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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.

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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A Hint of Bohemian Decor

I had so much fun Staging this empty house that was built in 1920. After several months of renovations, I was left with a clean blank canvas to turn it into a home. There is so much charm and character in these older homes and I want to showcase every detail. My colour inspiration was the exterior red brick and the blue door. Ideally, it’s nice when there is a flow from the exterior to the interior.  It tells more of a ‘story’. After spending a few hours in the empty house taking measurements and coming up with a plan, …

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Choosing Paint Colours

Every January, we all wait for the new “Colour Of The Year” to come out. I personally find this scary since I go into people’s homes who have gone and painted the new ‘trendy’ colour even though it doesn’t complement ANYTHING in their house.  We can easily fall into the same traps with fashion trends.  Some trends are simply NOT made for ALL body types. Complement What Is Staying In The House When helping clients with colour, I always start at the ground up.  What tones are in the flooring.  Flooring is the most expensive fixed feature in your home …

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with your loved one. I’ve already had my first decorating/styling consultation of the year and things are booking up quickly for Stagings as well. Back in November and December, I started  to work with 4 houses to give them a head start with their ‘to-do’ list but they are almost ready to list this month so things are going to be busy. Santa brought me a new wide angle lens for my camera since my last one dropped and cracked! This means better quality before/after photos for my blogging.  I …

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Which Rooms Do You Stage?

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This townhouse had been vacant on the market for a few months so I was called in for a consultation and to decide how much to stage.  Yes, houses can sell empty.  However, as soon as you furnish an empty house, it completely transforms it into a home.  Buyers can see where/how they would use the spaces themselves. You immediately get a ‘feeling’ when you walk into a furnished house. After my initial consultation, I went directly to the furniture rental company and ordered all the pieces that I needed for the main floor.  We didn’t stage the bedrooms since …

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Looks Like a Completely New House

I received a call from a landlord who wanted to put her house up for sale the week after the tenants moved out.  That meant a lot of work in a very short period of time for everyone. Planning and coordinating all the necessary people is key when so many factors are involved! Initial Consultation: Just by our discussion on the phone, I knew I had to get in to see the house before the tenants moved out since I needed time to rent furniture and coordinate all the Staging.  It always takes longer than people expect. I was grateful …

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Staging A Vacant Home Makes All The Difference.

Staging A Vacant Property Makes a Difference I was called by the homeowners to Stage their vacant property. The house had just been completely renovated and was in pristine condition. As soon as I walked in, I loved their colour scheme and their light fixtures. Buyers find it very challenging to see the full potential of an empty room since rooms always appear smaller without furniture. My job is to help make a house feel like a home and to enhance the house’s best features. The first thing I need to decide on is the ‘style’ and ‘colour palette’ that …

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Proof That Staging Does Work

The Process: I’ve decided to write this blog about the process that goes along with Staging since most people have NO idea how much is involved.  Every house is a bit different, but I want to share the process of this particular staging.  Since it was an empty house, more work was necessary. I received a call from a homeowner who said she had a ‘crisis’.  She had a newly renovated vacant property on the market for 3 months but it wasn’t selling.  She was given my name from someone and she asked me to stage her house.  I agreed. …

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My Dream Staging Part 2

I had so much fun staging this stunning house since it was almost a blank canvas. The homeowner had already moved out but left a few pieces of furniture for me to work with. I basically had to furnish the main floor.  View this link for Part 1 of this Staging.  You won’t believe how great it looks. This post is about the bedrooms upstairs. Make the Most of What you Have: The only thing in this room was s single bed and a night table. I knew there was a desk in the storage in the basement so we …

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My Dream Staging

The homeowner had moved out of this stunning large home but left me a few pieces of furniture to work with.  I had the challenge of creating a plan to figure out which furniture I needed to rent from the furniture rental store, and which accessories I needed to bring in from my (Styled & Staged) inventory to make it feel like a home. Huge Rooms: To put things in perspective, I can hardly hold this piece of artwork, yet it looked small in the room. One of the hardest thing about renting furniture is that you don’t always get …

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