My Favorite Staging Transformation of 2008

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My favorite staging project for 2008 was what I would consider as my most challenging project for the year.  I had the opportunity to stage my first Million dollar home and I must admit, I was shocked when I first stepped throught the door for the initial appointment.  This home was on a beautiful piece of land with a view of the Cascade mountain range and a full on view of MT. Hood.  The homeowners had this home built to their specifications and the materials they chose for the finishes reflect their personal taste. 

I hope you enjoy the photos of this most challenging project.  Oh, did I mention the budget was the smallest I have ever worked with?


Living room BEFORE


Living room AFTER


Master bedroom BEFORE


Master bedroom AFTER


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Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Sometimes it's those low budget ones that really make you get creative don't they!  I love that bedding and the rich look it gives!  Wonderful work -- best wishes for many more million dollar homes in 2009 (and quick sales as well)!

Jan 01, 2009 04:08 PM #1
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Covering the sofas and creating a focal point made a huge impact in the main living room!!  Happy New Year and Much Success to you in 2009 Trisha!!!     

Jan 01, 2009 04:35 PM #2
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Trish ~ This is a great transformation ... you really opened up the space in the living room and brought the natural focal point back into play with the new furniture arrangement.  Thank goodness they took your advice about the sofas (are those Surefit covers?)  Updating the bedroom by removing that dreadful "all in one" headboard was such a huge improvement, along with your great staging technique and special touches.

Jan 01, 2009 04:47 PM #3
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Trisha ~ I think you did a great job on a low budget in this million dollar house! I love the metal pieces you used.

Jan 01, 2009 11:45 PM #4
Mary DeBella
Northwest Staging & Redesign - West Linn, OR

Trish - You have shown how staging does not have to cost an arm and a leg.  Your furniture layout is much more appropriate to the space, and your neutral bedding helped to neutralize that... is it blue? carpet!  Congrats on your first million dollar project!  Beautiful work.

Jan 02, 2009 03:58 PM #5
Peg Prather
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA

Trish, this may have been a million dollar home, but the stunning changes you made were priceless! I can see why it would be your took a "little old lady" and made her into a "model" home! Happy Staging in '09!

Jan 02, 2009 04:39 PM #6
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Margaret, Yes they do.  Best wishes to you for a prosperous new year.

Cathy, I actually broke the rules and ordered the sofa covers before having the contract, but I knew I would use them elsewhere if I did not get the project. Thanks for your positive comments.

Maureen, They are surefit covers.  Not as easy to work with as the ones that are made with the stretchy fabric, but they were on clearance and that was the type of budget I had to work with.  I had to persuade the homeowner to remove the headboard, but I knew it had to go.  Thanks for stopping by

Kathy, I love those metal pieces also.  I scored them on clearance at Pier 1 for $7.00 ea and I use them when ever I can.

Mary, yes the carpet is blue.  In fact it was throughout the house on the second and third levels.  This home is actually in the 07 street of dreams neighborhood, but was a custom build prior to the show. Thanks for the positive feedback.

Peg, I love your play on words.  The Realtor was amazed at the changes we were able to make on such a small budget.  She actually had clients walk in then right back out prior to the staging.  People could not get past the "old lady".  Best wishes for the new year.


Jan 02, 2009 05:51 PM #7
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

You did an outstanding job reworking their furnishings.  You made great improvements even on a small budget.  Happy New Year!

Jan 02, 2009 09:20 PM #8
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Trisha - what a night/day difference!  I especially like the changes in the living room!

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


Jan 03, 2009 12:55 AM #9
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Very nice transformation, considering you were on a low budget!  The furniture placement makes such a difference in the way the living room functions. Continued success to you in 2009!

Jan 03, 2009 10:00 AM #10
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Beautiful transformation.  Blessings for a wonderful New Year!

Jan 03, 2009 01:13 PM #11
Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
Temecula Realtor

Wonderful work! You worked magic on that home !! 

Jan 03, 2009 01:40 PM #12
Roberta Anderson
Hearth & Home Staging - Silverdale, WA
Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County

Trisha, I love the changes in the master bedroom. Looks like scroll work pieces from Pier 1? I hadn't thought to use three pieces like that. Great idea, great look, and great job!

Jan 06, 2009 12:56 AM #13
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Michelle H,  Thank you for your kind words.  Have a great 2009.

Kathy, Thank you so much for the feature.  Continued success for you in 09.

Michelle P, Yes the living room layout made a difference.  However, it did take us some time and continued sofa moving to finally settle with what you see in the photo.  Best of everything to you for 09.

Lori and Wendy. Thanks for stopping by. Continued prosperity for you in 2009.

Roberta, The scroll pieces are perfect for creating a large impact without all the weight.  This is a KING bed, as you can immagine it needed a large piece to help balance it and create the focal point in the room.  Have a super 2009.

Jan 07, 2009 12:53 PM #14
Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

Trish, this is just as challenging as you described. You did an amazing job! Talk about the transformative powers of staging!

Pangaea Interior Design, Model Home Decor & Staging.

Jan 08, 2009 02:07 PM #15
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

It looks fabulous and I LOVE THE SCROLLWORK over the bed, where did you get that? What a difference a few simple changes can make..GOOD LUCK

All your hard work will surely pay off

Phyllis Pafumi

Jan 10, 2009 11:52 PM #16
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Pangaea, So good to hear from you.  This was a challenging proiject, but the clients are the nicest people and that made it easier.  I should show you the other photos of this project sometime.  Let's get together soon. 

Phyllis, I found the scrollwork on clearence at Pier 1.  They were a steal at $7.00 each!  I plan to get alot of use out of them.  Hope you have a sucessful 09.

Jan 11, 2009 02:40 PM #17
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