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Stagers Are Expected to Have a Solution for Everything! Part One

Home Stager with Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging

We love helping our clients sell their homes quickly. And we love helping buyers see how they can best live in the home they are purchasing.

However, many people think staging is just plopping some furniture and decor in a house, calling it done, and waiting for the offers to come in. We wish it were that easy!

One thing that we discover at almost every project is a tricky space, odd layout, or some other challenge that must be addressed. Clients expect their home stager to overcome these obstacles. And we should meet the challenge - it's our job. But that means that we have to have a solution (and inventory) for every circumstance, and that's not always a simple task.

This beautiful Mid-Century Modern home that we recently staged had a few of those challenges. Here's some before and afters with the results:

Fairview - Exterior


Living Room before Home Staging

Large open living room with several focal points and no lighting built in.

Living Room staged by Synergy Staging in Portland

Living Room staged by Synergy Staging in Portland

Four lamps placed throughout the space add warmth and lighting. And we placed a swivel chair next to the fireplace so it could essentially function in either space depending on which way it faced, adding an extra seating area.

Nook before Home Staging

This step up nook in the living room had no obvious function. The challenge was making it useful and not just filling it with decor. It was a small space that we felt functioned best as a work space, but could only accommodate a desk smaller than average. Fortunately we had one in our inventory that fit perfectly.

Nook staged by Synergy Staging in Portland


Dining Room before Home Staging

This Dining Room had beautiful wood floors and paneling, but needed to be lightened up since it all felt like one tone. There was also an old curtain rod that needed to have a purpose. We don't like to keep existing hardware empty, but the challenge was making the existing hardware work without doing a custom treatment since that wasn't an option.

Dining Room staged by Synergy Staging in Portland

By adding a dark table and light chairs to contrast with all the wood in the room, the rooms gets more life. Green was the only other color that was added to this beautiful room. We also used small hooks to attach our curtain panels to all 46 of the existing curtain rings (hard to see in this photo), so the windows had a finished look and the rod served a purpose.


The next part of this blog will take a look at the kitchen and colorful bedrooms!

This home was professionaly staged by Synergy Staging. We present a lifestyle your buyer desires so you can sell your home fast and for top dollar.  Join the Realtors, Investors, Banks, and Homeowners who call Synergy Staging to make their properties irresistible and sell quickly!  Read what our clients have said about their experience with our company.

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Comments (13)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

David, you did an amazing job with this space.  Love your furniture selections, artwork and what you did with that little nook.  Very tasteful.................

Mar 31, 2012 02:06 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal RealtorĀ®

Whoa, what a difference! I wish ALL homesellers would use stagers to help prepare their homes for sale. I had one client tell me that I wanted his home to look girlie. As a man I understood but the people who visted the proerty all said it needs a woman's touch. BTW, he did not take my advice. Too bad too because his house did not sell.

Mar 31, 2012 03:04 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Wow...talented you!   Well done!

Mar 31, 2012 03:10 AM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

My oh my. Another stelling staging. My mouth dropped when I saw the first after picture. Amazing work as usual.

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


Apr 01, 2012 10:54 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

David - The living room certainly was a tricky space, fraught with problems.  Luckily for the home owner, you came up great solutions.  Adding extra lighting, defining focal points, adding a workspace in an awkward nook, lightening the dining room.  Talk about a miracle worker - great job!

Apr 02, 2012 02:09 AM
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Roger ~ Thanks for your comments!

Doug ~ Sellers often times have a hard time seeing the house through a buyer's eyes which is where a stager can really help. Sounds like you had the right idea.

Li ~ Thank you!

Kathy ~ Appreciate the feature. It was a great project to work on.

Sally ~ Thank you. It was tricky, but it's always rewarding to see the final vision come to life, don't you think?

Apr 02, 2012 08:57 AM
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

David, you are a fantastic professional stager.  You make it look so easy, but I know great staging when I see it! 

Apr 03, 2012 10:13 AM
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Beverly ~ We really appreciate your feedback. Staging oftentimes looks so easy which is why clients don't understand everything that goes into it. I know you do! Thank you.

Apr 03, 2012 01:50 PM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

David - You answered all the questions buyers would have about what to do with the space.  And I might add you did it beautifully!

Apr 04, 2012 01:20 AM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi David,  Wonderful staging, as always!  I learn something I can use with each before and after staging photo gallery you post.  Thanks for the continual inspiration!

Apr 09, 2012 11:51 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

David love what you did.  From the living room being large you made all spaces connect.  Love the use furniture pieces and placement in the stairwell landing as well.  Looks great.

Apr 16, 2012 11:55 PM
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Michelle ~ Thanks! Our job is to make sure the Realtor gets as few questions and objections as possible!

Diane ~ It was important to show how that space could be used so buyers wouldn't be confused. We like how it transformed into a small office!

Diana ~ Really appreciate your comments. It's great that Active Rain provides this sort of networking to get ideas from all of our colleagues.

Wendy ~ Thank you!!!

Apr 30, 2012 07:12 AM