• Home Staging Pays Off (Literally)

    The idea of home staging can make sellers anxious. Bringing someone new into their home to redesign it may seem like an intrusion to some home sellers who have trouble letting go. Homeowners of smaller properties wonder if staging is worth it for their home. Therefore, home sellers who have not sold a staged house before may find the prospect daunting. However, the staging fee should not be thought of as a cost, but rather as an investment.

    “After our open house we had five separate offers, the winning one was nearly 25% over the asking price and nearly one hundred thousand dollars more than a nearly identical unit in the same building that sold just a couple of months prior.”  -Katie Myers, home seller

    Summit Ave Condo

    The Summit Ave condo in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood proved to be no exception. Prior to staging, this condo looked uninspiring and cramped. With our design, we brought energy into its rooms adding greatly to the property’s appeal.

    Importance of Home Staging

    We brought in bright colors, layered different textures, and mixed geometric and tribal prints tastefully to achieve a unique, eclectic look perfect for Capitol Hill. To read more about our design for this condo, go to our blog post: Energize Your Design. Buyers loved our design, and the home sellers quickly got multiple offers. In the end, they accepted an offer well above their asking price. In fact, they sold it for almost $100,000 more than what a neighboring unit sold for just a few months earlier.

    Home Office Home Staging Seattle

    The home sellers for this Summit Ave condo wrote us a stellar five star review on Houzz that pinpoints the importance of staging:

    “At the recommendation of our realtor, we engaged Seattle Staged to Sell to help us with our very small condo on Capitol Hill. Since we are remote, we had to interact mostly through email. They worked with the realtor to view the condo and develop a plan that highlighted home for the ideal demographic. The design proposal was through and outlined specific pieces of furniture and the overall design aesthetic they would use. Once we saw photos of their work my husband said, “…even I want to live here now,” about the 700 square foot space (we live in a 2000 square foot home in the San Francisco Bay Area). The home looked inviting, spacious, and modern after their work. After our open house we had five separate offers, the winning one was nearly 25% over the asking price and nearly one hundred thousand dollars more than a nearly identical unit in the same building that sold just a couple of months prior. No small amount of credit goes to our realtor and his excellent marketing skills, but I doubt we would have done so well without the help of Seattle Staged to Sell.”

    In conclusion

    After almost $100,000 higher than the original asking price and over the price of a recently-sold and nearly identical neighboring unit, it’s easy to say that the several thousand dollar price tag proves a worthy investment. As professionals, we know the housing market intimately, and can design to target a specific group of buyers most likely to purchase the home. By soliciting our expertise, home sellers invest in their success.


    For more information about the condo unit go to its Redfin Page.

    To read another example of the payoff of home staging: The Importance of Investing in Staging

  • Energize Your Design

    Eclectic Style Living Room Home Staging Seattle

    Make a statement.

    While location is key, it does not contribute to the interior’s appeal. This condo is located in Seattle’s hip neighborhood, Capitol Hill. Despite the condo’s prime locale, the condo itself was bland and uninspiring. We made it our mission to stage the condo and make a statement. To do so, we used bold colors in an eclectic design to bring an energy that matched the neighborhood’s spirit.

    Eclectic Style Living Room Home Staging Seattle

    In the living room, we decided to use a blue sofa for a pop of color; we used green and yellow accents to compliment the intensity of the blue. We also added different geometric prints to catch the eyes of buyers. The placement of the mid century console table added further interest tying together a hip and funky living space.

    Eclectic Style Kitchen Table Home Staging Seattle

    For the dining area, we once again used bold mid century pieces to liven up the space. We chose these chairs because their slim structure enlarged the space. Their bold yellow color tied together the dining and living areas, echoing the yellow pillows on the sofa. We once again used prints to dress up the space by using woven tribal bowls and a patterned vase.

    Eclectic Style Home Office Home Staging Seattle

    We continued most of these design elements in the home office. In this room, we brought the black and white geometric prints to the focus, and we contrasted them with solid green accessories throughout the entire room. Mixing striped and zig-zagged patterns made the design daring, adding extra energy.

