Friday, February 19, 2010

Fall City, Washington STAGE


The above room is the formal living and dining space. I removed neutral pillows and added some orange to liven things up a bit. I also added some color with the candles and arrangements on the mantel and removed items that made the mantel appear cluttered and drew the eye to the clutter instead of the room's natural focus, the fireplace and sky-high ceilings. The furniture in this room was not centered, just a little bit of maneuvering and everything is now in balance.

This home is located in Fall City, Washington. The former Seattle Seahawk and his family brought most of their personal belongings when they moved-out but they left their furniture behind along with a few accessories. Our contractor came in and did an amazing job removing personalized wall paper in previous children's bedrooms, painting, touching-up minor flaws and getting this home ready for the staging process.

I was able to come in with several bins of accessories and a few small furniture items to add some splashes of color around the home. I enjoyed manipulating furniture slightly to make the home more inviting and well-balanced. I also used several of the owners items and moved things around, suchas, decor, floral arrangements, plants and trees to create more space where it was needed but add a bit of the outdoors to otherwise boring rooms.

I removed some items from this space to make it more clean and inviting. I added a centerpiece and organized the current place-settings.

I really enjoy setting the kitchen-nook table. I like adding color with like-real fruits and allowing for potencial buyers to be better-able to envision themselves in the home.

Family rooms are always fun. I kept it neutral but still warmed-thing up a bit by adding an ottoman, blanket, serving tray and accessories. I also used my gold and green pillows to simply add a touch of color. This room became much more inviting with these small touches. I also moved furniture to be closer to the TV and fireplace to make the space more practical.

The master bedroom. We brought in the bed from my staging inventory and used all of my accessories for this space. I did however, pull the hallway rug into this room to use at the foot of the bed because it was such a great match and added a little flavor and depth to the room. Red is so romantic.

Simple colorful touches to an already beautiful master bathroom.

I have added a slide show of "BEFORE" AND "AFTER" photos in the righthand column at the top. Enjoy, and thank you for visiting. I'm pretty certain you'll be able to tell which photos are before the stage and which are after the stage. Watch how the photos come alive!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lakemont, Bellevue, Washington "Before" and "After"

This home is currently occupied by it's owners and is in the Lakemont Neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington. This stage required me to use the owners furniture and much of their own decorative items and accessories. I did bring in some of my own items, including some artwork, small accessories, a couch and 3 bar stools.

This is a large 4th bedroom/bonus upstairs. It is currently used by the owners for home-schooling. We asked the owner to clear-out several bins and keep only what is NEEDED for teaching in the room. We rearranged furniture and organized the room a bit.



AFTER. We brought the beautiful long mirror that was leaning against a wall in the dining room to the master bedroom. Large mirrors make make a room look bigger and it filled this space nicely. We also removed the ottoman from this room and used it in the family room. It really opened-up some space in the master. We rearranged the bedding a bit, and voila, a cozy, comfy, and romantic space.

Lots and lots of storage but a room with too much "stuff" filling all the space can actually make it appear that there isn't enough storage in the home. Potential buyers may assume that if all the storage is being utilized and full to the brim, well, maybe there just isn't enough storage...the owners cleared-out the books and I added some decorative items to make it look nice but not too full.

After. I also moved the sitting chair away from the wet-bar (selling-point), and added a table and lamp so someone might imagine themselves cozy-ing up with a book.

Living room BEFORE

Asked the owners to remove their red chair and game table and brought in my couch and accessories. Now the space looks warm and inviting.

Dining room BEFORE.

Removed several items from the shelving and rearranged the accessories. I handed-over my accessories and I asked my friend Nazra to take-on the table setting as I know she's very talented at that!

Family room BEFORE

This room was a bit of a challenge as there is something on each wall that is a selling point and could not be blocked or hidden. We rearranged the furniture to cozy-it-up to the fireplace but still leave it practical so the current owners can still enjoy family time and watch TV.

Monday, September 21, 2009

It's done...introducing the WEST SEATTLE STAGE! With Newly Posted Professional Photos!

These are updated photos from our professional photographer. Much better angles, wider shots and brighter in color! The FINISHED basement.
I REALLY love the way this room turned-out. The walls are so much brighter and lighter than the dark maroon color they were before...AND I love how the green grass pops through the windows!

I wish my camera could do this! What a great shot of the entire kitchen and much of it's storage! Fully updated and also painted a soft yellow color.

Formal Dining rooming viewing the front yard.

Cozy living room- snuggled around the fireplace. Also the first room you see upon entering the home.

The office.

Please visit the slideshow of this stage for many more photos. West Seattle.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

W. Seattle Sneak Peak

I love mantels. This is such a great spot to throw-in those punches of color. In a "staged" home the idea is to return all the walls to neutral and target the broadest audience (potential buyers). However, I like to find fun ways to throw in color and in staging I do this withe my accessories.
This is a new color-scheme I've added to my collection. It is very trendy and in my opinion looks fantastic in any room! The aqua blue colors are calming and take me to a beach-like environment and the "punches" of orange really just make me happy, reminds me of sunshine:)

The kitchen is definately still in progress. So stay tuned...

I will be adding some things to this table and possibly be changing the table cloth. We'll see...

The buttery yellow color turned-out so nice, I just love it, I may even use it somewhere in my house. It really brightened up the space and goes SO well with the blue accessories. Again, makes me want to get to the beach!

I hope you enjoyed this small "sneak-peak" of my current stage. Stay tuned next week for complete photos of this property and/or a slideshow!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Welcome to my Blog and Thank You!

I would like to welcome you to my staging blog and thank you for visiting. I have truly found this adventure into Home Staging an amazing experience and opportunity. Though I have been working exlusively with our team, The James Real Estate Group ( since November of last year, I am opening the doors to FSBO's (For Sale- By Owner). If you or someone you know would like a "staging consultation" please contact me at I will be happy to discuss with you the purpose of home staging and all of it's benefits. We have had a tremendous amount of success this past year in a very difficult market. With a very dedicated team and some of the best marketing strategies known to Real Estate, the James Real Estate Group will get your house sold with little or no work for you. Please browse my blog freely. Realize that the latest post are "BEFORE" photos only. This home is just getting ready to undgo renovations. Staging is the final step prior to listing a home, therefore, "AFTER" photos are still a bit ahead of us. However, I have included two slideshows of previous "stages" at the top right column of this blog. You may click on the slideshow to view photos up close. Thank you so much for taking the time to view my work. ENJOY!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

West Seattle Project

Portion of un-finished basement. This will be amazing when we're done with it!
The current owner has already done some lovely updates to the kitchen. It will just need some AHS (Accredited Home Stager) touches.

This will become the kitchen nook, right now the space is not being utilized. The color will change as well.

This space is currently blue and green and will be neutralized. This space will be staged as an office.

Currently the two separate spaces are being used as one large space. I will stage these rooms separately. The room with the large TV will become a formal dining area.

I am so happy to share that the Redmond home has officially closed. Our next project is located in West Seattle. After an initial walk-through I have determined the staging plan and chosen the color schemes...this home is so great! Here is a sneak peak at some of the rooms I will be staging. Here is a sneak peak at some of the rooms prior to staging. The home is currently being lived in. The James Real Estate Group will take on a full basement remodel...can't wait to see the finished project!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Redmond offer...

We are absolutely pleased to report that the home in Redmond was completed and listed on Friday, May 29th. We were in Mexico when we received a call that there would be a showing at 1pm the same day. That same evening and offer was submited and after negotiations the house in now PENDING! YAHOOOOOOO!