Do You Think It Would Be Fun to Stage a Home on the National Registry of Historical Places? Home Staging, St. Paul, MN

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Do You Think It Would Be Fun to Stage a Home on the National Registry of Historical Places?

Home Staging, St. Paul, MN

That is kind of a stupid question isn't it? Of course it would be fun to stage a historic home on the National Registry!! And I was privileged enough to be able to do it.

Check out this 1878 Mansion on Summit Ave in St. Paul, MN with 7100 finished square feet, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It is the Historic McKey House situated next to the stunning St. Paul Catherdral and the famous James J. Hill Mansion.

 

 

The foyer is not only stunning it has it's own fireplace! Although pretty is was kind of boring without furnishings.....

 

 

So let's add some interest.

 

 

Unfortunately this is a bank owned property and I was hired by the banker to 'make it standout'. Her main request was that I "don't make it stuffy". She didn't want period pieces and I totally agreed with her. It needs to relate to a modern family but keep it's character and charm.

Absolutely....no stuffiness allowed!

So let's see how it turned out......

The living room is gorgeous with it's bay window and wood floors.

 

 Summit LR

 

 

 

Summit LR 2 

 

The dining room is huge and the original light fixture is worth tens of thousands of dollars alone.

 

 Summit DR

 

The kitchen of course has modern appliances......

 

 Summit Kitchen

  

And what mansion would be complete without a library.

 

  Summit Library

  

Although the bank wanted it modern and not stuffy, some fun eclectic accent pieces to speak to it's history is needed too.

Like a picture of the keys of an antique typewriter!

 

 

Replica antique radio bookends.

 

 

A spark of whimsey of who the gentleman of the home may be....hmmm... Mr. Thomas Jefferson?? Just kidding!!

 

 

And of course a grand table to entertain in your grand mansion!

 

 

So yes, staging this vacant home on the National Registry of Historic Places was one of the most fun projects I have had the privilege to stage.

 

Originally posted at Rooms With Style Blog.

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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Shar ~ you did an amazing job showcasing this historic home!  So glad it's not formal and stuffy, as today's buyers will love the modern feel of this beautiful property.  Great example of staging for the target buyer!!

September 07, 2011 11:22 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - Just picking myself up from fainting at how beautiful this staging job is.  Talk about a dream job - I think I'm slobbering with delight even more than your St. Bernard, Sally!  Seriously, how many fireplaces are there?!!  What a stunning home, and your relaxed, comfortable, inviting furnishings and artwork are perfect.  I especially love the entry with the chair sitting by the fireplace - a lovely vignette that makes you want to go scrambling up the steps to see more.  May I ask how much a mansion goes for these days?  Fantastic!

September 07, 2011 11:38 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The word "beautiful" just doesn't do the home justice!  Nicely done, Shar...it looks so warm and inviting!

September 07, 2011 12:05 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

You struck just the right balance between the historic and the way today's buyers want to live.  I'll start on an Historic home next week myself - can't wait!

September 07, 2011 12:05 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Shar! Gorgeous! Love, love, love those old radio bookends! Great blending of old and new!

September 07, 2011 02:17 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Frank & Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Shar is the STAR and what a beautiful staging in the home! Despite its age (1878), this home looks brand new on the inside!!

September 07, 2011 05:32 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you so much Kathy, I really appreciate that.

Thanks Maureen.....the target buyer is what we need to address for sure.

Too funny Sally, slobber away. There is a fireplace in almost every major room. Oh, the mansions on Summit Ave average $1 - 2 million. If one is in need of TLC it could be lower...for some of the real monster homes even more.

The client was happy which was good Sharon, ha. But the furnishings sure turned it from an echo chamber to a home.

Thanks Julie and how fun! Can't wait to see your pictures.

Aren't they fun Peg? I love little pockets of emotion like that.

It is looking newer than 1978 Frank and Karen! LOL

 

September 07, 2011 07:25 PM #17
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Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

This house looks amazing. The woodwork alone is beautiful and then what you did just complemented everything.

September 07, 2011 08:43 PM #18
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Shar, this is lovely...you did an amazing job...when can I move in? and that's a complement coming from a girl who only has lived in New Construction for the past 20+ years!

September 07, 2011 10:51 PM #19
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Shar--just gorgeous.  The home has fabulous architecture and I love what you picked for the furnishings.  Such a lovely home to be in foreclosure.  I hope there are new buyers soon and they hire you to decorate it. 

September 08, 2011 12:06 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

Shar,

Incredible work!  I have worked with a few home stagers throughout the years, but not all of them were as creative as various projects required.  Love your photos!!

September 08, 2011 07:14 AM #21
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shar, what an honor to be able to stage this gorgeous historical home!    You did a great job in transforming each room!

September 09, 2011 08:49 AM #22
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Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

What a beautiful pictures! You must LOVE your job, Shar. Best of luck!

September 09, 2011 09:37 AM #23
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Beyonca Clark
Century21 New Millennium - Lusby, MD

I wish I could have done it with you. I love historic homes and you just added such a bit of class and elegance to an already gorgeous space... Oh to live in such a lovely home.  Such a shame on the foreclosure block!

September 11, 2011 05:20 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you Terri. The woodwork was incredible.

Ellen, I have lived only in new construction that last 26 years myself but I do like old homes.

Wouldn't that be cool Janet!! I would love to decorate that entire home. I hope the new buyers are reading this, ha.

Thanks Marzena, let me know if you ever need a creative mind. LOL

It was an honor Joan.....very fun indeed. And thank you.

I do love my job Tatyana....I feel very blessed.

I know Beyonca, I hope someone who will really love it and take care of it will buy it,

September 12, 2011 08:09 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

Shar, amazing job! I'm green with envy! Your accessories are amazing! Kudos to you girl!!!

September 13, 2011 08:00 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you Janice. It sure was fun.

September 13, 2011 09:55 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Hi Shar, it looks like a lot of fun and the picture tell an amzing transformation story...

September 16, 2011 12:18 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Michelle Drewry
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Arcadia, CA - Arcadia, CA
Realtor - Find Arcadia Ca Homes For Sale

Shar - your staging is exquisite!  You really brought out the features of this lovely home with your choice of furniture and accessories.  Beautiful job!

September 16, 2011 06:16 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

A bunch of fun for sure Barbara!

Thank you Michelle....much appreciated.

September 16, 2011 10:47 PM #30
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