Earlier this year, I staged a contemporary house. The owners were very motivated, receptive to ideas and had already done a lot of work. I mention this because it made my job much easier. The before picture you see is an unusual space at the foot of the basement stairs. Without spending too much money, we needed to find a way to simplify the spot without drawing too much attention. Take a look at the after picture and let me know what you think. http://www.flickr.com/photos/magicalmakeoverinteriors/sets/72157626784065739/ With a larger budget we probably would have eliminated the spot all together, but time and money were key and the house sold in just about a month.