1st Before & After Pictures - Would you hire me?

Home Stager with Perfectly Polished Home

Hey everyone!

I have just staged a room in order to be certified through Center Stage Homes...are any of you a HSE? I know that certification is not necessary in the Home Staging Business, but I chose that route because I needed a business plan and marketing outline laid out for me since I am just a little busy with 3 kids under 4 :)

So the challenge I chose was to create a focal point in a room that didn't have one and voila...



Staging Final


Staging Final

This was all done with items found within the house. What would you rate this on a scale of 1-10?

Here are a few more pictures...


Staging Final


Staging Final


Staging Final


Staging Final


So there you have it my first official staging / redesign from The Perfectly Polished Home. Now do realize that if there would have been more than a $0 budget for this room it would have looked very different. However, I used what was on hand...

I have thick skin and love constructive criticism - so bring it on please.

Have a great weekend all and stage like no body's business!



Comments (47)

Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Jessica,

I'm no stager, but I think what you did looks great. You definitely have the eye.


@ Gregory: Very nice photos!


Aug 09, 2008 03:08 PM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Please forgive me if the below comment is not proper Blog etiquette, but I saw another blogger respond to her comments this way and I liked it...

Matt - I bet you would have thought of it & you obviously have a great eye for that sort of thing since you liked what I did!?!? LOL Just teasing

Brian - Thanks! I wish I would have had a budget, too :)

George - I appreciate the tip on the paint and picture idea. If I would have had the budget, I would have painted the wall behind the bed. Is that what you were thinking? Also which wall were you thinking for a picture? the one next to the window? Not that I can do anything more in that room, but for future reference.

Julie - Thank you for the welcome! I see you are in Buffalo. I came there two years ago during January or February and it was so cold! I'm talking blizzard How do you do it????

Donna -  I can't wait to post more, too! Are you anywhere near Bentonville?

Mary - Re: Loving to decorate - I am shocked that everyone doesn't enjoy this :)

Maureen - The photo tip is great. The view outside is bad. I'm talking the roofs and back of other houses along with the top of the kids play structure outside. I have a great camera though and love taking pictures, so I do need to plan on dusk for photos...

Patti - Oh good, I was hoping it wasn't too empty.

Anita - Thank you!

Barbara - Yeah! I guess we all have to start at square one, right?

Melissa - I think so since the homeowner loved it.

Crystal - I love all of the tips for the photos. I used a tripod, and maybe I could stand to lower it a tad more...thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Gina - Thanks! I can't wait to do more :)

Renne - You are so right!

Ronald -  Have you ever let someone redesign your home?

Michelle - I'm proud that I was able to do it, take the photos and post it on AR all in the same day. I didn't know I could be so excited about something like this!

Cathy - Thank you for the comment.

Peg - You are right. Most of the things in the room were nice items in and of themselves, but when there were all crammed in there it was like a nightmare from the 80's!

Dawna - Canada, eh? What part? I mean I've never been before, and I can't imagine a better excuse:) haha

Kristie - I like yours too!

Terri -  You know we were in luck - the homeowner had the two matching lamps in a living area and we were able to bring them into the bedroom and take the single lamp that was in the bedroom before and place it in the living area. They wouldn't have been my #1 choice for the rooms, but we had to work with what we had!

Michael - Good luck to you in your business, too!

Tracy - I can imagine! At least clutter and storage won't be an issue :) Always trying to be positive.

Shobha - Amen - complaining gets you no where!

Karen - Awesome! Yes I want to know more! I am so new to this whole thing. Maybe if I look at your profile I will be able to find a way to contact you? Not sure, but I will try. If you know how to contact me somehow, please do! I am game for whatever! Can't wait to talk with you :)

Michelle - I hope I get lots of people planning to stage with me!

Gregory -  excellent tip! I appreciate the fabulous photos that pro photogs can do. I have a great camera that I have been learning photography with for a year (pre staging) and now this is a great excuse to get an ultra wide angle lens :) I have never done interior photos before though. I used a tripod and did a 6-10 second exposure at ISO 100 (no flash) to get the results above. Am I on the right track? I can't wait to look at your profile...

Michael - I appreciate the compliment!

Aug 09, 2008 04:28 PM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Jessica, Yes, I am near Bentonville, I work the NWA area, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville.

Aug 10, 2008 02:58 AM
Kathy Mohr
Begin It Today Design - Trumbull, CT

Hi, Jessica:


Great job!  Welcome to staging..and keep that thick skin, because it will be challenging, especially while juggling it with three young children!  Love the way you spread the green accent color around.  My only criticism would be that if it's a real staging, I would probably try to fit one 'dresser' piece in the room since, putting myself in the shoes of prospective buyers, I always want to see that one will fit in the room.  You may get other feedback from others, but that's my bias.  

