Staging a home for sale… that’s empty. Part 1

Any real estate sales folks out there? Lovely folks wanting to sell their home? Potential future stagers? This one’s for you!

I’m off today to play.. for a good cause. A few of them to be exact.

 Most of you that are avid followers, already know about the passing of my wonderful mom. Well, ultimately, that leads to the family selling her lovely condo.

( for newbies, you can read what transpired HERE) And updates are on my off topic blog HERE. I’m sharing this so others in the same situation can go forth knowing it WILL be ok.  {hugs!} )

 So, I came up with the bright idea to create a blog on her home with pretty pictures, reflecting a different spin on how lovely her place is. General listings just don’t capture what I have in mind. So…

Today I’m going to lightly stage up an empty home and produce a photo shoot.

And gutting sections of my own home in the process. 🙂

All in the name of an inspiring idea, potential leads to other like minded work, a new portfolio piece, and the best of all… creating  a photo memory blog of her home one last time.

Which also leads me to gutting out the camping firewood and salvaged palette wood in my truck that has been residing there forever. Ah yes. One step ultimately always leads to another (billion). The hayfield lawn will have to wait for it’s turn this round. I’m a little behind in all things homestead you see.

So, stay tuned to see the less junky side of my decorating.

Well… NEARLY is close enough, right? 🙂

I’ve also been working very hard on a portfolio of my own home I’d like to share with you next week. You haven’t seen this type of setup on my blog yet, so I’m sure it’ll give you yourself more fuel to create and dream your way into your own given passion.

Join me on this new little endevour, won’t you? Let’s go stage a home!

One slightly less junky artifact at a time. 🙂

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  1. ack – lovely! I lost my dad this summer too & its the moments we savor & tidbits of home that bring such vivid memories – what a fabulous idea to stage and capture that on your blog! I’m very looking forward to seeing your less junky decorating (what? could it be? doesn’t EVERYONE love junk like us?) I wish I could be there to help out!! What a fun team we’d be I do think!

  2. I do believe you hit the nail on the head!Right up your to speak!!Sad it has to be done..but do it your way..I do believe it will work!!!
    I will be praying and following you!

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  3. Donna can’t wait to see how you stage an empty house…hard enough to stage one that is furnished, but I love the idea that photographed correctly it can give a buyer a vision of how this house can be a home.

  4. I love this idea! what a great tribute to your mother. I too, lost my mom this year so understand what you are going through.
    I am a home stager here in Buffalo, NY and love my job so much! Always so fun to see what you can do with a property. Keep going girl, you’re mom is proud of you.

  5. This is such a great idea Donna! I know it’s going to be very healing for you and when you are done you will have such a sweet momento that you can look at and enjoy great memories of you and your mom! Thanks for sharing this journey with the rest of us and know that we are blessed by it too!

  6. How awesome you’re on this one!

    Oh my gosh… my house is officially GUTTED. I took all my ‘good stuff’ and I use all my good stuff. LOL

    Time to houseclean when I get back home. The dust really shows now. What was that about a billion steps again?!?

    It’ll all be worth it in the end. 🙂


  7. Your mama’s home is beautiful….what a great way to say goodbye to her home.

    I’m working hard organizing all my decor stuff into seasons and types in an upstairs room which will eventually be my cra(p)ft room. I want to be able to quickly see what items I have for a photo shoot or holiday. Like shopping my house!

    Anxious to see your vignettes and staging….they’ll be marvelous I’m sure 🙂

  8. What a lovely cottage home. I’m eagerly awaiting your part 2 of the post…I love staging very relaxing and fun.

    I’m sure it’s going to be a bittersweet journey for you, but thank you so much for letting us (your readers) walk along beside you.

    Losing a parent is always so very heartbreaking…I bet there will be a memory in every corner.


  9. Kim, out of nowhere it hit me today what I was really doing. A few tears later, I was up for paying my last tribute to my mom the best way I know how. To simply make the home she loved beautiful.

    She always enjoyed it when I came over and staged an area on a complete whim. She had a new look every week. She was a great sport about it because she knew how much I enjoyed it.

    I’ll share more on all that in another upcoming post.

    Thanks for asking!


  10. I lost my mom 22 years ago. My dad is a hoarder, haven’t been allowed in his house for 15 years…so I know my time is coming to clean up and stage one of these days. I’m so excited to see what you’re doing!! I love all that you show us!

  11. Realtor here! I can’t wait to see what you do. I love your photos anyway and the outside looks great. Your realtor will love you.
    I did it 7 years ago this week when I unexpectly lost my Mom…a mere 7 weeks after my stepdad of almost 30 yrs. passed. 2003 was a stinker of a year for me! We do survive.
    Big hugs,

  12. I, too, agree that it will be beautiful … looking forward to the reveal! Thank you for sharing such a sentimental time in your life. Take care, Becca

  13. I love your name…love it, love it! And very much inspired by your goal and concepts. Hats off to you with your courage and dedication on doing your Moms home. Looks like a lot of love selections going in. Such unspecified beauty.

    Gloria @ Jazz It Up!