Tag Archives: Seattle Staging

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    Staging a Haunted House…

    Posted on October 1, 2014 by pamstages in Home Staging.

    No matter what time of year you sell it’s always good to have a little bit of help from “the other side”. But what if the home you have just lovingly rehabbed seems to have unwanted visitors from the other side? Have I ever run into this you might ask? Why yes, at least two of the homes I have staged seemed to have unusual happenings that could have been contributed to a previous resident who is no longer in this world. The oddest case was the home that didn’t like us to hang pictures.   The home had an unusual floor plan and we knew it would be a challenge to create a practical and beautiful living space in some of the rooms. When we started staging things just didn’t feel right. Nothing that I could specifically put my finger on but there was definitely an unusual energy about the house. After finally arranging the furniture in a configuration that I felt would show well, we moved to the final touch of hanging art. We would hang art securely in the living room and entry then go on to other rooms in the home. Suddenly we heard a loud crash! Running into the living room, to see what happened we found the art on the floor. The nails were still secure in the walls and there didn’t seem to be a problem with the weight of the piece for the nail. But since it fell we pulled out the nail and replaced it with a Hercules Hook, sometimes known as a monkey hook. Now a Herc hook can hold up to 250 lbs. and I knew for a fact that piece of art was nowhere near that heavy. So off we went to continue staging. Then CRASH! It happened again.   I just didn’t have time for this and I didn’t want to have my art destroyed from being dropped on the floor by an opinionated spirit. So, this time I stood in the middle of the living room all 5 foot 1 of me and said in a loud voice “We are going to make this house look beautiful for a new family whether you like it or not, so STOP moving my art!” The funny thing was the art stayed on the wall and was still there when we went back to de-stage. I have to say that the house sold and flipped at least once before it finally closed. When you are buying distressed properties you don’t always know what went on in the home, but if the home was a foreclosure you can be pretty confident that there is some negative energy in the home. Some people are more sensitive than others to left over energy but it doesn’t hurt to do a little energy cleansing before you put it back on the market if something just doesn’t feel right to you. Just spraying the inside of the home with a mixture of kosher sea salt, water and a few drops of Rosemary oil will help to give the home a positive lift and add a slight Rosemary aroma. Sage smudge sticks can be found at New Age stores such as Zenith on Roosevelt or The East West Book store. You can also consult with a Feng Shui practitioner to help with energy clearing and advice. I have on occasion called on my good friend and Feng Shui Realtor Diane Easley when a home doesn’t sell or is particularly challenging.  Of course price, location and staging are critical to getting a home sold quickly and for top dollar, but it doesn’t hurt to cover all the bases right? If you have a specific question, call me or post it on my Facebook page, and I will feature your question with an answer on my bi-weekly radio show on the Chat with Women Network. Listen in the first and third Wednesday of the month on KKNW 1150 AM radio from 8:00am to 9:00am!

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    Magnolia Home Staged to Sell

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by pamstages in Listing Removed.

    MLS # 620799 Listed: 16-Apr-14 Asking Price: $764,900 Beds: 3 Baths: 1.75 Sqft: 2,300 Lot: 6,054 Sq. Ft. Style: 1 Story Staged in Seattle Spectacularly remodeled 3 bed, 1¾ home on coveted street in Magnolia w/ fabulous views. Brand new kitchen & baths w/ modern finishes including stainless steel appliances, granite counters & tile floors. The home has been updated with true craftsmanship & attention to detail including gorgeous refinished hardwoods, new windows, new carpet, new interior & exterior paint, new front deck & rear patio, newly sodded front and back yard, newly rewired electrical system. Newer roof and sewer line.

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    Staged to Sell in Seattle: 919 2nd Ave W #601, Seattle, WA 98119

    Posted on December 19, 2012 by pamstages in Staged & Sold.

    MLS # 431883 Listed: 12/19/2012 Asking Price: $325,000 Beds: 2 Baths: 1 Sqft: 900 Sq. Ft. Lot: Style: Condo Beautifully Staged Home. Excellent views of downtown and Elliott Bay in this top floor, corner unit penthouse. Updated kitchen & bath with slate floors. Hardwood floors throughout living room, hall & bedrooms. Building features include a roomy roof top deck, new plumbing, & freshly painted common areas and exterior. Fabulous location that is blocks to Seattle Center, trendy restaurants, shops & more. Property taxes included in HOD.  

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    Staged to Sell in Seattle: 929 20th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

    Posted on December 6, 2012 by pamstages in Staged & Sold.

    MLS # 429017 Listed: 12/6/2012 Asking Price: $595,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 1 Sqft: 2,220 Sq. Ft. Lot: 4,840 Sq. Ft. Style: 2 Story   Staging enhanced this beautifully renovated, early 20th Century Cherry Hill home. It is ready for enjoyment. Main floor with elegant entry, high-end kitchen, open concept living and dining, and nice half bath. Staircase leads to second floor bedrooms – spacious master has bay window, separate dressing area, and two closets – and the home’s main bath. Stairway to finished attic bonus room with plenty of space for study or play. Outside is full of charm. Close to Capitol Hill amenities and downtown, view today!  

