Los Angeles Home Stager - Home Stager as Miracle Worker

Home Stager with Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

A couple of weeks ago, I was called to a house in Altadena, CA for a home staging consultation. We were hired to stage the home, but it wasn't your typical Los Angeles home staging...Staging Intervention (or Stagervention as my friend Laurie March likes to call it) was more like it. My assistants, Melissa and Michelle, worked on the house with me over the course of two weeks (including painting and repairs). Besides the paint crew, the carpenter and electrician, there were also 2 movers from the moving company (to move excess items into storage) and 2 furniture movers from Brook Furniture Rental. We transformed the whole house, but there is one room in which we did perform miracles.

Here is a set of before and after photos of the daughter's bedroom:

Before (this was after we tidied up a little bit - you couldn't see the floor when we walked in):

bedroom in need of home staging

After (what a difference a Staging Intervention crew makes):

bedroom after staging by Los Angeles home staging company















What we did:

  • Placed all items on floor into boxes for teenage daughter and mother to sort through. Mother pointed out items she wanted donated immediately which were placed into clear plastic bags. Obvious trash was put into black plastic bags
  • Gave the daughter instructions that she had 1 week to go through the boxes. Whatever wasn't put away would be donated
  • Remove the existing twin bed and replaced it with a rented full size bed (with new mattress) and headboard
  • Donated the desk in the corner but used existing chair, rug, nightstand and dresser (not pictured)
  • Moved a table that was in the living room into the bedroom to be used as a desk
  • Purchased multiple plastic organizing containers and taboret for school & office supply storage
  • Purchased new bedding
  • Painted room pale green, with white trim (Benjamin Moore Guilford Green HC-116)

At first the daughter was not happy about the invasion of her personal space, but now she is thrilled that she can find everything and she is no longer embarrassed to have friends over after school.

We lived up to our company name to complete this job - Moving Mountains Design. We moved mountains to get this home into market ready condition!

Moving Mountains Design - We don't sell homes but we know what makes homes sell!

*Los Angeles Home Stager- Home Stager As Miracle Worker* ©2009 Moving Mountains Design and Michelle Minch

If you are looking for a home staging company in Los Angeles, Pasadena or Altadena, call Michelle Minch at Moving Mountains Design at (626)441-8975. You can also contact us via email at Michelle@MovingMountainsDesign.com .


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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.

Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations,  and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs, foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers. Builders hire us to stage their models or to help move inventory when sales slow down.

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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

What a great transformation ... I'm sure the entire family is sleeping better now!

May 02, 2009 06:20 PM #10
Jacqueline Forde
Alluring Interiors - Ajax, ON

Wow, Michelle! Fabulous transformation! It doesn't even look like the same space...However, it looks like that "Psychology degree" paid off after all...he he! Thanks for sharing!

May 03, 2009 12:21 AM #11
Jacqueline Forde
Alluring Interiors - Ajax, ON

Oh, and I love the new wall colour...just fab!

May 03, 2009 12:23 AM #12
Fran and Rowena, La Canada Realtors - (818) 952-0077
Dilbeck Real Estate - La Canada, CA

Michelle - absolutely beautiful!  Color - proportions - you have it all!   Sometimes it helps to have a "third party", and a professional, give an objective side to the situation.  

You and your team truly are miracle workers!


May 03, 2009 05:32 AM #13
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Cathy Lee, Vivian, Wanda: Thank you!

Wendy: It took a while, but we were finally able to finish.

Andrew: We found some pretty interesting (some more gross than interesting) things in that room, but no Jimmy Hoffa.

Well, Hello Dane: Welcome back and thanks for commenting

Kathy: We moved mountains of garbage! A pick up truck load, and then a full load with 1-800-got junk plus what we put out in weekly trash.

Maureen: I think it took some adjustment for the family once we were done. The housekeeper was very happy though :o))

Jacqueline: Thanks. The paint color is Benjamin Moore Guilford Green HC-116

May 03, 2009 05:38 AM #14
Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

Michelle: Thanks for sharing this "mountainous" experience as well as the photo's. You and your crew did an amazing job. The after photo just makes me FEEL calmer!

