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By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 16
Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign is currently in the process of redesigning a conference room for Tennessee Log Homes.  Using a limited budget we are utilizing the current table in the room which is in need of some help.  The table has two black "marble" inserts that have been cracked and it...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 24
I have always been taught to be frugal and not wasteful--my kids call me "tight-wad!"  For a while now, I have been stashing away the small bits of old candles that didn't completely burn--thinking that I would use them to make more candles.  I finally got to do ti! I gathered all my supplies--mo...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 9
I am so very thankful for my Aunt Louise. Growing up she was just like my 2nd mother, having spent many nights at her house with my cousin.  In July of 2009, at the age of 76 she underwent a very difficult surgery to repair a problem with her heart.  Over the next 6 months she has suffered many c...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 11
Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign recently was asked for our ideas for a renovation project.  Dynasty Spas in Athens, Tennessee was needing a fresh new look for their customer lobby/lounge area and some bathrooms.  We were more than happy to oblige.  We created our very first sample board for...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 17
We recently staged a beautiful Executive Home that was going on the market in Cleveland, Tennessee.  At first glance the bones of this house are naturally beautiful, but there were a few obstacles that kept it's true beauty from shining through.  As all homeowners know, it is extremely easy to ac...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 19
  Here are the After shots of our latest office Redesign.  We used the Realtors "Magnolia" theme to create an office that is calm and relaxing--perfect for a lady who's a sweet Southern Belle.  The existing office furnishings were not quite fitting into our color palette, but sometimes you just h...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 8
A New Year deserves a New Look!  Does your office space need to be perked up?  Don't you just work better when the space around you is well lit and inviting? Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign is currently completing an office redesign for a valued customer.  A Realtor who is a former home sta...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 5
Happy New Year to you and happy One Year Anniversary for Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign! Can you believe it is 2010? What a whirlwind year. We are very appreciative for all of you that have supported us this year and we look forward to serving you in the future. We have sculpted our busin...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 12
Do you throw away your old scraps of Christmas wrapping paper and ribbon?  How about old Christmas cards?.....Well, this year I decided to go "Green" and use those small bits of leftover paper and ribbon.  Even if they didn't necessarily coordinate and match with each other....they look quirky an...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 11
Dear ActiveRainers,     I have an urgent prayer request for a 7 year old cousin, who has suffered a stroke.  He is on life support and is unresponsive to medication.  So concerned for him, and I am asking all of you to lift him and his family up in your prayers.  He has a large extended family th...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 7
  In a previous post  Cookie Cutter House--Staged for a quick sale! we were unsure of the success of doing a "Photo-Staging"--adding some of our accessories for good photos and then removing them.  So I wanted to update everyone of the status of the "Cookie Cutter House."  It is sold!!  Within 3 ...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 13
It takes a smart home seller to realize that putting their home on the market is more than just popping a "For Sale" sign in the yard.  It takes lots of work and preparation to put your property in it's best shape for showing. It's a proven fact that once you have lived in a house for a few years...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 10
    Well, it happens every time!  I try my best to take a photo of a beautifully staged bathroom, but I keep showing up in the picture myself.  This bathroom was especially challenging!  Almost every wall was sporting a mirror.  As it ends up, I found myself lying on the floor shooting upward--pr...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 17
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of setting up an information booth at our local "Pumpkintown Festival."  The set-up fee for an information only booth was $25, so I thought--WHY NOT??  I have had a difficult time educating and getting the word out about staging in our little city, so I deci...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 14

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 17
  This summer's theme for Vacation Bible School at Sewee Church of God was "Crocodile Dock."  We wanted to participate in a service project for kids--by kids.  We decided to make these great stuffed turtles out of soft and squishy felt.  Each VBS participant chose a un-stuffed turtle shape--(tha...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 12
   JOYCE KILMER MEMORIAL FOREST I am just amazed every time I visit Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville, North Carolina.  Having never visited the redwoods of California, I am in awe of the biggest trees that I have ever seen.  On a recent visit, I noticed that some of the beautiful ev...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 29
Again......I found myself in need of the perfect artwork for a Master Bedroom Staging.  What to do.....what to do......I kind of liked making my own artwork for the last staging job, so why not try it again.  Ok.....let's get creative.  I walk down to my basement, which has become "Staging Access...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 13
Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign recently staged this home near Niota, Tennessee.  We just love the difference that adding some color and beautiful furniture made in this space.  It was total "Vanilla" and now it's "Spicy, but relaxing."   We used some beautiful pops of red mixed with browns...

By Lori Donegan
(Ready 2 Stage)
Comments 61
Recently when staging a townhome, We needed artwork to hang on each side of the bed in the Master Suite.  Having black furniture with Neutral and Gray bedding, left me struggling to find something appropriate within my budget.   Quite a while earlier, I bought some great 11X14 black framed art--d...

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