May Challenge- Before and After

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

May Challenge- Before and After

Barbara Todaro likes to say...the eyes buy. And never is that truer than when it comes to home staging.


What staging does is to show the possibilities of a

property and enhance the perceived value of a home.


Basically, what we do is make sure that your eyes like what they see.

For my purposes in staging, it would not be very cost effective for me to use a professional photographer. However, I do want good photographs for my website and blog.


So, when Dick Greenberg asked us to share in his May contest post a photo of a room and what we used to enhance the photograph I poured through my photos.


It didn’t take long because one thing that has bothered me in some of my photographs is the wrinkled bedding.


When I could, I used an iron or Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Usually, the wrinkles were gone by the next day but often not in time for photos.


master bedroom



This is from my first vacant staging in Palm Beach County. This was in 2008 and the condo had been on the market for a year. The owner finally told his agent to get it staged.

I had to work quickly because the agent had an Open House scheduled two days after our staging date.


home staging - after- bedroom


The changes are very minimal but I feel better about the picture.


I used Ribbet and have been since Picnik left us in 2012.

I used something I normally use when editing photos of people. It is the Touch Up Tool and under it, I used the Wrinkle Releaser. Under the same tool, I used the Dodging Tool to lighten specific areas of the photo.


Using Ribbet’s Basic Edits, I also Resized the photo to better fit our blog editor, used the Sharpen tool to fix the clarity of the photo, and the Exposure tool to adjust what highlights I could.

Finally, I chose a Mirror Frame for the final touch.

As a note, the basic edits for Ribbet are free, but some of the tools I used are with the Premium version which is $29.95 a year and well worth it.


I only wish that ironing at home were this easy!


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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Kathy, Very nice mirror effect.

May 16, 2017 08:17 AM #15
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Scan and click ironing.  What a concept.  I guess that would apply to getting dressed to? 

May 16, 2017 08:25 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nice illustration for Dick Greenberg 's challenge.  And what a nice added bonus with the mirrored frame.  A

May 16, 2017 08:55 AM #17
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Very nicely done.  The subtle changes make a huge difference.  

May 16, 2017 10:05 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally K. & David L. Hanson oh yes...every day is a new day for learning here. 

Jeff Dowler These were minimal compared to what I often do. 

Thank you Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor 

Dorie Dillard you and I were definitely on the same track today. 

May 16, 2017 11:28 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin and you as well!!!

Barbara Todaro once that vision is seared into your memory, it won't be forgotten. 

Hi Harry F. D'Elia you are very welcome. 

May 16, 2017 11:30 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Michael Jacobs it has become a favorite of mine!

Joe Pryor Give it a try and if you edit a lot of photos, I'd recommend the yearly subscription. 

Sharon Lee It's probably something that could be done with another app but this one worked for me. 

May 16, 2017 12:02 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England Thanks!  It makes for a nice frame. 

Will Hamm LOL just a little too cold for me. 

Myrl Jeffcoat I use it all of the time for photos with people (primarily me! LOL) in them. 


May 16, 2017 12:11 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl Jeffcoat forgot to thank you for the feature in your group!

Hi Donald Hester and thank you. 

Mick Michaud it would make life easy!


May 16, 2017 12:18 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I primarily did it to highlight the room. 

Thank you Belinda Spillman 

May 16, 2017 12:19 PM #24
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Nice work, Kathy - The improvements make a difference well worth the effort - and I didn't realize that there was a tool that would get rid of wrinkles. Thanks for the tip and your contest entry!

May 16, 2017 01:27 PM #25
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy excellent job.  I need to check out Ribbet.

This also reminds me I still need to do my blog for the Dick's challenge.

May 16, 2017 03:38 PM #26
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Kathy you did a great job of making the photo pop out so much better!  I need to try out some of the tools you mentioned - fun!  And I'm with you on the wrinkle thing - drive me bonkers too!

May 16, 2017 04:11 PM #27
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Kathy,

I'm using Ribbett too and thanks to you, I learned some things I didn't know, like everything you mentioned about the touch up tool and the next paragraph too. I have used the mirror frame and just love it!

But something stuck out about this post that may help with an even greater challenge for me, specifically, "What staging does is to show the possibilities of a property and enhance the perceived value of a home."

My immediate challenge is this - I showed a property to buyers this past weekend and they loved it very much. But when we went back for a second showing, we brought their adult child with special needs. Her mind couldn't adjust to imagining the room without any furniture and felt it was too outdated; then she began to cry. When I asked her if she could imagine the house without any of the furniture and the walls in different colors she couldn't do it but her mother thought that was a great way to explain it and she'd work on that. I think I'm going to play with the photos and figure out a way to get the photos to look brigher and completely different. If you have any ideas, I'd appreciate it.


May 16, 2017 04:38 PM #28
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, Kathy, for sharing your photo editing skills.

May 16, 2017 05:02 PM #29
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Nicely done Kathy! I'm so glad you shared this today because I had completely forgotten about this challenge. I have to find the time to put a post together!

May 16, 2017 05:26 PM #30
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your staging selections!  Your before and after look great.  My daughter selected some mirrored frames and they are beautiful! 

May 16, 2017 08:55 PM #31
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved your post now you said it fixes wrinkles what about  bags around the eyes?:)) just kidding, Endre

May 16, 2017 11:26 PM #32
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Kathy.  At first I thought everything was the same, then I saw the extra light.  Made all the difference

May 17, 2017 02:51 AM #33
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Good job on the after photo of the bedroom. I don't use Ribbet often but now will use it more.

May 23, 2017 07:55 PM #34
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