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Meet Exit Stage Right Home Staging Vancouver

Sally Weatherley Exit Stage Right Home StagingHello.  My name is Sally Weatherley, and I'm the Owner and Lead Designer at Exit Stage Right Home Staging Vancouver.  I'd love to tell you a little bit about myself.  I was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. and have watched this city change, develop, morph and grow.  I originally had a passion for languages, and studied French for many years, living in Quebec City and Grenoble, France, in an effort to become more fluent. 

During my early wanderings, I was inspired by all things European, and to this day, will often sneak an Eiffel Tower into my staging work!  Eventually, I became a Flight Attendant with Air Canada, and traveled the world, soaking in even more exotic culture.  To this day, these travels have influenced my staging designs, through colour, texture, global references and general worldliness.

For a while, I settled down and raised my two lovely daughters, Madeleine and Dominique (oh!  French names!).  At the same time, I studied textile design through the prestigious City & Guilds of London programme, receiving my diploma.  Design is a funny thing.  It can be applied to all sorts of different media.  At the time, I had no idea how beneficial these principles would become to my future home staging and design career. 


Home Staging & Design Qualifications

I eventually decided to return to school and study Interior Design.  Yes, I would become an Interior Designer; at North Vancouver Home Staging-After Photosleast, that was the plan!  I enrolled in the Interior Design programme at BCIT and for the next few years studied all things to do with design:  colour, lighting, space planning, rendering and... drafting!  Drafting was my least favourite class, both manual and computer aided, and I despaired.  I loved all other aspects of Interior Design, but NOT drafting.  Then I received a "sign".  My History of Furniture instructor went off on a tangent one day, and started explaining home staging.  The light went on.  I realized that's what I wanted to do.  No drafting involved, although scribbling down a floor plan by hand always comes in handy. 

I completed the Management Certificate in Interior Design at BCIT, then went on to complete several Staging Courses, including CSP and PRES staging training.  I've been so lucky to have had great mentors like Jackson Lane West and Dana Smithers, and consider them great friends to this day.  However, I love to learn, and two years into my business decided to take an advanced staging course through SAR, and taught by Matthew Finlason, award winning designer and T.V. personality, from the HGTV series, The Stagers, filmed here in Vancouver. 

Matthew Finlason Advanced Staging Instructor SAR

Matthew's course really opened my eyes to advanced techniques in staging that really capture the buyer's interest like never before.  Gone were the days of safe stages and Vanilla, bland rooms.  The leading staging world takes into consideration the demographics and psychographics.  We create stories and vignettes in a tasteful, subtle way that will capture a buyer's heart and speak to them at a completely different level.  It takes research and extra thought, but our results have been phenomenal.  Matthew encouraged me to break the staging rules when it made sense and to really create a dream, a want and a desire on the part of the home buyer.  Lifestyle merchandising at its best.

I feel that my success in the home staging business in Vancouver is a combination of a good, solid interior design background, where elements and principles of design apply to home staging, thus creating a successful and pleasing room/home.  This, coupled with excellent staging training courses, where we learned the importance of quickly setting a home up for sale, to appeal to a target market.  Home staging really is magic.  I've seen homes that have been languishing on the market, sell in record time once they have been staged.  It's human nature to be attracted to a beautiful space that promises a specific, envied lifestyle. 

I am also an award winning Stager, and was recognized in 2011 by the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).  I belong to a local Staging group in Vancouver called the City Stagers, and am also an active participant with RESA Canada.  I'm an active blogger on ActiveRain.com, and also showcase my work on Houzz.com and AvaLiving.com, where I have been featured.

Vancouver Home Staging-After Photos

How Can We Help You Sell Your Home?

Exit Stage Right Home Staging Vancouver offers several options.  The Consultation:  We can walk through with you, viewing your property for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, and tell you everything you need to know and do to stage your home for sale yourself.  This is a great list of instructions for furniture placement, editing strategies, handwritten floor plans, and ideas for storing excess items.

Occupied Staging:  If you are living in your home but would like it staged, we can "tweak" your home, using your existing furnishings.  We often bring in an art & accessory package to add that extra pizazz.  We rearrange furniture to create better traffic flow and open up space in a room.  Often, we also add new "vavoom" bedding to really give a "retreat" feeling to a bedroom. 

