My Favorite Home Staging Photo - What's Yours?

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

I was asked by a reporter today, of all my home staging photos, which was my favorite. She didn't want to know which was my favorite project. She wanted to know which home staging photo I liked the best. I reviewed my home staging portfolio and I chose this one:

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This was the livingroom of a home I staged in Los Angeles (Valley Village). It was a very nice cottage, but really nothing about it really stood out, as home staging projects go. I didn't have a lot of time to choose the rug, so I chose this one, which happened to be on the top of the pile. I grabbed some red throw pillows and some red accessories and tossed them in the van as an afterthought.

After staging and photographing the home, I downloaded the photos and realized magic had happened. In the past I avoided strong colors and mostly stuck to a palette of creams, tans and browns with a few brighter colors to accessorize. Never anything this bold. I think this photo epitomizes my ability as a home stager to make a home come alive.

This photo had a big impact on the way I stage now. I use a lot more color, which I think makes the homes I stage more energetic and exciting.

By the way, this home received multiple offers after the first open house and sold over asking.

Do you have a favorite home staging photo? Feel free to post it in the comments below.

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2015 RESA Professional Stager of the Year

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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.

For more information about our Los Angeles home staging services, contact Michelle at (626)385-8852 or by email.

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Rainer
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Randy Larson
East Coast Staging & Re-design - Leland, NC

All of you have that special uniqueness about you..... all of your work is "always" so relaxing, inviting and what people are looking for!!  My hats off to each of you!!!  Since I'm the newby here still I don't have a huge selection to choose from, but here is my favorite so far........

Hey, I'm at the beach.... what did you think???  LOL  Hope everyone has a GREAT day/weekend!!!

Apr 22, 2010 10:56 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Seaview LR  I know it's not a great photo, but it's one of my faves because it makes me happy - happy that I achieved the goal of designing a model home for a target buyer that was outside my presumed comfort zone.  The careful selection of colors (lots of green accents), textures (lots of wovens), and motifs (tropical leaves) are evident here - or least in my memory!  This is "Seaside Village", minus the cutesy Nantucket look - it's located in a very urban area and the target buyer is a young, urban male.  It worked!  Julie 

Apr 23, 2010 03:18 AM #19
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thank you Kate;

Randy: I love the colorful Adirondack chairs and Mr. Crabby on the wall. Your photo makes me want to put my feet up and enjoy a glass of tea on the balcony. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 23, 2010 03:27 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Julia: I can see why you liked this photo. It reminds you of your success. The mirror is beautiful.

Apr 23, 2010 03:49 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Michelle,  I would be hard pressed to select just one "favorite" photo, but I love the one you chose!  I agree that color always photographs well.  I love the rug you selected, too.  Great job, as always! 

Apr 23, 2010 06:17 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thanks, Diana!

Apr 23, 2010 06:33 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi Michelle, this photo has even more meaning... I really just want to personally thank you for allowing the RESA-Dallas Chapter to have the represented staging photo above on our first ever Chapter banner (your company watermark is included)! To make it as equitable as possible we chose to use a photo, with your generous permission, that reflects excellence in staging without singling out one company in Dallas, and who better than to show that representation than the 2010 RESA Staging Pro of the year?

We just voted this week on it! I'm attaching the final one here for you to see:

RESA-Dallas Chapter Banner

Apr 23, 2010 10:23 AM #24
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Wow, Karen, I'm honored (and flattered). I think its a good idea not to use an image from a local stager in your chapter banner so no one feels slighted. Thanks for thinking of me, and I love the banner, BTW!

Apr 23, 2010 10:26 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

You're always thought of =)

Apr 23, 2010 10:30 AM #26
Rainer
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Michelle....LOVE that red...it looks sooo chic and sophisticated!!  Somehow I've gotten into orange lately....here's a recent orange favorite...

  

 And then I do love these from a home I post about this weekend...Eichler home makeover!!

  

Apr 23, 2010 01:46 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Very pretty, Kathy. I really like the way the orange candles play against the red/orange in the artwork. And I love the blue brown combo in the bottom pics. Very chic!

Apr 23, 2010 02:10 PM #28
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Donna Dazzo
Designed to Appeal, LLC - Manhattan, NY
Home Stager in the Hamptons & New York

Michelle, first of all, what a fun exercise!  I love that you invited us to look at our photos and think about what our favorite is.

Secondly,  your photo is a great photo.  I love the use of color in your staging and how great it made the photo look.

Here's my photo.  I think I like this the best because it has a pop of color from the coral throw pillows and projects serenity and elegance.  It had to project elegance. It's the living room in a $10 million NYC townhouse!

Apr 24, 2010 12:07 AM #29
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

I love your photo too, Donna. It is very elegant and I think you hit a bullseye. Wow, $10M! I bet that big balcony had something to do with it! I like the coral pops too.

Apr 24, 2010 01:11 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Donna Dazzo
Designed to Appeal, LLC - Manhattan, NY
Home Stager in the Hamptons & New York

Michelle, thanks.  That's actually the backyard, not the terrace. It's a 4 story private townhome on the fringes of the SoHo area.  NYC real estate - the prices are crazy, though you probably encounter the same thing in California.

Apr 24, 2010 02:11 AM #31
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

We could not decide so we picked 2 ;))

Stage Right Design 2010 

Stage Right Design 2010

Apr 24, 2010 03:49 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Very nice, LKP and tres chic!

Apr 24, 2010 06:27 AM #33
Rainer
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Heather Cook
Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc. - Kitchener, ON
Quality Home Staging

hmmmm .. so many pictures to choose from but I think I need to illustrate the "before" so you get why I love the "after" ... bear with me ...

Before

After

or as my second choice

and the "After"

 

When magic happens I often feel it throughout the home .. although sometimes certain spaces do catch me by surprise when I look back at the pictures. Staging always creates a tangible difference but from the pictures I have viewed above from the other posts to the ones I have posted myself .. sometimes the staging faeries are sitting on our shoulders and whispering in our ears ..

Apr 24, 2010 03:38 PM #34
Rainer
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES - Sechelt, BC

Michelle,

I am a fan of your work.  Always first class.

 

Re: favourite photos of staging:  this is one of my favourites as the bedroom went from dated wallpaper that made viewers dizzy to a serene room through the use of a soft blue wall colour & a wall decal of cherry branches.    

When I saw this FP, it was painted a glossy beige & I thought it was phoney & would have to be taken out?  It was also off balance as only 1 side is finished.  With flat black paint, the carving stood out and there was now balance.

The fireplace was now the focal point it was intended to be.

My favourite FP screen dressed up the focal point, along with original art above the fireplace from one of the Coast's best artists

fireplace balance & decor

mbr staged

Apr 25, 2010 10:37 AM #35
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Wow, Heather, quite the transformation. That red wall paper was a little scary! Lovely photos!

Sharon: I can only imagine how that fireplace looked before you got hold of it. I love the wall decal! How fun! and the bedding looks very fresh and lively. Pretty!

Apr 25, 2010 11:39 AM #36
Rainer
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Lynda Quintero-Davids
FOCAL POINT STYLING - Gilbert, AZ

NOT designed to SELL... but redesigned to LIVE - Redsigend bedroom repurposing details from previous living room setting

I'm in transition, after being in RETAIL as a Visual stylist - director - merchandiser for over 25 years... and looking to get into property presentation (home staging) in the Miami / Ft. Lauderdale area.

CASH CAB posted on RateMySpace (over 131, 000 viewed) and featured on the HGTV show.

Thanks for opportunity to share... Great photos featured from the "Stagers" here on activerain! =)

May 05, 2010 09:50 AM #37
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