As our home stager, Eileen taught us so much about what was involved in selling a house. She coached us as I took pages and pages of notes while walking through our home. She came up with so many ideas on where to put furniture, advised us about home showings and safety/security issues and introduced us to the importance of colour.
We had already put our more “creative” and “crazy” stuff away so we were shocked when we looked at our house with new eyes and discovered, our house was boring! Eileen told us we needed an accent colour and she was absolutely right. (Of course my crocheted monsters are very colourful but they were not going to be on display.)
Reg and I took a long time looking at colours and he patiently waited until I found “the one”. A bright blue that lit up the room and made it so much more interesting.
She also was the one to break the news to me that all my cool and kitschy kitchen containers, appliances and tools had to be put away! My kitchen needed to be a blank slate for the potential new home owners and my name “Suzie the Foodie” was literally everywhere. Of course she was right. I hope I did her proud.
There is no way our house would have looked so amazing if it wasn’t for Eileen. I also know there is no way it would have sold without her guidance and professional perspective. She taught me much more than just how to impress potential home buyers. She helped me see a space with the eye of an artist. The importance of flow, attention to detail and to not be afraid that less can be more.
That said, I can not wait to have a messy and crazy kitchen once I get back out west! Months and months of this perfect canvas of a kitchen made me appreciate living like an artist with all my culinary tools and ingredients around me. Still, I will carry her wisdom with me and take joy in the pieces we bought to impress strangers to buy our house and turn out next apartment into a home.
Thank you so much Eileen! It was a pleasure to have you re-landscape our space. You are an artist.