As I Sit In a Parade of Homes Model......

Home Stager with Rooms With Style

I'm sitting in a Parade of Homes model, not as an agent to try sell it but just hanging out as my photographer takes photos of my staging work. As I sit here I have time to actually look around and take in things that I normally wouldn't see as I am flying around putting beds together and staging the home.    IMG_1662


I got to thinking that people coming to view the Parade models are in the same way, not that they are staging and working but there is just so much to see! The beautiful decor, the exquisite architectural features, and at the same time trying to not make eye contact with the builder or agent so that they give you a sales pitch, ha.

But I must say look around.....really look around. If you are there for ideas to renovate your home, or update your decor, or perhaps to build a home, really pay attention.


What are the paint colors? Light? Dark? Is every room painted a different color or is everything basically the same?




What about the floors? Where are there hardwoods? Carpet? LVT or Tile? What is the stain color of the hardwoods.




I do think light fixtures are so important in a home and can make such a difference whether selling or dwelling. Take a close look at them, their size, style, and finish.




If you want to drill in to the nuances of the decor now is the perfect time!! How did they make a space look so homey and cozy yet perhaps elegant at the same time.




You may ask why do I care? Well I am a believer that no matter how old your home is, it can look like a model home when you go to sell it. Things can be current, in good repair, light and bright and enticing to all who enter in.


The Parade of Homes in Minneapolis runs through Sept 29, 2019 and you can check this particular home out in Plymouth at Parade #251.




Comments (7)

Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

It's often difficult for people to see beyond the "things" to see the home itself. You can take some credit as this is usually due to the staging.

Sep 19, 2019 06:04 AM
Shar Sitter

Yes it is our job to highlight the features of the home but not mask them that's for sure Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417 . Although sometimes they should be masked. LOL

Sep 19, 2019 06:46 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Shar - details of every variety matter.   It might be paint colors that are preferred or pushy salespeople that are to be avoided; paying attention is important in life.  Something may "hit" you and often that can be a good thing.  Stay aware.  

Sep 19, 2019 06:19 AM
Shar Sitter

Thanks Michael Jacobs . Ha...I love how people get so uncomfortable walking into a Parade model or open house  and try to avoid talking with the agent or builder. Like they are going to be jumped on. LOL

Sep 19, 2019 06:45 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Shar. I really enjoyed this and agree with your conclusion.

Sep 19, 2019 06:20 AM
Shar Sitter

Thanks Sheila Anderson . Hope you are doing well!

Sep 19, 2019 06:42 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Shar Sitter I've had many subdivisions, and the model homes that are staged with many eye catching items take the attention off the important features of the home, including the architectural design of the interior..... doesn't always work to the builder's advantage....

Sep 19, 2019 07:03 AM
Shar Sitter

That can be true Barbara Todaro . Staging should enhance the home, make it feels warm and inviting....showing the home at it's full potential and calling attention to the feature (like floating shelves) not away from it.

Sep 19, 2019 07:11 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

First of all, nice job with the staging. And yes, you did bring out the best in this home. As you mention, there is so much from these type of shows that we can adapt at our home. 

Sep 19, 2019 08:09 AM
Shar Sitter

Thank you so much Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Sep 19, 2019 05:00 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Shar Sitter lovely job of staging this model home! The home is enhanced perfectly without the furnishings taking center stage. I've been using the black and white check theme lately and it appears others are as well. Nice fresh look.

Sep 19, 2019 04:10 PM
Shar Sitter

Yes Buffalo plaid is huge here Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 

Sep 19, 2019 05:00 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Shar Sitter,  You did a great job and you are so right with your blog here for us in the rain!


Sep 22, 2019 08:30 AM
Shar Sitter

Thank you Will Hamm 

Sep 27, 2019 05:25 AM