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.

Earning Trust in a Staging Consult

Initial Consultation When I first met this client, she had just finished painting the entire house based on colours that a professional decorator had told her to paint.  It was extremely hard to earn her trust and convince her to repaint certain walls all within a few hours of meeting her.  She loved all her paint choices and was very happy with the other decorator’s plan. She even showed me the plan with great pride.  You have to remember, it was the Realtor who wanted me there, NOT the homeowner.  I was going against everything she had been working towards …

Earning Trust in a Staging Consult Read More »

Happy Easter From Our Table to Yours

This has been a particularly busy staging season for Styled & Staged and we would like to thank all our loyal clients. for your continued business. Since I work with colours all day, everyday,  I wanted a serene colour palette for my table setting this year.  I absolutely love setting the table! It brings back so many fond memories of times I used to spend with my mom planning the menu and décor.  I hope that someday, my family will look back at these special occasions with the same fond memories. I decided that I wanted to keep the table …

Happy Easter From Our Table to Yours Read More »

Another Staged House Sold First Day

Sometimes when I go into a house, all it needs is some decluttering and then some fresh pops of colour through artwork and accessories. I use the seasons to influence my colour choices when I’m staging.  In March, we are all done with the cold and dreary winter Ottawa weather.  It’s time to lighten things up and inspire buyers. Switching Artwork Around: I really liked the homeowners’ large piece of artwork in the dining room.  The problem was, I didn’t have anything in my inventory to carry the same colour scheme through the main floor.  I was however, able to …

Another Staged House Sold First Day Read More »

When Is The Right Time To Clean?

A Common Mistake I’m  just writing this quick little blog since it has been brought up 4 times in the last couple of weeks so I feel it’s important and relevant to mention. Many times homeowners will bring in house cleaners right before they put their house on the market.  That is a great idea, however the timing of WHEN you do it is just as important. Time lines are very rushed when you’re getting your house ready to list and there are so many steps involved.  As previously mentioned, I’ve heard lots of complaints about cleaners not doing a …

When Is The Right Time To Clean? Read More »

A 4 DAy Complete Make-Over

I need to preface this blog post by stating that the homeowners had already started to pack things up so that is why there are boxes and ‘stuff’ everywhere. I was very flattered when these clients requested my services after staging their last house 6 years ago.  It’s always nice going into a staging and you’ve already established a working relationship.  Since they had already gone through the process with me, I had confidence that everything would get done – and it did!  You have no idea how much I appreciate cooperative clients 😉 Cohesive Flow As soon as I …

A 4 DAy Complete Make-Over Read More »

Staging Took This House to Another Whole Level

This was a gorgeous house to begin with, but it needed some decorative accessories to maximize it’s value for resale.  We wanted buyers to see the potential lifestyle this house offers. First Impressions Huge bold artwork now greets you as you enter this modern house.  It really sets the tone for what buyers can expect during the rest of the tour. Since most of the walls are full windows, I wanted to capitalize on this wall for interest. Adding Colours and Patterns Once all the toys were removed, it was time to bring in some accessories.  The huge windows are …

Staging Took This House to Another Whole Level Read More »

Quick Staging Transformation

I love Staging town homes since you can do so much in a short period of time.  It’s so much fun seeing each room transform right in front of your eyes. When I met with this couple, I knew they were willing to do just about anything I asked.  We worked well together and also had the help of their Realtor who supplied a few key pieces to finish some important rooms. Create an Atmosphere They were the first to admit that they had been living in the house but hadn’t really made it into a home yet with their …

Quick Staging Transformation Read More »

Staged to Sell

I had the privilege to work with a wonderful couple who were willing to do whatever I asked in a very short time frame.  It makes all the difference in the world when the homeowner’s are on-board with the Staging process.  I completely understand that I am asking a lot of people, but I only have their best intentions in mind.  It’s up to the homeowners to do as much or as little as they want or are able to do. As you soon as you walked into this house it felt like a loving home.  You could see that …

Staged to Sell Read More »

Million Dollar Listing – Part Two

When there are several houses on the market in the million dollar price range with fewer buyers, you have to make sure that every room looks it’s best. This post is a continuation from the main floor. We are now heading up to the bedrooms. To see the main floor transformations click on Main Floor Transformations Master Retreat The homeowners had beautiful furniture and drapes, but the room was lacking colour and ambiance. They loved this new artwork so we used it as their jumping off point for adding colours.  Suddenly the room came to life and it will be remembered …

Million Dollar Listing – Part Two Read More »

Million Dollar Listings Have Bigger Expectations

Buyers’ expectations are different when the listing is over a million dollars. This house had been on the market for a while without any offers, so the homeowners reached out to me for an objective eye. Personally, I thought the house looked lovely but I needed to find out WHY there had NOT been any offers.  I am not a Realtor so I never discuss price.  I focus on the ’emotional’ side of why offers are made.  I want buyers to walk in and get a warm hug from the house and have buyers feel compelled to make an offer.  …

Million Dollar Listings Have Bigger Expectations Read More »