Staging Studio Blog

R.E.S.P.E.C.T… 7 Ways To Get More Of It From Your Clients

What you want, Baby, I got it! Sometimes it can be difficult to get your clients on board with your proposals and recommendations. They haven’t seen the power of staging like you have, and when it comes right down to it, they don’t have faith that what you suggest is going to work. Here are […]

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Introducing: Janne Anderson Burgio with The House Whisperers How long have you been in business? 12 years Are you solo or have a team? Team of 10 What got you into staging in the first place? Desperation, LOL! I was a real estate agent and had $11M in sales in the works when The Great […]

Sweet ‘Suite’ Staging with Janne Burgio of the House Whisperers

Julie visited the House Whisperers’ beautiful facility in San Diego today to learn more about Janne’s sweet business model of organizing her inventory in suites. This maximizes efficiency and productivity. Love her ‘Titanic’ ensemble. Thanks for letting us take a peek, Janne! Do any of you use a similar model?

Your “Don’t Leave Behind” Supply List for Every Stage Job

Remember to take toilet paper! It really um…stinks…to get to a staging job and not have the supplies you need. Don’t get caught with your pants down — Here is our time-proven list that we take on every job. We keep 2 bins packed and ready. The list is taped to the inside of the […]

Targeting the Buyer

Sometimes the thing that breaks all of the staging rules is the very thing that will connect with your target buyer.

4 New Rules That Can Make or Break a Sale

Staging is becoming more and more essential to getting your listing sold! Check out this great article on the importance of staging in a seller’s market.

Staging a Home is Smart Marketing

Our very own Debbie Boggs was featured in the ExtraSpace Storage blog talking about how Staging a Home is smart marketing. Staging does more than help move your home quickly, however. It can also get more money out of your home. Buyers will pay more for a home they love. And a good home stager […]

4 Tips to Save Money on Window Treatment Updates

Our builders have asked us to help update their model homes. By freshening up the window treatments, you can change the look and feel of a whole room. It can get very expensive for your clients, so below are tips to help lower their expenses which makes you the hero! Window Treatment Update Tips: 1. […]

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Introducing: Donna Lamb with Premier Home Staging & Design How long have you been in business? 10 months Are you solo or have a team? Solo owner with a part time assistant stager/bookkeeper, a handy man as needed, and a professional moving team. Describe any specific challenges you are facing. The sellers of this property […]

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Introducing: Pat Evans with Pat’s World Staging How long have you been in business? 3 years Are you solo or have a team? Solo What got you into staging in the first place? I started staging by helping a friend who was flipping a property. He had gone to a meeting where someone spoke on […]

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Introducing: Helen Bartlett with Kansas City Home Stagers How long have you been in business? Since 2011 Are you solo or have a team? Solo (one part time as needed assistant) Describe any specific challenges you are facing. For growth, I need to add to my team. Finding the right fit, someone with flexibility, talent […]

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Introducing: Todd McAllister with OnStage Online How long have you been in business? 14 years Are you solo or have a team? Have an AMAZING staff of 35 at 2 locations Describe any specific challenges in this picture. This room was a secondary random use space. Buyers could use it in many different ways. When […]

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Introducing: Sharon Atchison with Sharon Atchison Staging How long have you been in business? 4 1/2 years Are you solo or have a team? One assistant Describe any specific challenges in this picture. What doesn’t really show in this picture is the massive ceiling height. I was very worried that the furniture selection wouldn’t be […]

Thinking of Hiring an Intern?

Thinking of hiring an intern? Most colleges are requiring internships from their students. We have been contacted several times and have yet to do it. Which doesn’t mean it’s not right for your business, just that it hasn’t been right for us. Some things to consider: • Determine first if they need an internship for […]

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Introducing: Ashley with Staging the Nest How long have you been in business? 4 months Are you solo or have a team? Team Describe any specific challenges in this picture. Corner fireplaces are always a challenge when the living room is smaller and the mantle is too high and the ceiling is to high to […]

5 Resources to Include in your Leave-Behind Folder

Woohoo! You have made it to Day 5 of your Occupied Consultation Business Booster! Earlier in the week, Paul and Julie talked about your ‘leave-behind’ folder. Here is the break-down of what you might put in that folder, including a couple of printable forms that you can download and use.  1. Showing Checklist. This is […]

9 Critical Questions to Ask yourself during a Consultation

Sometimes you may wonder where to even begin on you staging recommendations. Here are 7 Critical Questions to ask yourself to make sure that you are covering the key concerns: 1. What are the positives? 2. What are the negatives? 3. Is there enough space? 4. Is there enough light? 5. Is it neutral? 6. […]