    Master Bedroom Home Staging Design

    We made the master bedroom more relaxing through tamer prints, but maintained the bright color palette to contrast against the soft neutrals. This created a balanced, soothing look.
    Colorful Outdoor Balcony Furniture

    We even continued the bold color palette outside of the condo and to the balcony.

    In Summary

    Whether you are putting a property on the market or you are designing your own home, it is important to create a cohesive sense of vivacity throughout your home. An easy way to achieve a hip and funky spirit is to mix bold prints and colors. Essentially, use synergy to create energy.


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    Soft Colors and Neutrals Update Craftsman Home

  • Soft Neutrals and Touches of Metallics Add Sophistication to This Hip Condo

    The Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle is a happening place and a sought after location for living.

    Lumen Condo is one of the popular condominiums in the area. Since it is located close to Amazon and the B&G Foundation, we knew that our targeted buyers would be young professionals. To attract this group of buyers, we designed a hip urban modern design. We kept the walls white for a clean, fresh feel and used a blend of soft neutrals to create an air of sophistication.

    Lumen Condominium staged condo The view from Lumen Condo shows off its close proximity to Seattle’s downtown and Amazon’s headquarters.



    With an open floor plan, it is essential to divide the rooms into different zones. Here, we created a living and a dining space. Having an area rug anchored the room and defined the living space while it kept the room open. The hanging carpet echoed the shag rug and added color, and the use of soft neutrals warmed up the room.

    Lumen Staged Condo

    In the bedroom, we used a patterned area rug and pillows to create a cohesive and fun look. The patterns in gold tones added urban elegance.


    The seating area had a mixture of textures and fabrics to add interest and visual weight to this hip design.


    We created the dining zone near the large windows to face the city view and added pops of color both on the table and the wall. The wall art brought the metallic details from other parts of the condo into the dining space creating a cohesive look.

    In this open floor plan condo, we defined different zones but kept the space connected through metallic accents. To make the metallics stand out, we mixed together soft neutrals. We also layered a variety of natural textures to add further interest to this design. This strategy kept the staging both sophisticated and hip for our youthful targeted buyers.


  • Soft Colors and Neutrals Update Craftsman Home

    stained glass window stairway entry craftsman home

    Of all of the homes we have staged, the entry of this luxury craftsman home is one of our favorites. The details of the stained glass window inspired our color palette and design style. Its soft colors complimented the dark wood trimming and neutrals throughout the house. A stained glass window is classic and timeless, and we wanted to bring these qualities into our design while keeping the style updated.

    luxury remodeled craftsman home kitchen

    In the kitchen, the wall color and countertops created a fresh, modern feel to this newly remodeled home. The neutrals, paired with the dark tones of the island, kitchen table, and trimming made this room timeless. Furthermore, we used accessories that echoed the stained glass window in the entry.


    The glass and blue-green vases, napkins, and cups harkened back to the stained glass further emphasizing the original details of the home.


    The dining room’s wall color also reflected the blue-green hues of the entryway, so we brought in neutrals and a dining table to match the house’s original dark trimming to create balance within the room. We added the animal hide area rug for added interest, which brought everything together.

    Our eclectic design of this beautiful craftsman home united the traditional and the updated elements of the renovated home. By using the entry way as our inspiration, we incorporated the home’s unique arts and crafts charm to imbue our staging with a classic vibe while we used a mixture of transitional and contemporary furniture for an eclectic design. SOLD.

  • Holiday Decorating Tips for Homes for Sale

    Holidays are about families, getting together, buying presents, and expressing our sense of style and merriment with our holiday decorating. Most importantly, we want to be having fun while doing all these things. However, such activities can be somewhat challenging, and perhaps even unpleasant, if trying to sell one’s home during the holidays.

    It’s true that the process of selling your home includes removing your personal touches and purging the clutter to create open and inviting spaces for the home buyers. However, by following these simple tips, you’ll be able to create a balance between preparing your home for the holidays and keeping it show ready for the buyers.

