Master Bedroom Gets a New Refreshed Look!

During our 5 Day Signature PRES Home Staging and Redesign training course we take students into ‘real client’s homes’ so that they apply the theory they learn in the classroom the day before. It’s what makes us stand out from other staging schools and we know when students leave the course they have all the tools necessary to take on their first client!

We love finding home owners who have just not had the time or the skills to make the most of what they have. And we all know how important a bedroom is at the end of the day! So the students decided to tackle this neglected master bedroom and turn it into a quiet haven for the busy couple.

Often once we do a room transformation the home owner is inclined to keep on with the ‘new refreshed look’ and tackle other areas of their home. We know the wall paper has had it’s glory time and perhaps stripping it off and painting will make this bedroom even more peaceful.

Before this room was sadly neglected, very cluttered and chaotic….

Before MBR

Deni MBDR 1Before

Deni MBR full on

But with some creative design ideas and a team of eager students wanting to transform the room a simpler, less hectic space is created!

Deni MBDR After

Deni MBDR before

MBR Bookcase

Most home owners do have enough that any professional stager or redesigner can come in and work with. When we do a redesign for living, we create a more personal space for the home owner. It’s all about them and how they like to live! Staging as we know is all about attracting that potential buyer to love what they see!

Entranceways reflect a lot about who lives here…

The first impression of the entrance for living is different than it is for selling. When someone is living in the home the entrance should reflect their personal style. It should say something about how this person likes to live in their home and also it starts the colour scheme of the home. It’s very personal.

For selling the entrance has a different goal to achieve. With that first impression being so critical in the buying decision it needs to invite the prospective buyer in with a warm and welcoming feeling. Not crowded – not too personal but spacious and clean. The best colour palette for me is still a neutral paint colour. I like to accessorize with trendy colours and let the walls stay in the background.

The PRES students recently went in to transform an entrance that had become a ‘catch all’ area for shoes, books, pictures, etc but didn’t really meet any of the criteria that it needed to.

The dark wood units are housing the family’s shoes and other things and the wood colour does not go with the other woods in the room. You do get the impression that this family is all about family and it is yet it doesn’t tell us much else.

DeAnn Entrance Before

We really wanted to do something that reflected more of the personal style of the home owner and invite some calm into this busy family life…

DeAnn Entrance After

From a Feng Shui perspective a small water fountain would be the perfect addition here. The old monk’s door is a treasure she fell in love with many years ago. The serene Buddha with the new plants breathe new life and energy into this space.

This is what she had to say…

“All I can say is WOW! We are LOVING the space that you and the women created yesterday! I had to leave for a class shortly after you left, so didn’t have time to just sit in the space and take it all in. However, it was just soooo incredibly lovely walking in the door last night to this peaceful, pulled-together, warm, inviting space! I just stood in the doorway with my coat and shoes on looking around and loving every bit of it. My husband texted me while I was in class, saying ‘WOW! It looks great!’. Big response from someone who usually doesn’t pay much attention to these things. He even said ‘Thanks for attracting this into our lives’!

After 20+ years of having a busy, FULL house with kids/teens/dog I can’t even tell you how much the calm, organized beautiful space impacts me (us) physically and emotionally. When you look at something every day that bothers you but you just put it aside, you get used to it in a chronic way — until it shifts and then you realize how ‘heavy’ it had been weighing on you. Thank you for breathing new oxygen and ‘lightness’ into our home!

Even though you were working with furniture that’s almost two decades old, it all looks new again! Who would have thought?! As I kept saying yesterday, it feels crazy but in a great way!! It’s mind-blowing because it’s the same stuff that was here but it just has a completely new energy and feel. “

How a 20 year old home was reborn!

“Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God” is what she kept repeating as she looked at her 20 year old home once we transformed it! One of the things I absolutely LOVE about the Certified PRES home staging and redesign training programs is that students go into real client’s homes to apply the theory they learned in the classroom.

Every home owner has things that they really love but they don’t necessarily know how to utilize the space to showcase what they do have. We love to transform rooms into inviting, comfortable, sophisticated spaces and that’s exactly what we did here! Our home owner is a busy entrepreneur, mother and wife who spends the majority of her time ‘taking care of everyone else’ in the home. This isn’t a new story to us at the PRES Staging Resource Centre – we hear this all the time. What is so wonderful about coming into this home is that the client has absolutely gorgeous furniture, accessories and art that we can play with. And play we did!

From “Not Sure What Really Works in this Living Room and Dining Room if anything ….”

