reduction.


Today's buyers are hypercritical - if they can't figure out how to place their furnishings because a home is vacant - they will take your home off their list...and make an offer on another.


Staging works!


My thanks to Janet Manno, Associate Broker and Relocation Director of Douglas Elliman for bringing me in to help this home get sold...and to Catherine Lindstadt, Associate Real Estate Broker of Douglas Elliman for doing a great marketing job.


Call me if you would like to learn more about vacant staging, staging consultations...and how to sell your home or listing faster.






631 793-1315


PS - sneak peek of our latest vacant staging in Bohemia NY! Another Douglas Elliman listing. To see the full listing go here




About Linda Leyble:  Linda helps resusitate boring homes and transforms them into beautiful ones.  High end homeowners have used her talents to change ho hum rooms into magazine worthy showhouses. Successful realtors, builders and real estate investors have used her talent and creativity to get their properties sold quickly.
She has participated in many Designer Showhouses, been featured on, - and on numerous design blogs.  Her company was named one of the Best of Long Island companies by the readers of the Long Island Press. She's been featured many times  in Newsday - for her home staging and design work - and in magazines and a design book, "Living with Wine." She also teaches design, decorative painting and home staging classes.   
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