• Is Your Decorating Style Transitional?

    What is a Transitional decorating style? Basically, a transitional style is the “New Traditional” where the classic style has been updated. Most likely, you have come across it if you have stepped into a Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn store. Or perhaps you’ve seen it if you have thumbed through a Ballard Design catalogue or glanced at a Traditional Home magazine. 

    A Transitional Home:

    • Has a neutral and muted color palate, but it feels warm
    • It is simple and streamlined, but there is enough detail to make the design sophisticated 
    • Has furniture pieces that are classic, but the overall feel of the home is casual and friendly
    • Can beautifully showcase global like Asian accent pieces, but it is not about having a theme
    • Is often mistaken as an eclectic one, but they are NOT the same
    A well balanced mixture of the old charm and contemporary makes Transitional Style homes warm, inviting, elegant, and peaceful – a comfortable and beautiful sanctuary. 
    A Transitional Style is for you if:
    • You want a modern kitchen, but you have to have an old farm table as your kitchen table
    • You like to purchase one investment piece and mix it with other finds from flea markets or even pieces from Ikea
    • You are not only comfortable, but you’re proud to showcase your children’s art in the main rooms of your house and mix it with your other art pieces
    • You like to serve meals on china, but your china set is a mixture of different pieces
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    • You like elegance, but you don’t want a home that feels like a museum
    • You don’t compromise on the element of comfort 
    • You think beige is an exciting color 
    If your decorating style is Transitional, then following with these tips, you can create this look for your own home.
    • Warm neutrals are the cornerstone of the Transitional Style. This palate can consist of khaki, gray, cream, taupe, soft whites, and deep browns. The key is to mix different values of the same color throughout the house.  You can always use a hint, again, just a hint, of color here and there with your choices of accessories, art work or accent pieces. The key is to repeat these accent colors throughout your house to create a flow. Monochromatic spaces, when done right, are elegant and interesting.
    • Transitional style is not about pattern and/or floral. If you want to have a bit of pattern on your pillows or carpet, choose subtle and quiet stripes or geometric designs. They should not steal the show. 
    • When you are looking for your Transitional furniture pieces, remember that these pieces have some characteristics of traditional furniture like curves, but the updated curves are gentle & the entire pieces are tighter and more streamlined. 
    • Since the color palate of a Transitional home is muted and neutral, it is important to take the element of FUN a notch up by using different mixtures of textures. For example, if your bedding is in satin fabric, you can add velvet and wool pillows and/or a cashmere throw. 
    • When it comes to your flooring, a cohesive floor throughout your house (maybe with the exception of your bathrooms and kitchen) is another element of a Transitional home. It’s all about the flow. 
    • For accessories, remember that in a Transitional home, less is more indeed. Select a few substantial and key pieces and let them shine. You want to strike a balance between having enough details and interest without overwhelming your home. 
    • The window treatment of a Transitional home is simple and elegant. Tassels & ruffles are a big NO! NO! Simple plain sheers, neutral roman blinds and of course, any organic material like bamboo and grass, feels right in a Transitional home.
    • Velvet, corduroy, linen, chenille, leather, and suede are some of the typical fabric that is used in a transitional style home. 
    Remember, by experimenting, YOU will learn and find the right balance for YOUR own home. 
    Please call us at 206-334-0266 when you are ready to decorate your home or transform that room that you have been dreaming about for awhile. We would love to hear from you and help you with all of your interior design needs. 
  • As Professional Home Stagers, We DO Walk the Walk & We De-Clutter

    Recently, we left our SODO warehouse and moved into a different space. Our new warehouse is much larger, has an office and is much more accessible from all of the freeways. It would would have been much easier for us to pack everything and just move it all into our new warehouse since the additional space was more than enough to accommodate it all. But as professional home stagers, we do walk the talk and we de-cluttered our warehouse!

    Most of us have had to pack and move to a new home, and some, like myself, even had to move to a new home in a different state or country. Some people, like empty nesters, may have to downsize while others, such as families with small children, are moving into larger homes. Regardless of whether you are moving into a smaller or bigger space, it is always essential to de-clutter your items. 

    As a home stager, we continually have to shop and add to our inventory. Different homes require different types and styles of merchandise and we always need to freshen up our designs and follow some of the new trends and colors. 

    When I began the Seattle Staged To Sell company, I had this philosophy that whatever items we were not going to use or were not in that mint condition that they needed to be, we’d donate  to our favorite charities. This not only has been good for us as company, but it has also been a way to give back to the city that we love to live and work in.

    As a home stager, I sometimes come across resistance when I tell my clients, the homeowners, that they need to detach and de-clutter their home before putting it on the market. Often I hear stories about why they should keep this collection or that piece. For these clients, I take my time and help them realize that they are selling their home and not their furniture or collections. 

    And it never fails — when the homes have been de-cluttered, the home owners fall in love with their home again and feel a sense of peace. A de-cluttrered de-cluttered  home is truly a sanctuary.

