What do you do with a Big Green Elephant in all the rooms...Stage it and help it blend in, at least that's what we did.

Home Stager with Simple Inspiration Home Staging

So. your client comes to you and asks you to stage their very well maintained, but somewhat outdated home.  They explain their current financial situation with two mortgages and no cash to replace the lovely green carpet.  Do you turn them down because you know that staging around the big green elephant may reflect poorly on your talent and perhaps stain your reputation for excellence?  Hopefully you will do as we did and remember that what we are truly here to do is serve our clients and help them with what ever resources they may have available.  Sure, we would ideally like the homeowner to replace the carpet because our knowledge of this market place tells us their is less likely a buyer to want this elephant for their very own.  However, we are trained to work within the homeowners budget and time frame, doing the best work we can to attract the most offers in the least amount of time.

Next time you are faced with a Big Green Elephant, we hope you accept the challange and get to work.

Please enjoy the photos


Simple Inspiration Home Staging: Preparing your home for the real estate market


Living Room Before

Living Room After

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Great Room Before

Great Room After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Master Before

Master After



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Nancy Robertson
Signature Style Staging - Dallas, TX

You did a great job showing potential buyers what this home can look like with the right furnishings and drew attention away from the green elephant!  Way to go!  Buyers can now actually look at the home without focusing solely on the green elephant under foot.

May 28, 2008 03:24 PM #1
Gregory Lohr
West Columbia, SC

What a wonderful way to show what you can do...you did a great job!  Thanks for those before/after shots. 

One question...if the homeowner likes your staging, can they get those extras included in the sale of the home?  Just curious.

May 28, 2008 03:28 PM #2
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon


Thanks for your positive comments.  The homeowner is actually a family member, so I did not think twice about taking on this project.  I know staging works.  We don't need a bunch of buyers, we only need one.  Helping them see the other great features to this manicured home is all we can hope for.

May 28, 2008 03:31 PM #3
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon


I love your question.  If the buyer would like to negotiate with my company for the items we have used for staging, we are always willing to sell them the items we have used and we have in the past.  Generally this is negotiated outside of the escrow process.

May 28, 2008 03:38 PM #4
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Trisha, great pics! You did a excellent job with that very green carpeting.

May 28, 2008 05:57 PM #5
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Trisha - I especially like the kitchen transformation!  Great job and thanks for sharing.


May 29, 2008 12:16 AM #6
Susan Cunningham
NE Atlanta Home Staging - Suwanee, GA
R.E.VISION - Suwanee, GA

WOW - that carpet!  Quite the challenge, but you did a fantastic job! 


May 29, 2008 09:52 AM #7
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


That is one, " HUGE, GREEN ELEPHANT"!  I understand the frustration of wanting to do more for your clients when they perhaps don't have the budget for more.  Obviously, a more neutralized color carpet or wood floor would have been better in this circumstance, but you made the best possible solution with what little budget you had and the house looks FANTASTIC! Continued success!

May 29, 2008 10:47 AM #8
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

I'm glad you Staged it -- I always agree in helping everyone and not "protecting" my image by only select "nice" homes. Nice work!

May 30, 2008 10:13 AM #9
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

You did a GREAT JOB I have the same problem with one of my houses...a big green elephant in the both bathrooms...TILE that color. Hopefully I will find towels to coincide as you did with the rug.

Phyllis Pafumi

May 30, 2008 12:58 PM #10
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Boy are you every right, quite alot to disquise, but it looks like you pulled it off!

May 31, 2008 06:29 PM #11
Penny Florence
Midvale, UT

Fantastic job!  After you did all of that did the seller decided to stay, the place looks so much more open, inviting and  cozy.  Great work.

May 31, 2008 07:19 PM #12
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Pat & Scott,  Thank You.  I hope it helps take the edge off of a large distraction.

Kathy, I liked how the kitchen came out also.  If was one of my favorite rooms.  So sunny and bright.

Susan, It is alot of green carpet, but thankfully it is all in excellent condition.

Michelle, You are so kind.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tori,  I am glad you feel the same.  Every seller needs our help.

Phyllis, Have fun with the  color.  Citrus shades are always fun to mix and match.  kinda like what's in the rug.  Try some orange, yellow and Reds with towels and accessories.

Cindy, Thank you.  We are happy with how it turned out.

Penny, The seller is happy with the staging, however they are currently living in their brand new "dream house".  They are very anxious to get it sold.  We are hoping it happens soon.


Jun 01, 2008 05:34 PM #13
Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Trisha, You did a wonderful job staging this home. WOW! I hope it sells fast, Congratulations!

Jun 03, 2008 03:42 PM #14
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Barbara, Thanks for your comments.  We are getting ready for a marketing blitz with this home.  I am confident it is going to sell soon.


Jun 10, 2008 06:06 PM #15
Christine Craig
Designology Interior Design - Santa Barbara, CA
Allied ASID & NKBA

OMG I think I just threw up a litttle! That carpet is HIDEOUS!!!! You did a fab job given the nasty color of carpet you have to work with. YIKES!

Jun 13, 2008 03:58 AM #16
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Christine, it is tough to get over the color.  At least it is not dirty and matted.  It is very clean and pristine.  We are hosting a broker's open with food and all this Tuesday.  Hopefully some of them will have a buyer in mind.  It's a great house.

Jun 14, 2008 04:39 AM #17
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Trisha...When a house is empty, or almost so, we tend to focus on what is there.  This time it was the carpet. 

You did an excellent job. 


Jun 14, 2008 12:22 PM #18
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Kathleen,  Your comments are too true.  The carpet is still visible to anyone who steps in the door, but at least it's not the only thing to look at.

Jun 21, 2008 04:35 PM #19
B Lucas-Thrower
Staging - Interior Redesign & Home Staging - Franklin, TN
Interior Redesign and Home Staging

Green......you guys did a fabulous job on detracting from the carpet....how devine to call it an elephant. I like your style.

Jun 22, 2008 02:29 AM #20
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