Home Staging can be as fun as Kids in a Candy Store!

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Home Staging can be as fun as Kids in a Candy Store!

Becker Galleries - Exit Stage Right Vancouver

What a wonderful collaboration I had recently.  I just have to share with you all this wonderful experience. 

I was invited by Lois North of Lois Interiors to help her stage a multi-million dollar listing in one of the most sought after areas of Vancouver.  This condo is located very near where Goldie Hawn set up house while her son attended hockey here in Vancouver.  I think you get the picture. 

Staging this property was fun, of course, but the real highlight was in the afternoon.  We were told by the homeowners that we would be able to go down to an exclusive art gallery, located on Granville Island, to handpick whatever artwork we thought appropriate for the condo.  Are you kidding me?!!  Talk about stagers in an art "candy" store. 

Around 2pm, after playing Cinderella by steaming bedding and rearranging bookshelves, shifting furniture about and folding towels, we headed down to Becker Galleries.  I slipped out of my indoor flat shoes, and into my high-heeled patent leather shoes, and off we went, not in a pumpkin, but in my van.  We arrived at Becker Galleries, which is located at Pier 32, right on the water at Granville Island

We went upstairs, and were greeted by Michele Becker, who personally helped us pick out some amazing art, that would look fabulous in the condo for sale.  We chose some beautiful pieces by Don Farrell, a local artist who now lives on Vancouver Island.  Four little pieces of his artwork were valued at $13,000, and we decided these would look perfect in the master bath!  Another piece we chose for the living room by a different artist, was valued at $30,000.  Oooh la la! 

Here are some photos from our exciting sojourn.  I hope you enjoy them.  There are days when I just love my job!

This is the reception area at Becker Galleries.

Here is Lois North (in black) and Michele - Oh, gosh, eenie, meenie, miny, moe - which great works of art should we choose...

Thank you, Lois, for inviting me along - Bong, bong, bong - oh, gotta run - it's midnight!

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Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Sally I have tried for 5 years to convince local artists to do this but they just keep declining.  I know that we could help them sell their art.  Guess that it's time to give it another try.  Thanks for the "kick" AND for the fun story of your experience. 

SOMETIMES I really miss not being in or near a big city with all of those perks. 

July 23, 2010 04:14 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

Sally, how wonderful! congrats on a great opportunity and success.

July 23, 2010 05:28 PM #17
Rainmaker
436,125
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Julia - for sure - come along next time - the more the merrier!

Maureen - the artists would be horrified if they knew, but the majority of the pieces we selected needed to be either red, to go with the red cushions and accessories, or apple green for the guest room and office.  The bathroom art needed to be rust.  Everything was abstract, so it was pretty easy.

Ha!  Good point Roger - and if you click your red heels 3 times and repeat "I want to stage a Pro-basketball player's home" - it just may happen again!

Ginger - what a shame - that is very short sighted of the artists.  I don't know - there are days when I'm stuck in traffic, not moving anywhere, that I'd just like to chuck it all for a smaller community.  Grass is always greener, I guess...

Janice - thanks so much for the well wishes.

July 23, 2010 07:15 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Sergio DePinto
Re/Max Premier Inc. - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON

Hiya Sally,

It sounds like this was fun and a great opportunity to something special. Picking out your own art for a project must have been a challenge too.

Are you going to post more pictures of the finished job?

July 23, 2010 10:08 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Clicking as I type..................

July 23, 2010 11:34 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Hey ya Sergio - this was definitely something special - we enjoyed every minute of it.  Ok, remember, this wasn't my staging job, I was just the assistant, but here is a link to the listing...  a pretty amazing property - heated limestone floors throughout.  Hope you enjoy.

 

Roger - LOL!

July 24, 2010 01:12 AM #21
Rainer
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Kathleen Emhof
Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York - Buffalo, NY
Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition

Oh, my gosh!  I am grinning (jealously) ear to ear right now! You must have had a ball! (No pun intended--bong, bong, bong...)

I loved the picture of you trying to make a choice!

Thanks for sharing this fun story!!!

July 24, 2010 09:22 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kathleen - Yes, well, I didn't capture my prince charming, but we did pick up some pretty handsome pieces of art! 

Actually, the photo is a picture of Lois and Michelle - I'm the one taking the photo, so no picture of me...

Glad you enjoyed the story.

July 24, 2010 09:43 AM #23
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OK, I am envious of the trip to the gallery, but, heck, I am envious of the trip to Granville Island...I LOVE that place!  What fun, and what fun pieces you chose!  Clicking my ruby slippers...waiting for SOMEONE with a glass slipper to show up...

July 25, 2010 02:25 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Cheryl - I know, I love Granville Island, too.  It was one of those really lovely, sunny days that day, too, which makes Granville Island just sparkle.  Yes, where are those glass slippers when you need them!

July 25, 2010 12:12 PM #25
Rainer
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Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Hey Sally!  Looks like you are really having some fun :-) good for you, enjoy every minute of it!  Hope to see you soon,  Lisa

July 28, 2010 10:35 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Lisa!  Good to hear from you!  Oh yes, I've been getting up to all sorts of trouble...  Hope to see you soon, too!

July 28, 2010 10:40 PM #27
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

Hello Sally, I am floating just thinking I could ever get to that kind of day!  Would you like a free personal assistant for a job?  I can make it to Canada for that!  I am sitting here thinking what would I give to have that kind of EXPERIENCE!  And I would give my time!)

August 25, 2010 08:16 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Laura - I know, it was a surprise to me, too.  It was my stager friend's job - I was her assistant that day - and when she told me we'd be off to look for real art, I just about flipped!  You never know, it could happen to you some day, and when it does, don't forget to call me!!!! 

August 25, 2010 10:56 AM #29
Rainer
335,261
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

Sally ~ You are an inspiration!

August 26, 2010 02:57 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Laura - You're so sweet!

August 26, 2010 07:21 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Cute blog post, Sally.  I enjoyed reading it - thanks for sharing.

October 05, 2010 05:56 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Sandi - I still have fond memories of this day.  Glad you enjoyed the read.  Lois gets some great staging jobs - we recently staged a $4 million property in the best area of Vancouver that sold in 10 days!

October 05, 2010 09:11 AM #33
Rainer
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Eve Rusakova
Studio 74, Home Staging and Redesign - Toronto, ON
Home Stager, Toronto, ON

What a wonderful experience, Sally! I am usually getting lost in Home Sense. But choosing artwork in the art gallery - it's like shopping for exclusive jewellery on the 5th Avenue!

November 17, 2010 01:02 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Eve - Aaaaah, you just gave me a great visual of shopping along 5th Avenue, buying beautiful diamonds and Tiffany necklaces.  As fun as playing in this art gallery was, give me shopping in New York any day!

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