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  • 3 Small Steps to De-clutter

    Posted on January 20, 2012 by pamstages in Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging, Uncategorized.

    Whether you are working to create a more serene living space, or to stage your home to appeal to a picky buyer, it’s important to begin with getting rid of the clutter that we collect as part of our daily lives.    Having clutter is natural, it doesn’t mean you’re a slob or lazy.  Just look at the ground in any wooded area.  Clutter is simply a part of life.  But since we can’t count on a good wind storm to blow away the stuff we have collected or no longer need, here’s a few tips to help reduce clutter in your home: 1.  Don’t try to do it all at once.  Choose an area that is most irritating to you.  The top of your desk in your home office, or that junk drawer in the kitchen. 2.  Divide things into three piles, one to keep, one to sell or give away, and one that you just aren’t quite ready to part with.  Box the third one up to store away. 3.  Take the box to sell or give away and do something with it now!  That’s why it’s helpful to have an organizer or stager work with you to make sure that clutter just doesn’t move from a drawer to a closet floor! Once you have finished, do something to reward yourself.  A half an hour on the couch with a good book, a walk in the sunshine or maybe even a manicure!

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  • Another Elegant Ending, Staged from tip to sold!

    Posted on October 13, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    This has been a “staged today and sold tomorrow” week!  Last Tuesday I staged a lovely Redmond townhouse. We brought in a few (very few) accessories and added a dining room set.  Then we “shopped” in the garage for a few accent pieces and artwork.  I left the home owner with an EcoJoe (check out my website products page if you aren’t familiar with him).  After giving her detailed instructions on how to bury him we were on our way.  On Saturday while I was helping my brother move I received the loveliest text! “Pam I sold my condo today!  I buried the statue just like you said and the first person to look at it bought it!  I love what you did with my home and I’ll refer you to anyone I know who is selling.  I really appreciate that you used my things to stage it!  Thank you Pam!” That my friends is what happens when you do what you were meant to do in the world and I am so grateful that I gave myself the gift of following my passion!

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  • Staging for Fall, Spice it up!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    Days are getting shorter, leaves are turning, and there is a definite chill in the morning air.  Sundays are now dedicated to football, and chili and stews are replacing hamburgers on the grill.  Sweaters and jeans are in, shorts and tanks are out!  Why not add a little fall color and spice to your home?  Fall colors are fabulous! Rich oranges, brilliant yellows and luxurious burgundy’s abound in nature, bringing them into your home will make it warm, cozy and inviting, and best of all it’s easy and inexpensive! In the living room, add a rich burgundy throw casually tossed on a sofa or comfortable chair.  Simply add a cup of tea and a good book and voila’ a rich and warm fall retreat.  Replace the centerpiece on the coffee table with a vase filled with greenery and fall leaves.  Add some heavy candle sticks with spice scented candles and not only will your room feel rich it will be filled with the comforting aroma of cinnamon or pumpkin spice. In the dining room, simply adding a rich brown, orange or golden-yellow runner, and a bowl or basket filled with deep olive faux pears.  Your grocery store is filled with sqaush, pumpkins and colorful fall corn create an arrangement from veggies’ or again simply take a walk and collect leafs and branches that delight your eye.  Arrange them in a vase add candle sticks and your stage is set for intimate dinners of rich soups and stews. And don’t forget the bedroom!  Replace the light summer quilt with a rich down comforter, or simply add a fun faux fur throw to the end of the bed!  A vase filled with rich yellow or orange mums either fresh or silk add a pop of fall color to your night stand that will delight you when you cuddle up in your blanky during crisp fall evenings. I think the most important thing is to let your home change with the seasons, and follow natures with flare!

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  • Staging to Sell, The Art of furniture placement

