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Before & After Occupied Home Staging

Home Stager with Beth Lester Designs

Before & After of an Occupied Home Staging

Torrance, California


Recently a realtor called me to a home he had just listed for a home staging consultation.  The owner (and her mother who was there helping with the packing) were just delightful.  She explained that they had already started the process of pulling things out and packing (keep that in mind when you see the pictures!!).  The whole family was feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of the process, but the mom was determined.  "I'm done with commuting.  It's time to move closer to the school."  So we walked through each of the 14 rooms and discussed what needed to be done.  We used only what they had, except that she bought some new pillows for the sectional sofa.  After they had painting done, new carpet and a lot of packing, we came back in for the finishing touches.

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 Here's a sample of the written instruction we gave the homeowner (after we talked it all through)

Living Room:

Paint BM Grant Beige HC-83

Wait to rehang pictures

Remove turtle tank

Buy fresh throw pillows & throw to bring red into living room.

Dining Room:

Remove leaf from table.

Center table.

Centerpiece (borrow from family?)

Paint Grant Beige

Family Room Area:

Move small chest between chairs under window.

Replace blinds in all of living area:   www.Blinds.com   See online video for measuring instructions.

Paint Grant Beige

Purchase or borrow 5x7 area rug if possible.


Now for more before and after pictures:

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  Family area before








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Kitchen Before & After


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Playroom Before & After




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Master bedroom







Master Bedroom Before & After




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Bedroom which became the office


Teen bath

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Teen Bath (or second master)


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Teen Bedroom Before & After




Teen Bedroom

There are more rooms, but you get the idea.  This family had made many improvements in this home over the years.  When they purchased it, the upstairs had been used as, shall we say, a "movie studio," so there was much remodeling to be done. 

This home is already well into escrow since it came onto the market about 10 days ago.  Staging Rocks!

Hope you enjoyed this tour!

Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

What a difference some guidance and BM's Grant Beige paint can make!  Now that's a happy Seller!  P.S. Love your headshots, Beth!

Feb 28, 2013 07:16 AM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Thanks, Julia!  I know a budding photographer who was offering free shots for his portfolio.  I was happy to take advantage of him!  :)


The Grant Beige worked perfectly with owner's furniture (gotta get those undertones correct, right?).   We used BM Smoke in 2 bedrooms (gorgeous color) and "Touch of Gray" in two others - which is actually very lavendar but it worked in the girls' rooms.

Feb 28, 2013 11:11 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Amazing how using a great home stager helps!  Nice work.

Mar 03, 2013 05:43 AM
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island


First of all I love your new hairdo.  And your staging transformations are great! You did a wonderful job!



Mar 08, 2013 02:35 AM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Aw thanks, Marianne.  It's so exciting when your hair actually cooperates on picture day! :)

Mar 08, 2013 10:27 AM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Thank you for stopping by, Wendy.  I hope your business is going well.  We really do make a massive difference!

Mar 08, 2013 10:27 AM
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Great job, Beth and congratulations on a quick sale - I'm sure they were thrilled!

Mar 21, 2013 10:15 AM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Thanks, Kim.  The owners and the realtor are very pleased.  We just destaged another for this realtor that sold the second week after staging (it had been on the market for several weeks before staging).

Mar 21, 2013 11:24 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

These are dramatic before and after photos.  Great job!

Apr 16, 2013 03:57 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Wow!  The before and after photos make me wonder how people can live amongst such clutter. Good job staging for quick sale, Beth.

Sep 12, 2013 07:13 AM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Yes, Valerie, this was a movie studio for adults only!  :)


Thank you, Mary.  This house sold the first week and everyone lived happily ever after.......I hope!

Sep 12, 2013 08:17 AM
Alexa Jordan

You should check out https://shadesshop.com/products/solar-shades for great window treatments.

Dec 18, 2018 01:53 PM