Staging a 1960's Home to Look Current in 2012

Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

You know the saying, "everything old is new again?"   Well that applies to home design trends, too!  As professionalhome stagers based in Portland Oregon, we see this all the time.

We recently staged a 1963-era home in Beaverton OR that had the clean, contemporary lines that today's buyers love.  With staging techniques, we can make any home look current, too.  It's amazing how art and accessories can update the feel of a home!

Here are some photos of this home that show how staging helped it become more appealing to potential buyers ...

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But once staged, a buyer can "see" the potential in this contemporary-styled homeportland oregon home staging 97221home staging beaverton OR

This bedroom is small by today's standards portland oregon home stagers 97239

But staging gave it a fresh, updated feeling portland real estate staging

Buyers would ask, will a kitchen table fit here?  beaverton oregon home stagers

Staging clearly shows them, No Problem!house staging portland OR

The seller left this brick above the fireplace just as it was ... and it gave the house a fun vibe!home staging experts Portland Oregon

The kitchen needed a full facelift Beaverton Oregon home staging

And got a nice updated look, all from IKEA (cabinets, appliances, counters, hardware, sinks)home staging portland oregon 97221

Remember that today's buyers want a "move in ready" home ... so make sure that yours looks like all the hard work has already been done.  For help with making decisions on what items to update for your best return on investment,  contact your local professional home stager for a Consultation ... you'll save a lot of time & money ... and likely you'll sell your home faster, too!

~ Staging and Photos by Room Solutions Staging ~

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Room Solutions Staging offers expert home staging services in Portland, Oregon to homeowners, real estate agents, and builders. Our proven home staging techniques will help reduce your property's market time and maximize your equity. We'll prepare your property or listing to look appealing to your target buyer for the online photos as well as for in-person viewings. Our owner and principal stager Maureen Bray is a nationally-recognized home staging expert who enjoys sharing her passion for staging with others.  To schedule a Verbal Staging Consultation filled with our staging tips and advice, contact us @ 503-246-1800.

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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Kathy ~ THANKS for coming back to tell me!

Hi Christine ~ You're right, today's buyers don't want to do much work.  Thanks for your feedback!

Mar 25, 2012 12:03 PM #32
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Maureen--couldn't resist coming back and saying "congratulations" on this very well-deserved feature!

Mar 25, 2012 12:55 PM #33
Ron Cooks
The Real Estate Marketplace - Killeen, TX
Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale

Hello Maureen, absolutely beautiful!!! Whatever your fee, it seems your clients got their money's worth and some.

Mar 25, 2012 05:56 PM #34
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Not only did your staging bring it to life, you took an open floor plan and showed the potential buyers how to utilize the space. Bravo to you.

Your stagings always demonstrate what a true professional home stager can do!

Congrats on the feature (well deserved) and....

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


Mar 25, 2012 09:31 PM #35
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Maureen,

I would say that is a little more than JUST staging, but the home clearly went through a transformation that would have it sell quicker and for more money.


Mar 25, 2012 09:45 PM #36
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Great job Maureen. I love how this mid century look has been updated for '12 with fixtures and your staging. Perfect and ready to move in! 

Congratulations too on getting onto my "home staging" google alert this morning!

Mar 26, 2012 02:20 AM #37
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Janet ~ Thank you!

Hi Ron ~ Staging is actually very reasonable here in Portland.  Thanks for your nice feedback!!

Hi Kathy ~ It's always an honor to be featured in your Staging Before & After Pictures Group -- thank you :-)

Hi Phil ~ Exactly!  Our staging is in partnership with the seller, who is a very talented remodeler; he has us stage every one of his properties and they always sell very quickly!

Hi Tessa ~ It's a look that still is popular today, with the modifications the seller did ... and the staging was just the icing on the cake.  Thanks for stopping by!!


Mar 26, 2012 02:35 AM #38
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Maureen - what a fabulous staging project.  Love how you made it look current...this house has great character.

Mar 26, 2012 03:40 AM #39
Denise J. Storm
Re/Max Pinnacle - Durango, CO
Broker Associate - Durango Colorado Mountain Homes

I love the pictures, what a great update to an older home, I have considered taking some home staging classes to help me with my business since we do not have any home stagers in my very small town and no where to rent the furnishings either.

Mar 26, 2012 04:25 AM #40
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

A few day away from the Rain and look what I miss - another amazing staging job Maureen Bray! I am staging and open concept home too and it's so important to utilize the space and show buyer's how they can arrange their furniture to its full potential. You took every room and made it extraordinary. This is yet another excellent example of the power of staging - beautiful job! BTW - I have the same bedding and love it!

Mar 26, 2012 04:41 AM #41
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Maureen, I like the 6-8 inch back-splash.  By not carrying it up to the cabinets, another dimension was added and the seller saved a little money.

Mar 26, 2012 05:31 AM #42
Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

I have a friend with the exact same main living space layout, windows and all, and she has her sofa back to the front hallway (which would be in the forefront of your photo) -- I love this so much better for staging purposes, as it opens up and showcases the amount of space. Actually, I love everything you did here, as always! Great job!

Mar 26, 2012 05:51 AM #43
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Wendy ~ That's right, this house does have great character -- from the 60's! 

Hi Denise ~ Another option for you is if you know someone who has a designer's "eye" then perhaps you could encourage them to take staging training, and then partner with you for your listings?  It depends on busy you are being a full-time Realtor.... staging is very labor intensive :-)

Hi Kristine ~ Thanks for your kind remarks. I saw this bedding in one of your photos recently too -- isn't it fresh and fun?

Hi Sharon ~I think he felt it might be a bit too much "bling" if he brought it up all the way ... it's hard to tell in these photos, but these glass tiles are very shimmery and pretty.

Hi Amy ~ I'll bet this was a popular floorplan in the '60's!  Glad you liked how it was staged :-)


Mar 26, 2012 12:05 PM #44
Rebecca McArdle
Stunning Staging & Redesign, LLC - Fort Wayne, IN

I love the exposed brick, I think it adds character to a home.  Beautiful job as always Maureen!

Mar 27, 2012 05:01 AM #45
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Maureen, nice clean lines that show off the 60's architecture you have a real talent for adding value to homes. 

Mar 27, 2012 05:35 AM #46
Donna Bosze
Realty Executives Top Producers - Chesapeake, VA
Ask Me Why I'm Different!

Wow! That is beautiful work! The picture angles also help make everything look so big! Great tips - thank you!

Mar 27, 2012 09:28 AM #47
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Rebecca ~ Oh -- I love the look of exposed brick, too!!  I'm so glad the seller didn't paint it.

Hi Adrian ~ Thanks for your kind words ... I think homes built in the 60's are looking so modern now.

Hi Donna ~ Where we stand to take the photos really does makes a difference - and a wide-angle lens helps, too.   Thanks for stopping by today!

Mar 27, 2012 10:31 AM #48
Chris Twing
Twing Staging & Redesign - Cedar Park, TX

This house is gorgeous. Your talents always amaze me.


I was wondering your thoughts on the quality, durability and likelyhood the Ikea cabinets will have? A friend of my husbands was a granite installer and said the Ikea cabinets were not high enough quality to hold up the granite.

Mar 29, 2012 06:32 AM #49
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Chris ~ There are several models of IKEA cabinets.  My seller client (of this home and 3 others we staged for him) all have granite counters and their kitchens are being used by active families ... they all love them!

Mar 29, 2012 12:19 PM #50
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Very nice work.

Mar 30, 2012 08:23 AM #51
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