House Goes From Blah To Ahhhhh!

Home Stager with RE:STYLE LLC

A Bachelor Pad No More!

Our company just completed staging a house in Ann Arbor (Michigan)--and the Realtor made the staging investment! I thought I'd share some before and after photos to demonstrate how staging with RE:STYLE can completely change the functionality as well as the look and feel of a home.

I must apologize upfront, as these photos are not up to my usual standards, and I will be retaking the Afters. (Regretfully, the Befores no longer exist--duh!)

Family Room This is what you saw when you walked in. The lockbox was actually on the sliding doors off the deck, as there is no walkway up to the front door!

Family Room After We moved the TV and switched out the big couch with the love seat in the Living Room. Then we added artwork and accessories to warm the space, and some margaritas to show a lifestyle! We also added extra lighting. And wait until you see how we utilized his (very heavy) cocktail table upstairs, and the big pillows...

Living Room Before The rug was too big--it made the Living Room look smaller and covered those nice hardwood floors (a feature!), so...

Living Room After Living Room After 2We brought in a smaller rug, moved his ottoman to this room, added accessories and changed out that utilitarian floor lamp for something with more pizazz! We moved a table that was also in the overcrowded Family Room to the far wall and set up a bar/entertainment center. Who wouldn't want to live in this happening house, where fun and entertainment are key?

Bath 2 Before  Bath 1, view 2  The bathrooms needed some definite help!

Bath 1 After  Bath 2 After

Doesn't this look much more spa-like? 

Then there were the bedrooms...

Green bedroom before  Bedroom After Walls are still green, but isn't this more inviting? We used a table we found in the Sunroom for the nightstand, and just covered it with a table cloth. We did change out the comforter, and added the headboard, and pillow. Of course, we added a lamp, and other accessories. 

 Master Before Master See, there's that plaid again! We had planned to move the bookcase to another area, and put the bed in the corner, but then we discovered the bookcase was bolted to the wall!

Master After Master After 2

Now the Master looks like a 5-star hotel, instead of a no-tell motel! We brought in the chair, end table, lamps, artwork, bedding and accessories. As you may have noticed, since the walls were gray (too cool a color for staging), we complimented them with gold and red, to warm the spaces.

Here's our most creative staging--look how the coffee table and pillows from the Family Room became a window seat!

Bonus room Dormer Bonus Room Dormer After

What a great place for the kids to sit and read while their Mom or Dad is in the office...

Bonus Room Office Before  Bonus Room Office After

There was also an empty room that need definition--so we made it a sitting/reading room since it's off the Master:

Reading Room Beore  Reading Room After

Hope you enjoy what RE:STYLE has done! I'd be happy to discuss (through private emails) what we charged, and get input from others as to what you would have charged, to stage this house. It's listed at $199,000. We spent:

1 hour planning

1 hour packing

2 people spent 7.5 hrs each (15 total) staging

Estimate 2 hours to de-stage

Estimate 1.5 hrs to put everything back in the storage units

I'd love to hear from stagers and Realtors alike!


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Sallie Williams
Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS - Baton Rouge, LA
REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge

What a great job!! I love before and after photos.  I just finished working with a client to help her "stage" her house.  Just removing two overstuffed bookcases in the living room made a world of difference.  But I can not convince her husband to remove the two grandmother's portraits from the entryway.  Oh well, they have done so much and have done such a great job, the portraits will have to stay.

Jul 27, 2008 01:30 PM #1
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I love all of it - have never used a stager - fairly new to the real estate business - How does it work?  Does the realtor pay for this or what?

Jul 27, 2008 01:32 PM #2
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


It amazes me what a little time and thought can do for a home.  Looks great!


Jul 27, 2008 01:41 PM #3


We do what we can. You made a difference already! However, it often helps to use a stager to be the "bad guy"--people seem to listen to us and acknowledge that we are the experts in this area.


Thanks so much! Usually, the seller pays, but I work with some motivated and enlightened Realtors who take the responsibility in making the staging investment for vacant and lived-in homes. When i do consultations, typically the Realtor pays for the first hour, and the client pays for any additional hours (usually only one or two). I charge $75 an hour, and with a faster sales time, Realtors get a great return on their investment! 

Jul 27, 2008 01:53 PM #4
Rania Peet
Pure Energy Real Estate - Frederick, MD

Looks awesome! Good job! Love the Tiki headboard!

Jul 27, 2008 01:55 PM #5
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

Beautiful pics..and what a great job!  I love looking at before and after staging for some awesome decorating ideas! 

Jul 27, 2008 03:26 PM #6
Tosha Tate-Dickson
Finair Management Group Inc. - South Holland, IL

Way to go Kathy ~ you did a nice job on the home! I love what you did to the master bedroom and the bathroom.

Jul 28, 2008 02:53 AM #7
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Kathi - It's definitely Aah now! You did a great job. I especially love the colors in the bathroom.

Jul 28, 2008 04:10 AM #8
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Very nice transformation!  I am sure the realtor was very pleased with the work you and your associate stager did.  Congratulations and best wishes for a quick sale!

Jul 28, 2008 04:22 AM #9
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC


Thanks! But it's really a LOT of thought and time ;>)


In the house we de-staged, that item was used as a screen in the "yoga room"--and now it's become a headboard for this house!


I get ideas from what other stagers do, too!

Tosha and Tanya:

We love staging baths! Thanks for the kind words. Amazing what the right accessories can do!


Thanks! Yes, the Realtor was very pleased, and there is already an offer on the table! We'll see how that goes...






Jul 28, 2008 04:39 AM #10
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

I love what you did with the window alcove areas!

Jul 28, 2008 09:48 AM #11
Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN

Excellent work!  I love the headboard in the bedroom!  The height of it makes that area so dramatic!  Nice!

Jul 28, 2008 10:45 AM #12
Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

WOW Kathi, You did some staging job on this house. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations!

Jul 28, 2008 11:02 AM #13
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Kathy, Kristina, and Barbara:

I'm glad you enjoyed the transformation--thanks for your kind words! We loved working on this house!

Jul 30, 2008 02:32 PM #14
Michelle Hall
Century 21 Hecht - Denver, NC

Kathi, that bedroom with the bed in the corner looks like something Barb Schwarz would have done.  That was really cool.  Also, the little touches in the bathroom really seemed to open it up. 

Jul 30, 2008 03:48 PM #15
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC


Yes, both my associate and I have definitely been trained by Barb! And, we kind of specialize in bathroom staging-it's a favorite part of what we do. Thanks!

Jul 30, 2008 11:10 PM #16
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