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Sold in 7 days

These home owners weren’t taking any chances, they were bring in a home stager right from the beginning!  They had outgrown their adorable home and had moved to their new home. The wife was a fan on social media so she called us right away. After doing a few updates and applying a fresh coat of paint they were ready for staging.  We brought in light trendy furniture to appeal to a young professional couple, as the home wasn’t overly large and the realtor, home owner and I all agreed that was probably who would buy this home, in it’s location her to the hydrostone in Halifax.  They didn’t have to wait long, they sold in 7 days and had a quick closing. We love our jobs!

Sold in 1 week after staging

Home Stagers to the rescue 🙂  We had a call from a realtor that had a listing in Hammonds Plains in Halifax that was sitting vacant for several months not getting many viewings, and no offers.  The home’s great room was quite beautiful but without furniture and decor, like any house, it felt cold and lifeless. We were so happy when it sold in a week after staging the property.

Home stagers to rhe rescue - sold in 1 week


Guest Speaker – Real Estate Institute of Canada Lunch & Learn

I’m feeling very honoured to be the guest speaker at the Real Estate Institute of Canada’s Nova Scotia Chapter Lunch & Learn on October 5th. During the presentation I’ll be discussing trends how we’ve been successful in the home staging industry, trends were seeing in the homeowner, and much more.

To learn more about this event or the Nova Scotia Chapter visit: REIC

Real estate Institute of Canada


Nominated for Small Business of the Year!

We’re so honoured to be nominated for Small Business of the Year! Each year the Halifax Chamber of Commerce holds the Halifax Business Awards honouring business owners throughout growing Halifax. Staged for Upsell has been nominated in the category of Small Business of the Year. Even if we don’t make one of the top three, we’re hugely honoured to have been nominated.  The awards take place January 2017.

Small Business of the Year Nomination


2016 winners in this same category were:

GOLD: Daniel Daniel Dentistry
SILVER: Sober Island Oysters
BRONZE: Xeos Technologies Inc.

To see more categories and 2016 winners in the Halifax Business Awards click here

Keep your fingers crossed for us!!




Sold in 1 day!

We were so excited to hear from our clients and realtor that they had an offer the first day of going on the market! We loved this house too so we weren’t surprised. What’s interesting about this one is that we’re told the buyers were looking out in Tantallon and other outlying areas of the city and had viewed over 40 homes at the time. This home is located in the Purcell’s Cove area, near the Dingle. The day this one came on the market the buyers viewed it and offered immediately. We’re told they offered $5,000 less, but the sellers countered at full price and the buyers agreed! We love what we do!

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Sold in 3 days!

We love when we get word from clients that they’ve got an accepted offer! We also love it when it’s a quick sale. With most of our staged properties selling quickly, most within 15 days, we weren’t surprised when this one sold in 3 days.

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Happy home staging clients – Sold in 3 days!

This home was what we called an occupied property, the owners were still living in the home. They had some great furniture pieces, but needed some help putting the finishing touches on the space. Having furniture in the space isn’t enough, it’s the finishing touches that create an intimate, cozy atmosphere in the home.

The clients were relocating to another province for work. Not only did they want top dollar for their home, they also wanted a quick sale.

Accessorizing with the great furniture pieces they already had we created some wow factor. I guess the proof is in the results – they sold in 3 days!

Sold in 14 days after staging

We’ve been staying busy staging homes. But we’ve also been very busy de-staging a lot of home after quick sales! Here’s another example of a happy customer. This property was a gorgeous ocean front property that was sitting on the market for approximately 6 months. The owners had been relocated to the US for work and were not able to successfully sell their home before their relocation date. After they moved it then sat vacant on the market. Vacant homes can be even harder to sell. The US relocation firm for the company worked with the real estate agents to have the property staged as they needed to have it sold asap. It was listed just under $1 million dollars. That’s a hefty mortgage to be sitting on!

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The living room was exceptionally large and overlooked the ocean. The room also had a double-sided. We created two seating areas in the living room, one focused around the gorgeous fireplace.  We brought in a leather chaise closer to the window to create a lounging or reading area overlooking the ocean view. Imagine your self sipping coffee or reading a book from this spot.

The photos that were on before staging showed the home filled with very eclectic furniture and artwork. It was a bit over the top. That’s fine for living in your home, however, when you’re selling you need to appeal to the masses. With a beautiful view like this a subtle, calm but sophisticated room is what will sell.  We used modern contemporary furniture and décor to compliment the home and show case it at its full potential.