May 03, 2009 07:20 AM #15
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Fran & Rowena:Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words.

Debra: I'll be posting more photos shortly. Stay tuned. Thanks.

May 03, 2009 10:18 AM #16
Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV
CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com

Wow ... What a giant difference!  It's almost unbelievable!  i just met with a stagger last week for one of our listings.  It was amazing what she came up with!  Very definitely a valuable tool!

May 03, 2009 11:52 AM #17
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

What a huge difference Michelle. It sounds like you really had your work cut out for you!

May 03, 2009 12:11 PM #18
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Lisa: Home stagers can make a huge difference in how a home performs once its put on the market. I hope you'll take your stager's advice.

Bill: This job was a huge undertaking. In the past we have mostly concentrated on vacant homes, but since the market shift, we have been called in on more and more occupied homes. This one outstrips all the others though. Thanks!

May 03, 2009 12:36 PM #19
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Michelle - Gulp.  Wow, what a transformation.  After seeing this set of before and after pictures I can see what kept you so busy!  You did a tremendous job and yes, I would agree; YOU ARE A MIRACLE worker!

Congratulations.  Your post is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


May 04, 2009 03:18 AM #20
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Kathy: Thanks for the feature. This was a long involved process, but my client is very happy with the results. Next time I'll be sure to bring more trash bags. We used over 100!

May 04, 2009 03:30 AM #21
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Michelle, once again you've done an incredible job.  I just thought that the before and afters were amazing on previous posts...this one takes the cake!  We recently emptied my daughter's room to paint and replace flooring and it's amazing how much trash one child can create and then shove into every available space.  Like your transformation, it looks like a completely different room now.

May 04, 2009 01:36 PM #22
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thank you so much Lisa. This job was a horse of a different color. I have to say that emptying a room to paint is a great excuse to get organized. I don't think most kids have an innate talent for organizing. Its something they have to be taught.

May 04, 2009 02:16 PM #23
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Michelle this is truly an amazing transformation...no doubt not your typical job.  I find when working with these kind of rooms its still hard to get such a fabulous result. Hopefully the occupant has turned over a new leaf or has relocated to a new space while the property is on the market. 

Always a joy to see your work:) 

May 07, 2009 02:03 AM #24
Mary Fasnacht
Washington and Allegheny Counties and surrounding areas - McMurray, PA
Feels Like Home Interiors ~ Pittsburgh PA Home Staging

Love this transformation, Michelle!  Would you please come and do a stagervention for my 14 year old?  She has a fabulous room with plenty of storage but at this point in her life can't seem to find the motivation to keep it organized.  I did guilt her in to cleaning it up for Mother's Day at least.  Thanks for sharing your great results!

May 10, 2009 10:46 AM #25
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thank you, Margaret. It seems the occupant has turned over a new leaf according to her mother, although I haven't seen it for myself. She loves the way her room looks and her mother says she seems much happier generally.

Mary: Make a list with your daughter of what she thinks is preventing her from being more organized and what she thinks she needs to fix the problem. Get her invested in the process. Take your daughter to a Container Store, or if there isn't one nearby, Target. Let her choose (with your guidance) the bins, organizers, etc. that she thinks will help her be more organized. It may not fix the problem entirely, but I bet you see a big improvement.

May 10, 2009 11:11 AM #26
Patricia Ebrahimi
SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant - Rockville, MD
Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD

Hi Michelle, Phenomenal job as usual!  You are perhaps the most consistent Stager I know at working outright miracles for her clients.  Congrats on yet another.  Amazing!

May 16, 2009 12:05 PM #27
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Incredible work and fantastic results.  Thanks for sharing the paint color as well - am looking for some great tried and true light greens and blues for my list of recommendations.

May 20, 2009 12:52 AM #28
Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Wow, I can't believe the difference! Amazing!

May 20, 2009 02:56 PM #29
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