Riley: A 4-Year Old Staging Queen

Home Stager with Fresh Perspectives -

Ever since I got married I wanted to work with my husband.  So many couples get up in the morning, go their separate ways during the day then wake up years later not even knowing who their mate is anymore. I was bound and determined that would not happen to my husband and myself or our marriage. I really like my husband and I love spending as much time with him as I can.

When I started Fresh Perspectives Property Merchandising Services about 3 years ago I saw that as a perfect opportunity to make that dream a reality. After my first year in business I needed to hire someone in order to grow.  It just so happened my husband, Cory, was the perfect candidate.  He is a former home builder and handles all the logistics of the business from the invoicing to even staging vacants with me. His strengths are a perfect compliment to mine. We work extremely well together.  That is why our company is a family-owned and operated business.

Cory and I have a wonderful 4-year old, Riley, and as any parent can relate, children bring so much joy. Riley is full of life, very social, extremely curious, and a little staging queen.  Sometimes when we stage  vacant properties Riley comes along.


Because we are adamant about teaching Riley the value of hard work and accomplishing goals. We have a short window of opportunity before she starts school to be the only people who have influence on her on a daily basis. We want her to understand we work for everything we have and how we make our money.

It can certainly be challenging at times to bring her along. It takes us longer to get a property done since sometimes she thinks things should be in a different place then we do. I have learned to let her do her thing and rearrange everything in my final tweaking. 

Riley has actually had a few good ideas though. We had staged a vacant with 3 bar stools at the counter. Riley didn't like the way I had put the chairs and decided to arrange the chairs on a perfect 45 degree angle. Neither Cory nor myself had seen her do that and before we were through Cory asked me if I had changed the stools. We quickly discovered who the culprit was.

So now, instead of being frustrated that my 4-year old is moving things around we use those moments to teach and engage her in what we are doing and why.  Who knows if she will ever have the desire to take over the company, but at least until she goes away to college I will have my sweet little staging queen contributing to the family business.


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Anthea Click is the President of Fresh Perspectives Property Merchandising Services specializing in staging vacant homes, model homes and owner occupied redesign in the Middle Tennessee area including:Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill, Fairview, Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, and Lebanon. She is also a certified CSP Elite instructor, educating agents on how to incorporate staging into their business. For information on staging your home for sale contact us at 615-465-8086 or visit our website




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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Hi Anthea!  How much do you pay her?  ;)  Lucky you - I love my husband dearly, but I don't think I could work with him!  Happy Staging!  Julie

Jan 08, 2010 07:02 AM #1
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My husband has helped me in the past and it was a great experience.  I hope to have him helping more in the future.  How lucky you are to have, not only your husband, but also that little staging queen of yours!  She is adorable!  I think it is wonderful she is learning the business! 

Jan 08, 2010 07:48 AM #2
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

Good for you, Anthea! I'd love to work with my Hubby. I can't wait until my business grows big enough to include him.

Jan 08, 2010 10:08 AM #3
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Anthea ~ Riley is adorable, and how fun that you can share this important time with her.  I bet she loves to be part of what you and your husband do.  Keep her busy!!

Jan 08, 2010 11:52 AM #4
Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri
Keller Williams Realty - Franklin, TN
It matters to us as much as it matters to you.

It is so much fun to see their minds work and grow.  It is great to see the creativity flow at so early an age.  I am not sure where my kids got their creativity.  The gene must have skipped their parents generation.  

Jan 08, 2010 12:12 PM #5
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Riley is adorable-she looks so bright!! How fun for all of you!!  I do not know what I would do without my husbands help. I call him all the time when needed.

Jan 08, 2010 05:37 PM #6
Michelle Molinari
FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor - Lafayette, LA
Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts

She is so precious! The face of Staging in the future..


Jan 09, 2010 08:05 AM #7
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Staging, design, and re-design is something that you can learn however, some are born with it.. She is a doll and you already have your next empolyee !!!

Jan 09, 2010 11:41 PM #8
Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!

Julia - I am very lucky! Riley usually gets special treats when we are finished for the day.

Sharon - I think so too. Family working together can either be awful or absolutely fantastic. Glad it is the latter for me!

Deena - Based upon what I have seen of your work it won't be long until not only is your husband working with you, but a few other helping hands as well. Keep working towards it and you will achieve it!

Maureen - Thank you! I am doing my best to keep her schedule full. :-)

Mike - I totally agree. Riley continually amazes me. Did your kids get your tech skills?

Cathy - Thank you! Yes, we have a blast and I can certainly say I couldn't have this business without my husband. He is the backbone that makes it all work.

Michelle - Thank you and I certainly hope so. :-)

Mary Lou - Riley was definitely born with it. I hope we grow faster and I have to hire more people before Riley is added to the payroll!

Jan 10, 2010 09:00 AM #9
Michele Reneau
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor - Summerville, SC
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team

Well Anthea, is she gonna be a stager or realtor? She only has 14 years before she can get her license and she would make a realtor partner. You can train her like you want to refer listings to you. :)

Jan 11, 2010 04:46 AM #10
Lee Barroll
SWBC Mortgage - Brentwood, TN


What a wonderful time you must be having.  I can tell you it will fly by in a flash.  Enjoy.


Jan 20, 2010 10:07 AM #11
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

She is sweet! I have my 13 year old son help move furniture in my warehouse and destage sometimes. My 2 girls 9 and 11 are definately stagers in training and my 11 year old is starting to help with some labor! I do compensate them a bit as I think that is also a good lesson in managing their money and the value of their time.

Jan 25, 2010 12:59 AM #12
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