Four Tips for Staging a Summer Cabin

Whether you are looking to sell or make your Airbnb pop, we guarantee that these four easy tips on how to stage your summer cabin will come in handy! No need to hire a stager or interior designer, you can trust our team of experts’ words of wisdom. The ultimate goal in staging a summer cabin is to make it nice enough for guests to want to stay longer, come back or even better, call it their own. Find out how below! 

  • Stage the outdoors 

Summer cabins are all about the outdoors. The backyard of the property needs to have an inviting and well-kept living area. Let’s face it, Chicagoans who are fortunate to own a lake house, will maximize those warm summer months as much as possible. Buyers need to picture themselves with friends and family relaxing on lounge chairs, roasting s’mores around the fire pit or taking part in a competitive game of beach volleyball. Check out our latest blog on trending outdoor furniture and decor for some inspiration.

  • Highlight the foundations of the home

It’s important to highlight the main features of the cabin in order to preserve its charm and emphasize that relaxing beach-house look. Bring the outdoors indoors by highlighting the home’s stone foundations and wooden beams. You also can easily add natural materials such as leather, clay or vegetation for a complete look. If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our latest blogs on this year’s design trends and easy tips on how to add a luxurious ambiance to your rental.

  • Keep the decor trendy and up-to date 

Out with the old, in with the new. Just like when you stay at a hotel, it’s important for your summer cabin to feel potentially fancier than your home. Go for the modern coastal look. Choose a neutral color palette and point your furniture towards the outdoors. If you don’t have a view, add artwork showcasing local sights to reflect the surroundings. If your flipper budget is tight, you can modernize your home at a minimal cost by switching out some pillows, adding some cozy blankets or maximizing shortcuts with these DIY tips

  • Don’t overdo it 

The simpler the better. Don’t make it too personal. In order for your buyers or guests to feel instantly at home, the design of the home needs to be clean, tidy and streamlined. Seems obvious, but you would be surprised how much clutter you can accumulate in your secondary home and it’s easy to get carried away with a coastal theme. Kitschy nautical themed cabins are a thing of the past, make sure your home decor is authentic and subtle. Follow these guidelines and we guarantee your summer cabin will sell in a flash.


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