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Can someone recommend a experienced stager for a $1,000,000+
home in the East Bay? Thanks
We used Gary Faber at Nurture Source Design. He is amazing.
He has a great sense of what needs to be done in order to
appeal to as many people as possible. He can recommend
color, design (interior & exterior), provide staging
furniture and manage the entire project. He is super easy to
work with. We used him in Jan '10 and our house sold in
under two weeks. His number is 510 868 1021. We actually
just used him again to recommend color & design ideas on our
new house. Would use Gary again!
Decorator/Stager recommendations wanted
We are thinking about giving our kitchen and furnishings an
upgrade, but we're not sure how long we'll be living in this
house. I'd like to find a decorator who also does staging
for home sale who can help us on several counts - 1) I'd
like to find furniture that will work in our living room but
which is neutral enough to work if we move again, and 2) I'd
like to do some cosmetic upgrades in the kitchen, including
changing the the flooring and counters, and possibly
building another cabinet which won't clash with the existing
cabinetry. Can anyone recommend an interior decorator who
can help us to upgrade without breaking the budget or
scaring off potential future buyers with our own
questionable taste? We definitely need someone who has
contacts among the cabinet-makers and handymen of the east
bay and who can recommend people to actually do some fix-it
work as well.
Real estate stager Kim Pierce 912-4686 is also available
to help with home decorating decisions, paint colors,
furniture placement, etc. She is very easy to work with.
I've used her and highly recommend her.
If you are looking for a wonderful stager and home
decorator, then contact Jacqueline Brown at 510-541-8764.
I'm a Realtor at Highland Partners, Prudential California
Realty and she has staged some amazing homes for us and
understands the difference between staging for prospective
buyers and decorating for your own personal tastes. Mary
I would like to recommend Natalie Lynch, Realtor and
professional stager. She staged and sold my friends' house
and it looked amazing! She is also our real state agent and
we are very happy with her. She is very knowledgeable and
has excellent contacts. here is her info:
Natalie Lynch, Realtor @ all East Bay Properties 510
393-4488 (cell) Sole proprietor of Casa di Vita Staging
I am looking for the name of a good stager who works in the East
Bay? So many of the staged houses look so typically staged we
want someone with a classy approach to making our home look
really great when we sell it.
I recently used Christine Mattsson from Nest Egg Staging for a home we sold in
Berkeley. I could not have been more pleased. Christine is extremely professional
and responsive. However, what I found most appealing about the work Christine
did for us was her ability to survey the home and to quickly understand how best to
present the space leveraging our home's most valuable assets. Christine has high
quality inventory and she possesses a wonderful sense of color and space! I'd like
have her come and stage my new home!! Most importantly, we sold our home
quickly and had lots of interest! One of our neighbors commented that not a detail
was missed. The best place to reach Christine is on her mobile number: (510) 368-
Carrie Yoshida (her company is ''Visual Harmony'') an excellent
stager and also a Feng Shui specialist. She is just awesome! Her
forte is that she really FEELS your place. And then, she has a
LOT of knowledge and experience. She is very easy to work with,
has reasonable prices and is a joy to be around. You can contact
Tania Beaudet of Tania B Studio does beautiful work - she's
creative and has a great eye. Check out www.taniabstudio.com and
phone is 415-425-9958
We have used CORDELIA DEVERE, of New Moon Designs, at 510-207-1169 for several
remodels of both our home and offices. All I can say is she is a total pleasure to
with! She will use what you have in house, as well as bring in her own items. She
very fair in her prices.
I couldn't have been more pleased with her work and am happy to recommend her!
We will be selling our Alameda home sometime this year
and would like recommendations for professional stagers. Ideally we
would like someone who won't mind answering some
questions in advance, since we are completely clueless
about the process, cost, etc.
We used Lindsay Kunis last year for a staging job and were very
pleased. She and her husband own Form, a vintage (modern) store
on College. Her work is definitely on the modern side, but
everything she provided had clean, classy lines. Everyone who
went through our apartment said ''wow''.
Carole Johnson of Purple Door Designs is absolutely someone you should talk to. Her
office number is 233-4467, and her cell phone is 508-5659. Carol has an incredible
sense of design, and she can make the home you want to sell into the home that
others will want to buy! Her website is www.purpledoordesigns.net.
You should really try Bonnie Ross. I have used her for two
home sales and she is amazing. She has an excellent eye and
many good quality pieces, which is not always the case with
some stagers. She uses a lot of antiques but in a way that
works with various styles of homes. My first home was a
craftsman, and the second a mid century and both times, her
things worked with mine very successfully.
She can work with pieces you have or bring everything in, which
ever you prefer. She is a Real Estate agent her self, but will
stage for homes listed with other agents. However, I think it
is cheaper of you use her as the listing agent, and she happens
to specialize in Alameda.
Give her a try - she is a lovely, talented person and very easy
to work with. A true professional, and you will earn back your
investment many times over.
Just wanted to recommed Grace McHugh 510-521-1741 for Staging. She did a
wonderful job for us last year and at a very reasonable price. She is very creative
and has lovely pieces. As an example of her gift; we were struggling for days to find
the right color to paint the kitchen, she looked at the swatches for about 30
seconds, said ''use half strength of this'' and it was exactly right. I'm always amazed
by people who can do that!
