Home Staging: The Perfect Collaboration

Style at home magazine home staging feature pic: nina teixeira

Style at home magazine home staging feature
pic: nina teixeira

When Realtor Michela Mantle called us for a home staging consult on a listing, we were excited to work with her. After she told us even more about the homeowner, and project, we knew it was the right fit.  

Designer Maggie Burns had gutted and renovated a Toronto Queen West row home.  She moved stairs, opened the space and reconfigured the kitchen.  The result was a stunning, open, airy, contemporary home.  White walls were the backdrop for her fabulous art collection.  Simple, clean and tasteful fixtures showcased the kitchen and washrooms beautifully.  

However, selling a space is a different proposition than design for living.  And like most designers, we don't always have the time to take care of our own homes.  Clients often ask if I live in a beautifully staged home.   Is my home beautiful?  I think so.  Is it tidy?  Sometimes.  Do I have all the pieces of furniture that I would like to see in the space?  Not at all.  Would I need help preparing for sale?  Definitely.  

Most recently, in swapping out a sectional and moving a couple eames LCW chairs to the cottage, my living room is now comprised of a couch, rug, and coffee table.  That's it.  One chair ordered, and flummoxed on what the second chair should be.  Perhaps you all can help me pick something! But that's a blog post for another time.  

It was no surprise, then, that the talented designer needed a little help staging her own home. Our designer, Jennifer, was the perfect fit.  One site visit and she had a vision for how we could help Maggie and Michela put the finishing touches on this magazine-worthy home.

We brought in occasional chairs, rugs, lamps, side tables, a desk, decorative pillows, and accessories.  As it was the perfect home for a young family, we also recommended showcasing a nursery in one of the bedrooms.  

The home sold for top dollar, making Maggie's investment in both the reno and staging worthwhile.  The icing on the cake was the spread in Style At Home's February print issue.