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


All I did was.. add some character and warmth to a library.

Advantage Staging tries to find that one thing in every home that makes the potential buyer feel a connection to that home.

One way to to do that is to create a room that is a place to get away from everything. To create a refuge from the busy lives that we all lead today.

With that in mind, this is the result at 143 Orleans in Vaughan.

Before the room was spacious and had a work desk but the room was lacking that certain something to make you want to curl up and stay awhile.

staging a library 

All I did was add a chaise lounge, throw, accent cushion and an area rug to ground the vignette.

Nothing says curl up and stay awhile like a chaise lounge. Buyers loved it.  The property was sold in a few days.

staging a library

Professional staging is the art of touching buyers emotionally to have them see a house as their home.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

Remember, staging is always less than the first price reduction.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.


77-9100 Jane St. Bldg. L  Vaughan ON

Comment balloon 11 commentsMichelle Finnamore • June 03 2012 10:25AM


Very good addition, indeed. Can't you just feel your toes curling up in that rug. I could settle there to read for a while. Good job warming up this great space.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Hi Gretchen, thanks for stopping in to see this cozy library Gretchen. The home owner likes modern things but a shag rug was not on their list of things that they would have bought. After seeing this transformation they couldn't belive how much better the room felt with that bit of texture added to the room.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 8 years ago

Michelle ~ You're one smart and savvy stager!  Adding that cozy chaise, accents, and the textured area rug made a huge difference in how buyers would perceive this space.  I'm not at all surprised that this home sold in just a few days!  Congrats on doing such a great job helping your clients!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 8 years ago

Michelle - Talk about a comfy couch!  Love the chaise, and wouldn't mind curling up in it myself.  The space certainly looks more inviting now - great job, as usual!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 8 years ago

HI Maureen, I know most women cannot resist a chaise lounge. Me included! And to be surrounded by books at the same time is just heaven.

Hi Sally, the room definitely lacked that cozy, comfy feel before the chaise was placed there. The home owners were really quite affected by the change. They wondered how they had not thought to do this while they lived there. I know we hear this all the time from our clients when we stage their homes. What seems so easy for us to do as stagers seems to allude people when they are living in their homes.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 8 years ago

It looked pretty good before but so much more inviting with the added says "relax"!  Great visial for potential buyers! 

Posted by Lisa Roy (SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver) about 8 years ago

Hi Michelle! Welcome back!! I just got into AR today after almost a year absence. Great work, as always.

Posted by Monica Stanciu, Staged 2 Sell Solutions, Markham, ON (Staged 2 Sell Solutions Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hi Lisa, yes it is the magical power of the chaise to draw the buyers into sitting in the room for awhile. Most people cannot resist the pulll of a chaise! LOL!!

Hi Monica, Thanks it's great to see you back here in the rain as well. We both had an absolutely fabulous year growing our businesses so it was difficult to find the time to do all the things we like to do like being in the rain.  Feels good being back with all the successful stagers across North America. Learning and growing together.


Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 8 years ago

Hi Michelle,

That certainly was just the right touch...  the chaise brought a cozy, comfy feel to the room.  Great job Michelle!

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) about 8 years ago

I think I've been asleep at the wheel. Honestly, I don't know how I missed this post.

Your after picture looks like it was taken from a page from Pottery Barn.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( about 8 years ago

Hi Kathy, well that's very high praise indeed!  Thank you for your kind comment about this looking like Pottery Barn.  The feature is very much appreciated. 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 8 years ago

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