OnStage is the Pacific Northwest’s premier home staging company. Understanding the needs of the seller and the mindset of the buyer is one of our specialties. We help you show buyers more than just a house. We help them envision a home. Our expert designers work with you to create a plan that compliments the home’s interior and exterior style & enhances the home’s layout.
The key to any successful staging project is to develop an intentional, deliberate design plan.
Our Designers use a keen eye to envision what exactly they want to do with a space. Understanding how the architect intended the space to be used; how potential buyers will likely use the space are key considerations to take into account.
A specific floor plan is devised to act as a guide for the staging project. In our warehouse everything that is chosen has an intended use and specific placement. From the smallest gold whale tail, to the biggest silver mirror, there is an intention behind everything.
When a challenging space presents itself a Designer may come up with two or three possible design plans. But only one can be the best! That’s when we work together as a team to find the best way to stage a space. This ensures we can deliver the quality of product that has become our hallmark.
Innovation at its best
A 24,000 sq ft warehouse filled with designer furniture may sound like a dream! Sometimes the intention of the design scheme can be too specific and preclude any alteration to the design. Being able develop a workable solution for lack of a specific piece of furniture can lead to not just a stop-gap solution but also a whole new way of looking at a piece of inventory!
Not every home is created equal. Identifying the character and lifestyle associated with a home is what creates a beautifully staged home. Intentionally mixing in unique or seemingly mismatched items gives a home the character and the little bit of chaos that builds dramatic eye catching design.
The OnStage Difference
Design with intention and setting a home with purpose. That is the OnStage difference.
The great room. The sought after commodity that every home buyer hopes and dreams for. That dream home where friends and family can all congregate and make a house a home. Everyone wants their home to be known as “the place to be”!
Style is cyclical, as is the way we use the spaces that we inhabit. When we moved out of the caves and started building structures for shelter we were a tribal people. We built one room structures large enough for the whole clan, including our livestock!
It just had to be functional. It didn’t have to be pretty.
Personal space or even the idea of comfort wasn’t a concept until the 1400’s. We started divvying up the large communal spaces and giving them specific function. Prime examples of this are the craftsman bungalow or the classic four squares that fill every established neighborhood. Every room is given a designated use, is separated from the other rooms and can be closed off by a convenient door. We didn’t want to see the food being prepared. After the dinner party we wanted to retire to the drawing room.
But then we got lonely.
Starting in the 1970’s architects really began the move away from walled off and compartmentalized rooms and the great room was reborn! Dining rooms over-looking sunken living rooms. Conversation pits became a thing. Old bungalows remodeled by removing walls and opening up the spaces in between. Bigger became better!
While big is beautiful, it can also be scary. The key to making a great room great is to define the space or spaces. Often times you need to define more than one living space in exceptionally large rooms. We encounter these giant rooms in a variety of properties. From urban condos and luxury high-rises, to suburban developments or new infill construction in established neighborhoods.
The OnStage Difference
Identifying the lifestyle that will appeal to the prospective buyer for a property is the first step to any successful staging project. That is the OnStage difference.
With grey tones as popular as they continue to be, they can pose a challenge. Especially in March in the Pacific Northwest! To work with this palette we like to mix in warm tones. The rich gold and copper of the accent pieces give just the right amount of warmth to this bungalow. This warmth brings out the depth and color of the flooring. Pairing with the crisp white sofa and burnished aluminum of the artwork ties the decor to the style of the house. Furthermore, the soft grey metal bases also bring out the depth and color of the flooring. All this combines to create a cohesive look throughout the home.
To stage a home well, start with the existing character of the house and work with it not against it. A cohesively staged home draws buyers in and through the property. This invites them to feel comfortable and at home. In this property we took the cool grey and white pallet and balanced it with warmth to create a friendly space.
Even in a competitive market, uninviting homes don’t draw offers. And a house that feels cold and has no character or personality is like a limp hand shake “thanks, but I’ll move on to the next one”…
Bringing a mix of warm and cool palettes is the best way to create drama. Something that gives a house the firm handshake that generates offers.
The OnStage difference
At OnStage, every home gets a unique designer look. This results in a look that is specially designed to work with the features of the home. We highlight the features and selling points to generate buyer interest. Our inventory is carefully chosen to allow us to give our clients the optimum look for their staging needs.
When people talk about flooring, it’s typically about the stuff that stays put until the next remodel (or a massive flood), not an artistic expression that can change the feel of an entire room.
Area rugs are the red-headed stepchild of the design world and we say they deserve better than that! They offer warmth that’s both physical and conceptual, they’re a grounding presence to rooms of all sizes, and though much of the time they’re an afterthought, they’re often the finishing touch.
So… how to pick?
Is it by color, by shape, by size, by texture.
Yes. And more.
Before you start obsessing about the shoulds, consider your lifestyle; think about what you want, what you need, and makes you happy. Get clear on what won’t work, what might work, and what will totally work for your space and dive into the maybes and yeses.
Your lifestyle will play a big part in determining the type of area rug you choose. If you’re in the “This is why we don’t have nice things” camp (pets and children), a good starting point is to look for durability and stain resistance!
If you’re sense of style and beauty is offended by scratchy materials, fiber selection is a big consideration. No jute for you.
Do you have allergies? Think twice about what material you use. Wool is a great choice because it’s naturally resistant to mites. Gross.
Shape & Size
There’s a lot of conflicting “rules” and guidelines out there concerning how your rug should be placed in relation to your furniture. Some say to measure your seating area and chose a size up when picking your area rug. Some say your furniture should be half on, or half off, or totally on, or not on at all.
Yikes. Your best bet is to take to the World Wide Web and read up, look at photos and decide what look appeals to you and works for your home and your budget.
Do you want soft n’ cozy, or industrial strength? Plush or minimal padding? Natural or Synthetic?
Wool area rugs or wool-cotton blends tend to score high on the popularity scale due to their durability and soft texture. Other natural textures include sisal, jute, bamboo, and silk.
On the synthetic side, acrylic, nylon, and rayon are popular choices and more affordable than their natural counterparts. You’ll sacrifice a bit on the soft factor, but when you’ve got a budget, you’ve got a budget.
Our best advice? A white shag rug in a living room full of pets and kids not a good choice.
Color & Pattern
This is the fun part. Some folks don’t care about anything else when picking a rug just as long as it appeals to their visual senses.
Traditional is a safe and sure bet for any house, but if you’re willing to take a walk on the wild side, we say, go for it.
Bold geometric patterns are hot right now as are metallics. Yes, you heard that right – metallics! In rugs! If you’re willing to pick style over function, by all means, get funky with some silver and gold.
Need help with sizing and placement? Here are a few articles that’ll help you decide how big to go and how to best arrange your space around your new area rug.
Pay particular attention to the rug sizing guide – picking a rug that’s too big can be a disaster but if you buy one too small, it can break up your space and make it look choppy and disjointed.