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Home Stager with Showhomes of Kansas City

Stagers are definately artists.  We work with color, composition & scale - all in a 3 dimensional medium.  Some stagers are also artists in 2D form.  After reading one of David Ames blogs and finding out that he often creates his own artwork and Lori Kim Polk chimed in as well, it made me curious.  How many of you have created artwork specifically for a staging job? Here's a chance to show off another artistic side. Post a photo of your self-created artwork for a staging job.

I bought this triptic of heavy duty frames for $20 (from Craigslist) but the artwork (gold leaf squares) was peeling off so I sanded it down and painted the triptic of trees.  It's nothing gallery worthy but it worked great in my staging job.



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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

It does take a talent to do what you are doing...Nice!

Aug 28, 2010 03:38 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Leanne, I was watching OPEN HOUSE and I saw a stager, who showed this home she was involved with designing and decorating.....anyway it was scarry busy. I wonder sometimes if the seller lacks the touch and hires the stager who also lacks the touch what do you do?? Anyway yours is fantastic, loved it.

Aug 28, 2010 03:51 PM #2
Leanne Zumbrunnen
Showhomes of Kansas City - Lenexa, KS

Josh - thanks so much for the compliment

Endre -  Scarry busy is not a trait for most stagers. We actually scale many of the furnishings and items back so that the home and furnishings compliment each other.  The key with hiring a stager is  looking at their portfolio of work. It will give you an idea of their style.  Some are very contemporary, some more modern, some more traditional and some... might be too busy.

Aug 28, 2010 04:03 PM #3
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

Here's one I did a few years back. It was a 3 story stairwell - this section of stairs led down to the pool room ;)  MANY layers of paint although the depth is hard to see in the photo.

Platinum Home Staging, Inc.

Aug 28, 2010 05:08 PM #4
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Great colors!!  The triptic was a "find"!!!!

Aug 28, 2010 05:30 PM #5
Heather Cook
Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc. - Kitchener, ON
Quality Home Staging

Leanne, I have created canvases by getting frames from the craft store, cotton batting and then picking up some great fabrics at the fabric store. I stretch the fabric over the padded frame, staple and woohoo .. new art! 

I will have to take some pictures of some of my new artwork - they are fun and also easy and inexpensive to change out!

Aug 28, 2010 05:40 PM #6
Leanne Zumbrunnen
Showhomes of Kansas City - Lenexa, KS

Connie - How fun!  Looks like the perfect painting for that spot.  Now wonder ... it was a custom painting.

Kathy - yes, they are great heavy duty frames.  The original art was very subtle but obviously peeling off, that's why I got such a good deal.  I think they paid a lot for them originally.

Aug 28, 2010 05:41 PM #7
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Leanne -- I like your triptych very much -- clever of you to buy something and enhance it!  I'm going to try what Heather does (stretching great fabric over a frame with batting). That sounds easy, alas I'm not an artist.

Aug 28, 2010 05:48 PM #8
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

I literally cannot draw a stick figure and have it look like a stick figure.  Not kidding.  So... I'm in the same club as Maureen and Heather with the purchase of fabric and a staple gun.

Now back to your example - WOW! They're gorgeous.  You obviously have a talent.


Aug 29, 2010 12:45 AM #9
Leanne Zumbrunnen
Showhomes of Kansas City - Lenexa, KS

Heather - Please send pictures, we would all love to see them.

Maureen & Kathy-  Covering frames with fabric still counts as creating your own artwork. Do you have any pics? You both do fantastic work so I'm sure your 2D work would be considered art as well.

Aug 29, 2010 04:09 AM #10
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Leanne - I love your tryptic!  And that's a beautifully staged room, too!  This is a fun post - I also was blown away with David Ames' artwork.  I'd love to attempt a piece or two.  I'm also a textile artist, and have machine stitched thin, metal shims into handmade paper etc., but at the time I wasn't a home stager, so the framing is too dark.  I will re-look at them and perhaps re-frame them.  I love Connie's artwork, too.  Also, there are a few artwork ideas in the "Staging Crafts & Creatives" group, if you haven't already checked that out.

Aug 29, 2010 06:33 AM #11
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Your tryptic is great looking and it completed the room-it looks terrific!!  I will look for photos of pieces i have made. How fun! I love Connies  creative art!! 

Aug 29, 2010 11:31 AM #12
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Personally, I think it's gallery worthy- it looks great. I've seen where stagers have used inexpensive frames and turned them into art by inserting heavy duty wrapping paper and matting them. I must admit, it looks pretty good provided you choose attractive paper that matches the decor!

Aug 29, 2010 05:04 PM #13
Leanne Allen
Center Stage, LLC - Burlington, IA

I cannot wait to try this too, Leanne!  I frequently snap pictures of artwork in stores when it's a simple pattern that I think I can use as inspiration.  Thanks for sharing -- your artwork is very well done and perfect for the space!

Aug 30, 2010 10:34 AM #14
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