Vacant Staging:  We have our own furniture inventory, and can completely stage a condo or house with high-end, style appropriate furniture, artwork and accessories.  It is much easier to sell a home that has furniture and a soul, rather than an empty box.  Buyers need to connect emotionally with your home and furnishing a home adds warmth and character, and can showcase architectural features, such as fireplaces, built-ins, and views.

Love Letters

Here are just a few testimonials from happy clients.  I also really enjoy being a part of several Real Estate Agents' teams.  There's a level of comfort, camaraderie and confidence that the REALTOR® enjoys when we work together as a team. 

"Beyond my initial first impression of “wow”, several decorating details immediately stood out as I went from room to room. First and foremost – the suite did not look “staged”. Sally chose a consistent theme throughout the suite reflecting a professional, elegant and sophisticated resident. I felt this was a perfect demographic to target for this location. My eyes were drawn to the decor, while not being distracted from the physical appeal of the newly renovated suite. Sally’s choice of furnishings and accessories were a perfect complement to each room, showing the importance of demonstrating relative size comparison between furniture and room dimensions.
When I first listed this property for sale I was reluctant to hire a professional “staging” company, fearing the suite would look contrived and surreal. I am pleased to say that Sally proved me wrong. Her professionalism and obvious design talents have surpassed my expectations. I would use Sally and Exit Stage Right, without hesitation, for my next design endeavour". 
~Graham Orlick

"Sally and her team completely transformed our house.  We were hoping for a quick sale and with Sally's help it sold in three weeks and for the asking price.   I have never seen our house look so good and the staging was commented on by many realtors.  I would recommend Exit Stage Right to anyone considering selling their house - it was definitely one of the best decisions we made.  Thank you Sally."

Jenny Morris

"Thank you so much for all your supreme efforts in making our apartment look so welcoming and attractive, your skill and attention to detail has resulted in our unit being head and shoulders above our competition!

We're extremely pleased with how the property has been presented to the market,  you really listened to what we needed, being flexible and accommodating to our requirements yet insightful and proactive with your suggestions. The transformation seemed to take hardly any time at all, which meant that the apartment was ready for viewing very soon after our first meeting.

The unit now photographs really well, to the extent that our realtor now has our unit as his feature property ! Thanks again for all your help, it was a pleasure to work with you.  We certainly look forward to asking for your assistance with our next property sale, and unreservedly recommend your services to all our friends and colleagues.

Great job thanks !"

David and Lynn Coleman

North Vancouver Home Staging-After Photos

Thanks for meeting Exit Stage Right Home Staging Vancouver.  Please don't hesitate to contact us for all your Real Estate Staging needs. 

Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Wow Sally, not only are you gorgeous in that red dress but you are also a celebrity with lots of commendations and awards in your portfolio-I salute you my dear and so happy to know you and your work on AR!!

Oct 10, 2012 06:37 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Roger - What a delightful comment.  I think I'd like you to rewrite my biography for me; you put things so eloquently, and no one can touch Mickey's wisdom. 

Malcolm - Thanks so much.  It's interesting how life's experiences mould us into what we are today.  I'm sure you find that in Real Estate also.  The culmination of all we've experienced so far.  Ok, and guilty of being a groupie of Celebrity Designers!

Shar - I love Matthew!  Sorry to sound like a broken record; I find it really tough to sell myself, but there you are.  It's all "wissywig"  What you see is what you get!

Joanna - The feeling is mutual.  I always look forward to your New York inspired posts.  Great to know you, and be inspired by you, too!


Oct 10, 2012 07:31 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Sally, it is wonderful to be able to get to know you better. Looking forward to meeting you at the staging convention in January.  Be sure to wear red as that is definitely your colour and we will be able to find you in crowd!


Oct 10, 2012 08:25 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Anything for you!

Oct 10, 2012 08:59 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sally, now I know why your work is so amazing! My Dad worked for Air Canada until he retired! Sales not in flight LOL.

Oct 10, 2012 09:02 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Michelle - Watch out San Francisco, Michelle Finnemore's in town!  Really looking forward to meeting you in January, too!  Ha ha - ok, I'll wear the red dress so you can find me, and I'll carry a sign, too, just for you!

Roger - Thanks for the BIG LIKE button!

Janice - Air Canada was such a great company to work for at the time.  Hollis Harris days... where customer service was a priority.  I wonder if I ever had your dad on one of my flights...