DeAnn Living Room Before

DeAnn Living & Dining Room Before

To ” I absolutely LOVE THIS SPACE!”

DeAnn Living Room After

DeAnn Living Room After2

Colleen McClure the new PRES Staging Instructor did a fabulous job of working with the new April students to show them how easy it is to redesign a home for living, or staging it to sell.

Colleen McClure with students

PRES Staging Students Transformed this Home!

We recently held our last PRES staging and redesign training class for 2013 and the students were absolutely amazing! When you get a group of women together we don’t always agree on where things should go, or what should go in what room – but we all agree that the final changes we made to this ‘family home’ were amazing!

BEFORE a living and dining room that didn’t quite work for lots of reasons…

Chairs blocking fireplace; bland dining room

Chairs blocking fireplace; bland dining room

AFTER a living room and dining room that CAME ALIVE!

Fireplace becomes a focal point and more function; dining room loves her wall art!

Fireplace becomes a focal point and more function; dining room loves her wall art!

BEFORE a red sofa with a rather overpowering book shelf….

Something is missing here!

Something is missing here!

AFTER still a red sofa with treasured family photos overhead and the tall shelf moved by a cosy reading chair with a light!

Family photos where they should be; new curtains add some fun to this family/living room!

Family photos where they should be; new curtains add some fun to this family/living room!

PRES Students taking photos to start their portfolio…while it’s not a ‘gorgeous showhome’ it is a typical family home that was totally transformed.

Building their portfolio the PRES students snap away!

Building their portfolio the PRES students snap away!

S.O.S. Staging Training Home Needed for November 5th or 6th!

PRES training home clients are ecstatic over the transformations in their home! We’re looking for 1 great (well, not so great actually) home for November 5th or 6th 2013.

If you have a property on the market or want to by early November consider taking part in our ‘free’ professional home staging practicum. We thought we had our staging training home all set for our PRES students November 5th or 6th but the deal has fallen through! During the 5 day PRES Staging & Redesign Training course, students are taken into real clients’ homes to apply the theory they learned in the classroom. Our training home clients are carefully selected by the PRES Resource Centre Founder & Creative Director, Dana J. Smithers. What’s essential in the training homes is that there are at least 3 major rooms to transform, enough art and accessories to work with. Some homes may have more opportunity for learning proper furniture placement and others may provide the perfect opportunity for teaching the ‘art of hanging art’.

You’ve heard the expression ‘The way you LIVE in your HOME is not the way you SELL your HOUSE’ and this couldn’t be more true than in this situation for this seller! Many people that have lived in their home for a long time change the function of their rooms to suit their needs. They might do this because they are now ‘empty nesters’ and have more options of how they can live in their home now. For STAGING the property to get ready for prospective buyers you want your home to be inviting and evoke positive emotions so buyers are excited to see themselves in their new space! Only about 10% of the population is good at visualizing which is why it is so important to create an inviting, functional look in each and every room. And that’s exactly what we did here…

The main living room is being used as an office area for living…

The way you live in your home is not the way you sell your house!

The way you live in your home is not the way you sell your house!

We looked in other rooms for more attractive looking furniture and found these sofas in the family room…

This is a much more inviting living room now!

This is a much more inviting living room now!

So if you are a seller or a realtor and you have a property that can BENEFIT from having the PRES staging students come in to totally transform the space into a WOW look for your buyer CONTACT US NOW for the consultation!

Some people just don’t realize how important that first-impression entrance is!

First impressions are everything whether you are living in your home or preparing it for selling. When I taught interior decorating and now home staging, I always loved to talk about how making a WOW entrance sets the tone for the entire home.

During the 5 day PRES Staging & Redesign training course we go into ‘real client’s homes and work with what they have for living or selling. In this case, the wife’s mother had given her a gorgeous mirrored cabinet that she placed in the front hall. This is a heritage home and while that cabinet is gorgeous and modern certainly works with traditional – it didn’t quite represent what this family was all about. And that is one of the primary functions of a home’s entrance. It needs to let people coming in know about ‘who lives here’. People discern that quickly based on what they see, paint colours, clutter or not and overall just how inviting the entrance is.

This is the heritage’s entrance before….

Beautiful cabinet but not really fitting in here...

Beautiful cabinet but not really fitting in here…

And this is the entrance way ‘After’. What is so amazing here is that the piece of art we put over the oak cabinet had been in the owner’s possession for over a year but they had not even unwrapped it from the framers. This beautiful photograph is from the historical Vancouver archives and is a photo of their home in the 1940s! What a statement for this family!