    Warehouses are the second home for professional home stagers. Not only do we spend a lot of time there, we also spend a lot of time handling our inventory.  When we pack and donate the pieces that we loved and have used over the years, we know that these beautiful pieces have served us and our clients well and it is time for them to go to someone else’s home where they can continue to be appreciated.

    For us to be efficient home stagers and to be able to create beautiful staging designs, we need to have our own warehouse in perfect shape and this means that everything has its own place and we can easily see and locate each item.

    Therefore, when we as professional home stagers provide advice to our clients, we also walk the walk and follow that same guideline!

  • Realtors Who Stage Their Own Listings Might Not Be Using Their Skills & Time Wisely

    As a Seattle home stager, I like to stay informed about Seattle real estate and this means attending some open houses. I find it interesting to see how many homes for sale are staged and how these homes have been prepared for the market. I’m happy to say that I am finding more and more homes being staged. Even though most of these are staged appropriately, sometimes I see homes where the staging is quite not right. One such home, a Green Lake Tudor style home, is still fresh in my mind.

    This Green Lake house was only one block from the actual lake and this is a huge plus for a Seattle home. The house, though it was charming from the outside, told a different story from the inside. These are the problems that I saw right away with the staging:

    • The furniture pieces were in wrong scale. The dark brown full sofa, two matching large arm chairs and wide coffee table overwhelmed the living room.
    • The small dining table on other side of the room was dwarfed by the over-sized living room.
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      A correct furniture scale is one of the most important aspects of home staging.
    • The living room was dark and adequate lighting was missing; the dark brown leather furniture compounded the problem.
    • A too-small piece of wall art was hung from the largest wall of the room. 
    • The bedrooms were missing bedside tables and lamps.
    • The master bedroom’s blow up bed was totally deflated and it made the whole room sad.
    I tired to look for a business card to see who had staged this house, but then realized that this house was staged by the real estate agent and this is when the warning signs went up for me. Don’t take me wrong, I know of some savvy real estate agents who also have professional home staging business and they do wonderful work. The key word here is PROFESSIONAL. Being a real estate agent and having a home staging business with full time professional home stagers is a wonderful venture. The problem is when a full time real estate agent tries to stage their own listings with few pieces of furniture that they have collected and keep in their basements or garages.
    Two weeks after coming across this house, I received a call from Michael Ackerman, one of my real estate clients from CBBain. He wanted me to stage his upcoming Green Lake listing.  Michael’s listing just happened to be right across the street from this house and it was a Tudor style home as well.
    Michael’s home sellers were worried about the sale of their home since the house across the street was not selling. I promised them that their house would be beautifully staged for the targeted buyers. Our staged home was sold in one week for the full asking price. Four weeks later, when we de-staged the house, the For Sale sign was still on the yard of the house across the street with an additional red sign on the side indicating REDUCED PRICE
    As we drove away, I wondered how much this butchered staging ended up costing the home owner.  The home sellers who hired us to stage their home invested $2,750 in the staging of their home, which was far less than $20,000 price reduction plus the up-keep costs such as mortgage, taxes, …..
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    YOU as a home seller have a clear choice. Make it right from the beginning  
    and team up with a full time real estate agent and a professional home stager.
    My advise to the home sellers:  when it comes to selling your home, one of your greatest investments, look at the bigger picture. Spending an average of $2,500 for staging should not be considered a cost, but rather an investment. Hire a real estate agent who is a savvy marketer and who puts all his/her attention and focus on the selling of your home. 
    A price reduction is painful. Avoid it by teaming up with full time real estate agents and professional home stagers.  A successful sale demands it.


  • Want to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar? Then Don’t Sabotage Your Own Success!

    Recently, one of my real estate clients asked me to meet her at the townhouse of one of her clients for a pre-listing consultation.  The home owners had tried twice to sale their home previously without any success. They wanted to try again to sell their home since they had a new baby and they wanted a larger house with a garden.

    Home staging consultation can turn the past failures into successThis urgent need to move and their past failed attempts to sell their house made me feel that these home buyers were very motivated and ready to take our advice. However, this was not the case.

    After meeting with the homeowner (the wife), and touring the house, I helped them identify the problems and then came up with the solutions.

    The challenges that these homebuyers had to overcome included:

    • The house was on a busy street
    • Most townhouses, the competition, have three bedrooms; this townhouse had only two bedrooms
    • No outdoor space
    • Very, very, very small dining space
    • Laundry room was in the garage 
    • Too many and over-sized furniture pieces 
    • Overstuffed closets                                          

    The features of the house:                                              

    • Light and bright
    • Large kitchen
    • Nicely sized garage
    • Two bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms
    • Beautiful bay window
    We could not do anything about the busy road or the number of the bedrooms, but we could do a lot inside to minimize the downsides and enhance the features in order for the homebuyers to be able to envision themselves in this house. The instructions were simple:
    • Remove the china cabinet that blocked the bay window.
    • Replace the cabinet in the living room that the TV was placed on with a smaller table that was sitting in their bedroom.
    • Move the couch to the larger wall and borrow or buy a coffee table. A living room without a coffee table and large sofa screams “RUN AWAY” to the homebuyers. 
    • Replace the dining table and four chairs with a smaller table and two chairs or a bistro table.
    • Start packing winter clothes to create room and space in the closets.

