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


How do you stage a triangle shaped room that's only 10 square feet?

A builder called to ask if Advantage Staging could stage one of their units in a condo which had recently won a major world wide award. It is known as the Marilyn Building in Missisauga Ontario. It is quite spectacular from the outside.

marilyn building

It was a difficult lay out and they had not been able to sell the condo vacant. Could we help?

When we entered the condo this is what we saw. A very small living area with off set walls which didn't allow for the TV to line up with the sofa. The main living room wall ended in a triangle shape which was set away from the opposite TV wall.

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The far more difficult room though was a TRIANGLE shaped room off to the right side of the living room which they did not know how to present to buyers.

 That's right, 10 square feet! In the shape of a TRIANGLE!

triangle room before staging

This is one half of the triangle shaped room. It was difficult to photograph in one shot. This is the left side of the room. You can see Lake Ontario in the distance. Quite the view from the 31st floor.

We needed to market that view to the buyer for sure.

What to do, what to do?

We thought it might work staged as a desk area with a casual chair to the side.  That would have been an obvious solution.

But then we are known to be out of the box thinkers when it comes to staging so we offered a second option.

We could stage the tiny space as a lounge area to read, relax and see the lake view off to the south side of the building.

The builder was quite taken aback when we made this suggestion. How on earth would we be able to showcase the room as a lounge. You literally could stretch your arms out and touch the walls.

This is how we staged the triangle room. The first shot is the right side of the triangle room and the second shot is the left side of the room.

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We used two pieces of artwork that were done on a mirror background to give added depth to the room. Added two curved back tub chairs, a matching foot stool along with a glass and polished chrome round end table.

Hard to believe that we were able to fit all that furniture in the small space but now it shows as a great little hide away to relax, read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee. And the view is a perfect one of Lake Ontario and the skyline of Toronto.

What a great marketing tool to use in a small space condo. Everyone needs to get away from it all and this is a personal space carved out of 10 sq. feet. With the patio door to the balcony it really feels like a great personal space.

This is how the off set living room was staged.

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Space was created for three to sit watching TV, two small modern coffee tables were used so that they could be moved around when needed for extra company. A single chair was set to the left of the TV on the opposite wall and the single tub chairs from the triangle room could be swung into this area for extra seating.


The adjacent kitchen area also provided extra seating if needed by swinging the chairs around to join the party.

staging a condo kitchen   Hard to believe, but you could now seat 10 people comfortably in this tiny space if you were having a get together.




















Another staging success story by Advantage Staging. When buyers come from all over the world to see the Marilyn Building they now see a truly unique set up inside as well. Buyers would have been left scratching their heads wondering how to live in the odd shaped rooms. Now they can see themselves living there and enjoying the view of Lake Ontario.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

Advantage Staging is ready to market your property for sale, triangle rooms our specialty!

Michelle Finnamore    416.928.2999      

 RESA top ten stagers


Comment balloon 44 commentsMichelle Finnamore • September 29 2012 06:08PM


Wow, you did do a good job finding a purpose for that small space! What a challenge, but you overcame it!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Michelle ~ what a brilliant solution to some extremely challenging spaces!  You nailed it!!  That tiny triangle would forever confuse guests if it had remained empty -- there is no way they'd have been able to imagine what to do with the small, odd-shaped space.  And the living room staging is brilliant!  Who would have guessed you could have a party there with a dozen of your closest friends?  That is quite an amazing building, too.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 7 years ago

Perfect solutions!  You did a fabulous job, Michelle!  I love the furnishings, they fit the space perfectly!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 7 years ago

Hi Rose, it was just right for a shoe closet but that would have been a waste of the view! LOL!!

HI Maureen,  I was suprized at how many you could sit comfortably in this space. You could pull over the two stools at the counter as well. It really came together nicely.  If you are ever in Toronto make plans to see this building. They call it the Marilyn after Marilyn Monroe. It is so many curves it appears to be moving. Beside it is the male version. Three more to be built in the complex. Truly remarkable buildings.

HI Sharon, These furnishings are from a new rental company for our company. All designer furniture. When I go there I am like a kid in a candy shop!  These particular items are all condo sized. That's how I was able to find the two tub chairs to fit in the triangle.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Michelle - You created the most perfect arrangement! The furniture selected was also perfect. You really did an incredible job.