Gorgeous and a WOW!

Gorgeous and a WOW!

And this is how they really felt….

From Lesley the wife: WOW, We are so impressed! Our home looks like a show home. We are thrilled with the transformation. Dana’s team is so professional and kind we can’t say enough. Even our seven year old twins said, “Our house is now the best!” We couldn’t have made our house a home without your talent. Many thanks for a fantastic job.

From Thomas the husband (and we know husband’s don’t usually gush this much): Dana has worked a miracle. Our family home is 101 years old, divided into separate rooms and of course filled with all of our stuff. Dana and her team came in and made those rooms distinct. We were not aware of the mix of colour schemes and furnishing styles we had going on in each room but Dana was. She put the things that should be together, together. Moved furniture, drapes, area rugs and art work. She gave distinction, theme, flow and space to each room. Love it, love it, love it.

I can’t wait to go home and view it again. It’s like I moved into a new house and bought new furniture. Dana you and your students are amazing. Thank you!!”

This heritage home had the right area rugs just in the wrong rooms….

During the 5 day PRES Staging and Redesign training course, I selected a gorgeous heritage for the one-day home makeover for living. During the consultation the biggest style error that I noticed immediately was the wrong area rugs in the wrong rooms and the wrong style curtains in the wrong rooms. Having the wrong area rugs in the wrong rooms is a fairly common styling mistake that many home owners make. As stagers and redesigners this is a fairly easy fix and often leads to other rearrangements of furniture and in this case also draperies, some accessories and switching out a wrong-coloured wing back chair for the rigth-coloured wing back chair in their bedroom.

For example in the living room ‘before’ the home owners’ daughters played piano and yet it was stuck in a corner. I knew the girls would be excited to be more ‘centre stage’ shall we say!

Modern sheers not working in this traditional formal living room, piano stuck in the corner...

Modern sheers not working in this traditional formal living room, piano stuck in the corner…

Once we moved the piano to another wall we put the large oversized sofa on a diagonal and changed the draperies from ones they had in two other rooms.

New traditional draperies, piano center stage and sofa on a diagonal with the right color area rug!

New traditional draperies, piano center stage and sofa on a diagonal with the right color area rug!

This testimonial tells you how IMPRESSED the home owners were…

From the wife, “WOW, We are so impressed! Our home looks like a show home. We are thrilled with the transformation. Dana’s team is so professional and kind we can’t say enough. Even our seven year old twins said, “Our house is now the best!” We couldn’t have made our house a home without your talent. Many thanks for a fantastic job.”

and from the husband (normally men are not so forthcoming with excitement) “Dana has worked a miracle. Our family home is 101 years old, divided into separate rooms and of course filled with all of our stuff. Dana and her team came in and made those rooms distinct. We were not aware of the mix of colour schemes and furnishing styles we had going on in each room but Dana was. She put the things that should be together, together. Moved furniture, drapes, area rugs and art work. She gave distinction, theme, flow and space to each room. Love it, love it, love it.

I can’t wait to go home and view it again. It’s like I moved into a new house and bought new furniture. Dana you and your students are amazing. Thank you!!”

Best Paint Colours For Selling Your Home

In the past 10 years the Exterior and Interior color trends have not changed much. Look around at any of the new developments or in home decor magazines and you will start to get an idea of what the trend is. If you are in the market now or the next few years check out color trends on line and with your preferred paint store or better still contact a PRES professional home stager!

By ‘trend’ I don’t mean trendy as ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ I mean trendy in the sense of being ‘most popular’ at this time period. This too will change but not for a few years yet. We can safely say that ‘beige’ has been extremely popular for a ‘home-selling’ paint color but of course this does depend where you live. In warmer climate cities colors tend to be brighter and in more ‘edgy- sophisticated’ developments you will see brighter and darker color trends for drama. Now in 2013 we are seeing ‘warmer’ beiges replaced by more grey toned ‘cooler’ beiges.

Interior Resale Paint Color Trend

Before
– A 2nd Bedroom being used as a Den needs to be converted back…

Dated, dark green with black ivory stenciling....

Dated, dark green with black ivory stenciling….

After – This 2nd Bedroom was painted in Benjamin Moore CC90 Natural Linen which is always my ‘go-to beige’

A neutral color scheme with a new closet makes this work now!

A neutral color scheme with a new closet makes this work now!

Before – This teenager’s Bedroom needed a modern-color update…

Bright colors for a young person...

