Montreal Home Staging Before and Afters

Real Estate Sales Representative with Immeubles Deakin Realty

I wanted to share a few home staging before and afters from a Montreal home staging project we did last week for a condo in N.D.G.

These shots were taken quickly with my iPhone so the quality is not great, but the results are still there. (I always hire a professional photographer when it is my own listing. I was staging this for someone who was referred to me by a client, but another agent was listing it.)

Method to Our Madness

We do have a method to our madness in Montreal home staging although, after 5 years in the business, the process is now pretty intuitive.

Broken down to its most fundamental, once we know the target buyers for the property, we focus on: 1.Feeling; 2. Editing; 3. Art; 4. Lighting; and 5. Accessories – in that order.

1. Feeling

In each room, we determine the feeling we wanted to portray – in this case, light and airy and definitely warm. With all of the windows in this space, we wanted to counteract the coming harsher winter light with some warmth, while still keeping the look light and airy.

2. Editing

The homeowner worked hard to edit her possessions down with our guidance to those that would appeal to the broadest audience of buyers. In this case, we removed several pieces of Chinoiserie, among other items.

3. Art

Artwork is critical to everything coming together. It’s a jumping off point for accessorizing, and it must reflect the feeling we’re trying to create. In this case, the blinds in the master bedroom were blue, so we added blue art to tie everything together.

4. Lighting

In Montreal home staging, we often see spaces with a lack of lighting or lighting that is not to scale in a room. In this case, the lamps in the master bedroom were too small and the dining room lacked appropriate lighting.

We suggested the homeowner invest in a light fixture for the dining room to add a bit more character to the space. Previously she had a ceiling fixture with spot lights – decidedly un-dining room.  For less than $150 – yes, I’m a great shopper – we found a hurricane light fixture that is airy enough to not be a blob hanging in the middle of the space AND with enough wattage to actually provide some much needed light over the table.

In looking at the pictures, I see we will need to adjust the spots lights in the ensuite bathroom. Ooops!

5. Accessories

We wanted to keep things simple yet “done.” A little bit of bling, a little bit of style, a little bit of colour – not too much of anything.

Overall, we wanted everything to come together without looking staged.  Yes, not staged — just tidy, cared for, stylish and pretty neutral but not blah.

What do you think? Did we accomplish that? I hope so. 

For more about our staging work, please have a look here.

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Put your best house forward. TM

Tanya Nouwens

Tanya Nouwens Inc., Montreal Real Estate Broker and Canadian Staging Professional (TM) 


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Comments (10)

Randy Bocook
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Richmond Hill, GA
Selling Coastal Georgia

Nice, informative blog! I really like the before and after pictures.

Nov 22, 2012 01:01 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Says it all...small shifts/changes can make a huge difference.   Nice post...and a great invitation to call you.

Nov 22, 2012 01:09 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

The after photos look great.  I bet once your photographer does his magic it will wow everyone.

Nov 22, 2012 03:12 AM
Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Tanya, yes, Mission Accomplished!  Your staging looks fantastic.  It's amazing what a stager can do!


Nov 22, 2012 03:42 AM
Tanya Nouwens
Immeubles Deakin Realty - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Thanks for the kind comments, everybody.  The professional photos look amazing, and my client is thrilled.  Fingers crossed for a quick and easy sale.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Nov 22, 2012 04:56 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Amazing what accessories will accomplish!  Nice before and afters....thanks for sharing.


Nov 22, 2012 07:23 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Really nice before & after shots, Tanya!  What a difference.  You even made the marshmallow leather sofa look good!  Now that's a talent!

Nov 22, 2012 10:53 AM
Tanya Nouwens
Immeubles Deakin Realty - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Thanks Jo.  We often see one of two extremes: too much stuff in the home or not enough stuff left after de-cluttering.  In this case, it was the latter and so I brought in some accessories from my inventory to create warmth and pull everything together.

And that marshmallow sofa was scratched to bits by the owner's cats, Sally! I told her we would draw the buyer's eye away from it.

Nov 22, 2012 10:57 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Pictures do tell the story but it's not the same as see it in person. Just looking at the photos, just for a minute I wondered about that round 'window'. 

Interesting to see the change, a new impression.

Nov 24, 2012 12:15 PM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Tanya, it is true - staging can make or break a showing. Tasteful artwork is always a nice plus in my opinion.

Sep 22, 2013 02:33 PM