We were excited to hear that they had an accepted offer 14 days after staging the property. We’re asked all the time if house staging really works. The answer “Yes, good home staging works!” Give us a call today!

The low-down on IKEA kitchens

Considering an IKEA kitchen? Get the low-down from local contractor, i love renovations.
i love renovations recently completed a major home remodel for a beautiful Kingswood property. Having the pleasure of staging the home after renovations were complete, I was able to see first-hand the quality workmanship provided by the company. The kitchen was definitely one of my favourite rooms in the house. I sat down recently with Chris McMullin, co-founder of i love renovations to get the low-down on designing, ordering and installing an IKEA kitchen.

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Q. What were some of the reasons your client chose an IKEA kitchen over a local cabinet company?

A. We always give our clients options when selecting their preferred route for a renovation. There are wonderful local kitchen companies we would highly recommend and have worked with on multiple projects. On this particular project, the cabinets were IKEA and the countertops were provided by a local vendor. Our clients were attracted to IKEA’s ease of ordering, the many options and styles available and the price point fit perfectly within their renovation budget. The turnaround time is also phenomenal. Upon confirming their order, our clients received their product in-hand in about two weeks.

Q. One of the biggest complaints about IKEA kitchens is their kitchen planner software. Did you design the kitchen for your client or just do the installation?

A. There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to using the IKEA kitchen software. If it’s your first time, the program can seem cumbersome and daunting. As we’ve installed several IKEA kitchens, we are now able to navigate through each step with ease. We worked with our clients using IKEA’s kitchen planner software to create their ideal culinary oasis. What we love about the program is the ability to see multi-angle visuals of your design. We were able to move cupboards around and switch out colours and materials. It feels like you’re in a virtual showroom and our clients felt at ease knowing they had seen and approved the layout before installation began.

Q. Did you customize any part of the kitchen design?

A. We wanted to optimize any dead space with personalized features. One of our favourite custom elements in this particular reno is the custom wine rack. It was a simple addition and a nice surprise for guests when they walk through the home.

We were also able to customize the size of each box (cupboard) to work with irregular walls and desired heights. IKEA kitchens come in standard sizes, so we worked with our clients to trim each box as needed and create a truly unique space.

Q. As a contractor, what do you think of the quality of IKEA kitchens over ‘traditional’ manufactured cabinets and would you install them in your own home?

A. We would definitely recommend and have installed IKEA kitchens in our own homes. For the price point, you’re getting solid materials and excellent mechanical hardware. But it’s important to mention that it’s not really a fair comparison to put the IKEA product against custom, quality crafted, genuine pieces. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. In its class (similar price point and material used), IKEA is at the top and rivals those brands with similar components and price tags.

Q. Do you have any tips for people thinking of installing an IKEA kitchen?

A. Many assume ordering a kitchen “out of a box” means the client has no space for creativity or customization. One of our favourite aspects of an IKEA kitchen is having the freedom to customize and personalize each selection. It’s best to work with a contractor who can give you thoughts on dimensions, materials and the best design for your space. Having the proper measurements is key to a smooth installation, so you’ll want to make sure you have your numbers nailed down before ordering. The key is to work with a general contractor who is familiar with the product and its capabilities. This will avoid unwanted frustrations with the final design and will save you money in the long run.

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Want to learn more about i love renovations? Visit their website at
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Indigo Shores Lakeside Information Center Project

I’m very excited to work with Armco Capital on their Indigo Shores Lakeside Information Center opening in June that will be open four days a week.

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This beautiful home is being built by Stonewater Homes, one of the three builders in this development. This beautiful home nearing completion offers an open concept floor plan, vaulted ceilings, large windows overlooking McCabe Lake and direct access to the lake.

The style of the home will be modern urban cottage, a look I absolutely love!  The home will capture the essence of lakefront living in an urban setting. Close to all amenities Indigo Shores is Halifax’s premier lakefront community.

With three builders to work with you can purchase a building lot to build your custom home or chose from a custom home package from one of the three home builders.

To learn more about this amazing development visit Indigo Shores.


HGTV Humble Home Hunters Home Staging Project

I’m finally able to share some photos from a project I did last fall for HGTV’s Humble Home Hunters series!  The show is produced by Tricon Films & Television based in Toronto. My episode aired March 22nd and was called “It Takes Two to Tango”. The homes were in the $150,000 range and targeted towards first time home buyers. Home buyers Angela and Aaron had three homes to choose from. I staged the third home they viewed. Below are some photos from the project:

To watch the episode click here:



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