Bright colors for a young person…

After – The grey tones in this room give it much more ‘broad buyer appeal’ now

Grey tones make it more updated and sophisticated.

Grey tones make it more updated and sophisticated.

My favourite store to work with is Benjamin Moore because as an Interior Decorator/Redesign Stager they provide me with a very professional ‘architectural kit’ which has large color samples to work with. However, you can buy or they will lend you their Designer Classics Collection and this is primarily what I use for choosing redesign staging paint colors. As mentioned in a previous newsletter I always coordinate with the flooring as that is what is staying. You can add color with your accessories.

My standard selection from the Benjamin Moore Designer Classics Collection is:

BEIGE – Grey Undertones

Escarpment CC 518
Metropolis CC 546
Overcoat CC 544
Asphalt CC 548

BEIGE -Yellow Undertones(toned which means they all have grey added to them)

Brandy Cream CC 60
Natural Linen CC 90
Muslin CC110
Barely Beige CC 140
Stone House CC 120
Sandy Brown CC 150
Honey Harbour CC170
Summer Harvest CC 190
Delaware Putty CC 230
French Vanilla CC 248

BEIGE – Pink Undertones

Dusty Road CC 310
Sandpiper Beige CC 368
Stone Castle CC 396
Old Montreal CC398
Old Stone CC424
Bone China CC 426
Smoky Taupe CC 490
Rocky Road CC 470

GREENS

Maid of the Mist CC 728
Killarney CC 698
Tea Light CC 610
October Mist CC 550

TRIM

Cloud White CC 40 (this is the only one I use!)

TIP You can buy testers and do your own color boards or paint a small area on the wall of your client’s home. For staging most clients are looking for the home stager to make the suggestion for them. Always check the color morning, noon and night time to get the whole color picture as color is most affected by lighting. Most buyers are coming through Open Houses from about 12 – 4pm so that is when you need to pay attention.

I have many clients who in the beginning do not like the neutral colors but I have to remind them that ‘the way you live in your home, is not the way you sell your house’ and of course, we want the colors to have BROAD BUYER APPEAL!

Dreaming of becoming a home stager? We have an incentive for you!

How does saving $500 sound to you? It’s true but you need to sign up for our September or November 5 day Certified PRES Home Staging and Redesign Training by AUGUST 16, 2013 to receive this gift!

It must be this glorious summer heat we are experiencing in the Lower Mainland that has me making these ridiculously generous offers! We would love to teach you how to start and run your own home staging and redesign business this year! Now is a great time to learn what you need to know because the real estate market needs you desperately. If you’ve been looking at the MLS or other internet listings you know how BAD some of those properties look. Sellers need you NOW so if you really want to become a certified home stager please consider this fabulous offer:

ONE-TIME-ONLY offer to receive $500 OFF the 5 Day Certificate PRES Home Staging Home Study course for either:

SEPTEMBER 9 – 13, 2013 Or NOVEMBER 4 – 9, 2013

SIGN UP NOW! REGISTER and pay your $500 deposit to save your space (class size is limited) by Friday August 16, 2013

Our signature 5 day hands-on professional Certified PRES Staging & Redesign certification course is currently taught by Canada’s Staging Guru Dana J. Smithers.

Classroom training with Dana J. Smithers - manual, workbook and handouts for on-going learning.

Classroom training with Dana J. Smithers – manual, workbook and handouts for on-going learning.

PLUS enjoy our new venue – we are the only home staging school to hold our course at Fluff Rentals – the most amazing rental inventory showroom in Vancover BC! (value priceless!)

PLUS become eligible to become one of our monthly PRES Featured Stagers

PLUS Receive Special Pricing on all PRES Professional Development Courses

PLUS Receive a ‘FREE’ personally autographed Start and Run Your Home Staging book written by Dana J. Smithers!

3 FULL DAYS of classroom learning and 2 days in REAL CLIENT’S HOMES applying what you learned in the classroom.

You will be amazed at how much CONFIDENCE and VALIDATION of your skills you gain by taking the Certified PRES Home Staging & Redesign course. We are the only home staging school that holds our classroom days in the FLUFF RENTALS design studio.

On Day 5 you get to apply what you learn in the classroom by doing an actual ‘rental inventory practicum’ in the warehouse on the last day of the course. The Fluff staff are great at giving us tours and letting new students sign up for their newsletter and monthly staging meetings.

Cushions are a 'must have' accessory and Fluff has 1000s to choose from!

