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Staging homes for sale is the most emotionally challenging part of my work.  As a Westchester County Interior Decorator and Designer, most of my clients hire me to help them make memories.  But when I stage a home, I am most often called in to dismantle them.

I wrote a post on February 11, 2014 about a very neglected house that needed to be emptied of its past and made ready for the future.  At that time, the mother of my client had passed away and the father was in a nursing home.

Needless to say, it's been a slow and arduous process.  For everyone.  The father is now gone and the house is the largest asset in the family estate.   I've enlisted the help of an estate sales professional to value and sell what no one wants and to box and ship the remaining valuables to my client, his brother and lots of grandchildren.  Piles and stickers and labels and boxes.  Unfortunately, the dumpster has been filled with what no one wants - lots of stuff representing a family and their history.

I've made  progress in the bathroom remodel, updating the kitchen and painting all the rooms.   Here are some photos to document the progress:

Dining Room Before:

Dining Room Before                              Dining Room Now

Dining room in process

Bathroom Before:                                                     Bathroom in Progress:

Bathroom in progress


I look forward to sharing the final results with both my client and my AR friends and of course, we will all cross our fingers for a quick sale and a great return on this investment!



Comments (40)

Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Joanna -
 Even though I live in Atlanta, I know exactly what that neighborhood looks like because my aunt lived on Lookout Place in Ardsley! The old "small world" business!

The color transitions look great! Best wishes for good success!

Have a happy day -

Jun 19, 2014 04:40 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Lynn, that is so funny! Ok, so you know lots of high ranches! I look forward to sharing finished shots and wishing you a great summer.  So nice to hear from you!

Jun 19, 2014 10:50 PM
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY have such a good eye.  Cannot wait to see what you come up with as the final "reveal," you rock star!

Jun 20, 2014 08:28 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

OMG, you are so funny-I love the term "reveal" - hope you are well and enjoying the summer.  Promise to share!

Jun 20, 2014 02:31 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Yeah!!!! Finally this great post of yours is featured!!!

Everything you do is a labor of love. Some are like pregnancies, they seem to last forever (until the child is out of the house) or they can flash before your eyes!

Jun 21, 2014 01:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joanna- I absolutely love what you said.. as a decorator/designer you're help your client make memories, and in staging you're dismantling them.  I cannot wait for the "after" of the bathroom, which I know will be outstanding. 

Jun 21, 2014 02:08 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Joanna-I'm sure you're adding tons of value and appeal to the home. Look forward to seeing the finished product. 

Jun 21, 2014 03:11 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Joanna. It looks like a lot of great progress - and great choices, too. Dealing with family can be like herding cats so it's really awesome you are doing well with them and they with you.

Thanks for sharing the progress and I'm looking forward to future updates.
Great job!


Jun 21, 2014 05:21 AM
Wendy Tomm

Joanna thanks so much for sharing. These are difficult situations to deal with and hiring you was the best decision they could have made. Emotionally this is hard for everyone. Be patient and I wish you all the best in preparing this property for market.

Jun 21, 2014 05:46 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Joanna, wow! what a project you have taken! I do expect part 3 of this series soon - with everything 'staged' perfectly.

Jun 21, 2014 06:30 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Patricia, thank you for all your positive energy-the post got featured because of your support!

Kathy, it is true.  We are dismantling those memories with hope that the family can transfer what is currently in stuff, to possible stories about family that they can share with the children and grandchildren.

Adrian and Bruce, thank you for your wonderful comments and yes, hope I am adding lots of value and I do look forward to sharing the final photos with you.

Good afternoon Wendy, I'm sure you've dealt with these kinds of things before so you know how difficult it can be.

Praful, thank you for your wonderful comment and you will see part 3, very shortly.



Jun 21, 2014 06:40 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

100% love for me as well!


Love and light,


Jun 21, 2014 07:27 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thanks Laura, wishing you love and light as well.

Jun 21, 2014 09:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Joanna - I remember that post.  All the blogs I read about staging makes me feel like I have too much stuff...  I know I do.  I helped my wife do a big cleanup today.

I can't wait to see the final pictures.

Jun 21, 2014 10:10 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Joanna, looks like you are making progress on this home. Can't wait to the see the finished project,

Jun 21, 2014 02:39 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Grant, I must tell you I relate! The more homes I do, the more I want to clean up my own and just chuck things!

Hi Pamela, we are making progress and are looking forward to crossing the finish line!

Jun 21, 2014 10:56 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I love your work Joanna and it is such fun seeing it all come together. The finished product will be awesome and with have your special touch.

Jun 26, 2014 11:54 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good morning Debbie, hoping that next Tuesday will be the day we can say-YAY, it's done and ready for market!

Jun 26, 2014 09:44 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Girl, you are working for every single penny you earn (and MORE!) Wow. I was sort of sad to hear about the dumpster stuff....history going bye bye. Glad you have some help in the estate sale department. I'll bet there were some hidden treasures! 

(Did you keep anything?)

Congrats on the feature!

Jun 30, 2014 07:23 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hey girlfriend, I actually did find a treasure-that Victorian chandelier hanging in the dining room is very very special-they are selling it with the house and if the buyers don't want it, I know someone that does! I am actually keeping a wrought iron outdoor dining table and chairs in bright blue!  Thanks for the kind words kiddo, looking forward to the bathtub glazing on Sunday and hopefully, getting this house cleaned and ready to turn over to the Realtor! Will take good photos to share.

Jun 30, 2014 12:42 PM