This Portland Home was Lived in by One Family for 50 Years ... Staging it was an Honor

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We recently staged a 1962 home in Portland Oregon that has been owned and lived in by one family for 50 years!  When the heirs decided to sell the property, their listing agent suggested that home staging would help buyers imagine themselves living in this home.  Walls were painted and new carpeting was added, but no major remodeling was done.  When the family hired our home staging company for this project, I could see the potential here, but knew we'd have to "show" buyers that this home was worth a second look.  It's located in one of Portland's best school districts and the listing agent felt the buyers would be a younger family. 

 

There's something to be said for walking through a home where one family has lived and raised their children for 50 years ... I was wondering how they might feel if they knew a "stranger" was about to present THEIR home to others in a way that was likely very different than how it looked in the past.  When I work in a home like this, I find myself almost "talking" to the departed owners and asking their permission to do whatever is necessary.  That may sound odd, but I found it usually works very well!  One thing that amazed me was that the 1962 kitchen had the exact same Armstrong flooring and the same GE oven that my parents' home had when I was a child.    Whenever I stage a home that's belonged to one family for many years I feel an obligation to make sure that my work reflects honor for the departed family as well as hope for the new family who will make it their home.

Here's a few Before & After photos of this 1962 vintage Portland OR home

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Staging added energy to this living room by using 'tangerine'-colored accents that echo the brick fireplacePortland OR home staging experts

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We selected a drum light fixture and carried over the colors from the living room to tie it all together portland real estate staging

The kitchen is (mostly) vintage 1962! home staging vintage portland oregon homes

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The large family room is original and very spacious portland oregon house staging 97239

After staging, buyers can see themselves enjoying this family roomoregon home stagers

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After the seller saw the home, he sent me the nicest note: 

"I just had a chance to see the house. You are a very talented home stager. The change was dramatic and the appeal of the house was enhanced much more than I expected. We appreciate your tasteful and expert choices. I know it will help the sale of the home. Thanks again!"

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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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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Hi Anna ~ Thanks, your point is a good one ... why spend money on the kitchen, which most buyers will want to completely remodel, when staging the home is so much more cost-effective?  Happy Easter to you and yours!!

Apr 07, 2012 08:29 AM #12
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Maureen,

Another one beautifully done. People in your area are sure lucky to have you!

Apr 07, 2012 01:10 PM #13
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

I see you're working your magic with your Portland Home Staging Services!  You're one of the very best, Maureen. If one needs proof, they only need to look at this blog and your collection of other before and after pictures.

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

Kathy

Apr 07, 2012 11:54 PM #14
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Your careful furnishing selections really highlight what's best about this type of home design - the  large, airy spaces, clean lines, and huge windows.  Homes like this are enjoying renewed popularity.  Great job!!!

Apr 08, 2012 04:04 AM #15
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Adrian Willanger
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Excllent choices of furnishing and arrangement, all without over powering some of the best details of the home. Nice job of  staging a Portland Oregon home to be sold. 

Apr 08, 2012 06:12 AM #16
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Maureen- I love the kindness that you show the house.  Were I the previous owners, I would not hesitate to put my home in your excellent hands. (suggested)

Apr 08, 2012 06:55 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Hi Lynda ~ that's very nice of you to say .... thank you!

Hi Kathy N. ~ That is high praise indeed coming from the master -- and I so appreciate being featured in your Staging Before and After Pictures Group -- thanks!!

Hi Julie ~ You're right, these homes from the 60's have features that today's buyers want ... particularly those clean lines and lots space.  Hope you're enjoying a nice Easter holiday weekend.

Hi Adrian ~ Our goal is to have the staging complement the home's best features, you're so right ... never overwhelm it.

Hi Kathy S. ~ Thanks for that nice compliment my friend!!  Happy Easter to you and yours!!

 

 

Apr 08, 2012 08:06 AM #18
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John McCormack, CRS
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I wanted to drop by to let you know I appreciate your comments and support on my posts and being such a good friend in the Rain!
Apr 10, 2012 01:30 PM #19
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
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Maureen lovely job and showcased perfectly for the demographics in that area.  Always a pleasure reading and viewing your blog!

Apr 11, 2012 12:11 AM #20
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Hi John ~ Thanks so much for stopping in to give me that message .... it goes both ways my friend :-))

Hi Wendy ~ Your support is appreciated -- thank you!

Apr 11, 2012 02:22 AM #21
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Kathy Strader
Memorial Staged Homes - Houston, TX
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Wow Maureen!  When you can make a wood paneled for look good, you know you're a Home Staging rock star.  Nice job.

Apr 11, 2012 07:30 AM #22
Rainmaker
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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 ~ How nice of you to say, thanks very much!  I love staging challenges, and this one was fun!!

Apr 11, 2012 10:32 AM #23
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this transformation!  The colors and the items you chose bring this house to life.  The drum shade for the dining room is so TODAY!

Apr 11, 2012 10:49 AM #24
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William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
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Excellent staging, Maureen. Elegant, airy, refreshing... after 50 years! Well done.

Apr 12, 2012 03:23 AM #25
Rainmaker
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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 Sharon ~ Thank you! Don't you just love that drum shade?  It was only about $150 and well worth it, considering the old original fixture that was there.

Hi William ~ 50 years is a long time to live in one home.  I can't even imagine doing that  :-))  Thanks for your vote of confidence.

 

Apr 12, 2012 10:10 AM #26
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Joe Smith
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Maureen, Congrats! Great post... But beyond your post, that is really great work on the staging. What a difference!
To your continued success... Have a great day!

Apr 13, 2012 12:49 AM #27
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Maureen - who better to staged a home that a family had lived in for 50 years. I know how compassionate you are and you did them proud. The home looks absolutely beautiful and I'm sure they couldn't be happier with the results! BTW - I've been meaning to email you and thank you for all your help! You are the most generous, kind, talented person and it's no wonder Room Solutions is the most successful Portland staging company!

Apr 13, 2012 03:06 AM #28
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
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Maureen once again you've done a beautiful job of transforming the "old" to look. It's a powerful visual message at how  updated furniture and accessories can re-invent a vintage home to look move in ready!

Apr 13, 2012 10:09 AM #29
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Joe ~ So nice of you to drop by -- thanks for your kind words!

Hi Kristine ~ You are FAR too kind to say that ... but it's very much appreciated ... thank you!

Hi Tessa ~ Especially when a home has some original features that haven't yet been updated, if we show buyers a lifestyle they have an easier time "imagining" themselves living there.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Apr 13, 2012 10:55 AM #30
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Hi Valerie ~ You are so kind to include me in the group of stagers who helped influence your choice of art -- thank you :-))  I loved reading how you saw a trend in poppy art and found one that was perfect for your own home.  It looks fantastic, by the way!

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