What would home staging expert Kathy Nielsen do?

Home Stager with Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver

I took note of the superb staging skills of Kathy Nielsen, owner of Georgia Interior Solutions, when I first got into the staging business nearly 2 years ago. Kathy stages a great deal of beautiful houses and many of them are traditional in design.

Here in Vancouver, our select service area consists primarily of downtown condos so we don't get the opportunity to stage an actual house very often. While selecting inventory and putting together a color story for the house we staged today, I asked myself "What would Kathy do?" Feeling inspired by her work, this was the result...



Living Room before Staging
Staged by Reveal Estate Home Staging
Kathy, if you're reading this, did I come close? 
Reveal Estate is a full service home staging company located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.




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Terri Lucas
Exclusive Home Staging - Redondo Beach, CA
Exclusive Home Staging Los Angeles

You are extremely talented.  I first saw your work on stager idol when I first joined RESA not too long ago and to say the least your work is outstanding.  I will continue to look to you and Kathy as mentors and inspiration in the staging industry.

May 01, 2008 04:23 AM #18
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

Hi Jackson, What a great post!  Kathy is a HUGE inspiration for sure.  You are an inspiration as well.  That transformation gets a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S from me, for sure! 

Yep, I'm with Gina....'What Would Kathy Do?' T-shirts...too funny!!!!  =)

May 01, 2008 05:46 AM #19
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!
Jackson- I am just lovin' your style! And Kathy is a great stager to aspire to...but I have to admit something. I have been asking myself "What would Jackson do?"
May 01, 2008 05:51 AM #20
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Jackson- The after is divine!  Wowza!!  Simplicity at it's best.


May 01, 2008 06:23 AM #21
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

I love the color scheme and I love your company name!

May 01, 2008 08:11 AM #22
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ceilings.....

I also love what you did with the place.  Was there anyplace to sit in the first photo?  Clearly there is plenty of seating now.

May 01, 2008 12:37 PM #23
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
"Georgia" ous!
May 01, 2008 04:26 PM #24
Renee Pratta
Renewed Rooms - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Renewed Rooms - SC

NOT Fair Mr.....   Everything you do looks fantastic...  So much talent so little of you to go around!

 Congratulations Jackson on another masterpiece!  Your top five "buddy"..~R

May 01, 2008 06:53 PM #25
Kimberley Hawley
Hawley Interiors & Staging - Caledon, ON
Hawley Interiors & Staging
Jackson, Really very nice. You did a great job! I have such a difficult time putting furniture on an angle. Is there a trick?
May 02, 2008 12:03 PM #26
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Unbelievable.  You did a fantastic job.  I bet that sold really quick.  What did the owners have to say?  Very, very nice.  I like how you took a picture so you could see the ceiling details too.


May 02, 2008 12:39 PM #27
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant
Jackson, as always you've completed a beautiful transformation!  I love that art work!
May 05, 2008 03:30 AM #28
Shelley Roufs
Simply Staged Homes - New Ulm, MN
Funny you should mention this. In our last job my partner asked me, "What would Jackson do?" We have marveled at others work as well - you all inspire us!
May 06, 2008 06:03 AM #29
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Fantastic!  You took this room that had no purpose and transformed it into WOW!  I love the angles you chose to place the sofas and chairs on.  To think that this beautiful room was hidden with all the childrens toys and clutter.  You really made a difference for these homeowners and I am sure they were in shock when they saw this rooms transformation. Continued Success!

May 06, 2008 07:30 AM #30
Jackson West
Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

I have been away from "The Rain" for a while but I wanted to thank you for all the great comments on this transformation. Interesting how things change on a dime, I  mentioned that we don't often stage houses but after doing this one less than 2 weeks ago, we did another large 4 bedroom house and I got flown to Calgary to stage a house there! Things are returning to "normal" this week and I will be back to dealing with elevators and loading zones.

Kathy, I was delighted to reference you and give you some "link love"! This is something Craig did for me a long time ago and I never forgot it.

Gina I loved the idea of the t shirt, perhaps I will place this one on Stager's List!

What would Kathy Do - T Shirt

Ronelle, Teresa and Tanya, the artwork is from a wholesaler called Art In Motion.

Kimberly, I love the use of angles to create movement and a sense of approachability. Placing the carpet first and "building" from there is the best way to get the perfect angle.

Thanks again everyone for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. May we all continue to "stage it forward"!

May 10, 2008 06:24 PM #31
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Jackson - If you decide to put those t shirts on StagersList, I'd order a 100 of them (smile).  It was kind of you to share the link love and I so appreciate you taking the time.

As for staging condos vs. houses.  I staged a condo this past week and can relate to the challenges you mentioned.  In this particular condo, the parking garage is located two buildings away from the condo.  There were two of us and it took 1.5 hours to just get the accessories into the condo.  That was four days ago and my feet are now on the mend.  And by the way, I blame you!  You make staging condos seem so effort-less.  I smell a blog coming.


May 11, 2008 12:54 AM #32
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Miss your posts - its nice to have a local (relatively speaking) stager posting1  :-)

Jul 16, 2008 04:22 AM #33
Jackson West
Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Kathy, there are definitely some other things to consider when staging condos. I spend so much time in underground parking garages and elevators it is unreal. Schlepping furniture and accessories in and out of high rise buildings with multiple doors adds hours to the job. Door stops are an important component of my tool box. Coordinating the elevator usage with the concierge or building manager is often challenging and creates an additional time restraint. In my area of service houses are few and far between and although they usually require significantly more inventory, I love it when we get the opportunity to stage an actual house!

Liz, thanks for stopping by, I have been away from the rain for some time now due to a hectic schedule. I have friends in "the Whack" that will be selling their house soon and I will forward them your contact info.

Jul 16, 2008 09:49 AM #34
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Jackson, I love what you do. I have looked at many images of your work and I appreciate your Staging look so much.

If you get a moment please check out the first page of my website to see examples of my current work. Just scroll down. They range from million dollar house to simple war time house in a working class neighbourhood. I have not done a condo yet but your work is truly inspiring.

I wish you much succes this year. M

Jul 16, 2008 11:24 AM #35
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Jackson, Looks wonderful as always!  Simply elegant. I love those colors.

Jul 22, 2008 02:42 AM #36
Monica Melger @ Holy Cow Staging, ASP
Holy Cow!® Staging & Design - Berkeley, CA

Not only an example of a fine staging performance, but the after photo has PIX APPEAL.  Flooring, walls, space & that gorgeous ceiling 'pop' in this photo.  Jackson, did you take this photo?  It's picture perfect.  I invision Buyers putting this property on the top of their "must visit" list.


Jul 22, 2008 05:47 AM #37
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