Home Staging

Who’s going to live here? Portland’s diverse dwelling dynamic.

While good staging should be designed to appeal to a broad range of home buyers, we also like to take into account the existing demographic of the neighborhood as well as the trends for the area. Portland and the surrounding areas have such a diverse assortment of neighborhoods. It’s incredibly satisfying for us to take an older home that has been well loved, and well lived in, and get it ready for a new life with it’s

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Home Staging

The pattern of patterns in Portland

How do you mix patterns? How do you work with a patterned rugs, draperies, and upholstery? Pillows! Besides the obvious technique of layering on solid colors, using a fabric that has a large print pattern and alternating the direction pattern on the pillows  compliments and calms down other busy patterns. This look works for both traditional and contemporary styles. We’re lucky enough to have a wonderful seamstress on staff that can create pillow covers for

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Home Staging

Time and money well spent

With the new year under way we’re encountering properties that we quoted for staging last fall that decided to forego staging. We’ve so far had two that sat on the market part of the summer and all fall with no interest. After staging they’ve now sold in less than a week. Just think all the time, money, and stress that could have been saved if they’d gone ahead with staging when they first listed! Sometimes

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Staging a kitchen nook
Home Staging

When a nook is a niche, ideas for kitchen nooks

Sometimes a traditional kitchen nook becomes a redundant dining room. When the style of the home, and the arrangement of the room suits, a better idea for the use of the kitchen nook can be a sitting area. Think mini family room, a cozy reading niche, or In some cases setting the nook as an office niche. These options give the space full use to the entire household.

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Home Staging

Santa was good to OnStage

As many of our fans know, Todd spends a week at the furniture show in Las Vegas shopping for new vendors, new looks, and researching trends in home decor. This year Santa was very good to us! We have orders placed with multiple vendors with shipments starting to arrive in February. We’re very excited to be able to offer our clients a wide variety of  fresh and exciting styles to best suit their home. The

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How to sell staging
Home Staging

But it $$$… Selling staging

According to Realtor Barbara Corcoran of T.V.’s Shark Tank, “For every $1 that you don’t invest a buyer will subtract $3 from their offer”. For example; if a homeowner chooses not to spend $400 to update their light fixtures, a buyer won’t just lower their offer by $400, they lower it by $5000  $10,000 or more! The same example applies to staging. On average, staged homes sell for 10% more. That can equate to a

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Can you live with staging?

When a property is going to be occupied while it is on the market, other than needing to keep things a little neater than you may be used to, staging should have minimal impact on your day to day life. Good staging should not just make the home look appealing, it should show practical (if somewhat idealized) use of the spaces. This can include finding creative ways to function with the daily clutter of our lives.

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Home Staging

Lockboxes and design

Can providing lockbox access for your stager earn you a better look? YES! When our designers are on a tight time frame to meet an agent or homeowner at a specific time it can cause rushed pulling. Allowing us the flexibility can gain us that additional 15 minutes to make sure we’re bringing just the right things, and not just the things that were close enough.

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Home Staging

It’s all about the rug

Area rugs are not just a key part of staging, but can make the difference between a cohesive welcoming look and a disjointed cold assemblage of furniture. Not only do area rugs help ground and group furniture, but in large open concept floor plans they can help define spaces. When used in formal dining rooms they add warmth and friendliness. Area rugs are also a great way to introduce a color scheme to an otherwise neutral palette, or an excellent tool

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Home Staging

‘Tis the season to be busy

Happy holidays from the OnStage team! Are we really at the end of December? Gone are the days of the slow sleepy holiday real estate season. We’re staging like mad and properties are still flying off the market. Our current schedule has us booked into the end of the first week of January, so please keep us posted on your upcoming listings. On a similar topic, we are excited to be adding to both our design

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