Another Home Staging tool worth checking out

Home Stager with ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC

It's funny how things cross paths.  It's been said before that there are no coincidents.  HHHMMMM....  My husband, Tim, does home improvement and handy-man services around northern Atlanta, which has been great because he is my 'handy-man' referral on my written consultations for home staging clients.  He is also a recommended vendor for our Metro-Atlanta ASHSR chapter. We've created that opportunity for things to cross paths for us, but this situation was really cool.

Recently he was hired, by referral from one of his other clients, to replace doors for a man in Roswell.  Through conversation, and mentioning my home staging business, my husband found out that this man was an inventor and had, in fact, created a tool he'd tried to market to home stagers!  Actually, he claims to have sold some to a group of Canadian home stagers although I never found out what group.

Pretty ironic, right?

He gave my husband a sample of the tool to bring home to me to try out.  It's called the Picture Placer.  It is a tool to be used when hanging art work that uses wires.  You simply hang the print on the Picture Placer, then decide where you want the print to hang on the wall and then gently push the art against the wall to create a small mark to indicate where to hang the picture-hanging hook.  Voila, hang your art on the hook and you have the print where you want it.  No need to rehang because it was up too high or too low, or too far to the left or right.


Check out their website for more information, including a video tutorial, and to order yours today.


And no, I don't get a commision for any sales.  Just sharing a cool tool that might be of interest and worth an investment to your home staging tool kit.



ALR Home Staging and Showcasing LLC serves the Metro Atlanta area: primarily, but not limited to, Woodstock, Acworth, Roswell, Kennesaw, and Marietta.  We believe in working with both homeowners AND the real estate professionals to get your property in great shape prior to listing.  We specialize in occupied homes and consultations prior to listing are our specialty.  Visit our website for our portfolio.  Abby Reilly is an active member of the Metro Atlanta ASHSR chapter, and former founding chapter president, as well as current National VP of Membership for RESA, the Real Estate Staging Association.


Tim Reilly is owner of ATR Home Improvement, providing home improvement and handy-man services throughout northern Atlanta, primarily, but not limited to, Woodstock, Acworth, Marietta, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.  Visit the website for porfolio and examples of completed work.  Tim has done extensive work for Precision Painting and Home Improvements, as well.

Comments (21)

Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

But that will take all the fun out of putting numerous holes in my clients walls!  Thanks for the tip.

Mar 29, 2009 08:55 AM
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

I, too, like Patsy will now miss making all those holes -- THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL!

Mar 29, 2009 10:01 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Abby ~ I've been using a similar product like this for a couple of years now, and they are GREAT -- especially if you're hanging one of those pieces that have 2 sawtooth hangers (I hate those -- but this gadget really helps make them straight) ... also good for hanging companion prints side by side.

Mar 29, 2009 10:03 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I think i might have seen this product and wondered if it actually worked because like everyone else, I don't always get that right on the first time.... though the old addage of measure twice, cut (in this case make hole) one is still a good plan without the gadget....

Mar 29, 2009 10:41 AM
Jacqueline Forde
Alluring Interiors - Ajax, ON

I also have a tool simular to this one in my kit.  I love it...especially the level that is built right in. Thanks for sharing, Abby.

Mar 29, 2009 10:46 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

I will order this as it looks so easy to use. Thanks for sharing.   

Mar 29, 2009 11:42 AM
Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
Temecula Realtor

Thanks for sharing this Abby. I think I have seen something similar. Not more wrong holes?! Wow!

Mar 29, 2009 11:50 AM
Anne West
Coldwell Banker - Chicago, IL
Your Guide to Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore

I have been wanting one of these but didn't know what it was called or whereto get one.I had seen this in another stager's toolbox but forgot to ask. Thanks for the info. I just ordered it!


Mar 29, 2009 12:02 PM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Abby I received one of these from my redesign instructor in 2004 and have since lost it.  It's in somebody's house and they won't tell me they have it.  It was very handy and I haven't replaced it because I found it awkward with heavy wired art.  I just couldn't lift the art up high enough to use the gadget and I'm too clumsy to climb my step-stool with that hanger on the wire and heavy art.  MY problem, but thanks for sharing it! 

Mar 29, 2009 01:18 PM
Lisa Sherman
Interior Aura - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Interior, Redesign & Decorating - Salem Oregon

Thank you for sharing the link to this website - like Ginger, I lost a similar hanging tool.  This looks like a great product and replacement!  I have bookmarked and will be ordering one!

Mar 29, 2009 02:20 PM
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

Hey everyone,  thanks for all your comments and feedback.  Most of my art is with the sawtooth hangers as previously mentioned so I've yet to actually use it myself.

You know, Ginger, I don't recall seeing any mention of weight limits, etc, and that would be something to think about.  Typically prints with wires can be fairly heavy, so that would be a word to wise to consider when using this product.  Thanks for sharing your experience with it!

Mar 29, 2009 02:47 PM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Ok Ok OK... I had to order one.... well, two, they come in pairs.  One for me, one for Bevin!s

Mar 29, 2009 03:14 PM
Kim Smith - Northeast Ohio Home Stager
Staged by Kim - Stow, OH

Thanks for the tip.  I just ordered one also.

Mar 30, 2009 05:48 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Thanks for sharing this with me.  We have open houses coming up on the 18th and 19th of April.

Mar 30, 2009 07:14 AM
C. Bartch
Newark, OH

Hi there Abby, I do remember reading about this tool before, maybe from Jackson West??? Not sure because I didn't bookmark it, but thanks so much for bring it up again I could have used this last week! 

Mar 30, 2009 08:04 AM
Judy Kincaid
Tampa, FL

I have been looking for something like this.  Thanks for sharing!

Apr 01, 2009 10:32 AM
Edgar Marroquin
ABQ Home Staging - Albuquerque, NM

This is fantastic. I will order a few for my friends who are also decorators/designers.

Apr 06, 2009 04:36 PM
Barb Lazzaro
Fresh ID Staging, LLC, Crown Point, IN - Crown Point, IN
Fresh ID Staging, Crown Pt. IN

This sounds great, I am going to get one.  Another idea for hanging art (seems strange) but it works,  is toothpaste.  Put a dab on the sawtooth type hanger (in the middle) and place the picture on the wall right where you want it, press lightly, remove and the toothpaste should leave a small mark for nail placement.

Apr 25, 2009 08:28 AM
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

Melissa, Kim, Ginger, Cynthia, Judy, Edgar and Barb: 

Sorry for my delay in responding but THANKS for all of your comments.  I hope you find it useful, those of you that decided to give it a shot. 


I received a note from Mr. Strobel, the man who invented it, saying 'thank you' for all the referrals for his product, based upon the blog post.  You guys rock!  Just goes to show how powerful our AR platform really is.  Have a great week!

Apr 28, 2009 03:43 AM
Pam Faulkner
Faulkner House Interior Redesign - Herndon, VA
Room Transformations Fairfax & Loudoun Counties VA


I have acquired two different gadgets over the years for hanging pictures and though handy, neither was perfect for one reason or another.  I even had a home-made version that someone suggested years ago that was handy.  This one seems simple and easy to pack-may have to add this to my collection-third time's a charm, right?  Thanks for the info-I hope he does well with this.

May 24, 2009 08:36 AM