    Most of the time, homeowners feel energized and empowered after consultation visits. But this was not true for these homeowners. The real estate agent, my client, told me that the husband doesn’t want to tackle most of the suggested identified projects such as removing the large furniture pieces. 

    Sadly, homeowners like these who want desperately to sell their homes, but for some reason, refuse to follow professional advice to prepare their homes, are the ones who are still too attached to their homes. Unfortunately, these attachments can result in homeowners sabotaging themselves.home sellers sometimes sabotage themselves. Two unsuccessful failed sale attempts should have indicated to these homeowners that they need to change their game plan in order to meet their sales goals. 

    As a professional home stager, I am aware that some homeowners need a bit more encouraging and hand-holding to be convinced. I am not ready to give up on these homeowners and am planning to go back and visit with them and the agent to try to help them become detached from their home that they have lived in for almost 1o years.  Hopefully, I will be able to help them to stop sabotaging themselves and move on to their new home with the garden so their son can crawl on the grass of their own NEW home.


    Summary: When the time comes to sell your home, STOP sabotaging your sales goals and instead, START creating your success by seeking a professional home stager’s advice and following the advice that is given. This is how you can find and hire a professional home stager and this is what you can expect to get from a professional home stager. 


  • Selling Your Home? Then It’s NOT About YOU Mr. & Mrs. Home Sellers!

    Selling your home? Then it’s NOT about YOU Mr. & Mrs. Home Sellers. 

    It is a no-brainer that when every home seller puts his or her home on the market, they hope to sell their home for the most money in the least amount of time. We all want that.

    It's about home sellers

    You would think that every home seller would do their utmost to turn this goal into reality. However, some home sellers, without really knowing it, sabotage their own sales goals by not detaching from their homes when they put them on the market for sale. I have written many blogs about this issue in an effort to educate the home sellers since I come across this problem over and over again.

    When the FOR SALE sign goes up on your yard, it is not about YOU anymore. If you want to sell your home for the most amount of the money in the least amount of the time, your home has to be turned into a product that appeals to the HOME BUYERS! I know I sound like a broken record, but as a professional home stager, I know I can’t say it enough. It’s NOT about YOU.

    To ensure a successful outcome of selling your home, begin the process by identifying your Tips on selling your hometargeted BUYERS with the help of your real estate agent and professional home stager. Based on the demographic of buyers you have identified, let your home stager design the staging for the home utilizing this information. Creating a lifestyle for the targeted buyer is crucial. 

    By teaming up with professional home stagers and savvy real estate agents, you will get the best help and advice on selling your home. Trust their guidance and make the selling of your home about the home buyers. This is why your are investing and paying for these professional services. 

    Once you take “YOU” out of the equation, you are one giant step closer to meeting YOUR sale goals!


  • A “Hipster Vintage” Staging Design For This Seattle Mid-Century House

    I just love being a home stager.  And the best part is that as a Seattle home stager, I get to design and stage so many beautiful homes. This Mid-Century house in Seattle is a good example of this. To showcase the beautiful simple lines, the big windows, and that MCM feel of the house, we decided to create a hipster vintage modern staging design

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    Staged Seattle Mid Century Home In Shoreline Neighborhood

    We really enjoyed staging this lovely Seattle house. Being able to add some of our true Mid-Century Modern pieces and creating the feel of that era for the house was just super fun for us. We had fun pieces like a MCM ashtray, vintage matches, real MCM furniture pieces from the 50’s with low backs. We even carried this design in the kitchen with our selection of MCM items. 

    What we at Seattle Staged To Sell pride ourselves for creating individual and unique designs for each house has this principle has been our guiding light through all the years that we have been staging Seattle houses. For us, no two homes are the same and we stage each home differently. Even though it would be much cheaper and easier for us to just create cookie cutter designs, we choose to take the extra steps and create appealing and suitable designs for our staged houses.

    We have blogged about this concept and described, for example, how we even stage two different Seattle townhouses with very similar floor plans differently. Our staging approach is based on the targeted buyers and the style of the home. The price range of the house will be reflected through our inventory selection. Our focus is all about creating a right lifestyle for the home and the potential buyers. 

    It’s a pleasure for all of us to stage beautiful Seattle houses, such as this mid-centtury house.  Each house gives us a unique set of challenges as well as wonderful elements to work with and this truly drives our passion as Seattle home stagers.