7 Things to Pack for Every Consultation

1. Business cards. 2. Notepad and pen – Invest in a nice professional portfolio. 3. Tape measure – To make sure that side table you found in the garage will actually fit next to the guest bed as a night stand. 4. Paint deck – Very often you will need to select a paint color […]

5 Hacks to Prepare for your Consultation

We are in day 2 of your Five Day Business Booster. Occupied Consultations can be a little intimidating your first time, so today we give you 5 Hacks to get ready for your consultation. If you missed yesterday, go back and read the 5 Magic Phrases to start your consultation. These quick tips will give […]

5 Magic Phrases to Begin every Consultation

Hello stagers! Today is the beginning of our Five Day Business Booster – Occupied Consultation Tune-Up! All week we are going to give your tried-and-tested resources to be a Boss Stager. Without further ado – Day 1: 5 Magic phrases to begin every consultation. 1. Say something positive. You are going to be delivering […]

2017 Design Trends

Come take a peek at the latest trends showing up in the design world. Some of these have been around a while, but are morphing and developing. Others are fresh and surprising. Here is your quick guide to what is hot and what is not. Want to get a deeper look and learn: • How […]

4 Questions to Ask Wholesale Vendors at Market

1. How much is your opening order? Most wholesalers will require your first order to be substantial. Make sure that you are interested in enough of their products to cover that minimum. Keep in mind that you must often buy in bulk. 2. How much is your re-order? Your second order usually does not have […]

6 Tips for Surviving Las Vegas Market

Overwhelmed by the idea of shopping at market? There are deals galore, and if you carry staging inventory, wholesale is the only way to go – but acres of showrooms stacked umpteen stories high can be pretty intimidating. If you dare to pull on your big-girl panties and go, where do you begin? And how […]

Wow Factors that Sell a House Faster and Make More Money

A few “wow” factors could get your house sold faster… and make you more money. Zillow Digs released a study that reveals the latest secret power words. Barn doors, farmhouse sinks, shaker cabinets and subway tile are some of the features found to amp up a home’s desirability. The study, pulled from over 2 million […]

Top 13 Home Staging Mistakes you Don’t even Know you are Making

Watch this video to find out the common staging mistakes that you don’t even know you are making! #8 will surprise you!

Storing Artwork

We have been asked by a lot of stagers about our secret for storing artwork. After struggling and damaging too much of our inventory, we came up with a solution that has worked beautifully for us for years. Remove a couple of shelves from a rolling ‘metro’ cart, to fit the size of your art […]

Window above your bed?

Have you ever wondered what to do with a window above the bed? An easy and visually powerful solution is to hang the art above your nightstands!

Dealing with weird walls when staging?

Weird walls. One of those awkward features of a home when you are staging real estate. A great solution for it is to define your spaces with rugs. Have you used rugs to define spaces in your staging? Show us your pictures on our Facebook page.

2017 Colors from Pantone

Check out the new 2017 colors from Pantone!  Finally, some colors we can get on board with and actually use!  These are yummy… Look at the rich warm colors–It makes you want to drink it all in. Pantone has named 81 forecasted colors specifically for home and interiors.  Lee (Leatrice) Eiseman, executive director of the […]

Paint The Town

This article from Keller Williams Portfolio Real Estate highlights our talented designer at BY Design, Linda Richardson, for her incredible decorating and color selection.

True Blue

It’s not just artists and designers who are on the constant hunt for that perfect hue. Chemist Mas Subramanian from Oregon State University discovered what is being considered a “near-perfect” shade of blue. Read more about the science of this perplexing pigment at

Craftsman Airplane Bungalow

Looking forward to a couple of big projects we have with Brian Bleeker this month. Article at  

Color Psychology: Why So Blue?

Color has more influence on your mood than you might think, so before you crack open that paint can, take a look at this article from Decorator’s Best about color psychology and the many moods that BLUE can put you in.

Hot Design Trends for 2016

Check out or behind-the-scenes look at the design trends for 2016. Don’t paint that room until you have watched this video! We’ll dish on what’s hot for kitchens, lighting, finishes, and more.

Fast-Selling Features Your Home Needs

A few new “wow” factors could get your house sold faster…and make you more money. Zillow Digs released a study this week that reveals the latest secret power words. Barn doors,farmhouse sinks, shaker cabinets and subway tile are features found to amp up a home’s desirability. The study, pulled from over 2 million houses from […]

Why Home Stagers Need to Know About Design Trends

Listen to the RESAcon 2016 podcast You may be asking, “Why do I care about design trends, I’m a home stager not a designer?” Well, home staging and design are kissing cousins. They have 2 different end goals in mind, but they work hand and hand together. Welcome to Stager Talk podcast. In this episode […]

Staging Tip for Sectional Sofas

Sectional sofas can present some staging challenges and block the view of the room. Try separating the pieces and arrange them so that the eye is drawn to the focal point, the fireplace.

