Freebie Staging for a Friend......A Labor of Love!

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Home Stager with Home Sweet Home Staging

One of my oldest and dearest friends is listing her home in South Lyon's Hidden Lakes for sale.  I've known Marilyn since high school, which incredibly means that I've known her longer than I haven't (we don't need to do the math, do we?). 

As she is a single mother to a 5 year old girl and has a busy schedule as a flight attendant, she needed help getting her home ready to sell.  She asked if I would stage it for her, and I happily agreed without hesitation.  Diane, another high school friend, made the hour-long drive with me to assist.  Between the three of us, we kicked butt!

Priority #1:  Neutralize!  Two girly-girls living in one house = a very feminine house. 

The photos show what some decluttering and staging can do to make a property appeal to all potential buyers:

    

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

      

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Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

What a great friend you are Marianne.  I'm sure your friend was so excited with the job that you did.  It looks fantastic!  I hope it sells quickly.

Oct 27, 2008 04:19 AM #1
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

Hmmm, I seem to recall you removing some similar window treatments from one of my listings.  Where do they all go?

Oct 27, 2008 04:39 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Lil Sis with the BIG heart- You did such a nice job! It really went from frilly to sophisticated! Your friend is lucky to have you! I hope it sells quickly!

Oct 27, 2008 05:01 AM #3
Rainer
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Awww, thanks Charlene and Big Sis!

Maureen.....right you are!  They all go to the Fou-Fou Window Treatment Center, of course!

Oct 27, 2008 07:01 AM #4
Rainer
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Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Great transformation Marianne!  You certainly neutralized the very feminine feel of the home.  I especially like what you did in the master bedroom.  What a wonderful friend you are - hope you get a quick sale!

Oct 27, 2008 07:13 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Marianne,

How nice of you to do this for your friend. Every rooms transformation looks great!  Maybe she can return the favor with some airline tickets to a tropical destination...just a thought! ;)

Oct 27, 2008 01:22 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging
Oct 28, 2008 04:38 AM #8
Rainer
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Thanks Michele!  I hope she sells quickly too!

Michelle.....what a grand idea!  She does get "Buddy Passes"......

Karen.......THANKS!

Oct 29, 2008 12:45 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Great friend and great job! I particularly like what you did in the Dining Room. Let me know if you want (free) help when you're out in my neighborhood. if I'm not busy, I'd like to get a chance to work with you--bathrooms are my specialty!!!

Oct 31, 2008 10:19 AM #10
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Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Marianne ~ What a wonderful thing to do for a friend. And the home looks great thanks to you. Great job!

Nov 01, 2008 12:59 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

What a kind labor of love!! The home looks great!  Staged to sell!! 

Nov 01, 2008 01:58 PM #12
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Magi Roth
Simply3 - Vaughan, ON
SIMPLY3

I bet you guys had tons of fun too! It looks wonderful.  Good luck to your friend.

Nov 01, 2008 04:57 PM #13
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Magi Roth
Simply3 - Vaughan, ON
SIMPLY3

I bet you guys had tons of fun too! It looks wonderful.  Good luck to your friend.

Nov 01, 2008 04:57 PM #14
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Hey thanks Kathi!  I swapped the kitchen and dining room sets--the set in the dining room has pink floral upholstery under the slipcovers!  And I'd love to work with you too.......I especially like the "free" part!  Haha!

Barbara, Cathy and Magi.....thanks so much for the kinds words.  We probably would have had more fun if my friend wasn't so stressed out about selling for financial reasons.

Nov 03, 2008 07:06 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

You did a wonderful job!  You should post this in the group; Staging Before & after pictures as I'd love to feature it.

Kathy

Nov 03, 2008 07:42 AM #16
Rainer
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Thanks Kathy........how can I resist an offer like that?  I just joined and posted!

Nov 03, 2008 10:26 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Helping others is the greatest gift one can give.  Guess that's why I like you so much.

Hope that it sells quickly for her and you

Nov 11, 2008 01:55 AM #18
Rainer
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Thanks for your friendship Virginia!

Nov 12, 2008 08:41 AM #19
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