    Holiday decorating tips for homes for sale
    A monochromatic holiday decor with a tall and narrow Christmas tree creates an open and festive mood for your home. Picture Source: Southern Living

    Simple holiday decorating tips for homes that are for sale:

    • Less is ALWAYS better than more when it comes to selling your home, especially during the holiday season. Be selective and don’t overcrowd your home with lots of decorations. Put out the items that you really love and forgo the giant Santa and elf figurines in your garden. Keep in mind that home buyers are purchasing your home and not your Christmas decorations. 
    • Selling homesChoose a monochromatic color palate like silver, white or gold. These are festive colors and also echo winter colors.
    • Be mindful that although people celebrate holidays in different ways, everyone relates to the winter season. Create focal points and focus by bringing the outside in. Evergreen branches, ivy, and red berry branches are beautiful and seasonal. Nature is a universal language.
    • Instead of poinsettias and colored candles, consider using white potted hydrangea and ivory candles. 
    • Tips for holiday decorating when homes are on the market for saleNature is a universal language and everyone relates to it.
    • If you’re celebrating Christmas, choose a slender (tall and narrow) tree with ONLY a few nicely wrapped presents underneath. Remember, you are selling floor space and this choice will add height to your home without taking up too much square footage.
    • Consider removing one or two furniture pieces to make room for the Christmas tree. 
    • White Christmas lights are best suited for homes for sale, especially if you like to add additional ones around your windows. Remember that lights with white wires are more elegant than multicolored lights with traditional green wires. 
    • Add a 2-hour Duraflame log to the fireplace for all of your open houses. 
    • The potential buyers and the agents always appreciate festive cookies and this gives the buyers another sweet memory of your home.


  • Staging A Magnolia Neighborhood Contemporary Home

    Lately we, at Seattle Staged To Sell, have been busy staging lots of homes in one of Seattle’s favorite neighborhoods, Magnolia. 


    Our latest staging project in Magnolia was this contemporary home with the views of Ballard Canal. As residents of Seattle, we consider ourselves lucky that we have the choice of having so many different water view homes. For me personally, I love active water views like this one.

    Our own, Kimberlee Grosline, rolled up her sleeves and partially staged this beautiful Magnolia home. The homeowners of this house had two small children and in the midst of the move to California. We met with them, gave them a detailed to do list and to what they need to do to prepare their homes before the staging date and these motivated home sellers did it all. 

    We started this project with a pre-listing consultation , where we determined what pieces need to go and what pieces should be brought in. In addition we created a “To Do” list for the homeowners.

    We redesigned, defined, and staged all the spaces of this Magnolia home and showcased the full potential of this house for the targeted home buyers. For example, even though this home had two master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, we decided to stage both rooms as masters, since we had identified the targeted buyers as young professionals with no kids or with a young child. 

    Kimberlee did her magic and prepared the house ready for the market. Who could anyone resist this home in Magnolia? From every room of this house, there was a view of the water. 

    Whether it is a vacant house or a lived in house, we help home owners to stage and transform their homes into beautiful products and ready for the market. 

    Staged Seattle Magnolia Home by Seattle staged to sell
    Home staging transformed this Magnolia home in Seattle, WA.

    This Magnolia house was sold in just few days to a targeted buyer as we had identified. We strive to help all home owners to meet their sales goals. This is what makes us happy and this satisfaction is what drives us as a Seattle based home staging company.  


  • Queen Anne Neighborhood Craftsman Home Staging – A Builder’s Own Home

    Queen Anne Neighborhood Craftsman Home Staging – A builder’s own home where every detail has been taken care of beautifully!

    The Queen Anne neighborhood, a sought after Seattle darling of areas, sits on a hill close to the downtown area with a lot of old charm of its own. An abundance of Craftsman Style homes is one the most charming aspects of this neighborhood. However, I have come to know that not all Craftsman homes are created equal. This particular house, being a builder’s own home, is an example of this.  The beauty and craftsmanship of this house is obvious from the curb before you even enter the house.

    Staged Craftsman Style home in QUeen Anne
    When you want to sell a home, this is the kind of curb appeal that you want to have. Immaculate garden, beautiful planted pots for added color, and freshly painted and stained porch and stairs.

