Lake Living

Sometimes I feel like living anywhere but Seattle. Take me away. We loved this lake side listing which briefly did take us out of Seattle for the day and landed us at Lake Tapps. And a beautiful sunny day of staging is rare this time of year. The listing agent requested a bit the Chip and Joanna Gaines vibe and the rest is all our own. 

We don't usually stage so far out of the city but a few things came into play when we said "Yes!". First of all, who can say no to a listing agent who is a working mother of 4 very young kids? If she can do it-we can do it. Secondly, we got to stage her very 1st listing as a new agent and that felt great to be a part of something big. Thirdly, and yes, back to getting out of Seattle, we needed a break from our city. 

This listing is by Jessica Yost for Keller Williams of Puget Sound, the photos are by Andrew Webb for Clarity NW and the killer staging is us!

HGTV'S New Shows

So many of us have been fans of Chip & Joanna's show Fixer Upper for 5 years (or 5 seasons that is). I even got the husband to sit down with me and watch it and actually enjoy it. Their new show Behind the Design  goes into more design detail and staging! The woodworker that they use, Clint Harp, even got his own show. 

These shows are important to us Stager Girls because it's what our clients see. Home Buyers and Sellers see the transformation of homes on these shows and want to "wow" and be "wowed" when buying & selling homes as well.  We staged a home for a client and she said "just do it like JoJo would". I think it was one of our top 10 favorite projects because we had the challenge of infusing her style in our work. 

There is also, Erin & Ben Napier who fix up homes in the South. Their show is called Home Town. 

But the show I am most excited about is a designer, blogger, author, Lauren Liess who I have been following for years. I love her style, love that she works so hard and is pregnant with her 5th child!

She has written a design book, moved several times, designed rooms in show houses, blogged and all the things designers do. The pilot has been approved and now we all just need to love it.

Just Like the Model-Los Angeles

Our favorite stop: A warehouse full of furniture, art, accessories that were used in model homes.
We purchased this super hip leather sofa and love seat for our Seattle condos.
 All 3 of us wanted to put these chairs in our own homes but the company won out and they now reside in our warehouse.

 These chairs are already working away in a lovely Bellevue condo. 
We had our work cutout for us. Had to comb through this warehouse several times over to pick the best of the best for our clients.
 This also ended up at our recent Bellevue staging. 
 Most of the artwork is chosen by Sister Ex and we had plenty to choose from. 
 The best part was seeing Sister Ex and Jo pull up with a Uhaul trailer. Sister Ex is always up for trying something crazy and new-especially when it involves a good laugh. And laugh we did!

 Here are some of our purchases. 

All in all our LA trip was more for adventure and inspiration. Not for cock-tailing, dining, sunshine, getting away or any of that shallow stuff. We had our clients in mind and want to make 2016 our best staging year ever!

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2014

Signing off for a few days as I head to Palm Springs for a ton of inspiration. This Middle Sister has tickets to the Vintage Trailer Show, Prefab Show, Mid Century Designer Show House, Double decker bus tour of Mid century homes and a Jump and Jive dinner party. A huge week of fun!

Sweet Vignette

A sweet vignette from the 2009 Hampton's Designer Show house. Love how well the vintage phone marries with the hip chair and modern Lucite side table. It's a simple recipe that is not difficult to achieve. Look around your house and challenge yourself to grab a chair from a room, a side table from another room, and some cool accessories, books, photos and see if you can create your own vignette with your personal signature.