Marin Home Staging - What a Difference a Door Makes...

Home Stager with Leslie Olson Interiors

Leslie Olson Interiors, Home Staging Marin

As my first posting on Active Rain, I thought it was appropriate to open the door to this community with comments about home staging entry doors

This condo project by Leslie Olson Interiors was targeted to the progressive home-buyer interested in a small home surrounded by trees in a quiet residential neighborhood.  Unfortunately the front entry is tucked along the side of the woods-facing condo, and isn't visible from the street.  The condo hadn't been modified since it was built almost 25 years ago, and the cracked and faded Victorian-style front door and tired light fixtures just weren't doing the job.

 Condo Before and After Entry Door

The front door was replaced with a standard design 4-panel glass entry door that allows natural light into the home.  Privacy and style were both addressed by having the interior side of the glass windows sand-blasted, leaving a 3/4" clear border to suggest beveled glass.  New door hardware was installed (it looks and feels more substantial in the hands of a potential buyer), and new lighting and doorbell were affordable upgrades.

The new entry happily piques the interest of potential buyers, and sets the stage for a gently contemporary, updated home inside.  It instantly brings a positive reaction -- and we all know how important emotional connection is to staging!

Thank you for reading my first post -- I look forward to getting acquainted with you though the Active Rain community! 


For more photographs of Staging by Leslie Olson Interiors, please visit:


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Mill Valley Film Festival - Outdoor Art Club - Before and After Photos

Modern Architecture Staging Photos

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Staging Success - Downplaying Tween's Green Wall Paint

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Marin Home Staging - What a Difference a Door Makes



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Leslie Olson, ASID

Leslie Olson Interiors  Marin County, CA    415.233.2633


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Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON
oh good ... because if I was looking to buy that house, I'd already been picking out all the good books I could enjoy while swinging on my porch swing !  thank you thank you thank you ... i love chocolate brown
Apr 28, 2007 07:12 AM #13
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Sandi -- just to make it all the more appealing, I should have said that the porch swing is currently being dipped in dark chocolate!  - Leslie

Apr 28, 2007 07:36 AM #14
Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!
Great vchange. I love the new door. Great job!!!
Apr 30, 2007 02:41 AM #15
Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!
Love the door! Etching the glass was brilliant. I am so looking forward to your posts.
Apr 30, 2007 02:58 AM #16
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Thanks Sheron and Anthea! 

By the way, I stumbled across some interior pictures of the same door before and...welll.. almost after!  I love the way the new door makes beautiful light and shadow patterns in the condo throughout the day.  These pictures also show what subtle paint colors can do as well. 


Thanks for your interest!

Apr 30, 2007 04:19 AM #17
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
The door really updates the place. It is very evident from the interior pics. Welcome to AR!
Apr 30, 2007 05:54 AM #18
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Thanks for the welcome, Michelle!

By the way, my "new and improved" web site with lots of Before and After pictures is expected to launch by the end of this week.  I'll keep you posted!

Leslie Olson    Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, Texas

May 14, 2007 06:21 AM #19
Leslie Godbold
WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio - Asheville, NC
Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living"

Wow Nice pics Leslie. How did I miss your great ist blog? Keep up the good blogging


May 14, 2007 12:15 PM #20
Maureen Graziano
Third Eye Home Staging - West Islip, NY
Hi Leslie - Very nice!!! I always say it's stuff like the front door and windows that draw me in.  If the outside doesn't look good, who wants to enter????????????
May 15, 2007 02:15 AM #21
Julia Fedak
Platinum Home Designs - Burlington, ON
Fantastic job! Did you end up leaving the wooden beam on the ceiling as is in the second set of pic's?
May 15, 2007 05:52 AM #22
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Thanks, Leslie and Maureen!  I agree with you on the exterior Maureen -- so much has already been decided by the potential buyer before they've even opened the door!  Can't miss any opportunities to make a good impression...

Julia: After much deliberation, we decided to keep the beam stained as it was, since it seemed to go with the architecture (rustic limestone fireplace, etc.), and draw the eye up.  In retrospect I'm glad we did -- everything else that was originally stained -- baseboards, trim and cabinets - were happily painted.  The beam just added some nice contrast by leaving it as-is.  Thanks for your comments! 

Leslie Olson   Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, Texas (to be updated later this week!)

May 15, 2007 06:35 AM #23
Meg Stewart
Reliable Appraisal - Frisco, TX
Appraiser-Frisco, Texas

Leslie.  Welcome to Actve Rain!  What a difference simple changes can make in curb appeal. Thanks for sharing..



May 17, 2007 02:32 PM #24
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
Wow Leslie - that door and light fixture really made a dramatic difference.  The original one is similar to the door on my own home.  Up until now I like it - now I think it's got to go!!!!!  Keep the pictures coming. 
May 17, 2007 02:50 PM #25
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Looks like there are several of us with doors on the minds this week.!!! We will have to come up with weekly blog themes more often!
May 17, 2007 02:55 PM #26
Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager

Leslie, beautiful front entryway, the condo owners must have been very happy with these results.

I linked to your blog today, here.

May 18, 2007 03:44 PM #27
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Thanks Meg, Maureen, Kathleen and Sue -- I very much appreciate your comments!

Forgive me for being inaccessible on Active Rain recently -- thanks to the wonderful leads I've gotten recently from this site I've been VERY BUSY Staging!  I've just posted a couple of blogs showing a couple of new vacant listings I just Staged in the Austin area (one very limited Staging, the other much larger scale).  I will soon be blogging with more Before and After photos.  And yes, my expanded web site is STILL almost ready -- my busy Staging schedule has delayed that launch as well.  I'll keep you posted...

Leslie Olson     Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, Texas

Jun 11, 2007 11:19 AM #28
Tina Parker
Royal LePage Atlantic - Bedford, NS
CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
I love the colour of the door, very close to what I want for mine.  Nicely done.
Jun 11, 2007 11:44 AM #29
Lanita, Interior Concept Designs, Home Staging
Interior Concept Designs - Silver Spring, MD

What a beautiful door in a fab color.  The new door really is a fitting introduction to the contemporary interior.  Great job!

Jun 11, 2007 01:55 PM #30
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Thanks Tina, Nora, Susan and Lanita!  Actually the color has been used on several doors I've seen on recent Active Rain blogs -- Benjamin Moore's aptly named "Classic Burgundy." 

Nora and Susan: I've got a couple of other before and after pictures from this condo on my newly-revised web site,  You're welcome to come visit Austin anytime!

Leslie Olson    Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, Texas 

Jun 29, 2007 05:50 AM #31

Love that door! What is the brand? thanks

Jan 07, 2010 09:59 AM #32
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