I was recently called upon to provide a staging consultation with the home owners of a Seattle waterfront property that had been vacant for a year. After purchasing the home, the home owners had put off moving in because they could not decide how to design the rooms. As much as they tried, they just could not picture how they could use the spaces for themselves. When they bought the house, the home was staged and they liked it, but once they bought the house and viewed the empty rooms, they felt overwhelmed and paralyzed. So much so, that after leaving it completely empty for a year, they decided to put it on the market and sell it.
Several of the rooms were quite large with high ceilings while some had very sharp and unusal angels. The 70’s addition did not match the original mid-century architecture, and of course, the wall paper, counter tops and other features were from the 50s.
After viewing the entire house, I suggested that they should have the house and the windows cleaned. This was going to be a 1.4 million-dollar home and I wanted to feature the spectacular views of the lake. In addition, I told them that there would be no need to remove the wall paper in order to
update the home since the entire house was dated. My idea was that by bringing in modern furniture, we would help home buyers envision the potential outcome of a renovation and that this place could be converted to a cohesive modern home.
A couple of weeks later, the house was staged and was put on the market. When my staged homes go on the market, I always wait anxiously for that call telling me it is SOLD. Only one day after this house was on the market, I received a very surprising call from the home owner saying “we are taking our home OFF the market”. I almost had a heart attack. The home sellers said that when they came to check out the staging, they spent a long time in each room and our space definition helped them to envision themselves living in their own home. I didn’t know what to say. This was a first for me. After my initial shock wore off, I quickly realized what a huge compliment this actually was.
The owners asked me to design their home after their remodeling was completed. I also got the opportunity to stage their other home and the agent listed that house for them instead after they had moved into their newly remodeled waterfront home. After all, who could have said no this view?