Thursday, August 14, 2008

To stage or not to stage...

I received word that the house I recently staged sold in only 6 weeks. Hooray! I'm so happy for them and humbled that she credits it all to my work (I know there were other factors that helped as well, but it's sweet that she thinks I'm so wonderful). Now her realtor wants me to stage a home for another one of her clients because she says their home is a hodge podge of furniture and needs help. She's going to approach them with the idea so I may or may not be getting a call soon.
So here's a question. Should I get into the staging business? Should I go for it all the way with business cards, signs and all (I'm in good with a sign maker and have ways of getting special favors from him)
Should I use my growing list of credentials and become a stager extraordinaire? Or should I just stick to my favorite job as a full time mom and not complicate my life? I just don't know. I'll have to ponder this one for awhile.

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And speaking of staging, or decorating...


I finally got to the point where I could no longer tolerate my striped and floral couches. If I had to enter my house and be greeted by my "old Victorian woman" nightmare of a living room one more time I was going to lose it! So I took advantage of the fact that I have my very strong sister living with me and made her help me move furniture around for an entire day. I recently bought this leather couch and recliner (pictured above) from a very nice couple for only $150. (a steal) but because they don't provide a lot of seating I originally put them up in my loft, but now I've decided that I don't care if there's not enough seating. People can drag chairs in from the kitchen if they have to. I'm not an old Victorian woman and I just couldn't continue to live that lie. So now the loft is graced with the lovely striped and floral furniture, but that doesn't upset me as much because I don't spend a lot of time in there. I also removed the old Victorian woman mirror from the back of the old dresser in the living room and I like it soooo much better. I now have Rick's grandmother's clock on display and I love to listen to it chime throughout the day. So lovely. Now all is well in the world, except for the paint color. I still don't like the sterile butter cream walls, but one manic moment at a time... I'll take care of those later.
I know this picture isn't the greatest with the sun shining through the windows, but it'll give you an idea of how things look now. Happy, happy.

5 comments:

Melinda said...

Your room looks awesome! Good job! I'm glad it makes you happier!

arizonamama said...

Your kids are the best. I love that Marlee was kidnapped. They all look so cute going to school. These are the days...
I love your front room. I have to agree with your choices. And as far as staging? I say go for it. You know we were thinking about doing the same thing a while back and I think it would be a good business. Just be sure not to sell yourself short. If you're going to be taking precious family time, make sure you're very well compensated. It's always easier to lower your prices than to raise them.

Bren's Life said...

Your home is Beautiful! Wow- can you stage my house just to look good for us?
I say Do what feels right! You'll know, don't you live in a small town. I mean won't this realtor tell the other realtor in town & then all will know!!! :)

Liz Davis said...

Your room looks fabulous! I recently had the ultimate work from home mom job ~ or so I thought. It is so hard to have young children and have to coordinate with someone elses time table and deadlines. I thought that I needed a job to validate who I am. I am so glad that I am just a mom and just a wife!!! Good Luck!

MaryRC said...

get the business cards. www.vistaprint.com is who I use.. you definetly have the talent!!