    Our Staging Strategy for this Queen Anne Craftsman home located at 813 West Newell Street and listed at $1.3 million, was to keep everything elegant and simple. By doing this, we were able not only able to emphasize the luxurious life style of the home, but also we were able to allow the beautiful finishes and details to speak for themselves.

    • Carefully and thoughtfully selecting furniture pieces and accessories for every home, we are able to create the right life style for each home for the targeted buyers. This approach that we embrace at Seattle Staged To Sell takes time and dedication and our home staging statistics strongly supports this effort. 
    An elegant library/music room with all the details of a craftsman home
    •  This room was a perfect setting for a library and/or music room. By keeping the colors muted, we were able to  direct the home buyers eyes to the craftsmanship of the details.
    staged craftsman style family room
    Family room with beautiful Craftsman Style windows
    • We selected a petit sectional and added cream pillows along with the black and white wall art pieces to ensure that the beautiful windows were showcased.
    Craftsman style bathrooms
    Keeping the bathrooms simple was the best home staging decision for this Craftsman house in Queen Anne.
    • The bathrooms of this house were so beautiful and elegant and for this reason, less was more for this room. This approach is another reminder that home staging is not the same thing as home decorating.  Home staging is for the targeted buyer and this concept is, unfortunately, something lost with some home staging approaches. 
    Staged Craftsman home style master bedroom
    Beautiful Craftsman Style built-ins in the master bedroom
    • This master bedroom had beautiful built-ins and we wanted to showcase that. In addition, some of the shelves had electric plugs and we let the home buyers know by adding a small lamp inside one of the shelf units. Everything in this room is classic and simple. The bedding and the accessories repeat the wall colors.
    craftsman style kid's room staged
    Who said classic can’t be fun?
    • We kept this child’s room classic and added the element of fun to it by our colorful accessories and lanterns. This room was ready to welcome those young home buyers. 

    This is how the listing agents described this Queen Anne Craftsman home in their marketing:

    Picture perfect Craftsman on lovely street close to everything. Builder’s own home constructed in 2002 to exacting detail, w/ classic high-end finishes & ideal layout. Grand entry flanked by living rm & library, formal dining w/ built-ins, butler pantry & kitchen/bkfst/family rm span back of home, open to covered porch, patio & lush private yard. Upstairs are lg master, WIC & luxe bath & 2 addl BRs, bath & laundry. Daylight LL w/ lg office/media, guest suite, 2 car gar. An amazing pristine home!

    When you hire and team up with us to stage your home, you will get a detailed home staging design especially created for YOUR home and YOUR targeted buyers. We have the experience and the knowledge to know what it takes to sell your homes and our track record echos this statement. 


  • What Today’s Home Buyers Want

    Home buyers in this market generally tend to buy homes that are ready to be moved into right away. They don’t want to deal with any renovation projects before occupying their new home. staged homes by seattle staged to sell Moving into a new house is expensive and most home buyers prefer to save their money for bigger renovations later, like a basement remodel.

    Think about the condition of your home. Do you need to attend to some projects before putting your house on the market? Don’t know where to start or which project to tackle?  Here are some general areas to look at to help you determine which improvements will give you the best return. I’d like to emphasis again, that these are general areas and you should discuss this with your Realtor and home stager. This list is a great start to get you thinking and moving in the right direction.

    Landscaping & curb appeal – remember that first impressions are everything

    • Weed and remove any plant debris
    • Prune trees that block the house and the windows; natural light means $$$seattle's home stagers
    • Re-sod the grass if it is needed and keep it mowed as long as the house is on the market
    • Add flower pots at the front door
    • Add seasonal flowers; group the flowers for greater impact and stick with 1-3 colors only
    • Stay away from orange beauty bark and opt for rich dark brown mulch; this will make all the flowers and plants to pop out


    • Hardwood floors are all about condition, condition, condition 
    •  Home buyers LOVE perfect hardwood floors
    • Shampoo carpets and replace the worn out one
    • Choose warm neutral color carpets and low pile
    • Replace/repair worn out linoleum