We have also worked with several real estate agents on the island with mixed results
so if you are looking for more prospective realtors to interview, I would highly
recommend Kane & Assoc., specifically Liz Kane, Marie Kane and Hanna Fry - all
In response to the person in Alameda looking for a professional
home stager, I am writing to recommend Star Lightner and Erin
McDevitt, and their company Bungalow. I saw a house they
staged on 62nd Street in North Oakland and it was very
tastefully and beautifully done. I am sure they would be happy
to talk to you about cost and other issues. You can reach them
at 510-332.5559. http://www.bungalowhomestaging.com/
I am looking for a home stager and the listings on the site are 4+ years old. Can anyone recommend someone they
have used more recently, especially one who is affordable? Thanks
A friend of mine had fabulous results with Nest Egg, phone number is
The business is run by Christine and Katy, both have a great eye for
design and are
professional and friendly. Their website is www.nesteggstaging.com. You
some of their work, hear recommendations, etc. They have been in business
years and focus in Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito and
I would like to recommend a designer whom I have been working
with. Her name is Kari Grosz, and her number is 925-899-7201.
I have had two projects with Kari, and my current one involves a
major remodeling for more than half of my house. Both
experiences with Kari have been wonderful.
Kari is very talented, very resourceful, and she can work with
any budget the homeowners want to spend. Also, despite her busy
schedule, she is always very responsive and nice to work with.
My recommendation of working with Kari is without reservation
We are getting ready to sell our home and the realtor of course
recommends staging which costs btwn.$3-4000. What has been other
peoples experience with this and is it always the seller who pays
for it or do the realtors sometimes pay for it?
I interviewed 3 seller's agents to sell our place in SF at end of last year. One offered
to split staging costs 50/50; one offered to just give us tips on how to rearrange
furniture/what to put in storage, etc (in lieu of professional staging); the third wanted
us to pay for all the staging costs but had lots of contacts so we could do everything
quickly & at reasonable cost.
I guess the question about staging should really be who pays if you don't stage your
home?? Congratulations on having an agent who suggest that you do stage your home. It is a
wonderful marketing tool that helps potential buyers invision your home at its best
potential and usually commands a much higher price than a non staged property. But let's
say that the staging does indeed bring you in a best case result of an extra $50,000 on
your sale. Then the $ 3500-$4000 investment did indeed bring you in more money. Most
agents estimate the additional revenues at approx $20,000 for staging (Still a good return
on a $3500-$4000 investment). But Even at the large sum of $50,000 more the agent would
only make a little over $1000 which would not make sense to pay for the staging at all. So
if you are thinking about not staging because you don't want to pay the staging fee you
may want to figure out what it will really cost you not to stage your home.
Paying the stagers is usually done by the sellers. However, if the real estate agent
really wants your business, she may pitch in. When we recently sold a house in the $1
million range in Montclair, our agent recommended we spend about $20K fixing up and
staging the house. She kicked in $6K of her own money to pay for the upgrades. She also
lowered the real estate agent commission from 6% to 5% which she said is pretty standard
when you get over $800K. Luckily, all the work and staging paid off, and the house sold
Recent Home Seller
We are getting ready to sell our small 2 bedroom/1 bath home. Does anyone
have a recommendation for a stager?? We have an older bungalow type home in
upper rockridge with lots of wood around the doors & would like someone that
could accent this. I would prefer someone that could do more of an "arts &
crafts" approach vs. the more modern styles seen in newer homes.
Barbara Davison is an excellent stager with good experience in real estate
and an intuitive sense of what works for her clients. She lives in Oakland.
Office phone/fax: 510-336-1007.
I would recommend The Design Shop. Their phone number is (510)
655-7800. Their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I have seen their staging
in a Victorian and it was very tasteful and appropriate for that particular
house. They will be staging my own home soon. olga
I recommend Stageright for home staging. Terry Gillen has lived and worked
in the Berkeley area for years and is very pleasant to work with. One of
her business partners has extensive experience as a professional interior
designer. They have successfully staged a range of homes and are very
familiar with Arts & Crafts-style and older homes. Terry can be reached at
My friend, Jackie Thompson, is a professional stager. You can ger her
website at Hearthstonedesign.com. She said for the person asking about
staging a craftsman style home that she could steer her to a friend
that specializes in that style of home staging, but I know if you went
with Jackie, she would do a good job for you. She has been doing this
for a number of years and is very talented. She knows about Feng Shui
and has put that to good use in her staging. Good luck.
I'm writing in response to the people looking for a good stager for
their Rockridge bungalow. Gregory Odle at Berkeley Bungalow (on San
Pablo) has done some successful staging for people with bungalows. In
fact, he staged his own home a couple of years ago and ended up
getting an outrageously high. He can be reached at
email@example.com or at his store (510) 981-9520. Good
I would like to respond to the Anonymous person looking for a
stager for their home. Her name is Karen Brown, and her phone # is (510)
527-6219. She has a beatiful, simple sense of style.
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