How High to Hang Art

Take a quick peek at our warehouse and learn a great tip on hanging art.

2015 Interior Design Trends

Come take a peek at the latest trends showing up in the design world. Some of these have been around a while, but are morphing and developing. Others are fresh and surprising. Here is your quick guide to what is hot and what is not. We will not just show you the looks, we will […]

12 Easy Tips for Eye-Catching MLS Photos

1. Studies show that the photos that get the most ‘likes’ on social media are those with lots of uncluttered space, with blue tones in them, and with less color saturation. 2. Look for the softest lighting times – the couple of hours after dawn and the couple of hours before dusk. A cloudy day […]

Part 2 – Abby Vasek Interview

More real estate market tips from HGTV’s Design Star, Abby Vasek. This is Part 2 of our recent interview with her as we hosted the Bobby and JJ Radio Show.

Staging in a Hot Seller’s Market

Julie and Debbie at it again, giving great insight into the current hot real estate market.

HGTV Design Star’s Abby Vasek was our guest on our radio show

Julie Young & Debbie Boggs of BY Design and Staging Studio sit down with Abby Vasek to discuss the impact home staging has on the length of time a property sits on the real estate market. This is a short intro to a full segment on the Bobby & JJ Radio show.

Seller’s Market

The feature article on the front page of the San Antonio Express News yesterday bemoaned the struggles buyer’s face in the current hot market. With a record low inventory of homes available, buyers are forced to rush to judgment on the purchase of a home. They are making hasty decisions before forming a deep emotional […]

“The cost of home staging is always less than the first price reduction.” -Barb Schwartz

You will be amazed to see the savings! This quick and easy tool will show you how much it is really costing you to NOT stage.

Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Staging

As members of the Real Estate Staging Association, we are proud to provide this informative guide to Real Estate Staging. RESA honored us by recognizing BY Design as one of the Top Five Staging Companies in North America!

How much is it costing you NOT to stage?

Use this easy calculator to find out what you could be saving! Click the image below.

The Dress

Our perception of color is powerfully influenced by the environment surrounding the color. This is why the paint color you loved in the store looks so different on your walls at home. Even if you paint a swatch of the new color on your wall, it will look very different when an entire wall is […]

Radio Episode #3

Julie chats with Bobby and JJ Radio about the upcoming design trends. Learn more about our e-Staging services to help you stage your home anywhere in the world.

Staging Timelapse

We created this video a few years ago, but it is still a great visual. Watch the transformation in this vacant staging. Cold and empty space gets life breathed into it.

Bookin’ It Through Vegas Market

Creative uses of books at the 2015 Las Vegas Furniture Market

Radio Show Episode 2

In this segment we discuss the Top 20 Design Trends for 2015.


Check out this exotic hot trend!

Kitchen Cabinet Color

Choosing a new kitchen color? Watch this first! Black Kitchen Cabinets

Branching Out

In love with the tree limb motif that is hot this year. Watch our quick video for inspiration.

Blurred Lines

Watch this quick video about one of the Trends for 2015.

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year in Your Home

The Pantone 2015 Color of the year is Marsala!  When asked why Marsala, Pantone Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman responded, “The need for rootedness and the idea of nurturing…it feeds our minds, body and soul.” We’re so excited to see a warm, easy to use color this year.  BY Design recently paired shades of this hue […]

Which do you prefer? Dining Room Table Centerpiece Edition

Modern Table Centerpiece – Which do you prefer? from Bydesign on Vimeo. Watch and weigh in! Option 1: Simple sleek Option 2: Add items of different heights for a trio effect

5 Elements of a Styling a Bookcase

Creating a stylish bookcase doesn’t have to be daunting. Try these 5 tips to get you started to styling your shelves with a clean, fresh, and pulled together look. Texture – Add something organic or something full of composition. Color – Tie in similar colors through out your items or memorabilia. Ordinary /Collection – Add […]

What’s the least expensive easiest way to change a room?

Some may say paint, which gives a huge impact, but then you have all the labor of painting, moving furniture, drop cloths…. I think pillows are the way to go. Just purchase and plop on your sofa—done! Here are a few from Dallas Market a few weeks ago to get you inspired. Villa Home I […]

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