Day in the Life of a Stager Girl

For a good laugh we sometimes plan how we will dress for the day. Today we are in Maple Valley at a beautiful farm style home so we all decided to dress the part. (or at least what we think farmer girls would wear).

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Then there are the days where we do not plan what we wear and we turn up matching the home!

It’s a road trip for us to stage in Maple Valley or Black Diamond but we make it an event and now we often look forward to it. YeeHaw!

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And No, we would not wear our swimming suits when we stage a floating home! Tempting but no.

Urban Farmhouse

What is an Urban Farmhouse?

An Urban Farmhouse, combines traditional features with modern trends to create an updated and fresh take on a classic. These homes are known for a blend of horizontal and vertical siding, open floor plans, covered back porches and metal roofs. They may have reclaimed woods, metal and leather elements, industrial elements with timeworn finishes and distressed details, and unique light fixtures. Essentially, straddling the line between rural and urban.  This eclectic, mix-and-match style is less about following the rules and more about creating a highly original look for every room in your home.  

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Listing by Jason Viydo for Windermere Real Estate, staging by Open House LLC.  

Here is the cool part: You can shop the look here with us!

 

Pretty Little House

We love staging for Team Diva Real Estate. Complete creative freedom! We get to figure out how to show case all the sweet things about this home.

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Listing by Team Diva Real Estate, photographs by John Wilbanks at JW Photo and that great staging you see is by us at Open House

Stop by our SHOP to see where we get our fab pieces.

Staging a beautiful Washington Estate

Showing you just a few of the photos of this incredible property. What you will not see is: pool house, swimming pool, sport court, batting cage, movie theater, workout room, wine room, nanny's quarters and more. Fancy indeed!

Long ago projects this size would scare us. We would still take them (and learn a lot of stuff along the way) but they were time consuming and hard. Now, these Staging Sisters have it down! Especially with our team of rock star stagers-we actually enjoy these large projects. (We also love love 2 bedroom condos...just saying.)

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This listing is by Mary Schile for RE/Max Metro Realty and staging by us at Open House Staging.

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Ballard Staging

Unremarkable on the outside but what a surprise on the inside!

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Listing by Team Diva Real Estate, photos by Jon Wilbanks at JWPhoto and staging by Open House Staging.

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West Seattle Beach House

I have some great memories with my best friend growing up in a Ralph Anderson designed home. It too was built to bring the outdoors into your space. We could look into the forest from her bedroom's floor to ceiling windows. The "hallway" was a cat walk above the living and dining rooms. It was like no other home in our neighborhood. And to get to revisit another of Ralph's homes is incredibly special. 

Years ago my sister and I were hired by Ralph to stage one of his new construction homes. He let us come to his Alki Beach Condo and select any art off the walls to put in with our staging. We knew it was an honor but it was also scary carrying  Morris Graves and Guy Anderson originals in our truck! 

And here is the 3rd Ralph Anderson home that we have staged! It's a beauty.

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Was I right!? It is a beauty!

This listing is by Lisa Tunure for Coldwell Banker Bain Global Luxury. Photography by Andrew Webb for Clarity NW and staged by the fabulous team at Open House Staging.

 

Mercer Island Fab!

Whoa Nellie, this is a great new construction view home. We were pleased with the staging result but in full disclosure, some of the furniture is the home owners, who, I might add, have incredible taste. Their pieces set the tone and we tried to meet that fabulousness. (Not a word, I know, but it works!) The sectional in the lower level you sink into and go into relaxation mode. We all had to take a 1.5 minute break to revel in the delicious comfort of it.

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The listing is by an over-the-top detailed agent Shelly Zhou for Coldwell Banker Bain, the fabulous photos are by John Wilbanks at JWphoto and the staging is by us at Open House Staging

Capitol Hill Staging

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 Listing is by Padraic Jordan for Windermere Real Estate, the photographer is Vista Estate Imaging and the staging is by Open House.

Cedar Park Neighborhood

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Here is some inspiration for you. Just Click & Shop!

This home is listed by Jasno Viydo for Windermere Real Estate, photography by Jason Merico and staging by Open House.

Lake Washington Staging

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Pretty dreamy listing, right? It's listed by Reilly Schanno for Windermere Real Estate, staged by the Stager Girls of Open House and photographed by Andrew Webb at Clarity Northwest.

Real Estate Rock Star

We like introducing you to agents we work with, love and admire. To us, it is worth spreading the word on the Real Estate Rock Stars out there.

Meet JASON VIYDO. He makes the home buying and selling process almost effortless. With his many years of experience in the industry he has seen and experienced just about everything. My advice? Listen to him, do what he says and your property will be listed, shown and sold in the best light. I appreciate that he personally meets us at the property, the inspector, the appraiser, the painter, the cleaner-it's all hands on and laser focused. I gave him a few get to know ya questions:

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?

The opportunity to help my clients get clear on their real estate goals.  It is one of the biggest financial purchase or sale most of us make in our lifetime.  In some cases, giving the advice to not buy or sell if it is not in the best interest of my client is a rewarding part of my job.  I like being able to help someone achieve their goals.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN AGENT?

30 years; all with Windermere Real Estate

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE LISTINGS?

A group of townhomes on Yale in the Eastlake neighborhood in 2008. This was a fabulous site overlooking Lake Union, the city skyline and evening sunsets in the most challenging market I ever faced.  I was able to get them all sold, while other properties around the city were going to foreclosure.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DRINK?

Bourbon on the rocks.  It reminds me of my father; he always had a bottle of Old Grandad in the liquor cabinet, even though I never saw him take a drink. 

IF YOU HAD A BOAT WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?

The Carol Marie. (ahhh... I love that-your sweet adorable wife!)

WHAT IS THE BEST PURCHASE YOU EVER MADE?

Our home where we raised our family.  However, I always enjoy the purchase of a hot, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie.

WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Parking in city.  To ease my pain, I’ve switched to a small electric car, the I-3.  I can create a parking spot darn near anywhere.

WHAT BENEFIT DO YOU BRING TO A GROUP OF FRIENDS?

Humor.  I like to give my friend’s a good-natured ribbing.  If you can dish it out, you got to be able to take it.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.  This book is about being a leader and pulling together as a team.

Go here to meet another Rock Star Agent in our series.