Renters wreck TRANSFORMED into a Buyers Dream!

Home Stager with Chicagoland Home Staging LLC

Not all houses start out being a buyers dream. This 10 year rental, though vacant, still had too much of the previous tenants' personality lingering behind.

A PROFESSIONAL HOUSE STAGER can take a diamond in the rough and make it place a young family would be proud to live. We saw lots of hidden potential, RE-ARRANGE IT INTERIORS just helped buyers see it to. 

Here are a few rooms.... 

BEFORE LIVING ROOM - The previous occupants were heavy smokers so #1 on the list was to bring in new carpet and paint. Lots of small repairs to doors, grout, drywall, fixtures made the home move in ready.


Another view in Living room - The landlord/seller just hung these brand new mismatched sheers... not sure what he was thinking but they had to go.


View #2


BATH - Painting vanities, kitchen islands, and mantles can give you an instant face lift. Don't be afraid to use black it looks great. If your looking for a good espresso color try Ben. Moore black bean soup (2130) as shown here.



This was an awkward room. It had 3 exit doors. 1 to a screened in 3 season porch which was a wreck. It needed an identity. The sellers wanted to call it a 3rd bedroom so we tried to show its versatility with a desk and futon. 


The PORCH - Before unfinished wood walls and ceilings. (see before den photo) It had in-door out-door bright green carpet that was removed. A pet lived in this space so everything needed to be air out and sealed to eliminate the odor. Before staging it was hard to see what value this room added to the property.

 BEFORE- Bedroom



We love what we do and look forward to our next staging challenge. Margaret Gehr and Re-Arrange It Interiors offer affordable staging to Chicagoland home owners, investors and Real estate agents.

For additional information please call 815-530-3566



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Margaret Gehr is the principle owner of Chicagoland Home Staging, servicing the greater Chicago area for home staging, redesign, and design projects. We work in both occupied and vacant homes. 


Comments (18)

Richard Dolbeare
Retired - Wailuku, HI
Living the Hawaii Lifestyle

Awww, the mismatched sheers were so interesting, sorry they had to go.  I'm with you, not sure what he was thinking.

Jan 07, 2010 05:21 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Richard, I was speechless when he said he thought they added a pop of color. :) Thanks for stopping by

Jan 07, 2010 05:28 PM
Debi Braulik - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

The sheers did add a pop of color. Unfortunately, not in a good way. You did a fantastic job!! It looks amazing.

Jan 07, 2010 05:46 PM
Randy Larson
East Coast Staging & Re-design - Leland, NC

Excellent job Margaret!!!!   Love them shelves in the living room............

Jan 07, 2010 10:14 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Great transformation Margaret --  looks like a totally different house that will now appeal to buyers.  I love the photos too!

Jan 07, 2010 11:12 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

John - thanks. there an offer but haven't heard if its done yet.

Debi - had to laugh..if they all matched I'd at least understand but every window had something goofy on it. Thanks to you comments

Randy - thanks ...everyone wants to buy them even buyers just looking have called me 

Maureen - thanks it was a fun project. In the end it was clean, fresh and had a look the target buy likes.

Jan 08, 2010 12:17 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Awesome staging, Margaret.

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



Jan 08, 2010 12:26 AM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Now that is AMAZING!!  I LOVE the color palate you worked is very RICH!  Thanks for sharing the Ben Moore paint color....I also like Kelly Moore "Oxford Brown".  Will add your "Black Bean Soup" to my list!

Jan 08, 2010 01:27 AM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Kathy - Hey you know...all in a days work. Thanks for the feature.

Hi Kathy, that blue dotted chair is my favorite..didn't think the picture showed how rich the colors are. Ill have to check out that oxford brown..I'm not familar with Kelly Moore though.


Jan 08, 2010 02:53 AM

Great work Margaret.  What a huge difference.

Thank you for sharing the colour of the vanity.  I'm starting a new staging project on Monday and have a feeling the vanity will look like yours did.  Perfect colour you chose.

Jan 08, 2010 05:39 AM
Shelley Roufs
Simply Staged Homes - New Ulm, MN

Incredible transformation! I love the colors and rich tones. Question - How did you hang the living room curtains? They look very classy.

Jan 08, 2010 08:22 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Margaret you took that house from rental 'dump' to a desirable home. Great work!

Jan 08, 2010 11:48 AM
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Fantastic transformation that made what appeared to be a rundown and neglected house turn into a beautiful home.  Congrats!

Jan 08, 2010 01:31 PM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Thanks Sharon, painting old vanities is such an easy way to update on old or boring bath room.

Shelly, Those panels were originally made to hang on knobs (see pic) so there are small loops in the back, (simular to any panel with drapery rod pocket). They stayed in this model for about 1.5 years. Since this new job is short term we hung them on screws with drapery hardware at all. They go up (and down) in minutes.  This also works on cuffed top treatments but I think thats another post.


Janice, It the time it was done it was easy a young family living there. thank you for your comment.

David, I was done pretty inexpensive to.

The staging has created a big stir..The pictures have been bringing in lots of showings. I actually had 2 buyers that bought other homes in a higher $$ amount call me to ask if we can 'stage to live' for them. 

Jan 09, 2010 02:03 AM
Christine T.
C.A.T. Construction and Home Staging & Design - Crown Point, IN

Wow, what a difference! You did an excellent job. Congrats.

Jan 10, 2010 01:00 AM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Wow Wow is absolutely beautiful.  I love the window treatments.  How did you hang them???  I need to start doing more window treatments, I think it makes the room.  You really transformed that home.  Great job and thanks for sharing.

Jan 10, 2010 01:28 AM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Christine, thanks

Chrissie, Thanks..we put drapery hooks in the back of the panels and just hung them on screws in the hardware at all. I know it sounds weird but it works.

Jan 11, 2010 01:59 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Beautiful work.  Thanks for sharing it with us.  Great idea on the drapery panels.

Jan 15, 2010 10:48 AM