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


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 7 years ago

HI Kathy, thank you for the feature. Much appreciated!  This condo had to the greatest challege for a small space that I have encountered in 5 years.  It really helped working with the new rental furniture company. Could not have done this otherwise.  The room was so small I couldn't get a picture of the whole space at once. I even tried standing on a chair trying to get a birds eye view shot. Then I tried going out on the balcony and shooting back into the room. No luck there either as there was too much reflection from the glass and you couldn't see inside the room.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Michelle - As beautiful as this building is on the outside, sometimes you just want to ring the architect's neck for not thinking about how the space will be livable for the inhabitants!  That said, your "out of the box" thinking solved so many spacial issues.  I love that sitting area, carved out of the triangle, and especially love the artwork of the historical building - a definite nod to Toronto's architecture, past and present. 

To echo Maureen above, your staging is brilliant!  Suggested!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 7 years ago

HI Sally, Thank you for such a glowing review! I always appreciate your sentiments. The building is fascinating to look at, mesmerizing actually. Inside is another issue.

Definitely awkward spaces but this new rental furniture company saved the day with their product lines. I did quite a few pieces of the artwork with an architectural theme to them as the building is so well known for its look. 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Gosh that was a challenge but you did it perfectly! Never sure what these architects are thinking when they design these oddly shaped spaces.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) over 7 years ago

LOVE that you included a photo of the Flatiron Building!!!  How much fun to reference a triangular building!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago

HI Wendy, there are many condos in our area with very challenging designs. Luckily sellers can call on their professioanl home stager to show buyers how to live with the condo with "character".

Hi Julia, Glad you see where I was going with that choice. I thought if the architecture of the building drew a buyer to look at the condo that they would have an appreciation of architecture in general.  Create an emotional bond with one property over another and you are half way home to a sale.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Michelle....What an amazing building!  And the furnishing are spot on for the potential buyer and the "vibe" of living in such a location!  You did an amazing job in "working out" the challenge with such a small space!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 7 years ago

What a strange space, but by the looks of the building, I guess they had to have some odd architectural elements.  Your choices were perfect, and have a purpose.  The owner should be thrilled that you've taken the question out of how to use this "triangle".  Great job!


Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 7 years ago

HI Kathy, this building is something to see. When you are entering the city from any direction you can see it ahead and it is amazing.

Hi Cindy, The owner was really happy with the staging work. The triangle room has to be one the best challenges I have had to overcome with a space. I haven't seen many of the units in this building but I'm betting there are a few others with similar challenges.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

tight squeeze, looks like a room you have to leave to change your mind! but super staging!

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) over 7 years ago

Amazing staging!  I was thinking how in the heck is she going to stage that condo looking like that...I think the chair in the triangle room was perfect...great place to sit and read...btw what are they selling this unique condo for?

Posted by John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes (San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty) over 7 years ago

Michelle- what a "dizzyfying" building.  And an excellent job of showing a buyer how the space can be used. Without staging it certainly would have been difficult for a buyer or many others for that matter to figure out just how to use the space. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

  Thanks for the Ah-ha moment!
Featured you in my Weekly Post!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

THAT was original, creative and I love the art you used inthe triangle room the old F;at iron building perfect and very much within the theme of the triangle room.  Two thumbs up!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 7 years ago

Good morning Michelle.....

I have not run across a triangle room before but now that you have shown me decorating can be done I will be able to tell my buyers that it is possible and show them your photos.  Thanks for the decor tips and hope you have a great day in all you do.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago

You did an amazing job on this room... wow. Now, can you tell me where you got that fabulous faux TV? 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 7 years ago

HI Melissa, a WOW from you is always appreciated! I know you have had your share of challenges while staging. The TV is real. The seller purchased it for the condo. I know, great guy committed to following the staging suggestions to prepare the condo for buyers.

Hi John, thank you for stopping in to see the  challege of the week. You can put a link to my blog on your site any time. Always appreciated. There is lots of useful information for your sellers when preparing their homes for sale.

HI Allison, I thought to tie in the artwork with the fabulous design of the building. The bedroom has small canvases of famous buildings as well. 

Hi Kathy, thank you for including me in your weekly post. I'm sure it will inspire agents to recommend staging when they have the need after seeing that 10 sq ft triangles can be staged so well.

HI John and Irma, the condo was selling for $429K.  For the opportunity to live in such a fatastic building with the view of Lake Ontartio it is a great value. Believe me, when I first saw the triangle room I was thinking the same thing- now what do I do? LOL!!

