Staged for Success (And You Can Be, Too)

Over the weekend, I wrapped up my Expert Psychological Stager™ certification course after spending three intense days with 22 amazing women.  We worked hard, but had a whole lot of fun!

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Mortgage professional, Joe Repass of F&M Mortgage in Brentwood, TN, hosted our group and provided morning snacks and a catered lunch on the first day of training.

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In addition to training materials, everyone received paint fandecks from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams and a copy of my new book, Psychological Staging – The Home Staging Secrets of The Decorologist. I also debuted my Psychological Staging Color Boards for sale.  I’m excited to be able to offer an easy way for Home Stagers and Realtors to choose the right paint colors for their staged homes without having to be a Color Expert!  Stayed tuned for more info about their availability soon . . .

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To break up a long day of learning on Friday, we had a private lunch at a local favorite, The Puffy Muffin.

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Nashville is a great city for foodies, with no lack of great dining.  Friday evening, we hung out at Urban Grub in the trendy 12th South Neighborhood.  The food was world-class, and the conversation amazing!  Here’s a selfie we took that night:

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Saturday culminated in hands-on stagings of two homes that are going on the market.

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Half the group worked on one house in the morning, and the other half worked on the other house in the afternoon.

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It was so great to watch them all apply what they had been learning over the last couple of days in real-life staging situations!  They did such amazing work.

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My trainees came from seven states – Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Nebraska, and of course, Tennessee. The entire group of women gelled so well, and we really got to know a lot about one another in a short amount of time.

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They all passed the course with flying colors –  these women are staged for success!!!

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I never could have pulled it off without Allison.  I don’t know what I’d do without her!

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We’ve been inundated by requests for information regarding the next course we are offering January of 29-31, 2015.

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If you want to change your life and follow your passion for home staging and interior design, this just might be the chance you’ve been waiting for!

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Location yet to be determined, but it will be in the Nashville area. For the first ten people that sign up,  you’ll get our Early-Bird Special of $1599.  After then the course will be $1799 until we fill up.  CLICK HERE to sign up now!  For more information about what the course includes, see this post.

Home Staging – What NOT to Do

I spent much of the Labor Day weekend preparing the presentation and manual for my Psychological Staging Training in a little over two weeks. In reviewing and gathering old staging photos to use in my presentation, I stumbled on a blogpost I wrote over four years ago that I thought I would share with you guys.  I think you’ll get a kick out of it:

 

Did you know that staged homes sell for about 15% more money in 1/4 of the time of unstaged homes?  Good home staging is a must in today’s difficult real estate market.  You have only one chance and about 15 minutes to make a prospective buyer fall in love with your home.  With fewer eligible buyers, you have to make every showing count – big time.

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The following photographs are “befores” of some of my early clients’ homes.  All of my clients are wonderful and talented people – but everyone needs a little help to make the sign in the front yard go from “For Sale” to “Sold.”  Names are withheld to protect the innocent and the unstaged.

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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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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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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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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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