Vacant Home Before & After Photos!

Home Stager with Judy Heinrich Home Staging

I just finished staging a fairly small home which had great "bones" but just needed a little finesse.  I love it when I get this kind of vacant home to stage.  I was able to use all my own inventory and did not have to rent any furniture from a rental company, saving the homeowner money.  After staging several homes lately with built-in bookcases, I've decided that bookcases are inventory eaters!  I have nothing left!  I'm curious how much inventory you all put in bookcases... am I doing too much?





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Providing professional home staging services to the greater Richmond, Virginia area.



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Michele Kurelich
Triangle Home Staging & Design/Lasting Impressions - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Home Staging and Design
Judy- Well Done!  I agree with the bookcases being inventory eaters.  I usually leave two shelves empty, but what you have done looks really nice.  Love the arrangements!  Are you using a really bed or a inflatable one on a frame?  It looks really nice!
Jul 03, 2007 11:09 AM #3
Cindy Richter
Interior Motiv Home Staging - Flower Mound, TX
IRIS Dallas, TX Home Stager
You have out done yourself!  Fabulous job!  Love the bookshelves.
Jul 03, 2007 02:55 PM #4
Penny Schoenbeck
AZ Home Styling & Redesign - Mesa, AZ
AZ Home Styling

Hi Judy,

WOW, what a fabulous job! I love all the rooms! Did you get your folding screen at JC Penney Home store? I almost bought one yesterday just like it, it was normally $200, on sale for $89! Gotta love a sale!

Jul 03, 2007 02:58 PM #5
Julia Fedak
Royal LePage State Realty - Ancaster, ON

Fantastic job with the vignette's! A lot of interest and mixture of textures!

My favourite is the iron folding screen.


Jul 03, 2007 02:58 PM #6
Lori Hakeem Oxley
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. - Tampa, FL
Love the bedroom - it looks like a place to relax and read.  Also, that screen in the first picture is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Jul 03, 2007 03:00 PM #7
Betty Haney
Haney Consulting - Calgary, AB
Judy, it all looks fabulous.  I really like how the bedding and pictures co-ordinate.  And I agree with the above comments, the screen is awesome.  Betty
Jul 03, 2007 04:12 PM #8
Jackson West
Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver - Vancouver, BC
Judy, this is more than a "little finesse", once again you have created a remarkable transformation! 
Jul 03, 2007 11:34 PM #9
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Marci - Thanks! That's just what the agent/owner said!

Cindy - Thanks for your comment, I tend to second guess myself when it comes to bookshelves.  They take me the longest to do!

Maureen - I'm not laughing!  Those are twigs I got from the woods in my neighborhood.  Originally, I bought some of that expensive curly willow from Michaels and I just didn't like how it looked - too upright.  I like that I was able to find twigs and branches that had more movement in them... and best of all, they were free!

Michele - The bed is two air mattresses - the bottom one is the extra high type and then the top one is a regular one.  I'm afraid to try an air mattress sitting on boxes or frames, at least this way if someone sits on it, it's not going anywhere.

Penny, Julia, Lori & Betty - I love that screen too!  I got it at Ross for $69.  I wish I had gotten a couple more (they had 3).  I'm going to go back and look for another one but I'm sure by now their sold out.

Jackson - I love your work so compliments coming from you means a lot!

Jul 03, 2007 11:49 PM #10
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Judy: I think you did a great job. The bookcases look perfect. Just the right amount of dressing with some breathing room. Everything looks lovely.
Jul 04, 2007 03:03 AM #11
Reece Mack
Simplicity Home Design, Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA


I love the book shelves...I too never know when to stop, but I think you chose the right amount of items. 

Re the twigs:  I wish I had woods in my backyard as I'm in CA and it's a lot harder to get to the woods to gather twigs...darn it!  LOL  I have to admit that I did try that once here in my neighborhood and brought it into my husbands workshop and laid it on his work bench to find out later that my twigs were in the trash.  My husband just didn't understand why I was collecting a bunch of dead branches...he thought I had been pruning in the garden and figured that I got to busy and left them on his bench instead of throwing them away. 

Oh the life of a husband of a stager must be challenging!  :o)


Simplicity Home Design

Jul 04, 2007 03:24 AM #12
Yvonne Root
rooms b.y. root - Prescott, AZ
Home Stager - Northern Arizona
Fantastic Judy. This must have been so much fun for you to work with. Great post and great staging!
Jul 04, 2007 05:03 AM #13
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
Great job Judy!  I am running over to Ross to see if I can find that screen.  I also love what you did with the bookcases.  I too spend a lot of time figuring out when enough is enough!  I love the softness in the bedroom. Makes me want to take a nap!!
Jul 04, 2007 09:30 AM #14
Rhonda Hay Rawlins
Glastonbury Home Staging - Glastonbury, CT
Nice Work. Simple and tasteful. Love the iron folding screen!! Thanks for sharing.
Jul 04, 2007 11:25 AM #15
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging
Judy -- remember the fairy tale about goldilocks and the 3 bears?  Your porridge is "just right".  Way to go girl!
Jul 04, 2007 12:13 PM #16
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
Judy - I'm going to try it on my next job.  I'll post pictures. 
Jul 04, 2007 12:45 PM #17
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

Hey Judy

Rooms look great. I too have used twigs from the clients property and not only was it more interesting looking but FREE..Love the bookcases but yes a bit too much, just take large greenery on top shelf and then scatter smaller pics or accessories on every other. Use of space is key but to run out of inventory stinks, ha, ha,...I am soooo happy I get 2 houses back this week. I feel like a kid at Christmas!

Phyllis Pafumi

Jul 13, 2007 05:03 PM #18
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Judy - Incredible!  Each and every room is just perfect!

Congratulations, your post is being featured within the group!


Jul 13, 2007 10:17 PM #19
Deborah Boyette
   I love "ALL' your staging... the rooms are fresh and clean but enough staging to feel like someone Lives and Loves this house! The bookshelves are beautiful and you have given them IMPORTANCE !!! Who would leave a shelf EMPTY ? These shelves show more than a little personality......I know they drained your inventory but well worth it in my opinion. LOVE, LOVE...Deborah Boyette
Jul 15, 2007 07:17 AM #20
Susan Shockley-Hidden Potential
Hi Judy, Very nice job!  I love to see the work of other stagers.  It is inspiring!   Sue
Jul 15, 2007 09:36 AM #21
Patricia Ebrahimi
SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant - Rockville, MD
Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD
Judy, you talented girl.  These pictures are exceptionally beautiful, a job that went just right and pics to prove it!  Love it when that happens.  About the twigs, of course natural to the area of the house is prettier than store-bought IMHO.  In the spring break off some red maple or other trees just as they are coming into bud and store them.  They last and last and are so beautiful and graceful.  My husband found some I had left around and arranged them in something.  I was floored!
Jul 15, 2007 10:36 AM #22
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