athens tennessee home staging: The Beast becomes a Beauty! - 04/20/10 07:45 AM
Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign recently staged this bachelor pad.  A young urban professional is moving on to a bigger and better job in a larger city.  Kathy Rohsenberger and Ready 2 Stage to the rescue!!  The house is quite a beauty but is hidden under some "Beastly" clutter.  After a brief consultation, the home seller had his homework, and after a long 3 day weekend of de-cluttering and furniture removal we were ready to bring out the "Beauty."

                          AFTER     … (24 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Realtor Showcase 2010 - 04/12/10 03:48 AM
Last week was the River Counties Association of Realtors Annual Showcase in Cleveland Tennessee.  This venue allows us exposure to 100+ Realtors and we get to share our information with them.  We thoroughly enjoyed our two hours of networking and we are hoping for some new calls and jobs in the near future.  
This year our booth was decorated to "shine."  Our movie theme was glittering with stars and candlelight, and of course a spotlight on our banner hanging above the table.  A friend let me borrow her "vintage-looking" popcorn machine and we filled bags labeled:  "Your listing "pops" with … (10 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Frugal or Tight-Wad--You be the Judge!! - 02/17/10 03:04 AM
I have always been taught to be frugal and not wasteful--my kids call me "tight-wad!"  For a while now, I have been stashing away the small bits of old candles that didn't completely burn--thinking that I would use them to make more candles.  I finally got to do ti!
I gathered all my supplies--most found at Hobby Lobby.  Wicking, metal wick holders and vanilla scent (one of my favorites) along with a metal coffee percolator--minus the inside--for melting the waxes.
Not quite sure exactly how to do it, but I was determined to give it a try.
Step 1   I … (24 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Putting some make-up on a Natural Beauty - 01/11/10 08:57 AM
We recently staged a beautiful Executive Home that was going on the market in Cleveland, Tennessee.  At first glance the bones of this house are naturally beautiful, but there were a few obstacles that kept it's true beauty from shining through.  As all homeowners know, it is extremely easy to accumulate lots of clutter over the years.  Little things stuck here and objects place there.....after a while you don't really see your home objectively.  That's where it's helpful to have "fresh eyes" to evaluate the situation.  This home seller was so used to seeing things where they were, that she could … (17 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Ready 2 Stage is the Big "1" - 01/05/10 12:08 AM

Happy New Year to you and happy One Year Anniversary for Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign! Can you believe it is 2010? What a whirlwind year. We are very appreciative for all of you that have supported us this year and we look forward to serving you in the future. We have sculpted our business to fit the needs of you - our customers. When we first began, it was difficult knowing how the public would respond to home staging and redesign. We feel that with a year under our belts, we are now better equipped to serve you … (5 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: UPDATE on We're photo staging again! - 12/07/09 03:12 PM
Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign recently staged this house in Cleveland, Tennessee listed by Kathy Rohsenberger of Coldwell Banker Hamilton Associates.
Whew!  Today was quite a ride....first of all, it is extremely cold in Tennessee right now!  I began the morning having to get a boost from the hubby for the "Ready 2 Stage Mobile."  My battery was dead as a hammer! Being a little nervous about the battery going dead again during our staging time, I left my vehicle running for a while....just to make sure.  We arrived at 10:30 a.m. and began our work.  With assistance from … (4 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Cookie Cutter House--Staged for a quick sale! - 11/06/09 10:27 AM
Our most recent staging job was a bit of an experiment.  
A Realtor had a new listing that needed a bit of help, but they couldn't afford a full-blown staging.  The Realtor asked if we could do "Photo Staging"--bring in some accessories and stage JUST for the photos.  She (The Realtor) also wanted to pay at closing.  Having worked with her before and knowing that I could trust her, I thought that I would give it a try.  
The week prior, I popped in to this little house for a quick 15 minute consultation to see what kind of … (20 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Bathrooms are a pain in the rear! - 10/30/09 12:08 PM

