All I did was....Home Staging Success Stories


Part 1 - Green Staging in models for Devonleigh Homes

Advantage Staging had the opportunity to stage two model homes for the Parkside site in Alliston for Devonleigh Homes.

I decided to stage in as "green" a way as possible to increase the marketing ability for these homes. The scope of work for this staging included selecting finishes, light fixtures, trim and doors, flooring, plumbing fixtures and designing the bathroom and kitchen spaces.

First thing I did was create a family that would live in each of the models. That made the selections much easier to choose as I had some idea of how the family would live in the home. The Shellbrook model was designed for an active family with a dog running through the home on a daily basis. The finishes selected would withstand the rigors of family life and be easy to maintain.

Cork floor in the main floor laundry is easy care and is a renewable, environmentally friendly surface. The washer is a front loader saving water on each load.

Carpeting had low VOC emission for those with breathing problems (over 25% of children now have a breathing problem).

The kitchen table was made from reclaimed elm and steel. A pot filler was installed over the stove to allow the cook to make soup and pasta dishes with ease.

The coffee tables and hall table were made from reclaimed steel and reclaimed railway ties from India (they contain no creosote).

The night table in the boys room was made from a part of a ship (and very heavy).

Custom drapery and furniture completed the look.

This model is light, bright and airy encouraging the gathering of family in the kitchen and rec room, the two rooms where you can invite friends and family over to enjoy time together.

Enjoy the video produced by Barrie Video Tours. The owners Steve and Kelly  use the latest in video tour technology and give you the feeling of being right there in the home.


Michelle Finnamore Advantage Staging - Preparing your property for sale in Woodbridge, Vaughan, Maple, Toronto, Alliston and Barrie.

Two offices to serve your needs.

Toronto and area 416.928.2999

Barrie/Alliston area 705.720.0113

Comment balloon 6 commentsMichelle Finnamore • August 02 2010 12:18PM


That is one of the better video tours that I've seen (except that it had to constantly reload, not sure if it's my internet connection today or not).  I love the lucite chair near the entry, and the farm table in the kitchen.   Well done!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 10 years ago

WwwwwwwwooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwW!!!  Love the richness you've achieved, all the while being "Green"!  Can't wait to see more!  Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) almost 10 years ago

HI Maureen, I absolutely wanted to give the home a modern country feel. Design is swinging away from modern to more easy living with lots of distressed finishes. The lucite chair was used as the office is the first room you see upon entering the foyer so I used the glass/chrome table and the lucite chair to make them "disappear" and not be a heavy looking feature as soon as you entered. The bead board adds to the country feel as well. P.S. due to the high quality of images you do have to let the video load first and then watch it so that it does not keep stopping if you have a slower internet connection.

Hi Julia, thanks for the Wwwwwwoooooowwwwwwwww!!! I appreciate your enthusiasm for my work. I have returned to the models a few times and they still make me smile.  The comments from buyers are all good as well. Wait until you see the next model. Totally different in look and feel.   Green selections were a top concern with both models. It is so easy these days to make a green choice that I wanted to show buyers that you can make educated choices as to the finishes that you select to have healthier indoor air quality.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

Hi Michelle,

I remember you discussing this project! Now I know why you were so excited and so enthusiastic about it. Great video tour and story.

Thanks for sharing it..

Posted by Sergio DePinto (Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Sergio!  It was an easy model to design after I decided what type of family would live there. Being located in Allliston there are so outdoor activities to take part in I knew that one of the models would have to be for a family on the go.

Between fishing in the Boyne River, camping at Earl Rowe Park, playing soccer at the Nottawasaga Inn, or skiing at Blue Mountain this house had to be easy care to allow time to actively participate in all that the town has to offer.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

Simply marvelous Michelle! Thanks for sharing so much with us!! Great blog.

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

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