washington dc: A Georgetown, Washington, DC Condo Transformed - 05/19/11 06:32 AM
Last week we staged a fabulous one bedroom condo in a prime Georgetown location, right across the street from Rose Park.  This unit has a really wonderful open floor plan with a full kitchen and eat-in area, but what we really loved was the living room with the transom lights and access to the beautiful communal courtyard.
Before we could stage, however, we needed to do some painting.  The previous owner had painted the walls for how they lived there, but it was what I call "style specific" and would probably not appeal to the general buying public.  After some careful research, … (10 comments)

washington dc: When the Renters Have Moved Out - 03/02/11 12:35 AM
Over the past 3 years I've done quite a few consultations and proposals for home owners who rent their properties but have decided to sell them rather than continue renting.  The situation is usually that the renters have moved out already, or are getting ready to move out, but sometimes they're still there when the house or condo goes on the market.  This last scenario can create some difficulty in selling the house.  Renters have no vested interest in getting the property sold, and they're probably not amenable to having people come through the view the house.  Not only do they … (7 comments)

washington dc: Just Because the Federal Government Isn't Working Today Doesn't Mean I'm Not - 02/08/10 07:14 AM
You've seen it on the news... Washington DC and the surrounding metro area is virtually paralyzed. 

I can remember only one other time in recent memory when the Federal Government shut down due to snow, and that was back in 1996 when I worked for the National Park Service.  We had 2 days off, and that was unheard of.  I think its going to happen again this week, as we are now under a storm warning (not a watch, which means it could happen, but a warning, which means it will happen).  The National Weather Service is predicting another 10-20 … (4 comments)

washington dc: The Winter Olympics Need My Snow!! - 02/06/10 04:18 AM
I recently read where there was no snow predicted in Vancouver, site of the Winter Olympics, between now and February 12th, and that they have to truck in snow from other locales.
HELLO, VANCOUVER!  YOU CAN HAVE MY SNOW!
Of course that's not feasible, as I'm in Northern Virginia.  But as of 11:00am today, we've already had 27 inchesout here in the suburbs of Washington DC, with at least 6 more inches to fall before it's all over.

As I'm sure you're well aware, the Washington DC metro area is in the midst of a massive snowstorm - perhaps the worst … (18 comments)

washington dc: The Winter Olympics Need My Snow! - 02/06/10 04:09 AM
I recently read where there was no snow predicted in Vancouver, site of the Winter Olympics, between now and February 12th, and that they have to truck in snow from other locales.
HELLO, VANCOUVER!  YOU CAN HAVE MY SNOW!
Of course that's not feasible, as I'm in Northern Virginia.  But as of 11:00am today, we've already had 27 inchesout here in the suburbs of Washington DC, with at least 6 more inches to fall before it's all over.

As I'm sure you're well aware, the Washington DC metro area is in the midst of a massive snowstorm - perhaps the worst … (6 comments)

washington dc: Controlled Creative CHAOS - 02/02/10 02:41 PM
Staging vacant homes are always a lot of fun for Preferred Staging.  It's a great creative challenge to walk into an empty house and then envision how it will look furnished and accessorized.  Although it's not quite as simple as it sounds.  Room measurements, zones (like space between furniture, walking paths, dining versus living, etc.), floor and wall colors, windows placements, and natural light all have to be taken into consideration.
We staged this fabulously renovated 1937 townhouse on 4th St. SE in Washington, DC.  The developer had really made this a showcase house with a huge kitchen, wonderful modern baths, … (21 comments)

washington dc: Staging in 3 Days??? - 01/16/10 02:00 PM
An excellent post by Deena Cottingham of Greenapple Staging and Images caught my attention.  I wish I had written it myself because this time of year, we get a lot of these requests..."My house is going on the market in 3 days, can you help?" or "Our vacant's first open is this weekend, can you stage it by then?"  
Well, my attitude is that anything is possible. Fortunately, Preferred Staging has a team of professional stagers, so chances are good that we can accomodate the homeowner.  Further, Preferred Staging is the biggest staging client of one of the largest furniture rental companies … (9 comments)

washington dc: “I’VE NEVER USED A STAGER BEFORE…” PART 3 - 07/28/09 04:58 AM
This is the last of a 3 part series that addresses many of the questions we receive from Realtors and home owners who are calling a stager for the first time.  In the first article, we talked about the first steps Preferred Staging takes when you call us and schedule an appointment to see your listing, including consultations and proposals.  In the second article, we described how we present our proposals and generally how the staging process works.  This week I'm going to tell you how Preferred Staging keeps working for you after the staging is completed.
Preferred Staging offers a … (0 comments)

washington dc: It's what you expect in Georgetown, right? - 07/24/09 09:37 AM

Well, yes and no.  I guess it depends on what you're looking for.  When I think of Georgetown, I think of a historic town that was there before Washington, DC, cobblestone streets, and elegant homes with tall ceilings and fabulous crown moldings, decorated in the latest fashions from England and France.  Of course, that's the architectural historian in me coming out.  But we all know that's not what Georgetown is really like.  It's certainly not the experience of some of my family members who attended Georgetown University.  For them, it was more urban with trendy stores and great restaurants.
So … (6 comments)

washington dc: "I've Never Used A Stager Before..." Part 2 - 07/24/09 09:00 AM
Last week I wrote about the first steps Preferred Staging takes when you call us and schedule an appointment to see your listing, including consultations and proposals.  So, now what happens when you have the proposal and we're good to go?
Well, let's start with the proposal first.  Preferred Staging's proposals outline what rooms and areas are to be staged, and how much time we believe it will take us to stage the property - from loading the accessories we bring to the house to de-staging when the house has sold.  We also provide a general list of accessories from our … (0 comments)

 
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Monica Murphy

ASP, IAHSP, RESA

Potomac Falls, VA

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