The Stagers - Episode #10 Recap: Mr. Finlason in the Study With a Peacock Feather

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Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

[Photo from HGTV's website]

Well, I have to say that I have been really looking forward to this episode.  This was the only pairing of Matthew and Bridget for a staging project this season.  I'm sure a lot of feathers were ruffled off-camera but things went well in spite of it.

The home in need of some TLC this time around was built in the 1930's and was approximately 5,000 square feet in size.  The asking price for this one was a mere $2,988,000 (not outrageous I suppose by Vancouver standards).  The team had 5 days to work their miracles.

Here's a brief look at what happened.

Day 1

Bridget arrives at Dekora to meet with Ron, the Staging Manager, to find out who will be working with her on the project.  This time around, to her shock and dismay (so it seemed anyway), she finds out that she'll be teaming up with Matthew.  As they joke back and forth about who is assisting whom, Bridget announces that "there'll be some handling".  She got that right.  Matthew handled her beautifully. 

Matthew and Bridget arrive at the property for a walk-through with the homeowners.  They discuss the pros and cons of the space and give some idea as to what they each see as their vision.  The homeowners leave and the team get down to measuring and taking photos (after Bridget puts Matthew in the closet).  Well, we do need to have some comic relief after all. 

Day 2

We find the team at Dekora's warehouse.  Everything needs to be chosen by the end of the day for move-in tomorrow.

On a side note, I was thrilled to seem them use a chair that I have in my staging inventory.  As a matter of fact, they used 2 of them:  one in the living room and one in the bedroom.  Here it is, my favourite chair:

 

Day 3

Augustin (Bridget's Staging Assistant on previous projects), meets Matthew at the property to accept the furniture.  They await Bridget.  In true Matthew fashion, we see him pick up a peacock feather, hand it to Augustin and say "You tickle and distract her, I'll club her and we'll get the job done."  I'm sure as the project went on; Matthew probably wished he had followed through on his idea as things get a little heated between the two of them.  Artistic differences start to develop as well as Bridget's need to be in control of the situation.

Matthew and Augustin get down to work and start staging the property.  Matthew mentions to Bridget upon her arrival that he is not happy with the table that was selected for behind the couch.  He also points out his issues over the choice of and positioning of lamps. 

Day 4

Matthew and Bridget are at the gallery midday to select artwork.  They don't have a lot of time as they have to be back at the property for another delivery.  Matthew orders a glass sofa table without Bridget's knowledge which arrives at the property.  Bridget launches into steamroll mode and has to be reigned in by Matthew who tells her to stop barking at him.

The homeowners walk in unannounced and state that the living room doesn't look comfortable.  They voice their concerns over what has been done so far, and tell the team that they haven't made the best use of space.  Matthew diffuses the situation by explaining that too much furniture will eat up the space.  He adds that certain death occurs at open house if people start bumping into the furniture.  The homeowners leave and decide to acquiesce to what Matthew and Bridget feel is best.

This was a tough day for the team as personalities were clashing.  However, there was nothing unprofessional shown in front of the viewers.  Kudos to Matthew and Bridget as well as the editing team as I can well imagine there were some moments that did have to be removed.

Day 5 (Reveal Day)

Matthew arrives at the property with a floor lamp.  He explains to Bridget that it will work better than the two lamps she selected for the sofa table.  She concedes and admits that his vision works better.  The team then wrap up their finishing touches as the homeowners will be arriving in one hour.

The homeowners are now blown away with the transformation.  They admit that they were "seeing it unfairly before without everything there". 

End Result:  Listing Price:  $2,988,000  /  Staging Cost:  $8,529  /  The property was still on the market at time of editing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode.  Not only was the property turned into something worthy of its price tag, but things were kept on a professional level even though there were some obvious clashes.  There was a lot of humour instilled, which I'm sure the two of them needed to diffuse things.  Hats off to Augustin as well who is just so calm.  He probably helped to buffer a few issues.  There was an educational component to the episode as well which was great.

Well done team.  P.S.  Matthew, keep that feather in your back pocket for next season.  You just never know when you may need it.   ;-) 

 

Dezigner Digz is a home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario and servicing Ancaster, Hamilton, Aldershot, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Bronte, Oakville, Milton and surrounding areas.  The owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and is the founder and current President of the Halton & Hamilton-Wentworth Real Estate Staging Association.  For more information on us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com.

  

 

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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
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Charlene ~ Well, this episode sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing it here.  I think there are certain "confrontations" they have to keep in.  I had my Dad come with me to the vacant I'm doing this week for the furniture rental delivery because I didn't want to be there by myself.  I can't tell you how many times I found him talking to the delivery guys and they, of course, stop working while he's talking!! I would never, ever speak to my parents like Bridget does to her mom, but I admit I rolled my eyes and at some point I had to say something to him (in the nicest way, of course)! : )

Sep 12, 2008 01:06 PM #1
Rainer
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Great review...I so have to get HGTV!

If it wasn't for your review I would not know how the show was...so good job!

Sep 12, 2008 01:34 PM #2
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Another great review Charlene ~ I'm looking forward to seeing this episode when it airs here.  And I'm really glad to hear that Matthew is back in this one!

Sep 12, 2008 04:39 PM #3
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Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
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Great review! I only wish we could see them when you do....... Now I have something to look forward to. Thanks :)

Sep 13, 2008 04:42 PM #4
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Holly Sirois
Sold on Staging - Atlanta, GA
Home Stager - Atlanta

Hi Charlene, I have been recording the series with our DVR but last night, my significant other, "diverted" my recording so he could record something else. He failed to mention this to me. So when I plopped down on the sofa today to watch, I saw that only the first three minutes had been recorded. Was I ever mad!  I have now changed the record time to the 1:30 am showing so it doesn't happen again. Anyway, thank you for writing for all the re-caps. At least I got to "read" about the show. Sounded like a good one. Guess I'll have to wait for the re-run.

Sep 17, 2008 06:49 AM #5
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
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Charlene ~ Okay, I watched this last night.  Like Holly, I record it on the DVR.  Loved this episode.  Matthew is just adorable in it and he really kept his composure at certain times (like when Bridget thought he was talking too much).  Well, you have to talk, it's a television show!  The tickle/club line was quite funny, and then when Matthew closed Bridget in the closet, after she had done it to him when the client was around.  I really enjoyed this episode.  I wish we were more in line with the episodes as they are in Canada.

Sep 18, 2008 03:31 AM #6
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Linda Knight
Royal LePage - Barrie, ON

I dont know about you.. but I simply cannot get enough of HGTV!!  I watch nothing else!  thanks for the review.. loved it!

Sep 18, 2008 04:36 AM #7
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Kathy - I agree with you, they do need to keep some of the "confrontations" in.  Otherwise, it would get boring.  The key is keeping it professional.  Your story about your Dad made me smile.  My Dad would be doing the same thing if he were with me on a job. :-)

Dane - Thanks!  I'm glad my reviews are of some help to you.  You should get HGTV though.  There really are some great shows on there.

Maureen - Thank you!  You'll enjoy this episode.

    

Sep 18, 2008 12:24 PM #8
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Wendy - Thanks!  It's too bad the episodes don't air at the same time in the U.S. and Canada.  You'll enjoy this episode when you see it.

Holly - I have to ask, was your husband temporarily "diverted" to the dog house?  :-)  I'm glad you were at least able to read about the episode through my blog.  

Kathy - Thanks for stopping in again to comment.  I thought you'd like this episode, it was pretty entertaining.

Linda - I love HGTV also.  Glad you enjoyed my review.

Sep 19, 2008 01:03 AM #9
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