    Painting – Interior

    • Touch-up trim, doors and ceiling as needed 
    • If the doors are painted shut, unstick them
    • Rich neutral colors are best choices for paint
    • Paint over old water stains
    • The walls should be painted if there are nail holes and marksA seattle home stagers tips

    Painting – exterior

    • Sand and repaint any cracks
    • Repaint or re-stain the front door
    • Repaint fence
    • Three colors for a house is best; one for the body, one for the door, and one for the trim
    • Remember:  it is not about you, so paint the house in a color that appeals to most home buyers

    Kitchen and baths

    • Replace old counter tops; there are companies now that will lay new surfaces right on top of the existing one which involves less labor and thus, saves money
    • If the budget allows, replace appliances that look old and change out the non-working ones;  check out your  local discount appliance stores as they often sell appliances with minor scratches or dents at greatly discounted prices
    • Paint kitchen cabinets and get new and updated hardware
    • No leaking faucets

    You might also find our previous blog about 2011 HomeGain stats about the best home improvements with the best ROI. Remember that during your consultation, your home stager will help you to determine what are the most important projects for YOUR house.


  • Is Your House Ready for the Market and for the Home Buyers?

    Before you put your home on the market, you should ask a professional home stager or your realtor, “is my house ready for the market and for the home buyers? What steps do I need to take to make my home ready for the prospective buyers?” 

    If you car is like mine, and I believe most cars are now being made this way, a light pops up letting me know it’s time to be serviced.

    I then call my dealer/mechanic to make an appointment for my vehicle.
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    All homes could use a TUNE UP warning sign too.
    This automatic warning helps me keep my car in tip-top shape. 
    Wouldn’t it be great if homes also had a tune up button? This way, we would be informed about what is wearing out and what needs to be repaired or replaced. Most homeowners, since they live in their home day in and day out, get used to all the wear and tear in their house and when the time comes to sell, they are not able to identify all that needs to be done before their house goes on the market.
    Yes, it would be wonderful if all homes came with this kind of warning system. But, I have good news for home sellers. A professional home stager can identify all that needs to be done to prepare your home for the market. She/he will create a complete To Do List tailored to the needs of your home. 

    Below is a general list of steps to get you geared up to tackle the projects in order to get your home ready for the market and the buyers.

    home staging tips and check list by seattle staged to sell
    • Exterior Paint – Take a closer look. Paint if the existing paint is tired or flaking off. Fresh paint is the best facelift for ALL homes.
    • Fence – Check the condition and make the necessary repairs.
    • Pathways and stairs – Power wash to remove moss and dirt.
    • House number – The house number should be visible for the homebuyers.
    • Garden – Fresh mulch and seasonal flowers make a HUGE impact; please don’t cut back here.
    • Replace all exterior and interior burned out light bulbs.
    • Running toilets and worn out toilet seats are not cool.
    • Re-grout tile and around the bathtubs and sinks.
    • Leaky faucets should be repaired or replaced.
    • Replace any missing outlet covers.
    • Tackle sticky drawers, squeaky doors and missing knobs and pulls.
    • Replace worn carpet and shampoo the dirty ones.
    • Fix holes in the interior and paint the walls and trim.
    • Replace any broken glass/windows.
    • Refinish the wood floors. Homebuyers LOVE wood floors in great condition.
    • Take down broken blinds or tired and saggy curtains.
    • Re-stain or paint cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
    • We love energy saving light bulbs, but for homes FOR SALE, we recommend regular light bulbs. Light sells homes.
    • Clean out your attic and discard any items no longer needed.
    • All appliances, including the garbage disposal, should be running and working well.
    • Ask your realtor or home stager if it is necessary for you to repair or replace the roof; if old, it may not pass the inspection. 
    • Fireplaces and chimneys should be cleaned. 

    Keep in mind that this is a general list and a good place to start getting your home ready for the market and home bueyrs. If home sellers take the time and address these projects before their homes go on the market, they will ensure that they get the most money for their homes. Homebuyers will use the inspection list to bargain down the price. 

    Give your home a proper tune up and make it ready for the homebuyers. The results will SHOUT OUT to the homebuyers that this home is loved and taken care of. Like cars, people want to purchase homes in great condition.