Hi Mark, I wish I had thought to say that.... "I would have to leave the room to change my mind". That's about all you could do with the room shown as empty. The buyers were leaving the room and changing their mind to look at other condos instead of this one with the triangle room as they didn't know what to use it for.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

OH bummer.. I was really hoping you had found some great source for fabulous TVs. Now I understand why it looks so good. .... *sigh*

Still a phenomenal job... 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 7 years ago

Well done!! It worked out great - I am helping a friend with a renovation on second home in Big Bear and the entire home is a large triangle - makes for some real challenges. Regards Dave

Posted by David Grbich, Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484 (Realty One Group - over 7 years ago

Hi Melissa, I do buy fake flat screen tvs through the U.S. though. A few of us Canadian stagers pooled our order to save on shipping. It was Jackie Paridso i Burlington or Hamilton that I ordered through. Maybe she is still listed with CSP?

 It was a few years ago.$65 each.

Hi David, I have a few other ideas for triangles as well when they are a bit larger. I will email some image to you to see if they could be used in your project.


Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Great job!  I love how you put up the Flatiron bldg to emphasize that tight corner.

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 7 years ago


If any one asks me if they  know a good stager in Ontario, I know whose name to give them.  The pictures before and after are amazing.  You did a great job.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

What a beautiful building! I would be stumped as a buyer also looking at these spaces not decorated. You did an amazing job!

Posted by Monique Keith, Ahwatukeenulls Favorite Realtor, Buyers Agent with over 7 years ago

It does take a lot of skill to stage such strange shaped rooms. Very well done. Such impeccable staging will help buyers fall in love with the space and imagine living there.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Michelle, I would say that you have proven that you are the consummate stager! What a difference you made.


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago

Hey, Kathy!  We got through one more week with no duplicates.  There are so many great posts on Active Rain!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 7 years ago

HI Jennifer, it was definitely a sharp corner. I had never seen anything like it in 30 years of working in the new home construction field.

HI Evelyn, that's quite the compliment! Thank you for appreciating just how difficult this room was to stage.

Hi Monique, as some one had posted earlier, you would have to leave the room to be stumped! It was incredibly small.

HI Gretchen, The builder was impressed with the results in this room. Experience is one attribute you want in a stager.

HI Frank and Sharon, I don't think I have ever been called the consumate stager before.Thank you! I'm beginning to think that staging this room is going to give me a staging story to share with clients for a long time to come. Thank you for stopping in to see this room.


Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

michelle -- what you accomplished is absolutely amazing!  love thos staging challenges!

Posted by Karen Dembsky, Atlanta Home Staging (Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen,  thank you for stopping in to see this very awkward room.  It sure kept me on my toes that day!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

I triangle room in a spiral building. Now that is unique. That is definitely a tough room. Holy Moly. Great solution. I staged a hexagon house a couple weeks ago. Small, tons of traffic patterns and doorways besides so I had to put on my thinking cap too. It's good for us. LOL

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) over 7 years ago

What a great job Karen! The builder was exceptionally smart to have it Staged. Can you imagine buyers walking in and thinking, what on earth can I do with this room?!?!

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) over 7 years ago

HI Shar, isn't it fun when we have to put our thinking caps on! A hexagon house, that must have been very difficult to place the furniture.   Every wall was at odds with the opposite one in this condo. All except the master bedroom which was a rectangle.  Staging definitely helped the buyers to figure out how to live in this one.

Hi Peg, it wasn't going so well before it was staged. Showings picked up dramatically after staging.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

What a stunning building and what a wonderful job you did.  You worked miracles.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago

That is quite the challenge, Michelle.  Nicely done, though.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 7 years ago

Hi Jane, this building never fails to illicit a gasp from people when they see it for the first time.  Living in it is another adventure. Staging really helped in this suite.

Hi Gabe, I was really pleased with the outcome on this challenging room. Luckily for me the rental compnay just happened to have artwork with the flat iron building in it to tie it all together.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Well done. You must have flipped when you saw your challenge. However, there is always a good solution when the right minds are working on it.

Posted by Nan Jester, Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery (Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL ) over 7 years ago

Hi Nan, Well it certainly stopped me in my tracks. I knew where I was heading right after the consult. The rental furniture comany with the condo sized furniture. Thank you for stopping in.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Hello Michelle - what a great building and wonderful opportunity to show how to stage(and live in) an unusual shaped room.  Very nicely done.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 7 years ago

Hi Michael, thank you for stopping in to see this most unusual room. I still marvel at this building. You can see it for miles when driving in the area.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

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