Oct 10, 2012 11:18 AM
Alicia Barrington
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

I thought I knew you before, but now I know you better than ever!

I just love your taste.   My latest project here in Houston came out so nicely, it really belongs in Vancouver!

Oct 11, 2012 01:40 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Tom - Hey, I'm an open book (don't even go there!).  Oooh, I hope you post photos of your latest project.  I love your work, too, and have Texas McMansion envy!

Oct 11, 2012 01:51 AM
Fred Carver Real Estate Consulant
Retired BC Realtor - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Sally...I Suggested you too. Some might say you shouldn't toot your own horn...Crazy who will then besides your Mum...Testimonials are a good thing, however when consumers are looking for a Specialist like yourself, they want read services you to offer and what your knowledge and experience are...You have done a Yoman's job at writing your Business and Personal profile..Meme maybe...ha

Save this post content and put in a folder on your computer and post it every looking for Profile Content is required and even better have it as email flyer or Brochure to mail or hand out.

Maybe a another Career is in the making at Writing Personal and Business Profiles

Well Done!


Oct 11, 2012 02:06 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Sally - WOW! I've always known what a talented, gifted stager you are, but had no idea of all your accomplishments! I love your light bulb moment when you decided to focus on staging because it is your calling.

I've viewed your portfolio many times for inspiration and it's stunning. If I bought a home you staged, I'd try and negotiate the furniture and accessories! I also love that you no long subscribe to "safe, boring, Vanilla", staging but take into account the demographics and psychopgraphis of your hip area of Vancouver and appeal to your target audience. I love when you use the white Barcelona chairs and Noguchi coffee table - Mid Century Modern is becoming so popular and is my favorite style and you do it better than any one!

From the time I started my business and joined Active Rain You, Maureen Bray, Kathy Nielson and Kathy Burke have taught me so much and are the best stagers anywhere (IMHO). You are all trail blazers of the staging industry and a huge inspiration to me and I thank you for that!  I hope some day to have half your talent!

You get a big SUGGESt from me!


Oct 12, 2012 12:04 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Fred - Thank you so much for your input.  You know how much I value your knowledge and expertise when it comes to selling and marketing.  You are always on the cutting edge and a great mentor!  I will definitely follow your advice and use this piece as an email brochure or handout.  Thanks again, oh and Love Ya!

Oct 12, 2012 12:25 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kristine - You have always been such a huge support.  I can't thank you enough for your positive comments.  What a lovely thing to wake up to this morning.  You've made my day!  Let me just say that you have the God given staging talent, so no need to wish!  And thank you for grouping me with the heavy hitters in the North American staging industry - where would we be without Kathy N, Kathy B and Maureen! 

I agree.  I love the mid-century modern style.  It's classic, timeless, and works great in small spaces and condos.  Thanks so much for the big SUGGEST!  You really are the best!

Oct 12, 2012 12:32 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Good Morning Sally, I was delighted to see that you were featured in the active rain daily email today and it was enjoyable reading a little about you above.  Thanks for sharing!

Oct 21, 2012 03:13 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Bob - That certainly was a nice surprise to wake up this morning, and see my smiling face in the Active Rain Daily Drop!  Thanks so much for checking out my "life story"!  Give Jack a pat on the head for me!

Oct 21, 2012 03:20 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sally, you might have! Congrats on being the featured member of AR over the weekend!

Oct 21, 2012 11:43 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Janice - Thanks - that was a nice surprise to be featured this weekend!  Great exposure for home staging, too.

Oct 22, 2012 03:54 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sally, what a great introduction to you and your biz! Now I know why you're such an inspiration to me!

Oct 22, 2012 04:43 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Peg - Thanks, and mutual admiration here, because you inspire me, too! 

Oct 22, 2012 04:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Sally,

What a wonderful post! I've learned so much about you today. I've always known what a talented, gifted stager you are, but had no idea of all your accomplishments! Congratulations also are in order for winning the staging contest Richard held! I'm suggesting this post..what a great way for clients and the public to get to know you!!

Apr 11, 2013 10:04 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Hi Dorie!  Thanks so much.  Richard Yate's home staging contest was such fun.  I'm so sorry it's over.  He really made us think outside the box!  Thanks for the "suggest" and for taking the time to stop by with your kind words.

Apr 12, 2013 02:28 AM