    Posted on August 25, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    Staging is not just pulling grandma’s couch out of the basement and putting it in the living room so the room isn’t empty.  “Of course, I know that” you say, but it’s surprising how many times I have been called to look at a home that has been on the market for 30 days or more and amazingly enough there is grandma’s couch!  Okay so it isn’t really grandma’s but you get the picture.  Furniture placement is critical and can make or break the appearance and feel of a room.  Selecting the right furniture, artwork and accessories is the beginning of creating a design that will showcase the home it’s best advantage.  The next and most critical step is the process of arranging the furniture so the room flows well.  Anyone who watches me stage will see me stand at the door way and study the room.  I’ll then arrange the furniture, walk back to the door way and study the room again.  In a difficult floor plan I’ll do this sometimes 3 or 4 times before I find the arrangement that shows the room to its best advantage.  With the right furnishings and the right arrangement a small room can be made to feel larger, and a large room can go from a cavernous bowling alley to a spacious and elegant living room. When creating a look that will sell a home there are several factors to consider: 1.  The features to high light or de-emphasize . What is the focal point of the room?  What is there about the room that they buyer might find challenging or unappealing? 2.  The flow of the room.  Don’t block pathways and doorways.  Arrange furnishings so they create a flow that leads the buyer through the room. 3. The eye of the camera.  What will the camera see?  The internet is the first impression of the home, if it doesn’t show well in the picture, the buyer won’t waste their time and gas to come in to the home. The formal living room is often the first room the buyers will see when they walk in the door, and the last room they see as they leave.  In this example the large book-case on the far wall made the room feel heavy and created the “titanic” effect.  Replacing the heavy book-case with a sofa, and facing the sofa towards the door created a look that said, “come in and sit down” .   Bedrooms left vacant appear smaller than they really are.  If the bedroom is small, the worst thing that you can do is to leave it vacant, the second worse thing is to put only one thing in the room.   It is important to put the right size bed, in the right place in the room with the right accessories to show how really spacious and functional the bedroom actually is.  A common mistake is to angle the bed in a small bedroom.  Occasionally this is the right place for the bed, but most of the time it will create the illusion in the buyer’s mind that there isn’t enough space for a dresser even in a large room! This tiny bedroom looked no bigger than a closet when it was vacant.  Once staged it was clearly large enough for a kids room.  By not filling the room the buyer is left with the impression that they could easily add their dresser to the room and move right in. Selecting the right furniture is only half the battle, to create a look that captures the buyers heart and makes a sale the furnishings have to be  arranged to truly showcase the home.

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  • Staging

    Posted on August 23, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    I just woke up from a dream that I had to write a story (probably because day after tomorrow I am getting new videos made and I went to bed without writing the scripts).  In the dream I was given the basic details, it was a fantasy with fairies who lived in beautiful woods.  I was given the main characters, the hero heroine and some of the supporting characters.  Then they whoever they were said “Okay write the story”.  “But I can’t!”  I stressed.  “What does their living room look like?  What’s the color scheme?  How can I write a story when I can’t see the rooms and the furnishings?”  They, whoever they were, said “That’s your talent, you’ll figure it out.” So I started walking through my warehouse looking at my artwork and what sofas I had in stock thinking “What would fairies want in their house.  Probably soft pastels.  Most likely smaller furnishings.  I picked my favorite small celery green sofa, and some artwork that would compliment the colors and the theme of whimsical, fantasy.  Once I had decided on the main color scheme and artwork it was easy to start picking the accessories and other furnishings that would fill in the details of the decor.    “Okay,” I thought to myself, “Now that I can see where they live I can write the story!” That’s when I woke up and decided that I had better get out of bed and write it down, because if I waited until morning it would be a fuzzy blur.  This dream is really how I stage.  I am given the plot, that would be the floor plan and color scheme of a home,  the  main characters are the people who I imagine would live in the home; a young couple just starting out dreaming of the life they will be creating together, or the young professional who works downtown and wants a home that is trendy and sophisticated, yet warm and livable, the empty nesters who are downsizing and want space for hobbies and grandchildren.  The color scheme is almost always pretty neutral, beige or creams, occasionally I have a home with a striking orange or red pallette.  To start a design I have to select the sofa or artwork that I will use to build the design around.  Once I have selected the main pieces the rest of the design will begin to fall into place.  Easy  right?

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  • The Glamour of Staging LOL!

    Posted on August 11, 2011 by pamstages in Design, Home Staging, Home Staging to sell, Interior design, Real Estate, Seattle Staging.

    Here’s the scenario:  I’m in Target, it’s 8:30 they close in a half an hour and I need 12 bed pillows, bedding for a queen bed that will go with the artwork and lamps I have in the warehouse, towels for 3 bathrooms, rugs oh and I’m out of faux fruit.  I’m figuring out how to stuff all of it into one cart and get out before they turn the lights off around me. I race to the check stand, pillows flying, hair on fire and the person working at the register looks at my cart and casually asks “Redecorating?” “No” I reply. “I’m a Home stager and we are staging a large home tomorrow.”  “Oh, how cool!” they gush.  “I’ve always wanted to do that it sounds SO fun!”  My inside grumbly voice says “Oh yeah, this is fun.  I’ve been up since 5am so I could get contracts written, banking figured out and bills sent out.  I started packing the truck at 8, staging by 10 and by 5 had the luxury of walking around the beautifully staged home covered in sweat and starving BUT admiring our work.  Took pictures, gave the team a hug said thanks see you tomorrow  and headed out to shop.  How glamorous.” My outside voice however says “It is fun! I love creating beautiful rooms for my clients and helping them sell their homes.” Then my inside voice thinks, “I was in the corporate world for close to 30 years.  When we stage a home and the seller walks through with shining eyes thanking us for the beautiful job, then calls me excitedly the next day and says “hey we got a full price offer in one day!  Thank you so much!!”  I know that I love what I do, the good and the not so good, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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