staging: 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)

staging: 11905 N.W. Oatfield Ct. - 05/19/11 09:49 AM
A recently staged a spacious 6 bedroom home for Lois Oliver-Miesbach.

As you can tell by these beautiful Realty Imaging pics, this home had wonderful natural lighting; which was one of the features I emphasized with the staging.

Click the google map to check out the listing : )

staging: 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.


staging: SW Chestnut Ln - 05/03/11 12:10 PM
6335 SW CHESTNUT LN, Beaverton, OR 97005

Recent home I staged for Living Room Realtors : )

staging: Modernizing the Outdated - 04/24/11 12:44 PM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 : )

staging: Challenging Listing - 04/16/11 07:45 AM
Just received a wonderful compliment on one of the homes I staged:
I can't begin to thank you for the amazing job that you did on staging my "challenging listing" in Tigard. We were in contract within 10 days of going on the market. (This home had been on the market for 6 months with another agent). Seriously, "it pays to stage".
I love getting feedback like this, and it was a pleasure working with the agent, Trish Banning.
I'll post some pictures from this house soon : )

staging: Fun For Pet Owners - 04/11/11 01:22 PM
When staging the home of a pet owner it is all about minimizing the pets presence, and creating a neutral zone that any buyer could see themselves living in (whether or not they adore dogs/cats/birds like the owner does). But, being a pet owner myself (of two high energy happy dogs), my staging eye is always on the lookout for the fun, the modern, and the functional when incorporating things for my pups into my own home. So, for you fellow pet owner’s out there, here are some fun sites:
Reviews of all sorts of fashionable dog gear … (6 comments)

staging: The Problem with Virtual Staging (it's a lie) - 03/13/11 07:57 PM
For those who don't know, virtual staging is the use of photo manipulation to create a similar "staging effect" completely digitally. Often taking an empty room and overlaying photo furniture, or artwork (or -and far more ethically dubious, airbrushing and cloning away house flaws).
Photo manipulation is becoming increasingly common. This is the day and age where magazine models are not just airbrushed, but waist thinned and legs digitally lengthened. Often we can't even tell how many people or photos were stitched together to create that end product.  
 So, if we can't tell? What the problem...
Assume people will be … (13 comments)

staging: 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)