From bland and boring to warm and beautiful

Home Stager with Ready 2 Stage

Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign recently staged this home near Niota, Tennessee.  We just love the difference that adding some color and beautiful furniture made in this space.  It was total "Vanilla" and now it's "Spicy, but relaxing." 

 We used some beautiful pops of red mixed with browns and golds to achieve a warm look in the Living area and kitchen.




There was also a beautiful Dining Area that due to seller budget, we weren't able to stage.  The living area is the very first room you enter and those all important first impressions were our top priority.  The Master suite was also one of the biggest selling features because of it's size and placement in the home.  


Master bath BeforeMaster bath Before

 Focusing on spa-like relaxation in the Master Suite, we used soft teals and browns to achieve a relaxing atmosphere.  The master bath was a bit of a challenge with such a wide open expanse of tiled floor.  Ultimately, a beautiful chaise lounge would have been my pick for the space, but to keep within our budget, we chose a couple of glass-topped tables to help the space seem more intimate and cozy.  The glass in keeping with the spa feel, and the dark brown metal legs to draw the eye and keep it from bouncing throughout the room.  The large walk-in shower screamed for seating, and we gave it just that.  A small teak bench completes the spa theme.

Master bath After

Master bath After                                                                                                                      

The Master Bedroom was kept clean and simple.  The footboard on the sleigh bed was a little tall, but our only choice.  We decided to keep the bedding monochromatic using only white and light teal green for our colors.  A down alternative comforter was folded at the end of the bed to give you a posh hotel feeling.  The glass top tables were used instead of the bed's matching night stands, to keep the room from feeling too woody and heavy.  My only problem with those is the fact that you can see the cords from the lamps.  But by using some framed fabric art over the headboard, hopefully your eye goes there and stays away from those cord eyesores!  We finished off the bed with an emotional connection point.  A tray with a coffee mug, faux cinnamon roll and great little devo book to read.  What more could you want?

Master Bedroom BeforeMaster Bedroom After


Vacant home staging can be a challenge.  Finding a furniture store or warehouse with suitable furniture, that is willing to rent, has been a definite advantage so far.  And the fabulous deals and quality furniture that Athens Woodcrafters has provided has been the ticket to my vacant staging success.

One last shot of the kitchen (which was only accessory staged) into the living area.  I would love your opinions on my work--Good or Bad--I'm a big girl.  I can take it!!  Thanks Rainmakers!


                                Kitchen/Living After

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Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign serves all of Southeast Tennessee

Lori Donegan--Founder & Owner

Crystal Clarey--Staging Assistant

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Comments (13)

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Lori, I think you did great.  A few simple things made a huge impact!  This seller should not have to wait for an offer too long!

Aug 17, 2009 11:18 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Silvia--Thanks for your compliments!  I appreciate your input and your viewing my photos.

Aug 17, 2009 11:30 AM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

You did a great job Lori.  It definetly looks much warmer and cozier.  I love the candles in the bathroom.

Aug 17, 2009 01:27 PM
Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

Lovely ... very inviting, soothing colours. I bet this one goes fast. 

Aug 17, 2009 01:40 PM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Very nice!!!  Looks so much better with your staging, Lori.

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


Aug 17, 2009 01:59 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Chrissie--I took photos of Day 1 of the tub area without candles and it just looked so plain!  The candles made it look much more inviting.  Thanks for your comments.

Liz--Thank You.  I hope it sells quickly.  A quick sell story would look great on my credentials.

Kathy--Thanks Kathy!!  I appreciate the feature and the nice comments.

Aug 17, 2009 02:24 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Lori -- your staging made this home very appealing.  Hope your client has a quick sale!

Aug 17, 2009 02:58 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Beautiful transformation.  That bathroom is huge!  Nice job with the tables, you really acheived the spa look and feel.  I think the kitchen photo is awesome!

Aug 17, 2009 11:16 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Maureen--Thanks for your comments and I'm hoping that they sell quickly as well.

Sharon--That bathroom was a bit tricky.  It looked really big and kind of like a handicapped bathroom, that isn't bad, but if someone isn't looking for that, it might not appeal to them.  Thanks for your compliments.  The seller liked the final look.

Aug 17, 2009 11:26 PM
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Nice Lori! I like the piece your brought into the bathroom, under the window, and the little stool in the shower.  It seems like it was so cold before, it must have really echoed something awful!

Aug 19, 2009 06:19 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Kathy--Yes, the entire house echoed and the bathroom seemed cavernous.  Those little tables were the best bet on our limited budget.  They were easy to decorate in "spa" decor.  Thanks for your comment

Aug 19, 2009 01:39 PM


Your staging is tasteful and did add the warm feeling your were aiming for.  Good work!

Aug 20, 2009 11:47 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Sharon--Thank you for your kind comments.  I enjoy your posts and photos as well.

Aug 20, 2009 12:19 PM