Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Décor

By Melanie Orr Do you know where you fit on the generational demographic? Dates seem to differ a bit, however generally anyone … Read more

Staging Stats

Canadian statistics on the results of staging can be hard to find. The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) has been accumulating data … Read more

Dressing an Executive Suite: Is It Staging or Decorating?​

There’s an exciting new condo development on the Halifax waterfront. The Avery is a five storey luxury building offering beautiful common areas, … Read more

7 Things That May Surprise You About Home Stagers

I bet you know that stagers are great at getting homes ready for sale: understanding what buyers are looking for and giving … Read more

Team Power

About a year ago I was hired by homeowners to provide a staging consultation for their house before it hit the market. … Read more

No Intent to Insult

My home staging instructor 13 years ago suggested that the hardest part of being a good stager may be telling people their … Read more

What are the Goals of Home Staging?

If you are selling a home anytime soon, you’ll want to maximize your sale price, sell quickly, and get into your new … Read more

I Love this Story…

A REALTOR® I work with told me she had shown her brother two pictures and asked him to compare them. Each picture … Read more

4 Common Mistakes Home Sellers Make

As a decor stylist/ stager in numerous houses and condos every week to give advice or roll up my sleeves and rearrange, … Read more

Vignette Staging: Yay or Nay?

Vignette or light staging for vacant properties is when a corner of the room is dressed, or small bits throughout a space … Read more

Just in time for Spring, it’s time for Curb Appeal

Spring is a great time for great curb appeal. If this is the year you will be selling your home or this … Read more

What All Home Sellers Need to Know

A professional stager will help you address the specific goals for preparing your property for sale. Your home’s colors, arrangement, personality, flow … Read more

Staging for an Aging Population

It used to be that homes sold in very much the same condition they were lived in. A little tidying and cleaning … Read more

Can Your Personal Items Get in the Way of a Sale?

If you are planning to sell and have been listening to the great advice available on effective home preparation, you have undoubtedly … Read more

Choosing the Right Paint Colors

One of the critical variables in effective staging and decorating is the use of colour. Colours evoke feelings. Calm, excitement, fun, formality, … Read more

Holiday Decorating for the Home-for-Sale

Is your house going to be on the market over the holidays? Don’t despair. As a Realtor I sold many homes during … Read more

Is Staging Expensive?

I hear sometimes that staging must be so expensive. You might be surprised by how affordable it really is. Not only that, … Read more

Tip #4 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Post a To-Do List

In a client’s home last week I noticed a list on the fridge which had four groups of chores for her four … Read more

Tip #3 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Use less

I often tell clients that the kitchen and bathrooms are going to be the most work to keep ready for showings. These … Read more

Tip #2 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: Purge First

Last week we covered the use of portable bins to hold the necessary small stuff of life so that you can easliy … Read more

Tip #1 to Ease the Strain of Living in a Staged Home: The Joy of Baskets

Let’s face it, living in a house that is on the market for sale is not fun. Presenting a clean, orderly, tidy … Read more

Selling? What to do with the Family Pets

You are getting ready to sell and doing everything you need to do to ensure that you show your property at its … Read more

How To Live in a Staged Home

Minimize the stress and work of being on the market Your property is ready for the market. You have followed the advice … Read more

Main Floor Family Room For Sale

Home Staging: Why do we do it? This is the family room from a home I recently staged, before and after. A … Read more

Staging a Vacant Condo

Staging rentals for a condo bedroom I’ve participated in some lively discussions lately about the benefits of staging rentals for vacant properties. … Read more

The Strength of Team Work

In my work I often experience the joy of team work. Here is a great example. A real estate agent brought me … Read more

Meeting the challenges of selling vacant space

Getting ready to sell often involves renting a storage unit and removing excess furniture, boxes, personal items, off season clothing, and the … Read more

FAQ: What is the difference between designing, decorating and staging?

It’s a question I get asked quite often. Different geographical areas use these terms differently, but here is how I would explain … Read more

Featured Success Story: Old is New Again

I am very proud to have been part of this exquisite example of great design, excellent real estate services, staging, and all … Read more

Maximize Your Curb Appeal

Surveys tell us that over 70% of buyers either check online pictures or do a drive-by before deciding whether to view a … Read more

Top 10 Tips on How to Dress a Kitchen for Sale

Imagine your kitchen is being photographed for a design magazine. You’ll want it to be spotlessly clean, in excellent repair, and beautifully dressed … Read more

Entrepreneurs and Visionaries

2011 began for me by attending the largest home staging convention in the history of Home Staging. This international gathering of Home … Read more