All I did was.... create a simple table setting to allow the grandeur of the room sell the house

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

Advantage Staging is fortunate to stage in Vaughan which has some of the most magnificent properties in the GTA.

The interiors have such incredible attention to detail that the staging work that is required is minimal.

The focus of staging these homes is always "less is more".

In this property at 100 Rocmary I created the most simple table setting to allow the grandeur of the kitchen to be the focus for buyers.

All I did in this kitchen is place a lemon along side a mango on a square white ceramic plate. All of which the home owner had on hand. Simple and effective staging techniques that grab the buyers attention by being different than the usual for a table setting.

Before staging

100 rocmary

After staging

staging a kitchen

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.


Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.


77-9100 Jane St. Bldg. L  Vaughan ON

RESA top ten stagers

Comments (17)

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

Hi Michelle ~ That looks like a spectacular property for sure!  Your simple staging of the beautiful dining table didn't distract at all from the view, the high-end kitchen, and that stunning chandelier.  Very well done!

Jun 03, 2012 10:29 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It would be so easy to go overboard with this table!  Your simplicity is stunning!  

Jun 03, 2012 12:11 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

The simplicity is stunning Michelle. That table is a work of art and good for you in letting it just be. 

Jun 03, 2012 12:45 PM
Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Conroe, TX
Broker Associate - Water Crest on Lake Conroe

Michelle - A very nice "wow" factor!  Good job.

Jun 03, 2012 01:45 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Michelle - That's what I call making lemonade out of lemons...  with the help of a mango or two...  Great job - love how you let the kitchen take centre stage.

Jun 03, 2012 03:01 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Sharon, I compare it to when you go to a wedding and you see the one lady there that has a simple dress on with a little pair of strappy heels and then you see the lady there that is wearing the loud dress with every piece of jewelry on she has ever recieved. Simple is always more effective to achieve an elegant look.

HI Shar, that is what the client said. It looked like a piece of art. She asked if I would come back to other table settings for her she was so impressed with the simplicity of the table setting.

Hi Pam, It definitely gets most people to stop and take it in. Even the photogrpaher called to say how much he liked the effect it had in the photograph. Thanks for stopping in.

HI Sally, I always love your way with words! The kitchen was so elegant I knew that I had to keep it simple on the table. I have used fruit many times before but this was the first time I had used a mango and lemon together.

Jun 03, 2012 09:21 PM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Great point about allowing the grandeur of the home to sell itself by not covering it up Michelle! I love the simplicity of this and often less is more when staging.  Tricks, over decorating and the like only distract, not attract eyes to a space.

Jun 04, 2012 12:02 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Michelle - simple and elgant to match the room.  Beautiful

Jun 04, 2012 04:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michelle- brilliant. When you have something that grand.. in the chandelier and rest of the area, trying to compete would merely be distracting. 

Jun 04, 2012 05:56 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Karen, I thought about white florals for a few minutes but I really came back to the fresh fruit expressing the thought of clean, healthy living.

Hi Wendy, exactly. Thanks for stopping in Wendy.

HI Kathy, If you have moment, click through on the address to see the rest of the house. Grandeur abounds in this property. I knew to keep it simple when I saw the frescos painted on most of the ceilings. The artwork painted up there was enough for this house.

Jun 04, 2012 06:47 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Simple? Yes. Effective? Yes.

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


Jun 05, 2012 08:49 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Kathy, thank you so much for the feature. Much appreciated!

I find that the grander and more detailed the house is, you really have to pare back staging to a simple form. This in turn allows the buyers to pause and take in each room.

Jun 05, 2012 10:04 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Michelle,

Beautifully done!  Your simple touch of elegance made the perfect statement for this home!

Jun 06, 2012 12:15 PM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Michelle....sometimes less is BEST!  Very elegant touch!

Jun 06, 2012 11:38 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Linda, thank you so much. I tried to relate to the buyer how very elegant this home was, that it really didn't need much and that it was move in ready.

Hi Kathy, less is always best in my mind. I find the world very cluttered as I am sure most home stagers do.

Jun 07, 2012 12:19 PM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Michelle - Those were just the right touches - like adding the perfect jewelry to the perfect gown.  Great job!

Jun 12, 2012 11:53 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Michelle, perfectly said! Thank you Michelle for stopping in.

Jun 13, 2012 10:38 AM