[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.
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.
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:
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.
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.