Well, it happens every time!  I try my best to take a photo of a beautifully staged bathroom, but I keep showing up in the picture myself.
 This bathroom was especially challenging!  Almost every wall was sporting a mirror.  As it ends up, I found myself lying on the floor shooting upward--probably a good idea--you can get the beautiful light fixtures that way!!
 I am finding bathroom photography to be the most challenging.  Most of the bathrooms are so small that a decent picture of it is nearly impossible.  You don't really want a picture of a toilet--all … (10 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Thankful Thursday: Trees - 08/27/09 03:01 PM
I am just amazed every time I visit Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville, North Carolina.  Having never visited the redwoods of California, I am in awe of the biggest trees that I have ever seen.  On a recent visit, I noticed that some of the beautiful evergreen trees were dying all around.  What a shame!  My husband informed me that it was some sort of blight or disease that had hit them--and hit them hard.  Soon there will be lots of large trees falling and making the beautiful walking trails impassable.  (By the way, Joyce … (12 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Vacant Transformation for Ready 2 Stage - 08/17/09 06:09 AM
Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign recently staged this home in Niota, Tennessee.  The transformation from VACANT & COLD to COLORFUL & WARM was such a joy and really makes the beautiful rooms in this house come to life.  A partnership with Athens Woodcrafters in Athens, Tennessee and the fine work of Realtor Demetra Toomey of ReMax in Cleveland, Tennessee should get this beautifully staged house the prospective buyer that it needs.  
Home Staging is an easy and cost-effective way to bring your home to the top of the prospective buyer's list.  We take care of all the details! … (8 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Come on In!! - 07/12/09 02:52 PM
How important is your curb appeal?  VERY IMPORTANT !!
 Did you know that most buyers make up their minds in the first 15 seconds of their visit?  If your front porch area isn't clean, your door has chipping paint, or your yard is dull and brown, what will they think?  I know what I would think.
 "If they don't take care of their front yard and entrance, then they probably don't take care of the inside.  I don't even want to make an appointment to see that place!"
Don't make that mistake!  Clean out all the dirt....paint, stain or replace … (9 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: "Come Sit a Spell...." - 07/08/09 02:08 AM

READY 2 STAGE HOME STAGING & REDESIGN  specializes in creating an inviting atmosphere for your potential buyers.  Most buyers make up their minds in the first 15 seconds of their visit.  Don't give them a negative impression before they even step in the door.  Create a vignette at your front entrance that makes them want to "Sit A Spell" and then go inside and see what great things are waiting in there!  If you don't have the time or the proper accessories to make your place "POP", call HSR Certified Home Staging Professional Lori Donegan for all your needs … (5 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Never forget.... - 05/25/09 02:36 AM
May we never forget the sacrifices and love given to us by former and current military personnel.  Each one has chosen to serve this country in a non-selfish and big hearted capacity that we can never repay.  Take time today to pray and give thanks to God for each person involved in preserving the freedoms that we so easily take for granted.  Also, pray for protection for those currently serving to keep peace and freedom--And give hugs and kisses to those around you--God is good and we need to especially thank Him for His many,many blessings.  Peace and love … (4 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Wordless Wednesday--Park Vista View - 05/13/09 05:17 AM


athens tennessee home staging: Antique to Updated - 04/20/09 04:12 AM
We staged a house with an antique sofa--and nothing else--in the living room.  
"What are we going to do with that?!"
We chose a neutral slipcover to give it an instant update.  We used an outdoor chaise lounge cushion to make the back smooth and straight and some extra pillows to wrap and fill the arm cover.  Turned out great!  We added some throw pillows, wall art, accessories and some creative lighting to make a cozy living space.
The bay window in the room was also very outdated with lacy ruffled swags and window-covering vertical blinds; along with an antique … (24 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Constant Advertising--on the Go! - 04/15/09 06:20 AM

When starting a new business, you just aren't sure which advertising methods will be the most successful.  I have found the most costly is perhaps newspaper advertising and it doesn't always reach those for whom it is intended.  Post cards and mailings are great, but not many will respond to them.  E-mails are super easy, cost efficient and great to reach those computer savvy individuals------if you don't get thrown into the spam file.  
Personally, I love to go----go shopping, go sight seeing, go out to dinner, just go driving.  So, why not advertise while I'm at it!  For … (19 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Exciting News!! - 04/13/09 01:37 PM
I am so very excited.  Today when making comments on others' blog posts, I realized that my face is showing up on the comment spot, and I have a little rain drop in the corner!!  Woo hoo!!  Now when I look on my home page, there is a cute little circular logo that brands me as a rain maker!!  Yipee!!  I don't know how it happened (must have something to do with the endless hours of comments and posts!  ya think?),  but I am so proud.  I guess the fact that I'm spending lots of time and energy blogging and commenting … (14 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Wordless Wednesday--Heaven's Gateway - 03/24/09 01:28 PM


athens tennessee home staging: Details from Our First Staging Job - 02/02/09 11:34 AM
Here is a real estate show of our First Staging Job.  We are very pleased with how this job turned out! Here are more details:
 The home sellers were very reluctant to invest any money to make positive changes.  We suggested removing wallpaper and wallpaper border which was rejected.  We chose to work around those things.  We suggested removing all dated window treatments--even wanted to remove vertical and mini blinds.  We were allowed to remove draperies, but decided to leave blinds because of privacy issues and the home is currently unoccupied.
The Master Bedroom was really unbalanced.  The large chest and … (7 comments)

athens tennessee home staging: Our First Staging Job!! - 01/30/09 02:17 PM
Ready 2 Stage had it's first staging job, and the results were amazing.  The home sellers are very pleased and they are already referring us to their friends.
Take a look and let us know what you think!

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