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Staging is Quite Different Than Decorating

Our goal is to keep costs down for homeowners by using as much of their furnishings and accessories as possible. We always work within the time line, budget and ability of the homeowners. All photos are published with the homeowners consent.

Where to Start When Staging a House

This blog post is all about how to find your source of inspiration when staging a room When I first meet with a homeowner I need to instantly gain their trust because not everyone is on board with Staging at the beginning. Often it’s the Realtors who want me there, not the homeowners. While I’m doing that,  I’m also scanning the room to see where my ‘jumping off’ point is and figuring out what inventory I have in stock that would suit their house.  I’m searching for the features of the home that I want to highlight and what needs …

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How Hiring Styled & Staged Saved Hundreds of Dollars

When I first walked into this open concept townhouse I noticed that there were only the two chairs in the living room.  I didn’t know where to sit since there were three of us at the meeting.  Two chairs were fine for the homeowners however, for Staging purposes, we really want to appeal to the masses. This is a great family/entertaining home so I wanted to stage every room to the best of my ability.  The Realtor was all ready to go to the furniture rental store with me after the consultation since she was expecting to rent furniture. This …

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How To Make Any Paint Colour Combination Work

No matter how many times I meet with homeowners, I always get anxious and nervous suggesting that they do any painting.  I cringe when I see the glazed look come over their face when I talk about the “P” word.  I know it’s a big undertaking for them when there is so much else to do, but fresh paint makes the biggest difference in their investment. This is when I have to “pick my battles” and choose which rooms are priority, and then ultimatley, it’s their decision what they will do.  Obviously the timeline is also a huge factor of …

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Staged Townhouse Gets 14 Offers!

  The homeowners called me after reading my blog and asked for help to Stage their townhouse.  They were under an extremely short timeline so we all had to work fast!!!! Choose a Colour Palette: When I first walked into this home, there were too many accent colours which chopped up the different zones.  I would like to preface that the homeowners had already started to tidy up when I got there so things were out of place and boxes were getting filled up. This is an open-concept house, so in order to make it look and feel larger, we …

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The Art of Staging Bedrooms

I absolutely LOVE Staging bedrooms because I can be more creative and each room can be unique.  The key is to imagine who the projected buyers are going to be.  I don’t have a crystal ball, however you get a sense of who the buyers are going to be based on the location, price point, number of bedrooms and who else lives in the community etc. Teen Rooms: When I first saw this room, I thought it was the master bedroom.  The room is so large, it has the stunning window, the big chandelier and mature looking furniture. I suggested …

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Some Stagings Are More Involved Than Other Ones

Peeling Back The Layers Of An Onion: Sometimes staging a house is like peeling back an onion.  As you start to remove layers of ‘stuff’ you begin to see what you have to work with and all the beauty of the home.  It can be extremely stressful for homeowners to go through this process alone.  In this case we had a wonderful team of movers, the help of an organization company, painters, cleaners, the very hands-on Realtor Patti Smith, myself and yes, even our husbands were there to move stuff and shampoo carpets. Where to Begin: Fortunately I’ve been doing …

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5 Biggest Changes in This Staging

Every house has it’s own story.  In this case, the family had outgrown the space and purchased a large country home that they were moving to right after I staged the house.  The big decision was ‘what furniture do you keep for Staging purposes, and what do you pack in the moving truck to keep costs down? Each visit required more decisions to be made as we slowly removed old furniture and bought new furniture. Every time I went to the house it looked completely different and more decisions needed to be made. 5 Biggest Changes:  New paint colour on …

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3 Ways How To Make a Room Feel Larger

These three simple tips can make any living space feel larger. 1. Reduce Wall Paint Colours Painting the living room the same colour as the dining room was a dramatic difference and it really made the room look larger. Not only did I ask the homeowners to paint the living room, I also asked them to paint the bright yellow staircase since you saw it from every room in the house.  When rooms are chopped up with different paint colours, it stops the flow from one room to the other.  I chose to continue with their dining room colour since …

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Staging a Bedroom with Sloped Walls

This master bedroom has lots of charm with the thick baseboards, double windows and sloped walls.  Now what is the best way to furnish it? Upholstered Headboard: Since there is a sloped wall where the head of the bed is going to go, I had to bring in a headboard since I wouldn’t be able to hang artwork above the bed. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the slope wall is just above the headboard. I chose an upholstered one instead of wood to add more texture and warmth.  Since I didn’t want to hide the thick decorative …

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Be a Master of Your Craft

  Last night my husband and I went to an interesting glass blowing demonstration. As I watched these two masters of their craft, I was reminded of these 3 life lessons. 3 Life Lessons: 1. THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM. I was surprised how it took three hours to blow 2 vases, and then they still had to cool down for about 10 more hours. Next time I buy a glass vase/bowl for my Staging business, I will appreciate all the dedication, creativity and skill that goes into making each piece. Just like in my business, clients see their …

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