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.

More Than Just a House

Not Just 4 Walls I hope this blog finds you all safe and well after the Tornadoes last weekend.  Since I was without power for almost 50 hours in Barrhaven, I had a lot of time to reflect and count my blessings. In the Real Estate and Staging business, it’s easy to get caught up on the notion that a house is simply a “product” and/or a “financial investment”. We tend to look at the square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, amenities etc. Yes, this is all true, but last weekend I was reminded that a house is so much more …

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Staging/Decorating a Cottage for the Colder Months

We are all affected and influenced by the weather.  In the hot months, we want our cottages to feel cool, airy and breezy. However, as the weather gets colder, we want to feel warm, cozy and comfortable .  We like to wrap ourselves in luxurious blankets by the fire sipping on hot chocolate with a good book. Create an Inviting Space It’s time to put the beach towels and boats away and focus on the inside of the house. If you want buyers or guests to drive out to see the cottage, you want to make sure it’s as appealing …

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Staging a House with an Income Property

Selling a house that has a separate rental unit (especially downtown) is very appealing for buyers. The rental suite can produce a nice monthly income. The main house was very elegant and just needed some tweaking but its amazing how small changes can make a huge difference. Main Living Space This room was intended to be a dining and a living room. Since the homeowner used their dining room table in the kitchen, they spread out their furniture creating one large living room. Since I needed a lot of their furniture to stage the rental unit after the tenant moved …

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Staging a Rental Unit

Selling a house that has a separate rental unit (especially downtown) is very appealing for buyers. The rental income can produce a nice monthly income.  However, the unit has too look great. It’s impossible to expect renters to tidy up and be willing to have their space Staged, so I waited until the tenants moved out. In order to eliminate the odours the whole space needed to be emptied, painted and the carpet needed to be replaced. It’s amazing how much textiles retain the smell of smoke and pet odours. Main Living Space Even though I knew I wasn’t going …

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My Biggest Staging Project – Bedrooms

This was a dream project for me. I was called in by a client who had this investment property that she was just in middle of renovating and she wanted me to stage it. Keep in mind this was a completely empty house and all under construction. The client was not asking for reno advice since most of those decisions had been made. My job was to bring her vision to life so there was a lot of pressure since I had only met her for a few minutes. I needed to make sure I chose the right furniture pieces …

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My Biggest Staging Project Ever – Main Floor

This was a dream project for me.  I was called in by a client who had this investment property that she was just in middle of renovating and she wanted me to stage it.  Keep in mind this was a completely empty house and all under construction. The client was not asking for reno advice since most of those decisions had been made.  My job was to bring her vision to life so there was a lot of pressure since I had only met her for a few minutes. Her main request was that she didn’t want colour ad she …

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3 Staging Tips That Will Appeal to the Masses

Here are 3 tips to create a living/dining room that will appeal to the masses. Tip #1 Create a Cohesive Look Over the years we collect and gather our favourite pieces and they all end up in one room.  That is fine for your own personal taste, however, for Staging purposes, we need cohesiveness, symmetry and balance. We took their two chairs upstairs in the master bedroom and then brought in this rental sofa/loveseat combination.  The room immediately looked more current but it still worked with the integrity of the house.  Removing the corner curio and adding the end tables …

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3 Tips on Choosing the Right Furniture Rentals

I always try to keep costs down for everyone when it comes to Staging a house but sometimes, there is a need to rent furniture as well as accessories. Tip #1 Furniture Rentals This is a very high end home and they were looking for top dollar, but unfortunately their 30 year old furniture was not giving the impression that the homeowners wanted. The wanted to throw this furniture out and rent new furniture since they didn’t know what they were moving to. The room instantly felt transformed with the furniture rental. Adding the oversized ivory area rug also made …

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Proud to be Canadian

I hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend and were able to relax with family and friends. The extreme heat was a definite challenge but I was ready!!! lol     I am so proud to be Canadian and have the privilege to live in this beautiful country.

5 Tips to Staging a Nursery

Staging children’s rooms can be a bit challenging since we really can’t predict the gender or age of who the buyers are going to be.  The safest way is to keep the walls in neutral colours. Tip #1 – Give the Room a Purpose This room had perfect gray walls but the room lacked function, purpose and personality to make it memorable.  Fortunately they had a crib in another room that wasn’t being used, so we brought it in to this room so I could transform it into a nursery. Tip #2 Add Colour Through Accessories As soon as I …

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