Cushions are a ‘must have’ accessory and Fluff has 1000s to choose from!

The PRES staging training course teaches you the PRES step-by-step process you need to know to source rental products for your clients. We save you hours of wasted time if you don’t know what you are doing!

Fluff Rentals has a 10,000 square foot warehouse of the most amazing staging rental products.

Starting your colour story with a piece of art is always a smart way to build your overall colour scheme.

Starting your colour story with a piece of art is always a smart way to build your overall colour scheme.

2 FULL DAYS in real clients’ homes so PRES students apply what they learned. During the PRES training course you do a home makeover for LIVING and a home makeover for SELLING so that you have more skills to offer your clients upon graduation!

Staging Training Home ‘BEFORE’

What should be a dining room is being used as a family room for living.

What should be a dining room is being used as a family room for living.

Staging Training Home ‘AFTER’

Terry Osti Client After DR

What a fabulous group of Certified PRES Professional Home Stagers & Redesigners rececent graduates -enthusiastic – talented – ready to go out there to turn their DREAM INTO REALITY!

Graduates with certificates

You will be amazed at how much CONFIDENCE and VALIDATION of your skills you gain by taking the Certified PRES Home Staging & Redesign course. We are the only home staging school that holds our classroom days in the FLUFF RENTALS design studio.

As the PRES home staging and redesign instructor, I am truly blessed to be living my passion. To see such amazing transformations from the time the students sign up to the time they complete the course – is a gift to me! Stagers and redesigners make such a huge difference in the way people live and see their homes. We create MAGIC out there for ourselves and for our clients. It doesn’t’ get much better!

Staging Your Parent’s Home Can Be Overwhelming….or not.

Staging your parents home truly can be overwhelming for so many different reasons. When the seller’s children help out with a lot of the prep work we become a team, and things get done quicker and with the most amazing results.

As part of the 5 day certificate PRES staging and redesign training course we recently staged a 39 year old condo, 950 square feet, with 2 bedrooms. When students stage a real client’s home they get first hand experience. They learn so much about ‘how to stage’ and gain their confidence and validation of their talent by seeing the end result. Getting a great reaction like a WOW along with the client testimonial is part of the high that inspires them!

Prior to the staging consultation I asked the client to send photos of where they were at with making the changes they needed before the actual hands on staging was done. It was obvious they had started work but still needed some professional advise for their ‘next steps’. The potential buyer is 55+ so the furnishings are fine with a few additions from the daughter such as plants and cushions.

Lots of personal collections

Lots of personal collections

You can see their treasures – the native art and the china cabinet full of personal mementos and china. All special to the seller but not for the buyer’s eyes!

After decluttering and depersonalizing the space…

Attractive and broader buyer appeal!

Attractive and broader buyer appeal!

The Master Bedroom bed was not in good condition so fortunately there was another bed to choose from….

Bed was not in good condition and needed to be replaced.

Bed was not in good condition and needed to be replaced.

With some minor cosmetic changes and using a duvet as a headboard (pillows inside) the overall look was improved.

Less cluttered and more harmonious with different drapes from another room.

Less cluttered and more harmonious with different drapes from another room.

Happy Daughter Testimonial:

We were very fortunate to have Dana Smithers and her students from PRES Staging training school to stage my Mom’s condo for selling. I met with Dana one week prior and she complimented us on all the work we had already done to be prepared for the actual hands-on staging. My brother and I had done a lot of packing up of personal effects and removing things we knew would not work to show the condo as well as we wanted. My brother did some painting as well in a neutral colour and Dana said it would be okay to leave one of the bedrooms in the soft yellow but she thought the blue feature in the living room would look better painted the same neutral colour as the entire living room. With more than one colour, she said it makes the room look smaller but suggested we wait and see what furniture placement changes they made to see if it had to be painted. She knew we were all tired and didn’t really want to do a whole lot more!

The day of the staging felt a bit like Christmas…we were very excited to see the finished space. We were thrilled with the changes! As we went from one room to the next we were amazed at how much better each room looked just using the things my mom had. The angled furniture placement in the living room made the space seem so much larger and very inviting. The new ‘library room’ looked so comfy and the art they used was just perfect. We loved their creative ideas with the bedding in the master bedroom – they created a head board look out of a comforter and in made the room so much more attractive. Anyone could imaging their belongings in this condo! My mom’s home has a whole new beautiful look that we know will appeal to just the right buyer! Thank you Dana and team for your magic.

Sue – North Vancouver BC

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