From "OLD" Listing to "SOLD" Listing! Stamford CT 06902

Home Stager with Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

Over the summer I got a call from someone who found me online from my blogging-cool in itself! Her empty condo had been languishing on the market,  a year  with little traffic and no offers, how would this thing called Staging work for her?

We spoke, and agreed to meet and see the space. Unusual space: old hotel, then office complex,  converted into condos in recent years. New kitchen/baths, newish neutral carpet. Nice space, good light, but not a standard or expected floor plan. It had also been recently painted linen white, top to bottom. 






Paint a color, and bring furniture in to demonstrate how this unusual space could be used was my recommendation. Color adds warmth and definition in listing photos.


Getting furniture was not an unexpected suggestion, but PAINT???  That made no sense, it was just painted!  

I was 'stubborn'  and insisted, and in the end we 'negotiated' getting the most important spaces-open kitchen/LR/Dining area and Master BR painted. Used BM Affinity #AF-90, Harmony. It's a warmer pinky-beige that tonally agreed with the carpet, as well as the background colors of the counter top.

After comparing pricing... and level of hassle, my client  actually bought it furniture she wouldn't mind owning, but wouldn't mind selling to the new owner, either.  I did the floor plan, chose the pieces; we went shopping and she got my  trade discount. Here are the new pics.



I  knew the house got an AO shortly after in went on the market, but was waiting on my client to be in touch next. 

Got this testimonial for my site update along with the good news by  email this morning:

The Refreshed Home and Marie Graham helped me sell my condo in 3 weeks.  It had been on the market for a year with little activity. Three weeks after it was fully staged I had an accepted offer and we closed 6 weeks later.

Marie was easy and cheerful to work with. She was able to guide me with paint colors, selection, proportion and layout of furniture for a small challenging space.

Her ability to pull several elements of a room together and be thoughtful about my budget was invaluable.

Thank you so much for your creativity and excellent service Marie!

~ Robin

WOO-HOO! How neat is that, to be able to go into the holiday season with this behind you, and start the new year fresh?? 

This is what I do, help properties stand out and get sold. If you have a listless listing, we should talk soon. Life is too short to just be waiting around for things to happen!


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Our spaces affect us profoundly...and so many other parts in our life fall into place when our spaces and possessions serve us in the best way they can. But getting there is much more than a pursuit of pleasing aesthetics.


Decorating and Staging are different, but much of the skill sets overlap, and each creates unique solutions that considers the needs, goals, resources, expectations, hopes and dreams of each client.

Bettering Westchester, Putnam and lower Fairfield counties since 1981, The Refreshed Home works collaboratively, and brings a thoughtful approach to the creative process. Proud to make a difference, as well as make a living. Offering specialty services such as remote and buyer consults, listing photo/video styling, guided and accompanied shopping, and accessory rental. We get in, get out, and you get on with your life.  Talk to me TODAY about how we can better your space!




Marie Graham ASP, IAHSP, IDS Your Stager With A Mission!

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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Maria, you did an outstanding job in staging this unit. congrats and thanks for sharing with us in Activ Rain Land.

Dec 09, 2011 07:32 PM #1
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

What a wonderful well deserved testimonial! The before and after photos are very tellling. Congrats!

Dec 09, 2011 10:01 PM #2
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Marie,


to SMUG!

Love the pictures to show what happened.

Good writeup as well


Dec 09, 2011 10:06 PM #3
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Marie - That is so super cool that she found you from your blog and I love the paint suggestion (esp given the wainscoting).  Congrats to you and her.

Dec 09, 2011 11:04 PM #4
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Marie - What an incredible transformation!  The room went from the icy Arctic to a warm, cozy and inviting space with your suggested paint colour.  All those angles and nooks & crannies were so confusing.  You solved the puzzle with the perfect furniture and placement.  Sure am glad this home owner found you.  Fantastic job!

Dec 10, 2011 03:44 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Marie,  I love to hear that blogging pays off.  To often we wonder if it makes the phone ring.  I for one thinks it does.

Dec 10, 2011 04:36 AM #6
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Marie--that is a wonderful testimonial from your client.  And very well deserved given your before/after pictures.  One of the things I like to say is, "turn Old into Sold--just add the "S" for staging.  Great job. 

Dec 10, 2011 06:16 PM #7
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Ronald-thank you for stopping by and commenting...this will get me going to pull together more of them.

Anne-never ever underestimate the power of paint. There was nothing outdated, dirty or un-maintained in this space. No red flags, just no green ones either.

PHIL! Can I use that line for the next one LOL? Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Debbie-it is so way cool to be found that way!!

WOW Sally-that is great verbiage! If this Staging thing doesn't work out for you...!! (KIDDING!! I know it not only works out, it works out really well :))

Thanks Will. Still getting my blogging rhythm down, OHSOGLAD staging is not (yet) as competitive as RE!

Janet-that is a great line. SERIOUSLY you should trademark it.

Dec 11, 2011 04:47 PM #8
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