My Favourite Home Staging Transformation of 2008

Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

It's hard to believe that in 2 more days 2008 will be but a memory.  Where does the time go?  In reflecting over the year, I have met many wonderful people that have welcomed me into their homes and put their trust in me to help get their largest investment (their home) ready for sale.  They had many different reasons for moving, but one thing they all had in common was their determination to get their properties looking their best.  I also had the privilege of working with some amazing real estate agents this year.      

Kathy Nielsen of Georgia Home Solutions LLC, has encouraged all of her peers on the Active Rain real estate network to share their favourite home staging transformations of the year.  I have a lot of favourites, but if I had to choose, I would say that this was my "most favourite" staging transformation for 2008.  In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association featured this living room on their website banner for the month of November which was very exciting for me.  Here are a couple of photos that I'd like to share:






As 2008 draws to a close, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of my clients and the real estate agents that I had the privilege to work with for their business and wish everyone a healthy, happy and successful New Year!


Dezigner Digz is a home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario.  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 about us, visit our website at


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David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!

Wow, that's a great ad for home staging. I am hoping it gets more popular and acceptable in Ohio this year.

Dec 29, 2008 10:42 AM #1
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Charlene ~ Oh yes, I remember the post you did on this - beautiful job!  It was well-deserved to grace the banner on the RESA site.  You should be absolutely proud of this transformation.  I love what the red did for this room and I love the pillows on the chairs.

Dec 29, 2008 11:32 AM #2
JoLynn Pipkin
Simple Details Redesign, LLC - Snohomish, WA

Charlene,  That's beautiful, I could move right in!  Did you have all of the furnishings or did you have to specifically buy them for this home?  Love the paint you used, what color is it??

Dec 29, 2008 01:07 PM #3
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Charlene -It is unreal how much of a difference it makes staging a home.

Dec 29, 2008 01:17 PM #4
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Love the red pilows-great accent color with the brown-my colors in my family room!! Beautiful room!!!

Dec 29, 2008 01:24 PM #5
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

Charlene - that is truly beautiful and one of my favorites too.  Best of luck in 2009!

Dec 29, 2008 08:34 PM #6
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

I can understand exactly why this is your most favorite transformation.  Everything about the "after" picture is perfect!  This should grace the pages of a magazine.

Congratulations.  Your post is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


Dec 29, 2008 11:47 PM #7
Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Charlene, I remember this one well. I was completely taken with the great color combo and the warmth you added to this living room. Excellent!

Dec 30, 2008 07:49 AM #8
Judy & Allan Wagner
NextHome Mountain Realty - Boone, NC
We Promise Clients Our Best & We Keep Our Promises

Amazing living room transformation. You certainly have "the touch." What a warmth you gave this vacant property. Do you rent furniture or are you connected to furniture stores that loan good?

I just got my GREEN designation after my e-Pro and Staging is next! Which staging certs would you c?

Thanks for sharing

Irish in North Carolina.

Dec 30, 2008 11:26 AM #9
Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
Temecula Realtor

Charlene~ This is lovely!! You did an amazing job, the colors are great !! Wish you a happy and prosperous 2009 :)

Dec 30, 2008 11:32 AM #10
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

This was a great of my favorites on AR!

Dec 30, 2008 02:53 PM #11
David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada - Victoria, BC
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Charlene - great photos. I like the way you use colour. All the best for 2009!


Dec 30, 2008 11:59 PM #12
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

David - Thanks!  Staging is going to become more and more popular.  I'm not sure how far you are from Cincinnati, but there are a couple of terrific AR stagers located there.  Maybe you should consider offering staging consultations with your new listings and "get a leg up" on your competition :-)

Kathy - Thanks so much for your kind words!  I really liked using the red accents, it wakened up the room.

JoLynn - Thank you!  This was a vacant property.  All of the large furniture was rented through an outside source.  The smaller pieces and all of the accessories were rented through me.  I loved that paint colour too.  The homeowner had actually done that before I came to see the property.  She did a fabulous job picking out the colour. 

Robert - You're right, staging really does make a huge difference.  Glad you're a believer :-)

Cathy - Thank you!  I really like the red and brown colour combination too. 

Joyce - Wow, thank you!  I'm so glad that you've been following my blog.  Thanks for taking the time to comment :-) 

Wanda - Thank you so much for the compliment.  Wishing you the best for 2009 as well.

Kathy - Thank you so much for your very kind words and also for the feature.  It is very much appreciated!

Jan 02, 2009 12:11 AM #13
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Annie - Thank you so much.  By the way, I've been on your site and have seen some of your work, it's gorgeous! 

Judy & Allan - Thank you for your very kind words.  I carry my own inventory of accessories and small furniture which I rent out.  I use an outside source for renting larger pieces of furniture.  Congratulations on your GREEN designation and good luck with your staging course.  I hope you'll enjoy it.  I took my training through the QC School of Design and received the ISP designation.  There are many great training providers out there.  I would suggest that you research each one and find the one that will work best for your needs.  Irish in Burlington ;-).  Yep, I'm Irish too, you wouldn't know it though, by the name Storozuk [I acquired that through marriage :-) ].

Wendy - Thanks so much for the compliment.  I wish you continued success in 2009 :-)

Cindy - Wow!  Thank you so much :-)

David - Thank you very much.  All the best to you as well for 2009.  I hope you haven't had any more snow in Victoria.  You've had a very unusual winter so far.  

Jan 08, 2009 10:42 AM #14
Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

LOVE that brown wall behind the fireplace !  Beautiful job overall.

Jan 19, 2009 01:31 AM #15
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

I love everything about it, it's absolutely it, it is absolutely exquisite.  I especially love the chocolate brown accent wall, it anchors the room and ties everything together.

Jan 24, 2009 01:28 PM #16
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Sandi - Thank you!

Chris - Thank you for your very kind words!

Jan 28, 2009 10:14 AM #17
KO Designs
KO Designs, LLC - Kansas City, MO

I can see why this is your favorite transformation! It's beautiful...Love the red accents. 

May 01, 2009 02:24 PM #18
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

KO Designs - Thank you so much for your kind words.  I like using red accents, it really makes a room come alive.

May 03, 2009 03:07 AM #19
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