Have Fruit, Will Travel

Real Estate Sales Representative with Immeubles Deakin Realty E8107

Hi there AR members. I'm new to Active Rain and to blogging in general, but I do love to write and to share ideas so here goes. On a recent staging job here in Montreal, Canada, an ordinary dining table went from good to great with the injection of a bowl of real, live fruit. Unfortunately, the cat found the new all-you-can-eat buffet atop the table simply irresistible. And somehow, while strawberries with little chunks taken out of them might qualify as "art nouveau" to some, it's just plain creepy to most.

On my next shopping trip, I went to Pier I and found really great fake fruit: green apples, red apples, red and green apples, amber pears, green pears and lemons. They were quite pricey ($4 each) but apparently each piece is hand-painted so that they don't all look the same. And they are beautiful - not at all cheesy. Now the cat's not quite as happy, but I am and so is the homeowner.

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Tanya Nouwens

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

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Comments (22)

Shannon Bard
Shoreline Design - Kennebunk, ME
Funny!  My kids do the same thing to my fruit bowl at home.  Enjoy the Day and Thanks for the tip.

Feb 15, 2008 12:30 AM
Tony Giglio
KeyRealtyGrp.com - Cincinnati, OH
Do they have fake home buyers at Pier 1 you can use to stage the home to create more competition?
Feb 15, 2008 12:31 AM
Jill Wente
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene - Spring, TX
Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS
Welcome to the Rain. Pier 1's Sales is a great place to pick up props for staging a home
Feb 15, 2008 12:33 AM
Tanya Nouwens
Immeubles Deakin Realty - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
I love it here. You guys and gals are fun and very supportive of each other. A real community. Tony, my kids have a large stuffed Scooby-Doo and the Martian from Bugs Bunny. Would that work in your market?  
Feb 15, 2008 01:05 AM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Tanya,  We use a lot of "faux fruit" as well, especially in kitchens.  The local Dollar Store and JoAnn's stores have been where we've found the best deals on real looking fruit.  Happy Staging!

Viking kitchen

Feb 15, 2008 01:12 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor

Welcome Tanya! Great story. You will learn so much here and you are definitely a good blogger. There are amazing people with knowledge and friendship in this community. 

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Feb 15, 2008 01:13 AM
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Hi Tanya- Years ago, I had two cats. One of them liked to eat all my house plants, so I switched all of them over to silk. Then, I discovered that the other cat liked to chew holes in all the leaves of the silk ones! Why do we have cats? ;)

I'm with you, I'd rather spend the extra money to get very real looking fruit. I once spent a month looking for the perfect faux cherries! Apples, and pears, and CHERRIES..oh my!!! I was so anxious to use them, and the very next job I had, the client said NO fake fruit! I was crushed!

Welcome, and I loved your story!!!

Feb 15, 2008 01:48 AM
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Tanya - Faux fruit is very popular among the stagers here in the rain.  I think we have unearthed every possible resource for them!  I personally buy most of my pears and apples from Walmart.  I know, I know, Walmart?  Seriously, they look very real - I've had one client ask how long they could sit on their counter before they should replace them - and they are only $.97 each!  Some of their other faux items don't pass the test, though, so you have to be choosey. 

Welcome to the rain and SIF!  I look forward to reading more from you!

Feb 15, 2008 02:56 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
I have some green apples I love that I bought from Michaels.  They occasionally go on sale and you can get a bag of around 5 for about 5 bucks.  Several people have sworn by fake fruit from the Dollar Store but try as I might I just can't seem to find any when I look there.  Must be another stager swiping it all before I get there. 
Feb 15, 2008 10:02 AM
Charity Lane
O'Brien Realty - Prince Frederick, MD
Pictures! I would love to see your table arrangement. :o)
Feb 15, 2008 10:23 AM
Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN
Welcome to the Rain!  AR was my first blogging experience as well.  I have learned a lot in the short time that I have been here.  I look forward to reading your entries!
Feb 15, 2008 10:37 AM
Lisa Sherman
Interior Aura - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Interior, Redesign & Decorating - Salem Oregon
Welcome - I've found that AR is a wealth of knowledge and people are so willing to share their expertise, knowledge and wisdom.  I am quite picky about the faux fruit I use, so sometimes it takes a while to find just the right pieces.  The most real looking fruit I've found has been at several different locations... amber pears at Pier 1, cherries at Target, apples and grapes at Walmart, and lemons/limes at the Dollar Store.
Feb 15, 2008 04:08 PM
Tanya Nouwens
Immeubles Deakin Realty - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Wow! So many tips, so little time. All I want for Christmas is for Target to come to Montreal :)

Diana, thanks for the great picture. The kitchen is beautiful.

One question to all of you: When and where does the Active Rainers Anonymous support group meet?

Feb 16, 2008 12:46 AM
Dee Nofziger
|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog - Toledo, OH
Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty
Good idea, since a cat throwing up strawberries all over your client's nice new off-white carpeting can put a damper on your day... and theirs.
Feb 16, 2008 10:12 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Tanya, I love your cat story and how you related it to staging. Yes, always go with the "fake" fruit.
Feb 18, 2008 08:47 AM
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

Welcome to AR, Tanya. A client's cat got on the dining table and munched on the real flower arrangement, so it's silk flowers from now on!!


Feb 18, 2008 09:03 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Tanya, welcome to the RAIN.

We are all over anything fake that looks real.  I just got some lemon scented lemons for home - wow, are they nice.  I imagine the scent wears off and then they can go a-staging with me. 

Feb 18, 2008 09:46 AM
Janis Gaines
Staging Sells Eugene Homes - Eugene, OR
Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed H
I've gotten a lot of my fruit at Walmart as well. You do have to be picky, but some of it looks great and you can't beat the price unless you come upon a bag of faux fruit at Goodwill. My latest find is, I believe, pomegranates. The color ranges from a deep burnt orange to red and they're quickly becoming my new most favorite fruit. Haven't yet tested them on the cat!
Feb 18, 2008 04:50 PM
Latonia Parks
Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV - Fayetteville, NC
Certified Military Relocation Expert
I haven't thought about this as a decorating method.  Great idea.
Feb 19, 2008 11:22 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"
I love the scented fruit too, I hat when the scent wears off though, I love the smell of Kirklands, when you walk in the door.
Feb 19, 2008 02:50 PM