Wylie Home Staging

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Recently I consulted with a family facing the possibility of being  transferred to Georgia. Their two story home was full of love, life, character, and charm.  This was to be  a bittersweet future for them. Nine years ago this young couple transferred to Wylie from out of state, and in that time they added their personal touch and color to every room. The best memory they will carry with them forever is of the day they brought their beautiful daughter home from the hospital,  a few years later another memorial day was created when they brought home their sweet baby boy. The homeowners understood changes needed to be made before contacting a Realtor, more importantly before the MLS photos were taken! I recommended they remove all personal wall and tabletop art,  faith based items, and to  neutralize paint in the dining room and  living room. They rented a storage unit to house anything that didn’t need to stay, so I suggested they remove 75% of their belongings, from all rooms, closets,  and cabinets. Being a homeowner myself I know first hand how much stuff can be brought into a home in nine years!  🙂 Look around your home, how much stuff did you bring into your home today? The homeowners did a fantastic job of maintaining their home over the years.  Other than repainting the two areas I mentioned before, the only repairs the home needed were to  patch and paint over a few cup hook holes, and to recover the side of a cabinet where the laminate had peeled loose. The existing furniture was relocated, and custom wall and tabletop accessories (made by me) were used to decorate this home to sell.  The home now feels spacious, light, and welcoming.  The listing agent Lauri Callier with Prudential, called  Showcase Photographers to take photos for the MLS (online listings). The day the home was listed, the first person to see the home fell in love with it, made an offer, and the homeowners accepted!!!  🙂 The family has officially relocated to Atlanta, and have begun a new life there. They liked what I did so much with their previous home, that they have asked me to come to Atlanta, and decorate the house that they will soon buy. This is such an incredible compliment and blessing!!! I am so glad to work with this family again, and I look forward to hearing about their exciting new adventures! You can check out Before and Afters of this Beautiful Home here! As always, thank you for reading! Feel free to contact me here!    ...

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My Newest Project!

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This is a slideshow of my newest project!    🙂   Recent Staging Project from Rena...

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Goodbye Santa Claus!

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Last week, I had the pleasure of staging a home in Wylie that will soon be listed for sale. The living room has this special wall feature. I wanted to emphasize the size and unique shape with a large airy  clock, allowing  the prospective buyers to see the value and possibility of the space.    If you’ve been in the market for a clock recently,  you’ll know that they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Of course the larger they are, the higher the price tag. I wouldn’t  let that stop me though, I had a plan and a budget to keep.  So I headed to the Good Will Store, and was thrilled to find this gem, for only $12.99. It was brand new and still protected in styrofoam and plastic!  🙂 Armed with a .99 can of white gloss spray paint, a $5.49 can of primer, two left over cans of spray paint in black and aqua, and a plastic dinner plate, I got to work. First, I removed the hands, spray painted them black, and set them aside to dry.  Next, I applied a layer of spray primer over the entire clock. Then, I spray painted the center of the clock aqua and when it was dry, I covered a portion of the center with a dinner plate.  I could’ve used painters tape and newspaper, but honestly I was lazy, and I didn’t want to take the time to tape it all off  because there was no guarantee it would’ve been a perfect circle. This way was much easier and took way less time! I finished by spray painting the entire uncovered surface with the gloss white and quickly removed the plastic plate.  The next day I re-attached the hands.   So for less than $22.00, I can say “Goodbye Santa Claus clock, hello original wall art by Swan Staging!”  🙂           Interested in more Original ideas? Contact Rena.    ...

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I disagree…

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As I entered the choir room at church yesterday, I was blessed with a smile and a big hug from a visiting member who now lives in South Carolina. He is 25, married, and has two adorable children. The first time I met him he was in high school when we went on a church mission trip for a week in July to Stephenville, Tx. Our purpose for going was to help those who could not help themselves. We repaired roofs, ceilings, floors, and built wheelchair ramps for homeowners who were on fixed incomes and just didn’t have any money to take care of the problems themselves. The youth worked tirelessly that week, but had a lot of fun. As the days turned into weeks, that trip slowly faded out of their memory, but unbeknownst to them, God planted a seed. I was there to witness as the youth followed God’s call to literally be His hands and feet. Those seeds would soon take root. This young man decided on a career path that sometimes requires that he travel to dangerous locations for extended periods of time throughout the year. In September 1947, the United States Air Force was formed, the last of all five branches of the military. From a teenage boy wearing a church mission trip t-shirt showing his faith in God, to a man wearing a United States Air Force uniform showing his faith in God and his loyalty to his country.   He, like hundreds of thousands of honorable men and women, made the choice to defend this great nation, to help those in need on US and foreign soil. To be His hands and feet… He recently returned home from Afghanistan, he was there for seven months. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for seven months (302,400 minutes) he lived through temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to 120+ degrees, was surrounded by gunfire, IED’s, mortar attacks, hate,fear, pain, and worse. A week ago today, we honored those who have given their lives, their all for our freedom. Yesterday I was blessed to see one of our hero’s return home. I thanked SSgt. McGarity for the sacrifices he has made and for his service to our country, he said he was just doing his job. I disagree…   God bless and keep all the men and women in uniform, who are just doing their...

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Same Cupcake: Different Result

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Same Cupcake: Different Result

  These two cupcakes were made from the same recipe, yet the one on the right looks much more desirable and expensive. Small details like the piped icing, sprinkles and tissue paper wrapping make the cupcake more appealing to the eye – almost more decadent, although the cupcake most likely tastes the same as the one on the left. In this way, the decadent cupcake is similar to a for-sale home that has benefited from home staging. It’s the same house, yet expert tricks and changes make it more appealing to potential home buyers. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving, and most of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it. It’s about adding the small details: the piped icing and sprinkles. My goal is to use practical creativity, small budgets, and my years of experience in interior redesign to professionally prepare a home to sell so that it becomes infinitely more attractive to potential buyers. Does it work? Here’s a note from a recent client: “Rena’s Home Staging expertise was such a huge help to my family as we were preparing to sell our previous residence. She helped us choose a neutral paint color that created a spacious feeling throughout our home, and that would even highlight the tray ceiling in our family room. She helped us organize our mess, and arranged the furniture and accessories, to give each room definition and purpose. The second couple to see our home, commented that as they did their walk-through, they weren’t sure if they could afford such a nice house, then discovered the asking price, and grabbed it! Rena did such a wonderful job, we just had to hire her to help with the design of our brand new build.” – Mrs. Gorsuch For more information about home staging services from Swan Staging & Redesign, please visit my staging...

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