Home Staging Comes Full Circle

Over five years ago, I staged an occupied home in Franklin for some friends who were moving out-of-state.  It sold to a family who were new to the Nashville area.  The new homeowners soon contacted me about helping them decorate their “new” home.  It was a fun experience working with two different clients with different furnishings in the same house!

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I Just Can’t Stage Them All

Over the last year, I have found myself having to turn down too many home staging jobs because I’m so booked up.  So many Realtors and homeowners need help getting properties ready to sell, and they need help fast.

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Staging the Icon Highrise in Nashville

Have you ever dreamed about living in a swanky downtown highrise like the Icon in Nashville?  Imagine – living right above all the coolest restaurants and the nightlife, plus a killer view from every vantage point . . .

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 Nashville’s Icon in the Gulch

 

A few weeks ago, I Speed Staged two condos in the Icon – one right after the other.  I snapped some pretty good photos of the larger of the two condos and thought you’d like to see them.  Let’s start with a couple of the “befores.” This is the previous view of the kitchen and living room area.  It’s VERY important that the seller opens all the window shades for every showing, of course.

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before staging

The bedroom kinda resembled a cell block before:

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before staging

The office/den looked a bit off-kilter, like they had just moved in the sofa and left in the middle of the room.

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before staging

Allison and I got at it – moving around furniture, pulling out accessories from cabinets and closets, and packing away anything that didn’t play up this fabulous highrise condo.  When you have lots of gray (walls and concrete floors), punches of color are helpful.  We used color to move the buyers’ eyes across the space and to features we wanted to highlight.  Here are the after photos:

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If I were young, single, and childless, this is definitely where I’d want to live!  How about you?

Is Your Trey Ceiling Giving Away Your Age?

There are few things that can give away the age of your home, or the date of your decorating, like how you paint out that trey ceiling.  I recently did a Staging Consultation for a Nashville Realtor who was about to list a home to sell.  This was the first thing you saw upon entry into the home:

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Dining Room Before

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How I Reclaimed a Bunch of Hours a Week

Over the last week, something amazing happened.  Because of this amazing thing, I went to a hot yoga class (not once, but twice) after not working out in over a year.  I also got my hair cut, which I also haven’t done in over a year.  

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The Project That Won It for Me: 2013 RESA Staging of the Year

As many of you who follow The Decorologist on Facebook or Twitter may know, it was a big week for me!  I was thrilled to be notified that I had received the 2013 Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) award for Best Staging of North America!  I waited until my award arrived in the mail to write this post:

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Home Staging Advice from 10 Experts

When the design board website, Olioboard, asked me to participate in a bloghop with nine other home staging experts, I said heck yeah!  As a Nashville-based home stager, I’m ALL ABOUT befores-and-afters (in case you haven’t noticed).  I pulled an actual “before” photo of a vacant room that I staged a few years ago.  At the time I actually staged it, I had to rent a houseful of furnishings.  I was limited to what was available from this particular rental company, but I’m not limited as to how I can stage it virtually on Olioboard!  It’s such a great tool to use with clients when trying to visualize a design plan.  So here’s a shot of the “before” of this neutral living room.  

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 Vacant Property Before

 

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