Waterfront Staging

We love staging jobs that bring us to the water. Doors open, boats passing by, train moving through, and seagulls galore. Now if we could just take a moment to stop what we are doing and appreciate it all. Sometimes a deadline keeps our heads down and the machine buzzing away.

We have a new rule (which is all too often broken) that we need to sit down for 10 minutes and relax. We know it helps but we continue to let the day slip by without a break.


Listing by Dawn Bourdo and Corey Hayes for Mr. Magnolia. Staging by some pretty exhausted stager girls at Open House Staging.

Staging Extravaganza

What a thrill to stage an incredible estate.

From Wikipedia:

Dunn Gardens in Seattle, Washington, is a privately owned 7.5-acre (3.0 ha) property composed of the remaining acreage of the estate of Arthur G. Dunn Sr., who made his fortune in the fish cannery business. Dunn bought the property in 1914 as a summer get-a-way for his family, and contracted the landscaping to the Olmsted Brothers. Upon his death, the property was inherited by his children. His son Edward B. Dunn provided for the care of his share of the estate in his will. A trust was created two years after his death to oversee the entire property. Dunn Gardens were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 1994, and are open for special public events and docent-led guided tours April through July, and from September through October.

I will admit, the home does feel like a get-away or a 2nd home. It is not formal and feels cabin-y in many parts of it. Other parts it’s crazy sexy so who knows how they lived in it.


And then there is the cottage:


Definitely a 2 truck day. What a major project. It was chaotic moving in but when the trucks drove away it was calm beautiful and quiet.

Here is the listing with Mary Snyder for Compass Washington. Staging by Open House Staging.

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.  


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

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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.


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

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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.)


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


Ballard Staging

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


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


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.


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.


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


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