house: Some Recent Updates - 07/03/11 05:48 PM
As I mentioned in my last post, I recently staged a home in SE Portland... and it has already sold : )
After having sat on the market for 3 months, the staging did wonders : )
Also, an update on the quick selling home I blogged about in my  Craftsman Bungalow post, Andrea Dufresne, the Realtor I worked with just sent me a wonderful testimonial:
“I recently had a vacant home with an unusual layout and some other space ‘obstacles’. Michelle was sensitive to cost and was very thoughtful about which rooms really needed staging and which ones could do without. … (2 comments)

house: Craftsman Bungalow - 06/15/11 01:48 PM
One of the most popular styles of home in Portland, Oregon is the Arts and Crafts (especially on the East side), so I have staged many a Bungalow and a Craftsman. There is a unique process in staging these types of home. These homes strive for cozy -they were designed mostly from 1900-1930, and they were quintessential middle class with functionality outweighing the earlier ornate style of the Victorian Era.
While these characteristics make a wonderful warm home, some of the layouts and home designs can be confusing to buyers. An empty room in a Bungalow can seem far smaller then it … (4 comments)

house: Neighborhoods with Flair - 05/25/11 11:06 AM
I recently staged a home at 4253 SE Washington:

I worked on emphasizing the homes natural cozy feeling, and in the livingroom showcasing that warm woodstove. This home was located in a cute neighborhood that is just a a few minute walk to Belmont, a pedestrian heavy street that features many eateries and shops, like the local classic Movie Madness:

An independent movie rental store that has a “museum of movie picture history” alongside the movies to rent. And just down the way there is also the delicious (and Portland famous) Pine State Biscuits:
A restaurant … (4 comments)

house: Unifying with Color Accents - 05/05/11 01:31 PM
The first thing you saw when approaching this house was the vibrant blue door accented in red. It inspired me to use these colors to create a subtle visual pathway for the potential buyer.

Accessories in blue and red created a gentle recurring theme that helped lead a potential buyer from room to room. It also unified the home by mirroring the same colors they first saw when standing on that welcome mat.


house: Modernizing the Outdated - 04/24/11 12:44 PM
This home had been on the market for 6 months with another agent. The new agent, Trish Bannings, understood the value of staging and paid for it herself. I worked with her to create an inexpensive plan that would meet her needs. It was important to get the maximum results, while keeping the cost at a minimum. We got rid of the dated window dressings, which instantly opened up the whole room. Also, instead of staging every room, we decided on a few rooms that would have the strongest impact. 10 days on the market, and the house sold : )

house: Happy Spring, and Cleaning Green - 03/20/11 07:35 PM
Spring is here, which means so are the birds and budding plants. It's time to go for a walk, plant some seeds, read a good book outside, open the windows and let in a breeze,'s also time for some spring cleaning. 
So, here is a quick recipe for a green clean (for those so inclined):
General Cleaner:
½ cup vinegar
¼ cup baking soda
1/8 cup lemon juice
2.5 liters water
White Vinegar - is a natural deodorizer and just acidic enough to eat through dirt, grease and soup residue.
Baking Soda - also a deodorizer, mildly abrasive and softens … (5 comments)

house: Large and Cozy 2 - 03/05/11 08:12 AM
It was such a wonderful opportunity staging this home. In a larger home like this, I had to go about things with a slightly different mentality (just because there was so much space). I wanted the rooms to feel visually connected, leading the viewer from one part of the house to the other. At the same time there needs to be a clear enough divide that the rooms didn’t feel empty or over whelming. I was really pleased with how inviting and cozy it ended up.

Thanks for the great response on the last pics I posted from this … (9 comments)