Staging, for the next adventure of your life.

January 11, 2016



Over the past 20 years, I have bought, renovated, landscaped, staged and sold for profit, 4 of my own homes.  I like change, especially related to home décor and design, love the creative process, and possibilities of the next adventure.


My last house however, was different.


Looking back, I realize that I was thrown for a loop by a ‘life transition’ that was overwhelming.  I didn’t want to move but didn’t have a choice.


Selling your home has a beginning, a middle and an end with a deadline that you can’t put off forever. It is more than the physical packing and purging of your stuff, it is cutting emotional ties to your home and its memories.  On top of that, there is the stress of finding another house and starting all over again.


Sometimes the unknown is just scary.


Although I have lots of experience being the owner and the seller and know what to do, when my agent offered a free staging consultation as part of her service and I decided to try it. (See pictures)  It helped me to be objective and start focusing on the future. 


The move had all the typical elements: 

Painting and small repairs, de-personalizing rooms, tidying the gardens, trips to recycle depot, giving items to friends, donating to various agencies, a garage sale, auction house for art, furniture to antique dealer, packing and hiring the movers.  The open house was successful and we sold for above listing price.  I survived with the help and support of friends.


As I was putting my ideas for Re-Thinking Home into words, I looked at this experience from different perspectives.  I deeply understand the process involved in transitioning from one adventure to the next and want to be of service.   


  • Life transitions such as, economic ups and downs, job loss, job transfers, marriage, divorce, poor health, a death, etc. can result in some dramatic adjustments to our living arrangements.

  • Change is stressful.

  • It’s OK to ask for help.  You don’t have to do everything yourself.

  • Having an impartial and empathetic coach will diffuse the emotion and keep you on track.

  • As you declutter and depersonalize for staging, you can begin to envision your new home and get excited.

  • Staging your home is a service to the buyer who is also processing his/her own life transition story.      


Preparing your home for sale is hard work, stressful, and rewarding in many ways.

I would love to help you through the process, step by step.

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