Aug 10, 2008 12:41 PM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Jessica...Pretty impressive.  The only thing I would suggest is something on that window wall.  It looks pretty bare.

Have fun doing what you evidently have the talent to do.


P.S.  Have fun with the kids also!

Aug 10, 2008 01:36 PM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

I'ds hire you in a minute!  You did a great job.  I know you will do well in the world of staging.  Congratulations!

Aug 10, 2008 01:43 PM
Tosha Tate-Dickson
Finair Management Group Inc. - South Holland, IL

Jessica, you did a wonderful job ~ Congrats!

Aug 11, 2008 01:32 AM
Karla Davis
Florida Home Staging & Redesign, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Orlando Home Staging Firm

I'd hire you (as my partner/assistant!) :)  Great job you did with $0 to spend! Those can sometimes be the most difficult but they are also the most rewarding as well.

If you were able to steal some art from another room in their home, the only thing I would have recommended is to put something on the window wall (to the right of the window) like a  of square framed art pieces to give that wall a little something. Congrats on your first staging!


Aug 11, 2008 02:01 AM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

I would hire you inh a heartbeat. The After rooms look fantastic!

Aug 11, 2008 02:58 AM
Anne Vigneri
CASA VERO Staging & Redesign - Albuquerque, CA
Serving the Mariposa California

HEY THERE JESSICA !!! .. I'm an HSE in the Albuquerque area...  I'll share with you that I also used my own house to earn my certificate,,, but PLEEEZE don't tell anybody !      : ))))

Your work is wonderful,,  You'll have a great time with your business I have no doubt... 

Anne ( Casa Vero )

Aug 11, 2008 07:58 AM
Joni Smith

Great job!  We get a lot of the $0 budget clients.  It is interesting to see how creative we can all be working with almost nothing.  You will find that these type of staging jobs are often the most rewarding.  Good luck!

Aug 11, 2008 09:31 AM
Home Staging
Showhomes - Nashville, TN

Great job - simple and effective

Aug 11, 2008 09:35 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I'd hire you. Too bad you don't work in IL, I could use some help right now on a couple of listings.

Aug 11, 2008 11:00 AM
Mary Richards
Reece & Nichols Realtors - Kansas City, MO
Mary Richards

Jessica:  As they say, less is more!  Just shows people need to live differently when the house is on the market versus how they live otherwise.  Best of luck!

Aug 11, 2008 03:51 PM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Thank you all for the encouragement! I do agree that there is space for a dresser under the window. Is it better to put it in place or let the buyers see that there is room should they decide to use one?

I really wanted to hang the 2 red curtain panels the homeowner had in the closet in this room, but they didn't have any spare rods/brackets. Is there a makeshift way of hanging curtains (that doesn't look "tack"y?) that I am not aware of?

Also I considered hanging the 2 tiny little framed palm tree tiles that you see by the computer in the first picture back up by the window, but I thought it would look better to leave it bare than have those 2 dinky things there. Would most of you agree?

I am available for travel to the ends of the earth! That is you don't mind paying travel accommodations for the whole family:)

Aug 11, 2008 04:55 PM
Penny Florence
Midvale, UT

Great Job, the before pics had too much going on-made me dizzy looking at it.  Yes you would get the job!

Aug 11, 2008 05:24 PM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Michael - Glad you like my photos!

Jessica - If you have never done interiors photos before, there are many places you can learn what equipment to buy and better techniques.  Check out www.photographyforrealestate.net.  That should get you started.

As for getting a wide anle lens, I can help you more if I knew what camera you had.  Shooting with no flash is one of the ways to go.  It means you really need to know lighting and how natural light works with centain interiors but you can definitely create some great photos with no flash.  Knowing Photoshop will help with this, especially if you bracket your shots when you take them.  The below shots were natual light, no flash.

Photo of a bedroom taken by Gregory Storm


Photo of a bedroom taken by Gregory Storm


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography

Aug 12, 2008 01:12 PM
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Very nice job, but if I might offer some constructive criticism ... try not to use plates / plate racks in a bedroom.  They are best suited for kitchen and dining areas.

Otherwise, you produced excellent results using what they have.  A true "redesigner" !

Best wishes for continued success.

Aug 12, 2008 01:32 PM
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Jessica, It's hard to believe you have 3 kids under 4.  Great work with a $0 budget, after all the essence of staging is improving on what you have.

Aug 13, 2008 12:36 AM
Benita Gottfried
New Vision Interiors LLC - Hopatcong, NJ

How have you been and how is business for you now that you have gotten your feet wet?

Nov 05, 2008 03:37 AM